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1. Her Granddaughter (2014)

119 min | Drama

In the wake of her grandmother's death, Tsugumi Dozono, who used to work at a large electronics company in Tokyo, decides to move from to the home her grandmother left behind, in the ... See full summary »

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Sakura Andô, Erika Asakura, Nana Eikura, Mari Hamada

Votes: 166

2. Kabukichô Love Hotel (2014)

135 min | Drama, Romance

Over one day at this love hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo - where guests have the choice of staying for a short time or overnight - the dreams and desires of these characters intersect while aspiring for something greater.

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Atsuko Maeda, Roy 5tion, Asuka Hinoi

Votes: 601

3. The Drudgery Train (2012)

112 min | Comedy, Drama

Kitamichi is a 19-year-old labor worker. He develops feelings for Yasuko who works in a used used bookstore, but he has never had a girlfriend. He also befriends Kusakabe, but jealousy soon threatens their friendship.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Mirai Moriyama, Kengo Kôra, Atsuko Maeda, Makita Sports

Votes: 301

4. Wood Job! (2014)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy

After failing his university entrance examinations and being left by his girlfriend, Yuki Hirano decides to join a forestry training program only to discover that the job is much harder ... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Nana Seino

Votes: 1,877

5. 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: 946

6. About Her Brother (I) (2010)

126 min | Drama

Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ryo Kase, Yû Aoi, Yuriko Ishida, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 543

7. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016)

179 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

56 Metascore

Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gô Ayano, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 1,017

8. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Denden, Mirai Shida

Votes: 1,108 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)

130 min | Drama

Set in post-World War II Japan, midwife Nobuko is resolved to move on as she stands at the grave of her son Koji who died, alongside thousands of others, when the Americans dropped an ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kazunari Ninomiya, Haru Kuroki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 340

10. The Whispering Star (2015)

100 min | Sci-Fi

A feminine android delivers packages to the scattered humans in the galaxy. With years to spare the android and us have time to contemplate what it is to be human.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kenji Endo, Yûto Ikeda, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kôko Mori

Votes: 597

11. Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)

138 min | Drama, Romance

While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Ko Shibasaki, Masami Nagasawa, Mirai Moriyama

Votes: 2,611

12. Rainbow Song (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: 1,041

13. Antiporno (2016)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama

Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Fujiko, Sayaka Kotani

Votes: 1,747

14. Wet Woman in the Wind (2016)

Not Rated | 77 min | Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

When a successful, but tired Tokyo-based playwright who has sworn off easy women and casual encounters takes refuge in the countryside, his plans are disrupted by a horny woman who pedals fast into his life and is unrelenting.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Tasuku Nagaoka, Yuki Mamiya, Yûmi Akagi, Masatoshi Ikemura

Votes: 624

15. Over the Fence (2016)

112 min | Adventure, Drama

A recently divorced and traumatized man moves to Hakodate, Hokkaido and attends a vocational college to learn carpentry along with several other students who are in the same boat as he. ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Yû Aoi, Shôta Matsuda, Yukiya Kitamura

Votes: 244

16. My Dad and Mr. Ito (2016)

119 min | Drama

He is rejected by his sister when the brother floats the idea that their father move from his house to her apartment. The father has other ideas however and shows up unannounced at her ... See full summary »

Director: Yuki Tanada | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Sei Andô, Lily Franky, Tomoharu Hasegawa

Votes: 116

17. At the Terrace (2016)

95 min | Comedy

With a party underway at the company director's house a young man is bedazzled by a woman who, alongside her husband, are in attendance. This not only prompts the object of the man's ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Yamauchi | Stars: Kei Ishibashi, Kami Hiraiwa, Hiroaki Morooka, Kenji Iwatani

Votes: 46

18. Sway (2006)

120 min | Crime, Drama

On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masatô Ibu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 752

19. Dear Doctor (2009)

127 min | Drama

A young medical intern student is dismayed when he is assigned to work in a remote countryside village.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Tsurube Shôfukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 424

20. Dreams for Sale (2012)

134 min | Crime, Drama

After losing their restaurant in a fire, a husband and wife come up with a strange plan to rebuild their shattered finances: marrying the husband off to a series of lonely women and defrauding them.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takako Matsu, Rena Tanaka

Votes: 340

21. One Million Yen and the Nigamushi Woman (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: 849

22. 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: 2,421

23. My Uncle (2016)

110 min | Comedy

What do part-time philosophy professors do other than loaf about, philosophize part-time, be dolts, stay in a spare room in the home of the brother and an annoyed sister-in-law? How ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Riku Ohnishi, Midoriko Kimura, Kankurô Kudô

Votes: 132

24. Wild Berries (2003)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

A portrait of an ordinary family that turns unstable when their frivolous son Shuji returns home after a long absence.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Hiroyuki Miyasako, Miho Tsumiki, Sei Hiraizumi, Naoko Ôtani

Votes: 136

25. Sketches of Kaitan City (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: 124

27. Side Job. (2017)

120 min | Drama

Based on the novel "Kanojo no Jinsei wa Machigai ja Nai" (literal translation: Her life is not at fault) by Director Hiroki, it is a powerful story of survivors, who are all trying to find their own silver linings in life.

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Tamae Andô, Tokio Emoto, Ena Koshino, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 112

28. Tony Takitani (2004)

105 min | Drama

80 Metascore

When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Votes: 3,959

29. Love on Sunday (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: 113

30. The Long Excuse (2016)

124 min | Drama

Based on a book by writer - director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer ( Masahiro Motoki,Departures)whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu, Kenshin Fujita

Votes: 685

31. Sheidî gurôvu (1999)

99 min | Drama, Romance

Rika, a bright, attractive, and driven young woman, is intent on marrying her dreamy boyfriend Seiichi Ono who is not only tall and handsome but also an up-and-coming executive. One day, Ono abruptly dumps her.

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Arata Iura, Tomohiro Sekiguchi, Ken Mitsuishi, Urara Awata

Votes: 58

32. Wild Life (1997)

102 min | Comedy, Thriller

An ex-boxer working for a game parlor owner gets caught up in a complex blackmail operation he doesn't understand. Before long he's caught between two yakuza bosses and a mysterious thief ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Mickey Curtis, Akiko Izumi, Jun Kunimura, Eiko Nagashima

Votes: 93

33. Asako I & II (2018)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

62 Metascore

Asako lives in Osaka. She falls in love with Baku, a free-spirit. One day, Baku suddenly disappears. Two years later, Asako now lives in Tokyo and meets Ryohei. He looks just like Baku, but has a completely different personality.

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Stars: Masahiro Higashide, Erika Karata, Sairi Itô, Kôji Nakamoto

Votes: 852

34. Happy Hour (2015)

317 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Four women. All in their 30s. Three married, one divorcee. They are able to tell each other anything. Or at least they thought. One day, after losing in divorce court, one of them gives up ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Stars: Sachie Tanaka, Hazuki Kikuchi, Maiko Mihara, Rira Kawamura

Votes: 711



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