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1. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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81 Metascore

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.

Writers: Koushun Takami, Kenta Fukasaku | Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

2. Ichi the Killer (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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50 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Writers: Hideo Yamamoto, Sakichi Satô | Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ômori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

3. Ring (1998)

Unrated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A mysterious video kills whoever views it, unless that viewer can solve its mystery.

Writers: Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

4. Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)

R | 92 min | Horror

6.7
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48 Metascore

A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

Writers: Takashi Shimizu, Bobby White | Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Megumi Okina, Misaki Itô, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa

5. Grotesque (2009)

73 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

4.8
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An unnamed doctor has always had everything he's ever wanted, but that has only made him develop more extreme and depraved needs. He kidnaps a young couple in the prime of their life ... See full summary »

Writer: Kôji Shiraishi | Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Kotoha Hiroyama, Hiroaki Kawatsure, Shigeo Ôsako

6. Over Your Dead Body (2014)

93 min | Horror

6.4
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A star, Miyuki Goto (Ko Shibasaki) plays Oiwa, the protagonist in a new play based on the ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. She pulls some strings to get her lover, Kosuke Hasegawa (Ebizo ... See full summary »

Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi | Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Hitomi Katayama, Hideaki Itô, Ebizô Ichikawa

7. Guinea Pig (1985 Video)

43 min | Short, Horror

4.0
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A group of guys capture a young girl with the intent of hurting her. They torture her in many ways, from beating her to putting a sharp piece of needle-like metal through her eye which ... See full summary »

Director: Satoru Ogura

8. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

110 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Set in a future-world vision of Tokyo where the police have been privatized and bitter self-mutilation is so casual that advertising is often specially geared to the "cutter" demographic, ... See full summary »

Writers: Kengo Kaji, Maki Mizui, Yoshihiro Nishimura | Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

9. Another (2012– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Horror | Active

8.0
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Twenty-six years ago, in a third-year classroom of a middle school, there was a student named Misaki. As an honors student who was also good at sports, the charming girl was popular with ... See full summary »

Stars: Atsushi Abe, Natsumi Takamori, Tomoaki Maeno, Madoka Yonezawa

10. Visitor Q (2001 Video)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

6.9
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A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Writer: Itaru Era | Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô

11. Ginî piggu 2: Chiniku no hana (1985 Video)

42 min | Short, Horror

5.1
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A woman walking home late at night is attacked by an unknown assailant who knocks her out with chloroform. When she regains consciousness, she finds herself tied to a bed in a blood- ... See full summary »

Writer: Hideshi Hino | Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Hiroshi Tamura, Kirara Yûgao

12. Ring 2 (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery

6.0
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Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Writers: Hiroshi Takahashi, Kôji Suzuki | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyôko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata

13. Ju-on: White Ghost (2009)

Not Rated | 61 min | Horror

6.3
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Akane begins seeing visions of a female ghost wearing the same yellow hat and red satchel she wore as a school child.

Writers: Ryûta Miyake, Takashi Shimizu | Director: Ryûta Miyake | Stars: Hiroki Suzuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa, Natsuki Kasa, Akina Minami

14. Sadako 3D (2012)

96 min | Horror

3.9
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The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches Internet searching for a host in order to live once again.

Writers: Kôji Suzuki, Yoshinobu Fujioka, Tsutomu Hanabusa | Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Kôji Seto, Tsutomu Takahashi, Shôta Sometani

15. The Big Tits Dragon (2010)

73 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

4.6
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A medieval Book of the Dead is discovered in the catacombs that run under a small town strip club. When one of the desperate strippers raises an army of the undead, the rest of the ... See full summary »

Writers: Rei Mikamoto, Takao Nakano | Director: Takao Nakano | Stars: Sora Aoi, Risa Kasumi, Mari Sakurai, Tamayo

16. Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead (2012)

73 min | Horror

4.5
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After a nuclear attack in Tokyo, the female population is attacked by infected males who have become sex-crazed zombies, hungry for human flesh. Officeworker Momoko and nurse Nozomi seek ... See full summary »

Writers: Jirô Ishikawa, Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Rina Aikawa, Yui Aikawa, Kazuyoshi Akishima, Asami

17. Tormented (2011)

83 min | Horror

5.4
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Daigo doesn't speak anymore. His sister, Kiriko, is worried and their father is no help. Now Daigo is missing. He's in danger, and Kiriko will have to follow him into a world of nightmares to discover the truth.

Writers: Sôtarô Hayashi, Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu | Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Takeru Shibuya, Tamaki Ogawa, Nao Ômori

18. Deadball (2011)

99 min | Comedy, Horror, Sport

5.5
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Baseball prodigy Jubeh Yakyu (Tak Sakaguchi) is the most feared and dangerous juvenile delinquent in all of Japan. After accidentally causing the death of his father with a super-powered, ... See full summary »

Writers: Keita Tokaji, Yudai Yamaguchi | Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Kai Atô, Bobby, Mickey Curtis, Erina

19. The Complex (2013)

106 min | Horror

5.2
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Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching... See full summary »

Writers: Jun'ya Katô, Ryûta Miyake | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Atsuko Maeda, Hiroki Narimiya, Masanobu Katsumura, Naomi Nishida

20. Bijo no harawata (1986)

68 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.5
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A tortured and raped young girl mutates into a penis-headed demon and mutilates her captors.

Writer: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu | Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu | Stars: Megumi Ozawa, Ayako Ishii, Seira Kitagawa, Ken Yoshizawa

21. Naked Blood: Megyaku (1996 Video)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.3
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A scientist taints his mother's scientific experiment with his own drug that transforms pain into a pleasurable experience. Unfortunately for the three women involved in the experiment, the drug works a little bit too well.

Writer: Taketoshi Watari | Director: Hisayasu Satô | Stars: Misa Aika, Yumika Hayashi, Mika Kirihara, Sadao Abe

22. Kaidan (2007)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.4
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river ... See full summary »

Writers: Satoko Okudera, Enchô San'yûtei | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Kumiko Asô, Takaaki Enoki, Reona Hirota, Teisui Ichiryûsai

23. Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 3 (2013)

68 min | Horror

4.8
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The zombies that arose after the nuclear outbreak are still high in numbers. The group of girls have lost some of their comrades and are fighting off the horny zombies to stay alive ... See full summary »

Writers: Yûko Momochi, Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Yui Aikawa, Asami, Iona, Saya Kobayashi

24. Blood (2009)

85 min | Action, Horror

4.9
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Where does love and lust lead you...if you never die? What destiny awaits an immortal? Is there a destination for immortal love and lust? Shigenori Takechi of IZO incorporated these ... See full summary »

Writer: Shigenori Takechi | Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Aya Sugimoto, Guts Ishimatsu, Jun Kaname, Satoshi Matsuda

25. Horny House of Horror (2010 Video)

75 min | Comedy, Horror

4.4
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The film is about three men, Nakazu (Yuya Ishikawa), Toshida (Wani Kansai) and Uno (Toushi Yanagi) who enter a brothel in Japan to allow Nakazu to have the experience paying for sex before ... See full summary »

Writer: Jun Tsugita | Director: Jun Tsugita | Stars: Asami, Yûya Ishikawa, Wani Kansai, Miyavi Matsunoi

26. Meatball Machine (2005)

90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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Full-throttle splatter-ific Japanese cyberpunk science fiction/horror at its most aggressive, this mind-blower about alien parasites that turn their human hosts into slave "Necroborgs" will leave you dizzy and drained - in a good way.

Writers: Jun'ya Katô, Yudai Yamaguchi, Yukihiko Yamaguchi, Jun'ichi Yamamoto | Directors: Yudai Yamaguchi, Jun'ichi Yamamoto | Stars: Issei Takahashi, Aoba Kawai, Kenichi Kawasaki, Shôichirô Masumoto

27. Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Horror

6.5
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About hair extensions that attack the women that wear them.

Writers: Shion Sono, Masaki Adachi, Makoto Sanada | Director: Shion Sono | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Megumi Satô, Tsugumi, Eri Machimoto

28. As the Gods Will (2014)

117 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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A group of high school students are forced to play a game of death without knowing who, why or how.

Writers: Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Akeji Fujimura, Hiroyuki Yatsu | Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Shôta Sometani, Atsuko Maeda, Sôta Fukushi

29. Ginî piggu: Manhôru no naka no ningyo (1988 Video)

63 min | Horror

5.5
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An artist finds and rescues a mermaid in a sewer. He takes her home with him and she develops sores all over her body that begin to pustulate and bleed. He uses what oozes from her sores to... See full summary »

Director: Hideshi Hino | Stars: Shigeru Saiki, Mari Somei, Masami Hisamoto, Gô Rijû

30. Ju-on: Black Ghost (2009)

Not Rated | 60 min | Horror

5.7
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After losing her child at birth, the dark horror of the grudge begins growing within her.

Writers: Mari Asato, Takashi Shimizu | Director: Mari Asato | Stars: Kôji Seto, Kuniteru Shigeyama, Kana Tsugihara, Ai Kago

31. Fatal Frame (2014)

104 min | Horror

4.9
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Writers: Eiji Ohtsuka, Mari Asato | Director: Mari Asato | Stars: Kôdai Asaka, Minori Hagiwara, Fujiko Kojima, Jun Miho

32. Premonition (2004)

R | 95 min | Horror

6.3
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While stopped at a roadside phone boot for transmitting his work through Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his five years ... See full summary »

Writers: Noboru Takagi, Norio Tsuruta, Jirô Tsunoda | Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Noriko Sakai, Maki Horikita, Mayumi Ono

33. Rasen (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.4
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A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

Writers: Jôji Iida, Kôji Suzuki | Director: Jôji Iida | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki, Shingo Tsurumi

34. The Sylvian Experiments (2010)

R | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Dr. Hattori and her husband watch footage of brain surgery experiments with Manchurian, Russian and Japanese guinea pigs that had been found in the basement of a wrecked hospital. Out of ... See full summary »

Writer: Hiroshi Takahashi | Director: Hiroshi Takahashi | Stars: Yôko Chôsokabe, Mina Fujii, Momoko Hatano, Tomohiro Kaku

35. The Incite Mill (2010)

107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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Ten people who agree to take the same lucrative "job" find themselves locked in an underground complex and forced to play a murder game for seven days.

Writers: Honobu Yonezawa, Satoshi Suzuki | Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Nagisa Katahira, Shinji Takeda, Masanori Ishii

36. Oneechanbara: The Movie (2008)

80 min | Action, Horror

5.0
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In the year 20XX a mysterious scientist discovers a way to bring back the dead . . . only it turns one town into a zombie-infested hellhole. But when the world falls into ruin, only one ... See full summary »

Writers: Yôhei Fukuda, Yasutoshi Murakawa | Director: Yôhei Fukuda | Stars: Eri Otoguro, Tomohiro Waki, Tarô Suwa, Manami Hashimoto

37. Hitori kakurenbo (2008 Video)

75 min | Horror

6.7
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Writers: Jun'ichi Kanai, Tomoya Kainuma, Bobby White | Director: Tomoya Kainuma | Stars: Saki Yamaguchi, Aimirôra, Syoko Fujimatsu, Takeshi Hokumen

38. Tomie (1999)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.5
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A traumatized young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "Tomie" but is unable to recall where she knows it from.

Writers: Junji Ito, Ataru Oikawa | Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Miho Kanno, Mami Nakamura, Yoriko Dôguchi, Tomorowo Taguchi

39. A Slit-Mouthed Woman (2007)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

5.7
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A suburban town in Japan is the victim of what is supposedly just an urban legend, a woman's spirit with a horribly disfigured face who is intent on kidnapping children for unknown reasons.

Writers: Naoyuki Yokota, Kôji Shiraishi | Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Eriko Satô, Haruhiko Katô, Chiharu Kawai, Rie Kuwana

40. Entrails of a Virgin (1986)

72 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.4
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Members of a film crew making a soft core porn are dismembered by a demon in a warehouse.

Writer: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu | Director: Kazuo 'Gaira' Komizu | Stars: Saeko Kizuki, Naomi Hagio, Megumi Kawashima, Osamu Tsuruoka

41. Teketeke (2009)

70 min | Horror

6.3
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A young girl learns of the urban legend of Teke Teke after her friend is killed in a gruesome way. The legend tells of a female ghost that has no legs. When she visits the spot where her friend died she comes into contact with it .

Writer: Takeki Akimoto | Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Yûko Ôshima, Mami Yamasaki, Mai Nishida, Ikkei

42. Another (2012)

109 min | Horror, Mystery

6.2
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After a chain of deaths at a junior high school, new transfer student Koichi Sakakibara (Kento Yamazaki) turns to a mysterious girl (Ai Hashimoto) who holds the key to the dark mystery. In ... See full summary »

Writers: Yukito Ayatsuji, Sachiko Tanaka, Takeshi Furusawa | Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Kento Yamazaki, Ai Hashimoto, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Ai Katô

43. Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 2 (2013)

67 min | Horror

4.9
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After a nuclear attack, a strange virus has turned 90% of the male population of the world into lust-filled zombies. However, in Akihabara, Japan, some males have been found who are ... See full summary »

Writers: Yûko Momochi, Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Yui Aikawa, Maki Aoyama, Asami, Hiroshi Fujita

45. Rika: The Zombie Killer (2008)

86 min | Action, Horror

5.6
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Rika never expected to encounter the living dead as she skipped school to visit her grandfather. She is forced to survive and discovers incredible zombie fighting skills.

Writers: Ken'ichi Fujiwara, Takeyuki Morikaku | Director: Ken'ichi Fujiwara | Stars: Mina Arai, Lemon Hanazawa, Kotoha Hiroyama, Chris Ryô Kaihara

46. Undead Pool (2007 Video)

Unrated | 78 min | Action, Horror

4.4
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A girls' high school team is having a competition. Aki persuades her friend Sayaka to join the swimming team. However, a mysterious virus is spreading throughout the school. After Aki ... See full summary »

Writer: Satoshi Ôwada | Director: Kôji Kawano | Stars: Sasa Handa, Yuria Hidaka, Ayumu Tokitô, Mizuka Arai

47. Schoolgirl Apocalypse (2011)

86 min | Horror

6.3
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Sakura is your typical Japanese school girl that lives in a small town in the mountains. One day at school, during archery practice, her teacher and classmate start acting strange. Soon, ... See full summary »

Writer: John Cairns | Director: John Cairns | Stars: Rino Higa, Max Mackenzie, Asami Mizukawa, Kaoru Nishida

48. Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies (2001)

80 min | Comedy, Horror

5.2
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Writers: Kenji Otsuki, Chisato Ôgawara | Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Norman England, Tomoka Hayashi, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ryôichi Inaba

49. Battlefield Baseball (2003)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

5.9
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Battlefield Baseball is a tough game--it doesn't end until all the members on the opposing team are dead. In this game the Gedo High team is composed of blue-faced zombies, and their ... See full summary »

Writers: Isao Kiriyama, Gatarô Man, Ryuichi Takatsu, Yudai Yamaguchi | Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Atsushi Itô, Hideo Sakaki, Shôichirô Masumoto

50. Rape Zombie: Lust of the Dead 5 (2014)

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Writer: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Director: Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Yui Aikawa, Maki Aoyama, Asami, Megu Fujiura