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A selection of indie and cult films by Japanese filmmakers or directors from other countries who have set their stories in the land of the Rising Sun. Japanese cinema is among the most important cultural industries in the world, the fourth largest market in terms of the number of films produced. Ozu's Tokyo Story ranked third in the most important films of all time. The 1950s are the golden age of Japanese cinema. Kurosawa, Ozu and Mizoguchi are among the best directors in the history of cinema for international film criticism. In 1951 an unknown director named Akira Kurosawa won the Golden Lion in Venice for the film Rashomon. From that moment on, Western cinema audiences discovered Japan and the films of the Rising Sun that had been ignored for decades, starting with the director who is the artistic father of an entire generation, the master who had already created sublime cinema before the war, with works that would arrive in other countries of the world only from the 1950s on. His name was Kenji Mizoguchi.