Assume someone has just completed their first year of Japanese. And they are going to take 2nd year Japanese in the fall. And their dad wants to make fall quarter easier, by keeping their japanese from getting rusty, but in a painless way. By showing films.
And the student is a 15YO female.
I was thinking Seven Samurai. Theres a love story IIRC, and a "Purity of ancestry" sub theme that any Harry Potter fan will get. I think she could manage to sit through the battle scenes, and its such an important film.
Maybe something else by Kurosawa?
Any other good Japanese directors?
Of course shed like to watch Anime, and probably will, but Id like to add something richer to the diet.