We watched a lot of Japanese movies during 2012 and in reviewing the year, made some comparisons to previous years’ best. Looking back, I fell in love with Villain, Phone Call to the Bar, Villon’s Wife, 13 Assassins and Air Doll while Karen went gaga over Rebirth, The Borrower Arrietty, Dear Doctor and Confessions (which I also like a lot!). For this year, our choices are varied – a couple of drama, a horror-thriller, a light comedy, an anime, and a few coming of age. Before the Best 10 Japanese movies of 2012, here is our review of the year in Japanese movies.
A showcase for young Japanese talents: Some critics are saying 2012 is not a good year for Japanese movies, but we have to disagree. There are some very good movies which provided opportunities for young Japanese talents to shine – Shota Sometani in Himizu and Lesson of the Evil, Kento Hayashi in Blazing Famiglia, Kento Nagayama in The Cowards Who Looked Up to the Sky, Satoshi Tsumabuki and Junpei Mizobata in Fly with the Gold, Tori Matsuzaka in Tsunagu, Takeru Sato in Rurouni Kenshin just to name a few.
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