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1. Dear Pyongyang (2005)

Not Rated | 107 min | Documentary

A Korean-Japanese daughter tries to understand her father's sworn political loyalty to North Korea.

Director: Yong-hi Yang

Votes: 142

3. Documentary of AKB48: Show Must Go On (2012)

Documentary

Yasushi Akimoto created and produced theater idol group AKB48 in 2005. The group has gone on to become national idols. When the group held 3 concerts at the Seibu Dome, a total of 90,000 ... See full synopsis »

Director: Eiki Takahashi | Stars: Maria Abe, Akb 48, Rina Chikano, Reina Fujie

Votes: 71

4. Millennium Actress (2001)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

70 Metascore

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 20,146 | Gross: $0.19M

5. Digimon Adventure (1999)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Late at night, in a seemingly normal neighborhood, a monster appears. The story of the first mysterious encounter with Digimon!

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Toshiko Fujita, Kae Araki, Chika Sakamoto, Hiroya Ishimaru

Votes: 548

6. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)

PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

Directors: Tetsuya Nomura, Takeshi Nozue | Stars: Takahiro Sakurai, Ayumi Itô, Shôtarô Morikubo, Maaya Sakamoto

Votes: 53,542

7. Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (2000)

40 min | Animation, Short, Action

A year after the events of the first season, a virus Digimon called Diaboromon appears and starts attacking the Internet. The children and their Digimon unite once more in order to prevent ... See full summary »

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Toshiko Fujita, Yûko Mizutani, Yuto Kazama, Umi Tenjin

Votes: 673

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

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and 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: 130,445 | Gross: $0.50M

9. Princess Mononoke (1997)

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

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: 300,468 | Gross: $2.38M

11. Summer Wars (2009)

PG | 114 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Takahiro Yokokawa

Votes: 23,421 | Gross: $0.08M

12. Tea Fight (2008)

102 min | Drama

In Sung dynasty, a Japanese man named Yagi... couldn't take the badgering from the male black tea tribe and ridiculed that the male black tea was not the best tea in the world; causing the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ye-Ming Wang | Stars: Vic Chou, Erika Toda, Janine Chun-Ning Chang, Yôko Fujita

Votes: 96

13. Battle Royale (2000)

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

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: 160,632

14. Battle Royale II (2003)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.

Directors: Kenta Fukasaku, Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ai Maeda, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayana Sakai

Votes: 18,578

15. Moon Child (2003)

120 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The story of love and friendship on the harsh streets of 2014 Mallepa, a small corner in Asia.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Hyde, Gackt, Leehom Wang, Tarô Yamamoto

Votes: 1,930

16. Tokyo Tower (2005)

125 min | Drama, Romance

Toru Kojima and his friend Koji are young student boys with one thing in common - they both love to date older women. Koji is a playboy with several women, young and older, whereas Toru is a romantic with his heart set on on certain lady.

Director: Takashi Minamoto | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Jun'ichi Okada, Jun Matsumoto, Shinobu Terajima

Votes: 351

17. Last Quarter (2004)

112 min | Drama, Romance

Do you believe in love after death? On the eve of her 19th birthday, Mizuki (Kuriyama) doesn't have a lot to celebrate about. Her mother recently committed suicide, her stepfamily bothers ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Nikai | Stars: Chiaki Kuriyama, Hiroki Narimiya, Tomoka Kurokawa, Motoki Ochiai

Votes: 604

19. Nana (II) (2005)

113 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.

Director: Kentarô Ohtani | Stars: Mika Nakashima, Aoi Miyazaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 3,248

20. Kamikaze Girls (2004)

102 min | Comedy

56 Metascore

Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,526

21. Honey & Clover (2006)

117 min | Romance

The lives of four art students change forever when gifted young artist Hagumi arrives at their school and befriends their group as each student experiences turbulence in love.

Director: Masahiro Takada | Stars: Shô Sakurai, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Ryo Kase

Votes: 724

22. Rainbow Song (2006)

118 min | Drama, Romance

Two film students meet and fall in love while working on a school project.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Juri Ueno, Yû Aoi, Wakana Sakai

Votes: 1,058

23. Be with You (2004)

119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Shidô Nakamura, Akashi Takei, Karen Miyama

Votes: 4,033

24. 1 Litre of Tears (2005)

98 min | Drama

'1 Litre of Tears' is a Japanese movie mainly based on a published version of the Diary, "1 Litre no Namida" (Ichi Rittoru no Namida) written by a girl called 'Aya Kito' (Kito Aya, July 19,... See full summary »

Director: Riki Okamura | Stars: Asae Ohnishi, Kazuko Katô, Yoshimi Ashikawa, Mitsuo Hamada

Votes: 1,056

25. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 7,355 | Gross: $0.02M

26. La maison de Himiko (2005)

130 min | Drama

Saori is a young woman who struggles to make a living, with no financial or romantic prospects in her life. One rainy day, she receives a visit at work from a handsome young man called ... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka, Kira Aoyama

Votes: 501

27. Arch Angels (2006)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy

Every high school has its misfits, its square pegs, its rebels. St. Michael's Academy, nestled on an impossibly pretty and strangely remote Japanese island, is no exception. In fact, given ... See full summary »

Director: Issei Oda | Stars: Juri Ueno, Megumi Seki, Airi Taira, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 190

28. Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy

A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Masanobu Andô, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Kiyohiko Shibukawa

Votes: 1,829

29. Dororo (2007)

139 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A female warrior who was raised as a man joins a young samurai's quest to recover 48 of his body parts from 48 demons and to avenge her parents death.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Kiichi Nakai, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 2,584

30. Sakuran (2006)

111 min | Drama, History

A young girl is sold into a red-light district brothel and tries to adapt to life as an oiran (courtesan).

Director: Mika Ninagawa | Stars: Anna Tsuchiya, Kippei Shîna, Yoshino Kimura, Hiroki Narimiya

Votes: 1,591

31. Otakus in Love (2004)

114 min | Romance, Comedy, Drama

Live-action adaptation of a madcap manga about art, opposites, love and a whole lot of cosplay.

Director: Suzuki Matsuo | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Wakana Sakai, Suzuki Matsuo, Kiyoshirô Imawano

Votes: 486

32. Sway (2006)

120 min | Crime, Drama

On the anniversary of the death of the mother of a hip and happening Tokyo-based photographer, the son returns to his hometown for the funeral. What follows is a return to the past that is ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Teruyuki Kagawa, Masatô Ibu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 770

33. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,826

34. Yellow Tears (2007)

128 min | Drama

They famously say that all the hippies of the '60s ended up becoming nothing more than bankers. Amidst a resurgent Japan of the 1960s four young men aspire to respectively become a singer, ... See full summary »

Director: Isshin Inudô | Stars: Shô Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, Satoshi Ohno

Votes: 217

35. 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: 828

36. Mohou-han (2002)

124 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Leopold and Loeb-styled thriller about serial murders.

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Masahiro Nakai, Kanji Tsuda, Takashi Fujii, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 156

37. Mushi-Shi: The Movie (2006)

131 min | Fantasy

A wandering mystical doctor passes through remote regions of Japan uncovering supernatural creatures called the Mushi and curing people of their effects.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Nao Ohmori, Yû Aoi, Lily

Votes: 996

38. Hold Up Down (2005)

96 min | Comedy

Two robbers, three cops, a wanted criminal and a former priest's lives are intertwined when a bank heist goes wrong.

Director: SABU | Stars: Arata Furuta, Yûki Himura, Masatô Ibu, Ryôichi Inaba

Votes: 213

39. Hard Luck Hero (2003)

79 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

The story of three pairs of characters involved one way or the other with the yakuza and a rigged boxing match and fleeing the thugs one way or the other. Filmed as a showcase of the ... See full summary »

Director: SABU | Stars: Hiroshi Nagano, Yoshihiko Inohara, Gô Morita, Ken Miyake

Votes: 256

40. Akihabara@Deep (2006)

TV-PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Set in Tokyo's otaku mecca Akihabara, "Akihabara@DEEP" tells the story of five otaku who drop out of society and end up founding their own successful IT venture called Crook. But Nakagomi, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Minamoto | Stars: Hiroki Narimiya, Yû Yamada, Shûgo Oshinari, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa

Votes: 144

44. Like a Dragon (2007)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike draws inspiration from the popular Playstation 2 title Yakuza for this unhinged tale of underworld violence in Tokyo starring Goro Kishitani and Kazuki ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Gorô Kishitani, Shun Shioya, Saeko

Votes: 1,255

45. Kimi ni shika kikoenai (2007)

107 min | Drama

a friendless girl who collected a phone which only her could see it and hear it ring and she was talking to a friendless boy who was dumb only her could hear his voice

Director: Tatsuya Hagishima | Stars: Riko Narumi, Keisuke Koide, Mika Hada, Shinichirô Ishikawa

Votes: 197

46. Harmful Insect (2001)

92 min | Drama

Following the divorce of her parents, her mother's suicide attempt, and the rumors of an affair with her teacher, a lonely 7th grader starts skipping school in an attempt to find herself.

Director: Akihiko Shiota | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Seiichi Tanabe, Tetsu Sawaki, Ryo Amamiya

Votes: 706

47. Into the Faraway Sky (2007)

145 min | Drama

Grade schooler Ryonosuke (Kamiki Ryonosuke) has just moved to a small town with his father (Miura Tomokazu), a government official overseeing the area's unpopular airport construction ... See full synopsis »

Director: Isao Yukisada