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    16 Japanese Films That Need More Love

    From horror to family drama, you may have heard of these but might have not seen them!

    Star Wars: Visions, a series set in the Star Wars universe, was recently released. It was made by a number of different Japanese animation studios – a reminder of how much influence Japanese cinema has on international films.

    It got me thinking about how varied and sometimes under-appreciated Japan’s cinema can be, aside from Anime TV and Studio Ghibli films.

    Here are 16 films from Japan you should watch:

    1. Shoplifters (2018) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

    a family of five holds hands, jumping into water

    2. After Life (1998) also by Hirokazu Kore-eda

    3. Pulse (2001) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    4. Millennium Actress (2001) by Satoshi Kon

    5. Dark Water (2002) by Hideo Nakata

    6. Only Yesterday (1991) by Isao Takahata

    7. Love Letter (1995) by Shunji Iwai

    8. The Hidden Fortress (1958) by Akira Kurosawa

    9. Cure (1997) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

    10. Maborosi (1995) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

    11. An Actor's Revenge (1963) by Kon Ichikawa

    12. House (1977) by Nobuhiko Obayashi

    13. Late Autumn by (1960) by Yasujirō Ozu

    14. Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017) by Masaaki Yuasa

    15. Audition (1999) by Takashi Miike

    16. Our Little Sister (2015) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Don't forget to share your recommendations in the comments below!