By: Nazia Adnin
New Wave movement has shaped up the Japanese cinema while providing the world with amazing poetic social realism movies. A rebel group of directors were the pathfinders behind the revitalization of Japanese cinema. The directors were bold to do something new as they were tired of traditional forms of classical cinema.
The Japanese movement roughly developed around the same time with French New Wave. Japanese film makers got inspirations from the same sources as the French film makers. Auteur theory was developing along with French New Wave while independent film movement was growing rapidly with Japanese New Wave.
Depictions of racism, sexual violence, political radicalism etc were key themes of Japanese New Wave movies. Directors broke the taboos of social norms through their works of unorthodox editing techniques, shock effects and bold directions. Directors from this era used radical and traditional elements in the films. Watching those movies for first time was a shock for the audience.
The Sun Legend Of The End Of The Tokugawa Era (Yûzô Kawashima, 1957), A Wife Confesses (Yasuzo Masumura, 1961), God Speed You! Black Emperor (Mitsuo Yanagimachi, 1976), Punishment Room (Kon Ichikawa, 1956), Woman In The Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964), Branded To Kill (Seijun Suzuki, 1967), Intentions Of Murder (Shohei Imamura, 1964), Thirst For Love (Koreyoshi Kurahara, 1966), A Fugitive From The Past (Tomu Uchida, 1965) are few mention worthy Japanese movies from a long list. There are plenty of amazing Japanese movies out there.
If you are a movie buff or independent film maker, Japanese movies are great in order to learn and explore an amazing world of cinema.