Japanese Films

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1. 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: 6,794 | Gross: $0.02M

2. 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: 150,073

3. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 26,299

4. Debiruman (2004)

112 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.1
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Based on Gô Nagai's manga, about mild-mannered teenager Akira Fudô, who merges with a demon to fight other demons.

Director: Hiroyuki Nasu | Stars: Hisato Izaki, Yûsuke Izaki, Ayana Sakai, Asuka Shibuya

Votes: 906

5. Fantastipo (2005)

109 min | Comedy

6.1
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Director: Shogo Yabuuchi | Stars: Taichi Kokubun, Tsuyoshi Dômoto, Hiroshi Fujioka, Medaka Ikeno

Votes: 39

6. Ju-on (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Mystery

6.9
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A teacher visits the house of one of his students after the boy goes missing, only to have a horrifying excuse for his absence from school.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Yûrei Yanagi, Yue, Ryôta Koyama, Hitomi Miwa

Votes: 5,991

7. 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: 6,075

8. Love.Com: The Movie (2006)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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Koizumi Risa an unusually tall high school girl, meets the "vertically challenged" young man Otani Atsushi. They find common ground in height anxieties and interests.

Director: Kitaji Ishikawa | Stars: Ema Fujisawa, Teppei Koike, Shôsuke Tanihara, Nami Tamaki

Votes: 803

9. Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san (2005)

124 min | Comedy, Fantasy

6.5
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Director: Kankurô Kudô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Sadao Abe, Aja

Votes: 359

10. Nana (II) (2005)

113 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.2
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A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 3,058

11. Nana 2 (2006)

130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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Follows the struggles through life and relationships of Komatsu Nana and Osaki Nana.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Yui Ichikawa, Tetsuji Tamayama, Nobuo Kyô

Votes: 866

12. Sabu (2002 TV Movie)

122 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomoko Tabata, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 364

13. Sakuran (2006)

111 min | Drama, History

7.0
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A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

Director: Mika Ninagawa | Stars: Anna Tsuchiya, Kippei Shîna, Yoshino Kimura, Hiroki Narimiya

Votes: 1,437

14. Tada, kimi wo aishiteru (2006)

116 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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Heavenly Forest is About a Photographer name Makoto who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru. The two first met when Makoto attended his University ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Munetaka Aoki, Saori Ban

Votes: 2,408

15. Taiyô no uta (2006)

119 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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Kaoru dreamily gazes from her bedroom window each morning just before dawn. She can see a stretch of the beach in front of her parent's house on a hill in Kamakura, but focuses upon the ... See full summary »

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Yui, Takashi Tsukamoto, Kuniko Asagi, Eri Fuse

Votes: 1,216

16. Tokyo Tower (2005)

125 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Toru Kojima and his friend Koji are young student boys with one thing in common - they both love to date older women. Koji is a playboy with several women, young and older, whereas Toru is a romantic with his heart set on on certain lady.

Director: Takashi Minamoto | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Jun'ichi Okada, Jun Matsumoto, Shinobu Terajima

Votes: 335

17. Goemon (2009)

128 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Takao Ohsawa, Ryôko Hirosue, Jun Kaname

Votes: 4,677

18. Kafû o machiwabite (I) (2009)

121 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Yu Nakai | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Maiko, Honkon, Iconiq

Votes: 58

19. Chîmu bachisuta no eikô (2008)

120 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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Toho university hospital has established an outstanding coronary surgery team under the leadership of a up and coming, star, U.S. trained surgeon (Kiji Kikkawa) that specializes in the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Hiroshi Abe, Sei Hiraizumi, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 160

20. Gin iro no shîzun (2008)

108 min | Drama, Sport

5.9
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The arrival of a bride-to-be shakes a hapless ski resort and proves to the three young down-and-out local skiers that there is much more to life than they think.

Director: Eiichirô Hasumi | Stars: Eita, Rena Tanaka, Tetsuji Tamayama, Munetaka Aoki

Votes: 68

21. Gyakkyo nine (2005)

115 min | Comedy, Sport

6.7
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Director: Eiichirô Hasumi | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Maki Horikita, Naoki Tanaka, Hiroshi Fujioka

Votes: 47

22. Rokkazu (2003)

105 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Director: Takanori Jinnai | Stars: Yumi Asô, Moto Fuyuki, Hakuryû, Hanawa

Votes: 68

23. 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

24. Hausu (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

7.3
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 13,531

25. Gohatto (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,374 | Gross: $0.05M

26. Kikujiro (1999)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Comedy

7.9
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44 Metascore

A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto, The Great Gidayû

Votes: 15,845 | Gross: $0.20M

27. Ôoku (2010)

116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.4
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In the year 1716 a mysterious epidemic strickens the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, more and more families ... See full synopsis »

Director: Fuminori Kaneko | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hiroshi Tamaki, Maki Horikita

Votes: 261

28. Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal.

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, Nobu Kanaoka, Shin'ya Tsukamoto

Votes: 15,689