Japanese Movies

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1. Kotoko (2011)

91 min | Drama, Horror

The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown. She is suspected of being a child... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Cocco, Yûko Nakamura, Mika Nakamura

Votes: 975

2. Sumagurâ: Omae no mirai o hakobe (2011)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama

This live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Smuggler manga is not to be missed! Ryosuke Kinuta is a failed actor with big time debts. His loan shark scores him a gig smuggling dead ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masatoshi Nagase, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 443

3. Ichimei (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: 6,217 | Gross: $0.06M

4. Shôjo tsubaki: Chika gentô gekiga (1992)

56 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

A little orphaned girl joins a freak-show circus troupe whose members rape and abuse her. She then finds a glimmer of hope in the enigmatic magician who joins the group.

Director: Hiroshi Harada | Stars: Minako Naka, Norihiko Morishita, Keinosuke Okamoto, Kazuyoshi Hayashi

Votes: 881

5. Tezuka Osamu no budda: Akai sabaku yo! Utsukushiku (2011)

111 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

2005 years ago in India, a boy named Siddhartha Gautama of the kingdom Shakya is born. When Siddhartha was born there was a prophecy that the boy would become a king of all the kingdoms. At... See full summary »

Director: Kôzô Morishita | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tesshô Genda, Kiyokazu Kanze

Votes: 275

6. Kanseitou (2011)

68 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of youth. Kakeru, a 15 year old boy, and Mii (Little My) , a female transfer student. They are two lonely teens who cannot find their place in life, but who gradually learn to relate to each other through the power of music.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Gô Rijû, Kento Yamazaki

Votes: 81

7. Haru tono tabi (2010)

134 min | Drama

Haru's Journey provides an insider's look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment. It tells the story of elderly fisherman Tadao and his ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Eri Tokunaga, Hideji Ôtaki, Kin Sugai

Votes: 183

8. Hevunzu sutôrî (2010)

Not Rated | 278 min | Drama

(Japanese with English subtitles) Part revenge story, part existential meditation, Heaven's Story is 100% modern epic, gracefully threading together multiple suburban tales of lost souls seeking retribution and redemption.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Noriko Eguchi, Akira Emoto, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoharu Hasegawa

Votes: 65

9. Byakuyakô (2010)

149 min | Drama, Mystery

Based on a novel with the same name, years pass and the unsolved mystery of the case of the death of a man puzzles the police detective. With more death, suicide and murder within the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Maki Horikita, Kengo Kôra, Keiko Toda, Hiroko Satô

Votes: 324

10. Musubime (2010)

91 min | Drama

You can never wash away the past.

Director: Yûichi Onuma | Stars: Masaki Miura, Mukku Akazawa, Mika Asamiya, Yûko Genkaku

Votes: 6

11. Saigo no Chûshingura (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord.

Director: Shigemichi Sugita | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Kôichi Satô, Nanami Sakuraba, Kôji Yamamoto

Votes: 265

12. Usotsuki Mî-kun to kowareta Mâ-chan (2010)

110 min | Drama, Romance

Machan and Mikun lead isolated lives after being kidnapped and confined as teenagers a decade ago. Mikun had promised Machan to be there for her forever and now with a serial killer who is ... See full summary »

Director: Natsuki Seta | Stars: Aya Ohmasa, Shôta Sometani, Masaki Miura, Kinuo Yamada

Votes: 354

13. Fuyu no kemono (2010)

92 min | Drama

Four young, male and female co-workers in Tokyo become involved in personal relationships with each other.

Director: Nobuteru Uchida | Stars: Megumi Katô, Momoko Maeda, Hiroyuki Satô, Kôsuke Takaki

Votes: 25

14. Namae no nai onna-tachi (2010)

105 min | Drama

A timid young woman who lives with her domineering mother accepts an Adult Video scout's offer to "become somebody else" by performing in porn videos. As she rises in popularity, the boundaries between her two lives begin to disintegrate.

Director: Hisayasu Satô | Stars: Tomori Abe, Hirofumi Arai, Toyotaka Hanazawa, Natsumi Kamata

Votes: 81

15. Mirokurôze (2011)


A mish-mash of past and present; A childlike man, a counselor, and a one-eyed ronin are all connected.

Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Anna Ishibashi, Sayaka Fukita, Mieko Harada

Votes: 184

16. Nûdo no yoru: Ai wa oshiminaku ubau (2010)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jiro (Naoto Takenaka) is a man who can do anything for you for a price. Part odd jobs man and part private eye he takes on tasks as simple as clearing out storage lockers to tracking down ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Daisuke Iijima, Harumi Inoue, Machiko Kochi, Kura

Votes: 158

19. Kaitanshi jokei (2010)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

In the city of Kaitan, during the winter, the local shipyard is downsized and workers are laid off. Futa (Pistol Takehara) lives with his younger sister Honami (Mitsuki Tanimura. He loses ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Mitsuki Tanimura, Pistol Takehara, Ryo Kase, Kaho Minami

Votes: 113

21. Sword of Desperation (2010)

114 min | Action, History

A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, ... See full summary »

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kôji Kikkawa, Tsumami Edamame

Votes: 519

29. Tachiguishi retsuden (2006)

104 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A fictional documentary about changing Japanese eating habits and the colorful thieves that swindle the restaurants which serve them.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Yoshikazu Fujiki, Mako Hyôdô, Yoshikazu Ishii, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa

Votes: 186

30. Zô no senaka (2007)

124 min | Drama

A 48-year-old company chief, Yukihiro Fujiyama (Koji Yakusho) goes to a hospital. There he discovered that he has got terminal lung cancer and will die within half a year. He declines any ... See full summary »

Director: Satoshi Isaka | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Miki Imai, Masatô Ibu, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 23