I just added two new titles to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema web page. These are both directed by Oshii Mamoru who is better known for his animation work.
These two stand out as among the best of his works, and interestingly enough both movies are, while Japanese productions, not in the Japanese language.
These two movies are Avalon and its sequel of a sort Assault Girls.
I had been meaning to add these for some time but was delaying as the Miramax release of Avalon has been out of print for years. Then I was happy to discover that the Japanese editions of Avalon all have English subtitles. In the entry for Avalon I link to CDJapan as I have found CDJapan's prices to be lower than most other sites for Japanese products.