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Virus 1980

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These are the essential apocalyptic films to see before the real Apocalypse happens

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“You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!”
       ― George Taylor, 'Planet of the Apes', (1968)

A grim collection of films depicting global threats, dystopian societies, post-apocalyptic worlds, and (in a few cases) the planet Earth blowing up real good.


Apocalypse Wow! Why Do We Love the End of the World So Damn Much?, via WestWord: tinyurl.com/y7gu9ykx

People Have Always Been Obsessed with the End of the World, via The Smithsonian: tinyurl.com/yc2p85bk

Our Never-Ending Obsession with the Apocalypse, via BBC Future: tinyurl.com/y9lpvae5

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From the revered classics of Akira Kurosawa, to the modern marvels of Takeshi Kitano, the films that have emerged from Japan represent a national cinema that has gained worldwide admiration and appreciation. The Directory of World Cinema: Japan provides an insight into the cinema of Japan through reviews of significant titles and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial origins of key genres. The directory aims to play a part in the distribution of academic output by building a forum for the study of film from a disciplined theoretical base.

This is in the form of an A-Z of reviews, longer essays and research resources. The cinematic lineage of samurai warriors, yakuza enforcers and atomic monsters are discussed in addition to the politically charged works of the Japanese New Wave, making this a truly comprehensive volume.

The list is based on the contents of the Book, sorted by chapters:

  • Film of the Year
  • Alternative Japan
  • Anime / Animation
  • Chambara / Samurai Cinema
  • Contemporary Blockbusters
  • Jidaigeki & Gendaigeki / Period & Contemporary
  • J-Horror / Japanese Horror
  • Kaiju Eiga / Monster Movies
  • Nuberu Bagu / The Japanese New Wave
  • Pinku Eiga / Pink Films
  • Yakuza / Gangster

More information on this is also aviable on http://worldcinemadirectory.co.uk/!

List for the 2nd edition: http://trakt.tv/users/sp1ti/lists/directory-of-world-cinema-japan-2

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