Watch These 6 Japanese Movies to Appreciate Japan More

Watch These 6 Japanese Movies to Appreciate Japan More

Japanese culture is just too rich and you can’t just get enough of it by excessive exposure to its people, language, and food. I have 6 Japanese documentaries for you that will help you know Japan more. This is the best way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture overnight. After watching all 6 of these, perhaps, you would be able to understand the culture deeper than a foreigner who have lived in Japan for a decade.



 

Watch These 6 Japanese Movies to Appreciate Japan More

 

1. Professional -Legend of way of Professional Style of Work- (プロフェッショナル:仕事の流儀)

Professional is aired on a public broadcaster, NHK, every Monday evening. “Professional” means master of something, or someone who is extremely expert about a certain field. They feature a lot of masters in different field. The point of this documentary is to pay respect to those masters.

 

2. Japanese Lies -photojournalist Kikuziro Fukusima- (ニッポンの嘘 報道写真家 福島菊次郎90歳)

The documentary is about Kikuziro Fukushima who was 90 at that time. He has been a photo journalist for over 70 years since the end of WW2. His photos have high rating from the critics and released 12 photography books. He also had photo exhibition over 600 times, and has denounced “fault of Japan” to take photos. He has a wide compilation of photos taken from HIROSHIMA after WW2, Fukushima nuclear disaster, pollution issue, and even students movement at ’60s. This documentary shows the real issues in Japan.

 

3. Will of Miya-Daiku(Master Carpenter) Tsuneichi Nishioka (鬼に訊け・宮大工・西岡常一の遺言)

Miya Daiku means a (master) carpenter who specializes renovating or building shrines and temples. This documentary is about Miya-Daiku Tsuneichi Nishoka (1905-1995). He was the man behind the renovation of Horuji, Yakushizi-Garan. Born as son of a Miya-Daiku, he learned a lot of techniques and how to choose the best material for shrines and temples. You can learn the roots of Japanese architecture.

 

4. Election1,2 (選挙1,2)

Election 1,2 are documentary films about Japanese election through the eyes of a candidate, Kazuhiko Yamauchi(Yama-san), a coin shop owner, who ran under LDP in Kawasaki-city Kanagawa, Prefecture. Even though foreigners can not vote in Japan, this is a very informative documentary about Japanese election. This helps solve your question about how Japanese select their future leaders who will govern the whole nation.

 

5. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (二郎は鮨の夢を見る)

This documentary is about a sushi master, Jiro Ono. He owns a sushi restaurant located in a basement of an office building Ginza, Tokyo. Joel Robuchon, a top French chef, and celebrities in Japan trust him as he delivers a world class service. The documentary consists of interview with Jiro, his son Yoshikazu and Jiro’s apprentices.

 

6. Soups (天のしずく)

This documentary features a 90-year old culinary advisor, Yoshiko Tatsumi. She has improved the Japanese way of lifestyle by introducing a dietary discipline. She said it is very important to have soup. This movie shows a lot of scenes about people in different ages and in social strata helping others who cannot eat solid food by themselves (especially elders). In this documentary, they go to different places to give out soup and to serve the humanity in need. Through this, you will understand the value of soup to people greatly to those who can’t feed themselves because they are hindered by their physical capabilities.

 

Conclusion

There are actually a wide variety of documentary films released at small movie theaters in Japan, however, they are not released on DVD. If those 6 Japanese documentaries seem not enough for you to know Japan, you can always inquire at small movie theaters and they would be glad to help you. Enjoy watching.

 

Watch These 6 Japanese Movies to Appreciate Japan More

1. Professional -Legend of way of Professional Style of Work- (プロフェッショナル:仕事の流儀)

2. Japanese Lies -photojournalist Kikuziro Fukusima- (ニッポンの嘘 報道写真家 福島菊次郎90歳)

3. Will of Miya-Daiku(Master Carpenter) Tsuneichi Nishioka (鬼に訊け・宮大工・西岡常一の遺言)

4. Election1,2 (選挙1,2)

5. JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI (二郎は鮨の夢を見る)

6. Soups (天のしずく)