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1. Helpless (1996)

80 min | Crime

Yasuo is a gangster just released from jail. Believing his boss double-crossed him, enraged Yasuo is on his way to find the boss. But before setting out for the dangerous trip, Yasuo asks ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ken Mitsuishi, Yôichirô Saitô, Hiroko Isayama

Votes: 189

2. Eureka (2000)

217 min | Drama

78 Metascore

The traumatized survivors of a murderous bus hijacking come together and take a road trip to attempt to overcome their damaged selves. Meanwhile a serial killer is on the loose.

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Aoi Miyazaki, Masaru Miyazaki, Yôichirô Saitô

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $0.05M

3. Love & Pop (1998)

110 min | Drama

A high school girl engages in compensated dating in order to buy an expensive ring before the day ends.

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida

Votes: 984

4. Shin Godzilla (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 20,123 | Gross: $1.91M

5. Ritual (2000)

128 min | Drama

A disillusioned filmmaker has an encounter with a young girl who has a ritual of repeating "Tomorrow is my birthday" everyday. He tries to communicate with her through his video camera

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Shunji Iwai, Ayako Fujitani, Jun Murakami, Shinobu Ôtake

Votes: 1,561

6. Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998)

R | 108 min | Mystery, Action, Thriller

44 Metascore

In dreamlike mountain scenery, Toshiko makes a daring escape from her sexually warped Uncle Sonezaki. Fortunately, she met Samehada as she runs for her life, which is also escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Ittoku Kishibe, Sie Kohinata, Kimie Shingyôji

Votes: 2,012

7. Party 7 (2000)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy

Seven characters, introduced at the start of the film, get thrown together into the same hotel room: a thief who's stolen a suitcase of money from the mob, his ex-girlfriend, her obsessive ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Keisuke Horibe, Yoshinori Okada, Akemi Kobayashi

Votes: 578

8. 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: 5,481

9. Crazy Thunder Road (1980)

95 min | Action

When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels betrayed. Especially the reputedly... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike, Kôji Nanjô, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 276

10. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)

55 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A violent, guitar-playing, electrically charged boxer faces off against an electronic wizard half-merged with a metallic Buddha.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Yoshiki Arizono, Tadanobu Asano, Masakatsu Funaki, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 2,066

11. Bitter Honey (2016)

105 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

Based on novelist Muro Saisei's 1959 book, Bitter Honey narrates the story of a poet who informed by his physician of his impending death finds renewed flights of fantasy. He is visited by ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Ren Osugi, Seiko Iwaidô, Hanae Kan

Votes: 97

12. Punk Samurai Slash Down (2018)

130 min | Action, Drama

In search of employment and a permanent position and having committed murder the ronin Kake Junoshin tells the Kurokaze ('black wave') Han clan that a religious cult is aiming for their ... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Gô Ayano, Keiko Kitagawa, Shôta Sometani, Masahiro Higashide

Votes: 77

13. The Five (1995)

Unrated | 109 min | Action, Drama, Crime

Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers.

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Masahiro Motoki, Jinpachi Nezu, Kippei Shîna

Votes: 2,175

14. Gonin 2 (1996)

108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Thrown together by chance during the robbery of a jewelry store by a Yakuza gang, five women take advantage of the situation to make off with the heist's loot, while a man hunts the same ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Ken Ogata, Shinobu Ôtake, Kimiko Yo, Mai Kitajima

Votes: 373

16. The Great Passage (2013)

134 min | Drama

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, 'The Great Passage.' In the eclectic team, he becomes ... See full summary »

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Ryûhei Matsuda, Aoi Miyazaki, Joe Odagiri, Kaoru Kobayashi

Votes: 1,913

17. Our Family (2014)

117 min | Drama

A family drama about a family's struggles as their mother's impending death when she is diagnosed with a brain tumor brings to light financial burdens that need to be shouldered by her sons.

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kyôzô Nagatsuka, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Mieko Harada

Votes: 242

18. Bread, Bus and the Second First Love (2017)

110 min | Comedy

A girl who works at a bakery coincidentally finds herself face-to-face with a customer who was her crush at junior high school. The girl received a proposal from another man recently, but ... See full summary »

Director: Rikiya Imaizumi | Stars: Mai Fukagawa, Kenjirô Yamashita, Sayuri Matsumura, Mai Shiraishi

Votes: 31

19. 8000 Miles (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

(Japanese with English subtitles) This surprise indie box office hit in Japan follows the tragi-comic trials and tribulations of a group of wannabe rappers struggling to make something of themselves in the suburban sprawls of Tokyo.

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Hakushu Kamisuzuki, Ryusuke Komakine, Ryuya Masunari, Mihiro

Votes: 110

20. 8000 Miles 2: Girl Rappers (2010)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Yu Irie strikes again with the sequel to his surprise indie hit 8000 Miles - this time the boys of Sho-Gung get out of Saitama, only to take a backseat to the all female rap group, B-Hack. ... See full summary »

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Sakura Andô, Kumiko Masuda, Fumi Sakurai, Maho Yamada

Votes: 53

21. SR: Saitama no rappâ - Rôdosaido no toubousha (2012)

70 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

The upcoming Japanese director Yu Irie gained acclaim in Japanese cinema with his realistic portrayal of frustrated youths, which gained popularity among young audience. 'Roadside Fugitive,... See full summary »

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Akihiro Kitamura, Erika Nagamine, Mihiro, Jun Miho

Votes: 434

22. Hibi Rock: Puke Afro and the Pop Star (2014)

110 min | Comedy

Takuro Hibinuma had no talent for sports or aptitude for studying throughout high school and never had a girlfriend. However, he found his true calling when he began playing rock music. ... See full summary »

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Naoto Takenaka, Shûhei Nomura, Motoki Ochiai

Votes: 55

23. Joker Game (2015)

106 min | Action, Thriller

In Japan, Lieutenant Colonel Yuki (Yusuke Iseya) recommends the creation of spy training school "D Kikan".

Director: Yû Irie | Stars: Kazuya Kamenashi, Yûsuke Iseya, Kyoko Fukada, Richard Shelton

Votes: 407

24. Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (1995)

45 min | Drama, Family

On the day when a fireworks display is planned, Norimichi, Yusuke, and their friends at school in a Japanese seaside town cannot agree whether or not fireworks are "flat" or "round" when ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Yuta Yamazaki, Megumi Okina, Takayuki Sorita, Randy Havens

Votes: 502

25. Undo (1994)

47 min | Drama, Romance

Moemi is not overly pleased when Yukio brings home a couple of turtles to keep her company. Although Yukio works at home as a writer, Moemi feels neglected and desired a dog or a cat, but ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Tomorô Taguchi

Votes: 554

26. 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: 6,588

27. Picnic (1996)

68 min | Drama, Fantasy

Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey. Walking upon the tops of the walls of the city, they seek to find a ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Chara, Tadanobu Asano, Koichi Hashizume, Naomasa Musaka

Votes: 1,470

28. 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: 2,580

29. Hana and Alice (2004)

135 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

When two best friends develop a crush on the same boy, they develop a plan to trick him into dating them.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Anne Suzuki, Yû Aoi, Tomohiro Kaku, Shôko Aida

Votes: 3,557

30. The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015)

100 min | Animation, Drama

Alice transfers to a new school, where students believe that one student per school year is cursed, whom they call Judas Iscariot. Alice is deemed the new Judas, but what happened to the former Judas?

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Yû Aoi, Anne Suzuki, Shôko Aida, Sei Hiraizumi

Votes: 1,320

31. A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (2016)

179 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

56 Metascore

Nanami is an apathetic, part-time junior high school teacher, whose only solace comes from connecting with others on "Planet", a new social network service. One day, a young man named ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Haru Kuroki, Cocco, Gô Ayano, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 1,137

32. Taiyô no hakaba (1960)

87 min | Crime, Drama

In Osaka's slum, capricious folks without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the trading of ID cards and blood.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kayoko Honoo, Kôji Nakahara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 703

33. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to an obsessive and ultimately destructive sexual relationship.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 17,083

34. Last Letter (2020)

120 min | Romance

It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's ... See full summary »

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Masaharu Fukuyama, Suzu Hirose, Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Votes: 30

35. Naked Youth (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 1,876

36. Taboo (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,802 | Gross: $0.05M

37. 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?

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Mirai Moriyama, Masami Nagasawa, Kumiko Asô, Riisa Naka

Votes: 677

38. The Vortex of Love (2013)

140 min | Comedy

Nine men and women gather at a house party. The men are disappointed with a woman's appearance. People try to lighten the mood, but there is an awkwardness. The house party ends. Dates among the nine men and women begin.

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Yûmi Gotô, Tokie Hirose, Aya Kunitake, Sadaharu Matsushita

Votes: 112

39. House (1977)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which turns out to be haunted.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kimiko Ikegami, Miki Jinbo, Kumiko Ohba, Ai Matsubara

Votes: 18,212

40. Bakuman (2015)

119 min | Comedy

Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 1,273

41. Scoop! (2016)

119 min | Adventure, Mystery

Shizuka Miyakonojo (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a 40 something paparazzi photographer. He is a skilled cameraman who has a gambling addiction and is in debt. An ex journo for a weekly picture ... See full summary »

Director: Hitoshi Ône | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Lily Franky, Rika Izumi, Moemi Katayama

Votes: 396

42. The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)

104 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Tomoyo Harada, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Toshinori Omi, Toshie Negishi

Votes: 453

43. The Ravine of Goodbye (2013)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama

A child's horrific murder brings to light the haunted truth of an affair between her mother and a neighbor. As a magazine reporter investigates the case, he finds that nothing is as it seems.

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Joe Hyûga, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Arata Iura

Votes: 361

44. The Whispering of the Gods (2005)

107 min | Drama

Rou returns to the rural seminary farm where he studied as a boy and was molested by priests. Rou has recently had a history of violence, and he brings this anger to the seminary, ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Leona Hirota, Megumi Sawara, Keita Kimura

Votes: 141

45. A Crowd of Three (2009)

131 min | Drama

5.9