Japanese Movies Seen that I might want to watch again

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1. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

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: 47,057 | Gross: $1.50M

2. After Life (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

91 Metascore

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitô

Votes: 9,552 | Gross: $0.80M

3. Air Doll (2009)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

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: 5,852

4. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Family

75 Metascore

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 11,260 | Gross: $0.46M

5. April Story (1998)

67 min | Drama, Romance

In spring, a young girl leaves the island of Hokkaido to attend university in Tokyo.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Takako Matsu, Seiichi Tanabe, Kaori Fujii, Rumi

Votes: 2,651

6. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

88 Metascore

In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 23,503 | Gross: $0.68M

7. Love Letter (1995)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Katsuyuki Shinohara

Votes: 6,731

8. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

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: 12,619 | Gross: $0.16M

9. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Lily Franky

Votes: 8,540 | Gross: $0.27M

10. I Wish (2011)

PG | 128 min | Drama

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, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 5,778 | Gross: $0.15M

11. Maborosi (1995)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

92 Metascore

A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naitô, Tadanobu Asano, Gohki Kashiyama

Votes: 4,516

12. Wood Job! (2014)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy

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, Yûki Furukawa

Votes: 2,139

13. Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

111 min | Drama

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 1,997

14. Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)

120 min | Drama

Ichiko lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 1,648

15. Linda Linda Linda (2005)

TV-PG | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

71 Metascore

A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival.

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yû Kashii, Shiori Sekine

Votes: 3,202

16. Kisarazu Cat's Eye (2002– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama

Twenty-one year old former high school baseball player, Kohei (nickname: Bussan), learns that he is dying from cancer. He is told that he only has six months to live, and decides that he ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Shô Sakurai, Wakana Sakai, Yoshinori Okada

Votes: 155

17. Tiger & Dragon (2005– )

Comedy

The show revolves around Rakugo, a traditional Japanese comedy that can look back on a 400 year long history. It tells about a Yakuza who goes to a Rakugo performer to collect debts, and a talented comedian who tries to change his destiny.

Stars: Sadao Abe, Yû Aoi, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Yosuke Asari

Votes: 164

18. The Taste of Tea (2004)

143 min | Comedy, Fantasy

77 Metascore

A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life.

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Maya Banno, Takahiro Satô, Tadanobu Asano, Satomi Tezuka

Votes: 5,580

19. Secret Sunshine (2007)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

84 Metascore

A woman moves to the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to fit in, another tragic event overturns her life.

Director: Chang-dong Lee | Stars: Do-yeon Jeon, Kang-ho Song, Hye-jin Jang, Yeong-jin Jo

Votes: 6,460

20. Castlevania (2017– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A vampire hunter fights to save a besieged city from an army of otherworldly creatures controlled by Dracula.

Stars: Richard Armitage, James Callis, Alejandra Reynoso, Theo James

Votes: 33,615

21. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 9,918 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Suzaku (1997)

95 min | Drama

Depicts the dissolution of a small family in a remote Japanese timber village.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Sachiko Izumi, Kôtarô Shibata

Votes: 1,025

23. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Do-yun Yu, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 2,080

24. Muddy River (1981)

105 min | Drama

In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty.

Director: Kôhei Oguri | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara, Makiko Shibata

Votes: 700

25. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

85 Metascore

When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 34,246

26. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

96 Metascore

Greed and class discrimination threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 412,300 | Gross: $53.37M

27. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 52,664 | Gross: $3.31M

28. Memories of Murder (2003)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim, Jae-ho Song

Votes: 122,838 | Gross: $0.01M

29. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 23,827



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