BFI Japan 2021

A celebration of over 100 years of Japanese Cinema. Coming to big screens UK-wide this autumn…

  • News

    BFI Japan comes to big screens UK-wide this autumn

    Highlights include a cinema re-release of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and a major two-part season…

  • Review

    Ichi the Killer

    Takashi Miike’s blood-soaked 2001 manga adaptation remains a milestone in extreme Japanese cinema…

    5 stars
  • Review

    When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

    A hostess approaching 30 sees fewer days ahead in a male-dominated world, in Mikio Naruse’s understated kitchen sink drama…

    5 stars
  • Review

    The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice

    Rigidity and sentimentality meet in a quiet Tokyo household in Yasujiro Ozu’s superb drama…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Ikiru

    Takashi Shimura’s legendary performance grounds the raw humanity of this Kurosawa masterpiece…

    5 stars
  • Podcast

    Episode 9: BFI’s Japan

    We pick some treats from the BFI’s celebration of over 100 years of Japanese Cinema…

  • Review

    The Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice

    Ozu turns his eye towards marriage in a quietly reflective film of contrasts and changes facing post-war Japan…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Funeral Parade of Roses

    A must-see, one-of-kind cinematic experience you cannot miss…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    High and Low

    A deep examination of the physical and economic disparities of post-war modern societies…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Onibaba

    Kaneto Shindo’s erotic horror classic has withstood the test of time and has a thing or two to teach on the art of mood-setting…

    4.5 stars
  • News

    BFI launches Japan 2020: Over 100 years of Japanese Cinema

    Seasons coming to BFI Player from 11 May, with screenings later in the year…

  • Review

    Kwaidan

    Kobayashi’s dazzling masterpiece is back with a stunning 2K restoration…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    After Life

    A truly classic Kore-eda…

    5 stars
  • Review

    An Actor’s Revenge

    An exquisite homage to the presentational ethos so important to Japanese cinema…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Rashomon

    When the truth of a murder is about more than who killed who…

    5 stars
  • Review

    Red Beard

    The culmination of Kurosawa’s humanism— a heart-warming yet poignant Edo set drama…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    Seven Samurai

    Seven people must defend one village against a group of bandits in the greatest Japanese film of all time…

    5 stars