With Eisei Gekijo (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 20,631

2. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

8.0
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89 Metascore

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 11,066 | Gross: $0.16M

3. The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,701

4. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

6.9
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64 Metascore

A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Doona Bae, Arata Iura, Itsuji Itao, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 5,473

5. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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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: 6,685 | Gross: $0.05M

6. I Wish (2011)

PG | 128 min | Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

Twelve-year-old Koichi, who has been separated from his brother Ryunosuke due to his parents' divorce, hears a rumor that the new bullet trains will precipitate a wish-granting miracle when they pass each other at top speed.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Masami Nagasawa, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 5,302 | Gross: $0.15M

7. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,798

8. The Hidden Blade (2004)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

A 19th Century samurai, held in low esteem due to an action by his late father, must resolve his history with a maid and with his close friend.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 5,547 | Gross: $0.04M

9. When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

7.6
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A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kôichi Satô, Yui Natsukawa, Takehiro Murata

Votes: 4,457

10. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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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: 1,823

11. The Eel (1997)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama

7.4
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A businessman kills his adulterous wife and is sent to prison. After the release, he opens a barbershop and meets new people, talking almost to no one except an eel he befriended while in prison.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Akira Emoto

Votes: 5,098 | Gross: $0.41M

12. Lee San, Wind of the Palace (2007–2008)

TV-Y | Drama, History

8.3
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Yi San dramatizes the life of Korea's King Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. Jeongjo is remembered in Korean history for his sympathy with the harsh conditions his people had ... See full summary »

Stars: Seo-jin Lee, Ji-min Han, Soon-jae Lee, Seo Beom-Sik

Votes: 346

13. Kaidan (2007)

Unrated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

6.3
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Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Kikunosuke Onoe, Hitomi Kuroki, Mao Inoue, Kumiko Asô

Votes: 953

14. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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69 Metascore

A down-and-out businessman travels to a seaside town, where he meets a woman with unusual sexual powers.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Mitsuko Baishô, Mansaku Fuwa

Votes: 2,376 | Gross: $0.06M

15. My Lovely Sam-Soon (2005– )

960 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

8.1
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The misadventures and romantic entanglements of Kim Sam-Soon, a passionate, stubborn, klutzy, and almost thirty year old pastry chef.

Stars: Seon-a Kim, Hyun Bin, Ryeowon Jung, Daniel Henney

Votes: 1,356

16. Café Lumière (2003)

108 min | Drama

7.0
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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: 2,617

17. Goemon (2009)

128 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Takao Ohsawa, Ryôko Hirosue, Jun Kaname

Votes: 4,981

18. Toilet (2010)

109 min | Drama

4.2
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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: 701

19. All Around Us (2008)

140 min | Drama

7.7
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In 1993 Kanao and Shoko are a Tokyo couple awaiting the arrival of their first child. Although both have studied art, Kanao works as a shoe repairman which doesn't stretch his rather ... See full summary »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Lily Franky, Tae Kimura, Masaaki Akahori, Tamae Andô

Votes: 595

20. Tombstone of the Fireflies (2008)

100 min | Drama, War

6.8
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Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister as they attempt to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.

Director: Tarô Hyûgaji | Stars: Reo Yoshitake, Rina Hatakeyama, Keiko Matsuzaka, Seiko Matsuda

Votes: 275

21. Blood and Bones (2004)

140 min | Drama

7.1
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In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hirofumi Arai, Tomoko Tabata, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 1,801

22. The Little House (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 954

23. Pistol Opera (2001)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Action, Drama

6.4
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75 Metascore

The No. 3 assassin of Japan is given the chance to usurp No. 1 and take their place.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Sayoko Yamaguchi, Hanae Kan, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 1,245

24. Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

7.2
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60 Metascore

As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shîna, Teruyuki Kagawa, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,433 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Princess Raccoon (2005)

111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

6.7
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Amechiyo (The banished prince) falls in love with Tanukihime (a princess of raccoon dog disguised to human). This is an Operetta which includes comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 666

26. 9 Souls (2003)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.3
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Nine convicts escape from prison; most are convicted murders. They commandeer a van from a strip club. Their plan is to find a stash of counterfeit money that a deranged cell mate told them... See full summary »

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Ryûhei Matsuda, Genta Dairaku, Eita

Votes: 1,521

27. Tokyo Family (2013)

146 min | Drama

7.5
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In this update of Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", a retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa

Votes: 1,509

28. Kamui (2009)

120 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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The adventurous story of a fugitive ninja.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Kaoru Kobayashi, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 938

29. Vibrator (2003)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

7.0
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(Japanese with English subtitles) After meeting a handsome truck driver (Nao Omori) in the midst of an urban mini-mart, a 30-something freelance writer (Shinobu Terajima) embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Nao Ohmori, Riho Makise, Jun Murakami

Votes: 818

30. Hanging Garden (2005)

114 min | Drama

7.3
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A family struggling to live together even with the outrageous behaviors from each family members.

Director: Toshiaki Toyoda | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Anne Suzuki, Itsuji Itao, Masahiro Hirota

Votes: 621

31. The Chef of South Polar (2009)

125 min | Comedy

7.2
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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: 687

32. Blue (II) (2002)

116 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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An introverted schoolgirl falls in love and starts a relationship with one of her classmates. Set in a small seaside town in Japan, the love of her life eventually leaves her for her boyfriend in Tokyo.

Director: Hiroshi Ando | Stars: Mikako Ichikawa, Manami Konishi, Asami Imajuku, Jun Murakami

Votes: 273

33. Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)

142 min | Drama

7.4
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Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

Director: Joji Matsuoka | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Kirin Kiki, Yayako Uchida, Takako Matsu

Votes: 766

34. Hinokio: Inter Galactic Love (2005)

111 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

6.8
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Satoru (Kanata Hongo), a wheelchair-bound elementary student, locks himself away from the outside world after his mother dies. His father designs a remote-controlled robot to go to school ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiko Akiyama | Stars: Masatoshi Nakamura, Kanata Hongô, Mikako Tabe, Maki Horikita

Votes: 527

35. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Kôji Yakusho, Kaho Minami, Erina Mano

Votes: 307

36. 10 Promises to My Dog (2008)

117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.1
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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: 525

37. The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008)

98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.2
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Director: Minoru Kawasaki | Stars: Natsuki Katô, Kazuki Alex Kato, Kei Akazawa, Kon Arimura

Votes: 329

38. The Rakugo Movie (2012)

110 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.6
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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: 685

39. Ashura-jô no hitomi (2005)

119 min | Action, Fantasy

6.0
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Adapted from the successful play, the film takes place in the 19th Japan where a war between demons and their slayers is fought. Izumo, an Kabuki actor with a demon-slaying past, meets and ... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Somegorô Ichikawa, Rie Miyazawa, Kanako Higuchi, Atsuro Watabe

Votes: 633

40. About Her Brother (I) (2010)

126 min | Drama

7.1
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Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ryo Kase, Yû Aoi, Yuriko Ishida, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 551

41. Kazuo Umezu's Horror Theater: Ambrosia (2005)

67 min | Horror

5.2
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Director: Tadafumi Ito | Stars: Yuki Enomoto, Naomi Kaizuka, Shôko Nakagawa, Utaemon Ohmori

Votes: 119

42. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.6
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Denden, Mirai Shida

Votes: 1,120 | Gross: $0.01M

43. Feel the Wind (2009)

133 min | Drama, Sport

6.7
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Two talented runners who have not fulfilled their potential meet by chance and rekindle their enthusiasm for the sport.

Director: Sumio Ohmori | Stars: Keisuke Koide, Kento Hayashi, Yôsuke Kawamura, Ren Mori

Votes: 58

44. Sway (2006)

120 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masatô Ibu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 764

45. Helen the Baby Fox (2006)

104 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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Leaving school for the day, seven-year old Taichi finds a baby fox alongside a road in rural Hokkaido. The two bond, and Taichi decides to leave the fox with the police as a lost item. The ... See full summary »

Director: Keita Kôno | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Arashi Fukasawa, Ryôko Kobayashi

Votes: 181

46. A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (2013)

122 min | Drama, History

6.8
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During the Edo Period of Japan, an excellent cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking family. However, her husband is a terrible chef. With the help of her new mother-in-law, she begins to teach him the ways of the culinary arts.

Director: Yûzô Asahara | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kengo Kôra, Kimiko Yo, Riko Narumi

Votes: 362

47. The yakiniku mûbî: Purukogi (2007)

114 min | Comedy

6.0
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Director: Su-yeon Gu | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Yû Yamada, Arata Iura, Soji Arai

Votes: 76

48. The Suicide Song (2007)

128 min | Horror, Mystery

5.2
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A thriller centered on an urban legend about a song that fatally affects its listeners.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Yuko Oshima, Sayaka Akimoto, Haruna Kojima

Votes: 278

49. Gonin 2 (1996)

108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.3
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Thrown together by chance during the robbery of a jewelry store by a Yakuza gang, five women take advantage of the situation to make off with the heist's loot, while a man hunts the same ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Ken Ogata, Shinobu Ôtake, Kimiko Yo, Mai Kitajima

Votes: 364

50. Another Heaven (2000)

R | 132 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A pair of hard-boiled Tokyo cops are investigating a gruesome murder: after killing the victim, the murderer cut his skull open and cooked his brain in a stew. As they try to track down the... See full summary »

Director: Jôji Iida | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Miwako Ichikawa, Takashi Kashiwabara, Yukiko Okamoto

Votes: 677


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