Top 5 Shomin-Geki films

The Japanese social realist films or Shomin-Geki films are perhaps the some of the most influential on our own body of work. Depicting the everyday lives of urban Japanese life, the focus on characters and their observed interactions as well as the conflicting gap between the old and young are themes that we as a collective have always identified with. So, as requested, we have put together our top 5 favourite Shomin-geki films.

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.

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