Most Popular Feature Films With Primary Language Japanese


1. Kimi no na wa. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

8.5
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79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 73,306 | Gross: $5.02M

2. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 490,301 | Gross: $10.06M

3. Mugen no jûnin (2017)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara

Votes: 6,169 | Gross: $0.15M

4. Mary and The Witch's Flower (2017)

PG | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.9
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75 Metascore

Based on The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart, a strange flower grants a girl magic powers.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 552

5. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.2
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80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 249,423 | Gross: $4.71M

6. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 259,570 | Gross: $2.38M

7. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 256,083 | Gross: $0.27M

8. Hagane no renkinjutsushi (2017)

135 min | Action

4.6
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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: 135

9. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 150,032

10. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 206,341

11. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

8.1
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A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 121,874 | Gross: $0.55M

12. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 166,202

13. Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017)

TV-14 | 89 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Years into the future and the human race has been defeated several times by the new ruling force of the planet: "kaijus". And the ruler of that force is Godzilla, The King of the Monsters. ... See full summary »

Directors: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno | Stars: Chris Niosi, Martin Billany, Robbie Daymond, Lucien Dodge

Votes: 962

14. Debiruman (2004)

112 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.1
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Based on Gô Nagai's manga, about mild-mannered teenager Akira Fudô, who merges with a demon to fight other demons.

Director: Hiroyuki Nasu | Stars: Hisato Izaki, Yûsuke Izaki, Ayana Sakai, Asuka Shibuya

Votes: 906

15. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

8.0
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76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 104,767 | Gross: $0.52M

16. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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67 Metascore

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara, Ren Osugi

Votes: 13,349 | Gross: $1.91M

17. Koe no katachi (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

8.2
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78 Metascore

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada | Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki, Kenshô Ono

Votes: 12,075

18. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.7
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86 Metascore

A five year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 96,717 | Gross: $15.09M

19. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)

PG | 98 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.5
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Ash Ketchum from Pallet Town is 10 years old today. This means he is now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak.

Director: Kunihiko Yuyama | Stars: Unshô Ishizuka, Rica Matsumoto, Sarah Natochenny, Megumi Hayashibara

Votes: 1,720 | Gross: $2.40M

20. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.1
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 112,639

21. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 60,736

22. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.1
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 112,127

23. Temple (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 78 min | History, Horror

3.6
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23 Metascore

Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.

Director: Michael Barrett | Stars: Logan Huffman, Natalia Warner, Brandon Sklenar, Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 2,136

24. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 87,513 | Gross: $3.52M

25. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 88,060

26. Batman Ninja (2018)

Animation, Action | Post-production

Batman, along with a number of his allies and adversaries, finds himself transplanted from modern Gotham City to feudal Japan.

Director: Junpei Mizusaki | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Wataru Takagi, Rie Kugimiya, Ai Kakuma

27. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

Votes: 140,450 | Gross: $13.76M

28. Tôkyô gûru (2017)

119 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.0
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A Tokyo college student is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He survives, but has become part ghoul and becomes a fugitive on the run.

Director: Kentarô Hagiwara | Stars: Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Hiyori Sakurada

Votes: 1,232

29. Koto no ha no niwa (2013)

46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

7.6
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A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 18,089

30. Paprika (2006)

R | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Crime

7.7
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81 Metascore

When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Tôru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, Tôru Furuya

Votes: 53,564 | Gross: $0.88M

31. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

7.7
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Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 36,574

32. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 21,771 | Gross: $2.42M

33. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 61,208 | Gross: $19.20M

34. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 117,450

35. Kaze tachinu (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

7.8
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83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 53,458 | Gross: $5.21M

36. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

7.9
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A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji, Masaaki Ôkura

Votes: 35,495 | Gross: $0.11M

37. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (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: 55,100 | Gross: $0.80M

38. Death Note (2006)

Not Rated | 126 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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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: 25,349

39. Koroshiya 1 (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 45,744 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Anchiporuno (2016)

76 min | Drama

6.5
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Japan's oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ami Tomite, Mariko Tsutsui, Asami, Fujiko

Votes: 836

41. Gantz: O (2016)

95 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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The 3DCG film will cover the manga's Osaka Arc.

Directors: Yasushi Kawamura, Keiichi Saitô | Stars: Chris Jai Alex, Tony Azzolino, Lucien Dodge, Doug Erholtz

Votes: 5,898

42. Gekijo-ban Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale (2017)

119 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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Kirito uncovers a conspiracy within Ordinal Scale, a popular VR game developed for a new system called, The Augma.

Director: Tomohiko Itô | Stars: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Haruka Tomatsu, Kanae Itô, Ayana Taketatsu

Votes: 2,325

43. Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.2
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71 Metascore

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him. But their inheritance of their father's traits proved to be a challenge for her.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Ohsawa, Haru Kuroki, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 25,488

44. Tekken (2010)

R | 92 min | Action, Crime, Drama

4.8
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Jin Kazama witnesses the death of his mother Jun by Tekken in the slums known as Anvil. After finding a Tekken ID he decides to seek out vengeance for his mother's death.

Director: Dwight H. Little | Stars: Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale

Votes: 23,782

45. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 84,212

46. Omoide no Mânî (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

7.8
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72 Metascore

Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 20,092 | Gross: $0.77M

47. Toki o kakeru shôjo (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 45,102

48. Mazinger Z (2017)

Animation

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When the evil Dr Hell attacks the Earth, the mighty giant mecha Mazinger Z is formed to stop him.

Director: Junji Shimizu | Stars: Natsuki Hanae, Unshô Ishizuka, Ai Kayano, Masami Kikuchi

Votes: 98

49. Riaru onigokko (2015)

85 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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A girl's life cascades into chaos as everyone around her suffers a gruesome fate while she herself becomes less and less certain of who she is and what kind of a world she lives in.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Reina Triendl, Mariko Shinoda, Erina Mano, Yuki Sakurai

Votes: 2,848

50. Mimi wo sumaseba (1995)

G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.0
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A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.

Director: Yoshifumi Kondô | Stars: Yoko Honna, Issei Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 35,413