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1.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
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In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South. (91 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
2.
Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
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A young boy gets jolted with electricity as he's climbing a tall cable pylon. As he gets older, he experiences... (55 mins.)
Director: Sogo Ishii
 
3.
Cold Fish (2010)
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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
4.
Strange Circus (2005)
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The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear. (108 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
5.
Mail Order Wife (2004)
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A documentarian funds an N.Y.C. doorman's East Asian mail-order bride in exchange for the right to film the experience. (92 mins.)
 
6.
Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
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A lonely shoe salesman and an eccentric performance artist struggle to connect in this unique take on contemporary life. (91 mins.)
Director: Miranda July
 
7.
Memories (1995)
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"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four... (113 mins.)
 
8.
Sodium Babies (2009)
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The Award Winning, internationally acclaimed film Sodium Babies is a gripping ride in the world of feuding... (90 mins.)
 
9.
Kontroll (2003)
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A tale about a strange young man, Bulcsú, the fellow inspectors on his team, all without exception likeable characters, a rival ticket inspection team, and racing along the tracks... And a tale about love. (105 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
 
10.
Lovers of the Arctic Circle (1998)
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In Lapland, under the midnight sun, Otto and Ana reunite once again after a long period of time apart, in hope of rekindling their unrequited teenage love. (112 mins.)
Director: Julio Medem
 
11.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
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A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
12.
Dead Leaves (2004)
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Two awaken on Earth with no recollection of their past and embark on a devastating crime spree but are sent to an infamous lunar penitentiary named Dead Leaves. (55 mins.)
 
13.
Let the Bullets Fly (2010)
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In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman. (132 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
 
14.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
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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. (67 mins.)
 
15.
Time and Tide (2000)
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Tyler is a restless, streetwise 21-year-old Hong Kong native who's had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life... (113 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
16.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
17.
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
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A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder. (85 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
18.
Aegri Somnia (2008)
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Edgar is living in the shadow of his wife's sudden death. Haunted by vivid hallucinations and a faceless city threatening to swallow him whole... (95 mins.)
Director: James Rewucki
 
19.
Until the Lights Come Back (2005)
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(132 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
The Sea Inside (2004)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die. (125 mins.)
 
22.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
23.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
 
24.
The Killer (1989)
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A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
25.
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
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The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. (139 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
26.
Perfect Blue (1997)
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A retired pop-singer-turned-actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
27.
Monsters Club (2011)
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Having abandoned modern civilization, Ryoichi lives an isolated, self-sufficient life on a snow-covered... (71 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
28.
Ink (2009)
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A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares. (107 mins.)
Director: Jamin Winans
 
29.
Strings (2004)
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A prince leaves his city and sets off to avenge his father not aware his father wasn't murdered and in-reality committed suicide and soon learns the truth about his people from a warrior woman. (88 mins.)
 
30.
Ways to Live Forever (2010)
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Sam loves facts. He wants to know about UFOs and horror movies and airships and ghosts and scientists... (90 mins.)
Director: Gustavo Ron
 
31.
Man on the Roof (1976)
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Police lieutenant Nyman is murdered in his hospital bed and Martin Beck and his colleagues have another murder to solve... (110 mins.)
Director: Bo Widerberg
 
32.
Helter Skelter (2012)
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Top star Lilico undergoes multiple cosmetic surgeries to her entire body. As her surgeries show side effect, Ririko makes the lives of those around her miserable as she tries to deal with her career and her personal problems. (127 mins.)
Director: Mika Ninagawa
 
33.
I'm Not Scared (2003)
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A young boy accidentally discovers a deep hole in the ground, where another boy is kept prisoner. (108 mins.)
 
34.
Heaven (2002)
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A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer. (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
35.
Mother (2009)
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A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
36.
Liberal Arts (2012)
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When 30-something Jesse returns to his alma mater for a professor's retirement party, he falls for Zibby, a college student, and is faced with a powerful attraction that springs up between them. (97 mins.)
Director: Josh Radnor
 
37.
The Stroller Strategy (2012)
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Parisian Thomas Platz is suddenly made the guardian of a baby - then pretends to be its real father in order to win back Marie... (90 mins.)
Director: Clément Michel
 
38.
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
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A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
39.
Onibaba (1964)
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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. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
40.
The Viral Factor (2012)
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International Security Affairs agent Jon is on a dangerous mission to escort a criminal scientist to another country... (122 mins.)
Director: Dante Lam
 
41.
Secret (2009)
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Sung-ryeol is a detective in charge of violent crimes. He is an upright man, but is having an affair with his colleague's wife... (105 mins.)
Director: Jae-gu Yoon
 
42.
Always (2011)
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A love story centered on ex-boxer Chul-min and a blind telemarketer Jung-hwa. (108 mins.)
Director: Il-gon Song
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
Tekkonkinkreet (2006)
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In Treasure Town, life can be both peaceful and violent. This is never truer than for our heroes, Black and White... (111 mins.)
Director: Maikeru Ariasu
 
45.
Genius Party Beyond (2008)
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A series of short animations by some of Japan's best animators comments to life in this collage of beautiful works of art.
 
46.
New World (2013)
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Story about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop. (134 mins.)
Director: Hoon-jung Park
 
47.
Baby Blues (2013)
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When a young couple moves into a home, they find a mysterious doll that changes their lives forever. (92 mins.)
Director: Po-Chih Leong
 
48.
The Complex (2013)
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Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother... (106 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
49.
The Second Sight (2013)
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Jet is a man who has a paranormal ability since he was born. But it makes him a freak among his friends... (90 mins.)
 
51.
Damejin (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An off-beat comedy about 3 'damejin' (useless persons), who don't work and spend their lives doing nothing... (98 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Miki
 
52.
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
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Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances. (120 mins.)
Director: Gen Sekiguchi
 
53.
Sword of the Stranger (2007)
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A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple. (103 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Andô
 
54.
Neighbour No. 13 (2005)
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Jûzô Murasaki is a boy miscast in his classroom, being frequently abused, tortured, beaten and humiliated... (115 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Inoue