Well without going too far off topic, i'll say this. Personally as a film fan I think the Japanese in general historically are pretty horrible when it comes to filmmaking. With either crazy slow moving and boring storylines or way past extreme nonsensical psychotic shit. That being said, what they lack (and always have) at film they more than succeeded when it came to Anime (well not the last 4-5 years but overall). Shit like Evangelion,Berserk,Lain,Bebop,FLCL were brilliant. Call me crazy but I see them as seperate art forms. And for every "High and Low" (which is brilliant) Kurosawa made multiple shits like "Dreams" (not so much). Dont even get me started on overrated muhfuckers like Hitchcock and Spielberg.