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1. The Outrage (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, Ryô Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,475

2. 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, Ryô Kase

Votes: 5,308

4. A Story of Yonosuke (2013)

160 min | Drama

Were people's lives changed by having known Yonosuke?

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Ayumi Itô, Kimiko Yo, Gô Ayano

Votes: 1,325

5. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri, Kaoru Kobayashi

Votes: 1,911

7. 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: Shun Oguri, Buzz Aldrin, Kumiko Asô, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 387

8. Unforgiven (2013)

135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Just as Clint Eastwood's star-making spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, Japanese-Korean filmmaker Sang-il Lee (Villain) has decided to ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Shioli Kutsuna, Jun Kunimura, Yûya Yagira

Votes: 2,065

9. Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky

Votes: 19,820 | Gross: $0.28M

10. The Devil's Path (2013)

128 min | Thriller

Journalist Shuichi Fujii receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo. Writing from death row, Sudo wants to confess to crimes unknown to the police. On visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Pierre Taki, Lily Franky, Chizuru Ikewaki

Votes: 877

11. Ore wa mada honki dashite nai dake (2013)

Comedy

A man who had raised his daughter after he was a divorced, quitted his job suddenly to find himself. Then he wastes his time for a while, but one day he begins to try to be a comic artist.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Donald Ash, Gaku Hamada, Ai Hashimoto

Votes: 151

12. The End of Summer (2013)

114 min | Biography, Drama

Tomoko is sick and tired of her relationship with unpopular talented writer Shingo, who is married and has children. Tomoko then enters into a sexual relationship with younger man Ryota, but Tomoko is still not satisfied.

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Kaoru Kobayashi, Gô Ayano

Votes: 102

13. The Vortex of Love (2013)

140 min | Comedy

Nine men and women gather at a house party. The men are disappointed with a woman's appearance. People try to lighten the mood, but there is an awkwardness. The house party ends. Dates among the nine men and women begin.

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Yûmi Gotô, Tokie Hirose, Aya Kunitake, Sadaharu Matsushita

Votes: 112

14. The Kirishima Thing (2012)

103 min | Drama

A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club and how this disappearance of his affect every person in his school.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Suzuka Ohgo, Masahiro Higashide

Votes: 1,744

15. Why Don't You Play in Hell? (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: 6,630 | Gross: $0.03M

16. The Extreme Sukiyaki (2013)

111 min | Comedy

Former college buddies Horaguchi and Okawa suddenly reunite on a whim after 15 years apart and try to resume their friendship by planning a trip together.

Director: Shirô Maeda | Stars: Arata Iura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Kana Kurashina

Votes: 64

17. My Little Sweet Pea (2013)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Since her father died, Mugiko lives with her older brother, Norio. Her mother Ayako left home when she was little and never come back. But one day,she suddenly appears. What will happen to this estranged family?

Director: Keisuke Yoshida | Stars: Maki Horikita, Ryûhei Matsuda, Kimiko Yo, Yumi Asô

Votes: 170

18. The Little House (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 1,012

19. Kakekomi (2015)

143 min | Comedy, Drama

The lives of women saved by the historical Tokei-ji Buddhist Temple.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Yô Ôizumi, Erika Toda, Hikari Mitsushima, Rina Uchiyama

Votes: 312

20. Bakuman (2015)

119 min | Comedy

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 1,282

21. My SO Has Got Depression (2011)

121 min | Drama

A husband is suffering from melancholia, and he wants to commit suicide. His wife, who is a cartoonist, forces him to quit his job for the therapy. The wife's optimism influence the husband, and they live happily ever after.

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Masato Sakai, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kanji Tsuda

Votes: 401

22. Black Widow Business (2016)

127 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A predatory middle-aged woman and her partner prey upon aging older men of a certain wealth. The idea is as old as the history of mankind itself: take the man's money in exchange for ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Tsuruhashi | Stars: Shinobu Ôtake, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kyoko Hasegawa, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 60

23. Rage (2016)

142 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated stories in three different Japanese cities.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Mirai Moriyama, Aoi Miyazaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Votes: 2,002

24. Scoop! (2016)

119 min | Adventure, Mystery

Shizuka Miyakonojo (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a 40 something paparazzi photographer. He is a skilled cameraman who has a gambling addiction and is in debt. An ex journo for a weekly picture ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Lily Franky, Rika Izumi, Moemi Katayama

Votes: 401

25. While the Women Are Sleeping (2016)

103 min | Drama

While vacationing with his wife, a writer (Hidetoshi Nishijima) begins following another man (Takeshi Kitano) and woman (Shiori Kutsuna) who are guests at the resort hotel where he stays.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Sayuri Oyamada, Shioli Kutsuna

Votes: 332

26. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Lily Franky

Votes: 8,278 | Gross: $0.27M

27. The Old Capital (2016)

117 min | Drama

Chieko Sanda has operated a dry goods store in Kyoto for the past 20 years. Her family has owned the store for generations. Chieko is conflicted on whether her daughter Mai will take over her position with the changing of times.

Director: Yûki Saitô | Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ai Hashimoto, Riko Narumi, Reina Aoi

Votes: 70

28. Wilderness: Part One (2017)

157 min | Drama

The year is 2021 and years of mismanagement have left Japan a broken society riddled with poverty and underemployment. Kenji is visibly disabled and has an inferiority complex. Shinji is ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshiyuki Kishi | Stars: Masaki Suda, Ik-joon Yang, Denden, Riku Hagiwara

Votes: 176

29. The Light Shines Only There (2014)

120 min | Drama

Two troubled souls living on the fringes of a port town fall in love, but their trials are far from over.

Director: Mipo Oh | Stars: Gô Ayano, Chizuru Ikewaki, Masaki Suda, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 443

30. Sweet Bean (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 7,862 | Gross: $0.12M

31. 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: 1,796

32. The Third Murder (2017)

Not Rated | 124 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

68 Metascore

A courtroom drama centered around the murder of a factory president.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Kôji Yakusho, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 4,719 | Gross: $0.09M

33. The Night I Swam (2017)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama

Snow covered mountains in Japan. Every night, a fisherman makes his way to the market in town. His 6-year-old son is awoken by his departure and finds it impossible to fall back to sleep. ... See full summary »

Directors: Kohei Igarashi, Damien Manivel | Stars: Takara Kogawa, Keiki Kogawa, Takashi Kogawa, Chisato Kogawa

Votes: 298

34. I Am a Hero (2015)

TV-MA | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A manga artist assistant is surprised by a zombie apocalypse.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Yô Ôizumi, Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, Hisashi Yoshizawa

Votes: 4,871

35. Reisei to jônetsu no aida (2001)

125 min | Romance

A man is studying abroad in Italy, and while he does well, he yearns for his true love. After promising to meet her in Florence, they reconnect after not seeing one another for 10 years.

Director: Isamu Nakae | Stars: Yutaka Takenouchi, Kelly Chen, Roberto Brunetti, Valeria Cavalli

Votes: 379

36. Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High (2017)

118 min | Drama

Teiichi dreams of one day being the ruler of his own empire, but to get there he needs to make sure that his candidate for class president at his elite high school wins the election. This ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai | Stars: Masaki Suda, Yûdai Chiba, Charles Glover, Riku Hagiwara

Votes: 402

37. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

86 Metascore

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda | Stars: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya

Votes: 12,346

38. 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: 49,293 | Gross: $3.31M

39. The Family Game (1983)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jûzô Itami, Saori Yuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa

Votes: 741

40. Tokyo Sonata (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

80 Metascore

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki

Votes: 8,379 | Gross: $0.28M

42. When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to Be Dead. (2018)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

Confronted by the eccentric and odd behaviour of his wife and the stunts she regularly pulled like ingesting ketchup, spewing it back out and lying on the floor when her husband arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Lee | Stars: Nana Eikura, Ken Yasuda, Ryôhei Ohtani, Sumika Nono

Votes: 553



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