With Asahi Shimbun (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Fullmetal Alchemist (2017)

TV-14 | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.3
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48 Metascore

Two alchemist brothers go on a quest for the Philosopher's Stone after an attempt to revive their dead mother goes horribly wrong.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Ryôsuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 17,647

2. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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: 58,615 | Gross: $0.80M

3. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 45,366 | Gross: $1.50M

4. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.4
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76 Metascore

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 6,737 | Gross: $0.06M

5. Sweet Bean (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.3
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60 Metascore

Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 7,369 | Gross: $0.12M

6. Creepy (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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76 Metascore

Takakura is a former detective. He receives a request from his ex-colleague, Nogami, to examine a missing family case that occurred 6 years earlier. Takakura follows Saki's memory. She is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, Toru Baba, Ryôko Fujino

Votes: 3,437

7. Café Lumière (2003)

108 min | Drama

6.9
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80 Metascore

The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that's frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara, Kimiko Yo

Votes: 2,644

8. Yamato (2005)

145 min | Drama, History, War

6.5
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The movie follows 3 Japanese friends from embarking on Yamato, the world's largest battleship, until it's sunk 3 1/2 years later on April 7, 1945 on it's way to Okinawa to stop American advance at the end of WWII.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Shidô Nakamura, Yû Aoi, Takahiro Fujimoto

Votes: 1,886

9. Harmonium (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

6.9
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84 Metascore

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa

Votes: 1,665 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 3,240

11. Kenji Miyazawa's Night on the Galactic Railroad (1985)

Unrated | 113 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Two kittens go on a metaphysical journey on a magical railroad train.

Directors: Gisaburô Sugii, Arlen Tarlofsky | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Chika Sakamoto, Junko Hori, Ayumi Ishijo

Votes: 1,393

12. The Fighter Pilot (2013)

144 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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A young woman and her brother explore the history of their grandfather, who died in the WW2. They start contacting the m'en who flew with him, asking them about who he was.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Haruma Miura, Mao Inoue, Gaku Hamada

Votes: 1,974

13. Flying Colors (2015)

117 min | Drama

7.4
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Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Nanami Abe, Morio Agata, Atsushi Itô

Votes: 2,132

14. The Great War of Archimedes (2019)

Action, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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In 1933, a young naval officer and math prodigy uncovers a conspiracy regarding the construction of Japanese warships for the ongoing World War 2.

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Minami Hamabe, Masaki Suda, Min Tanaka

Votes: 30

15. Dororo (2007)

139 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai's quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Kiichi Nakai, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 2,584

16. Whistleblower (2019)

Drama

7.2
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Yasumi Tamio is a senior manager at the company, but has seen his career stall. There are others around him who also deserve promotions and recognition. They are hard and committed workers.... See full summary »

Director: Katsuo Fukuzawa | Stars: Aki Asakura, Shingo Fujimori, Isao Hashizume, Takeshi Kaga

Votes: 71

17. Erased (2016)

120 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.5
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Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back... See full summary »

Director: Yûichirô Hirakawa | Stars: Tamae Andô, Kasumi Arimura, Yasushi Fuchikami, Kôta Fudauchi

Votes: 647

18. Wood Job! (2014)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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After failing to get into university, a soft city boy randomly picks a job in forestry.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Nana Seino

Votes: 1,973

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

108 min | Drama

6.6
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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

20. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

7.2
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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

21. Golden Slumber (2010)

139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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Aoyagi meets an old friend and ends up framed for the murder of the prime minister.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Nao Ohmori, Teruyuki Kagawa, Shihori Kanjiya

Votes: 929

22. Bunny Drop (2011)

114 min | Comedy

7.3
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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: 1,225

23. Oshin (2013)

110 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.3
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A young girl named Oshin is sent to work for another family because of her family's financial situation.

Director: Shin Togashi | Stars: Kokone Hamada, Aya Ueto, Kayoko Kishimoto, Manami Igashira

Votes: 613

24. Tatara Samurai (2016)

135 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.2
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In 16th century Japan, a young man has to choose between becoming a master steel maker like his father and grandfather before him, or becoming a samurai so that he can help protect his ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshinari Nishikôri | Stars: Naoki Kobayashi, Shô Aoyagi, Tomoko Tabata, Yoshiko Miyazaki

Votes: 109

25. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

7.3
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 765

26. The Fallen Angel (2010)

134 min | Drama

6.0
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Born with a silver spoon in his life, the child is nonetheless lonely and a misfit. His mate recognizes the feelings and predicts that when grown up his friend will be a great artist and ... See full summary »

Director: Genjiro Arato | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yûsuke Iseya, Shinobu Terajima, Satomi Ishihara

Votes: 187

27. Ninja Kids!!! (2011)

100 min | Action, Comedy

5.9
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About the adventures of Rantaro and other ninja apprentices at an elite ninjutsu academy.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shidô Nakamura, Naoto Takenaka, Haruka Ohshima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 365

28. Real (2013)

127 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

5.7
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A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Haruka Ayase, Joe Odagiri, Shôta Sometani

Votes: 887

29. The Tale of Genji (1987)

110 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

6.7
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An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he ... See full summary »

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Morio Kazama, Miwako Kaji, Reiko Tajima, Jun Fubuki

Votes: 91

30. I Just Wanna Hug You (2014)

122 min | Romance

6.7
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Tsukasa got into a severe car accident when she was a high school student. She still suffers from the effects of that accident, with memory impairment and needing to use a wheelchair. ... See full summary »

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Ryô Nishikido, Jun Fubuki, Aya Hirayama

Votes: 263

31. Samurai's Promise (2018)

111 min | Action, Romance

7.0
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Uryu Shinbei appeals his boss's corruption and his appeal is denied. He is kicked out from the han. Shortly afterwards, his wife Shino collapses from a disease and dies. Right before her ... See full summary »

Director: Daisaku Kimura | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Haru Kuroki, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 56

32. The Forest of Wool and Steel (2018)

134 min | Drama, Music

6.5
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When high school student Tomura Naoki met piano tuner Itadori Soichiro at his school in Hokkaido, he could smell the forest from the piano tuned by Soichiro. Touched, the boy decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Kôjirô Hashimoto | Stars: Keiko Horiuchi, Moka Kamishiraishi, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 82

33. Life in Overtime (2018)

125 min | Comedy

7.1
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42nd Montreal's World Film Festival Awards "Best Actor": Hiroshi Tachi in LIFE IN OVERTIME / OWATTA HITO by Hideo Nakata, Japan.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hiroshi Tachi, Hitomi Kuroki, Ryôko Hirosue, Asami Usuda

Votes: 58

34. The Chef of South Polar (2009)

125 min | Comedy

7.1
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Nishimura has a passion for cooking, but never would he have imagined the task before him now: He is unexpectedly assigned to a south polar mission to serve as head chef at the Dome Fuji ... See full summary »

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Masato Sakai, Katsuhisa Namase, Kosuke Toyohara, Kanji Furutachi

Votes: 704

35. Into the White Night (2010)

149 min | Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Based on a novel with the same name, years pass and the unsolved mystery of the case of the death of a man puzzles the police detective. With more death, suicide and murder within the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Maki Horikita, Kengo Kôra, Akiko Hyûga, Keiko Toda

Votes: 353

36. The Magnificent Nine (2016)

129 min | Comedy, History

6.5
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It is eighteenth century Japan and the residents of a poor town lead a typically meagre life. Then nine residents, which include Juzaburo, hatch a scheme to improve their lots by running a ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryûhei Matsuda

Votes: 233

37. Villain (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.2
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A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 1,194

38. Solomon's Perjury (2015)

121 min | Thriller

6.6
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A group of junior high school must find out the truth of their classmate's death; if he was killed by someone or committed suicide.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Ryôko Fujino, Mizuki Itagaki, Anna Ishii, Hiroya Shimizu

Votes: 432

39. Magic Tree House (2011)

105 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.4
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Annie and Jack discover a magic tree house that contains books that take them to different places in time.

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori | Stars: Mana Ashida, Chika Anzai, Katsuhisa Hôki, Keiko Kitagawa

Votes: 138

40. Organ (2019)

Family, War

5.7
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Inspired by a true occurrence and set at the end of World War II, the American military is bombing Japan and its cities at a frightening pace leading to many civilian and innocent ... See full summary »

Director: Emiko Hiramatsu | Stars: Erika Toda, Sakurako Ohara, Yui Sakuma, Tôko Miura

Votes: 7

41. Price for Peace (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History, War

7.4
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This powerful and thought provoking film chronicles the compelling events in the Pacific Theater of WWII, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 to the American occupation of Japan in ... See full summary »

Director: James Moll | Stars: Zenji Abe, Stephen Ambrose, Hal Braun, Jeanne Doll Dolan

Votes: 233

42. The Floating Castle (2012)

144 min | Comedy, Drama, History

6.4
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In the year 1590, powerful daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi nears his plan to unify all of Japan, but he comes across a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika must use his army to defend the castle.

Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Isshin Inudô | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Mana Ashida, Takehiro Hira, Nana Eikura

Votes: 375

43. A Beautiful Star (2017)

127 min | Drama, Family

5.7
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It portrays a family on Earth who come to believe that they are actually from other planets all of a sudden. They try so hard to save the endangered planet Earth but things get crazy on the way.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida | Stars: Lily Franky, Kazuya Kamenashi, Ai Hashimoto, Tomoko Nakajima

Votes: 170

44. Night's Tightrope (2016)

120 min | Mystery

6.3
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Based on the novel Shojo by Kanae Minato, watch for the story of high school student Yuki who plans to see a dead body. She is more than just a little jealous of another student who has ... See full summary »

Director: Yukiko Mishima | Stars: Tsubasa Honda, Gorô Inagaki, Shizuka Ishibashi, Mackenyu

Votes: 187

45. Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer (2012)

141 min | Drama

6.8
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A chronicle of the life of Yasui Santetsu, a 17th century master of go who turned his attention to astronomy and created a new calendar for Japan.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Aoi Miyazaki, Jun'ichi Okada, Ryûta Satô

Votes: 278

46. Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari (2001)

143 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.9
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Based on the ancient Japanese Tale of Genji. This film is set in 900AD and tells the story of a famous female writer of the time, Murasaki Shikibu. Her story begins from the death of her ... See full summary »

Director: Tonkô Horikawa | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûki Amami, Tôru Kazama, Morio Kazama

Votes: 120

47. Sea Without Exit (2006)

121 min | Drama, War

6.4
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Koji Namiki, a talented young pitcher, who had won the National High School Baseball Championships enters university, but soon afterwards injures his elbow. He and his teammates work hard ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Ebizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke Iseya, Juri Ueno, Shun Shioya

Votes: 118

48. Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home (2012)

Drama

5.9
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From the Sumitomo Corporation website

"HAYABUSA: The Long Voyage Home" a film in whose production Sumitomo Corporation participated, premiered on January 19 at United Cinemas Toyosu, one of ... See full synopsis »

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Yôsuke Eguchi, Yui Natsukawa, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 45

49. Reminiscence (2017)

98 min | Drama, Mystery

5.6
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Three childhood friends reunite over a murder case.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Sakura Andô, Tasuku Emoto, Fumino Kimura, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 85

50. The Firefly (2001)

114 min | Drama

6.5
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A Japanese love story that takes place during World War 2. It follows a young Japanese man who goes to war and tries to stay connected to his true love.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Yûko Tanaka, Isao Natsuyagi, Ryûji Harada

Votes: 63


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