100 Best Japanese Movies in 21 century by Eigahiho

by shaniagao | created - 22 Jun 2011 | updated - 22 Jun 2011 | Public

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. Sekai no chûshin de, ai o sakebu (2004)

138 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa, Mirai Moriyama

Votes: 2,431

2. Go (2001)

122 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ko Shibasaki, Shinobu Ôtake, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 2,303

3. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.7
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73 Metascore

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.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 6,792 | Gross: $0.02M

4. Hi·baransu (2000)

95 min | Drama

4.7
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Director: Shin Togashi | Stars: Megumi Hatachiya, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yu Hatano, Shûji Kashiwabara

Votes: 27

5. Yoru o kakete (2002)

133 min | Drama

5.1
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When poverty-stricken Korean-Japanese (Zainichi) discover there is valuable iron ore in the rubble of a destroyed shantytown they plan to haul it out for profit. Amidst this plan there is ... See full summary »

Director: Sujin Kim | Stars: Jun Fubuki, Mansaku Fuwa, Kô Hiroshima, Juro Kara

Votes: 8

6. Remon no koro (2007)

115 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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The experiences and relationships of five senior students at a rural high school, during the last year leading to graduation.

Director: Yuki Iwata | Stars: Nana Eikura, Mitsuki Tanimura, Naojirô Hayashi, Tasuku Emoto

Votes: 114

7. Pacchigi! (2004)

118 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Kyoto 1968. Several high school students deal with their life as Korean-Japanese trying to earn each other's love and respect. But the times are not kind to them.

Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu | Stars: Shun Shioya, Sôsuke Takaoka, Erika Sawajiri, Kyôko Yanagihara

Votes: 287

8. Shikisoku zenereishon (2009)

114 min | Comedy

6.8
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A sheltered high school boy, obsessed with Bob Dylan and girls, has high hopes for the summer on the Oki Islands.

Director: Tomorô Taguchi | Stars: Daichi Watanabe, Kazunobu Mineta, Shigeru Kishida, Asami Usuda

Votes: 77

9. Bôizu on za ran (2010)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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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. Things change when he meets Chiharu a ... See full summary »

Director: Daisuke Miura | Stars: Kazunobu Mineta, Mei Kurokawa, Ryûhei Matsuda, You

Votes: 304

10. Gaichû (2001)

92 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Seiichi Tanabe, Tetsu Sawaki, Ryo Amamiya

Votes: 620

11. Hana to Arisu (2004)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku, Shôko Aida

Votes: 3,104

12. Shimotsuma monogatari (2004)

102 min | Comedy

7.3
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,074

13. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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71 Metascore

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Votes: 2,731

14. Watashi no yasashikunai senpai (2010)

102 min | Drama

3.8
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Director: Yutaka Yamamoto | Stars: Umika Kawashima, Satoshi Kanada, Kana Hanazawa, Jingi Irie

Votes: 6

15. Pinpon (2002)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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59 Metascore

The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy... See full summary »

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Arata Iura, Sam Lee, Shidô Nakamura

Votes: 2,919

16. Shindô (2007)

120 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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Director: Kôji Hagiuda | Stars: Riko Narumi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Satomi Tezuka, Masahiro Kômoto

Votes: 183

17. Tennen kokekkô (2007)

121 min | Drama

7.5
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In "A Gentle Breeze in the Village," Soyo Migata (Kaho) is a quirky 8th grade student who resides in a tiny rural village somewhere in Japan. The village is small enough where there's only ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Kaho, Masaki Okada, Elisa Yanagi, Shôko Fujimura

Votes: 778

18. Detoroito Metaru Shiti (2008)

104 min | Drama, Music

6.8
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Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Lee | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Ryûji Akiyama, Rosa Katô

Votes: 2,172

It's funny for comedy lovers and also Gothic lovers

19. Iden & Tity (2003)

118 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Tomorô Taguchi | Stars: Kazunobu Mineta, Kumiko Asô, Shidô Nakamura, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 112

20. GS wandârando (2008)

100 min | Comedy, Music

6.1
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Director: Ryûichi Honda | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Takuya Ishida, Hiro Mizushima, Yôsuke Asari

Votes: 62

21. SR: Saitama no rappâ (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

6.1
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(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.

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Hakushu Kamisuzuki, Ryusuke Komakine, Ryuya Masunari, Mihiro

Votes: 103

22. Hyaku hachi (2008)

126 min | Drama, Sport

6.6
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At a high school in the city of Yokohoma the baseball team trains to go to the top. There are struggles, hardships and successes and not all of it is due the star pitcher or batter and ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshitaka Mori | Stars: Yoshiki Saitô, Aoi Nakamura, Riki Takeuchi, Ryôhei Abe

Votes: 19

23. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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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".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,152

24. Robokon (2003)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Director: Tomoyuki Furumaya | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shun Oguri, Atsushi Itô, Takashi Tsukamoto

Votes: 141

Concept & ending are very good

25. Jubunairu (2000)

100 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.1
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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, calls himself Tetra and knows Yusuke's name.... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Shingo Katori, Miki Sakai, Anne Suzuki, Yûya Endô

Votes: 112

26. Hinokio (2005)

111 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.7
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Satoru (Kanata Hongo), a wheelchair-bound elementary student, locks himself away from the outside world after his mother dies. His father designs a remote-controlled robot to go to school ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiko Akiyama | Stars: Masatoshi Nakamura, Kanata Hongô, Mikako Tabe, Maki Horikita

Votes: 454

27. Aoi haru (2001)

83 min | Drama

7.4
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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.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka, Yûsuke Ohshiba

Votes: 2,673

28. Kurôzu zero (2007)

130 min | Action, Thriller

7.1
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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.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 6,215

29. Hyakuman-en to nigamushi onna (2008)

121 min | Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Yuki Tanada | Stars: Yû Aoi, Mirai Moriyama, Pierre Taki, Terunosuke Takezai

Votes: 794

30. Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no kuni (2009)

131 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Shôta Matsuda, Kengo Kôra, Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 90

31. Yurîka (2000)

217 min | Drama

7.9
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yôichirô Saitô

Votes: 2,940 | Gross: $0.05M

32. Canary (2004)

132 min | Drama

7.1
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Based on the true events of the deadly gas attacks perpetrated by members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult on the Tokyo subway system, CANARY tells the moving story of two children, each abandoned... See full synopsis »

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Hôshi Ishida, Mitsuki Tanimura, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miyako Koda

Votes: 275

33. Itsuka dokusho suruhi (2005)

127 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Director: Akira Ogata | Stars: Den Fujita, Keisuke Horibe, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ittoku Kishibe

Votes: 100

34. Yami no kodomo-tachi (2008)

138 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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A Middle-aged Japanese ex-pat journalist investigates child organ trafficking in Thailand and he uncovers a sinister network.

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Aoi Miyazaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 192

35. Dia dokutâ (2009)

127 min | Drama

7.2
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A young medical intern student is dismayed when he is assigned to work in a remote countryside village.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Tsurube Shôfukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 398

36. Kyatapirâ (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, War

6.8
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75 Metascore

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya, Emi Masuda, Sabu Kawahara

Votes: 892 | Gross: $0.00M

37. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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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.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 29,521

Psycholoigal horror movie.

38. Kaitanshi jokei (2010)

152 min | Drama

7.1
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In the city of Kaitan, during the winter, the local shipyard is downsized and workers are laid off. Futa (Pistol Takehara) lives with his younger sister Honami (Mitsuki Tanimura. He loses ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Mitsuki Tanimura, Pistol Takehara, Ryo Kase, Kaho Minami

Votes: 112

39. Kao (2000)

124 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Junji Sakamoto | Stars: Naomi Fujiyama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michiyo Ohkusu, Riho Makise

Votes: 331

40. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 19,013 | Gross: $0.68M

41. Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi (2007)

Not Rated | 190 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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67 Metascore

A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary communist movement similar to more famous Red Brigades in Italy or ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Maki Sakai, Arata Iura, Akie Namiki, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 570 | Gross: $0.00M

42. Tsumetai nettaigyo (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

7.1
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66 Metascore

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 8,687

43. Hîrô shô (2010)

134 min | Action, Comedy

6.1
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When a part-timer gets fired from his banana handling job his old friend and comic sidekick comes to the rescue securing him a job as a custom-donning action hero roaming the malls and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu | Stars: Ryôhei Abe, Peyton Chiba, Chisun, Shûsuke Fukutoku

Votes: 44

44. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 150,054

45. Chi to hone (2004)

140 min | Drama

7.1
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In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hirofumi Arai, Tomoko Tabata, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 1,730

46. Gerumaniumu no yoru (2005)

107 min | Drama

6.3
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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, and he brings this anger to the seminary, ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Leona Hirota, Megumi Sawara, Keita Kimura

Votes: 127

47. Autoreiji (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryo Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 10,140

48. A2 (2001)

131 min | Documentary

7.6
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Director: Tatsuya Mori

Votes: 61

49. Raibu têpu (2009)

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Director: Tetsuaki Matsue | Stars: Kenta Maeno, Kotoha Hiroyama

Votes: 21

50. Kairo (2001)

R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.6
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70 Metascore

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka

Votes: 13,202 | Gross: $0.05M

51. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 34,856 | Gross: $0.33M

52. Keimusho no naka (2002)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Teruyuki Kagawa, Tomorô Taguchi, Yutaka Matsushige

Votes: 281

53. Happy Flight (2008)

103 min | Comedy

6.5
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A great variety of aviation professionals such as pilots, flight attendants, the ground crew, mechanics, dispatchers, controllers, and the bird patrol crew all support a single flight. They... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Seiichi Tanabe, Saburô Tokitô, Haruka Ayase, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 377

54. Jun kissa Isobe (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Sakiko is a typical teenager in many ways. She hates her divorced father, who chases after every skirt he sees. She does not know, if she will ever be loved by the other sex. When her dad ... See full summary »

Director: Keisuke Yoshida | Stars: Hiroyuki Miyasako, Riisa Naka, Kumiko Asô, Chaotic Cosmos

Votes: 217

55. Nankyoku ryôrinin (2009)

125 min | Comedy

7.2
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Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is unexpectedly assigned to a south polar mission to serve as head chef at the Dome Fuji ... See full summary »

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Masato Sakai, Kengo Kôra, Kosuke Toyohara, Kanji Furutachi

Votes: 566

56. Pavillion sanshouo (2006)

98 min | Comedy

5.5
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(Japanese with English subtitles) Four beautiful sisters of the Ninomiya family are entrusted with taking care of Kinjiro, a giant salamander and resident national treasure. On the eve of ... See full summary »

Director: Masanori Tominaga | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Yû Kashii, Junji Takada, Yumi Asô

Votes: 76

57. Tenten (2007)

101 min | Comedy

7.5
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Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words, he isn't going anywhere fast. Were all this not enough, the sorry sad ... See full summary »

Director: Satoshi Miki | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Tomokazu Miura, Kyôko Koizumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka

Votes: 1,954

58. Urutora mirakuru rabu sutôrî (2009)

120 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Satoko Yokohama | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Kumiko Asô, Seiji Nozoe, Arata Iura

Votes: 198

59. Kawa no soko kara konnichi wa (2010)

112 min | Drama

6.8
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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.

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Kôtarô Shiga, Ryô Iwamatsu, Kira Aihara

Votes: 315

60. Ôkami shôjo (2005)

107 min | Drama

7.9
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When new, smart and sweet Tokyo girl, Rumiko, starts at a rural elementary school, Akira finds himself smitten, like every other male pupil. Newcomer's popularity is contrasted with the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Mao Ohno, Tatsuya Suzuki, Erika Mabuchi, Rena Masuda

Votes: 36

61. Hura gâru (2006)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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53 Metascore

Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamasaki

Votes: 1,648

62. Saido kâ ni inu (2007)

94 min | Drama

7.0
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In this coming of age story, ten-year-old Kaoru's life undergoes big changes when her mother leaves home. Kaoru forms a surprising bond with her father's lover, Yoko, as she learns a lot about life during one unforgettable summer.

Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Arata Furuta, Kana Matsumoto, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 151

63. Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (2007)

142 min | Drama

7.5
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Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

Director: Joji Matsuoka | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Kirin Kiki, Yayako Uchida, Takako Matsu

Votes: 714

64. Kûchû teien (2005)

114 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Anne Suzuki, Itsuji Itao, Masahiro Hirota

Votes: 588

65. Niwatori wa hadashi da (2004)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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Director: Azuma Morisaki | Stars: Mika Hijii, Renji Ishibashi, Kimiko Yo, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 23

66. Noriko no shokutaku (2005)

159 min | Drama, Horror

7.2
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59 Metascore

A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Shirô Namiki

Votes: 3,466

67. Yureru (2006)

120 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masatô Ibu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 707

68. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006)

76 min | Documentary

7.9
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Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty boys all under his training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Clennell

Votes: 1,278

69. Gururi no koto (2008)

140 min | Drama

7.7
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In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather ... See full summary »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Masaaki Akahori, Tamae Andô

Votes: 559

70. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

8.0
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89 Metascore

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 8,871 | Gross: $0.16M

71. Tonî Takitani (2004)

105 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Votes: 3,799

72. Tegami (2006)

121 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Jirô Shôno | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 291

73. Ahiru to kamo no koinrokkâ (2007)

110 min | Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Gaku Hamada, Eita, Megumi Seki, Kei Tamura

Votes: 573

74. Sono hi no mae ni (2008)

140 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kiyotaka Nanbara, Hiromi Nagasaku, Natsuki Harada, Tokie Hidari

Votes: 18

75. Dokuritsu shônen gasshô-dan (2000)

129 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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The lives of two orphan boys begin to intertwine when the choir and the feelings they share bring them closer to one another.

Director: Akira Ogata | Stars: Atsushi Itô, Sora Tôma, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ryoko Takizawa

Votes: 201

76. Hikari no ame (2001)

130 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Banmei Takahashi | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Ren Osugi, Sansei Shiomi, Mansaku Ikeuchi

Votes: 24

77. Unmei janai hito (2005)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.8
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In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Uchida | Stars: Yasuhi Nakamura, Reika Kirishima, Sô Yamanaka, Yuka Itaya

Votes: 908

78. Kisaragi (2007)

108 min | Comedy, Mystery

7.4
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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, Oda Yuji, "Snake", Yasuo, and "Strawberry Girl"... See full summary »

Director: Yûichi Satô | Stars: Shun Oguri, Yûsuke Santamaria, Keisuke Koide, Muga Tsukaji

Votes: 804

79. Quiet room ni yôkoso (2007)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Asuka Sakura wakes up in the mental asylums quiet room, with no recollection of how she got there.

Director: Suzuki Matsuo | Stars: Yuki Uchida, Kankurô Kudô, Yû Aoi, Ryô

Votes: 617

80. I Just Didn't Do It (2006)

143 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Ryo Kase, Asaka Seto, Kôji Yamamoto, Masako Motai

Votes: 1,218

81. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 55,111 | Gross: $0.80M

82. Karisuma (1999)

104 min | Drama

7.0
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A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ren Osugi, Yoriko Dôguchi

Votes: 1,280

83. Tokyo Sonata (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki

Votes: 7,553 | Gross: $0.28M

84. Joze to tora to sakana tachi (2003)

116 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chizuru Ikewaki, Juri Ueno, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 1,108

85. Hush! (2001)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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62 Metascore

Basics: 2 guys who are gay, one female who is lonely for someone to love. The woman approaches 1 of the guys and wants him to seed her would be child. Gay guy 1 moves through the movie with... See full synopsis »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Yôko Akino

Votes: 571 | Gross: $0.02M

86. Akame shijuya taki shinju misui (2003)

159 min | Drama

7.3
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A man is trying to flee from his past, and he ends up in an underworld filled with strange characters. He finds a job skewering meat in a dirty old room in a shabby old house filled with ... See full summary »

Director: Genjiro Arato | Stars: Shima Ohnishi, Takijiro Onishi, Shinobu Terajima, Michiyo Ohkusu

Votes: 36

87. Sayonara Color (2005)

119 min | Romance

6.0
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Director: Naoto Takenaka | Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Tomoyo Harada, Afra, Ani

Votes: 43

88. Hito no sekkusu o warauna (2007)

137 min | Comedy, Romance

6.4
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The love story of a young male student and a woman lecturer at art college.

Director: Nami Iguchi | Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yû Aoi, Shûgo Oshinari

Votes: 410

89. Mezon do Himiko (2005)

130 min | Drama

7.0
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Saori is a young woman who struggles to make a living, with no financial or romantic prospects in her life. One rainy day, she receives a visit at work from a handsome young man called ... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka, Kira Aoyama

Votes: 465

90. Seppun (2007)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

6.2
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A lonely office worker falls in love with a man who is in jail for murdering his entire family.

Director: Kunitoshi Manda | Stars: Eiko Koike, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tôru Nakamura, Saburô Shinoda

Votes: 50

91. Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu (2008)

115 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

7.0
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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.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide, Risa Ai, Nya Daigo

Votes: 3,026

92. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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64 Metascore

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 4,644

93. Hevunzu sutôrî (2010)

Not Rated | 278 min | Drama

7.3
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(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.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Noriko Eguchi, Akira Emoto, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoharu Hasegawa

Votes: 65

94. Akunin (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 1,061

95. Ai no mukidashi (2008)

Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

8.1
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78 Metascore

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô, Yutaka Shimizu

Votes: 8,841

96. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 42,021 | Gross: $1.54M

97. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

7.7
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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.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 36,602

98. Dolls (2002)

114 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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71 Metascore

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 14,210 | Gross: $0.00M

99. Yôgisha X no kenshin (2008)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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It's another battle of the wits for the brilliant but eccentric physicist, Yukawa, and detective, Kaoru.

Director: Hiroshi Nishitani | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Ko Shibasaki, Kazuki Kitamura, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Votes: 2,131

100. Zero no shôten (2009)

130 min | Drama

6.3
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Spurred by the disappearance of a newly-wed husband, three women in post-war Japan are drawn into a murder mystery.

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryôko Hirosue, Takeshi Kaga, Miki Nakatani

Votes: 164