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Kiyoshi Kurosawa

“I don’t start with a philosophical or thematical approach. Instead I often start with a genre that’s relatively easy to understand and then explore how I want to work in that genre.”

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    TOKYO SONATA

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2008

    If any movie changed the perception that Kiyoshi Kurosawa only excelled at horror films, this is it: a domestic drama—the hallowed realm of Ozu—but reinvented. A prizewinner at Cannes, he scored his biggest hit yet with an unusual blend of redemptive family story, dystopian dread, and deadpan humor.

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    JOURNEY TO THE SHORE

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2015

    Though best known for J-horror, Kiyoshi Kurosawa confirms his remarkable versatility with this genre-bending road movie that paints an otherworldly portrait of love and death. Melding romance with the supernatural, Journey to the Shore is full of moments of surprising tenderness and melancholy.

    FLOWERS OF TAIPEI: TAIWAN NEW CINEMA

    Chinlin Hsieh Taiwan, 2014

    Featuring interviews with Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wang Bing, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Jia Zhangke, this documentary portrait provides a thorough perspective on the landmark New Taiwanese Cinema. An essential document of one of 20th century cinema’s most significant chapters.

    PENANCE

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2012

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa has no fear of cinema’s many shapes and sizes, and his version of a television miniseries takes full advantage of its possibilities for storytelling. The result is a genre-bending, deeply immersive saga of a crime and a curse that follows four girls’s divergent paths into adulthood.

    DOPPELGANGER

    Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan, 2003

    A decidedly playful master of many genres, Kiyoshi Kurosawa collaborated again with the great actor Kôji Yakusho (Cure) in a lightly comic version of a very scary idea: one day, a man sees his exact double. Existentially terrifying, perhaps, but also… potentially advantageous? A darkly sly gem.

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