Yeah, I'm late, so sue me. I remember seeing the trailer for Nobody Knows (誰も知らない) a couple of years ago, and wanting to check it out. Now I see that it won at Cannes. Somebody is behind the times.
Finally I got around to it, and I was not sorry. The acting was really good, the shooting beautiful and subtle, and it's based on a true story. (These pictures from the director's website, linked above.) It's about some kids whose mom abandons them and they live alone in an apartment.
I also saw All About Our House (みんなの家), which was nothing special. It was an okay movie about building a house, briefly redeemed by an appearance by Shingo Katori, who might be my favorite SMAP. He plays a bleach-haired Shinto priest. That guy can't act; I've seen a little of his show that's on now, about the dorky cop. I think it's from a manga. Has he had any roles where he was good? I don't care enough to investigate.I watch random J-flicks because it helps improve my listening, you know, rather than actually TALKING to people. This might explain why my listening is so much better than my speaking. And my deleterious habit of listening in Japanese (to my family members, for example), and then replying in English. What a lazy ass.
I also saw Avatar, but we won't talk about that.