If you’re a fan of Japanese cinema, you most likely have your favorite films, directors, and movie stars. You may have even created your own cinema collection, and often have friends over who love the same films you do, or who perhaps haven’t seen some cult classic you’ve owned for years. If you’re looking to meet people who appreciate Japanese movies as much as you do, then moto-i is the perfect spot. Our weekly Japanese Theater nights are a the optimal time to meet like-minded individuals who love these films as much if not more than you do. Every Sunday night from 11:00 pm until 2:00 Picking the Best Films and Directors

No matter what country they’re made in, movies are always a topic that is up for debate. Everyone has their favorite and people will often differ on which film is best. At Moto-i, we strive to show a wide variety of Japanese films, and the movies and directors below are just a few you’ll see on Sunday nights.

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What Japanese film list would be complete without this name. Kurosawa is chiefly responsible for bringing Eastern cinema to the West, and his films Seven Samurai and Yojimbo (to name a few) have been remade and imitated countless times. His first breakthrough film, Rashomon, is still a favorite among film buffs.

Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki’s name is well known among those who read Japanese manga and watch anime, but he is considered to be perhaps the best animation filmmaker in history. His movies, such as Princess Mononoke (which brought him to wider attention in the West) and Spirited Away are timeless classics that many people can enjoy. If you’re a Miyazaki fan, you may just see one of his films pop up on Sunday night at Moto-i.

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Takeshi Kitano

Takeshi Kitano is a modern Japanese filmmaker, and on top of directing movies, he also as a comedian and TV host in Japan. He’s made many films that deal with the Yakuza, as well as The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (based on the popular films from the 1960s), in which Kitano played the title character. Be on the lookout for one of this celebrated filmmaker’s movies at our weekly Japanese theater night.

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Every Japanese movie night is held in our first floor bar, where you can enjoy two dollar Godzilla Bombs from 7:00 pm until the movie is over, as well as Happy Hour food and drink specials from 10:00 pm until the film is finished. It’s a great way to meet people who love Japanese films, as well as see some classics for the first time yourself. Who knows? You may even meet someone who loves the same movies you do and you’ll want to see them more often!

Visit us on an upcoming Sunday night, or stop by anytime for outstanding Japanese cuisine, sake that is brewed on site, and an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else in Minneapolis!