20 essential films from the Japanese New Wave

After writing a guest post for Taste of cinema listing my top 20 essential Japanese New Wave films, I was “advised”  by a friend to make a video version of the article.

This list isn’t really a ranking of the best new wave films, but a wide variation of them, which will hopefully give people a cohesive idea of what the “movement” was about.

So here it is, a little rushed, long winded and a tad incoherent … but you’ll get the idea, I’m sure.

Matthew E. Carter


Film-maker and writer for the Black Country Cinema collective. My films often revolve around the changing cultural identity of the UK. An avid cinephile with a love for Eastern Cinema.

  3 comments for “20 essential films from the Japanese New Wave

  1. elbowsuicida
    11/01/2015 at 16:30

    Would have like to have seen the warped ones on this list.

    • Matthew E. Carter
      16/01/2015 at 13:00

      The warped ones is a great example of the new wave’s sun tribe themed sensibility. However, I chose one film per director (to keep to a balanced 20 film limit) and I think Koreyoshi Kurahara’s Thirst for love was a better choice for presenting a more rounded impression of the new wave.

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