Japanese Films List

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Did Suzanne Collins ever claim that Battle Royale was an inspiration for the development of the Hunger Games?
    If you haven't seen/read Battle Royale, it's a Japanese film about a class of students who are forced to kill one another. The last one surviving is the winner. It's a lot more graphic than the Hunger Games, but the two texts have a lot of similarities. Did Collins ever mention that she was inspired by Battle Royale?

    • ANSWER:
      lol no. But you can bet 100% that she was.

      Collins' story about her inspiration was that she came up with the idea for The Hunger Games while watching news coverage of the war in Iraq while simultaneously flicking through channels filled with reality programming, which is exactly as unlikely as it seems. Where did the whole protagonists-attempting-to-outmaneuver-the corrupt-government-which-subjugates-its-citizens-through-broadcasting-their-children-fighting-each-other-with-weapons-in-a-closed-arena thing come from out of that? The whole news-meets-reality TV thing seems to be completely made up entirely for the purpose of deflecting accusations of plagiarism.

      She also cites the conveniently old myth of Theseus, as well as her dad being away in Vietnam, despite there being none of the themes you would expect to see in a work that was "inspired" by a parent going away to war. The Hunger Games also sets itself apart from the Theseus myth in the same regard. The myth of Theseus is about a hero saving the people from a monster, which is superficially the same as HG, but with themes of heroism and aggression instead of angst and martyrdom.

      Then there's the whole three inspiration sources thing. Usually inspiration works like this: one source of inspiration combined with existing genre preferences. JK Rowling was inspired by that book she ripped Dumbledore's image from + the boarding school genre. JRR Tolkien was inspired by Norse mythology + quest genre. Collins, on the other hand, is like "yeah, my dad went to Vietnam and it inspired me to write a book about it, and also, I was watching TV and the channels started to blur, and also, if you don't believe me, then, uh, Theseus, too.

      Real inspiration: Battle Royale comics + contemporary YA science fiction

      A lot of modern authors attempt to claim inspiration this way. No one wants to admit that a source of their inspiration is a contemporary, so you get stupid stuff like Stephanie Meyer claiming her inspiration for Twilight was Shakespeare instead of steamy vampire-sex pulp fiction.

      So when an author is inevitably asked "What was your inspiration?", out comes the long list of dead authors, or, in Collins' case, complete bullsh*t.

  2. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a website that has a list of Asian movies remade by Americans or Europeans?
    I asked this question a few days ago, but I think people misunderstood it. All I'm looking for is a list of movies that have been remade, not translated or subtitled. A good example would be The Ring, which was originally a Japanese horror film, and then Hollywood bought the rights, wrote a new script and made a completely different version based on the same story in the US.

    I'm looking for a collection of movies like this and was wondering if anyone knows a website that might show a list. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It's not the best:
      http://cinefantastiqueonline.com/2008/02/01/remaking-asian-horror-a-brief-history/

  3. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend some influential Japanese filmmakers to watch?
    Can anyone recommend some influential Japanese filmmakers and some films that are a must see? I'm trying to expand my overall film interest. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Zhang Yimou is Chinese, he did the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

      The Big Three Japanese directors:
      Yasujiro Ozu (quite possibly the greatest director ever)
      Kenji Mizoguchi
      Mikio Naruse
      These three have influenced a generation of asian, and world, directors. And rank among the greatest auteur's in any nation at any time.

      There's also Akira Kurosawa (of Course), Hiroshi Inagaki, Shohei Imamura, Hirokazu Kore-eda (not as much influential as just fantastic), Kon Ichakawa, Masaki Kobayayashi, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Hiroshi Shimizu, among others.

      One film from each director:
      Late Spring (Ozu) (maybe the best thing ever put to film)
      Sansho Dayu (Mizoguchi)
      Sound of the Mountain (Naruse)
      Ikiru (Kurosawa)
      Chushingura (Inagaki)
      Ballad of Narayama (Imamura)
      Maborosi (Kore-eda) (one of the greatest films of the last thirty years)
      The Burmese Harp (Ichikawa)
      Kwaidan (Kobayashi)
      Woman in the Dunes (Teshigahara)
      Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Shimizu)

      I tried to keep the list as varied as possible, so it has very different films in it, both in story and technical aspects.

  4. QUESTION:
    What Japanese horror films would you recommend?
    I'm not easily scared or disturbed and have seen all the Ring and Grudge films, as well as some other screwed up stuff I can't remember the name off.

    Any suggestions. :)

    • ANSWER:
      you wont get scared or disturbed if you watched childrens films like ring and grudge

      watch proper horror films like

      guinea pig series
      men behind the sun (boxset)
      naked blood
      red room 1 and 2
      evil dead trap
      untold story
      human pork chop
      the eye 10
      grotesque (banned in the uk, i dont know why)
      ichi the killer
      a wicked ghost 1 and 2
      embola syndrome
      cello
      dr lamb
      versus
      some of the films that i have listed maybe japanese, korean or even chinese i cant tell due to i cant understand what it says on the dvd boxs

  5. QUESTION:
    What material would a 16th century Japanese rice farmers clothes be made out o?
    I am getting started in the SCA and my persona is a 16th century Japanese rice framer (who is also a ninja but don't tell anyone). I was wondering what materials their clothes would be made of.

    • ANSWER:
      Nice too see another late period SCAdian here. Reconstructing History has a nice collection of articles on Japanese clothing, including available dyes, useful books, and images of Japanese clothing over time here: https://www.reconstructinghistory.com/notions.php?c=8&d=101&w=3&r=Y
      There's also a list of films with Japanese clothing with a rating system in terms of how useful it is to SCAdians attempting to portray a Japanese persona here: http://www.geocities.com/mokuraibozu/Films.html
      Not really an exact tutorial of what you need to make out of what, but a good starting point.

      And remember, as long as you make an attempt at pre 17th century clothing, no one will get mad at you. And pointing out that something is out of period is in itself out of period.

  6. QUESTION:
    What can I do to get into Japanese culture?
    I'm going on holiday to Japan in the summer and before I go, I would love to gain a better idea of the culture: maybe in the form of literature, movies, manga/anime comics etc.

    I don't speak Japanese, but does anyone know any good books based or translated from Japanese literature, or any movies with subtitles?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Random list:
      Confucius Lives Next Door by T.R. Reid
      -it's a bit of a superficial view about Japan through an American's lens. Pretty quick read. I read it years after having lived there a number of years.

      You know, who needs a specific book when you can keyword search anything about Japan....

      -Know that the Wa (harmony) is a big deal
      -You're a gaijin (foreigner)
      -don't be shocked if you see drunken Japanese businessmen (salaryman) sleeping on the street/on the subway (they're all pretty friendly....Japan's probably the safest place in the world)
      -the Japanese shopping experience is world class. They're perfectionists.
      -exchanging business cards is done like a formal ceremony
      -McDonald's? Try a shrimp burger
      -many Tokyo clubs are open till 5am
      -Vending machines = a marvel in Japan
      - Japanese cuteness is one of their unique cultural marvels.
      -Yakuza = the Japanese mafia
      -Pachinko Parlors
      -Tokyo Disney
      -Tea House = fascinating experience
      -Ryogoku = Sumo town
      -Geisha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrDGTUm2vBc
      -Japan is known for having unusually TINY apartments
      -conveyor belt sushi restaurants
      -the subway trains get PACKED at rush hour but its an unusually courteous venture
      -martial arts - Kendo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jSkqQFy5AU
      -Shintoism - predominate Japanese spiritual belief system

      Tampopo
      -its all about noodles (soba, udon, ramen.....you'll love this about Japan)

      Mr Baseball
      -old movie but I'm serious, baseball is huge in Japan

      my personal favorite....let me introduce you to this famous actor:
      Takeshi Kaneshiro <--heartmelty melt imo! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Kaneshiro (can find plenty of his movies sub'd in English) Red Cliff Takeshi Kaneshiro Japanese Interview 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaK5nC3VRdE I love! Anna Magdalena Part 1:9 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcNacz1dPvE Japan has the strangest most amazing fashion culture you'll ever see in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_street_fashion Manga - comic-style books that cover multiple genres Anime - Japanese animated movies Here's a documentary: Japan History https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHv-xvaSWOU The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift -street racers (while it is illegal) do exist in areas around Tokyo. (take this movie lightly, lol!) Shall We Dance (1996) -film about a Japanese salaryman who takes up ballroom dancing Lost in Translation -shows plenty of great location shots in Tokyo BBC Japanorama (documentary series) Adrift in Tokyo (2007) Shows Tokyo from a local perspective https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Om6r_Ocfps One classic film: The Seven Samurai (1954) - one of the most impressive Japanese films ever. That should get you started.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are good arthouse/foreign films and directors?
    I have an interview for a job with an arty film rental store in a few days.

    It's always been a field I'm interested in, but because it could be worth a job, which I need (poor student, yay) I want to get really into it and learn as much as I can.

    So, film buffs! Help me out here?

    • ANSWER:
      Takashi Miike is a pretty incredible Japanese director....I love foreign films and movies in general. He's easily my favourite director and his work is pretty unique.

      I've enclosed an IMDB link to his profile.

      Lol...the user who accused me of name dropping with Miike has obviously seen one (maybe two) of his movies. Funny they criticise, then provide a bad list of commercial directors themself (with the exception of Dario Argento)....Johnny Depp, Guillermo Del Toro and Terry Gilliam, gimme a break...lol.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are your top 5 Akira Kurosawa films of all time? Japanese film fans?
    Can you narrow a list down to the masters top 5 films of all time? I'd love to hear from everyone who loves his films. And I'd love to hear from people in Japan. If you are Japanese, how much of an icon is he in your country today?

    • ANSWER:
      D.d! :)

      Akira Kurosawa is one of my favourite directors of all time.. even though I haven't seen very many of his films:

      1) Rashômon
      2) Seven Samurai
      3) Yojimbo
      4) Ran
      5) High and Low

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the best movies not filmed in English?
    I love movies filmed in other languages other than English (I think it's always nice to hear another language). What are your favourite subtitled/foreign movies?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Oh God, GREAT question!

      "Amelie" won all kinds of awards, but it was just a fantastic film, even if you don't speak French......the plot really tells the whole story.

      La Vita E Bella, in Italian, was the same. It won EVERY award there was to win, including an OSCAR, and a special prize from the VATICAN, itself. It didn't matter if you understood Italian.........the film was clear , just the same.

      Jean Reno, is my all time favorite actor, and he stars in Italian, French, Spanish, and English movies. (He was most notably the star in " Leon," (also known as "The Professional" in some markets, and then the French Inspector in The Da Vinci Code....

      But he also does comedies.......Jet Lag, (french) which was EXCELLENT-------"For Rosanna" ...in Italian, (a dark comedy about his wife dying)

      serious drama.........Le Tigre E Le Neve.....(with Roberto Benini) , about the Iraq war....(in italian) ...

      ach...too many to list. I have traveled the world.......so I have seen many films in various languages. I once saw Gozilla 2000, actually IN Tokyo.

      It was freaking AWESOME, actually being IN TOKYO, watching a Godzilla movie, in Japanese.

      it was surreal.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give a list of very funny movies and a list of very scary ones?
    and in Scary i don't mean like blood and gore ones that last the entire movie, those aren't really scary for me.

    also if you know of any Japanese or Korean films?

    • ANSWER:
      well asian horrors are better than their inferior remakes .......

      one missed call
      the red shoes
      grudge
      ringu

      as for scary [i go off how my mates reacted to them -as i dont scare easily]

      cannibal holocaust
      the strangers
      halloween [new]
      house of 1000 corpses
      devils rejects
      omen [original]
      joshua :the devils child
      dead silence

      they are all i can remember using to make them scared -saw and hostel grosed them out more -again i love all horror ...more blood the better

      ok funny films ......well horror comedy

      scary movie 1 and 2
      shaun of the dead
      return of the living dead
      army of darkness
      scarecrows
      children of the corn

      funny in general

      forgetting sarah marshall
      st trinians
      superbad
      american pie [especially - beta house]
      club dread
      beerfest
      super troopers

  11. QUESTION:
    Can you recommend a Japanese romance film?
    I'm starting to really like Japanese cinema. Do you have any recommendations for good romance films?

    Please don't just list films. Tell me why you recommend them .

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Shinobi: Heart Under Blade- this is a ninja version of Romeo and Juliet, the main character's clans are at war and they just want to be together despite the family feud if you will. Although it does have ninja and some fighting/magic in it, at heart it is a romance story. The cinematography is beautiful and the cast did a wonderful job.
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0475723/

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the scariest film of the 21st century?
    You can list more than one if you want. What film (made in the year 2000 or later) is the scariest?

    • ANSWER:
      It is currently 'The Park', Chinese/Korean/Japanese made horror which is about a girl who died in an amusement park, making it haunted with scary clown and shaping mirrors. A group of students guided with a mother Ghost-Repel master went in to find a girl's brother who is sucked in. Guided with only a digital camera which able to see ghost and tortured souls, they will have to depend on their own strength to save the boy.. or to stay alive.

      In Your Service,
      Richard

  13. QUESTION:
    Any good Asian horror movies on Netflix instant?
    I'm a big fan of horror movies and love Asian movies - I own plenty of Korean, Japanese and Chinese films with a few from other Asian countries as well. But it occurred to me that I've never seen any Asian horror movies. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for movies on Netflix instant? It doesn't necessarily need to succeed at being scary, just at being a good movie. But scary is good too.

    • ANSWER:
      They have a fair amount of Asian horror on instant play, but even more on dvd-actually most of the really great ones I went to list are dvd only. Some of the ones I watched on Instant Play now appear to be dvd only too. But these are some on Instant Play that are worth a watch.

      Japanese:
      Infection-this is actually an interesting psychological horror.
      Premonition
      Retribution-almost more of a crime thriller
      Audition- I see a lot of people recommend this one, it wasn't for me. I found it slow and boring, and the gore that was in it was too much for me. The concept was interesting though.
      Ju-On 2-this was a pretty good movie. I'm not sure where this fits into the series as there are two sets Ju-On movies. One set is "The Curse" and the other is "The Grudge" http://www.imdb.com/find?q=Ju-On&s=all All I can tell you is that it is not the movie they made the American movie, The Grudge 2 from. Storyline is something different all together.

      Korean:
      Voices
      I Saw the Devil-somewhere between horror/thriller. Similar to Old Boy if you have seen( if not you should-not on instant though) it but more graphic.
      No Mercy-horror/thriller
      Arang

      I'm just gonna put it out there that I saw Ju-On after seeing the remake The Grudge and actually found the remake to be better which is unusual for me. The Grudge is scarier and has a more linear storyline than Ju-On. I would also like to note that Ju-On is not currently available on instant play.

  14. QUESTION:
    How do Japanese or Chinese people use a keyboard?
    If Japanese and Chinese people have a different symbol for every word, how can they type?

    • ANSWER:
      On a computer or word processor, they can type their words using our alphabet (Japanese have their own phonetic alphabets also). As they type, a list of symbols pops up and they can scroll down the list and select the symbol that they want to insert. It can be done very quickly.

      If you are using windows, you can install the software for free from Microsoft's website. It's called Global IME (Global Input Method Editor). It allows you to type Asian languages into Microsoft applications such as Word or Internet Explorer.

      Before the days of word processors, there were huge typewriters with thousands of symbols, operated very slowly by specialists. Such a typewriter can be seen briefly in the 1967 James Bond film "You Only Live Twice"

      Hope this helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are some interesting aspects of traditional chinese culture?
    I mean, in Japanese culture they have the geisha and the samurai... Are there similar things in chinese culture? Stuff like this interests me and I know little of Chinese traditons. Thank you in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      What you are fascinated about Japan is hype created from films, mangas/anime and popular trends.

      Real history is another matter.

      Read up Chinese history if you want, it's far more extensive than Japan (ranging from 3000 BC - present day), their history is richer, what initially influenced and formed Japanese culture. Their history is filled with days of glorious empire, and some of the largest battles fought by mankind since civilisation, tales of real legends, heros, cunning, back-stabbing, empire-steadling, rebellions, hatred, love, that weaved for 5000 years.

      Do you want me to list them all? That would take the end of days.

      So I'll give you a link to Wikipedia instead. You can find all the subsequent links to parts of Chinese history on there. If you are genuinely interested in history, you will find it hard to take your eyes away.

      If you are not, at least saves me and you a lot of unnecessary time wasted.

  16. QUESTION:
    Which Japanese movie should I write an essay about?
    I'm having a severe case of choice & stress anxiety lol!
    I have a few on my list:
    Hachiko, Ju-On, Black Rain.

    I have to analyze the movie and I feel like it might be a bit hard with the first two.
    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    I'd like a movie that can be analysed from a sociological/psychological point of view.

    It can be an anime movie too! Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Check out a movie called Memories of Matsuko. About a boy who's father tasks him to clean out the apartment of his recently deceased aunt, who he never met, and how he learns about her troubled life. A very good film, wistful and whimsical one moment and dark and bleak the next, with a stand-out lead performance by actress Miki Nakatani. The movie is ripe pickings for discussion of sociological/psychological points.

      More info: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0768120/

      If that doesn't sound like something you'd like to tackle, you could always go with the classic Seven Samurai, about a group of ronins (samurais without masters to serve) who are hired by a small village to protect them from a band of pillaging marauders. But there is a great deal of psychology to be seen, particular in the character played by Toshiro Mifune, and sociological aspects of the peasant class. Ignore the 8.8 rating on IMDB -- this flick is a straight-up 10/10 all the way.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047478/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

  17. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know all the names of all the songs used in the 1941 film, Penny Serenade?
    This is a great film, with some great songs. I'd like to know all the songs that were used in the film.

    • ANSWER:
      Soundtracks for
      Penny Serenade (1941) More at IMDbPro »
      ad feedbackPlease note that songs listed here (and in the movie credits) cannot always be found on CD soundtracks. Please check CD track details for confirmation.

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      "You Were Meant for Me"
      Music by Nacio Herb Brown
      Lyrics by Arthur Freed
      Played on a record and sung by an unidentified man four times
      Played as background music often

      "The Japanese Sandman"
      Music by Richard A. Whiting
      Lyrics by Ray Egan (as Raymond B. Egan)
      Played as background music

      "Just a Memory"
      Written by Lew Brown, Ray Henderson and Buddy G. DeSylva
      Played on a record

      "The Missouri Waltz"
      Music by John Valentine Eppel
      Lyrics by J.R. Shannon
      Music arranged by Frederick Knight Logan

      "I'm Tickled Pink with a Blue Eyed Baby"
      Music by Pete Wendling
      Lyrics by Charles O'Flynn
      Played and sung at the New Year's Eve party

      "The Moon Was Yellow"
      Music by Fred E. Ahlert
      Lyrics by Edgar Leslie
      Played and sung at the New Year's Eve Party

      "Auld Lang Syne"
      Traditional
      Lyrics by Robert Burns
      Played and sung at the New Year's Eve party

      "Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)"
      from "Lohengrin"
      Written by Richard Wagner (1850)
      Played during the wedding ceremony

      "The Wedding March"
      Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
      Played after the wedding ceremony

      "Charleston"
      Music by James P. Johnson
      Lyrics by Cecil Mack (1923)
      Played on a record
      Danced to by Irene Dunne

      "My Blue Heaven"
      Music by Walter Donaldson
      Lyrics by George Whiting
      Played on a record and as background music

      "Happy Birthday to You"
      Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
      Sung by Eva Lee Kuney, Cary Grant and Edgar Buchanan

      "Silent Night, Holy Night"
      Music by Franz Gruber
      Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
      English lyrics anonymous
      Played at the Christmas play and sung by the children
      Reprised at a second Christmas play

      "Poor Butterfly"
      Music by Raymond Hubbell
      Lyrics by John Golden
      Played as background music

      "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)"
      Music by Harry Link
      Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz (as Holt Marvell) and Jack Strachey
      Played as background music

      "Three O'Clock in the Morning"
      Music by Julián Robledo
      Lyrics by Dolly Morse
      Played as background music

      "Ain't We Got Fun?"
      Music by Richard A. Whiting
      Lyrics by Ray Egan (as Raymond B. Egan) and Gus Kahn
      Played as background music

      "The Prisoner's Song"
      Written by Guy Massey (1924)
      Played as background music

  18. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Feudal Japanese family names and both male and female names?
    Where can I find Feudal Japanese family names and both male and female names?
    I'm working on writing a novel at the moment. It involves the story of Agemaki and Sukeroku. Mainly, I'm looking for common family names of that time. I also need common geisha names and common male names. Actually, I would appreciate common non-geisha women names as well. A list, a link, anything would really help.

    Is there someone out there that can help me? It would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the nearest NIhonjin Kai (Japanese Association) or Embassy or consulate, they might have a library and do the research. Or perhaps in your city's library.

      If you want to write a Japanese story you must study their history first. In these films, The 7 Samurais (Shichi nin Samurai) or The last warrior you will find some of those family names you want. Even in some Manga books or anime related to the Feudal Era (Daimyo Jidai) in Japan.

      Look for Azuchi- Momoyama Era (1538 to 1603), Edo era (1603 to 1868) and Meiji Era (1868 to 1912) and you will find a lot of information, even here on the web.Look also for Ronin, it was the class for Samurai that went solo in Japan history, and they were 47 of them. In each era you willl find family names that were important and some still remain.

      Women did not keep their family name after getting married, besides, they were not important in those days.

  19. QUESTION:
    I'm tryin 2 hunt down a japanese film. It has people who r killed by each others fears, last 1 killed by rats?
    its for my boyfriend for his christmas, he described the film to me but said he didn't remember the title. please help anyone!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there!

      I tried and tried and TRIED to find what you were looking for and just couldn't come up with anything! XD I'm sorry.

      However, below is a link to a page on Wikipedia. It's a list of all Japanese Language films. Perhaps your Boyfriend could spot the film on the list, or if you still want to surprise him you could look for it (if it's there).

      Sorry i couldn't be more specific in my help!!

      Link:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_language_films

  20. QUESTION:
    What are some great foreign language films?
    I saw Letters From Iwo Jima lately, and I LOVE Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Can you think of any more? Preferably Japanese or Chinese.

    • ANSWER:
      Climates (Ceylan)
      Days of Being Wild (Wong)
      Pather Panchali (Ray)
      Harakiri (Kobayashi)
      Yojimbo (Kurosawa)
      Yi Yi (Yang)
      Dust in the Wind (Hou)
      Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai)
      A Time to Live, a Time to Die (Hou)
      What Time is it There? (Tsai)
      Tropical Malady (Weerasethakul)
      Tokyo Story (Ozu)
      Throne of Blood (Kurosawa)
      Three Times (Hou)
      A Story of Floating Weeds (Ozu)
      Spirited Away (Miyazaki)
      Good Men, Good Women (Hou)
      Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou)
      Seven Samurai (Kurosawa)
      Sansho the Bailiff (Mizoguchi)
      Patriotism (Mishima)
      Maborosi (Kore-eda)
      The Lower Depths (Kurosawa)
      Late Spring (Ozu)
      In the Mood for Love (Wong)
      Ikiru (Kurosawa)
      I Was Born, But... (Ozu)
      The Puppetmaster (Hou)
      High and Low (Kurosawa)
      Flowers of Shanghai (Hou)
      Flight of the Red Balloon (Hou)
      The End of Summer (Ozu)
      Early Summer (Ozu)
      Early Spring (Ozu)
      Distant (Ceylan)
      Chungking Express (Wong)
      Castle in the Sky (Miyazaki)
      The Burmese Harp (Ichikawa)
      An Autumn Afternoon (Ozu)
      2046 (Wong)
      Distant (Ceylan)

      There are more, but that's a basic list. Have any question about any of them let me know (all of them are Asian, by the way).

  21. QUESTION:
    what are the best european horror films?
    I know the classic silent ones and hammer films. Are there any good modern euro horror films being made? I'm interested in anything from the 60's on.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, "Amisha" only mentioned like 5 titles that are actually European: High Tension (French), The Descent (British), 28 Days Later (British), The Orphanage (Spanish), and Shaun of the Dead (British). (The 2006 re-make of The Hills Have Eyes was directed by the director of High Tension, but it was an American production, so it doesn't really count) The rest on that list are American or Japanese... LOL

      To that list I would add Anatomy (German; 2000), Frontier(s) (French; 2007), Demons (Italian; 1985), Let the Right One In (Swedish; 2008), Suspiria (Italian; 1977), and the TV mini-series The Kingdom (Danish; 1994) and The Kingdom II (Danish; 1997). Also, anything by Dario Argento is pretty fun, usually...

  22. QUESTION:
    Do you know a great horror film that will make me poop my pants?
    I am looking for a fantastic horror or thriller film that will make me afraid to sleep tonight. Nothing stupid and super low budget but something really good. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say the scariest movies I've ever seen are:
      1) The Shining (1980)
      2) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
      3) The Exorcist (1973)
      4) Rosemary's Baby (1968)
      5) Night of the Living Dead (1968)

      There's something about a lot of late 60's & 70's horror movies that I find genuinely scary. The scariest films I've seen in the last couple of years is A Tale of Two Sisters.

      Not all of these are scary, but here's my top 100 horror movies list:

      my top 5
      1) The Shining (the 1980 original)
      2) Rosemary's Baby
      3) The Haunting (the 1963 original)
      4) Psycho (the 1960 original)
      5) Night Of The Living Dead (the 1968 original)

      the rest in alphabetical order:
      Afraid Of The Dark
      Alien
      Amer
      American Psycho
      An American Werewolf In London
      Amityville Horror (the 1979 original)
      Antibodies
      Antichrist (2009)
      The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
      The Black Cat (1934)
      Blair Witch Project
      The Brood
      Burn Witch Burn aka Night Of The Eagle
      Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari
      Candyman
      Carnival Of Souls
      The Changeling (not to be confused with Changeling, two totally different movies)
      The Cremator
      Constantine
      Dawn Of The Dead (the 1978 original)
      Dead Snow
      Devil's Backbone
      Diabolique (the 1955 original)
      Die, Monster, Die!
      Don't Look Now
      Dr. Phibes Rises Again
      Drag Me To Hell
      Event Horizon
      Evil Dead
      Evil Dead 2
      The Exorcist
      Eyes Without A Face
      The Fall Of The House Of Usher (1960 version)
      Fear(s) Of The Dark
      The Fly (the David Cronenberg remake)
      From Hell
      Ganja & Hess
      Gothic
      Hausu
      Hellraiser
      Hour Of The Wolf
      House Of The Devil
      House On Haunted Hill (the 1959 original)
      The Howling
      The Hunger (not to be confused with Hunger, two totally different movies)
      In The Mouth Of Madness
      The Innocents
      Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
      Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)
      Jigoku
      Kill, Baby...Kill!
      Kuroneku
      Kwaidan
      Last Man On Earth
      Legend Of Hell House
      Let The Right One In
      Martin
      The Mummy (1932)
      Nosferatu (FW Murnau's original)
      Nosferatu (Werner Herzog remake)
      The Old Dark House
      The Omen (the 1976 original)
      Onibaba
      The Others
      The Orphanage
      Peeping Tom
      Phantom Of The Opera (1925 silent version)
      Planet Terror
      Poltergeist
      Possession (1981, not to be confused with the Gwenyth Paltrow movie of the same name)
      Profondo Rosso
      Ravenous
      [REC]
      Repulsion
      The Ring (the US remake, although the Japanese original is great too)
      Scanners
      Scream Blacula Scream
      Scream Of Fear
      The Sentinel (1977)
      Session 9
      Seven
      Shadow Of The Vampire
      Silence Of The Lambs
      Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton version)
      Spider Baby or The Maddest Story Ever Told
      The Strangers
      Suspiria
      A Tale Of Two Sisters
      The Tenant (1976)
      Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the 1974 original)
      The Thing (John Carpenter's remake, although the original The Thing From Another World is great too)
      Thirst
      Vampyr
      Videodrome
      Wicker Man (the 1973 original)

  23. QUESTION:
    What are some modern day monster movies?
    I've recently watched films like Pighunt, Warbirds & Mega-shark Vs Crocosaurus and quite enjoyed them.

    Does anyone know of similar movies to these? I'm looking for more modern day films but older ones are fine as well.

    Don't tell me Godzilla or King Kong either because I've seen most of them.

    • ANSWER:
      Tremors 1990

      Cloverfield 2008

      The Host (Gwoemul) (2006) - A japanese film, but I loved it, very Art-house.

      Pitch Black (200) (Well known, you may have seen)

      Slither (2006) (A controversial film - you either love it or you hate it, I thought it was ok viewing)

      Troll Hunter (2011)

      Pans Labyrinth (2006) (You may have seen this, its quite a blockbuster)

      'Dog Soldiers' and 'Ginger Snaps/Ginger Snaps2' are cult classics, and are similar - the werewolves/transformation 'monster' element here - but trust me - its nothing like twilight.

      Hellboy/Hellboy2 - Another blockbuster here

      The Mist (2007) many like it, I found it watchable, but pretty predictable in some scenes (probably because I watch a lot of these kind of films!) - its very nice visually however - an ominous mist covering the land - worth a watch.

      The Descent - Similar to The Mist in the ominous feeling you get as the characters descend into the dark cave, I really liked the blind monsters in this film.

      [REC] (2007) - I watched this recently, its a spanish horror - it was just a good scare fest - nothing too clever - just a interesting new take on the genre - the 'monsters' are humans who have contracted a virus.

      District 9 - (Alien-y film)

      Splinter

      Rogue (Rogue Crocodile) (2008) Crowd pleaser! - Massive croc is the 'monster' in this one.

      I have to recommend some zombie films, as I do like zombies!

      28 days later
      28 Weeks Later
      Dawn of the Dead
      Zombieland (Humour)

      You can find good reviews for these films, and plot synopsis on www.rottentomatoes.com
      This is a site I use when I want to check if films are worth watching.
      All the above I mentioned are decent films however.

      I could list more but all these will keep you going for a while! :)

  24. QUESTION:
    What 5 or 10 jazz albums, when placed in chronological order, tell the story of Experimental Jazz best?
    I tend to gravitate toward the more experimental jazz albums. So, if you can list those kinds of albums, that would be ideal for me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there!

      That's a little tricky, but mostly because limiting the list to just a few elminates so many trends and key points in the development of avant garde jazz, past and present, but here goes:

      Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz
      John Coltrane - Ascension
      Anthony Braxton - For Alto (not my favourite of his, but a key recording for certain!)
      Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare for the Warriors
      Sun Ra - Space is the Place
      Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds
      Hans Koch Trio with El Nil Troop - Heavy Cairo Traffic
      Milford Graves - Grand Unification
      Derek Bailey and DJ Ninj - Guitar, Drum n Bass
      Naked City - eponymous

      Like I said, there are many others, but here is my reasoning for the ones I have listed here:

      Ornette Coleman - Free Jazz: one of if not the first LP to feature a large ensemble basically free form improvisation (with only a starting and ending keys and note (singluar)) that was the springboard for his innovative Harmolodic approach to composition and improvisation.

      John Coltrane, of course, broke many moulds, but this album extended his improvisations to a new level and inspired his wife to continue in this vein for several albums that incorporated Asian traditional instruments which, in turn, influenced many other musicians and performance styles.

      Anthony Braxton For Alto was the first (or maybe the most prominent) presentation of solo avant garde parametered improv recordings. It lead him to explore duos, trios, quartets, and multiple orchestra composition and modular improv before moving on to trace music that incorporated multimedia, et cetera.

      Art Ensemble of Chicago - Fanfare - This recording presented a mixture of improv, newly styles of composition, and various older styles of classic jazz, bringing together many veins of the genre for the first time on one LP. They had been doing it already for years, but it came together more definitively here and influenced many other musicians to do the same.

      Sun Ra - Space is the Place: Another huge innovator in the genre, Sun Ra took the music from the concert halls and lofts and brought it to the big screen with this film and its sound track. A monumental influence on many scores as a result.

      Dave Holland Quartet - Conference of the Birds: With this LP, Holland extended his noisy avant garde side to include smooth melodies and harnessed the powerful playing of three important harsh players, merging angular structures with accessible tunes, almost creating an angry response to his take on the "new music".

      Hans Koch with El Nil Troop presented the first in a series of noise jazz compositions that not only featured traditional "World music" instruments, but embraced the melodies typically played on them as part of the experimental presentations. His trio released many other similar recordings afterwards and many other performers followed suit. Eventually movements such as the New Jewish Renaissance emerged.

      Milford Graves - Grand Unification: His outstanding experiments in percussion playing have blazed a trail for years, but with this CD, he combines many of the improviation methods mentioned above and creates astounding solo compositions that exemplify his various styles and musical philosophies.

      Derek Bailey and DJ Ninj: This album was pieced together by John Zorn for the Tzadik label and although they did not meet until halfway through the recording, the merger of drum and bass with harsh improvising guitar sounds opened the door for new improving team-ups and brought noise jazz to a new generation of listeners. He followed this release with recordings featuring joint efforts with Japanese art punkers Ruins and several others before his death a two years ago.

      Naked City's first eponymous CD was an explosion of styles performed with the energy of ten metal bands. Many of the songs were extremely short and and the tempo and melodic changed were severe. The influence of this album on jazz musicians and many other players of various genres is extensive and growing to this day.

      Go check those out and that will lead you to hundred more of exceptional and amazing experimental recordings!

      Cheers!

  25. QUESTION:
    What illness was the mother suffering from in the Japanese hit film 'My Neighbor Totoro'?
    I've seen the Japanese and English versions, (the English totally killed it.) But that's not the point. My question is, what was the illness the mother was suffering from? I have read up on this in several different articles. Here is a list of diseases different sources say she might of been ailed with:

    - Tuberculosis. (Same as Miyazaki's mother suffered with)

    - Pneumonia (Of Terminal Sorts.)

    - An Unknown Life-Threatening Illness.

    • ANSWER:
      I recently watched a tv documentary on Miyazaki before the release of his new hit Gake no ue no Ponyo. In this documentary, MIyazaki himself said that the mother in Totoro and Robber/mother in Laputa were inspired from his mother. Though in the documentary they also did not specify which illness for the mother in Totoro.......

  26. QUESTION:
    Have you gained any spiritual wisdom from modern movies?
    I was specifically wondering about the Star Wars movies, The Matrix films, or The Lord of the Rings series.
    It seems that there is always some concept in a hero movie that resonates with the audience.

    • ANSWER:
      No to the movies you ask about.

      I liked the Matrix a lot, for its satire on a world in which human beings are just "batteries" -- resources for the Matrix to use. But I don't buy the Gnostic metaphysics underlying the film, and the final "shoot-em-up" scene reminded me too much of the Columbine massacre. Complete with the black raincoats and everything.

      What's spiritually bad about "The Matrix," I think, is the idea that other people -- ANY other people -- are just robots or simulacra, entities without souls that us "good guys" can kill with abandon, without it making any difference to anyone.

      This is horrible and dehumanizing, when you think about it. In liberal Christian terms it's a kind of blasphemy -- it's denying the worth of other people who, just like you and I, are presumably made in the image of God and/or Jesus.

      In Buddhist or Muslim terms, looking at the "other" in this fashion -- the way that the protagonist in the Matrix looks at the bad guy FBI agent -- is a sin against compassion.

      In any case, it's just wrong to think it's OK to shoot other people down with machine guns, pretty much for the fun of it.

      Take the cartoonish shooting scene in the "Matrix" too seriously, and if you're not careful, you might end up supporting genocide.

      However, I have gotten spiritual wisdom from some other movies that seem to promote compassion.

      I'm thinking of "Rain Man," for example, about understanding people with autism.

      Ditto for the movies "Romero" and "Salvador," from the early 1980s, about the activities of US-sponsored death squads in Latin America and the brave people -- Catholic priests and nuns, in this case -- who were brave enough to stand up against the terror that the death squads unleashed on anyone speaking out for the poor.

      I also like a very old Japanese movie, "Rashomon," about how difficult it is to find truth in a world in which all of us tend to distort the truth for our own ego gratification.

      I also like "The Rapture," with Mimi Rogers, for the way it both empathizes with and satirizes popular Christian notions about the Apocalypse.

      An old film from the 1960s or early 1970s, "Little Big Man" with Dustin Hoffman, is good in exploring some of the spiritual virtues of Native American culture & religion.

      Especially in the final scene, where one of the Indian characters awaits his own death, you get a sense of a spiritual power & dignity that's somewhat different from the kind most of us subscribe to.

      I haven't watched "Schindler's List" or "Hotel Rwanda," but they're both supposed to be inspiring in showing how even ordinary people can take a principled and indeed "heroic" stand against genocide, even if the individuals involved don't seem at all heroic from the outside.

      "Missing" is a 1982 movie about a couple of young American do-gooders who get caught up in the military coup that overthrows the democratically elected government of Chile in 1973.

      The two Americans appear to get killed in the end by the new military dictatorship, but the way they confront their fate is inspiring, and shows the greatness of soul that people sometimes display quite unexpectedly when under extreme pressure.

      "Julia," from 1977, shows a humanitarian-minded American woman who takes great risks in the 1930s to save the lives of Jews & political dissidents in Nazi-occupied Germany. It's enormous inspiring, and Vanessa Redgrave in the title role is truly an heroic figure.

      Some critics argue that screenplay by leftwing author Lillian Hellman is partly based on lies; Hellman apparently wasn't always truthful about her life, her political beliefs and/or her friends. But "Julia" is an inspiring story regardless.

  27. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite taiwanese or korean romance movies?
    It has to be a romance movie. Korean, taiwanese, chinese,or japanese movies are prefered. Unless it is just a really good romance movie. :}

    • ANSWER:
      Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai
      In the Mood for Love, Wong
      Chunhyang, Im Kwon-Taek
      A Brighter Summer Day, Edward Yang
      I Don't Want ot Sleep Alone, Tsai Ming-Liang
      Hold You Tight, Stanley Kwan

      I know there are a ton more, but I'm not really a fan of Romantic films. That's a good list to start out with, Wedding banquet was a good one, also.

  28. QUESTION:
    How many episodes are there of case closed that have been tranlated into english?
    And are they still dubbing?
    How many are there in the japanese version?
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, I just watched yesterday till ep 130 in English count or 123 in the original Japan count. And that's it for English dub.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Case_Closed_episodes#Fifth_Season:1998.E2.80.931999
      scroll down to see.

      But GOOD NEWS GOOD NEWS.

      yeah, basically, I'm in hysteria, because
      FUNimation announced that they WILL dub 4 MORE movies.
      http://www.funimation.com/f_index.cfm?page=news&id=583

      Just to make sure that you know, there are only 2 movies got dub. and since in the later movies, there's this character got introduced, her name is Haibara, she's the one who created the shrinking medicine. she drank one to in hope to escape the organization. But now she lives with Dr. Agasa. So in some forums, rumors been going that they will dub more episodes.

      This is so good.

      OH yeah, there are currently 554 movies, and will release more in September.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Case_Closed_episodes#Eighteenth_Season:2009
      scroll down to see and 13 movies
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_Closed:_The_Time-Bombed_Skyscraper
      That's the link of the 1st movie. on the right panel under the picture and the info. There's a link says Followed by: Just click the links to see the next movie or
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Case_Closed_episodes#External_links
      See the last box. There's list of movies in order with links label Films.

      Holding my breath.
      XD

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some really good scary/horror movies to watch with friends?
    i dont want any movies from the 90s or anything. more of the ones from 2003 or so to present
    so if u have any in mind please tell me :) oh and if you know any japanese horror movies write them down as well cuz i heard they are way scarier than american ones.

    • ANSWER:
      asian horror is much better than hollywood ones. here's my list

      Japan :
      - Dark water
      - Forbidden siren
      - Gurotesuku / grotesque
      - Ju-On (hollywood remake it to The Grudge)
      - Kuchisake onna/slit mouthed woman
      - Shibuya kaidan/the locker
      - Premonition
      - Ringu/the ring
      - Tales of terror from tokyo (in 4 volumes)
      - Dark tales of japan
      - One missed call
      - Noroi : the curse (in documentary format)
      - Pray (it's quite good)

      i recommend you to watch Tales of Terror from Tokyo. the movie had 4 volumes/sequel. 1 movie contains 15 or more short films, with only 5 minutes long. so you won't be bored.
      though some stories are weird, but some are scary enough.

      Korea :
      - a tale of two sisters (original korean version of The Uninvited. i really love it. and hollywood screwed this lovely movie)
      - R-point (i like it)
      - GP 506
      - cello
      - whispering corridors

      Thailand :
      - 999-9999
      - alone (a very good movie)
      - bangkok haunted
      - art of devil
      - shutter
      - body jumper (more to comedy)
      - buppah rahtree
      - colic
      - coming soon
      - meat grinder
      - 4bia and phobia 2
      - the coffin
      - the sisters
      - the unborn
      - the unseeable
      - the cadaver

      i highly recommend you to watch 4bia, phobia 2, body jumper, alone, shutter and the unborn.

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to learn japanese. can you suggest a manga which i could try to translate?
    i want to know how to read, write and speak japanese but i would first like to familliarize myself on how to construct a sentence in japanese. and how to read. so far, i'm able to recognize hiragana and katakana. i have no idea how to read a kanji.

    so i would really want a manga, which also has a copy translated to english, that has all characters in hiragana and/or katakana.

    • ANSWER:
      you should definitely try kids mangas. the grammar is easier, and the sentences are in kanji, but also have furigana (hiragana next to the kanji), so u can read it more easily.
      i noticed the difference, i.e. i could kind of understand "fruits basket", but i really couldnt understand "nana" in japanese.

      dont forget to get a dictionary with listing by hiragana (eg. oxford, thats pretty good)

      get a small grammar book as well to help (i like barron's "japanese grammar")

      theres also the series "kanji de manga", which uses each new kanji in a simple story to help u remember it.

      then of course you could also watch japanese films/anime with subtitles. again kids stories would be better for grammar. but anything will help you get a feel for the language, intonation etc.

      all the best!

  31. QUESTION:
    Japanese literature of the bombings of Hiroshima Nagasaki?
    I have to do an oral presentation about the Japanese literature of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    The literature has to be from the Japanese's memory, not the American.

    I've been searching online for days for some things to use, and all I've found is one poem. Does anyone know where I could find some good sources?

    These could be short stories, poems, books, survivor stories, etc as long as it's from the Japanese memory.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list of works by survivors of the atomic bombings. The keyword you may need to use is Hibakusha. Hibakusha (被爆者) is the term widely used in Japan referring to victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

      People:
      Hiroshima Maidens
      Sadako Sasaki - a girl famous for her story of Thousand origami cranes
      Tsutomu Yamaguchi - a double A-bomb survivor - both in Hiroshima and Nagasaki
      Keiji Nakazawa - an author of Barefoot Gen
      Takashi Nagai - a doctor and author of The Bells of Nagasaki

      List of works:
      Black Rain (1965 novel)
      Barefoot Gen (1973 manga series)
      Barefoot Gen (1976 film)
      Barefoot Gen: Explosion of Tears (1977 film)
      Barefoot Gen: Battle of Hiroshima (1980 film)
      Barefoot Gen (1983 anime)
      Barefoot Gen 2 (1986 anime)
      Barefoot Gen (2007 TV drama)
      No More Hiroshima (1984 documentary film)
      Hiroshima Witness (1986 documentary film)
      Black Rain (1989 film)
      Hiroshima (1995 film)
      Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms (2003 manga, 2007 novel and film)
      Hiroshima (2005 documentary/docudrama film)
      White Light/Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (2007 documentary film)
      Boushi (2008 TV drama)

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some horror movies that you have seen?
    I am not looking for ones that have just scared you.Just any movies that would fall under the horror category.You do not have to list all the horror movies you have seen.For people like me that would take forever.

    • ANSWER:
      some in my collection...
      Battle Royale (not technically horror, but whatever...it's Japanese)
      Blood Sucking Freaks
      Cabin Fever
      Cannibal Ferox
      Case 39
      Fallen
      Frontier(s) (french film--basically Texas Chainsaw, Hostel, the Descent and The Hills Have Eyes rolled into one)
      Hostel
      28 Days Later
      Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      The Hills Have Eyes
      The Reaping
      The Wicker Man (original)

      Youtube has a decent new zombie series out, but it's only about thirty minutes long so far, about 8 minute episodes each called Bite Me
      I Love Sarah Jane is a ten minute zombie short film on youtube that's pretty good
      The Walking Dead is a great zombie tv series
      Also, this is a pretty entertaining zombie experiment:

      maybe fake, idk.

  33. QUESTION:
    What are your favorite soundtrack albums for an anime or animated series/film?
    Some animes seem to have exceptional music,which makes for great OSTs (soundtrack albums).Same goes for non-Japanese animated series as well.

    Others have horrible music that make you wanna cringe,and forget you ever heard it.

    Tell me about the ones that you just can't seem to stop playing....the ones that are constantly getting stuck in your head.

    Bonus Q: Which anime/animated series or film has the absolute WORST soundtrack ever?

    • ANSWER:
      Anime:

      I love the Rurouni Kenshin soundtrack. It is one of the few anime OSTs that I love more than two or three tracks, although I prefer most of the instrumental tracks over the songs with lyrics. Before hearing the RK OST, I was never really into instrumental songs, but I got into it after I heard some of the tracks.
      http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=3BCBD27C48514BE6

      Saiyuki, Ayashi no Ceres and Witch Hunter Robin have some great instrumental songs as well.
      http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7C4CD155307CAB58

      As for non-instrumental songs from anime series, my vote goes to Rurouni Kenshin, Full Metal Alchemist, Slam Dunk and Hajime no Ippo.
      Full Metal Alchemist is also one of those rare anime OSTS that have a lot of good songs ranging from ballads, pop to rock. Slam Dunk has some good alternative/rock songs and Hajime no ippo has some pretty good ones as well.

      "Tell me about the ones that you just can't seem to stop playing....the ones that are constantly getting stuck in your head."

      From Rurouni Kenshin
      4th Avenue Cafe (It's not exactly my favorite song from the OST but it keeps playing on my mind over and over again.).
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUFHiErHJu4
      1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RICad9fQYA4
      Sobakasu
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMrySZZ_v9k&feature=fvst

      Full Metal Alchemist
      Rewrite
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laWzZlJAR1k&feature=fvst

      Houki Boshi
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZHK6AWH_E

      Lost Heaven
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ668BBHg7o

      Slam Dunk
      Sekai ga Owaru Made Wa
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGhUcx8tRD4

      Hajime no Ippo
      Yuuzora no Kamihikouki

      Non-anime, Anastacia has some pretty nice songs, my favorite of which are Once Upon a December and At the Beginning.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmSKU7vM6wg

      Mulan has some catchy songs and a nice ballad too.
      I'll make a man out of you

      True to Your Heart
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpowg6F5w-E&feature=related
      Reflection
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnXTH88AHqM

      Bonus Q: Which anime/animated series or film has the absolute WORST soundtrack ever?

      - I can't really think of anything as I only tend to remember those that I liked. If it didn't manage to trigger my interest, i tend to forget it after a few hours or so. -_-'

  34. QUESTION:
    Why are many cartoons listed in Anime sections?
    I am just curious is all. I mean I'll look up a toon to watch and 99% of the time its listed in an Anime website. Even Netflix has cartoons in the Anime section! Like many of the DC Animated Universe films drawn here in the US and produced by Warner Bros Studios are listed in the Anime section. I find it so weird. Why don't they just have a site for toons or a toon section in Netflix instead of combining the two?

    • ANSWER:
      Well technically anime shows are Japanese cartoons. So perhaps that how they are classifying them.

  35. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend some genuinely scary horror movies to watch?
    I prefer asking people instead of looking through websites that list comedy horrors as some of the best horror movies.

    • ANSWER:
      Asian
      Audition (Japanese)
      Art Of Devil (Thai)
      999-9999 (Thai)
      Suicide Club (Japanese)
      Tale Of Two Sisters (Korean)
      Ring (Japanese)
      Shutter (Thai)
      The Eye (Chinese)
      One Missed Call (Japanese)

      American
      The Last House On The Left
      The Hill Have Eyes
      Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      Saw 1, Saw 2
      Hellraiser Series
      Jeeper Creepers 1, Jeeper Creepers 2
      Rest Stop
      Hostel 1
      The Hitcher (Not Very Scary but I like it)
      Turistas
      Joshua
      Orphan
      Pulse
      The Village
      Silent Hill (Not very scary, just love the story and original games)
      Wrong Turn
      Quarantine (Watch Original Spanish Version [REC] and [REC] 2 scarier)
      CUBE 1, CUBE 2, CUBE 0 (Great Series)
      IT
      Pandorum
      1408
      The Ruins
      Shadow Puppets (not a big budget movie but I liked it)
      Dead Silence
      The Messengers
      Paranormal Activity
      Dark Water
      The Grudge
      30 Days Of Night
      The Msit
      Heartstopper (not a big budget movie but I liked it)

      British
      Eden Lake
      Triangle (2009) (difficult to categorize but it’s must see film which makes you think for a long time)
      The Descent 1,2
      28 Days Later
      House Of 9

      Others
      Night Watch, Day Watch (Russian)
      Funny Games (Austrian)
      Irréversible (French)
      Cannibal Holocaust (Italian)
      Haute Tension (French)
      Human Centipede (Dutch)

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the typical guns on a military battleship, destoryer, so on?
    I'm being more specific to all the ships not just the two listed above.

    • ANSWER:
      As you are refering to battleship I think I'm in safe waters assuming you mean around the WW2 point in history when battleships were standard in any country's Navy.

      A typical early-war Battleship is best represented by those at Pearl Harbour eg USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910... still in service in the 1940s. Arizona carried twelve 45-caliber 14-inch guns in triple gun turrets and like those of most navies of the period had a few 4inch guns for close quarter engagements, a few 50cal mg posts and not much in the way of anti-aircraft.
      And example of the class, USS Texas:
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/01/USS_Texas_BB-35_aircastle.jpg

      Later war Battleships like the Bismarck class are a night and day comparison, armed with eight 15 inch guns in quadruple turrets, twelve 6 inch guns, sixteen 4 inch guns, sixteen 3.7cm anti-aircraft guns, tweve 2cm anti-aircraft guns and four Arado Ar 196 floatplanes.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bb_bismarck.png

      There were different kinds of Battleships also.
      Lighter Battleships like HMS Hood; heavy on guns with much speed and endurance with the sacrifice being armour.
      There were odd looking Battleships also like the British HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney with all main guns mounted forward, 16 inch main guns in triple turrets.
      "The three turrets from forward to aft were "A", "B" and "X". The guns received individual nicknames being known as Happy, Grumpy, Sneezy, Dopey, Sleepy, Bashful, Doc, Mickey and Minnie, sometime after the release of the film Snow White in 1937."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Nelson_%2828%29

      Cruisers were the next class, a good example being the Canadian HMCS Uganda
      Nine 6 inch guns mounted in triple turrets, four 4inch guns, four two-pounder [40mm] anti-aircraft guns in quad turrets, twenty 70mm Borfors anti-aircraft guns mounted in twin turrets.
      http://www.patriotfiles.com/archive/navalhistory/Photo06clUganda1NP.jpg

      Next are destroyers, a fleet action type would be the US Fletcher class:
      Five 5 inch guns, various smaller guns, five 21 inch torpedo tubes, two anti-sub hedgehogs.
      http://padresteve.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/uss-kidd-museum.jpg
      An equivalent the Tribal Class destoyer eg HMCS Haida:
      Twelve 7 inch guns in quad turrets, one twin 4inch gun mount, one quadruple mount 40mm, six 20mm Oerlikon cannons, one quad launcher with Mk.IX torpedoes (4 x 21-inch torpedo tubes), 1 rail + 2 Mk.IV depth charge throwers.
      http://hmcshaida.ca/g63photo.jpg

      You then have light or 'escort' destroyers, light on main armament - perhaps just one or two 4 inch guns but large on anti-aircraft and depth charges.

      Then Frigates, then come Corvettes

      The largest Battleship[s] ever built were the Japanese Yamato class; including 18 inch main guns that could hurl a shell the weight of a Volkswagen an unprecedented range of 25 miles... and odds are hit what they were aiming for.
      http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g433/TomaszGuzik/YAMATO/sibuyan-44.jpg
      http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/popularmechanics/images/XO/big-guns-03-0512-lgn.jpg

  37. QUESTION:
    Is Arabic the hardest language to learn,if not,what is?
    I think that despite all the Hanzi/Kanji memorization in Chinese and Japanese,Arabic is harder in pronunciation and alphabet.I've seen on "toughest language lists" that Finnish is one of the most difficult.I haven't really looked into learning Finnish,Bengali,Hindi or Hebrew.I am interested in many languages and still haven't come close to choosing which one to" go after".What are your thoughts on this? I know that these "toughest" languages to learn questions are really popular in this section.
    Just in case you were interested,I have narrowed my languages I want to learn down to six.I know it's alot,but there are countless languages out there.The six I am interested in are Japanese,Mandarin,Spanish,French,Russian and Arabic.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello. I can see you have a great talent in learning language, then why not try to learn Chinese, since it is one of the hardest languages in the world? I recommend you to learn Chinese for several reasons:

      At first, China has a rich history and many tourist attractions, so learn Chinese is full of fun.

      What’s more, China is very popular all over the world. If you learn Chinese, you may have more opportunities to use it, even in your country.

      Besides, China is playing a more and more important role in global economy, so it is necessary to know views and information of China.

      If you are thinking about learning Chinese, I am happy to offer you some ways of learning Chinese:
      Since you are a beginner, I suggest you take Chinese lessons. Both local classes and online lessons are Ok. It depends on your free time. Here are the ways of learning Chinese.

      Firstly, keeping reading a short Chinese text and writing a new character every day.

      Secondly, add native Chinese speakers who want to learn English on your Skype and do language exchange with them. This is an effective way to practice your oral Chinese. Also, you can learn very authentic expression of words and slang.

      Thirdly, always visiting Chinese learning websites to know idioms, culture, custom and classic usage of Chinese. Do some exercises to strengthen what you’ve learned.

      Fourth, watching TV series, shows and films will practice your listening. You can also learn some fashionable words and good expressions.

      Besides, I would like to recommend you several videos of learning Chinese:
      http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNDQ3MzEwODM2.html This video mainly deals with beginners.

      http://resources.echineselearning.com/general/?ecl=ptEEEyahooV122101 This website contains animated stories of Chinese words, expressions and culture. You can down e-books and materials of learning Chinese from this website, too.

      I hope it will help. You can also write to me at jennifer.zhu@echineselearning.com so that I send the materials of learning Chinese to you.

  38. QUESTION:
    What songs would you recommend for a multi-lingual music playlist for baby?
    I'm pregnant and would like to put together a list of songs to expose baby to and that I can sing along to as well. Only thing is I'm looking for songs in more than one language. I'm preferably looking for English, Spanish, Japanese, and German, but I gladly welcome all languages as well. Also, looking for soft music, nothing too harsh or loud. It can be from popular artists or even tv and film.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I don't have access to YouTube at the moment (I'm at work, and they've made it impossible to log onto that site), but I can recommend a few good French songs that I remember from my childhood.

      Henri Salvador, "Une chanson douce"
      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1004&bih=609&q=henri+salvador+une+chanson+douce&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=
      Note: This song seemed perfect not only for the melody, but also because the chorus mentions "une chanson douce que me chantait ma maman" - meaning "a tender song my mom used to sing to me".

      Then of course there's Chantal Goya, who literally made a career out of singing and performing for children.
      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1004&bih=609&q=chantal+goya+un+lapin&aq=f&aqi=g2g-v2g-b1&aql=&oq=
      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&biw=1004&bih=609&q=chantal+goya+voulez-vous+danser+grand-m%C3%A8re&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

  39. QUESTION:
    what is the restaurant in wimbledon movie?
    in the movie wimbledon,Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany are eating in the Japanese restaurant in London.What is the name of that restaurant?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure, but the list of filming locations is on IMDB.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0360201/locations

  40. QUESTION:
    Should I support British economy by stop watching Japanese porn and change to buy the British one?
    Should I support British economy by stop watching Japanese porn and change to buy the British one?

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of British Porn Producers have moved their filming offshore to the Far East, as a cost-cutting exercise. However, they are still British Companies and profits are sent back to the UK.
      Therefore, carry on watching Japanese porn, if it is a wholly owned subsidiary of a UK Company, otherwise call the Foreign Office to obtain of list of British-owned porn suppliers.

  41. QUESTION:
    How many films are taken based on manga comics?
    List out the films which taken based on manga comics .. And also mention some of the film names.. What all are the awards provide by manga companies.. List out some of the famous manga comics …

    • ANSWER:
      The Japanese manga industry has a large number of awards, most sponsored by publishers, with the winning prize usually including publication of the winning stories in magazines released by the sponsoring publisher. Examples of these awards include the Akatsuka Award for humorous manga, the Dengeki Comic Grand Prix for one-shot manga, the Kodansha Manga Award , the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic of the year, the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Tezuka Award for best new serial manga, and the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize,

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the best science fiction movies -- from Europe, Japan, and Asia?
    I have seen practically every American & English science fiction film ever made - even going back to the silent era. Now I'd like to explore the world of European, Asian, and Japanese sci-fi movies.

    Could you please give me a list of what you consider the best (or most interesting) Foreign science fiction movies made in the last 50 years? What would you suggest I see?

    And please - no Anime . . . I've seen plenty of those & am entirely up-to-date on animation.

    Thanks for your lists and suggestions!

    • ANSWER:
      City of Lost Children

      That's a French sci-fi film from 1995.

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the spanish song that was in film goal2 living the dream?
    the song inside the film it's beginning when munez's brother playing the football in the street

    • ANSWER:
      Track listing is here

      # "AVE MARIA"
      Performed by Barbara Bonney / Geoffrey Parsons

      # "BRIGHT IDEA"
      Performed by Orson

      # "I LIKE THE WAY"
      Performed by the Bodyrockers

      # "I SEE GIRLS (CRAZY) - TOM NEVILLE RADIO EDIT"
      Performed by Studio B

      # "LETTING THE CABLES SLEEP"
      Performed by Bush

      # "TURNING JAPANESE"
      Performed by The Vapors

      # "ESTO ES PA TI"
      Performed by Santa Fé

      # "NO TOMORROW"
      Performed by Orson

      # "LA CAMISA NEGRA"
      Performed by Juanes

      # "FEELING A MOMENT"
      Performed by Feeder

      # "E246"
      Performed by Coco & Puttnam

      # "TOE THE LINE"
      Performed by Trademark

      # "PUSH THE BUTTON"
      Performed by The Sugababes

      # "HERE WITHOUT YOU"
      Performed by 3 Doors Down

      Hope this helps

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is the holocaust of the jews remembered more than the death of 16 million chinese by the japanese in WW2?
    I was having a discussion today with a friend about the film Schindler's List. I was saying how sorry I felt for what happened to the jews in world war 2. He pointed out that no-one remembers all the chinese that died (16 million civilians) that died at the hand of the Japanese. There are so many books and films on the jewish Holocaust but nothing on the chinese.

    • ANSWER:
      You'd have to ask the Chinese people why they don't commemorate their lost ones, wouldn't you?

      The Holocaust was grotesque and also 'unique' in that it was the attempted and almost successful genocide of one specific religious group. The death camps were designed and built purely for the purpose of killing as many Jews as possible, as swiftly as possible.

      Almost every Jewish family in Europe today, has missing members who died in the Holocaust. We are a tiny people, something like 0.25% of the world population, so the Holocaust had a personal and immediate impact on us all.

      And because, sadly, anti semitism still exists, we cannot ever forget what happened to our fellow Jews. All Jews take a silent vow at some point or another in their lives: NEVER AGAIN.

      If the Chinese choose NOT to honour the millions of their people that died, that's up to them, I guess, isn't it...?

      http://www.nizkor.com - info on the Holocaust

      http://ajewwithaview.blogspot.com

  45. QUESTION:
    What are some popular animes for each genre I listed?
    I am currently doing a presentation on Japanese animation for my film class so I need a very popular anime for each genre I lest below:
    -A comedy anime
    -A drama anime
    -A fantasy anime
    -A hentai anime
    - and two classic animes
    ~ You don't need to give me the full list but you could give me one of those and I will really appreciate it ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      These are the first series that come to mind
      Comedy
      Golden boy,seitokai yakuindomo, baka and test
      Drama
      Clannad,Kanon,Toradora,Amagami SS
      Fantasy
      Sword Art Online, Accel World
      Ecchi?
      Kiss X Sis, Highschool DXD, Sora no Otoshimono
      Classics
      Spirited Away, My neighbor Totoro.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are some good World War Two movies?
    Please try not to recommend any older than 1990!!

    Doesn't matter about the country of origin, I don't mind subtitles. =P

    AS LONG AS THE MOVIE IS BASED AROUND WW2!!! It can be about the Holocaust, the Japanese internment camps, the European front, the Pacific front, from the point of view of the Allies or the Axis.

    • ANSWER:
      War in Wintertime (Dutch film about a boy in the Netherlands during the last winter of WW2)

      American Pastime (movie about the Japanese Internment camps in the USA)

      Letters From Iwo Jima (movie from the point of view of Japanese soldiers during the battle of Iwo Jima)

      Flags of Our Fathers (movie about the American soldiers who raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima)

      The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (about the Holocaust, based on novel)

      The Children of Huang Shi (British journalist in WW2 China)

      The King's Speech (about King George VI of Great Britain during WW2)

      Here's a Wikipedia page to lot's more movie!!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_War_II_films

  47. QUESTION:
    Movies with Handsome Men in Traditional Japanese Clothing?
    If you know of a few, please list them. Is it just one scene or the whole movie? Who stars in it?

    • ANSWER:
      You might try these:
      You Only Live Twice (James Bond film)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062512/
      Shogun (TV miniseries)
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080274/
      Sayonara
      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050933/

  48. QUESTION:
    Government elites with family members in military?
    Does anyone know a list of government leaders who have family member or relatives enlisted in the military? I need for a research paper for school. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      A good source for this would be to look at the U.S. Presidents records of military service.
      Clinton was the first draft dodger president.

      Bush II was in the Texas Air National Guard
      (Despite the laughter the Democrats have on this some of the Air Guard did go to Vietnam. I have friends in the New Mexico Air Guard and their unit was sent to Vietnam, and one from New York was too

      http://www.ang.af.mil/history/Forging.asp

      Before Clinton was Bush 1. He was shot down in WW2

      Before Bush 1 was Reagan, he joined the Army and (since he was a movie star) worked making Army training films.

      Before Reagan was Carter. He was a disaster as a President, but he had gone to the United States Naval Academy and served on nuclear submarines

      Before Carter was Ford. He too had been in WW2... I think he was a Navy Aviator off of an air craft carrier.

      Before Ford was Nixon... I don't recall what he did, but I think he was Navy

      Before Nixon was LBJ. He was a member of Congress from Texas. After America entered the war in December 1941, Johnson, still in Congress, became a commissioned officer in the Navy Reserves, then asked Undersecretary of the Navy James Forrestal for a combat assignment.[8] Instead he was sent to inspect the shipyard facilities in Texas and on the West Coast. In the spring of 1942, President Roosevelt needed his own reports on what conditions were like in the Southwest Pacific. Roosevelt felt information that flowed up the military chain of command needed to be supplemented by a highly trusted political aide. From a suggestion by Forrestal, President Roosevelt assigned Johnson to a three-man survey team of the Southwest Pacific.

      Johnson reported to General Douglas MacArthur in Australia. Johnson and two Army officers went to the 22nd Bomb Group base, which was assigned the high risk mission of bombing the Japanese airbase at Lae in New Guinea. A colonel took Johnson's original seat on one bomber; it was shot down and everyone died. Reports vary on what happened to the B-26 Marauder Johnson was on. Some accounts say it was also attacked by Japanese fighters but survived, while others claim it turned back before reaching the objective and never came under fire. MacArthur awarded LBJ the Silver Star, the military's third-highest medal, for his actions.

      Before Johnson was JFK... just Google "PT 109"

      the list is a long one, check it yourslef here...

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_Presidents_by_military_service

      Contrary to what your professor says, the eletes in American do serve in the military... (like I said before Google "Robert Gould Shaw", and "Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain", as examples) however not all of them are eletes at the time they do so though America is a country where who your father was matters less than any other (except perhaps Austrialia). Something like 80% of the millionares in America are first generation (i.e. self made men see below).

      So the sons and daughters of the elete may not serve in large numbers, the men who BECOME the elete do serve in large numbers.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me a list of romantic Japanese movies?
    I have a cousin and she's turning 18-years old this month. She loves watching Asian dramas and movies, and her favorites are "Koizora" and "Kimi no Todoke" ... She loves Haruma Miura but also watches other films even if Miura is not in it ... Can anyone give me a list of good Japanese romantic movies? I would like to find it and give it to her as a gift. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few ideas to help your friend:

      http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/genres-movies/drama/10-best-japanese-dramas/

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080404144132AAPrhaH

  50. QUESTION:
    Where can you get L Change the world in english dub?
    Where can you get L change the world in english dub? I have looked for some time but I haven't come across it :( if you are not familiar to the movie its to do with the film death note which was made in to a japanese film from the manga series. They all have english dub but i cant find L change the world with it :O pleaseeeee help <3 xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      At last! Yahoo is letting me answer.
      Hope you're in the UK. The complete box set does apparently have an English dub. I've seen some reviews on Amazon saying the film is better with subtitles rather than dub, but there you go.

      Amazon does list the film you want separately, but it isn't clear what the language options are.


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