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1. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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94 Metascore

In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into beasts.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

2. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005–2008)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

9.2
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In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar.

Creators: Michael Dante DiMartino, Bryan Konietzko | Stars: Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, Jack De Sena, Dee Bradley Baker

3. Attack on Titan (2013– )

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

9.0
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After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Jaegar vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Stars: Yûki Kaji, Marina Inoue, Josh Grelle, Bryce Papenbrook

4. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

5. The Wind Rises (2013)

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

7.9
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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.

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

6. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.2
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80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Writers: Hayao Miyazaki, Diana Wynne Jones | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

7. Naruto: Shippûden (2007– )

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

8.6
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Naruto Uzumaki, is a loud, hyperactive, adolescent ninja who constantly searches for approval and recognition, as well as to become Hokage, who is acknowledged as the leader and strongest of all ninja in the village.

Creator: Masashi Kishimoto | Stars: Junko Takeuchi, Chie Nakamura, Kazuhiko Inoue, Maile Flanagan

8. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.3
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiyuki Amagasa, Brianne Brozey

9. Yûgiô (1998–2006)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.5
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Yugi Moto solves an Ancient Egyptian Puzzle and brings forth a dark and powerful alter ego. Whenever he and his friends are threatened by evil in Duel Monster Card Game, this alter ego breaks out to save them.

Creator: Kazuki Takahashi | Stars: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum, Darren Dunstan

10. Death Note (2006–2007)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

9.0
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An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Brad Swaile, Vincent Tong, Ryô Naitô

11. Dragon Ball Z (1996–2003)

PG | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.9
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After learning that he is from another planet, a warrior named Goku and his friends are prompted to defend it from an onslaught of extraterrestrial enemies.

Stars: Jôji Yanami, Masako Nozawa, Christopher Sabat, Sean Schemmel

12. Robot Chicken (2005– )

TV-MA | 11 min | Animation, Comedy | Active

7.8
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From creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, 'Robot Chicken' is stop-motion animation with a demented twist.

Creators: Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, Mike Fasolo | Stars: Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Matthew Senreich, Tom Root

13. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009– )

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

9.0
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Two brothers lose their mother to an incurable disease. With the power of "alchemy", they use taboo knowledge to resurrect her. The process fails, and as a toll for using this type of ... See full summary »

Stars: Iemasa Kayumi, Vic Mignogna, Romi Pak, Kent Williams

14. The Boondocks (2005– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Comedy

8.4
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Based on the comic strip, Huey and Riley move away from the city and out to the suburbs with their irascible grandfather. Biting socio-political commentary ensues.

Creator: Aaron McGruder | Stars: Regina King, John Witherspoon, Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams

15. Teen Titans (2003–2006)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.3
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A teenager named Robin, finds a group of heros, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven. They come together to stop their villians of whom they could never beat alone.

Stars: Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton

16. One Piece (1999– )

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.9
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Follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and his friends in order to find the greatest treasure ever left by the legendary Pirate, Gold Roger. The famous mystery treasure named "One Piece".

Creator: Eiichiro Oda | Stars: Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Mayumi Tanaka, Kazuya Nakai

17. Fairy Tail (2009– )

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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Lucy, an aspiring Celestial Wizard, becomes a friend and ally to powerful wizards Natsu, Grey, and Erza, who are part of the (in)famous wizard guild, Fairy Tail.

Stars: Jamie Marchi, Sayaka Ohara, Bryan Massey, Stephen Hoff

18. Sword Art Online (2012– )

24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.3
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The year is 2022, and gamers have lined up on launch day for Sword Art Online, a hotly-anticipated MMORPG that lets players connect to an immersive virtual reality world with special ... See full summary »

Stars: Bryce Papenbrook, Cherami Leigh, Cassandra Morris, Patrick Seitz

19. Bleach (2004–2012)

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

8.0
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High school student Kurosaki Ichigo is unlike any ordinary kid because he can see ghosts. After an accident with a hollow, he got a power.So begins Kurosaki Ichigo's training and duty as a Shinigami, Soul Reaper.

Creator: Tite Kubo | Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Michelle Ruff, Stephanie Sheh, Jamieson Price

20. Cowboy Bebop (1998– )

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

9.0
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The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Creator: Hajime Yatate | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Kevin Seymour

21. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.7
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86 Metascore

An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

22. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.2
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

23. Pokémon (1998– )

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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Ten-year-old Ash aspires to be the greatest Pokémon (pocket monster) trainer in the world. To do this, he enlists the help of two friends, Misty and Brock, and his own Pokémon, Pikachu. ... See full summary »

Creators: Satoshi Tajiri, Junichi Masuda, Ken Sugimori | Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Daniel Nicodème

24. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 124 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

25. Naruto (2002–2007)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.9
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The stories of the struggles of three young ninjas - Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno - as they go through their training.

Creator: Masashi Kishimoto | Stars: Tony Beck, Laurent Vernin, Junko Takeuchi, Maile Flanagan

26. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

8.1
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76 Metascore

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

Writers: Katsuhiro Ôtomo, Izô Hashimoto, Kevin Seymour, Heidi Wilbur, L. Michael Haller | Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata, Tesshô Genda

27. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Unrated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Writers: Akiyuki Nosaka, Isao Takahata | Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

28. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Writers: Eiko Kadono, Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

29. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003–2004)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.7
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The Elric brothers' deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.

Stars: Vic Mignogna, Aaron Dismuke, Romi Pak, Rie Kugimiya

30. The Amazing World of Gumball (2011– )

TV-Y7 | 11 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

8.0
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Join Gumball Watterson and his family as they must deal with all kind of funny and crazy situations.

Creator: Benjamin Bocquelet | Stars: Dan Russell, Logan Grove, Kwesi Boakye, Teresa Gallagher

31. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

R | 83 min | Animation, Action, Mystery

8.0
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A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Writers: Kazunori Itô, Masamune Shirow | Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

32. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.7
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80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Writers: Mary Norton, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa | Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

33. Steins;Gate (2011– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

8.8
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Okabe Rintarou, an university student who refers to himself as Crazy Mad Scientist Hououin Kyouma and his lab's members work on a microwave device that can transfer messages to the past. ... See full summary »

Stars: Asami Imai, Trina Nishimura, Tyson Rinehart, Jackie Ross

34. Psycho-Pass (2012– )

TV-MA | 25 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.4
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In a futuristic world where criminal intent is analyzed by the Sybil System, a new top of the class recruit, Akane Tsunemori, joins the police force; however, she always puts her own sense ... See full summary »

Stars: Kana Hanazawa, Robert McCollum, Kate Oxley, Tomokazu Seki

35. Sailor Moon (1995–2000)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.7
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The magical action-adventures of a teenage girl who learns of her destiny as the legendary warrior Sailor Moon and must band together with the other Sailor Soldiers to defend the Earth and Galaxy.

Stars: Jill Frappier, Susan Roman, Katie Griffin, Ron Rubin

36. Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie (2004)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

4.2
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15 Metascore

Underneath the sands of Egypt, Anubis, an ancient evil spirit, has awakened. It's up to Yugi, who defeated Anubis centuries ago, to use his skill and determination to rid the world of evil once again.

Writer: Michael Pecoriello | Director: Hatsuki Tsuji | Stars: Dan Green, Eric Stuart, Amy Birnbaum, Gregory Abbey

37. Wolf Children (2012)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.2
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72 Metascore

Hana falls in love with a Wolf Man. After the Wolf Man's death, Hana decides to move to a rural town to continue raising her two wolf children Ame and Yuki.

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

38. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006–2007)

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.8
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The Empire of Britannia has invaded Japan using giant robot weapons called Knightmare Frames. Japan is now referred to as Area 11, and its people the 11's. A Britannian who was living in ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Yukana Nogami, Johnny Yong Bosch, Takahiro Sakurai

39. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.3
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After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Writers: Aoi Hiiragi, Reiko Yoshida, Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt | Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

40. InuYasha (2000–2005)

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

7.9
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A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half demon recover the shards of a orb of great power.

Creator: Rumiko Takahashi | Stars: Moneca Stori, Richard Ian Cox, Kirby Morrow, Kelly Sheridan

41. Digimon: Digital Monsters (1999–2003)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.9
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A group of young teens is unexpectedly sent to the mysterious Digital World and paired up with their own powerful, morphing monster called the Digimon. Together the entire group set out on an adventure to fight evil and save the world.

Stars: Steve Blum, Tifanie Christun, Mona Marshall, Derek Stephen Prince

42. Hellsing Ultimate (2006–2012)

Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

8.6
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The vampire Alucard and his newly sired ward Seras tries to protect England from a war-crazed SS-Major who seeks to start an eternal war with his vampire army.

Creator: Kohta Hirano | Stars: K.T. Gray, Gildart Jackson, JB Blanc, Victoria Harwood

43. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.0
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Two opposing camps of alien transforming robots fight in a war that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton

44. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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The adventures of "Porco Rosso", a veteran WW1 pilot in 1930s Italy, who has been cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Sanshi Katsura, Tsunehiko Kamijô

45. Soul Eater (2008– )

TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a "Death Scythe" and ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Bailey, Chiaki Omigawa, Micah Solusod, Brittney Karbowski

46. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (2004–2008)

Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.4
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A semi-spinoff of the popular Yu-Gi-Oh anime series, focusing on a boy named Jaden and his misadventures as a student at an esteemed Duel Monsters academy.

Stars: Vinnie Penna, Tony Salerno, Kanako Irie, David Wills

47. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

PG-13 | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.5
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47 Metascore

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which ... See full summary »

Writers: Ursula K. Le Guin, Goro Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Hayao Miyazaki | Director: Goro Miyazaki | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay, Jun'ichi Okada

48. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Writers: Tetsurô Sayama, Hayao Miyazaki, Keiko Niwa, Chizuru Takahashi | Director: Goro Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

49. Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back (1998)

G | 96 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.6
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35 Metascore

Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous.

Creator: Satoshi Tajiri | Directors: Kunihiko Yuyama, Michael Haigney | Stars: Veronica Taylor, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart, Jay Goede

50. The Animatrix (2003)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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The Animatrix is a collection of several animated short films, detailing the backstory of the "Matrix" universe, and the original war between man and machines which led to the creation of the Matrix.

Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Kôji Morimoto, Shinichirô Watanabe, Peter Chung | Directors: Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Kôji Morimoto, Shinichirô Watanabe | Stars: Clayton Watson, Akio Ôtsuka, Pamela Adlon, Hedy Burress