Midnight Eye's Best Japanese Films of the Decade: Midnight Eye Crew (2000s)

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1.
Love Exposure (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
2.
United Red Army (2007)
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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
 
3.
Still Walking (2008)
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Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day... (115 mins.)
 
4.
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
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An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. (120 mins.)
 
5.
It's Only Talk (2005)
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Yuko is 35 years old, single, out of work, and on medication from her psychiatrist to combat her manic depression... (126 mins.)
Director: Ryûichi Hiroki
 
6.
Spirited Away (2001)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
7.
Battle Royale (2000)
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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
 
8.
Tony Takitani (2004)
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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
 
9.
Mind Game (2004)
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After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends. (103 mins.)
 
10.
Tsuki to Cherry (2004)
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(82 mins.)
Director: Yuki Tanada
 
11.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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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.)
 
12.
Hanging Garden (2005)
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(114 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
13.
Strawberry Shortcakes (2006)
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Strawberry Shortcakes (2006) is a Japanese film by director Hitoshi Yazaki. The film, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Kiriko Nananan... (127 mins.)
Director: Hitoshi Yazaki
 
14.
Canary (2004)
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(132 mins.)
Director: Akihiko Shiota
 
15.
A Snake of June (2002)
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A man and woman fall into an erotic nightmare when they are stalked by a disturbed man. (77 mins.)
 
16.
Audition (1999)
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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. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
17.
Air Doll (2009)
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A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
 
18.
Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
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A violent, guitar-playing, electrically charged boxer faces off against an electronic wizard half-merged with a metallic Buddha. (55 mins.)
Director: Sogo Ishii
 
19.
Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
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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... (101 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Miki
 
20.
All Around Us (2008)
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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... (140 mins.)
 
21.
Avalon (2001)
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In a future world, young people are increasingly becoming addicted to an illegal (and potentially deadly) battle simulation game called Avalon... (107 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
22.
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
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In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner. (100 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
23.
Blue Spring (2001)
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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. (83 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
24.
Bright Future (2002)
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Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants)... (115 mins.)
 
25.
Dead or Alive 2: Tôbôsha (2000)
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Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. (97 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
26.
Doing Time (2002)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
27.
Graveyard of Honor (2002)
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A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems. (131 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
28.
Hana (2006)
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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father. (127 mins.)
 
29.
I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
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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. (143 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
30.
Kafuka: Inaka isha (2007 Short Film)
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Surreal events occur when a hapless country doctor visits an ill boy one cold night. (21 mins.)
Director: Kôji Yamamura
 
31.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
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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.)
 
32.
Osoi hito (2004)
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A wheelchair bound man goes on a killing spree to ease his hurt when a local college coed rebuffs his amorous advances. (83 mins.)
Director: Gô Shibata
 
34.
The Book of the Dead (2005)
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The story takes place as Buddhism is being introduced to Japan from China. Iratsume, a woman of noble descent... (70 mins.)
 
35.
Ima boku wa (2008)
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(87 mins.)
 
36.
The Taste of Tea (2004)
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A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life. (143 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
37.
This World of Ours (2007)
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Ryo is a boy broken on an emotional level, doesn't go to school anymore and locks himself inside at home... (92 mins.)
Director: Ryô Nakajima
 
38.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
39.
Vibrator (2003)
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(Japanese with English subtitles) After meeting a handsome truck driver (Nao Omori) in the midst of an urban mini-mart... (95 mins.)
Director: Ryuichi Hiroki
 
40.
Waterboys (2001)
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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". (91 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
 
41.
Zatoichi (2003)
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The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano