Japanese "Crime" films

by arcatin | created - 12 Dec 2011 | updated - 20 Mar 2012 | Public
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1. 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: 8,999 | Gross: $0.09M

2. Suicide Club (2001)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho, Tamao Satô

Votes: 17,522

3. 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: 9,592 | Gross: $0.00M

4. Confessions (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 32,733

5. The Investigation Game (2007)

117 min | Crime, Drama

Movie adaptation of the Japanese novel "Hannin ni tsugu". Police superintendent Makishima (Etsushi) fails to capture the suspect of a kidnapped boy, who is killed afterwards. Six years ... See full summary »

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Ryo Ishibashi, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Takashi Sasano

Votes: 40

6. Graveyard of Honor (1975)

94 min | Action, Crime

A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Eiji Gô

Votes: 1,254

7. Tokyo Drifter (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Crime

After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Hideaki Nitani, Tamio Kawaji

Votes: 6,731

8. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

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: 117,982 | Gross: $0.52M

9. Retribution (2006)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A detective investigates a series of murders. A possible serial killer might be on a rampage, since they all are in the same vicinity and by the same method, but as the evidence points ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Manami Konishi, IHARA, Hiroyuki Hirayama

Votes: 2,275

10. Cold Fish (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation. The man and his wife offer to have Syamoto's troublesome daughter work at their ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Denden, Asuka Kurosawa, Megumi Kagurazaka

Votes: 9,897

11. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

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: 46,208 | Gross: $0.78M

12. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura

Votes: 2,920

13. Brother (I) (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

47 Metascore

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô

Votes: 20,778 | Gross: $0.45M

14. My Boss, My Hero (2006– )

Comedy

The series is mainly about a 27 year old man named Makio Sakaki. His purpose is to become a successor after his father. However, he must pass high school first in order to prove himself ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yui Aragaki, Yûya Tegoshi, Yû Kashii

Votes: 1,006

15. Paranoia Agent (2004– )

TV-MA | 312 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 8,293



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