Manga/L-Novel Movies

by VnmDAkumetsu | created - 28 Apr 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

as for CBM the list contains only live-action adaptations (intended as Movie and TV-Movie without titles who were prosecutions or derivations of a pre-existed TV-Series) of works originally born as a manga or light novel, thus not further derivations.

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2. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 6,254

3. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 3,972

4. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Thriller

Ogami is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin. Gunbei Yagyu, an enemy samurai, happens upon Ogami's son, and sees his chance for revenge.

Director: Buichi Saitô | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yoichi Hayashi, Michi Azuma, Akihiro Tomikawa

Votes: 3,482

5. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,865

6. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Ri, Yayoi Watanabe

Votes: 1,260

7. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Five warriors challenge Ogami to duels. Each holds a part of information needed to complete the assassination of a mad clan leader.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Michiyo Yasuda, Akihiro Tomikawa, Shingo Yamashiro

Votes: 3,259

8. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,994

9. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi, Gorô Mutsumi

Votes: 2,995

10. HK: Forbidden Super Hero (2013)

106 min | Comedy

A high school boy receives mysterious superpowers from panties.

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

Votes: 2,079

11. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 11,826

12. Assassination Classroom (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: 1,523

13. Devilman (2004)

112 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

Based on Gô Nagai's manga, about mild-mannered teenager Akira Fudô, who merges with a demon to fight other demons.

Director: Hiroyuki Nasu | Stars: Hisato Izaki, Yûsuke Izaki, Ayana Sakai, Ryûdô Uzaki

Votes: 987

14. Fist of the North Star (1995)

R | 103 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Based on a graphic novel, this apocalyptic adventure centers on a man who must reverse the cataclysmic conditions of his world.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Gary Daniels, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor, Downtown Julie Brown

Votes: 2,954

15. Dragon Ball: The Magic Begins (1991)

86 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

An evil alien searches the Earth for seven "Dragon Pearls" which can grant him ultimate power. A gang of misfit adventurers band together to stop him.

Director: Chun-Liang Chen | Stars: Chi-Chiang Chen, Jeannie Hsieh, Tung-Chuan Cheng, San Peng

Votes: 1,026

16. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 565,930 | Gross: $100.21M

17. Deuraegon bol: Ssawora Son O-gong, igyeora Son O-gong (1990)

105 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The young warrior Son Goku goes on a outrageous quest to acquire seven magical orbs, along the way beating up evil persons who want to steal the orbs for their own ends.

Director: Ryong Wang | Stars: Seong-tae Heo, Hyung-rae Shim, Ju-hie Lee, Min-seok Jang

Votes: 100

18. 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: 14,886

19. 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: 27,488

20. 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: 7,490

21. 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009)

139 min | Drama, Fantasy

Childhood friends continue their battle against a dangerous cult.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Muneyoshi Abiko

Votes: 1,631

22. Harlock: Space Pirate (2013)

Not Rated | 115 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Mankind is dying. Only one man can do anything about it, Space Captain Harlock, but the Gaia Coalition will stop at nothing to end him.

Director: Shinji Aramaki | Stars: Yû Aoi, Jessica Boone, Ayano Fukuda, Arata Furuta

Votes: 11,111

23. Lupin the 3rd (2014)

133 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The grandson of a legendary gentleman burglar assembles a team of thieves to steal a Cleopatran necklace from two parties - an ally-turned-rival, and an underworld tycoon.

Directors: James Bobin, Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Shun Oguri, Jerry Yan, Tetsuji Tamayama, Gô Ayano

Votes: 1,390

24. 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: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 10,974

25. 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (2009)

156 min | Adventure, Fantasy

It is 2017 and a resurrected Tomodachi rules the world. The prophecies of The New Book have all come true. Tomodachi predicts the end of the world through the spread of a lethal virus by ... See full summary »

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kôichi Yamadera, Takumi Saitoh

Votes: 967

26. 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

142 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world ... See full summary »

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 2,331

27. Death Note: Light Up the New World (2016)

135 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

An update to the "Death Note" series in which a mysterious notebook contains deadly powers.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Erika Toda, Masaki Suda

Votes: 2,287

28. Dragonball Evolution (2009)

PG | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

45 Metascore

The young warrior Son Goku sets out on a quest, racing against time and the vengeful King Piccolo, to collect a set of seven magical orbs that will grant their wielder unlimited power.

Director: James Wong | Stars: Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Yun-Fat Chow, Emmy Rossum

Votes: 67,554 | Gross: $9.35M

29. 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: Takeru Satoh, Yû Aoi, Masataka Kubota, Emi Takei

Votes: 18,425

30. 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: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yû Aoi

Votes: 7,794

31. Attack on Titan (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, Eren joins the scouting legion to get revenge on the monsters who killed everyone in his town.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Ashly Burch, Bryce Papenbrook, Monica Rial, Satomi Ishihara

Votes: 11,360 | Gross: $0.45M

32. Attack on Titan II: End of the World (2015)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A young boy name Eren Jaeger has to use his gift to know about the mystery of the Titans.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kanata Hongô, Kiko Mizuhara

Votes: 4,037 | Gross: $0.31M

33. 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: 1,301

34. The Guyver (1991)

PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A young man discovers a mechanical device that merges with his own body, turning him into a cyborg superhero. When strange creatures start appearing, trying to take the device back, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Screaming Mad George, Steve Wang | Stars: Greg Joung Paik, Jimmie Walker, Peter Spellos, Michael Berryman

Votes: 4,477

35. Guyver: Dark Hero (1994)

R | 127 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Wang | Stars: David Hayter, Kathy Christopherson, Bruno Patrick, Christopher Michael

Votes: 2,991

36. Black Butler (2014)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After her supposed death, a young woman returns as the son of her noble family to precede the family's prestigious company, with a demon at her side to avenge her parent's murder.

Directors: Kentarô Ohtani, Kei'ichi Sato | Stars: Hiro Mizushima, Ayame Gôriki, Yûka, Mizuki Yamamoto

Votes: 1,528

37. City Hunter (1993)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A self-indulgent private investigator winds up on a cruise ship full of rich patrons, gorgeous women, murderous terrorists, and scarce food.

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Jackie Chan, Richard Norton, Joey Wang, Kumiko Goto

Votes: 9,342

38. Crows 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: 7,041

39. Crows Zero II (2009)

133 min | Action

Tension escalates and violence ensues when a young student unwittingly breaks a non-aggression pact between two rival high schools.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Nobuaki Kaneko

Votes: 4,174

41. Hong Chang Fei Long (1990)

96 min | Action

May Yip and Yao are both orphans and have been friends since youth, but they're torn apart when the leader of the 8 Hundred Dragons Kung Fu cult abducts Yao and erases his memory.

Director: Clarence Yiu-leung Fok | Stars: Samuel Hui, Maggie Cheung, Nina Li Chi, Carrie Ng

Votes: 374

42. 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: 1,496

43. Crying Freeman (1995)

102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A woman sees an assassin outside San Francisco killing yakuza men and later in Vancouver. She's been told that he leaves no witness. Will she be his next victim or...?

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Julie Condra, Kevan Ohtsji, Mark Dacascos, Debbie Podowski

Votes: 11,202

44. Blade of the Immortal (2017)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama

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: 13,191 | Gross: $0.15M

45. Pinpon (2002)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport