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1. 69 (2004)

114 min | Drama

A group of rebellious teenagers cause mischief and disorder in a 1969 Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan as a result of tensions from their school and a US military base.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masanobu Andô, Yûta Kanai, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 422

2. 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: 2,227

藁の楯 Straw Shield

3. A Story of Yonosuke (2013)

160 min | Drama

Were people's lives changed by having known Yonosuke?

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Ayumi Itô, Kimiko Yo, Sôsuke Ikematsu

Votes: 1,282

横道世之介 A Story of Yonosuke

4. Hana (2006)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 1,349

花よりもなほ More than Flowers

5. Snakes and Earrings (2008)

123 min | Thriller

19 year old Rui finds life deeply disappointing until she falls in love with Ama in Shibuya, Tokyo. She was attracted by his piercings so decided to have her tongue pierced too. Pain is the... See full summary »

Director: Yukio Ninagawa | Stars: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Kengo Kôra, Arata Iura, Yû Abiru

Votes: 537

蛇にピアス Snakes and Earings

6. Patriotism (1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Short

A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

Directors: Masaki Dômoto, Yukio Mishima | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka

Votes: 1,397

憂國 Patriotism

7. Tada's Do-It-All House (2011)

123 min | Drama

In the fictional Tokyo suburb of Mahoro, Tada Keisuke works as a "benriya" - a general problem solver for hire. One day in January, former classmate Gyoten Haruhiko appears unannounced. ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Eita, Ryûhei Matsuda, Tasuku Emoto, Manami Honjô

Votes: 274

まほろ駅前多田便利軒

8. For Love's Sake (2012)

133 min | Musical, Romance

Troubled high school student Makoto arrives in Tokyo to exact revenge from a past incident. He then falls in love at first sight with Ai, a daughter raised in a wholesome family. Around ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Emi Takei, Takumi Saitoh, Ito Ono

Votes: 659

愛と誠 For Love's Sake

9. Bunny Drop (2011)

114 min | Comedy

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: 1,234

うさぎドロップ Bunny Drop

10. Train Man (2005)

101 min | Comedy, Romance

60 Metascore

The supposedly true story of a 23-year-old otaku (Japanese geek) who intervenes when a drunk man is harassing several women on a train. The otaku ultimately begins dating one of the women, ... See full summary »

Director: Shôsuke Murakami | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Miki Nakatani, Ryôko Kuninaka, Eita

Votes: 2,132

電車男 Train Man

11. Smuggler (2011)

TV-MA | 114 min | Drama

This live-action film adaptation of Shohei Manabe's Smuggler manga is not to be missed! Ryosuke Kinuta is a failed actor with big time debts. His loan shark scores him a gig smuggling dead ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masatoshi Nagase, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 464

スマグラー おまえの未来を運べ Smuggler

12. The Kirishima Thing (2012)

103 min | Drama

A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club and how this disappearance of his affect every person in his school.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Suzuka Ohgo, Masahiro Higashide

Votes: 1,701

桐島、部活やめるってよ The Kirishima Thing

13. Lesson of the Evil (2012)

Unrated | 129 min | Horror, Thriller

A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takehiro Hira, Takayuki Yamada, Mayu Matsuoka, Fumi Nikaidô

Votes: 4,939

悪の教典 Lessons of the Evil

14. 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: 13,466

怪談 Ghost Stories

15. From Me to You (2010)

128 min | 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: 2,008

君に届け 好想告诉你

16. The Brain Man (2013)

123 min | Crime, Mystery

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

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

Votes: 868

脳男 Brian Man

17. Love and Honour (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Romance

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Rei Dan, Mitsugorô Bandô, Takashi Sasano

Votes: 3,053 | Gross: $0.02M

武士の一分 Love and Honor

18. Rampo Noir (2005)

134 min | Fantasy, Horror

This four-part anthology takes its cue from the short fiction of legendary horror writer Edogawa Rampo.

Directors: Akio Jissôji, Atsushi Kaneko, Hisayasu Satô, Suguru Takeuchi | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Yûko Daike, Chisako Hara, Masami Horiuchi

Votes: 998

乱歩地獄 Rampo Nior

19. Kids (2008)

109 min | Drama, Fantasy

Asato (Koike Teppei) is a young man who returns to a slummy neighbourhood (referred to as 'The Street') to be near his Mum who is in prison. He is like the Empath in Star Trek, able to ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsuya Hagishima | Stars: Teppei Koike, Hiroshi Tamaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Yuki Saitô

Votes: 208

20. 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: 437

ディア・ドクター Dear Doctor

21. Ten Nights of Dreams (2006)

Not Rated | 100 min | Fantasy

Based on renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki's same-titled short story collection, Ten Nights of Dreams brings ten fantastical dream sequences to film with great visual and ... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshitaka Amano, Kon Ichikawa, Akio Jissôji, Masaaki Kawahara, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Atsushi Shimizu, Takashi Shimizu, Keisuke Toyoshima, Yudai Yamaguchi, Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Suzuki Matsuo, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Umenosuke Nakamura

Votes: 366

ユメ十夜 Ten Nights of Dream

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: 2,452

23. Oh-Oku: The Women of the Inner Palace (2006)

History

Nothings more tragically mesmerizing than scandal behind castle walls amongst power-hungry, back-stabbing, sex-starved wives and concubines.

Ooku also known as Oh-Oku: The Women of the Inner... See full synopsis »

Director: Tôru Hayashi | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Asano, Yumi Asô

Votes: 168

大奥 Ooku The Movie

24. Tokyo Boy (2008)

95 min | Mystery, Romance

Minato is a young girl who was traumatized at a young age by being abandoned by her parents and left with her senile grandmother. She frequently corresponds with a pen-pal named Night, a ... See full summary »

Director: Shun'ichi Hirano | Stars: Maki Horikita, Takuya Ishida, Reiko Kusamura, Mitsuru Hirata

Votes: 210

東京少年 Tokyo Boy

25. Waiting in the Dark (2006)

130 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A precarious loner sneaks into a blind woman's home and begins living there without her noticing. Meanwhile, the woman mourns her recently deceased father and struggles to remain connected to the world.

Director: Daisuke Tengan | Stars: Rena Tanaka, Bo-lin Chen, Haruka Igawa, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 281

暗いところで待ち合わせ Waiting in the Dark

26. Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Kaneshiro plays a Grim Reaper who appears to his victims in human form and spends a week with them before deciding whether to off them or not.

Director: Masaya Kakehi | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Manami Konishi, Sumiko Fuji, Yuki Enomoto

Votes: 1,058

Sweet Rain 死神の精度

27. Survive Style 5+ (2004)

120 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Five bizarre stories with no apparent connection to one and other eventually become intertwined, resulting in surreal circumstances.

Director: Gen Sekiguchi | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Reika Hashimoto, Kyôko Koizumi, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 8,886

28. 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: 102,549 | Gross: $3.52M

29. 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: 6,756 | Gross: $0.05M

御法度

30. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 59,057 | Gross: $0.80M

十三人の刺客 Thirteen Assassins

31. The Lady Shogun and Her Men (2010)

116 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

In the year 1716 a mysterious epidemic strickens the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, more and more families ... See full synopsis »

Director: Fuminori Kaneko | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hiroshi Tamaki, Maki Horikita

Votes: 304

大奥 The Lady Shogun and Her Men

32. Picnic (1996)

68 min | Drama, Fantasy

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Koichi Hashizume, Naomasa Musaka

Votes: 1,446

梦旅人 Picnic

33. Sakuran (2006)

111 min | Drama, History

A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

Director: Mika Ninagawa | Stars: Anna Tsuchiya, Kippei Shîna, Yoshino Kimura, Hiroki Narimiya

Votes: 1,604

さくらん

34. 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: 3,142

スワロウテイル Swallowtail Butterfly

35. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy

A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Masanobu Andô, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Kiyohiko Shibukawa

Votes: 1,845

46億年の恋 Big Bang Love, Juvenile A

36. 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: 2,526

四月物語 April Story

37. 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: 7,419 | Gross: $0.02M

リリイ·シュシュのすべて All about Lily Chou-chou

38. Memories of Matsuko (2006)

130 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Eita, Yûsuke Iseya, Mikako Ichikawa

Votes: 5,786

嫌われ松子の一生 Memories of Matsuko

39. Confessions (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 32,978

告白 Confessions

40. 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: 10,415 | Gross: $0.01M

ノルウェイの森 Norwegian Wood

41. 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: 11,294

アウトレイジ Outrage

42. Nana (II) (2005)

113 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 3,273

43. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 16,843

愛のコリーダ In the Realm of the Senses

44. Dogwood Tree (2010)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yui Aragaki, Tôma Ikuta, Nichola Grant, Manatsu Hayashi

Votes: 944

ハナミズキ 花水木

45. A Pierrot (2009)

118 min | Drama

A haunting mystery about a Japanese family where a current series of crime paves the way to unraveling an unexpected family truth.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ryô Kase, Masaki Okada, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yuriko Yoshitaka

Votes: 336

重力ピエロ A Pierrot

46. School Days with a Pig (2008)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9