If you’re interested in keeping up on everything related to Japanese cinema, be sure and check out MidnightEye.com. This website contains a wealth of information from interviews with contemporary directors, to thoughtful book and movie reviews, to in-depth feature articles. For example, the latest Round-Up covers four of Akira Kurosawa’s early social drama films. Japanese cinema is much more than samurai movies (chanbara) and anime.
Also: Media Services recently acquired a newly restored version of Ugetsu (DVD 1638 pt.1-3). The DVD box set includes a full length documentary about director Kenji Mizoguchi. Check out all of Media Services’ Japanese holdings on the National Cinema, Japan mediagraphy.