Japanese Movies

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1. The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 6,730

2. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)

R | 102 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.

Director: Hiroyuki Okiura | Stars: Michael Dobson, Yoshikazu Fujiki, Sumi Mutoh, Moneca Stori

Votes: 14,387 | Gross: $0.09M

3. Rhapsody in August (1991)

PG | 98 min | Drama

Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima

Votes: 5,913 | Gross: $0.52M

4. Who's Camus Anyway (2005)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

A group of eccentric students decide to make a movie. But, when their star suddenly quits, this witty ensemble cast begins to live the film, including murder, deception and true love. Japan... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi | Stars: Shûji Kashiwabara, Hinano Yoshikawa, Ai Maeda, Hideo Nakaizumi

Votes: 471

5. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

Votes: 14,005

6. A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History, Romance

Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 3,406

7. When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Tatsuya Nakadai, Masayuki Mori, Reiko Dan

Votes: 3,406

8. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the run.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 5,464

9. Summer Days with Coo (2007)

138 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Kôichi Uehara is a fourth grade student living in Higashikurume City, a suburb of Tokyo. One day he picks up what he thinks to be a fossil of an ancient creature but turns out to be a baby ... See full summary »

Director: Keiichi Hara | Stars: Kazato Tomizawa, Takahiro Yokokawa, Naoki Tanaka, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 1,604

10. The Reason (2004)

160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Four people are murdered in an apartment block, but none of them seem connected.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Takehiro Murata, Saki Terashima, Miyoko Akaza, Takuro Atsuki

Votes: 87

11. All Around Us (2008)

140 min | Drama

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: 615

12. What the Snow Brings (2005)

112 min | Drama

Following a tip, Manabu Yazaki loses his last money betting on the older "banba" horse "Unryu" (jockied by Makie, a legendary jockey's daughter) in a draft-horse race held in his childhood ... See full summary »

Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Yûsuke Iseya, Kôichi Satô, Kyôko Koizumi, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 109 | Gross: $0.00M

13. Violent Cop (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano

Votes: 9,879 | Gross: $0.00M

14. Hula Girls (2006)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamasaki

Votes: 1,775

15. When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 4,617

16. Monday (I) (2000)

100 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

A simple funeral turns a man's world topsy turvy.

Director: SABU | Stars: Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Ren Osugi, Masanobu Andô

Votes: 2,058

17. Ocean Waves (1993 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

As a young man returns home after his first year away at college he recalls his senior year of high school and the iron-willed, big city girl that turned his world upside down.

Director: Tomomi Mochizuki | Stars: Nobuo Tobita, Toshihiko Seki, Yoko Sakamoto, Yuri Amano

Votes: 9,970

18. Pom Poko (1994)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki

Votes: 20,688

19. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 28,414 | Gross: $1.00M

20. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,402

21. Tokyo! (2008)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

63 Metascore

A cinematic triptych of three Tokyo-set stories.

Directors: Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Ayako Fujitani, Ryô Kase, Ayumi Itô, Nao Ohmori

Votes: 9,094 | Gross: $0.35M

22. Charisma (1999)

104 min | Drama

A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. Leaving his job and family without ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Ren Osugi, Yoriko Dôguchi

Votes: 1,425

23. 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: 2,969

24. The Blue Light (2003)

116 min | Drama, Crime, Romance

A 17 y.o. Japanese secondary school student is living happily with his mom and sister but one day his stepdad returns, drunk much of the time and cruel to his mom and sister. Is there such a thing as the perfect murder?

Director: Yukio Ninagawa | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Aya Matsuura, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Kansai Yamamoto

Votes: 847

25. 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: 298

26. A Good Husband (2009)

128 min | Drama

he heart wrenching love story between a married couple. The jobless husband cheats on his wife and has no love for her. The wife wants to go on a trip to get pregnant. This mismatched ... See full summary »

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 72

27. 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: 1,909

28. Suite Dreams (2006)

136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

New Year's Eve at a posh hotel and all should be shipshape. It is not. There is the traditional party, an official ceremony, entertainment and a special dinner planned and yet there is ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takako Matsu, Kôichi Satô, Shingo Katori

Votes: 879

29. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

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: Kôji Yakusho, Erina Mano, Kirin Kiki, Kaho Minami

Votes: 319

30. A Long Walk (2006)

136 min | Drama

Matsutaro Yasuda, a retired girl's High School Principal who has lost his wife to alcoholism and is forsaken by his Daughter, moves to an old apartment in a country town. Yasuda, at his new... See full summary »

Director: Eiji Okuda | Stars: Ken Ogata, Hana Sugiura, Saki Takaoka, Shôta Matsuda

Votes: 160

31. Enclosed Pain (2000)

91 min | Drama

A brother and sister share more than the standard love for each other, much more, but that is only the beginning of the extraordinary relationships which are accompanied by unusual affections and deeds all around.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Makoto Togashi, Tetsu Sawaki, Ayaka Maeda, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 20

32. Hanging Garden (2005)

114 min | Drama

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: 636

33. 9 Souls (2003)

120 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

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: 1,566

34. Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Kaneshiro plays a Grim Reaper who appears to his victims in human form and spends a week with them before deciding whether to off them or not.

Director: Masaya Kakehi | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Manami Konishi, Sumiko Fuji, Yuki Enomoto

Votes: 1,066

35. Tokyo Family (2013)

146 min | Drama

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: 1,563

36. Musuko (1991)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

Tetsuo is a young man living in Tokyo, who falls in love with a deaf-mute factory girl. He has always felt jealous of his college- educated brother, but ultimately wins both the girl and ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Masatoshi Nagase, Emi Wakui, Mieko Harada

Votes: 234

37. A Chair on the Plains (2013)

Drama

Four friends set off on a journey to what they believe is "Heaven on Earth", the Hunza Valley in Pakistan, to find new meanings to life.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Masahiko Nishimura, Michiko Kichise, Akira

Votes: 26

38. 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: 970

39. The Demon (1978)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume disappears.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Hiroki Iwase, Miyuki Yoshizawa

Votes: 662

40. Ai o kou hito (1998)

135 min | Drama

Disturbing child abuse memories come back on a quest for Taiwanese father's grave.

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Mieko Harada, Maho Nonami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Mami Kumagai

Votes: 73

41. A Taxing Woman (1987)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 1,590

42. Black Rain (1989)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 2,785

43. Our Family (2014)

117 min | Drama

A family drama about a family's struggles as their mother's impending death when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor brings to light financial burdens that need to be shouldered by her sons.

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kyôzô Nagatsuka, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Mieko Harada

Votes: 243

44. Pale Moon (2014)

126 min | Drama

A mellow drama following the moral decline of a housewife turned bank employee who embezzles a fortune from her customers and indulges in an affair with a younger man. Set in 1994, shortly after the burst of Japan's economic bubble.

Director: Daihachi Yoshida | Stars: Rie Miyazawa, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Yûko Ôshima, Seiichi Tanabe

Votes: 709

45. 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: 963

46. University of Laughs (2004)

121 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4