100 Best Japanese Movies in 21 century by Eigahiho

As one of the most popular movie mag in Japan, Eigahiho offers a list of 100 Best Japan Movies in 21 century. The following is the full list. Through many of them do not have posters, it does not mean they are not great movies! I have have the list of 94 movies from the mag, will add 6 more to make it 100
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1.
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days. (138 mins.)
Director: Isao Yukisada
 
2.
Go (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot. (122 mins.)
Director: Isao Yukisada
 
3.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
4.
Off-Balance (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Shin Togashi
 
5.
Yoru o kakete (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(133 mins.)
Director: Su-jin Kim
 
6.
The Graduates (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The experiences and relationships of five senior students at a rural high school, during the last year leading to graduation. (115 mins.)
Director: Yuki Iwata
 
7.
Break Through! (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu
 
8.
The Shikisoku Generation (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A sheltered high school boy, obsessed with Bob Dylan and girls, has high hopes for the summer on the Oki Islands. (114 mins.)
 
9.
Boys on the Run (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Toshiyuki Tanishi (Mr Tanishi) is a 29-year-old chronic masturbator and toy vending machine salesman - he is socially awkward and down on his luck... (114 mins.)
Director: Daisuke Miura
 
10.
Harmful Insect (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Following the divorce, the attempted suicide of her mother and the rumors underage sex with the teacher, a girl drops out the school in an attempt to find herself. (92 mins.)
Director: Akihiko Shiota
 
11.
Hana and Alice (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them. (135 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
12.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
 
13.
Linda Linda Linda (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival. (114 mins.)
 
14.
Watashi no yasashikunai senpai (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Yutaka Yamamoto
 
15.
Pingu-Pongu (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash... (114 mins.)
Director: Fumihiko Sori
 
16.
Prodigy (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Kôji Hagiuda
 
17.
A Gentle Breeze in the Village (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(121 mins.)
 
18.
Detroit Metal City (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop... (104 mins.)
Director: Toshio Lee
“ It's funny for comedy lovers and also Gothic lovers ” - shaniagao
 
19.
Iden & Tity (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(118 mins.)
 
20.
GS Wonderland (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Ryûichi Honda
 
21.
8000 Miles (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(Japanese with English subtitles) This surprise indie box office hit in Japan follows the tragi-comic trials and tribulations of a group of wannabe rappers struggling to make something of themselves in the suburban sprawls of Tokyo. (80 mins.)
Director: Yû Irie
 
22.
Hyaku hachi (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(126 mins.)
Director: Yoshitaka Mori
 
23.
Waterboys (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen". (91 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
 
24.
Robot Contest (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(118 mins.)
“ Concept & ending are very good ” - shaniagao
 
25.
Jubunairu (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
11-year-old Yusuke and his classmates camp in the woods and see a strange light. They discover a small metallic object like a robot which talks... (100 mins.)
 
26.
Hinokio: Inter Galactic Love (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Satoru (Kanata Hongo), a wheelchair-bound elementary student, locks himself away from the outside world after his mother dies... (111 mins.)
 
27.
Blue Spring (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment. (83 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
28.
Crows Zero (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. (130 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
29.
One Million Yen Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process. (121 mins.)
Director: Yuki Tanada
 
30.
A Crowd of Three (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(131 mins.)
Director: Tatsushi Ohmori
 
31.
Eureka (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose. (217 mins.)
Director: Shinji Aoyama
 
32.
Canary (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(132 mins.)
Director: Akihiko Shiota
 
33.
The Milkwoman (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(127 mins.)
Director: Akira Ogata
 
34.
Yami no kodomo-tachi (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A Middle-aged Japanese ex-pat journalist investigates child organ trafficking in Thailand and he uncovers a sinister network. (138 mins.)
Director: Junji Sakamoto
 
35.
Dear Doctor (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young medical intern student is dismayed when he is assigned to work in a remote countryside village. (127 mins.)
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
 
36.
Caterpillar (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... (85 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
37.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
“ Psycholoigal horror movie. ” - shaniagao
 
38.
Sketches of Kaitan City (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the city of Kaitan, during the winter, the local shipyard is downsized and workers are laid off.... (152 mins.)
 
39.
Face (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat. (124 mins.)
Director: Junji Sakamoto
 
40.
Nobody Knows (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
 
41.
United Red Army (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary... (190 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
42.
Cold Fish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
43.
The Hero Show (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(134 mins.)
Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu
 
44.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
45.
Blood and Bones (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan... (140 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
46.
The Whispering of the Gods (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Rou returns to the rural seminary farm where he studied as a boy and was molested by priests. Rou has recently had a history of violence... (107 mins.)
Director: Tatsushi Ohmori
 
47.
Outrage (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate. (109 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
48.
A2 (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(131 mins.)
Director: Tatsuya Mori
 
49.
Live Tape (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Tetsuaki Matsue
 
50.
Pulse (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet. (118 mins.)
 
51.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides. (92 mins.)
Director: Takashi Shimizu
 
52.
Doing Time (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man serving a sentence in a minimum-security prison. Life in the jail is rigid and organized, eventually leading all of the cell-mates to abandon their individuality. (93 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
53.
Happy Flight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A great variety of aviation professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, the ground crew, mechanics... (103 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
 
54.
Cafe Isobe (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Sakiko is a typical teenager in many ways. She hates her divorced father, who chases after every skirt he sees... (113 mins.)
Director: Keisuke Yoshida
 
55.
Nankyoku ryôrinin (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is...
Director: Shûichi Okita
 
56.
The Pavillion Salamandre (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(Japanese with English subtitles) Four beautiful sisters of the Ninomiya family are entrusted with taking care of Kinjiro... (98 mins.)
 
57.
Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words... (101 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Miki
 
59.
Sawako Decides (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After 5 years in Tokyo, 5 part-time jobs, 5 boyfriends, Sawako's life is going nowhere. When her father gets seriously ill she have to take over his struggling factory. Gradually she becomes the decider of her own life. (112 mins.)
Director: Yûya Ishii
 
60.
Wolf Girl (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
When new, smart and sweet Tokyo girl, Rumiko, starts at a rural elementary school, Akira finds himself smitten... (107 mins.)
 
61.
Hula Girls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction. (121 mins.)
Director: Sang-il Lee
 
62.
Dog in a Sidecar (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(94 mins.)
 
63.
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community... (142 mins.)
Director: Joji Matsuoka
 
64.
Hanging Garden (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
65.
Chicken Is Barefoot (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Azuma Morisaki
 
66.
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS... (159 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
67.
Sway (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
 
68.
The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty... (76 mins.)
Director: Jake Clennell
 
69.
All Around Us (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art... (140 mins.)
 
70.
Still Walking (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day... (115 mins.)
 
71.
Tony Takitani (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic. (105 mins.)
Director: Jun Ichikawa
 
72.
The Letters (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Jirô Shôno
 
73.
The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A university student finds himself wrapped up in the bizarre world of his next door neighbor, learning about his history and relationship with a girl who changed his life. (110 mins.)
 
74.
Sono hi no mae ni (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(140 mins.)
 
75.
Boy's Choir (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The lives of two orphan boys begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them closer to one another. (129 mins.)
Director: Akira Ogata
 
76.
Rain of Light (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(130 mins.)
 
77.
A Stranger of Mine (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of... (98 mins.)
Director: Kenji Uchida
 
78.
Kisaragi (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
One year after the suicide of C-list model Kisaragi Miki, five of her fans come together for a commemorative meeting; fan club leader Iemoto... (108 mins.)
Director: Yûichi Satô
 
79.
Welcome to the Quiet Room (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Asuka Sakura wakes up in the mental asylums quiet room, with no recollection of how she got there. (118 mins.)
Director: Suzuki Matsuo
 
80.
I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent. (143 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
81.
13 Assassins (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
82.
Charisma (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty... (104 mins.)
 
83.
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. (120 mins.)
 
84.
Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been... (116 mins.)
Director: Isshin Inudô
 
85.
Hush! (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
86.
Akame 48 Waterfalls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A man is trying to flee from his past, and he ends up in an underworld filled with strange characters... (159 mins.)
Director: Genjiro Arato
 
87.
Sayonara Color (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(119 mins.)
Director: Naoto Takenaka
 
88.
Don't Laugh at My Romance (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The love story of a young male student and a woman lecturer at art college. (137 mins.)
Director: Nami Iguchi
 
89.
La maison de Himiko (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Saori is a young woman who struggles to make a living, with no financial or romantic prospects in her life... (130 mins.)
Director: Isshin Inudô
 
90.
The Kiss (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Kunitoshi Manda
 
91.
Cyborg Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jiro is a lonely university student. One day he meets a beautiful and interesting woman who turns out to be a Cyborg lacking manners and emotions. (115 mins.)
Director: Jae-young Kwak
 
92.
Air Doll (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
 
93.
Heaven's Story (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(Japanese with English subtitles) Part revenge story, part existential meditation, Heaven's Story is 100% modern epic, gracefully threading together multiple suburban tales of lost souls seeking retribution and redemption. (278 mins.)
Director: Takahisa Zeze
 
94.
Villain (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society. (139 mins.)
Director: Sang-il Lee
 
95.
Love Exposure (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
96.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
97.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
98.
Dolls (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
99.
Suspect X (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It's another battle of the wits for the brilliant but eccentric physicist, Yukawa, and detective, Kaoru. (128 mins.)
 
100.
Zero no shôten (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Spurred by the disappearance of a newly-wed husband, three women in post-war Japan are drawn into a murder mystery. (130 mins.)
Director: Isshin Inudô