ended, and this year it was great fun too. Once again, this kind of initative has provided us lots of interesting articles and, most important of all, a great spirit of sharing and of a community united by the same passions and dreams. I must thank you all who participated (writting, sharing your views), and voted in our two polls. One week later, the results are the following:
As you can see, the 60's are, without a doubt, the favorite decade of our readers. Although it's my favorite decade too, I was really surprised, because I guess the 50's are somewhat much more celebrated than the 60's (scholars and critics are almost unanimous regarding that age, calling it "the golden age of japanese film"). And of course, the 90's and the 00's represent the decade in which most of us discovered Japanese cinema, and although those decades came in second place, I was expecting them to be even more voted. Nonetheless, I'm happy to know people out there really enjoy the 60's in all their might and power of subversion and aesthetic and ethic radicalism.
Then came our film genre poll:
The results were to be expected here. Period movies are still the most enjoyed and they kind represent japanese film better than any other genre. Of course, Modern dramas are also well represented here (maybe because of Ozu, Naruse?) as well as Yakuza cinema (Fukasaku up to Miike I guess). But what most amazed me was the "Horror" category which only has one vote: wasn't it mostly because of the 90's J-Horror that Japanese cinema has been revitalized in the West? Also, it's interesting to notice that Pink film comes in penultimate place: is it because erotic films can't be taken as seriously as the others (the artistic side of it) ? And then, we have Anime, which I think it would have come in first place, if we were to question all the Anime community (way bigger than Japanese Cinema one). Fortunately, it hasn't been that way.
I wanted to thank Michael from Wildgrounds to make this possible. Once again, congratulations for our work and may Japanese Cinema live in our hearts forever!