Japan has a long and revered history of cinema. Masters Ozu Yasujiro and Kurosawa Akira have made a lasting influence on the art of filmmaking. Moreover, the Japanese nation is well-known for its voracious appetite of films both local and global.

So we have some great news for all the film buffs in Japan — YouTube will now offer Japanese and Hollywood releases for rent at youtube.com/movies.

We’re starting off with a few hundred titles — both new releases and classic films — from two of the biggest Japanese studios Bandai and Toei, as well as from Hollywood studios Warner Brothers, NBCUniversal, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. We have the latest "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2", as well as classic animations like "Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Day of the Unicorn" and tokusatsu action film "Kamen Rider x Kame Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010."

Over time we'll be adding additional videos and features to the Movies page, as well as featuring titles from additional studios. Japanese users should check back often on youtube.com/movies to see what’s new.

Yuhei Mizuno, Director of Content Partnerships, Japan, recently watched "AK 100:25 Films by Akira Kurosawa - The Criterion Collection."