Mark Schilling's Yearly Top 10 Japanese Moviesby max-sv | created - 09 Apr 2018 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
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1. Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
101 min | Comedy
Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words, he isn't going anywhere fast. Were all this not enough, the sorry sad ... See full summary »
3. Big Man Japan (2007)
PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
An eccentric man living alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo periodically transforms into a 100-foot tall giant in order to defend Japan against similarly sized monsters.
Votes: 3,293 | Gross: $0.04M
4. I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
143 min | Drama
A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent.
5. The Mourning Forest (2007)
Not Rated | 97 min | Drama
A care-giver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey.
6. Last Words (2007)
97 min | Drama, Romance
Nagisa, a high school girl who has been given only 3 months to live. Without telling her widowed father where she's going, she sets out from the city to the small town where she was born. ... See full summary »
7. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance
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.
110 min | Drama
A university student finds himself wrapped up in the bizarre world of his next door neighbor, learning about his history and relationship with a girl who changed his life.
10. Fish Story (2009)
112 min | Action, Comedy, Music
Several seemingly unrelated but surprisingly connected tales explain how a Japanese band that independently invented punk rock in 1975 will, 37 years later, ultimately save the world from destruction by comet.
12. Summer Wars (2009)
PG | 114 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.
Votes: 23,792 | Gross: $0.08M
13. Villon's Wife (2009)
114 min | Drama
This enticing period melodrama depicts a long-suffering woman's relationship with her brilliant but self-destructive writer husband in postwar Tokyo. Based on a semi-autobiographical 1947 ... See full summary »
15. The Chef of South Polar (2009)
125 min | Comedy
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 »
17. Insutanto numa (2009)
120 min | Comedy
A quirky young woman who loves antiques embarks on risky adventures and business endeavors with her eccentric friends, trying to score a unique item that will finally be worth a huge profit... See full summary »
18. Symbol (2009)
Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery
A man wakes up in a white room empty other than buttons on the walls, he must find out which button to push to get what he wants.
21. Caterpillar (2010)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, War
During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All ... See full summary »
Votes: 983 | Gross: $0.00M
22. 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.
24. About Her Brother (I) (2010)
126 min | Drama
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 »
26. Boys on the Run (2010)
114 min | Comedy, Drama
Toshiyuki Tanishi (Mr Tanishi) is a 29-year-old chronic masturbator and toy vending machine salesman - he is socially awkward and down on his luck. Things change when he meets Chiharu a ... See full summary »
29. Accidental Kidnapper (2010)
111 min | Drama
Hideyoshi Date (Katsunori Takahashi) is at his wits' end when we first meet him in. Deep in debt, with no job, no prospects, and no family, he's ready to end it all, and tries to do so, but... See full synopsis »
30. Cold Fish (2010)
Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
The lives of a bored suburban couple are changed forever when a seemingly nice old man gives their daughter a job at his fish store, and soon his gruesome hobbies are bought to light.
31. The Egoists (2011)
136 min | Drama
Two troubled young lovers - a gambler and a stripper - run off to the tranquil Japanese countryside to marry and start a new life. But their dark past follows them in the form of a veteran loan shark.
32. Love Strikes! (2011)
118 min | Comedy, Romance
31 years old, broke, single and lonely Yukio encounters four beautiful women suddenly appearing in his life. Will he be able to escape his "Moteki" status?
34. Family X (2010)
90 min | Drama
In this story of a dysfunctional family all the stereotypes of a Japanese unit come to the fore when the wife works the kitchen, the husband is focused on his work and the son does not have... See full summary »
35. Death of a Japanese Salesman (2011)
90 min | Documentary
A documentary movie that portrays the final months of a Japanese "salaryman" (business man) in his fight against cancer and his reconnection with his family (wife, children, granddaughter ... See full synopsis »
Director: Mami Sunada
36. Postcard (2010)
114 min | Drama, Romance, War
Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade's wife ... See full summary »
37. I Wish (2011)
PG | 128 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 5,461 | Gross: $0.15M
38. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Not Rated | 128 min | Drama
A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Votes: 6,813 | Gross: $0.06M
39. My Back Pages (2011)
141 min | Drama
in 1969, Sawada (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is filled with idealism that permeated that era and starts working as a gonzo journalist for a weekly magazine. Two years later, Sawada interviews ... See full summary »
40. Our Homeland (2012)
100 min | Drama
Based on the director's own experience, Our Homeland follows a Korean family living in Japan, of which the father (Masane Tsukayama) decided to take North Korean nationality because of his ... See full summary »
41. Dreams for Sale (2012)
134 min | Crime, Drama
After losing their restaurant in a fire, a husband and wife come up with a strange plan to rebuild their shattered finances: marrying the husband off to a series of lonely women and defrauding them.
42. The Woodsman and the Rain (2011)
129 min | Comedy
Rookie movie director Koichi and his crew travels to the mountain village of Yamamura to film his next movie. The villagers are eventually enlisted to help film the movie and, in particular... See full summary »
43. The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012)
141 min | Drama
A married woman has an affair with a high school student. A video of their exploits soon turns up on the internet affecting the lives of both couples.
44. Beyond Outrage (2012)
R | 112 min | Action, Crime, Drama
As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West.
45. A Letter to Momo (2011)
Not Rated | 120 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she... See full summary »
46. Key of Life (2012)
Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance