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July 19, 2011



Don't you think the Japanese movie business is a bit limited in terms of themes? They seem to have made a lot of movies about yakusa, samurai, and monsters / horror. Perhaps these are the ones that become most famous. Whilst these themes are generally metaphors for something deeper (at least in the high brow stuff you watch), there's surely plenty of variety in Japanese culture from which to choose other metaphors.


I think you get a wider variety of themes in contemporary films. Japanese like other countries have a number of genres which they like to continually go back to and reinterpret or use to get a particular idea across. It seems that Kiyoshi Kurosawa in particular is known for his fresh metaphors int he films he has made in the 1990s and 2000s.

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