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1. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

In future Tokyo, a young woman in the privatized police force tracks down her father's killer while battling against mutant rebels known as engineers.

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Eihi Shiina, Itsuji Itao, Yukihide Benny, Jiji Bû

Votes: 10,233

2. Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 70 min | Animation, Horror

The friends Kaori, Erika and Aki are on a vacation to celebrate their upcoming graduation, when suddenly an infestation of mysterious walking fish forces them to reevaluate everything they care about in order to stay alive.

Director: Takayuki Hirao | Stars: Mirai Kataoka, Takuma Negishi, Ami Taniguchi, Masami Saeki

Votes: 1,131

3. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 282,790 | Gross: $0.27M

4. Like Someone in Love (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

76 Metascore

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden

Votes: 9,074 | Gross: $0.22M

5. Space Brothers (2012)

129 min | Comedy

As children, two Japanese brothers promise to one day be astronauts and meet each other in space. Years later, the older one has recently lost his job when he remembers that childhood's dream his younger brother is so close to fulfilling.

Director: Yoshitaka Mori | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Shun Oguri, Hirofumi Arai, Masaki Okada

Votes: 370

6. Assassination Classroom (2015)

M | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The Earth's moon is suddenly 70% smaller and permanently crescent shaped by a devastating and unknown force. For the students of E Class, Kunugigaoka Junior High School, the being ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichirô Hasumi | Stars: Ryôsuke Yamada, Masaki Suda, Maika Yamamoto, Seika Taketomi

Votes: 1,443

7. As the Gods Will (2014)

117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Lily Franky, Sôta Fukushi, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 3,616

8. Parasyte: Part 2 (2015)

117 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Humanity is under attack by human-mimicking flesh-eating alien parasites. One parasite bonds with his young high school student host, and he convinces the parasite to help him stop the others.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Jun Kunimura, Kazuki Kitamura, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 1,912

9. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 6,622 | Gross: $0.06M

10. Terra Formars (2016)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Rila Fukushima, Rinko Kikuchi, Shun Oguri, Kane Kosugi

Votes: 1,501

11. Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

Kato's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) death changes Kurono's (Kazunari Ninomiya) view of life completely. He decides to keep fighting until he earns 100 points so that he can bring back Kato. GANTZ ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 3,485

12. Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

Kato's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) death changes Kurono's (Kazunari Ninomiya) view of life completely. He decides to keep fighting until he earns 100 points so that he can bring back Kato. GANTZ ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 3,485

13. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi

Votes: 17,420 | Gross: $1.91M

14. Kamikaze Girls (2004)

102 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,452

15. Sakuran (2006)

111 min | Drama, History

A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

Director: Mika Ninagawa | Stars: Anna Tsuchiya, Kippei Shîna, Yoshino Kimura, Hiroki Narimiya

Votes: 1,567

16. Swing Girls (2004)

105 min | Drama, Comedy, Music

A tale of delinquent and lazy school girls. In their efforts to cut remedial summer math class, they end up vitiating and replacing the schools brass band.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Juri Ueno, Yûta Hiraoka, Shihori Kanjiya, Yuika Motokariya

Votes: 3,113

17. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Votes: 2,995

18. Death Note: The Last Name (2006)

Not Rated | 141 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Picking up where the first one leaves off, Light joins the task force searching for Kira in an effort to avert suspicion from himself---and get rid of L.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeshi Kaga, Shidô Nakamura, Erika Toda

Votes: 14,492

19. Death Note: L Change the World (2008)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A spin-out sequel to the popular Japanese thriller. This time it focuses on the character "L."

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Sota Aoyama, David Bueno, Shunji Fujimura

Votes: 7,276

20. Death Note (2006)

Not Rated | 126 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

A battle between the world's two greatest minds begins when Light Yagami finds the Death Note, a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to rid the world of criminals.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Asaka Seto, Shigeki Hosokawa

Votes: 26,906

21. Death Note: Light Up the New World (2016)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An update to the "Death Note" series in which a mysterious notebook contains deadly powers.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Miyuki Sawashiro, Masahiro Higashide

Votes: 2,107

22. Blade of the Immortal (2017)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara

Votes: 12,087 | Gross: $0.15M

23. Tag (2015)

85 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she becomes less certain of who she is and her once-once normal.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai

Votes: 4,304

24. Tokyo Ghoul (2017)

TV-MA | 119 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.

Director: Kentarô Hagiwara | Stars: Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Hiyori Sakurada

Votes: 2,505

25. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,856

26. Gintama (2017)

131 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In an era where aliens have invaded and conquered feudal Tokyo, a young samurai seeks work as he can.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shun Oguri, Yûya Yagira, Masaki Suda

Votes: 1,541

27. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 (2017)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A teen gifted with supernatural power discovers the truth behind his cursed and bizarre bloodline, and the evil that lurks within his town.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kento Yamazaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Masaki Okada

Votes: 865

28. Shôjo tsubaki (2016)

91 min | Drama, Fantasy

"Midori - The Camellia Girl" is an adaptation of "Shojo Tsubaki", a masterpiece manga comic written by a popular cult cartoonist, Suehiro Maruo. His retrospective world that is depicted in ... See full summary »

Director: Torico | Stars: Lisa Nakamura, Takeru Satoh, Shunsuke Kazama, Misaki Morino

Votes: 125

29. Erased (2016)

120 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back... See full summary »

Director: Yûichirô Hirakawa | Stars: Tamae Andô, Kasumi Arimura, Yasushi Fuchikami, Kôta Fudauchi

Votes: 627

30. Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends (2014)

M | 114 min | Comedy, Drama

Second year high school student Kodaka Hasegawa has transferred to his new school about a month ago, but he still hasn't made any friends. Kodaka Hasegawa was born from a Japanese father ... See full summary »

Director: Takurô Oikawa | Stars: Yoshizumi Ishihara, Maki Issô, Mao Kanjô, Kii Kitano

Votes: 118

31. Bleach (2018)

TV-14 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Japanese teenager can see ghosts and sees a cute girl fighting an evil monster. He ends up with her reaper power and she as human in his high school class. He discovers a connection between his mom's death and these monsters.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Sôta Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryô Yoshizawa, Miyavi

Votes: 8,362

32. Inuyashiki (2018)

127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with alien technology and limitless powers.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh, Kanata Hongô, Fumi Nikaidô

Votes: 1,037

33. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 30,034 | Gross: $3.31M

34. The Crimes That Bind (2018)

119 min | Mystery, Thriller

Michiko came to Tokyo to visit Hiromi, but is instead found murdered. The renter of Michiko's place is missing. The police is having a hard time finding clues and solving the case. There ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuo Fukuzawa | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Junpei Mizobata, Rena Tanaka, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 514

35. Survival Family (2016)

117 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

After a sudden worldwide power cut, a Tokyo family are caught up in the chaos as millions traverse the country in search of electricity.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Fumiyo Kohinata, Eri Fukatsu, Yuki Izumisawa, Wakana Aoi

Votes: 1,197



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