Japanese love stories

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1. We Were There: First Love (2012)

123 min | Drama, Romance

It chronicles the love relationship between a boy called Motoharu Yano and a girl called Nanami Takahashi, starting from their teenage years and continuing during their early twenties.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Sôsuke Takaoka, Yuika Motokariya

Votes: 500

2. We Were There: True Love (2012)

121 min | Drama

Nanami and Yano were in-love. But because of unavoidable circumstances, they cannot commit to their plans and promises. They can decided whether they want to live life as it is, or find a way back to each other's arms.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Narumi Akizuki, Yumi Asô

Votes: 377

3. Be with You (2004)

119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Shidô Nakamura, Akashi Takei, Karen Miyama

Votes: 4,054

4. Boku wa imôto ni koi wo suru (2007)

122 min | Romance

It's a nice lovestory between sister and brother

Director: Hiroshi Ando | Stars: Jun Matsumoto, Nana Eikura, Yûta Hiraoka, Ayaka Komatsu

Votes: 474

5. 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: 2,002

6. 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: 941

7. 10 Promises to My Dog (2008)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage girl adopts a homeless puppy and names it "Socks". They take care of each others since then, until one day when she is thinking Socks to be smaller than she thought it used be...

Director: Katsuhide Motoki | Stars: Rena Tanaka, Ryo Kase, Mayuko Fukuda, Chizuru Ikewaki

Votes: 532

8. Cyborg Girl (2008)

115 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A lonely university student develops a romance with a beautiful interesting woman, who turns out to be a cyborg from the future.

Director: Jae-young Kwak | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide, Risa Ai, Nya Daigo

Votes: 3,344

9. 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: 10,392 | Gross: $0.01M

10. Snowy Love Fall in Spring (2005)

150 min | Drama, History, Romance

Early 20th century Japan. Kiyoaki Matsugae, a young aristocrat falls in love with a girl he grew up with; Satoko Ayakura, who is to be married to a prince of the royal family.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yûko Takeuchi, Sôsuke Takaoka, Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Votes: 297

11. Enoshima Prizm (2013)

90 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Shuta, Saku and Michiru have been best friends since they were kids. Tragedy strikes the friends when during the winter of 2010, Saku dies from a heart attack. After Saku's death, Shuta and... See full summary »

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshida | Stars: Sôta Fukushi, Shûhei Nomura, Tsubasa Honda, Mariko Akama

Votes: 155

12. Orange (2015)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A girl mysteriously receives advice from her future self and as a result her group of friends, along with a newly arrived, troubled classmate, learn how to be better friends and a better community.

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto | Stars: Tao Tsuchiya, Kento Yamazaki, Ryô Ryûsei, Hirona Yamazaki

Votes: 1,003

13. Little DJ: Chiisana koi no monogatari (2007)

128 min | Romance

Taro is a 12 year old boy who loves baseball and radio, where his favorite program is 'Music Express'. His illness keeps him in a hospital but one day he gets the opportunity to take over ... See full summary »

Director: Koto Nagata | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mayuko Fukuda, Yoshio Harada, Ryôko Hirosue

Votes: 140

14. Yellow Elephant (2013)

131 min | Drama

Movie adaptation of the Japanese novel "Kiroi Jou". A married couple Ayumu Muko (Mukai) and Aiko Tsumari (Miyazaki) live a peaceful life in a cozy old house in the countryside. Ayumu works ... See full summary »

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Osamu Mukai, Tatsuomi Hamada, Himeka Asami

Votes: 196

15. Miracle in Four Days (2005)

118 min | Romance

Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" wafts through a hospice recreation room. Sitting at the grand piano is a young girl, Chiori, with a prodigious ability to play any piece of ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Mitsuru Hirata, Renji Ishibashi, Yuriko Ishida, Asako Kobayashi

Votes: 25

16. L.DK (2014)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Aoi lives in an apartment by herself. Shusei moves in next to Aoi's apartment. Shusei is a very popular student. Due to a mistake, Aoi makes the sprinkler go off in his room. Until his room is fixed, he stays with Aoi.

Director: Taisuke Kawamura | Stars: Kento Yamazaki, Ayame Gôriki, Anna Ishibashi, Ren Kiriyama

Votes: 905

17. The Girl in the Sun (2013)

128 min | Drama, Romance

A salesman named Kosuke Okuda happens to meet Mao Watarai,a friend from his middle school days. Back then, Mao was bullied, but now she is an attractive woman. Kosuke and Mao fall in love and decide to marry, but Mao has a secret.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Tetsuji Tamayama, Masaki Suda, Jun Matsumoto, Mari Natsuki

Votes: 687

18. Strobe Edge (2015)

115 min | Drama, Romance

Ninako confesses her love to Ren. But get rejected because he is already have a girlfriend. They promise to stay as a friend. Some other guy confess their love to her but she rejects them. Is it because she still wants to be with Ren?

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Sôta Fukushi, Jingi Irie, Ena Koshino

Votes: 597

19. Heroine Disqualified (2015)

112 min | Comedy, Romance

Hatori is in love with her childhood friend Rita, but when Rita gets himself a girlfriend Hatoris world turns upside down.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Mirei Kiritani, Kento Yamazaki, Kentarô Sakaguchi, Towa Araki

Votes: 891

20. Say 'I Love You' (2014)

102 min | Drama, Romance

About one gloomy girl named Mei who injures the most popular male student named Yamato. Somehow, Yamato likes Mei and one day, Yamato saves Mei from a stalker by kissing her. From that kiss, their love story begins.

Director: Asako Hyuga | Stars: Haruna Kawaguchi, Sôta Fukushi, Nanami Abe, Rika Adachi

Votes: 864

21. The Liar and His Lover (2013)

117 min | Romance

A love story between a famous 25-year-old songwriter, who keeps his identity hidden from the public, and a 16-year-old high school student who possesses a gifted voice.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryô Yoshizawa, Masataka Kubota, Takashi Sorimachi

Votes: 863

22. Forget Me Not (2015)

Drama, Romance

This film tells the story of a high school student named Takashi (Murakami Nijiro) who falls in love at first sight with a girl along Azusa (Akari Hayami), and then they started dating. One... See full summary »

Director: Kei Horie | Stars: Nijirô Murakami, Akari Hayami, Chiharu, Mickey Curtis

Votes: 238

23. Solanin (2010)

126 min | Drama

Meiko and Taneda are a couple graduated from university two years ago. Unhappy with their lives, Meiko quits her job and encourages Taneda to have this band become professional. They ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Takao Handa, Arata Iura, Kenta Kiritani, Yoichi Kondo

Votes: 622

24. 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: 2,705

25. Midnight Sun (2006)

119 min | Drama, Music, Romance

Kaoru has a sickness that hindered her to go out when the sun is up. Despite this sickness, she fell in love with a boy named Koji. If she decides to pursue her love, it will mean risking her life.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Yui, Takashi Tsukamoto, Kuniko Asagi, Eri Fuse

Votes: 1,402

26. I Give My First Love to You (2009)

122 min | Drama, Romance

Takuma knows that his life is shorter that the others and he feels that his demise is getting near. He chose to stay away from the girl that he loves so that she can easily move on. What he didn't know is that he is under-estimating her.

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Mao Inoue, Masaki Okada, Natsuki Harada, Keiko Horiuchi

Votes: 1,968

27. Heavenly Forest (2006)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Heavenly Forest is About a Photographer name Makoto who travels to New York during Christmas to look for his best friend, Shizuru. The two first met when Makoto attended his University ... See full summary »

Director: Takehiko Shinjo | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Munetaka Aoki, Saori Ban

Votes: 2,688

28. Kiyoku yawaku (2013)

126 min | Comedy, Romance

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, Aoi Nakamura

Votes: 211

29. I Like (2005)

104 min | Drama, Romance

A high school student named Yu has a crush on one of her classmates, Yosuke. The boy spends most of his time sitting outside and playing his guitar, and Yu sits nearby and listens. One day,... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Ishikawa | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Hiromi Nagasaku, Eita

Votes: 956

30. Sugar & Spice (2006)

125 min | Drama, Romance

After graduating from high school, Shiro is clueless how to proceed with his education. For the moment, he takes a small job at a local gas station, to much displease of his parents. His ... See full summary »

Director: Isamu Nakae | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Erika Sawajiri, Mari Natsuki, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 256

31. Halfway (2009)

85 min | Drama, Romance

In this high school romance Hiro is dismayed to learn her new love Shu will be going away to college in Tokyo. She asks him not to go.

Director: Eriko Kitagawa | Stars: Kii Kitano, Masaki Okada, Junpei Mizobata, Riisa Naka

Votes: 354

32. April Bride (2009)

129 min | Drama

A young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer but keeps the information from her boyfriend. When he finds out, he decides to plan a wedding even though she only has one month to live.

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Nana Eikura, Eita, Akira Emoto, Ryûki Nishimoto

Votes: 201

33. Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2003)

116 min | Drama, Romance

Tsuneo is a university student working part-time in a mah-jong parlour. Lately the customers have been talking about an old lady who pushes a baby carriage through the streets. They say she... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Chizuru Ikewaki, Juri Ueno, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 1,290

34. 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: 3,267

35. My Pretend Girlfriend (2014)

Drama, Romance

Miyazaki asks Noboru and Momose to pretend they are dating to stop bad rumor about him. Both begin to act like a couple in front of others and soon he begins to develop feelings for Momose, who is still in love with Miyazaki.

Director: Saiji Yakumo | Stars: Akari Hayami, Anna Ishibashi, Asuka Kudô, Osamu Mukai

Votes: 257



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