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1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.8
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65 Metascore

The daughter of an Imperial scientist joins the Rebel Alliance in a risky move to steal the Death Star plans.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen

Votes: 516,819 | Gross: $532.18M

2. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.6
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 295,725 | Gross: $0.27M

3. The Wolverine (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.7
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61 Metascore

Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima

Votes: 412,730 | Gross: $132.56M

4. Ronin (1998)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.3
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67 Metascore

A freelancing former U.S. Intelligence Agent tries to track down a mysterious package that is wanted by the Irish and the Russians.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 165,148 | Gross: $41.62M

5. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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85 Metascore

When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 29,808

6. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.2
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28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 140,231 | Gross: $38.36M

7. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 102,440

8. Dororo (2019– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.4
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A father in pursuit of power gives parts of his new-born son to a host of demons. Years later, the son battles those demons to regain what is rightfully his.

Stars: Rio Suzuki, Mugihito, Hiroki Suzuki, Mutsumi Sasaki

Votes: 3,635

9. Blade of the Immortal (2017)

R | 140 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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72 Metascore

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara

Votes: 13,213 | Gross: $0.15M

10. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.5
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Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."

Stars: Kazuya Nakai, Ginpei Sato, Ayako Kawasumi, Steve Blum

Votes: 36,559

11. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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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: 59,339 | Gross: $0.80M

12. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta

Votes: 9,242

13. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.5
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75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 45,577 | Gross: $0.85M

14. Sanjuro (1962)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

8.1
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 29,410

15. Afro Samurai (2007)

TV-MA | 26 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.7
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A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Phil LaMarr, Yuri Lowenthal, Greg Eagles

Votes: 14,169

16. Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Not Rated | 103 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.8
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A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

Director: Masahiro Andô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yuri Chinen, Kôichi Yamadera, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 13,804

17. Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)

TV-MA | 134 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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A former assassin who has resolved to never kill again has his vow sorely tested.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Yû Aoi, Masataka Kubota, Emi Takei

Votes: 18,435

18. The Killer Elite (1975)

PG | 122 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

6.0
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Mike Locke, who works for a private security firm affiliated with the C.I.A., is betrayed by his partner and left apparently crippled for life.

Director: Sam Peckinpah | Stars: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins

Votes: 5,179

19. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Adventure

7.8
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 6,262

20. Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)

TV-MA | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Kenshin Himura goes up against pure evil Makoto Shishio who is attempting to overthrow the Meiji government. The fate of the country hangs in the balance as Kenshin Himura takes up the sword that he vowed to never draw again.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 10,989

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

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 6,860 | Gross: $0.06M

22. A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.0
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 3,342

23. Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends (2014)

TV-MA | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.

Director: Keishi Ohtomo | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Takeru Satoh, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yû Aoi

Votes: 7,811

24. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 3,289

25. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 4,363

26. Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 97 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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When his father's body is stolen from its grave, Afro takes up his sword again to tear through an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic leader.

Director: Fuminori Kizaki | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill, Grey Griffin

Votes: 7,932

27. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,873

28. The 47 Ronin (1941)

241 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Utaemon Ichikawa, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 1,802

29. Samurai Cat (2014)

100 min | Comedy, History

6.3
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Masterless Samurai Kyutaro Madarame is hired by a dog-loving gang to get rid of their rival gang's beloved pet, an adorable white cat. Upon raising his sword, however, he cannot bring ... See full summary »

Directors: Takeshi Watanabe, Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Yôsuke Asari, Yoriko Dôguchi, Kaoru Hirata

Votes: 317

30. Ronin Warriors (1988–1995)

23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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After a thousand years of exile, Talpa, ruler of the Netherworld, returns to claim the Earth as his own. The only thing that can stop him and his minions are five young men and their mystical suits of armor.

Stars: Michael Donovan, Jason Gray-Stanford, Matt Hill, David Kaye

Votes: 630

31. Shigurui: Death Frenzy (2007– )

Animation, Action, Drama

7.8
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The series starts off at a tournament where a one armed samurai faces a blind one and quickly flashes back to reveal the history between the two fighters.

Stars: Daisuke Namikawa, Emi Shinohara, Seizô Katô, John Burgmeier

Votes: 1,898

32. Killing (2018)

80 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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Set during the tumultuous mid-19th century Edo period of Japan, Killing is the story of a masterless samurai or ronin named Ikematsu Sosuke. As the prevalent peace and tranquility are sure ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ya Tsukamoto | Stars: Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yû Aoi, Sôsuke Ikematsu, Kohji Katoh

Votes: 464

33. Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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When poor peasants kidnap a magistrate's daughter to coerce him into reducing taxes, a wandering ronin and two renegades from the magistrate's guard take up the fight for them.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijirô Hira, Miyuki Kuwano

Votes: 2,714

34. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 3,977

35. Punk Samurai Slash Down (2018)

130 min | Action, Drama

5.9
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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: 74

36. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 5,071

37. Samurai Assassin (1965)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 1,789

38. After the Rain (1999)

91 min | Drama

7.7
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During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

Votes: 3,636

39. Kill! (1968)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Yuriko Hoshi, Tadao Nakamaru

Votes: 2,352

40. Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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The villain is called Amakusa Shiro Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kenji Sawada, Akiko Kana, Ken Ogata

Votes: 746

41. Sword of the Beast (1965)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Mikijirô Hira, Gô Katô, Shima Iwashita, Toshie Kimura

Votes: 2,267

42. Neko zamurai (2013– )

30 min | Action, Comedy, History

7.6
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A humorless samurai, nearly desperate for work, agrees to assassinate a goblin cat that is accused of possessing a man's soul.

Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Kaoru Hirata, Kaori Takahashi, Megumi Yokoyama

Votes: 71

43. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,438

44. Shimokita Glory Days (2006– )

30 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A guy moves in with 5 nubile women, paying rent by doing their housework.

Stars: Sora Aoi, Yuma Asami, Manami Hashimoto, Ichitaro

Votes: 121

45. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)

86 min | Drama

7.8
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The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters.

Director: Sadao Yamanaka | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Kan'emon Nakamura, Tsuruzô Nakamura, Chôemon Bandô

Votes: 1,657

46. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (2012)

106 min | Animation, Action, Drama

7.0
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Fuse are hybrids between humans and dogs, who live in Japan in the Edo period. It was said that they kill people to feed themselves with their souls. Due to this rumors, the Shogun put a ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Miyaji | Stars: Atsushi Abe, Keiji Fujiwara, Kenji Hamada, Gekidan Hitori

Votes: 292

47. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

76 min | Horror

7.0
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi, Shuntarô Emi

Votes: 1,127

48. Love's Twisting Path (2018)

93 min | Drama, Romance

5.2
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A love story torn by swords... In Kyoto in the last days of Edo Period, the bloody conflict continues between local feudal domains, who aim to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Ryô Kimura, Asahi Kurizuka, Kengo Kôra, Masatoshi Nagase

Votes: 17

49. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.4
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Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 1,065

50. Snow on the Blades (2014)

Action, Drama, History

6.6
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Shimura Kingo fails his duty to protect the life of the Shogun's chief minister, and spends his life tracking down the assassins. However, all but one of the assassins die before Kingo can reach them. Still, Kingo presses on.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryôko Hirosue, Masahiro Takashima

Votes: 211



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