Japanese Films

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1. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Lily Franky

Votes: 7,746 | Gross: $0.27M

2. Our Little Sister (2015)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Family

75 Metascore

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their thirteen-year-old half sister.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose

Votes: 10,271 | Gross: $0.46M

3. I Am a Monk (2015)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, History

After the death of his grandfather, 24-year-old Susumu inherits the mantle of Abbot at Eifuku-ji, a Buddhist temple in Shikoku. He faces the same challenges of anyone starting a new job: ... See full summary »

Director: Yukinori Makabe | Stars: Atsushi Itô, Mizuki Yamamoto, Junpei Mizobata, Yoshiki Arizono

Votes: 39

4. Like Father, Like Son (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Ryota is a successful workaholic businessman. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another boy after birth, he faces the difficult decision to choose his true son or the boy he and his wife have raised as their own.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Lily Franky

Votes: 18,962 | Gross: $0.28M

5. The Curtain Rises (2015)

119 min | Comedy

Devised as a vehicle for the members of Momoiro Clover Z, The Curtain Rises is the story of Saori and school-mates who are high school students and members of a performance group. When ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Kanako Momota, Shiori Tamai, Reni Takagi, Momoka Ariyasu

Votes: 361

6. Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

111 min | Drama

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 1,826

7. Wood Job! (2014)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy

After failing to get into university, a soft city boy randomly picks a job in forestry.

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Shôta Sometani, Hideaki Itô, Yûki Furukawa

Votes: 2,011

9. A Tale of Mari and Three Puppies (2007)

124 min | Drama

A tale of Mari and three puppies is based on a true story. It tells about the situation Mari and her puppies have gone through after a massive destruction brought by an earthquake that ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûichi Inomata | Stars: Yoshikazu Ebisu, Eiichirô Funakoshi, Ryohei Hirota, Yukijirô Hotaru

Votes: 228

10. Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

60 Metascore

As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Kippei Shîna, Teruyuki Kagawa, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,445 | Gross: $0.01M

11. 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 »

Director: Shûichi Okita | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kôji Yakusho, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masatô Ibu

Votes: 533

12. Memories of Tomorrow (2006)

122 min | Drama

68 Metascore

A successful businessman's family life is shattered by an early onset of Alzheimer's.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kanako Higuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 735 | Gross: $0.14M

13. Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (2006)

PG-13 | 135 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Japan will sink down to the deep sea. The governments only hope is evacuate all Japanese to some other countries.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Ko Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Mao Daichi

Votes: 1,312

14. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 45,684 | Gross: $1.50M

15. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,356

16. Judge! (2014)

105 min | Comedy

After taking the blame for another disastrous advertising campaign, Ota Kiichiro is asked by his arrogant boss Otaki Ichiro to take his place as a judge at the world's biggest advertising ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Keiko Kitagawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kyôka Suzuki

Votes: 339

17. 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: 4,054

18. Blue Spring Ride (2014)

123 min | Drama, Romance

Futaba lost her first love, Kou, in middle school when he suddenly moved. In high school, she met a guy who resembled Kou, but has a different last name. She needs to know if he is the same guy, and why he moved without letting her know.

Director: Takahiro Miki | Stars: Yûdai Chiba, Izumi Fujimoto, Masahiro Higashide, Tsubasa Honda

Votes: 762

19. When I Get Home, My Wife Always Pretends to Be Dead. (2018)

115 min | Comedy

Confronted by the eccentric and odd behaviour of his wife and the stunts she regularly pulled like ingesting ketchup, spewing it back out and lying on the floor when her husband arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Lee | Stars: Nana Eikura, Ken Yasuda, Sumika Nono, Ryôhei Ohtani

Votes: 494

20. One Cut of the Dead (2017)

96 min | Comedy, Horror

85 Metascore

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda | Stars: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama, Kazuaki Nagaya

Votes: 8,955

21. Shoplifters (2018)

R | 121 min | Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find outside in the cold.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Kirin Kiki, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 40,770 | Gross: $3.31M



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