Millennium Actress (2001) by Japanese director Satoshi Kon is a beautifully animated love story that spans across millennia, yet is also confined within the small screen that is cinema and serves to demonstrate the ultimate power of movies as a narrative device.
Colorful (2010) might not be the perfect anime movie, but it tackles some intriguing matters, and show how life can really be worth living.
Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s additions to the lexicon of cinema are countless, and his well of influence is deeper than possibly imaginable. The 1950 film Rashomon was the first of his many masterpieces. Without it cinema would not look the same as it does today.
I Was Born But… was a quintessential coming of age story. A story that has not changed too drastically for generations, but also one that remains meaningful and impactful for all ages.