This pandemic has proven to be an unwelcomed guest who is just not leaving anytime soon. Even though our work and lifestyle have stayed the same since early 2020, time simply passed. To add some color to our mundane life, Netflix is adding an exciting batch of Japanese movies and series this August.
Get ready to watch more manga adaptations, arthouse films, book adaptation, and exciting series. Don’t make excuses now. Let’s be clear, you have nowhere to be, and it is better to stay inside anyway.
1. Boukyaku no Sachiko: A Meal Makes Her Forget
Boukyaku no Sachiko is a fun, and heartwarming series starring Sachiko Sasaki, played by Mitsuki Takahata. Based on the manga series of the same name by Jun Abe, it revolves around the main character Sasaki and how her life changes with food.
After her fiance abandoned Sasaki on their wedding day, this literary magazine editor has a hard time focusing on her work. With her mind filled with her boyfriend, she then enters a restaurant but forgets all about him when food comes out.
And so, Sasaki begins to find solace and tasty distraction in her lunchtime meals. This humorous and comical series is sure to appeal to people with the same taste as Midnight Diner and Samurai Gourmet.
This series stars other actors like Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Eri Fuse, and Rina Aizawa. Also, it aired on Netflix since August 1.
2. The Travelling Cat Chronicles
If you are into Japanese literature and are die-hard cat fanatics, then this movie is just for you folks. Based on the best-selling novel by Hiro Arikawa of the same name, the film was released in Japanese cinema on October 26, 2018.
The story follows a man named Satoru and his cat, Nana, who embark on the journey all across Japan to find a suitable home for him. During his trip, the story slowly unfolds Satoru’s pasts and his reasons for giving away Nana.
Make sure to prepare tissue by your side because this one is a tear-jerker. This light-hearted and easy follow story is less about a journey but more about a relationship between a man and his cat.
Likewise, the movie is star-studded with casts like Sota Fukushi, Yuko Takeuchi, and Alice Hirose. It aired on Netflix on August 1.
3. Love and Honor
Another exciting movie to watch this August is ‘Love and Honor.’ Starring Takuya Kimura, this third installment of director Yoji Yamada‘s samurai trilogy has won numerous awards, including the 2007 Japan Academy Prize.
The story follows Shinnojo Mimura, a low ranking samurai whose primary duty is to taste test food for his feudal lord. Married, Mimura dreams of owning kendo dojo, but his life takes an unexpected turn. After consuming toxic the Red Tsubugai, he turns blind.
The movie takes an ugly turn when Mimura finds about his wife’s illicit affair with another samurai. Now, a blind man but still a samurai in spirit, Mimura challenges other samurai to a duel to the death for love and honor.
Utterly captivating and also a box-office hit, the movie was released on Netflix on August 1. Also, the film stars actors like Rei Dan, Mitsugoro Bando, Takashi Sasano, and more.
4. Intentions of Murder
Directed by the cinematic master, Shohei Imamura, this movie is a black and white masterpiece. The story follows Riichi, a rich man and his wife, Sadako, who used to be his servant.
When Sadako becomes pregnant with Riichi’s son, she marries her master, but there are certain conditions. Sadako must live a lowly peasant life with no power in the marriage and not even own a legal guardianship on her own son. But things change after a robber breaks in the house when she is alone.
This movie shows the treatment of women back in the 1960s, Japan. Tinger with suspense and mystery, the film shows a resilient heroine fighting her way out of oppressive married life.
Made available since August 5, the movie stars prominent actors like Masumi Harukawa, Ko Nishimura, and Shigeru Tsuyuguchi.
5. Insect Woman
Another masterpiece by Shohei Imamura, the ‘Insect Woman,‘ follows a story of Tome, who was born to a lower-class family back in 1918. Determined to make her way out of poverty, she eventually becomes the madam of a brothel.
Released in 1963, the movie entered into the 14th Berlin International Film Festival. And its actress, Sachiko Hidari, won the Silver Bear award for Best Actress category.
This movie is a metaphor for life where Tome keeps on trying to get her life out of poverty, just like the title suggests. Make sure to watch this captivating movie as it is already available on Netflix since August 5.