Japanese Films

by triggergirl | created - 13 Jan 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

All Japanese films I've watched so far (it's still updating!! ^^). Some of them I had to watch for a Seminar, and I'm glad I did!

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1. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,698 | Gross: $0.05M

2. 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: 27,139

3. 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: 14,633

4. 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: 7,352

5. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

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: 45,216 | Gross: $1.50M

6. Norwegian Wood (2010)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 10,307 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 160,253

8. The Suicide Song (2007)

128 min | Horror, Mystery

A thriller centered on an urban legend about a song that fatally affects its listeners.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Yuko Oshima, Sayaka Akimoto, Haruna Kojima

Votes: 281

9. When They Cry (2008)

106 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Gôki Maeda, Airi Matsuyama, Rin Asuka, Aika

Votes: 311

10. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,929

11. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 59,033

12. Blue Spring (2001)

83 min | Drama

A group of a run-down Tokyo high school students face the struggles of growing up, growing apart from their friends and worrying about their future, while living in a highly violent environment.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Hirofumi Arai, Sôsuke Takaoka, Yûsuke Ohshiba

Votes: 2,893

13. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 44,660

14. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,054

15. The Last Promise (2010 TV Movie)

130 min | Drama

Saigo no Yakusoku (The Last Promise) is a suspense drama about five men working in or for a company that is hijacked by terrorists. Satoshi Ohno plays a janitor who cleans the offices ... See full summary »

Director: Yûichi Satô | Stars: Satoshi Ohno, Masaki Aiba, Shô Sakurai, Kazunari Ninomiya

Votes: 102

16. 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: 8,120 | Gross: $0.28M

17. Boys Love (2006 Video)

90 min | Drama

Mr. Aio is a teacher at an all boys boarding school, and when his boyfriend breaks up with him he gets over her by having sex, with a guy. The guy he has sex with is a new student at the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kôtarô Terauchi | Stars: Yoshikazu Kotani, Takumi Saitoh, Hiroya Matsumoto, Masashi Taniguchi

Votes: 484

18. Myu Will Give Daddy Her Legs (2008 TV Movie)

121 min | Drama

Yamaguchi, is a young man who learns he has a illness which affects the nervous system. He begins to lose the functioning of his limbs, but he is determined to fight the illness with the ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Yoshino | Stars: Rina Hatakeyama, Yoshizumi Ishihara, Karina, Jun Matsumoto

Votes: 52

19. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 18,197 | Gross: $0.01M

20. Sky of Love (2007)

129 min | Drama, Romance

Mika is a fresh high school student who starts texting a mysterious boy. She is shocked when he reveals who he is - Hiro, a delinquent attending her school. What she doesn't know is that Hiro isn't as bad as he seems.

Director: Natsuki Imai | Stars: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura, Yûko Asano, Yôsuke Asari

Votes: 2,664

21. Battle Royale II (2003)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Directors: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai

Votes: 18,538

22. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,038

23. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)

Not Rated | 59 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Ken'ichi Enomoto, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 3,016

24. The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 6,394

25. 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: 708

26. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 13,493 | Gross: $2.31M

27. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 100,707 | Gross: $3.52M

28. Hachi-ko (1987)

107 min | Drama, Family

The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toshinori Omi, Toshirô Yanagiba

Votes: 4,112

29. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 21,860 | Gross: $1.96M

30. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 13,853

31. Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 13,640 | Gross: $0.22M

32. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 25,120 | Gross: $0.23M

33. The Incite Mill (2010)

107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Ten people who agree to take the same lucrative "job" find themselves locked in an underground complex and forced to play a murder game for seven days.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Nagisa Katahira, Shinji Takeda, Masanori Ishii

Votes: 1,039

34. Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009)

130 min | Drama

Kaiji, a young gambler who is constantly in debt, enters a deadly gambling competition in order to wipe away his loans.

Director: Tôya Satô | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takuma Anzai

Votes: 1,177

35. Shield of Straw (2013)

117 min | Thriller

35 Metascore

A team of cops must protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Nanako Matsushima, Gorô Kishitani, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 2,203

36. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,878

37. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

A Japanese restaurant cook/owner dies after answering his daughter's cellphone. Other people are getting strange, same ringtone calls as well and dying painfully. It happened in Taiwan as well. Can the police stop it if it's a ghost?

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,813

38. One Missed Call Final (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror

The timid, young Asuka is bullied by her classmates. When they embark on a class field trip to Korea, Asuka plans revenge by sending them a cursed phone message they can either pass on or ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Asô | Stars: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Keun-Suk Jang, Erika Asakura

Votes: 1,599

39. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Do-yun Yu, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 1,878

40. From Me to You (2010)

128 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A girl that resemble "Sadako" of the movie Ring is being feared by her classmates. She is avoided by everyone.While everyone is avoiding her, the popular boy Shota Kazehaya befriends her, and their love begins to grow.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura, Misako Renbutsu, Haru Aoyama

Votes: 1,969

41. Attack on Titan: Part 1 (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: 11,151 | Gross: $0.45M

42. Bleach (2018)

TV-14 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A Japanese teenager can see ghosts and sees a cute girl fighting an evil monster. He ends up with her reaper power and she as human in his high school class. He discovers a connection between his mom's death and these monsters.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Sôta Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryô Yoshizawa, Miyavi

Votes: 8,761



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