With Asahi Shimbun (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 65,497 | Gross: $0.80M

2. Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

TV-14 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.3
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48 Metascore

Two alchemist brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Ryôsuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 19,743

3. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

8.0
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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: 52,022 | Gross: $1.50M

4. Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021)

173 min | Adventure, Drama, War

7.2
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79 Metascore

When Japan surrenders at the end of World War II, soldier Hiroo Onoda retreats into the jungles of the Philippines to continue the war himself for another 10,000 days.

Director: Arthur Harari | Stars: Yûya Endô, Kanji Tsuda, Yûya Matsuura, Tetsuya Chiba

Votes: 1,487

5. Dororo (2007)

139 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.4
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A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai's quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Kiichi Nakai, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 2,883

6. Sweet Bean (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.4
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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: 11,390 | Gross: $0.12M

7. Creepy (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.4
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76 Metascore

Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred six years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba, Ryôko Fujino

Votes: 5,369

8. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.3
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76 Metascore

A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 8,504 | Gross: $0.08M

9. Flying Colors (2015)

117 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Fact-based tale of a slacker high-school girl, years behind in her studies, who decides to start working hard and pass the entrance exams to a prestigious university in Japan.

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Nanami Abe, Morio Agata, Atsushi Itô

Votes: 3,348

10. Erased (2016)

120 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back... See full summary »

Director: Yûichirô Hirakawa | Stars: Tamae Andô, Kasumi Arimura, Yasushi Fuchikami, Kôta Fudauchi

Votes: 884

11. His (2020)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.3
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Shun and Nagisa first meet and fall in love during high school. However, despite strong feelings, they go their separate ways. Years later, Shun is now living alone in a rural area when Nagisa arrives with his six-year-old daughter, Sora.

Director: Rikiya Imaizumi | Stars: Hio Miyazawa, Kisetsu Fujiwara, Wakana Matsumoto, Honoka Matsumoto

Votes: 501

12. Wood Job! (2014)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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After failing to get into university, a soft city boy randomly picks a job in forestry.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Hideaki Itô, Masami Nagasawa, Shôta Sometani, Yûki Furukawa

Votes: 3,349

13. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Osawa

Votes: 3,794

14. Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Unrated | 113 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

Directors: Gisaburô Sugii, Arlen Tarlofsky | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Chika Sakamoto, Junko Hori, Ayumi Ishijo

Votes: 1,988

15. The Great War of Archimedes (2019)

130 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.6
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In 1933, a young naval officer and math prodigy uncovers a conspiracy regarding the construction of Japanese warships for the ongoing World War 2.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Minami Hamabe, Masaki Suda, Derick Snow

Votes: 773

16. The Lies She Loved (2017)

117 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.4
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Yukari has lived with her caring, medical researcher boyfriend Kippei for five years. One day, she is waiting for Kippei to come home when a police officer suddenly pays her a visit and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhito Nakae | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Issey Takahashi, Daigo, Rina Kawaei

Votes: 905

17. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

7.2
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The touching reminiscing of an elderly railroad-station manager is interrupted by the sudden appearance of some good-natured girls.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 1,190

18. The Asadas (2020)

127 min | Drama, Family

7.4
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Masashi is a young photographer who forms a family with is older brother and parents. Disaster strikes Japan in the form of a tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor meltdown and the country... See full summary »

Director: Ryôta Nakano | Stars: Jun Fubuki, Yuira Gotô, Mitsuru Hirata, Nobue Iketani

Votes: 583

19. Harmonium (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

6.9
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84 Metascore

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Taiga Nakano, Momone Shinokawa

Votes: 2,647 | Gross: $0.02M

20. Golden Slumber (2010)

139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Aoyagi meets an old friend and ends up framed for the murder of the prime minister.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Nao Ômori, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masato Sakai

Votes: 1,247

21. Sekigahara (2017)

150 min | Drama, History, War

6.3
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A depiction of Japan's 17th Century Battle of Sekigahara where the Army of the East takes up arms against the Army of the West.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Kôji Yakusho, Kasumi Arimura, Takehiro Hira

Votes: 775

22. The Fighter Pilot (2013)

144 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the men who flew with him, asking them about who he was.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue, Gaku Hamada

Votes: 2,558

23. Café Lumière (2003)

108 min | Drama

6.8
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80 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 3,143

24. Dance with Me (2019)

103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Musical

6.8
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Suzuki Shizuka is an office lady at a conglomerate who is treated by a hypnotist and left under the spell. Thereafter she cannot but sing and dance whenever she hears any melody whatsoever.... See full summary »

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Ayaka Miyoshi, Yû Yashiro, Chay, Takahiro Miura

Votes: 733

25. Sunny: Strong Mind Strong Love (2018)

118 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

6.7
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A group of friends from high school reunite before one of them dies from cancer.

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Ryôko Shinohara, Suzu Hirose, Yuka Itaya, Eiko Koike

Votes: 688

26. Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005)

145 min | Drama, History, War

6.4
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The movie follows 3 Japanese friends from embarking on Yamato, the world's largest battleship, until it's sunk 3 1/2 years later on April 7, 1945 on it's way to Okinawa to stop American advance at the end of WWII.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Shidô Nakamura, Kyôka Suzuki, Ken'ichi Matsuyama

Votes: 2,232

27. The Voice of Sin (2020)

142 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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A newspaper reporter is working on an investigative piece regarding an unsolved mystery dating back thirty years. there was gangsterism and extortion at play. As part of his work the man ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Shun Oguri, Gen Hoshino, Yutaka Matsushige, Kanji Furutachi

Votes: 432

28. Magic Tree House (2011)

105 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.3
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Annie and Jack discover a magic tree house that contains books that take them to different places in time.

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori | Stars: Mana Ashida, Chika Anzai, Katsuhisa Hôki, Keiko Kitagawa

Votes: 170

29. The Tale of Genji (1987)

110 min | Animation, Drama, History

6.6
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An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he ... See full summary »

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Morio Kazama, Miwako Kaji, Reiko Tajima, Jun Fubuki

Votes: 232

30. The Floating Castle (2012)

144 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.4
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In the year 1590, powerful daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi nears his plan to unify all of Japan, but he comes across a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika must use his army to defend the castle.

Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Isshin Inudô | Stars: Takehiro Hira, Takayuki Yamada, Mana Ashida, Machiko Ono

Votes: 571

31. Bunny Drop (2011)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his own kid.

Director: SABU | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Karina, Mana Ashida, Mirei Kiritani

Votes: 1,584

32. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 2,650

33. I Just Wanna Hug You (2014)

122 min | Romance

6.6
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Tsukasa got into a severe car accident when she was a high school student. She still suffers from the effects of that accident, with memory impairment and needing to use a wheelchair. ... See full summary »

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Ryô Nishikido, Jun Fubuki, Aya Hirayama

Votes: 354

34. The Chef of South Polar (2009)

125 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is unexpectedly assigned to a south polar mission to serve as head chef at the Dome Fuji ... See full summary »

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Masato Sakai, Katsuhisa Namase, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 1,288

35. Oshin (2013)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.2
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A young girl named Oshin is sent to work for another family because of her family's financial situation.

Director: Shin Togashi | Stars: Kokone Hamada, Aya Ueto, Kayoko Kishimoto, Manami Igashira

Votes: 773

36. Villain (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.0
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A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

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

Votes: 1,810

37. The Magnificent Nine (2016)

129 min | Comedy, History

6.4
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It is eighteenth century Japan and the residents of a poor town lead a typically meagre life. Then nine residents, which include Juzaburo, hatch a scheme to improve their lots by running a ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ryûhei Matsuda

Votes: 410

38. Real (2013)

127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

5.8
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A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Haruka Ayase, Joe Odagiri, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 1,073

39. Listen to the Universe (2019)

119 min | Drama, Music

6.2
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Four pianists take part in the preliminary round of an international piano playing competition. Each has a story that is different and unique. One is a former child prodigy who stopped ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Ishikawa | Stars: Mayu Matsuoka, Tôri Matsuzaka, Win Morisaki, Oji Suzuka

Votes: 415

40. Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue (2017)

108 min | Drama

6.6
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Newcomer Shizuka Ishibashi throws herself into the role of Mika, a nurse by day, a 'girlie bar' hostess by night, subject to feelings of anxiety and isolation, and unable to reach through a... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Shizuka Ishibashi, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Ryûhei Matsuda, Paul Magsign

Votes: 719

41. Into the White Night (2010)

149 min | Drama, Mystery

6.5
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Based on a novel with the same name, years pass and the unsolved mystery of the case of the death of a man puzzles the police detective. With more death, suicide and murder within the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Maki Horikita, Keiko Toda, Kengo Kôra, Akiko Hyûga

Votes: 448

42. Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari (2001)

143 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.7
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Based on the ancient Japanese Tale of Genji. This film is set in 900AD and tells the story of a famous female writer of the time, Murasaki Shikibu. Her story begins from the death of her ... See full summary »

Director: Tonkô Horikawa | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûki Amami, Tôru Kazama, Morio Kazama

Votes: 163

43. Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness (2000)

103 min | Documentary

8.6
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The story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II, who defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas allowing Jewish families to flee Europe to Japan and other countries.

Director: Robert Kirk | Stars: Susan Bluman, Benjamin Fishoff, Neil Ross, Liane Schirmer

Votes: 90

44. A Morning of Farewell (2021)

119 min | Family

6.3
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Sawako who works as a physician away from her hometown return home to Shikawa for her father's sake. She obtains a job at a local clinic. As part of her job she provides outpatient services... See full summary »

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Suzu Hirose, Yûsuke Iseya, Yuriko Ishida, Shigeru Izumiya

Votes: 12

45. The Forest of Wool and Steel (2018)

134 min | Drama, Music

6.2
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When high school student Tomura Naoki met piano tuner Itadori Soichiro at his school in Hokkaido, he could smell the forest from the piano tuned by Soichiro. Touched, the boy decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto | Stars: Keiko Horiuchi, Moka Kamishiraishi, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 194

46. Talking the Pictures (2019)

126 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.7
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Set in early 20th Century Japan, the movie follows the adventures of a young man who wants to get into the movie business -- but in a job unique to his country: a dramatic narrator for ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Suô | Stars: Ryô Narita, Yuina Kuroshima, Kengo Kôra, Mao Inoue

Votes: 406

47. Ninja Kids!!! (2011)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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About the adventures of Rantaro and other ninja apprentices at an elite ninjutsu academy.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shidô Nakamura, Naoto Takenaka, Susumu Terajima, Renji Ishibashi

Votes: 442

48. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

7.3
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Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Kaho Minami, Aoi Miyazaki, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 433

49. Samurai's Promise (2018)

111 min | Action, Romance

6.6
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Driven away by a corruption scandal, a samurai returns years later, causing consternation among both the guilty and the innocent.

Director: Daisaku Kimura | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Haru Kuroki, Sôsuke Ikematsu

Votes: 205

50. The Fallen Angel (2010)

134 min | Drama

5.9
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Born with a silver spoon in his life, the child is nonetheless lonely and a misfit. His mate recognizes the feelings and predicts that when grown up his friend will be a great artist and ... See full summary »

Director: Genjiro Arato | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yûsuke Iseya, Shinobu Terajima, Satomi Ishihara

Votes: 244


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