Japanese movies 2010's * Watchlist

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1. 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: 33,235


2. 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 »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Yû Aoi, Ryô Kase, Yuriko Ishida, Sayuri Yoshinaga

Votes: 567

About Her Brother

3. 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 »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Shinobu Ôtake, Naomasa Musaka, Akira Emoto

Votes: 204


4. Cold Fish (2010)

Not Rated | 146 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 10,129

Cold Fish

5. Caterpillar (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, War

75 Metascore

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 »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya, Emi Masuda, Sabu Kawahara

Votes: 989 | Gross: $0.00M


6. Haru's Journey (2010)

134 min | Drama

Haru's Journey provides an insider's look at Japanese culture through its themes of acceptance, endurance and familial commitment. It tells the story of elderly fisherman Tadao and his ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Eri Tokunaga, Hideji Ôtaki, Kin Sugai

Votes: 199

Haru's Journey

7. Hospitalité (2010)

Unrated | 96 min | Comedy

The film follows the follies that ensue when a man and his wife shack up with a family that owns a printing press in their building, the husband takes it over, and the couple begin inviting a motley crew of friends.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Kenji Yamauchi, Kiki Sugino, Kanji Furutachi, Bryerly Long

Votes: 316


8. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 59,335 | Gross: $0.80M

13 Assassins

9. The Outrage (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,369


10. Villain (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 1,222


11. Heaven's Story (2010)

Not Rated | 278 min | Drama

(Japanese with English subtitles) Part revenge story, part existential meditation, Heaven's Story is 100% modern epic, gracefully threading together multiple suburban tales of lost souls seeking retribution and redemption.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Noriko Eguchi, Akira Emoto, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoharu Hasegawa

Votes: 66

Heaven's Story

12. Sawako Decides (2010)

112 min | Drama

After 5 years in Tokyo, 5 part-time jobs, 5 boyfriends, Sawako's life is going nowhere. When her father gets seriously ill she have to take over his struggling factory. Gradually she becomes the decider of her own life.

Director: Yûya Ishii | Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Kôtarô Shiga, Ryô Iwamatsu, Kira Aihara

Votes: 339

Sawako Decides

13. Sword of Desperation (2010)

114 min | Action, History

A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzaemon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, ... See full summary »

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Kôji Kikkawa, Tsumami Edamame

Votes: 605

Sword of Desperation

14. Sketches of Kaitan City (2010)

Not Rated | 152 min | Drama

In the city of Kaitan, during the winter, the local shipyard is downsized and workers are laid off. Futa (Pistol Takehara) lives with his younger sister Honami (Mitsuki Tanimura. He loses ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuyoshi Kumakiri | Stars: Mitsuki Tanimura, Pistol Takehara, Ryô Kase, Kaho Minami

Votes: 126

Sketches Of Kaitan City

15. A Night in Nude: Salvation (2010)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jiro (Naoto Takenaka) is a man who can do anything for you for a price. Part odd jobs man and part private eye he takes on tasks as simple as clearing out storage lockers to tracking down ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Daisuke Iijima, Harumi Inoue, Machiko Kochi, Kura

Votes: 187

A Night in Nude: Salvation

16. Abacus and Sword (2010)

129 min | Drama

A low-income samurai struggling to survive when the philosophy and their reason of existence is being questioned and phased out.

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Masato Sakai, Yukie Nakama, Keiko Matsuzaka, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 155

Abacus and Sword

Wandering Home [A story of family bonds that endure severe trials. Based on the autobiography of a war photographer who overcame alcohol dependency with the support of his ex-wife]

Railways [The Story of a Man Who Became a Train Operator at the Age of 49]

A Crowd of Three [Kenta & Jun, who grew up as almost brothers at a children's facility. Kenta & Jun now works as part of a demolition crew, but become fed up with their jobs. The friends then decide to take a road trip up north to visit Kenta's brother at the Abashiri prison.]

20. Permanent Nobara (2010)

Comedy, Romance

Nobara is a recently divorced single mother approaching thirty who moves back to her hometown with her daughter in tow. She begins reintegrating, revisiting old hang-outs and meeting with ... See full summary »

Director: Daihachi Yoshida | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Chizuru Ikewaki, Miho Kanno, Eiko Koike

Votes: 137

Permanent Nobara [Naoko returns to her fishing village with her daughter after a messy divorce.]

21. Leonie (2010)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama

40 Metascore

A film about the life and relationships of the early 20th century American educator, editor, and journalist Leonie Gilmour, the mother of the acclaimed artist and architect Isamu Noguchi.

Director: Hisako Matsui | Stars: Emily Mortimer, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Shidô Nakamura, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 411

22. Saigo no Chûshingura (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord.

Director: Shigemichi Sugita | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Kôichi Satô, Nanami Sakuraba, Kôji Yamamoto

Votes: 290

The Last Ronin

23. A Lone Scalpel (2010)

126 min | Drama

Surgeon Touma (Shinichi Tsutsumi) became a doctor after losing his mother at a young age due to a faulty diagnosis. Now working at at a local hospital in 1989, Touma faces the realities of ... See full summary »

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Kimiko Yo, Yutaka Matsushige, Denden, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi

Votes: 58

A Lone Scalpel

24. Golden Slumber (2010)

139 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Aoyagi meets an old friend and ends up framed for the murder of the prime minister.

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Nao Ohmori, Shihori Kanjiya, Masato Sakai

Votes: 960

Golden Slumber

25. Flowers (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

A story of six women from three different generations, each living their own journeys in their respective periods, spanning decades of dramatic changes in Japan from the 1930s to the present.

Director: Norihiro Koizumi | Stars: Yû Aoi, Kyôka Suzuki, Yûko Takeuchi, Rena Tanaka

Votes: 270

26. Seaside Motel (2010)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

Seaside Motel" is a romantic-comedy that takes place over the course of one evening at the oddly named Seaside Motel. The motel is in fact surrounded by mountains with no water in sight. ... See full summary »

Director: Kentarô Moriya | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Kumiko Asô, Takayuki Yamada, Tetsuji Tamayama

Votes: 270

Seaside Motel [It is a a romantic-comedy that takes place over the course of one evening at the oddly named Seaside Motel. The motel is in fact surrounded by mountains with no water in sight. One evening smooth talking swindler Kamedara (Toma Ikuta) stops in for the night at the Seaside Motel. During the evening he comes across a call girl named Candy (Kumiko Aso) whom he falls in love with

27. Norwegian Wood (2010)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 10,466 | Gross: $0.01M

Norwegian Wood

28. The Lightning Tree (2010)

133 min | Romance

The mentally troubled son of a shogun falls for a girl who's been raised in the mountains.

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Stars: Yû Aoi, Pîtâ, Masaki Okada, Risa Sudou

Votes: 110

The Lightning Tree

29. I Wish (2011)

PG | 128 min | Drama

80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Kôki Maeda, Ohshirô Maeda, Masami Nagasawa, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 5,522 | Gross: $0.15M

I Wish

30. Rebirth (2011)

147 min | Drama

After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child.

Director: Izuru Narushima | Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Mao Inoue, Eiko Koike, Konomi Watanabe

Votes: 581


31. Himizu (2011)

129 min | Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Shôta Sometani, Fumi Nikaidô, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 3,145

32. Chronicle of My Mother (2011)

108 min | Drama

Based on an autobiographical novel by Inoue Yasushi, the film chronicles the passage of fifteen years within a family struggling with abandonment, resentment and decline with old age. As ... See full summary »

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Erina Mano, Kirin Kiki, Aoi Miyazaki

Votes: 314

Chronicles Of My Mother" [This movie recounts the relationship of an author and his elderly parents. The author has a strained relationship with his father and his mother's memory grows weaker by the day. A reconciliation is attempted by the son.]

33. Tada's Do-It-All House (2011)

123 min | Drama

In the fictional Tokyo suburb of Mahoro, Tada Keisuke works as a "benriya" - a general problem solver for hire. One day in January, former classmate Gyoten Haruhiko appears unannounced. ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Eita, Ryûhei Matsuda, Tasuku Emoto, Manami Honjô

Votes: 277

Tada's Do-It-All House [Set within the fictional city of Mahoro, Keisuke Tada & Haruhiko Gyoten are two thirty something divorced men who run a “benriya” (odd jobs for hire) business. The drama series depicts their interactions with clients in their agency, which is located across the street from a station.]

34. Tokyo Park (2011)

119 min | Drama, Family

Having gone through trauma and pain for most of his life a man finds refuse in his camera and the parks and greenery of Tokyo following a recent dismal event. On one such occasion he is ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Haruma Miura, Nana Eikura, Manami Konishi, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 174

Tokyo Park [A photographer is hired to stalk a woman and her young child through the parks of Tokyo.]

35. 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: 672

Love Strikes! Yukiyo (Mirai Moriyama), a pop culture-loving blogger, suddenly becomes popular with the ladies and is overwhelmed by the surge of interest.][

36. 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 »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Shioli Kutsuna, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomokazu Miura

Votes: 140

My Back Pages

37. The Detective Is in the Bar (2011)

125 min | Drama

In the Susukino red light district of Sapporo, a private detective (Yo Oizumi) drinks alcohol with his driver Takada (Ryuhei Matsuda) in his favorite bar. There he receives a phone call ... See full summary »

Director: Hajime Hashimoto | Stars: Yô Ôizumi, Ryûhei Matsuda, Koyuki, Toshiyuki Nishida

Votes: 251

The Detective Is in the Bar

38. Mainichi kâsan (2011)

114 min | Comedy

Reiko is a mother of two children and works as a cartoonist. She divorces her alcoholic husband, but when she finds out that he's seriously ill, she decides to take him back.

Director: Shôtarô Kobayashi | Stars: Kyôko Koizumi, Masatoshi Nagase, Shinta Furuta, Akira Hokuto

Votes: 53

Kaasan, Mom's Life [Reiko a single parent of two children, manages to juggle a full-time job drawing manga. Though her life is hectic, she always gets through with unwavering optimism and laughter. But when her alcoholic husband, war journalist suddenly returns, he threatens to tear apart the family and break Rieko’s bright spirit.]

39. Guilty of Romance (2011)

144 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

56 Metascore

A grisly murder occurs in Maruyama-cho, Shibuya, Tokyo - a love hotel district - a woman was found dead in a derelict apartment. Kazuko (Miki Mizuno) is a police officer called to ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kazuya Kojima

Votes: 4,043

Guilty of Romance

40. Life Back Then (2011)

131 min | Drama

Two young lonely people form a bond as they go through the homes of the recently departed people.

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Masaki Okada, Nana Eikura, Rei Dan, Yoriko Dôguchi

Votes: 113

Life Back Then [Kyohei and Yuki each shut themselves away from the world -- until they meet.]

41. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

76 Metascore

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.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 6,859 | Gross: $0.06M

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

42. Cut (I) (2011)

133 min | Drama, Thriller

Shuji is an uncompromising young filmmaker at odds with Japanese society. One day he learns that his loan shark brother, who had helped to finance his films, has been executed by his own ... See full summary »

Director: Amir Naderi | Stars: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa, Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata

Votes: 634

43. My SO Has Got Depression (2011)

121 min | Drama

A husband is suffering from melancholia, and he wants to commit suicide. His wife, who is a cartoonist, forces him to quit his job for the therapy. The wife's optimism influence the husband, and they live happily ever after.

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Masato Sakai, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kanji Tsuda

Votes: 392

My SO Has Got Depression

44. Yougashiten koandoru (2011)

115 min | Drama

A film about mouthwatering desserts and the journey of a cake-maker's daughter from Kagoshima to Tokyo, as she finds herself in the company of a legendary former patissier.

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Yû Aoi, Urara Awata, Nathan Berg

Votes: 247

Patisserie Coin de rue