Poll Suggestion: Which Japanese director do you consider the best?

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Which Japanese director do you consider the best?

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The only one that I have seen films of not all of them, is Hayao Miyazaki so I can't really compare his movies to ones from the other directors that are on the list. 
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I'm only familiar with Akira Kurosawa and Hayao Miyazaki (and I suspect this is the case for many IMDb users, if not the majority) I'm looking forward to discover Ozu and the director who made two Golden Palm winners but I'm in no position to tell if there's a director who's better than the other though it seems "obvious" that Kurosawa is the most influential.

Anyway, all I can say is that Kurosawa is one of the greatest directors of cinema' history and Miyazaki one of the greatest directors in the world of animation...

(besides the word "best" is too broad, we can't just judge the competence of directors, I don't think you can ask who's the best director of this or that, but for instance, who's the best director when it comes to make sad movies? who's the best director to tackle social subject... we're good at something, not good period.)
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Kenji Mizoguchi seems to be part of a classic trio along with Kurosawa and Ozu (Scorsese is a big fan). Kinji Fukasaku, Seijun Suzuki and Takeshi Kitano are the giants of Yakuza, Fukasaku for ground-breaking realism, Suzuki for his exuberant visual style and Kitano, well, he's half post-Melville and half his own idiosyncratic self. Then you got Isao Takahata, the other 'big one' from Ghibli alongside Miyazaki, and Satoshi Kon, who's probably the king of a more experimental style of animation. And of the recent generations, Hirokazu Koreeda could be considered Ozu's heir. I still need to discover Mizoguchi and Suzuki myself.

Sorry if I just told you what you knew anyway, but this would be my addition to the summary. And at the end of the day, Kurosawa overshadows them all in cinematic influence.
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I've always got the impression that Kurosawa was more revered and admired outside his country, it's one thing to make Japanese films and another to influence International cinema. Indeed, there are other Japanese giants, as there were other Italian film-makers beside Fellini or Swedish directors beside Bergman, but it's like in Highlander: at the end, there's always one.
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albstein, your comment was caught in the spam filter. Abundance of links, I guess, although I struggle to find any rhyme or reason in how GS spam filter works. 
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Thank you for bringing back the comment, Nikolay!
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albstein, you're welcome. Always on the lookout for spam filter mishaps. :)

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