List of Japanese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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A theatrical poster for Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, which was voted the best foreign language film released in the United States in 1951, and received an Honorary Award.

Japan has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since the conception of the award. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was not created until 1956; however, between 1947 and 1955, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to the best foreign language films released in the United States. These awards were not competitive, as there were no nominees but simply a winner every year that was voted on by the Board of Governors of the Academy.[2] Three Japanese films were recipients of Honorary Awards during this period. For the 1956 Academy Awards, a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[3]

As of 2009, twelve Japanese films have been nominees for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and one film, Departures, has won the award.[4][5] The only Japanese directors to have multiple films be nominated for the award are Akira Kurosawa and Noboru Nakamura. Kurosawa received an Honorary Award prior to the conception of the formal award for his work on Rashomon and the actual Academy Award for Dersu Uzala (submitted for the former Soviet Union), and had four other films submitted, with two of them accepted as nominees.[6][7] Notably, Kurosawa's 1985 film Ran was deliberately not nominated by the Japanese film industry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film due to the poor perception he had among Japanese filmmakers at the time.[8] Nakamura had two films, Twin Sisters of Kyoto and Portrait of Chieko, submitted as nominees for the award.[9] Among all the countries that have submitted films for the award, Japan ranks fifth in terms of total nominees, behind Sweden (fourteen nominees) and ahead of the former Soviet Union (nine nominees).[10]

Submissions[edit]

Every year, each country is invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit its best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Before the award was created, the Board of Governors of the Academy voted on a film every year that was considered the best foreign language film released in the United States, and there were no submissions.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Japan for review by the Academy for the award since its conception.

All Japanese submissions were in Japanese.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1951
(24th)
Rashomon Rashōmon (羅生門?) Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Won Honorary Award
1954
(27th)
Gate of Hell Jigokumon (地獄門?) Kinugasa, TeinosukeTeinosuke Kinugasa Won Honorary Award
1955
(28th)
Samurai, The Legend of Musashi Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵?) Inagaki, HiroshiHiroshi Inagaki Won Honorary Award
1956
(29th)
Harp of Burma Biruma no Tategoto (ビルマの竪琴?) Ichikawa, KonKon Ichikawa Nominated
1957
(30th)
Aruse Arakure (あらくれ?) Naruse, MikioMikio Naruse Not Nominated
1958
(31st)
The Ballad of Narayama Narayama Bushiko (楢山節考?) Kinoshita, KeisukeKeisuke Kinoshita Not Nominated
1959
(32nd)
Fires on the Plain Nobi (野火?) Ichikawa, KonKon Ichikawa Not Nominated
1960
(33rd)
Late Autumn Akibiyori (秋日和?) Ozu, YasujirōYasujirō Ozu Not Nominated
1961
(34th)
Immortal Love Eien no Hito (永遠の人?) Kinoshita, KeisukeKeisuke Kinoshita Nominated
1962
(35th)
Being Two Isn't Easy Watashi wa ni sai (私は二歳?) Ichikawa, KonKon Ichikawa Not Nominated
1963
(36th)
Twin Sisters of Kyoto Koto (古都?) Nakamura, NoboruNoboru Nakamura Nominated
1964
(37th)
Woman in the Dunes Suna no Onna (砂の女?) Teshigahara, HiroshiHiroshi Teshigahara Nominated
1965
(38th)
Kwaidan Kaidan (怪談?) Kobayashi, MasakiMasaki Kobayashi Nominated
1966
(39th)
Lake of Tears Mizūmi no Kin (湖の琴?) Tasaka, TomotakaTomotaka Tasaka Not Nominated
1967
(40th)
Portrait of Chieko Chieko-sho (智恵子抄?) Nakamura, NoboruNoboru Nakamura Nominated
1968
(41st)
The Sands of Kurobe Kurobe no Taiyō (黒部の太陽?) Kumai, KeiKei Kumai Not Nominated
1969
(42nd)
Kuragejima, Legends From a Southern Island Kamigami no fukaki yokubō (神々の深き欲望?) Imamura, ShōheiShōhei Imamura Not Nominated
1970
(43rd)
The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan Buraikan (無頼漢?) Shinoda, MasahiroMasahiro Shinoda Not Nominated
1971
(44th)
Dodes'ka-den Dodes'ka-den (どですかでん?) Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Nominated
1972
(45th)
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun Gunki hatameku moto ni (軍旗はためく下に,?) Fukasaku, KinjiKinji Fukasaku Not Nominated
1973
(46th)
Coup d'Etat Kaigenrei (戒厳令?) Yoshida, YoshishigeYoshishige Yoshida Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
The Fossil Kaseki (化石?) Kobayashi, MasakiMasaki Kobayashi Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
Sandakan No. 8 Sandakan Hachibanshokan Bohkyo (サンダカン八番娼館 望郷?) Kumai, KeiKei Kumai Nominated
1977
(50th)
Mt. Hakkoda Hakkōda-san (八甲田山?) Moritani, ShiroShiro Moritani Not Nominated
1978
(51st)
Empire of Passion Ai no Bōrei (愛の亡霊?) Oshima, NagisaNagisa Oshima Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
Gassan Gassan (月山?) Murano, TetsutaroTetsutaro Murano Not Nominated
1980
(53rd)
Kagemusha (The Shadow Warrior) Kagemusha (影武者?) Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Nominated
1981
(54th)
Muddy River Doro no Kawa (泥の河?) Oguri, KōheiKōhei Oguri Nominated
1982
(55th)
Onimasa Kiryūin hanako no shōgai (鬼龍院花子の生涯?) Gosha, HideoHideo Gosha Not Nominated
1983
(56th)
Antarctica Nankyoku Monogatari (南極物語?) Kurahara, KoreyoshiKoreyoshi Kurahara Not Nominated
1984
(57th)
MacArthur's Children Setouchi Shōnen Yakyū-dan (瀬戸内少年野球団?) Shinoda, MasahiroMasahiro Shinoda Not Nominated
1985
(58th)
Gray Sunset Hanaichimonme (花いちもんめ?) Ito, ShunyaShunya Ito Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
Final Take Kinema no Tenchi (キネマの転地?) Yamada, YojiYoji Yamada Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
Zegen Zegen (女衒?) Imamura, ShōheiShōhei Imamura Not Nominated
1988
(61st)
Hope and Pain Dauntaun Hiirōzu (ダウンタウン・ヒーローズ?) Yamada, YojiYoji Yamada Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
Rikyu Rikyu (利休?) Teshigahara, HiroshiHiroshi Teshigahara Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
The Sting of Death Shi no Toge (死の棘?) Oguri, KōheiKōhei Oguri Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
Rhapsody in August Hachigatsu no Kyōshikyoku (八月の狂詩曲?) Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
The Oil-Hell Murder Onna ya abura jigoku (女殺油地獄?) Gosha, HideoHideo Gosha Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
Madadayo Mādadayo (まあだだよ?) Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Pom Poko Heisei Tanuki Gassen Ponpoko (平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ?) Takahata, IsaoIsao Takahata Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
Deep River Fukai Kawa (深い河?) Kumai, KeiKei Kumai Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Gakko II Gakkō II (学校II?) Yamada, YojiYoji Yamada Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Princess Mononoke Mononoke Hime (もののけ姫?) Miyazaki, HayaoHayao Miyazaki Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
Begging for Love Ai o Kōhito (愛を乞う人?) Hirayama, HideyukiHideyuki Hirayama Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Poppoya Tetsudōin (鉄道員?) Furuhata, YasuoYasuo Furuhata Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
After the Rain Ame Agaru (雨あがる?) Koizumi, TakashiTakashi Koizumi Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Go GO Yukisada, IsaoIsao Yukisada Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
Out OUT Hirayama, HideyukiHideyuki Hirayama Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
The Twilight Samurai Tasogare Seibei (たそがれ清兵衛?) Yamada, YojiYoji Yamada Nominated
2004
(77th)
Nobody Knows Dare mo Shiranai (誰も知らない?) Koreeda, HirokazuHirokazu Koreeda Not Nominated
2005:
(78th)
Blood and Bones Chi to Hone (血と骨?) Sai, YoichiYoichi Sai Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Hula Girls Hura Gāru (フラガール?) Lee, Sang-ilSang-il Lee Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
I Just Didn't Do It Soredemo boku wa yatte nai (それでもボクはやってない?) Suo, MasayukiMasayuki Suo Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
Departures[11] Okuribito (おくりびと?) Takita, YojiroYojiro Takita Won Academy Award
2009
(82nd)
Nobody to Watch Over Me Dare mo Mamotte Kurenai (誰も守ってくれない?) Kimizuka, RyoichiRyoichi Kimizuka Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Confessions[12] Kokuhaku (告白?) Nakashima, TetsuyaTetsuya Nakashima Made January Shortlist[13]
2011
(84th)
Postcard [14] Ichimai no hagaki (一枚のハガキ?) Shindō, KanetoKaneto Shindō Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
Our Homeland[15] Kazoku no kuni (一かぞくのくに?) Yang, Yong-hiYong-hi Yang Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
The Great Passage[16] Fune o Amu (舟を編む?) Yuya Ishii Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
The Light Shines Only There[17] Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku (そこのみにて光輝く?) Mipo O Not Nominated

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References[edit]

General
Specific
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  2. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 1". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  4. ^ "List of Asian films nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film". University of California, Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  5. ^ Variety Staff (2007-03-01). "Best Foreign Film". Variety. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  6. ^ Kamimura, Marina (1998-09-07). "Film world mourns loss of 'giant' Akira Kurosawa". CNN. Retrieved 2008-06-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Akira Kurosawa - Awards". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  8. ^ Prince, Stephen. "Great Performances . Kurosawa . Ask the Experts Q & A". PBS. Retrieved 2008-06-25. 
  9. ^ "Noboru Nakamura - Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-06-11. 
  11. ^ Schilling, Mark; Lim, Marcus (2008-09-12). "Japan picks 'Departures' for Oscars". Variety. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  12. ^ "Tetsuya Nakashima's "Confessions" lands an Oscar nod". japanator. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  13. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  14. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (2011-09-08). "Japanese Entry for Foreign Language Oscar to Be 'Postcard'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  15. ^ "Japan picks 'Our Homeland' as foreign language Oscar entry". Variety. Retrieved 2011-09-08. 
  16. ^ "Japan Picks ‘Passage’ as Oscar Pic". Variety. Retrieved 2013-05-09. 
  17. ^ "Japan Switches on to ‘Light’ as Foreign-Language Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 

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