films seen
23
average score
3.86*
nationality
Japan - 68 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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My all-time favorite director. Oshii's films thrive on atmosphere without neglecting depth of concept and plot. A visual visionary both in live action and animation, making sublime use of Kawai's skills, offering a perfect blend of form and function.

Beyond exceptional

Avalon poster

Avalon

by Mamoru Oshii
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 107 mins
Genre
Sci-fi
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5.0*/5.0*

It's the ultimate live action film, made by a seasoned animator, a director who fully understands and exploits the power and appeal of an all-enveloping atmosphere.

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence poster

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Kokaku Kidotai 2: Inosensu
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 99 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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5.0*/5.0*

Innocence is a cinematic celebration. It's an audiovisual delight, it's thematically sound and rich and it invites you to watch and enjoy it time and time again.

Angel's Egg poster

Angel's Egg

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Tenshi no Tamago
Specifics
Japan [1985] - 71 mins
Genre
Mystery, Fantasy, Animation
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5.0*/5.0*

In 1985 there was no animated film that even remotely resembled the likes of Angel's Egg.

Patlabor 2 poster

Patlabor 2

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Kido Keisatsu Patoreba: The Movie 2
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 113 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Thriller, Animation
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5.0*/5.0*

While the ending of Patlabor 2 reaches back to its origins a little too abruptly, the rest of the film is A-grade Oshii material that should please fans of the man's work.

The Red Spectacles poster

The Red Spectacles

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Jigoku no Banken: Akai Megane
Specifics
Japan [1987] - 116 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Comedy
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5.0*/5.0*

The Red Spectacles is a peculiar mix of unannounced slapstick, surreal comedy and meditative arthouse.

Talking Head poster

Talking Head

by Mamoru Oshii
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 125 mins
Genre
Comedy, Documentary
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5.0*/5.0*

It was a long time since I last watched Talking Head and I wasn't really sure how well I could trust my initial response to the film.

Rare treats

Ghost in the Shell poster

Ghost in the Shell

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Kokaku Kidotai
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 83 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Animation
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4.5*/5.0*

Oshii's film remains a monument of film making that still knows to impress and entrance. It's a superb sci-fi film, boasting tons of highly atmospheric scenes and a good story to boot

The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters poster

The Amazing Lives of the Fast Food Grifters

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Tachiguishi Retsuden
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 100 mins
Genre
Comedy, Documentary, Animation
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4.5*/5.0*

The film is smart, looks and sounds great and is filled to the brim with creativity. It is immensely funny, even if you can't catch all the details on the first viewing.

Sky Crawlers poster

Sky Crawlers

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Sukai Kurora
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama, Fantasy, Animation
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4.5*/5.0*

Beautifully animated and scored, sporting a strong cast of characters, an intriguing plot and a fair selection of interesting themes, Sky Crawlers is Oshii's most complete film to date.

The good stuff

Kokaku Kidotai 2.0 poster

Kokaku Kidotai 2.0

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Ghost in the Shell 2.0
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 85 mins
Genre
Sci-fi
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4.0*/5.0*

It was a while since I last watched Ghost in the Shell, but the film still feels like a dream.

Patlabor: The Movie poster

Patlabor: The Movie

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Kidô Keisatsu Patorebâ: The Movie
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 100 mins
Genre
Animation, Crime, Sci-fi, Thriller
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4.0*/5.0*

Solid pieces

The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War poster

The Next Generation Patlabor: Tokyo War

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
The Next Generation Patoreibâ: Shuto Kessen
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 94 mins
Genre
Action, Sci-fi
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3.5*/5.0*
Halo Legends poster

Halo Legends

by Frank O'Connor, Shinji Aramaki, Hideki Futamura, Toshiyuki Kan'no, Tomoki Kyôda, Kôichi Mashimo, Yasushi Muraki, Daisuke Nishio, Mamoru Oshii, Kôji Sawai, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Keiichi Sugiyama, Takahiro Tanaka
Also known as
Heirô Rejenzu
Specifics
USA, Japan [2010] - 120 mins
Genre
Animation, Action, Sci-fi
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3.5*/5.0*
Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops poster

Stray Dog: Kerberos Panzer Cops

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Jigoku no Banken: Kerubersu
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi
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3.5*/5.0*
Long Live the Ancestors! poster

Long Live the Ancestors!

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Gosenzosama Banbanzai!
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 180 mins
Genre
Animation, Comedy
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3.5*/5.0*
Mobile Police Patlabor poster

Mobile Police Patlabor

by Mamoru Oshii, Naoyuki Yoshinaga
Also known as
Kidô Keisatsu Patorebâ
Specifics
Japan [1988] - 25 mins
Genre
Animation, Short, Action, Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi
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3.5*/5.0*
Twilight Q poster

Twilight Q

by Tomomi Mochizuki, Mamoru Oshii
Specifics
Japan [1987] - 60 mins
Genre
Animation
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3.5*/5.0*
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer poster

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Urusei Yatsura 2: Byûtifuru Dorîmâ
Specifics
Japan [1984] - 90 mins
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

Assault Girls poster

Assault Girls

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Asaruto Garuzu
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 65 mins
Genre
Action, Sci-fi
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3.0*/5.0*
Kill poster

Kill

by Kenta Fukasaku, Mamoru Oshii, Minoru Tahara, Takanori Tsujimoto
Also known as
Kiru
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 82 mins
Genre
Action
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3.0*/5.0*
Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You poster

Urusei Yatsura 1: Only You

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Urusei Yatsura 1: Onri Yû
Specifics
Japan [1983] - 101 mins
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

Garm Wars: The Last Druid poster

Garm Wars: The Last Druid

by Mamoru Oshii
Specifics
Canada, Japan [2014] - 92 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Thriller
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2.5*/5.0*

Plain forgettable

Dallos poster

Dallos

by Mamoru Oshii
Also known as
Darossu
Specifics
Japan [1983] - 83 mins
Genre
Animation, Sci-fi
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1.5*/5.0*