21世紀の日本のカルトムービー:Japanese Cult Movies in the 21st. Century

by hilaryswank2011 | created - 15 Jul 2015 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

I listed true and real Japanese cult movies, TV shows and videos since 2001. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! It ranged from mainstream, independent, DIY and film schools.

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1. The Rakugo Movie (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

The Rakugo Movie (2012) is a genre film featuring Japan's traditional art, 'rakugo' as its theme. It is a modern adaptation of three rakugo tales presented by big film star Takayuki Yamada .

Directors: Mikihiro Endô, Issey Matsui, Yûichirô Sakashita | Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Syunputei Ichinosuke, Sanshirô Katsura, Takako Katô

Votes: 697

2. The Devil's Path (2013)

128 min | Thriller

Journalist Shuichi Fujii receives a letter from convicted killer Junji Sudo. Writing from death row, Sudo wants to confess to crimes unknown to the police. On visiting Sudo in prison, Fujii... See full summary »

Director: Kazuya Shiraishi | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Pierre Taki, Lily Franky, Chizuru Ikewaki

Votes: 922

3. Death Forest (2014)

65 min | Horror

So these people were in the forest and they needed to get back to there house but they took a wrong turn to the forest only to find them selfs with this old woman that's alone and knows this spirit that will haunt them and kill them

Director: Masataka Ichimi | Stars: Kazunori Heike, Daijiro Kawaoka, Kôichi Kida, Momoko Midorikawa

Votes: 483

5. Like Someone in Love (2012)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

76 Metascore

In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, Ryo Kase, Denden

Votes: 9,298 | Gross: $0.22M

7. The Tiger Mask (2013)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Trained to be a villain by the mysterious Tiger's Cave, Naoto Date was prepared to make his debut as the villain Tiger Mask. But when he donates all of his earnings to an orphanage, Tiger's Cave brands him a traitor.

Director: Ken Ochiai | Stars: Eiji Wentz, Natsuna, Shô Aikawa, Aya Hirano

Votes: 567

8. The Ode to Joy (2006)

130 min | Drama, History, Music

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: 705

9. The Grudge (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jason Behr, Clea DuVall, William Mapother

Votes: 132,497 | Gross: $110.36M

10. Lost in Translation (2003)

R | 102 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A faded movie star and a neglected young woman form an unlikely bond after crossing paths in Tokyo.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris

Votes: 378,649 | Gross: $44.59M

11. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

69 Metascore

After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen

Votes: 923,008 | Gross: $70.10M

12. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

R | 137 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

83 Metascore

The Bride continues her quest of vengeance against her former boss and lover Bill, the reclusive bouncer Budd, and the treacherous, one-eyed Elle.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah

Votes: 629,167 | Gross: $66.21M

13. 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope (2009)

139 min | Drama, Fantasy

Childhood friends continue their battle against a dangerous cult.

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

Votes: 1,674

14. Moxina (2012)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Adventure, Fantasy

In the winter of 2008, two climbers encountered the Taiwanese legendary monster ' Moxina (2012) '(a.k.a. Mô-sîn-á) at the evil mountain 'Wuzhishan'. Ryota Nakanishi presents sixteen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Ryota Nakanishi | Stars: Mario Bava, Pengquang Chen, Shunji Chen, Sean S. Cunningham

Votes: 722

15. Obugyosama! Part 1 (2015 TV Movie)

Comedy, Drama

A crafty mysterious gentleman Ken Matsudaira comes to a riverside park and office where three pretty girls have their problems on male-and-female relationships and decides to instruct them on their problems to free them.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kozue Akimoto, Katsumata Ani, Ken Matsudaira, Ayaka Morita

Votes: 687

16. Obugyosama! Part 2 (2015 TV Movie)

Biography, Comedy

A crafty and mysterious gentleman Ken Matsudaira comes to an office where two pretty girls Mayumi and Akiko have their problems on male-and-female relationships and decides to instruct them against their questions to free them.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kozue Akimoto, Katsumata Ani, Ken Matsudaira, Kotomi Onaka

Votes: 667

17. Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)

125 min | Action, Comedy

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015) is about the story of Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen who love derby race want to do the last battle with Yakuza guys.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Ben Hiura, Kôjun Itô, Masanobu Katsumura

Votes: 1,620

18. Blue Spring Ride (2014– )

122 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Ko Tanaka in middle school. However, its not work because he transferred but in high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets him again.

Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Ai Kayano, Masahiro Higashide, Mikako Komatsu

Votes: 2,562

20. Z: The last summer on earth (2015)

23 min | Short, Action, Drama

When world begin to collapse with zombie-calipse, 28 years old guy-Kenji remembered a childish promise. He and his two friends promised when they were children. They will be gathering at ... See full summary »

Director: Naoyoshi Kawamatsu | Stars: Wakato Kanematsu, Juda Lead Vocal From Ryuuketsu Blizzard, Hiroaki Morooka

Votes: 356

21. Uzumasa Limelight (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Drama

The film centers an aged movie extra who specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight as an underlying theme, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Ochiai | Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Chihiro Yamamoto, Masashi Gôda, Hirotarô Honda

Votes: 819

23. Yûbae Shôjo (2008)

100 min | Drama

In the omnibus of films, there is a man who goes to the beach because of one drawing. It depicts the beach during the sunset and a pretty girl. When he visits the beach he actually sees the... See full summary »

Directors: Shinju Funabiki, Natsuki Seta, Saki Yamada, Yûichirô Yoshida | Stars: Aya Enjôji, Haru, Yuka Hôshaku, Reiko Igarashi

Votes: 491

25. A Lush Life (2009)

122 min | Drama

In an omnibus film that is adopted from a novel, four individuals' lives come into focus. One is thief. One is a boy who believes in god. Yet another is a a woman councilor who not only is ... See full summary »

Directors: Tetsuya Mariko, Mai Nishio, Tadashi Nohara, Tomoko Tôyama | Stars: Masato Sakai, Shinobu Terajima, Tasuku Emoto, Itsuji Itao

Votes: 514

26. Kamifûsen (2011)

117 min | Drama

In an omnibus of four stories of which one is also called Kamifusen ('paper balloon') childhood friends grow up together and the girl's feelings change, in the second a high school teacher ... See full summary »

Directors: Shôichi Akino, Satoru Hirohara, Kôhei Sanada, Ryô Yoshikawa | Stars: Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Takafumi Imai, Hôshi Ishida, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 509

27. Passion (I) (2008)

115 min | Drama

A young couple announces their wedding at a party with friends. The reactions of the latter reveal hitherto unexpressed sentimental flaws within the group. The following days, the tension rises to the surface.

Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Stars: Aoba Kawai, Nao Okabe, Ryuta Okamoto, Kiyohiko Shibukawa

Votes: 580

29. Tokyo Rendezvous (2008)

104 min | Drama

When a man's father dies the son is confronted with a lot of debt. The son's grandfather has land though, which could be sold and the proceeds used to pay off the debt, but the property is ... See full summary »

Director: Chihiro Ikeda | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryo Kase, Azusa Takehana, Sansei Shiomi

Votes: 518

30. My First Love (2013)

82 min | Drama

A sensitive account of adolescent love, wherein a young man falls in love with a beautiful but older woman living next door, thereby plunging into a whirlwind of changing emotions that are ... See full summary »

Director: Keiko Tsuruoka | Stars: Ikuya Motoki, Rino Oikawa, Akemi Takeda, Rio Tomita

Votes: 530

31. Little Kyota Neon Hood (2012)

20 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A Japanese boy with neon protective hood finds comfort from daily life in a post disaster country - by befriending a foreigner who returns to the town he once fled.

Director: Satsuki Okawa | Stars: Andy Dow, Misa Shimizu, Kaede Tsuchiya

Votes: 462

34. SR: Saitama no rappâ - Rôdosaido no toubousha (2012)

70 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The upcoming Japanese director Yu Irie gained acclaim in Japanese cinema with his realistic portrayal of frustrated youths, which gained popularity among young audience. 'Roadside Fugitive,... See full summary »

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Akihiro Kitamura, Erika Nagamine, Mihiro, Jun Miho

Votes: 502

35. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri, Kaoru Kobayashi

Votes: 1,934

36. Library Wars (2013)

128 min | Drama

Set in the year 2019 in Japan. In order to crack down on free expression, a new law is passed, which allows for the government to create an armed force to find and destroy objectionable ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Sôta Fukushi, Kazuma Suzuki, Kei Tanaka

Votes: 886

38. Toilet (2010)

109 min | Drama

Ray is a 30 something engineer obsessed with Gundam toys. He has a motto not to become close to anyone. During his mother's funeral he showed no emotions. His life is further turned upside ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Masako Motai, Alex House, Tatiana Maslany, David Rendall

Votes: 712

39. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 45,242 | Gross: $0.85M

40. The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

33 Metascore

Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Sarah Michelle Gellar

Votes: 44,781 | Gross: $39.14M

41. Ushikoku ni mairu (2015)

98 min | Action, Drama, Horror

One cold midnight, Kenji was riding on a bicycle on trail in the woods...running away from his own life. When he saw a lady casting "Ushikoku" spell in the woods, a sleepless night begins. ... See full summary »

Director: Naoyoshi Kawamatsu | Stars: Kana Araki, Megumi Fujiki, Shinta Fujiwara, Haruka

Votes: 390

42. Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl (2009)

TV-MA | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Transfer student Monami has a secret and a past that has caught up with Mizushima. Deceiving Mizushima into eating a token gift of chocolate, laced with her blood, he is then catapulted ... See full summary »

Directors: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoyuki Tomomatsu | Stars: Yukie Kawamura, Takumi Saitoh, Eri Otoguro, Sayaka Kametani

Votes: 3,428

43. Shinjuku Swan (2015)

139 min | Comedy

Set in Kabukicho, an entertainment and red-light district in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The main character Tatsuhiko doesn't have money or a job. One day, he meets a scout who recruits girls ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Erina Mano

Votes: 940

44. Ninja the Monster (2015)

81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The time is midst of the samurai era when Ninja were considered a threat and outlawed by the government. They were thought to be extinct where peace was maintained by the Shogunate except ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Ochiai | Stars: Dean Fujioka, Aoi Morikawa, Sôkô Wada

Votes: 447

46. Yellow Kid (2009)

111 min | Drama

Tamura is a struggling amateur boxer, who was raised by his grandmother, who now suffers from dementia. One day he meets Hattori, who has based the head character of his manga 'Yellow Kid' on Tamura.

Director: Tetsuya Mariko | Stars: Kaname Endô, Ryo Iwase, Marie Machida, Kazuki Namioka

Votes: 467