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The Last Samurai
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. Dir: Edward Zwick With: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly Action | Drama | History | War 154 mins.
Lost in Translation
A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo. Dir: Sofia Coppola With: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi Drama 101 mins.
The Love Boat
(1977 TV Series)
Episode: When Worlds Collide/The Captain and the Geisha/The Lottery Winners/The Emperor's Fortune: Part 1 (1983) The romantic and comic tales of the passengers and crew of the cruise ship, Pacific Princess. Dir: Jerome Courtland With: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy Comedy | Romance 60 mins.
Memoirs of a Geisha
Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. Dir: Rob Marshall With: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh Drama | Romance 145 mins.
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. Dir: Akira Kurosawa With: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori Crime | Drama | Mystery 88 mins.
Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan
In 1868, after the end of the Bakumatsu war, the former assassin Kenshin Himura promises to defend those in need without killing... Dir: Keishi Ohtomo With: Takeru Satô, Emi Takei, Yû Aoi Action | Drama | History 134 mins.
An Idiot Abroad
(2010 TV Series)
Episode: Climb Mount Fuji (2011) Karl visits Japan where he trains to be a sumo wrestler, stays in a capsule hotel, decides to invent something, eats fermented Japanese fish, studies with a Zen Buddhist master, participates in a Japanese tea ceremony, and climbs Mt. Fuji. Dir: Jamie Jay Johnson With: Karl Pilkington, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant Documentary | Comedy | Reality-TV 44 mins.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. Dir: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku With: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War 144 mins.
A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. Dir: Jerry London With: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada Adventure | Drama | History | War 60 mins.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
(2005 TV Series)
Episode: Tokyo (2008) Anthony Bourdain is off to Tokyo in search of the perfect sushi and a knife. With: Anthony Bourdain, Kunio Aihara, Alex Bennett Documentary 60 mins.
The Makioka Sisters
This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms... Dir: Kon Ichikawa With: Keiko Kishi, Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga Drama | Romance 140 mins.
The Pillow Book
As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book"... Dir: Peter Greenaway With: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida Drama 126 mins.
In the Realm of the Senses
A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end. Dir: Nagisa Ôshima With: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima Drama | History | Romance 109 mins.
A collection of expertly photographed scenes of human life and religion. Dir: Ron Fricke Documentary | War 96 mins.
Paul Robaix is a well known director, married to Lucy Dell, a famous movie star. Robaix wants to make a movie of the classic play Madame Butterfly... Dir: Jack Cardiff With: Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, Edward G. Robinson Comedy 119 mins.
Parasyte: Part 1
The humanity is suffering from murders all over the globe, called "Mincemeat murders". High school student, Izumi Shinichi has a parasite living off him, having replaced his right hand, and he might be the discoverer of truth. Dir: Takashi Yamazaki With: Shôta Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Ai Hashimoto Horror | Sci-Fi 109 mins.
A down-and-out American boxer becomes involved in a feud between two Japanese brothers. Dir: John Frankenheimer With: Scott Glenn, Toshirô Mifune, Donna Kei Benz Action | Drama 113 mins.
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. Dir: Nobuo Mizuta With: Sadao Abe, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Ko Shibasaki Comedy 120 mins.
(1980 TV Movie)
An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan. Dir: Jerry London With: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada Adventure | Drama | History | War 125 mins.
The Happiness of the Katakuris
A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. Dir: Takashi Miike With: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda Comedy | Horror | Musical | Romance | Thriller 113 mins.
This movie is based on the second and fourth cases in the popular video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney... Dir: Takashi Miike With: Hiroki Narimiya, Takumi Saitô, Mirei Kiritani Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller 135 mins.
Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter... Dir: Sydney Pollack With: Robert Mitchum, Ken Takakura, Brian Keith Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller 112 mins.
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. Dir: Yasujirô Ozu With: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka Drama 108 mins.
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life. Dir: Akira Kurosawa With: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Yukiko Todoroki Action | Adventure | Drama 79 mins.
Message from Space
In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas... Dir: Kinji Fukasaku With: Vic Morrow, Shin'ichi Chiba, Philip Casnoff Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi 105 mins.
The film centers an aged movie extra who specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight... Dir: Ken Ochiai With: Seizô Fukumoto, Chihiro Yamamoto, Masashi Goda Action | Drama 103 mins.
When the Last Sword is Drawn
Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... Dir: Yôjirô Takita With: Kiichi Nakai, Kôichi Satô, Yui Natsukawa Drama 143 mins.
Azumi 2: Death or Love
Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former friend Nachi. Dir: Shûsuke Kaneko With: Aya Ueto, Yûma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama Action 108 mins.
(2002 TV Series)
Episode: Japani (2005) Two backpackers travel through Asia and America. Dir: Tuomas Milonoff With: Tuomas Milonoff, Riku Rantala Documentary 35 mins.
Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting... Dir: Nagisa Ôshima With: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda Drama | History | Thriller 100 mins.
The Barbarian and the Geisha
Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... Dir: John Huston With: John Wayne, Eiko Ando, Sam Jaffe Adventure | Drama | History | Romance 105 mins.
A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father. Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda With: Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta Comedy | Drama 127 mins.
Heroes and Villains
(2007 TV Series)
Episode: Shogun (2008) The tale of Samurai and their leaders Ieyasu Tokugawa and Mitsunari Ishida who were locked into a power struggle after the death of the Taiko... Dir: Arif Nurmohamed With: James Saito, Hiro Kanagawa, Louis Ozawa Changchien Documentary | Drama 60 mins.
Parasyte: Part 2
Dir: Takashi Yamazaki With: Shôta Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Ai Hashimoto Horror | Sci-Fi 117 mins.
Min is a Korean boy moves to Japan with his father who is a potter. One day at a local shrine, he meets Nanae... Dir: Sang-hee Han With: Jun-ki Lee, Aoi Miyazaki, Ayaka Morita Romance 102 mins.
Patti Smith: Dream of Life
An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. Dir: Steven Sebring With: Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray Documentary | Music 109 mins.
Maiko wa redî
Country bumpkin Haruko only ever wanted to become a geisha, like her now-deceased mother. Initially rebuffed for lack of references, Haruko's strong accent intrigues a linguistics professor, who undertakes to coach her. Dir: Masayuki Suo With: Mone Kamishiraishi, Hiroki Hasegawa, Sumiko Fuji Comedy | Musical 135 mins.
No Regrets for Our Youth
The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII. Dir: Akira Kurosawa With: Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Denjirô Ôkôchi Drama 110 mins.
Fear and Trembling
A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan... Dir: Alain Corneau With: Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Tarô Suwa Comedy | Drama 107 mins.
A prison officer hands in his resignation after his wife's death, to drive to the port where she wants her ashes scattered at sea. Dir: Yasuo Furuhata With: Ken Takakura, Yûko Tanaka, Kôichi Satô Drama 110 mins.
After the Rain
During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect. Dir: Takashi Koizumi With: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune Drama 91 mins.
Escapade in Japan
A plane on its way to Japan is forced to land at sea just off the Japanese coast. A small American boy... Dir: Arthur Lubin With: Teresa Wright, Cameron Mitchell, Jon Provost Adventure | Family 93 mins.
The House Where Evil Dwells
A young American family moves to a House in Kyoto, Japan. It turns out to be haunted by the ghosts of a woman and her lover, who were killed by the woman's husband, as well as the ghost of the husband, who killed himself afterward. Dir: Kevin Connor With: Edward Albert, Susan George, Doug McClure Horror 88 mins.
Eyes of a Beginner
Clay Holman (Rob Beare) had everything a young man could hope for, everything but sight. It wasn't... Dir: Rob Beare With: Rob Beare, Michael Bemister, Adam Besse Adventure | Drama | Romance 115 mins.
Sen no Rikyu: Honkakubô ibun
Years after the death of legendary tea master Rikyu, his disciple Honkakubo attempts to resolve the mystery of the master's death... Dir: Kei Kumai With: Eiji Okuda, Toshirô Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura Drama | History 107 mins.
Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends... Dir: Kôhei Oguri With: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara Drama 105 mins.
Flight from Ashiya
A helicopter rescue team tries to save the survivors of a shipwreck off the coast of Japan during a raging typhoon. Dir: Michael Anderson With: Yul Brynner, Richard Widmark, George Chakiris Adventure | Romance | Drama | War 100 mins.
Josef von Sternberg directed, photographed, provides the voice-over narration and wrote the screenplay... Dir: Josef von Sternberg With: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura Drama | War 92 mins.
La Truite (The Trout)
Frederique (Huppert) leaves her family's small-town trout farm to embark on an journey taking her to Japan and into the arms of a man... Dir: Joseph Losey With: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Spiesser, Jeanne Moreau Drama 103 mins.
On several Shuttle missions, Earth has been portrayed from places that nobody else could reach. We also... Dir: Ben Burtt With: James Buchli, Toni Myers Documentary 42 mins.