Japanese Films

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1. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 40,866 | Gross: $3.31M

2. Beyond Outrage (2012)

R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Takeshi Kitano, Ryô Kase

Votes: 5,166

3. The Outrage (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,274

4. The Blood of Wolves (2018)

126 min | Crime, Drama

Hiroshima Police detective Ogami Shogo and his partner Hioka Shuichi are investigating the disappearance of a company's employees amidst an escalating yakuza turf war in 1988. Blood, ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Junko Abe, Yôsuke Eguchi, Gorô Ibuki

Votes: 402

5. Every Day a Good Day (2018)

100 min | Drama

Noriko is a university student. By her mother's recommendation, Noriko begins attending a Japanese tea ceremony near her house with her cousin Michiko. There, Noriko learns from Teacher ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Haru Kuroki, Mikako Tabe, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Harada

Votes: 318

6. 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: 22,159 | Gross: $1.96M

7. Himizu (2011)

129 min | Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 3,111

8. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki

Votes: 5,156

9. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 148,520 | Gross: $5.02M

10. Rashomon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

98 Metascore

The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 139,623 | Gross: $0.10M

11. 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: 123

12. Birds Without Names (2017)

123 min | Drama, Mystery

Tawako's boyfriend is not her kind, but she puts up with it in exchange for shelter. Her old boyfriend of almost a decade ago is long gone, and was also not nice, but like most girls she ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Sadao Abe, Masaaki Akahori, Mukku Akazawa, Yû Aoi

Votes: 466

13. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 4,423

14. Dear Etranger (2017)

127 min | Drama

A 40-year old man sees his life change when his wife gets pregnant. He already has a daughter from his first marriage whom he rarely sees and two step-daughters, from his wife's first ... See full summary »

Director: Yukiko Mishima | Stars: Rena Tanaka, Tadanobu Asano, Miu Arai, Narushi Ikeda

Votes: 264

15. Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High (2017)

118 min | Drama

Teiichi dreams of one day being the ruler of his own empire, but to get there he needs to make sure that his candidate for class president at his elite high school wins the election. This ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai | Stars: Masaki Suda, Yûdai Chiba, Charles Glover, Riku Hagiwara

Votes: 373

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

108 min | Drama

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: 428

17. Our Meal for Tomorrow (2017)

109 min | Drama, Romance

Ryota and Koharu are high school students. Ryota is indifferent to people and says very little. Koharu is not afraid of to speak her mind and she has a bright personality. Since a game of ... See full summary »

Director: Masahide Ichii | Stars: Yûko Araki, Hairi Katagiri, Chieko Matsubara, Karen Miyama

Votes: 202

18. A Distant Cry from Spring (1980)

95 min | Drama

A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 400

19. Station (1981)

132 min | Drama

Constantly put to the test and faced with tragedy wherever he turns, can a man finally find solace and a modicum of love or rest with what is left of his hometown, his family, love or himself?

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Ayumi Ishida, Setsuko Karasuma

Votes: 144

20. The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Kaori Momoi, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 698

21. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 247,236 | Gross: $1.11M

22. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

83 Metascore

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: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 102,714

23. A Class to Remember (1993)

128 min | Drama

At a night school a diverse group of students ranging from teenagers to the elderly, smart to the under-developed and of different races have been assembled to study and finally hopefully ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Eiko Shinya, Keiko Takeshita, Nae

Votes: 170

24. Love Letter (1995)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Katsuyuki Shinohara

Votes: 6,439

25. Whisper of the Heart (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

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: 42,067

26. Kids Return (1996)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up with them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya

Votes: 5,069

27. Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)

148 min | Crime, Drama

The struggles of a group of immigrant outcasts living in an alternative-future, xenophobic Japanese metropolis.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Chara, Ayumi Itô, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 3,136

28. April Story (1998)

67 min | Drama, Romance

In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe, Kaori Fujii, Rumi

Votes: 2,515

29. Bayside Shakedown (1998)

119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Yûji Oda, Toshirô Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 678

30. 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: 6,743 | Gross: $0.05M

31. Hush! (2001)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

62 Metascore

Basics: 2 guys who are gay, one female who is lonely for someone to love. The woman approaches 1 of the guys and wants him to seed her would be child. Gay guy 1 moves through the movie with... See full synopsis »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Yôko Akino

Votes: 600 | Gross: $0.02M

32. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 577,223 | Gross: $10.06M

33. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,357

34. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 7,406 | Gross: $0.02M

35. 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: 2,449

36. Siblings of the Cape (2018)

90 min | Drama

Two brothers, old brother Yoshio who had a bad one leg, and sister Mariko who had intellectual disability lived in one port town. One day, Mariko was gone from home. A while later, She was ... See full summary »

Director: Shinzo Katayama | Stars: Kenji Iwatani, Yuki Kazamatsuri, Masayasu Kitayama, Yûya Matsuura

Votes: 47

37. Asako I & II (2018)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Romance

68 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: 1,281 | Gross: $0.02M

38. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

96 min | Comedy, Horror

85 Metascore

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda | Stars: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya

Votes: 8,979

39. 50 First Kisses (2017)

114 min | Comedy

Meeting the woman of your dreams in Hawaii is a blessing until you discover she has short-term memory loss and forgets everything the very next day.

Director: Yûichi Fukuda | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Masami Nagasawa, Tsuyoshi Muro, Jirô Satô

Votes: 255

40. Itoshi no Irene (2018)

137 min | Romance

The film centers on Iwao Shishido, who at age forty suddenly leaves his rural village, but returns with a foreign bride during his father's funeral.

Director: Keisuke Yoshida | Stars: Seiji Fukushi, Yûsuke Iseya, Aoba Kawai, Hana Kino

Votes: 38



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