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2. Golgo 13 (1973)

104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Golgo 13 is assigned to murder a man named Boss Goa.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Mohsen Sohrabi, Jaleh Sam, Pouri Baneai

Votes: 164

3. Hell (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yôichi Numata, Hiroshi Hayashi

Votes: 2,993

4. Love & Pop (1998)

110 min | Drama

A high school girl engages in compensated dating in order to buy an expensive ring before the day ends.

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida

Votes: 900

5. Cutie Honey: Live Action (2004)

94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventure of Cutie Honey, a super heroine who can transform into anything using her necklace to switch on and say "Honey Flash!".

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Eriko Satô, Mikako Ichikawa, Jun Murakami, Mitsuhiro Oikawa

Votes: 1,432

6. That's It (2015)

110 min | Drama

Daikoku and Ami want to escape their wayward lives. When they are thrown together they set out to kill a yakuza boss and also blackmail the thugs using stolen information to find Daikoku's ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Gô Ayano, Yohei Matsukado, Erina Mizuno, Jun Murakami

Votes: 88

7. Crazy Thunder Road (1980)

95 min | Action

When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels betrayed. Especially the reputedly... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike, Kôji Nanjô, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 264

8. Punk Samurai Slash Down (2018)

130 min | Action, Drama

In search of employment and a permanent position and having committed murder the ronin Kake Junoshin tells the Kurokaze ('black wave') Han clan that a religious cult is aiming for their ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Gô Ayano, Keiko Kitagawa, Shôta Sometani, Masahiro Higashide

Votes: 64

9. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)

55 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A violent, guitar-playing, electrically charged boxer faces off against an electronic wizard half-merged with a metallic Buddha.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Tadanobu Asano, Masakatsu Funaki, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 2,018

10. Ley Lines (1999)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A group of Chinese youths living in Japan struggle to make their way in life and eventually find trouble with the local crime syndicate.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Tomorô Taguchi, Dan Li, Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 1,262

12. Kyô kara Ore wa!! (2018)

Action, Comedy, Drama

Two high school students, Mitsuhashi Takashi and Ito Shinji, set out to become the strongest delinquents in Japan.

Stars: Kento Kaku, Kentarô Itô, Nana Seino, Kanna Hashimoto

Votes: 109

13. I Am a Hero (2015)

TV-MA | 126 min | Action, Horror

One day, after returning from work late in the evening, Hideo witnesses a traffic accident in which a car crashes into a nearby pedestrian, killing the victim instantly. However, despite ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, Yô Ôizumi, Miho Suzuki

Votes: 4,551

14. Inuyashiki (2018)

127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with alien technology and limitless powers.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Noritake Kinashi, Takeru Satoh, Kanata Hongô, Fumi Nikaidô

Votes: 1,167

15. Deadman Inferno (2015)

108 min | Action, Horror

A member of the yakuza exits prison determined to make good with the one friend he has and he's immediately challenged by an unnatural disaster on a nearby island. The friend's daughter was... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Shinagawa | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Han'nya, Kunihiro Kawashima, Shunsuke Kazama

Votes: 123

16. 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: 2,901

17. Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005)

124 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Yaji and Kita are two men who live in Edo. They are deeply in love. Yaji is married to a woman, while Kita is an actor addicted to various drugs.

Director: Kankurô Kudô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Sadao Abe, Aja

Votes: 375

18. 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: 2,440

19. Hanako of the Toilet (1998)

95 min | Horror

When a young girl discovers that her new middle school is the same one her sister mysteriously disappeared from eleven years before. She and her new friends join forces to fight the evil force that threatens them all.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Hiroiki Ariyoshi, Eri Fuse, Maya Hamaoka, Satomi Ishii

Votes: 89

20. Siren (2006)

87 min | Horror, Thriller

A writer moves to a remote island with his daughter and young son. After settling into their new home, a neighbor arrives to welcome them and give them a breakdown of the local rules; most important: do not go outside when the island's siren starts wailing.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Yui Ichikawa, Leo Morimoto, Naoki Tanaka, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 705

21. The Sword of Alexander (2007)

110 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

Brace yourself for a hilarious action-filled ride with The Sword of Alexander! Based on a serial story by Yumemakura Baku, The Sword of Alexander (a.k.a. Taitei no Ken) is a rollicking ... See full synopsis »

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Hasegawa, Kankurô Kudô, Meisa Kuroki

Votes: 225

22. Yamegoku: Yakuza yamete itadakimasu (2015– )

54 min | Comedy

Bakushu is an adviser in the "Clean Break Helpline" - a special unit in the Organized Crime Department at Tokyo Metropolitan Police which helps those who want to make a clean break from a ... See full summary »

Stars: Yuko Oshima, Kazuki Kitamura, Ryô Katsuji, Tsubasa Honda

Votes: 6

23. 12 Suicidal Teens (2019)

117 min | Mystery, Thriller

Twelve kids go into an abandoned hospital to give up on life. In the room where they meet, a boy is already lying dead, and no one knows who he is.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu, Takumi Kitamura, Mahiro Takasugi

Votes: 237

24. Sakigake!! Otokojuku (2008)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Comedy

Otokojuku 1st-year student leader, carrying a grudge on this school, now leads the evil army of Kanto Gogakuren school, is ready for a pay back. He conspires to take over Otokojuku and sets... See full summary »

Director: Tak Sakaguchi | Stars: Gô Ayano, Kaoru Hirata, Mayumi Kikuchi, Tomoko Nakajima

Votes: 218

25. Men's Egg Drummers (2011)

99 min | Drama

Yuki Furukawa (Keita) is suddenly the overseer of a Shinto shrine. The young man is suddenly in charge when his father unexpectedly falls ill and cannot organize the annual moon festival. ... See full summary »

Director: Yudai Yamaguchi | Stars: Yûki Furukawa, Chikako Hara, Teruko Hôrai, Mari Iriki

Votes: 5

26. Clover (2012– )

Drama

Hayato, Tomoki, and Kenji were childhood friends. However, Hayato moved away when they were little but now came back as a high school freshman. Hayato is not good at fighting and often gets... See full summary »

Stars: Kento Kaku, Takahiro Miura, Suzunosuke, Shô Aoyagi

Votes: 8

27. Snake of Violence (2013)

110 min | Action, Drama

In Osaka, three troubled young kids, Kanako, Atsushi and Kenji, are hanging out together all the time. One day Kenji who lives in an orphanage is sold to a yakuza and their friendship has ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiro Ishihara | Stars: Maya Fukuzawa, Rikiya Kaidô, Takashi Nishina, Tak Sakaguchi

Votes: 7

28. 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: 14,680

29. 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: 27,193

30. Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action

Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, ... See full summary »

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Aya Ueto, Yûma Ishigaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shun Oguri

Votes: 5,150

31. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Three ancient guardian beasts awaken to protect Japan against Godzilla.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Chiharu Niiyama, Ryûdô Uzaki, Masahiro Kobayashi, Shirô Sano

Votes: 4,692

32. Crossfire (2000)

115 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A woman with the power to start fires with her mind searches for revenge for the murder of her friend by men above the law.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Akiko Yada, Hideaki Itô, Ryûji Harada, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 453

33. Waruboro (2007)

109 min | Comedy

Ko-chan used to be an ordinary student, but a fight with another student changed all of that. He fights now, is in brawls, finds trouble and makes trouble and is a de facto gang member. He ... See full summary »

Director: Yasushi Sumida | Stars: Ryôhei Abe, Yui Aragaki, Seiji Fukushi, Katsutaka Furuhata

Votes: 61

34. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A hibernating species of giant carnivorous birds is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,501

35. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Sci-Fi

In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,094

36. Haunted School 3 (1997)

96 min | Horror

Third installment of the "Gakko No Kaidan" series follows the trek of several elementary school students as they wander into an alternate world that exists on the opposite side of a school ... See full summary »

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Naomi Nishida, Takuma Yoshizawa, Aki Maeda, Takeru Higa

Votes: 52

37. Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Miki Mizuno, Tamotsu Ishibashi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 1,886

38. Judge (2013)

76 min | Mystery, Thriller

Seven people who committed the seven deadly sins : lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are locked up in a sealed space by someone. These seven people must play a game which is a matter of life or death.

Director: Yo Kohatsu | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Jirô Satô, Kôji Seto, Sabrina Sayin

Votes: 92



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