Japanese Recommendations

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1.
Train Man (2005)
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The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train... (105 mins.)
 
2.
Miss Zombie (2013)
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A Japanese family acquires an undead domestic servant who's presence begins to effect their daily lives. (85 mins.)
Director: Sabu
 
3.
Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005)
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(124 mins.)
Director: Kankurô Kudô
 
4.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
5.
Sakuran (2006)
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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). (111 mins.)
Director: Mika Ninagawa
 
6.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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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. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
7.
Maiko haaaan!!! (2007)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Mizuta
 
8.
Caterpillar (2010)
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During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... (85 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
9.
Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)
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After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men. (99 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
10.
Gemini (1999)
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A successful doctor, Yukio's picture perfect life is gradually wrecked, and taken over by his avenging twin brother, who bumps off his family members one by one and reclaims his lover who is now Yukio's wife. (84 mins.)
 
11.
Blind Beast (1969)
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A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model. (86 mins.)
 
12.
Rampo (1994)
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Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and... (100 mins.)
 
13.
Edogawa Ranpo ryôki-kan: Yaneura no sanposha (1976)
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The landlord of a boarding house in 1923 Tokyo, is keen on spying on the bizarre close encounters taking place beneath his roof. One day he sees a prostitute killing a customer, and decides he's found his soulmate. (76 mins.)
Director: Noboru Tanaka
 
14.
Rampo Noir (2005)
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This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo. (134 mins.)
 
15.
Sword Art Online (2012 TV Series)
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In the year 2022, thousands of people get trapped in a new virtual MMORPG and the lone wolf player, Kirito, works to escape. (24 mins.)
 
16.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
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Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
17.
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
 
18.
Good Morning (1959)
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
19.
The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
20.
Drunken Angel (1948)
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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
21.
The Sun (2005)
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Third part in Aleksandr Sokurov's quadrilogy of Power, following Moloch and Taurus, focuses on Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Japan's defeat in World War II when he is finally confronted by General Douglas MacArthur who offers him to accept a diplomatic defeat for survival. (110 mins.)
 
22.
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami. (133 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
23.
One Wonderful Sunday (1947)
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Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen... (108 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
24.
Yasukuni (2007 Documentary)
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Controversy abounds as Japanese officials honor the deceased at the legendary Yasukuni shrine, where swords used to kill Chinese soldiers were famously forged. Few know about the shrine's eerie past and the mysterious sword inside. (123 mins.)
Director: Ying Li
 
25.
Harvey (1950)
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Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows. (104 mins.)
Director: Henry Koster
 
26.
Barefoot Gen (1983)
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A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. (83 mins.)
Director: Mori Masaki
 
27.
Black Rain (1989)
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Two NYC cops arrest a Yakuza member and must escort him when he's extradited to Japan. (125 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
28.
Black Rain (1989)
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The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
29.
The Face of Jizo (2004)
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Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948... (99 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Kuroki
 
30.
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
 
31.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
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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. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
32.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
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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. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai