Japanese Movies I've Seen

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2. Café Lumière (2003)

108 min | Drama

80 Metascore

The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that's frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara, Kimiko Yo

Votes: 2,674

3. Cutie Honey: Live Action (2004)

94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventure of Cutie Honey, a super heroine who can transform into anything using her necklace to switch on and say "Honey Flash!".

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Eriko Satô, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Murakami, Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Votes: 1,509

4. 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: 27,583

5. 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: 14,956

6. 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: 7,521

7. 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: 46,316 | Gross: $1.50M

8. G@me (2003)

112 min | Crime, Thriller

Kidnapping and deceit abound in this thriller. From romance to mild-action, this movie has it all.

Director: Satoshi Isaka | Stars: Naohito Fujiki, Yukie Nakama, Ryûdô Uzaki, Izam

Votes: 398

9. Kitaro (2007)

Fantasy

Kitaro is half-human and half-yokai (a general term for creatures and supernatural beings), orphaned as a child and dedicated to keeping the peace between the human and yokai worlds. Kitaro... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhide Motoki | Stars: Eiji Wentz, Mao Inoue, Rena Tanaka, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 340

11. Halfway (2009)

85 min | Drama, Romance

In this high school romance Hiro is dismayed to learn her new love Shu will be going away to college in Tokyo. She asks him not to go.

Director: Eriko Kitagawa | Stars: Kii Kitano, Masaki Okada, Junpei Mizobata, Riisa Naka

Votes: 358

12. Heaven's Bookstore (2004)

111 min | Drama, Romance

KENTA (Tetsuji Tamayama), a young pianist who has just lost his job, is drowning his woes at a bar, when he meets a man in a Hawaiian shirt named YAMAKI (Yoshio Harada). He invites Kenta to... See full summary »

Director: Tetsuo Shinohara | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Tetsuji Tamayama, Karina, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 294

13. My Geeky Girlfriend (2009)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

College student Mutou Ookawa catches a glimpse of Ametani Yuiko, his co-worker from a former part-time job and falls immediately in love. Summoning up his courage, he eventually confesses ... See full summary »

Director: Atsushi Kaneshige | Stars: Shunsuke Daitô, Jun Fukuyama, Yuta Furukawa, Satoshi Hino

Votes: 192

14. Kafoo: Waiting for Happiness (I) (2009)

121 min | Drama

Akio, a naive guy owns a small store in Okinawa. Despite his modest life, he has a mischievous dog Kafu that could bring vivacity to his life. One day Akio receives a letter from Saji, a ... See full summary »

Director: Yu Nakai | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Maiko, Honkon, Iconiq

Votes: 67

15. Kamui (2009)

120 min | Action, Drama

The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 949

16. Eiga: Kurosagi (2008)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tomohisa Yamashita is a swindler who deceives other swindlers who have evil intentions: The swindlers who deceive others with words (Shirosagi/White Swindler) and the swindlers who play ... See full synopsis »

Director: Yasuharu Ishii | Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita, Shô Aikawa, Mao Daichi

Votes: 312

17. Prodigy (2007)

120 min | Drama, Music

Naruse Uta (Narumi Riko) is a "unique" 13 year old child. She possessed the talent to read sheet music even before she could speak, but has now come to the point where she hates playing the... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Hagiuda | Stars: Riko Narumi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Satomi Tezuka, Masahiro Kômoto

Votes: 191

18. Last Quarter (2004)

112 min | Drama, Romance

Do you believe in love after death? On the eve of her 19th birthday, Mizuki (Kuriyama) doesn't have a lot to celebrate about. Her mother recently committed suicide, her stepfamily bothers ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Nikai | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Hiroki Narimiya, Tomoka Kurokawa, Motoki Ochiai

Votes: 609

19. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

TV-PG | 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: 3,147

20. Love.Com: The Movie (2006)

99 min | Comedy, Romance

Koizumi Risa an unusually tall high school girl, meets the "vertically challenged" young man Otani Atsushi. They find common ground in height anxieties and interests.

Director: Kitaji Ishikawa | Stars: Ema Fujisawa, Teppei Koike, Shôsuke Tanihara, Nami Tamaki

Votes: 879

21. 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: 1,942

22. Nana (II) (2005)

113 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 3,299

23. Nana 2 (2006)

130 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Follows the struggles through life and relationships of Komatsu Nana and Osaki Nana.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Yui Ichikawa, Tetsuji Tamayama, Nobuo Kyô

Votes: 956

24. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 22,795 | Gross: $0.68M

25. Picture Bride (1994)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, Romance

Riyo marries a man more than twice her age. She is devastated and labors in the sugar cane field. At the end she is able to love her husband.

Director: Kayo Hatta | Stars: Yûki Kudô, Akira Takayama, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tamlyn Tomita

Votes: 1,041 | Gross: $1.24M

26. Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)

TV-MA | 134 min | Action, Drama, History

A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Patrick Seitz, J. Michael Tatum, Takeru Satoh

Votes: 18,489

27. 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: 11,911

28. Heavenly Forest (2006)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Heavenly Forest is About a Photographer name Makoto who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru. The two first met when Makoto attended his University ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Munetaka Aoki, Saori Ban

Votes: 2,726

29. Tajomaru (2009)

126 min | Action, Crime, Drama

TAJOMARU is the famous 'bandit' of the forest from RASHOMON. Whoever kills Tajomaru inherits his name, status and sword. A royal brother leaves his kingdom to protect the princess he loves,... See full summary »

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Shun Oguri, Yuki Shibamoto, Kei Tanaka, Kyôsuke Yabe

Votes: 316

30. Train Man (2005)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

60 Metascore

The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, ... See full summary »

Director: Shôsuke Murakami | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Miki Nakatani, Ryôko Kuninaka, Eita

Votes: 2,149

31. Virgin Snow (2007)

102 min | Romance

Min is a Korean boy moves to Japan with his father who is a potter. One day at a local shrine, he meets Nanae, a beautiful Japanese girl with stunning eyes who is aspiring to be a painter. ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-hee Han | Stars: Joon-Gi Lee, Aoi Miyazaki, Seon-Yeong Baek, Seon-Mook Cho

Votes: 861

32. Waiting in the Dark (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: 282

33. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

G | 76 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The adventures of a young cat and a dog as they find themselves accidentally separated and each swept into a hazardous trek.

Director: Masanori Hata | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Dudley Moore, Chatran,

Votes: 10,206 | Gross: $13.25M

34. Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)

TV-MA | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Kenshin Himura goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Colleen Clinkenbeard, Monica Rial, J. Michael Tatum, Justin Briner

Votes: 11,035

35. Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends (2014)

TV-MA | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Vic Mignogna, Christopher Sabat, J. Michael Tatum, Justin Briner

Votes: 7,852

36. I Wish (2011)

PG | 128 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Masami Nagasawa, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 5,571 | Gross: $0.15M

37. The Girl in the Sun (2013)

128 min | Drama, Romance

A salesman named Kosuke Okuda happens to meet Mao Watarai,a friend from his middle school days. Back then, Mao was bullied, but now she is an attractive woman. Kosuke and Mao fall in love and decide to marry, but Mao has a secret.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Masaki Suda, Takumi Kitamura, Mitsuki Tanimura

Votes: 710

38. Close Range Love (2014)

118 min | Drama, Romance

A smart high school student falls in love with her new handsome English teacher after she begins to receive one-on-one tutoring from him.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Nana Komatsu, Mika Akizuki, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 965

39. Library Wars (2013)

128 min | Drama

Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôta Fukushi, Kei Tanaka, Jun'ichi Okada

Votes: 833

40. Hidarime tantei EYE (2009 TV Movie)

114 min | Crime, Mystery

Tanaka Ainosuke was born with a weak left eye. Then one day, his older brother Yumehito dies mysteriously, allowing Ainosuke to receive a cornea transplant from him. After the surgery, ... See full summary »

Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Akihiko Sai, Ryôsuke Yamada, Yû Yokoyama

Votes: 12

41. Clover (2014)

120 min | Drama, Romance

A woman chooses between her childhood best friend and her stoic boss.

Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Natsuna, Emi Takei, Anna Konno, Kento Nagayama

Votes: 192

42. The Liar and His Lover (2013)

117 min | Romance

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryô Yoshizawa, Masataka Kubota, Takashi Sorimachi

Votes: 897

43. Platinum Data (2013)

133 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

When a new system for mapping DNA called the Platinum Data is developed for all the residents of Japan, everyone is convinced it will create a better, saver society, free from crime. But ... See full summary »

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Etsushi Toyokawa, Honami Suzuki, Katsuhisa Namase

Votes: 456

44. Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

TV-14 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In 2199, the crew of the space battleship Yamato embark on a dangerous journey to the planet Iskandar to acquire a device that will rejuvenate the war-ravaged Earth.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Toshirô Yanagiba, Naoto Ogata

Votes: 5,687

45. A Liar and a Broken Girl (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: 396