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by ninegirl_arthaus | created - 19 Oct 2013 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

films with beauty, aesthetics & amusing story of japan .. list by shinobi yoshimi.. a part of manuel nobi thousand of film canon

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1. 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: 2,720

2. Momoiro sora o (2011)

113 min | Drama

6.6
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High school student Izumi Kawashima, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. Instead of returning the wallet to its owner, Izumi ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Kobayashi | Stars: Ai Ikeda, Ena Koshino, Reiko Fujiwara, Tsubasa Takayama

Votes: 136

3. Blue (II) (2002)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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An introverted schoolgirl falls in love and starts a relationship with one of her classmates. Set in a small seaside town in Japan, the love of her life eventually leaves her for her boyfriend in Tokyo.

Director: Hiroshi Ando | Stars: Mikako Ichikawa, Manami Konishi, Asami Imajuku, Jun Murakami

Votes: 247

4. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 254,142 | Gross: $0.27M

5. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 33,418

6. Tokyo! (2008)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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63 Metascore

A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories.

Directors: Joon-ho Bong, Leos Carax, Michel Gondry | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Ryo Kase, Ayumi Itô, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 7,974 | Gross: $0.35M

7. Odoru daisosasen (1998)

119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Yûji Oda, Toshirô Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 608

8. Hoshi mamoru inu (2011)

128 min | Drama

7.2
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A middle-aged divorcee (Toshiyuki Nishida) embarks on a journey across Japan with his dog Happy. Along the way, they have to overcome health issues and financial difficulties.

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tetsuji Tamayama, Umika Kawashima, Kimiko Yo

Votes: 126

9. 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 Kore-eda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 4,606

10. The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûko Kotegawa, Jûzô Itami

Votes: 1,047

11. Koto no ha no niwa (2013)

46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 17,402

12. Suwingu gâruzu (2004)

105 min | Drama, Comedy, Music

7.6
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A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up poisoning and replacing the schools brass band.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Juri Ueno, Yûta Hiraoka, Shihori Kanjiya, Yuika Motokariya

Votes: 2,833

keren...bagus.. lucu... arigato san!

13. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 9,644 | Gross: $9.68M

14. Adorenarin doraibu (1999)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy

7.1
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69 Metascore

This parody of popular Japanese teenage girls' romances includes slapstick in a comedy of robbers versus robbers. When a gas leak explodes at a yakuza's headquarters, a shy, timid nurse and... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Masanobu Andô, Reila Aphrodite, Hikari Ishida, Kirina Mano

Votes: 766 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996–1998)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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The adventures of a young wandering swordsman who stumbles upon a struggling martial arts school in Meiji era Japan.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Richard Cansino, Dean Wein, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 13,569

16. Doraemon (1979– )

TV-PG | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.8
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Doraemon is a robotic cat that comes from the 22nd century. He comes to 20th century and stays with Nobi Family. The Nobis love Doraemon very much. So Doraemon always help the Nobis with the devices from 22nd century.

Stars: Joe Thomas, Frances Catalano, Collin Weiler, Xeph

Votes: 1,833

17. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 484,753 | Gross: $10.06M

18. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 203,811

19. Kamen Raidâ Burakku Aru Ekkusu (1988–1989)

Action, Adventure, Drama

8.2
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Add a Plot

Stars: Tetsuo Kurata, Jun Takanomaki, Kazumasa Nasamune, Tetsuya Matsui

Votes: 146

20. Takeshi's Castle (2002–2004)

Comedy, Family, Game-Show

8.2
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Comic highlights from a physical Japanese gameshow presided over and commentated by Craig Charles.

Stars: Ronald van Dam, Ruben van der Meer, Craig Charles, Makoto Dainenji

Votes: 1,157

21. Dragon Ball (1995–2003)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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Follows the adventures of an extraordinarily strong young boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. ... See full summary »

Stars: Brice Armstrong, Steve Olson, Stephanie Nadolny, Zoe Slusar

Votes: 41,072

22. Ultraman (1972– )

Sci-Fi

7.6
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When the world is threatened by alien invaders and giant prehistoric monsters, there is only one agency equipped to handle the situation, The Science Patrol, and ultrasophisticated police ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Fernandez, Earl Hammond, William Kiehl, Peggy Lobbin

Votes: 355

23. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 21,557 | Gross: $2.42M

24. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Music

8.4
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Koyuki meets the guitarist, Ryuske, and discovers a love and talent for music.

Stars: Tomohisa Asô, Taliesin Jaffe, Jamie McGonnigal, Shintarô Oohata

Votes: 1,680

25. City Hunter (1987–1991)

24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

7.9
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Ryô Saeba is a private eye known as the "City Hunter" who likes to be hired by beautiful girls. One day, his associate, Hideyuki Makimura, is murdered. Ryô has to take care of Hideyuki's ... See full summary »

Stars: Akira Kamiya, Yôko Asagami, Martin Blacker, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 816

26. Shimokita Glory Days (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A guy moves in with 5 nubile women, paying rent by doing their housework.

Stars: Sora Aoi, Yuma Asami, Manami Hashimoto, Ichitaro

Votes: 106

27. Mobile Fighter G Gundam (1994– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

7.6
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It is the year Future Century 60 and most of humanity has migrated to orbiting space colonies, leaving behind the polluted Earth. To prevent war, the colonies came up with the tournament ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Gatha, Yuri Amano, Jennifer Holder, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 662

28. Sakura no sono (2008)

102 min | Drama

6.3
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In this remake, in the setting of a private girls' school the drama club is putting on the play The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov. With drama on-stage, there is drama off-stage with ... See full summary »

Director: Shun Nakahara | Stars: Saki Fukuda, Saki Terashima, Anne Watanabe, Yuko Oshima

Votes: 59

GOD, wish i was there...

29. Noruwei no mori (2010)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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58 Metascore

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Director: Tran Anh Hung | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 9,579 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Ninja Scroll (1993)

Unrated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Osamu Saka

Votes: 29,166

31. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 28,133 | Gross: $2.55M

32. 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: 41,786 | Gross: $1.54M

33. Kaze tachinu (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.8
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83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 52,674 | Gross: $5.21M

34. Manji (1964)

91 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 647

35. Tôkyô no kôrasu (1931)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tokihiko Okada, Emiko Yagumo, Hideo Sugawara, Hideko Takamine

Votes: 995

36. Yoshiwara enjô (1987)

133 min

6.9
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A young woman is sold into the famous red light district brothel in Yoshiwara by her bankrupt father.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Yûko Natori, Rino Katase, Jinpachi Nezu, Sayoko Ninomiya

Votes: 103

37. Amachan (2013– )

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

8.5
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A young girl from Tokyo moves to the Tohoku region to become a female diver. A so-called 'Ama' diver.

Stars: Non, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mio Yûki, Ryûhei Matsuda

Votes: 212

38. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2010)

122 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Masaaki Taniguchi | Stars: Riisa Naka, Akiyoshi Nakao, Munetaka Aoki, Anna Ishibashi

Votes: 1,347

39. Momose, kocchi wo muite. (2014)

Drama, Romance

6.8
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Miyazaki asks Noboru and Momose to pretend they are dating to stop bad rumor about him. Both begin to act like a couple in front of others and soon he begins to develop feelings for Momose, who is still in love with Miyazaki.

Director: Saiji Yakumo | Stars: Akari Hayami, Anna Ishibashi, Asuka Kudô, Osamu Mukai

Votes: 198

40. Rurôni Kenshin: Ishin shishi e no Requiem (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.5
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The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Takimi Shigure watched his friends and family get cut down in the name of ... See full summary »

Director: Tsuji Hajiki | Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, J. Shanon Weaver, Miki Fujitani, Judson Jones

Votes: 1,918

41. Kamome shokudô (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi

Votes: 1,488

42. 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: 3,081

43. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.6
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Mirai Shida, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $0.01M

44. 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 Kore-eda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 8,775 | Gross: $0.16M

45. Megane (2007)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryo Kase, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,051

46. Karafuru (2000)

126 min | Comedy

6.2
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Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is 'lucky' and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide.

Director: Shun Nakahara | Stars: Kôki Tanaka, Sawako Agawa, Kanako Magara, Asuka Komayu

Votes: 105

47. Memories of Tomorrow (2006)

122 min | Drama

7.6
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68 Metascore

A successful businessman's family life is shattered by an early onset of Alzheimer's.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kanako Higuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 692 | Gross: $0.14M

48. Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.2
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71 Metascore

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 24,984

49. 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: 7,502 | Gross: $0.28M

50. Barber Yoshino (2004)

96 min | Comedy

4.8
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In a small town on the countryside, every young boy is forced to have the same bowl-head haircut known as the "Yoshino-gari" hairstyle. Then one day, a drastic change occurs when a transfer student with bleached hair comes from Tokyo.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Kazuyuki Asano, Hôshi Ishida, Masaki Miura, Shinnosuke Miyao

Votes: 341

51. Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

R | 111 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.7
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65 Metascore

In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White - two street kids who claim to traverse the urban city as if it were their ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Arias | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô

Votes: 10,426

52. Sakura Diaries (1997– )

25 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Urara likes Touma. Touma likes Meiko. Meiko might like Touma, but Meiko will only date a college boy. So what's an under achiever like Touma to do?

Stars: Kyôko Hikami, Mitsuaki Madono, Chris Ayres, Mako Hyôdô

Votes: 123

53. Munemoshune no musume tachi (2008– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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Rin Asogi runs a private investigation agency in Tokyo's Shinjuku district, performing odd jobs ranging from finding lost pets to hunting rare stamps in order to get by. Yet despite ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Cason, Jamie Marchi, Mamiko Noto, Rie Kugimiya

Votes: 1,381

54. Kochuu (2003 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister | Stars: Tadao Andô, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen, Toyo Ito

Votes: 64

55. Sushi: The Global Catch (2011)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, History, News

6.5
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57 Metascore

From humble beginnings as a simple food sold by Japanese street vendors, sushi has exploded into an international phenomenon in the past 30 years. SUSHI: THE GLOBAL CATCH is a ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Hall

Votes: 456 | Gross: $0.01M

56. Akiresu to kame (2008)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kanako Higuchi, Kumiko Asô, Aya Enjôji

Votes: 2,592

57. 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: 4,663

58. Maiko haaaan!!! (2007)

120 min | Comedy

6.6
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Kimihiko Onizuka is a salaryman infatuated with maiko (apprentice geisha) and whose greatest goal in life is to play a party game called "yakyuken" with one.

Director: Nobuo Mizuta | Stars: Sadao Abe, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Ko Shibasaki, Satoshi Hashimoto

Votes: 484

59. 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

60. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 86,817 | Gross: $3.52M

61. Kasutamu-meido 10.30 (2005)

Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
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Director: Hajime Ishimine | Stars: Kaela Kimura, Erika Nishikado, Ayaka Maeda, Ryoko Matsui

Votes: 14

62. Sukûrugâru konpurekkusu: Hôsôbu-hen (2013)

96 min | Drama

5.9
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At an all female high school, a senior of the radio club becomes fascinated with the club's newest member. As graduation nears and the summer heat rises, so does the sexual tension between the girls. (Japanese with English subtitles).

Director: Yûichi Onuma | Stars: Aoi Morikawa, Mugi Kadowaki, Maaya Kondô, Aoi Yoshikura

Votes: 134

63. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 13,080

64. Farewell to the Summer Light (1968)

96 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A spontaneous romance blooms between Kawamura, a professor touring Europe, and Naoko, a married woman living in Paris, scarred by the Nagasaki atomic bombings. The two protagonists travel around Europe trying to find themselves.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Tadashi Yokouchi, Paul Beauvais, Hélène Soubielle

Votes: 152

65. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 24,182 | Gross: $1.51M

66. Ocean Waves (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

6.9
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73 Metascore

As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.

Director: Tomomi Mochizuki | Stars: Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Yoko Sakamoto, Yuri Amano

Votes: 6,394

67. 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: 3,786

68. 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: 1,430

69. Casshern (2004)

142 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kumiko Asô, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 12,519

70. Riaru onigokko (2015)

85 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she herself becomes less and less certain of who she is and what kind of a world she lives in.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai

Votes: 2,704

71. Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

111 min | Drama

7.8
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Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 1,219

72. Yumeji (1991)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.2
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Painter and poet Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934) gets involved with a beautiful widow, becoming a rival of her dead husband's ghost and the jealous lover who murdered him.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Tomoko Mariya, Masumi Miyazaki, Tamasaburô Bandô

Votes: 294

73. Rikyu (1989)

135 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kyôko Kishida

Votes: 476

74. Nodame Kantâbire: Saishuu-gakushou - Kouhen (2010)

123 min | Drama

7.2
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Nodame (Juri Ueno) is still pining for the affections of Chiaki (Hiroshi Tamaki), but Chiaki wants them to concentrate on their musical careers and moves out. Chiaki then gets the ... See full synopsis »

Directors: Yasuhiro Kawamura, Hideki Takeuchi | Stars: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 570

75. Sêrâ-fuku to kikanjû (1981)

131 min | Action, Romance

6.2
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Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, Rentarô Mikuni, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 272

76. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.1
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 120,711 | Gross: $0.55M

77. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

R | 115 min | Animation, Action, Crime

7.9
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61 Metascore

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shinichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei | Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 35,503 | Gross: $1.00M

78. I Am a Hero (2015)

126 min | Action, Horror

6.8
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One day, after returning from work late in the evening, Hideo witnesses a traffic accident in which a car crashes into a nearby pedestrian, killing the victim instantly. However, despite ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura, Yô Ôizumi, Miho Suzuki

Votes: 3,152

79. Kimi no na wa. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 65,220 | Gross: $5.02M

80. Fashion Story: Model (2012)

Drama

8.0
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Depicts the romances and personal frustrations of women who work as fashion models. Hinako thinks deeply about her future, while the film also follows number one model, Miho.

Director: Sayaka Nakamura | Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Seira Kagami, Mayuko Kawakita, Nanami Abe

Votes: 7

81. 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

82. Kiga kaikyô (1965)

183 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Kôji Mitsui, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 580

83. Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)

84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces.

Director: Takashi Nomura | Stars: Jô Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Shôki Fukae

Votes: 1,128

84. Bakumatsu taiyôden (1957)

110 min | Comedy

7.6
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In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times.

Director: Yûzô Kawashima | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yôko Minamida, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 436

85. Kurutta kajitsu (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

Director: Kô Nakahira | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Mie Kitahara, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 1,389

86. Bakuman. (2015)

119 min | Comedy

7.1
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Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 925

87. Tokyo Fiancée (2014)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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A young Japanophile Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student.

Director: Stefan Liberski | Stars: Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton, Alice de Lencquesaing

Votes: 1,585

88. Rentaneko (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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A single woman runs a rent-a-cat service to provide companions for lonely people.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada

Votes: 1,128

89. 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: 772

90. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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75 Metascore

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 7,185 | Gross: $0.46M

91. Maborosi (1995)

110 min | Drama

7.6
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94 Metascore

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama

Votes: 2,979

92. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 44,459

93. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 103,729 | Gross: $0.52M

94. Erosu purasu gyakusatsu (1969)

202 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Inano

Votes: 1,553

95. Onna no mizûmi (1966)

102 min | Drama

7.4
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A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Keiko Natsu

Votes: 424

96. Lady Snowblood (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.7
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Toshio Kurosawa, Masaaki Daimon, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 9,243

97. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,368

98. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)

Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.3
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Concurrent theatrical ending of the TV series "Shin Seiki Evangelion" (1995).

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki | Stars: Megumi Ogata, Megumi Hayashibara, Yûko Miyamura, Kotono Mitsuishi

Votes: 22,604

99. Hîchirimen bâkuto - nôbarydu takahadâ (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.7
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 793

100. 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: 8,730