According to the Cambridge dictionary, ‘cinephile’ is a nickname for someone who is very enthusiastic about films as a form of art, only Hollywood productions , but also films from various countries that rarely even get a place on the big screen.

Of the many countries that produce films, Japan is one country that often succeeds in making great films. In fact, now film production from Japan has begun to be touched and in demand by the international market.

If you are a cinematic, let’s watch the following series of Japanese films . These films are known to have quality that is not inferior to Hollywood, from the visuals, the storyline, to the meaning contained in them.

Shoplifters (2018)
This family drama film, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, received a positive response from both Japanese and international film critics. In fact, Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or in 2018, one of the most prestigious trophies at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition, this film was also nominated for an Oscar in 2019 for the “Best Foreign Film” category.

Shoplifters tells the story of the Shibata family, a family who relies on stealing to fulfill their daily needs. One night, they found a little boy who was lost and they decided to take care of the child.

Like Father Like Son (2013)
Shoplifters is not Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first film to gain worldwide attention. Previously, Kore-eda had directed a film called Like Father, Like Son which competed in the Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, he has not won the Palme d’Or trophy. However, Kore-eda managed to win another trophy in the same festival, namely the Jury Prize.

Like Father, Like Son tells of a complicated problem between two families, the Nonomiya family and the Saiki family, where their children have been swapped since birth. They only learned this from the hospital six years after their child was born. They are also forced to choose whether they want to continue to raise the child they have cared for for six years or exchange children ‘just’ for the sake of a blood relationship.

Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Kiki’s Delivery Service tells the story of a young magician named Kiki who uses her flying ability to run a freight forwarding service. This film is a film by Hayao Miyazaki in collaboration with a Japanese animation studio, Studio Ghibli.

This animated film is one of the most successful Japanese animated films in the American market. In fact, Rotten Tomatoes , a film review site, gave the film a near-perfect rating of 98/100. It is also one of several Studio Ghibli films to be translated into English by Walt Disney Pictures for the United States and Canada markets.

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