ASIAN : JAPANESE MOVIES MUST SEE YET

by panerai | created - 02 Mar 2013 | updated - 02 Mar 2013 | Public

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1. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 6,885 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 505,996 | Gross: $10.06M

3. Kiraware Matsuko no isshô (2006)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yûsuke Iseya, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 5,180

4. Boku no kanojo wa saibôgu (2008)

115 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

Jiro is a lonely university student. One day he meets a beautiful and interesting woman who turns out to be a Cyborg lacking manners and emotions.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide, Risa Ai, Nya Daigo

Votes: 3,070

5. I Just Didn't Do It (2006)

143 min | Drama

A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Ryo Kase, Asaka Seto, Kôji Yamamoto, Masako Motai

Votes: 1,235

6. Chi to hone (2004)

140 min | Drama

In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hirofumi Arai, Tomoko Tabata, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 1,739

7. Ichimai no hagaki (2010)

114 min | Drama, Romance, War

Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade's wife ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Shinobu Ôtake, Naomasa Musaka, Akira Emoto

Votes: 185

8. Ame agaru (1999)

91 min | Drama

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.

Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

Votes: 3,307

9. Ai o kou hito (1998)

135 min | Drama

Disturbing child abuse memories come back on a quest for Taiwanese father's grave.

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Mieko Harada, Maho Nonami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Mami Kumagai

Votes: 65

10. Hura gâru (2006)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamasaki

Votes: 1,667

11. Out (2002)

119 min | Comedy, Thriller

Four down on their luck housewives murder their husbands and find whacky ways to hide the bodies!

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Mieko Harada, Mitsuko Baishô, Shigeru Muroi, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 64

12. Go (2001)

122 min | Drama

Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ko Shibasaki, Shinobu Ôtake, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 2,362

13. Kûchû teien (2005)

114 min | Drama

A family struggling to live together even with the outrageous behaviors from each family members.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Anne Suzuki, Itsuji Itao, Masahiro Hirota

Votes: 595

14. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino

Votes: 9,787 | Gross: $0.05M

15. Survive Style 5+ (2004)

120 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director: Gen Sekiguchi | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Reika Hashimoto, Kyôko Koizumi, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 8,471

16. Ai no mukidashi (2008)

Unrated | 237 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Andô, Yutaka Shimizu

Votes: 9,091

17. Shimotsuma monogatari (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: 6,161

18. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 55,096 | Gross: $0.88M

19. Yurîka (2000)

217 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yôichirô Saitô

Votes: 2,968 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Cha no aji (2004)

143 min | Comedy, Fantasy

77 Metascore

A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life.

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Maya Banno, Takahiro Satô, Tadanobu Asano, Satomi Tezuka

Votes: 5,013

21. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 9,188 | Gross: $0.16M

22. The Sea Is Watching (2002)

R | 119 min | Romance, Drama

57 Metascore

19th century. Oshin is a prostitute in a brothel of a red-light district. A disgraced samurai, Fusanosuke, rushes in the brothel seeking for a refuge, because he had wounded a powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Misa Shimizu, Nagiko Tôno, Masatoshi Nagase, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 1,408

23. Kagami no onnatachi (2002)

129 min | Drama

Three women who share memories of the Hiroshima disaster try to uncover the hidden family ties that may or may not bind them together.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Yoshiko Tanaka, Sae Isshiki, Hideo Murota

Votes: 189

24. Starfish Hotel (2006)

98 min | Drama

This surreal Japanese thriller blurs the lines between reality and fantasy as a man searches for his missing wife while all the time he's infatuated with the latest novel by his favourite mystery writer.

Director: John Williams | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Tae Kimura, Kiki, Akira Emoto

Votes: 153

25. Unmei janai hito (2005)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In one long Friday evening, Takeshi Miyata, a straight-arrow businessman, will encounter a number of people (some only fleetingly) who have intertwining fates. After six months he is still ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Uchida | Stars: Yasuhi Nakamura, Reika Kirishima, Sô Yamanaka, Yuka Itaya

Votes: 920

26. Afutâ sukûru (2008)

102 min | Comedy, Mystery

A middle school teacher, Jinno, is friends with a young couple that is about to have a baby. But on the eve of the birth, the father, Kimura, disappears. Then, a hired private detective appears and ask Jinno's help to find Kimura.

Director: Kenji Uchida | Stars: Yô Ôizumi, Masato Sakai, Kuranosuke Sasaki, Takako Tokiwa

Votes: 230

28. Niji no megami (2006)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Two film students meet and fall in love while working on a school project.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Juri Ueno, Yû Aoi, Wakana Sakai

Votes: 976

30. Sayonara Midori-chan (2005)

98 min

Naive office girl Yuko supports her blithe big city lifestyle with a part-time job at a neighborhood cafe. Attracted to her manager there, the shallow but charming Yutaka, she willingly ... See full summary »

Director: Tomoyuki Furumaya | Stars: Mari Hoshino, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Toshinobu Matsuo, Mayuko Iwasa

Votes: 38

31. Kondo wa aisaika (2009)

128 min | Drama

he heart wrenching love story between a married couple. The jobless husband cheats on his wife and has no love for her. The wife wants to go on a trip to get pregnant. This mismatched ... See full summary »

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 66

32. Tenshi no tamago (2006)

114 min | Drama

Natsuki is a school teacher who meets her ex-boy friend from high school. The man had wanted to become an illustrator and even passed the art school examination, but having lost the passion... See full summary »

Director: Shin Togashi | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Manami Konishi, Erika Sawajiri, Tomokazu Miura

Votes: 149

33. Koi suru nichiyobi (2006)

89 min | Drama

A girl is dying, Girl wants to recall her childhood and a childhood friend who is her crush. Girl leaves the city to her hometown and stays with a said childhood friend who is her crush. A ... See full summary »

Directors: Manabu Asô, Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Mark Chinnery, Yuria Haga, Takami Mizuhashi, Kazunori Sasaki

Votes: 112

35. Sugar & spice: Fûmi zekka (2006)

125 min | Drama, Romance

After graduating from high school, Shiro is clueless how to proceed with his education. For the moment, he takes a small job at a local gas station, to much displease of his parents. His ... See full summary »

Director: Isamu Nakae | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Erika Sawajiri, Mari Natsuki, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 242

36. Hana to Arisu (2004)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku, Shôko Aida

Votes: 3,190

38. Tôkyô gomi onna (2000)

88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

Having a crush on someone, including a neighbour, may not be considered unusual, but there is a line that is crossed when the infatuation includes going through the loved one's trash. ... See full summary »

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Mami Nakamura, Kazuma Suzuki, Ko Shibasaki, Sayuri Oyamada

Votes: 280

39. Love Letter (1995)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Katsuyuki Shinohara

Votes: 5,666

40. Kurai tokoro de machiawase (2006)

130 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A precarious loner sneaks into a blind woman's home and begins living there without her noticing. Meanwhile, the woman mourns her recently deceased father and struggles to remain connected to the world.

Director: Daisuke Tengan | Stars: Rena Tanaka, Bo-lin Chen, Haruka Igawa, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 256

42. Viyon no tsuma (2009)

114 min | Drama

This enticing period melodrama depicts a long-suffering woman's relationship with her brilliant but self-destructive writer husband in postwar Tokyo. Based on a semi-autobiographical 1947 ... See full summary »

Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Takako Matsu, Tadanobu Asano, Shigeru Muroi, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 331

43. Inochi (2002)

111 min | Drama

Yu Miri is a writer who's just become pregnant by her married lover. When she decides to keep the baby without his help, her ex-boyfriend Yutaka, decides to help raise him.

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Etsushi Toyokawa, Toshio Kakei, Kumiko Asô

Votes: 63

44. Gururi no koto (2008)

140 min | Drama

In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather ... See full summary »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Masaaki Akahori, Tamae Andô

Votes: 566

45. Akunin (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 1,081

46. Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi (2007)

Not Rated | 190 min | Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary communist movement similar to more famous Red Brigades in Italy or ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Maki Sakai, Arata Iura, Akie Namiki, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 574 | Gross: $0.00M

47. Hyakuman-en to nigamushi onna (2008)

121 min | Drama

A 21-year-old girl is released from prison, only to deal with the neighborhood gossip about her and family conflicts. She decides to save one million yen, move to where no one knows her and keep repeating the process.

Director: Yuki Tanada | Stars: Yû Aoi, Mirai Moriyama, Pierre Taki, Terunosuke Takezai

Votes: 812

48. 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: 2,801

49. Shimotsuma monogatari (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: 6,161

50. Izo (2004)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kazuya Nakayama, Kaori Momoi, Ryûhei Matsuda, Ryôsuke Miki

Votes: 4,119

51. Yawarakai seikatsu (2005)

126 min | Drama