Best Movies from Japanby elvis smit | created - 22 Apr 2015 | updated - 13 May 2015 | Public
12 Lesser-Known Weird and Wonderful Movies from Japan BY DAVE JACKSON Read more: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/12-lesser-known-weird-and-wonderful-movies-from-japan/#ixzz3Y37YroOQ 15 Great Japanese Crime Films That Are Worth Your Time BY JAMIE LEWIS Read more: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2015/15-great-japanese-crime-films-that-are-worth-your-time/#ixzz3a3oY58Qh
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1. The Aimed School (1981)
90 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Mitamura Yuka (Hiroko Yakushimaru) is a normal shy middle school student that has psychic powers. When a new student with similar powers begins to show his skills, by stealing the student ... See full summary »
2. Daigoro vs. Goliath (1972)
85 min | Family, Fantasy
An inventor and his family try to raise funds to feed a giant monster named Daigoro so that he doesn't shrink. Meanwhile, a meteor lands into the sea bringing with it another giant monster ... See full summary »
3. Shangri-La (2002)
105 min | Comedy, Drama
Follows the lives of a group of homeless people in Japan who run into a man who nearly commits suicide and decide to help him out of his financial troubles. Using their various ingenious ... See full summary »
4. Japanese Hell (1999)
Not Rated | 102 min | Horror
16 year old Rika wants to leave a murderous cult but she is sent to Hell where she meets demons and souls who have committed heinous and outrageous crimes.
82 min | Fantasy, Horror
Extremely fun Daiei adaptation of two shojo horror manga into a single, crazily FX-laden story about two rival, shape-shifting sisters who are on less than good terms. However, when an evil... See full summary »
7. Himiko (1974)
100 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
A freestyle, imagined telling of the life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, making her powers weaken thus putting her position to risk.
8. The Adventure of Denchu-Kozo (1987)
47 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Hikari is a boy who is bullied and teased by the other boys at school because he has the odd distinction of having an electricity pole growing out of his back. However, one of his ... See full summary »
9. Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)
150 min | Comedy
An outrageous collection of surreal, short attention span non-sequiturs largely revolving around Guitar Brother, his randy older sibling, and the pair's portly Caucasian brother.
10. Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
Unrated | 86 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
An evil feudal lord rapes a village girl on her wedding night and proceeds to ruin her and her husband's lives. After she's eventually banished from her village, the girl makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability and take revenge.
Votes: 3,410 | Gross: $0.11M
11. Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected (2005)
90 min | Comedy
Suzume Katagura is a bored housewife who spends her days doing chores and taking care of her husband's pet turtle. One day she sees a wanted ad for spies. Hoping for some excitement she decides to give them a call.
12. Dogra Magra (1988)
109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A young man kills his bride on the day of his marriage and goes insane. He wakes up in an asylum with no memory, left in the hands of two mysterious doctors who relate his condition with his biological identity.
13. Fireworks (1997)
103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Votes: 25,828 | Gross: $0.23M
14. Sonatine (1993)
R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war then escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.
15. Yasha (1985)
127 min | Crime, Drama
Shuji was once a feared member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, but he's reformed his ways, abandoned his old life and left the city for a small coastal fishing town where he's become an honest fisherman.
17. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama
During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses.
19. Death by Hanging (1968)
Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.
20. Branded to Kill (1967)
Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.
23. Pale Flower (1964)
Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime
A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.
26. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Not Rated | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.