Asian movies to Check Out

by matt-the-great2008 | created - 29 Mar 2012 | updated - 26 Mar 2017 | Public

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1. Versus (II) (2000)

R | 119 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki, Chieko Misaka, Kenji Matsuda

Votes: 11,786

2. Returner (2002)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Gorô Kishitani, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 10,717 | Gross: $0.07M

3. Casshern (2004)

Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru.

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kumiko Asô, Akira Terao, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 12,698

4. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,896

5. 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: 13,696

6. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 44,070 | Gross: $0.85M

7. Mind Game (I) (2004)

103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

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.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto | Stars: Kôji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma

Votes: 7,025 | Gross: $0.04M

8. Kurôzu zero (2007)

130 min | Action, Thriller

A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 6,533

9. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,633

10. Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Kaneshiro plays a Grim Reaper who appears to his victims in human form and spends a week with them before deciding whether to off them or not.

Director: Masaya Kakehi | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Manami Konishi, Junko Fuji, Yuki Enomoto

Votes: 1,036

11. K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008)

137 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Tôru Nakamura, Ryôhei Abe

Votes: 1,842

12. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 43,479 | Gross: $1.54M

13. Kaiji: Jinsei gyakuten gêmu (2009)

130 min | Drama

Kaiji, a young gambler who is constantly in debt, enters a deadly gambling competition in order to wipe away his loans.

Director: Tôya Satô | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Tarô Yamamoto, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 1,116

14. Ngo joh ngan gin do gwai (2002)

98 min | Comedy, Family, Horror

A car accident gives a spoiled, troubled young woman the ability to see ghosts, including one of a former classmate.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Sammi Cheng, Ching Wan Lau, Tian-Lin Wang, Simon Yam

Votes: 896

15. Nin x Nin: Ninja Hattori-kun, the Movie (2004)

102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Kanzo Hattori, an apprentice ninja, leaves his hometown of Iga to go to Edo (Tokyo). There, for his final training, he must find himself a master, and protect his master with his life, whilst upholding the ninja code.

Director: Masayuki Suzuki | Stars: Shingo Katori, Rena Tanaka, Gori, Yuri Chinen

Votes: 159

16. Jing mo gaa ting (2005)

102 min | Action, Comedy

Teddy Yu is a former secret agent turned chiropractor who thought he left his past behind. He teaches martial arts to his two kids. However, his past catches up to him as a rogue agent ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Fung | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Gillian Chung, Stephen Fung, Charlene Choi

Votes: 1,740

17. Akihabara@Deep (2006)

120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set in Tokyo's otaku mecca Akihabara, "Akihabara@DEEP" tells the story of five otaku who drop out of society and end up founding their own successful IT venture called Crook. But Nakagomi, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Minamoto | Stars: Hiroki Narimiya, Yû Yamada, Shûgo Oshinari, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa

Votes: 140

19. 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. Live-action adaptation of the homonymous series.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Ryô Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kôichi Yamadera, Yûya Yagira

Votes: 1,321

20. Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

TV-14 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

48 Metascore

Two alchemist brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Ryôsuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 15,589

21. Tôkyô gûru (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: 2,150

22. Autoreiji (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryo Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 10,709

23. Beyond Outrage (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase

Votes: 4,786

24. Outrage Coda (2017)

104 min | Action, Crime, Drama

58 Metascore

Five years after surviving the all-out war between the Sanno and Hanabishi crime families, former yakuza boss Otomo now works in South Korea for Mr. Chang, a renowned fixer whose influence extends into Japan. A relatively minor incident causes tensions to rise between Chang Enterprises and the faraway powerful Hanabishi. The growing conflict gets out of hand and ignites a ferocious power struggle... See full summary »

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tatsuo Nadaka, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,062

25. Fonotune: An Electric Fairytale (2018)

74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Outside of time, a teen hooker, lo-fi cowboy and mute drifter cross a white desert to experience the final gig of their mysterious rockstar hero.

Director: FINT | Stars: Kiki Sukezane, Kazushi Watanabe, Guitar Wolf, Yûho Yamashita

Votes: 101

26. JoJo no kimyô na bôken: Daiyamondo wa kudakenai - dai-isshô (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: 691

28. Mugen no jûnin (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: 10,736 | Gross: $0.15M

29. Kodoku: Mîtobôru mashin (2017)

TV-MA | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A long-awaited sequel to the internationally acclaimed full-throttle splatter sci-fi action horror "Meatball Machine".

Director: Yoshihiro Nishimura | Stars: Tomori Abe, Kensuke Ashihara, Satoshi Eishima, Goki

Votes: 198

30. Jigoku de naze warui (2013)

Not Rated | 129 min | Action, Comedy

68 Metascore

A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Fumi Nikaidô, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Hiroki Hasegawa

Votes: 5,884 | Gross: $0.03M

31. HK: Hentai Kamen (2013)

106 min | Comedy

A high school boy receives mysterious superpowers from aliens.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Ryôhei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Murotsuyoshi, Ken Yasuda

Votes: 1,897

32. HK: Hentai Kamen - Abnormal Crisis (2016)

119 min | Comedy, Fantasy

News about the disappearance of panties is covered every day." Kyosuke (Ryohei Suzuki) still wears Aiko Completo (Fumika Shimizu) panties to battle evil. Meanwhile, Aiko has mixed emotions ... See full summary »

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Osamu Adachi, Hirofumi Arai, Narushi Ikeda, Nana Katase

Votes: 604

33. Ansatsu kyôshitsu (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: 1,362



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