Ugetsu Two peasant pottery makers become obsessed with the prospect of wealth in a war-torn economy--and the consequences thereof. One of the crown jewels of post-war Japanese cinema. And ghosts! With Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyo. Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi.
Check, check, double check.ICHI THE KILLER
Takashi Miike - Japan - 2001
Based on a Hideo Yamamoto manga, which explains everything. Well up in the Miike canon. Best line, "I'll forgive you when you're dead." Not for the faint of heart.TOKYO GORE POLICE
Yoshihiro Nishimura - Japan - 2008
Nishimura co-wrote, edited, and was responsible for much of the principle make-up effects as well as directing. Not based on a manga, but it may as well have been. Also not for the faint of heart.
Yasuharu Hasebe - Japan - 1967
Black and white. Unexceptional period Nikkatsu crime movie. With Jō Shishido, probably more well known in the West for his role in Seijun Suzuki's BRANDED TO KILL of the same year in the Criterion catalog. For the faint of heart.
All of the above movies are essentially valuable as style exercises. In terms of content, none are certainly any threat to the likes of Kon Ichikawa's 1959 FIRES ON THE PLAIN, Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1962 PITFALL, Masahiro Shinoda's 1964 PALE FLOWER, Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 UGETSU, etc. etc.ALOIS NEBEL
Tomáš Luňák - Czech Republic / Germany - 2011
ALOIS NEBEL is a 2011 Czech animated drama film directed by Tomáš Luňák, based on the comic-book trilogy by Jaroslav Rudiš and Jaromír 99. It is set in the late 1980s in a small village in the Jeseník Mountains, close to the Polish border, and tells the story of a train dispatcher who begins to suffer from hallucinations where the present converges with the dark past of the expulsion of Germans after World War II. The black-and-white film was animated mainly through rotoscoping and stars Miroslav Krobot as the title character. The film was selected as the Czech entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the final shortlist. The film was submitted and won European Film Awards for Best animated movie. ~ wikipedia
Also with Karel Freaking Roden. This is a magnificent movie with the production technique perfectly matched to the character of the narrative. Highest recommendation.THE VISIBLE COMPENDIUM
Larry Jordan - USA - 1991 - 17 min.
great title/staccato/stop motion/retro graphic fragments/electronic score/hypertext protocol collage/avant garde/good for ya noodle GHOST ALGEBRA
Janie Geiser - USA - 2010 - 8 min.
great title/staccato/stop motion/photo mosaic/electronic score/hypertext protocol collage/avant garde/good for ya noodle
THE GUARD FROM THE UNDERGROUND*
Kiyoshi Kurosawa - JAPAN - 1992
*probably should have been translated "The Basement Guard"