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trashcan wrote

Off the top of my head I really love Death by Hanging. It's a critique of Japan's criminal justice system and racism in Japan, but more generally, I think, it draws attention to the absurdity of the state's monopoly on violence.

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wild_liger wrote

Death by Hanging is great!

Honestly, most of the Japanese New Wave stuff was made by super-lefty directors, and there's a lot of stuff worth watching there if you can stomach the style. Even when they aren't overtly political, a lot of the films deal with themes that are really important in leftist thought; power, class, desire, etc...

Woman in the Dunes
Night and Fog in Japan
Diary of a Shinjuku Thief
Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Eros + Massacre
History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess
Funeral Parade of Roses

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trashcan wrote

I also really like Allegro non Troppo. It isn't perfect, but it's sort of an anti-fascist, anti-"progress" take on Disney's Fantasia.