With The Yomiuri Shimbun (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 128,716 | Gross: $15.09M

2. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.9
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75 Metascore

A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issey Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 54,155

3. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.7
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72 Metascore

Due to 12 y.o. Anna's asthma, she's sent to stay with relatives of her guardian in the Japanese countryside. She likes to be alone, sketching. She befriends Marnie. Who is the mysterious, blonde Marnie.

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 34,408 | Gross: $0.77M

4. Tales from Earthsea (2006)

PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

6.4
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47 Metascore

In a mythical land, a man and a young boy investigate a series of unusual occurrences.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Willem Dafoe, Mariska Hargitay, Jun'ichi Okada

Votes: 36,419 | Gross: $0.05M

5. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.4
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71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 37,362 | Gross: $1.00M

6. Mirai (2018)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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81 Metascore

A young boy encounters a magical garden which enables him to travel through time and meet his relatives from different eras, with guidance by his younger sister from the future.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 13,142 | Gross: $0.81M

7. Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.8
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75 Metascore

Based on "The Little Broomstick" by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.

Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New | Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 12,617 | Gross: $2.42M

8. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.5
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66 Metascore

In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Tamio Ôki, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 36,668 | Gross: $1.04M

9. Dragon Quest: Your Story (2019)

103 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.6
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Based on the fifth Dragon Quest game.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Steve Blum, Shaun Conde, Jacob Craner

Votes: 2,430

10. Gantz (2010)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two teens wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Kanata Hongô, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Natsuna

Votes: 7,307

11. Kiki's Delivery Service (2014)

108 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

5.7
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Rie Miyazawa, Machiko Ono, Minako Kotobuki

Votes: 766

12. Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Kato's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) death changes Kurono's (Kazunari Ninomiya) view of life completely. He decides to keep fighting until he earns 100 points so that he can bring back Kato. GANTZ ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 4,009

13. Rage (2016)

142 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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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: 2,461

14. Mumon: The Land of Stealth (2017)

120 min | Action, Romance

7.0
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What is the only thing that can stand in the way of a ruthless warlord after total domination of a country? Ninjas. When ninja Mumon kills another fierce ninja in order to claim a reward ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Satoshi Ohno, Yuri Chinen, Denden, Seiji Hino

Votes: 2,297

15. Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)

140 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroshi Abe, Shûichi Azumaya, Mitsugorô Bandô

Votes: 1,028

16. 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

142 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

6.7
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Years after a schoolboy writes a book of prophecies, a mysterious super-villain uses it as his master-plan of world destruction.

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

Votes: 2,456

17. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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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: 12,262

18. Time Traveller (2010)

Not Rated | 122 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Masaaki Taniguchi | Stars: Riisa Naka, Akiyoshi Nakao, Munetaka Aoki, Anna Ishibashi

Votes: 1,571

19. Rebirth (2011)

147 min | Drama

7.0
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After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Mao Inoue, Eiko Koike, Konomi Watanabe

Votes: 703

20. Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.6
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Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Min Tanaka

Votes: 1,144

21. The Perfect World of Kai (2007)

101 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.1
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Two different people - the son of a prostitute, and the son of a professional musician - develop a bond of friendship through their love of playing the piano.

Director: Masayuki Kojima | Stars: Aya Ueto, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hiroyuki Amano, Mayuko Fukuda

Votes: 1,515

22. Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)

R | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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A look at Genghis Khan's life, from his birth to conquests in Asia.

Director: Shin'ichirô Sawai | Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Rei Kikukawa, Mayumi Wakamura, Ken'ichi Matsuyama

Votes: 818

23. The Emperor in August (2015)

135 min | Drama, History

6.4
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The War ended on August 15th, 1945. What took place in Japan on the previous night? The unknown destiny of the day is unveiled.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi

Votes: 558

24. What a Wonderful Family (2017)

113 min | Comedy

6.8
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In this sequel to the first It's A Wonderful Family, the characters who are still based on those in Tokyo Family (which itself was based on Tokyo Story), are a couple of years older with ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Shôzô Hayashiya

Votes: 612

25. The Little House (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 1,200

26. K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces (2008)

137 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.6
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Set in a fictional Japanese city in 1949, a master criminal hones in on his latest victim.

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Tôru Nakamura, Ryôhei Abe

Votes: 2,007

27. 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009)

139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Childhood friends continue their battle against a dangerous cult.

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

Votes: 1,704

28. Gokusen: The Movie (2009)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

5.8
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A young teacher is given the toughest classroom in the school. Based on the TV series.

Director: Tôya Satô | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Katsuhisa Namase, Aya Hirayama, Aki Hoshino

Votes: 506

29. Cape Nostalgia (2014)

117 min | Drama

6.1
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A story set in a café situated along a small cape and run by an elderly woman named Etsuko and aided her nephew Koji.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Hiroshi Abe, Yûko Takeuchi, Tsurube Shôfukutei

Votes: 172

30. The Legacy Of Dr. Death: Black File (2020)

121 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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"I'll kill you without suffering." Dr. Death, a serial killer who was asked to euthanize a person at a dark site. The Metropolitan Police Department's No. 1 combination Inukai (Ayno Go) and... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Gô Ayano, Keiko Kitagawa, Kenshi Okada, Tomoya Maeno

Votes: 28

31. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.5
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

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

Votes: 1,306 | Gross: $0.01M

32. The Last Ronin (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

7.2
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An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord.

Director: Shigemichi Sugita | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Kôichi Satô, Nanami Sakuraba, Kôji Yamamoto

Votes: 317

33. Roommate (2013)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

5.6
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Harumi Hagiwara lands in the hospital after being involved in an accident. She hits it off with her nurse, Reiko Nishimura, and the two decide to move in together after she's discharged. ... See full summary »

Director: Takeshi Furusawa | Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Kyoko Fukada, Kengo Kôra, Mariko Tsutsui

Votes: 362

34. Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)

130 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.4
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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: 409

35. My SO Has Got Depression (2011)

121 min | Drama

6.5
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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: 571

36. A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies (2007)

124 min | Drama

7.1
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A tale of Mari and three puppies is based on a true story. It tells about the situation Mari and her puppies have gone through after a massive destruction brought by an earthquake that ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûichi Inomata | Stars: Yoshikazu Ebisu, Eiichirô Funakoshi, Ryohei Hirota, Yukijirô Hotaru

Votes: 259

37. What a Wonderful Family! (2016)

108 min | Comedy

6.8
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For her birthday, the grandma of a traditional Tokyo family asks her apathetic husband a gift: divorce. This shocks not only the incredulous husband, but the whole family, and they all will try to prevent the catastrophe at any cost.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa

Votes: 1,055

38. Flowers (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

6.6
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A story of six women from three different generations, each living their own journeys in their respective periods, spanning decades of dramatic changes in Japan from the 1930s to the present.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Yû Aoi, Kyôka Suzuki, Yûko Takeuchi, Rena Tanaka

Votes: 293

39. 125 Years Memory (2015)

132 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Based on two historical incidents that deepened the friendship between Japan and Turkey.

Director: Mitsutoshi Tanaka | Stars: Seiyô Uchino, Kenan Ece, Shioli Kutsuna, Alican Yücesoy

Votes: 2,009

40. Yo-Yo Girl Cop (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action

5.1
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Recruited by a clandestine police organization, "K" must stop a plot by student radicals to create anarchy in Japan. Armed with a hi-tech steel yo-yo, and a new name (Asamiya Saki), she ... See full summary »

Director: Kenta Fukasaku | Stars: Aya Matsuura, Rika Ishikawa, Erika Miyoshi, Yui Okada

Votes: 1,098

41. The Brain Man (2013)

123 min | Crime, Mystery

6.4
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A not-too-bright cop searches for a serial bomber.

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Shôta Sometani, Yôsuke Eguchi, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Votes: 1,004

42. Miracle Apples (2013)

129 min | Drama

6.8
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In their hometown of Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, Akinori Kimura (Sadao Abe) and his wife Mieko (Miho Kanno) open an apple orchard. Because of Meiko's allergic reaction to pesticides, ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Sadao Abe, Miho Kanno, Mieko Harada, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 239

43. The Ode to Joy (2006)

130 min | Drama, History, Music

6.3
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German soldiers are transported to a prisoner-of-war camp in Japan after the First World War.

Director: Masanobu Deme | Stars: Ken Matsudaira, Bruno Ganz, Hiroshi Abe, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 638

44. The Hovering Blade (2009)

112 min | Drama, Thriller

6.1
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A middle school aged girl is dragged into a car while her screams fades away into the darkness of the night. The next day, the young girl's body is discovered along the Arakawa river. ... See full summary »

Director: Shoichi Mashiko | Stars: Akira Terao, Yutaka Takenouchi, Shirô Itô, Miki Sakai

Votes: 154

45. Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (2012)

142 min | Drama

7.0
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The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki, Maki Horikita

Votes: 581

46. Persona Non Grata (2015)

139 min | Adventure, Biography, History

6.4
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Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

Director: Cellin Gluck | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Koyuki, Borys Szyc, Agnieszka Grochowska

Votes: 196

47. Kiyoku yawaku (2013)

126 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Kanna Seto lost her childhood friend Haruta in a car accident when she was a freshman in high school. Carrying the emotional pain from that incident throughout her life, Kanna is still ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Yûki Furukawa, Masaki Okada, Haru

Votes: 566

48. About Her Brother (I) (2010)

126 min | Drama

6.9
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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: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tsurube Shôfukutei, Yû Aoi, Ryô Kase

Votes: 699

49. The Last Princess (2008)

118 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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A princess, along with a general and two commoners evade pursuit of an enemy and his samurai cohorts. The princess and general are caught but are rescued and then destroy the enemy's fort.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Jun Matsumoto, Daisuke Miyagawa, Kippei Shîna, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 395

50. Iwane: Sword of Serenity (2019)

121 min | Drama

5.6
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Iwane, Kinpei and Shinnosuke are childhood friends. They also trained at the same dojo, hung out together and dreamt together. Iwane, Jinpei and Shinnosuke also become relatives through ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhide Motoki | Stars: Tôri Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyôko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto

Votes: 62


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