Japanese Desires

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1. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 256,941 | Gross: $2.38M

2. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,442

3. Onibaba (1964)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 12,162

4. Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.8
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 4,396

5. Big Monster War (1968)

79 min | Horror

6.4
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When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Yoshihiko Aoyama, Hideki Hanamura, Chikara Hashimoto, Hiromi Inoue

Votes: 287

6. Yôkai hyaku monogatari (1968)

80 min | Horror

6.4
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The local yôkai (Japanese spirits) interfere to avenge a murder and thwart the plans of corrupt officials.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shinobu Araki, Jun Fujimaki, Ryûtarô Gomi, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 218

7. Journey with Ghost Along Yokaido Road (1969)

78 min

6.6
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The murder of an old man on sacred grounds provokes the intervention of vengeful yôkai (Japanese spirits.)

Directors: Yoshiyuki Kuroda, Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Pepe Hozumi, Masami Burukido, Mutsuhiro

Votes: 87

8. Jigokuhen (1969)

91 min | Drama

7.3
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A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord. Yoshihide demands a commission to paint screens of the Hell which he sees the ... See full summary »

Director: Shirô Toyoda | Stars: Hideyo Amamoto, Yôko Naitô, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kinnosuke Nakamura

Votes: 242

9. Evil Dead Trap (1988)

102 min | Horror

6.2
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A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life when a small, fetus-like creature murders her crew.

Director: Toshiharu Ikeda | Stars: Miyuki Ono, Aya Katsuragi, Hitomi Kobayashi, Eriko Nakagawa

Votes: 1,871

10. Yôkai hantâ: Hiruko (1991)

89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

5.9
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A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Masaki Kudou, Hideo Murota, Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 980

11. Rubber's Lover (1996)

91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Scientists use a brain-altering drug to conduct experiments, after one such project goes astray, they need to find another test subject in this Japanese splatter-punk film.

Director: Shozin Fukui | Stars: Nao, Norimizu Ameya, Yôta Kawase, Mika Kunihiro

Votes: 664

12. Cure (1997)

111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 7,289 | Gross: $0.09M

13. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 60,440

14. Saimin (1999)

110 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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Three apparently unrelated suicides occur on the same day in Tokyo. One involves a young athlete, one a groom at his wedding reception, and the third an elderly man celebrating his wife's ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Ochiai | Stars: Gorô Inagaki, Miho Kanno, Takeshi Masu, Ken Utsui

Votes: 589

15. Spiral (2000)

90 min | Drama, Horror

6.2
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62 Metascore

The inhabitants of a small Japanese town become increasingly obsessed with and tormented by spirals.

Director: Higuchinsky | Stars: Eriko Hatsune, Fhi Fan, Hinako Saeki, Eun-Kyung Shin

Votes: 6,243

16. Versus (II) (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.5
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There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda

Votes: 11,535

17. Tomie: Replay (2000)

95 min | Horror

5.5
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A young girl looking through her father's notes finds something written about the last experiment he worked on before he went insane. Everything looks ordinary until the name "Tomie" begins appearing throughout the notebook.

Director: Tomijiro Mitsuishi | Stars: Sayaka Yamaguchi, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ken'ichi Endô, Makoto Togashi

Votes: 516

18. Katakuri-ke no kôfuku (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.2
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60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,076

19. Bijitâ Q (2001 Video)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.8
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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô

Votes: 13,012

20. Môjû tai Issunbôshi (2001)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

3.9
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Monzo Kobayashi is a dime-novel writer. He goes to see the stage of Ranko Mizuki, a star of an all-girls'-operetta company known as Asakusa Revue. Monzo notices a creepy man sitting beside ... See full summary »

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Lily Franky, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Hisayoshi Hirayama, Little Frankie

Votes: 157

21. 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: 29,295

22. Yokokuhan (2015)

119 min | Mystery

6.5
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A man named Gates heads a mysterious group called "Shinbunshi" who don newspaper masks and post internet videos informing the public of their crimes of justice against people they deem ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Erika Toda, Ryôhei Suzuki, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa

Votes: 402

23. Ansatsu kyôshitsu (2015)

M | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.4
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The Earth's moon is suddenly 70% smaller and permanently crescent shaped by a devastating and unknown force. For the students of E Class, Kunugigaoka Junior High School, the being ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichirô Hasumi | Stars: Okuma Anmi, Wakana Aoi, Shôta Arai, Ozawa Guami

Votes: 1,183

24. Nô Otoko (2013)

123 min | Mystery

6.6
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A not-too-bright cop searches for a serial bomber.

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Tôma Ikuta

Votes: 742