Titles You Haven't Rated (45)
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Saeki works with death-row convicts as a prison chaplain. He tries to instill the prisoners with a sense of morality and help them become a better person. He is a good communicator with the death-row convicts assigned to solitary cells. Saeki agonizes over whether his words really touches the prisoners and whether he is doing the right thing. Saeki also faces his past which he wants to forget. (imdb)
Kuki Fumihiro is a son from a wealthy zaibatsu (conglomerate) family. His father raises him to become pure evil. Kuki kills his father to protect his adopted sister Kaori. Afterward, Kuki disappears. He undergoes plastic surgery and takes the identity of Koichi Shintani. He watches Kaori and faces the great evil that exists within the Kuki family.
Miyuki (Kumi Takiuchi) works at the Fukushima City Hall. She lost her mother to 2011 tsunami and now lives with her father (Ken Mitsuishi) at a temporary house. On the weekends, Miyuki travels to Shibuya, Tokyo by express bus and works there as a prostitute. (AsianWiki.com)
When the new teacher at the high school, who has played violin since her school days, hears a local amateur orchestra her interest is rekindled and she determines to join. Being new and unfamiliar with the town she accidentally enrolls in an orchestra comprised of the elderly who nonetheless are delighted to have the younger blood. The teacher does not have the heart to backtrack and disappoint them. She is the permanent new conductor.
When Natsumi's father dies she returns to the forest which she had visited with him with his motorcycle. She meets and decides to stay with a family who also own a store nearby. (imdb)
Yuki Hirano (Sometani), is the sort of slide-by student most teachers are happy to see the back of. But after he fails his college entrance exams and is dumped by his girlfriend, this new high school graduate decides to make a fresh start and join a one-year trainee program for forestry workers, aka lumberjacks. His motivation is less a love for the great outdoors than a pretty face on a recruiting pamphlet. (Japan Times Site)
Set in the near future in Tokyo, Japan. The evil terrorist organization Galactor has declared war on the world. The group possesses more advanced technology than governments and occupies over half of the planet. Dr. Kozaburo Nambu of the International Science Organization gathers together 5 superhero ninja agents, known collectively as Gatchaman, to stop Galactor. (imdb)
Set in 1989 in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, 17-year-old Toma (Masaki Suda) lives with his father and his father's lover. Toma witnesses his father's sadistic behavior towards his lover and, soon, Tooma finds himself following in his father's footsteps. (asianwiki.com)
In a small town in Japan, a series of seemingly random explosion cases occur...
Hard-boiled Japanese auteur Takeshi Kitano returns with the sequel to his 2010 yakuza thriller. (tiff.net)
Sayoko rents out cats to help lonely people fill the emptiness in their hearts. She walks along the banks of the river with a megaphone promoting her service and her animals in a handcart. It turns out that Sayoko is lonely too, ever since the death of her grandmother. All she has left is her cats. However, one day a young man shows up from Sayoko's past. He follows her home and suddenly Sayoko's life seems to completely fall apart. (utahfilmcenter.org)
There are rundown nightclubs where the excitement is gone, but the Playboy Club in Tokyo has long since passed that phase. It's the ideal backdrop for shady deals, pathetic eroticism and loutish violence. The filmmaker captures the decline with a bizarre sense of humour. (mubi.com)
A couple decide to relocate from Tokyo to the northern island of Hokkaido where they settle and establish a bakery and café called Mani. One cooks. The other bakes. Everyone walks out happy and satisfied, no matter the time of day, time of year or their mental state when they walked in. (imdb)
As a young child, 13-year-old Junichi Miyata was bullied at school and cried easily. . Now as a middle-aged man, Junichi Miyata works as a driver for a parcel delivery company. He lives with his two kids, unemployed 19-year-old Toshiya & 18-year-old Momoko. Junichi's wife passed away from stomach cancer several years earlier. Junichi now finds it difficult to communicate with his kids and he's worried that he has cancer like his late wife. (asianwiki.com)
An aimless young laborer has trouble getting his life together and spends his time seducing women over the internet, but when one ends up dead suspicions abound.
Kaiji Ito moves to Japan after graduating from high school. Unable to find a job and frustrated with society at large, Kaiji spends his days gambling, vandalizing cars and drinking booze. Two years later and his life no better, a debt collector named Endo arrives to collect money, offering two choices to Kaiji: spend 10 year paying off his loan or board a gambling boat for one night to repay his debt and possibly make a whole lot more. (film.com)
A brother and sister leave the big city to live with their veterinarian father when their mother is hospitalized. As they are adjusting to their new life filled with natural beauty, they adopt an abandoned puppy. When it is discovered that the puppy is actually a wolf, they choose to return the baby wolf to its mother in the forest rather than let it live a life in captivity. (imdb)
The story of the relationship between a college student whose relationship with her boyfriend is going nowhere and a bisexual medical artist who makes prosthetic body parts. (imdb)
A diving club is in danger of going bankrupt. To save the diving club, a female coach returns from the U.S. to coach the club and promises that a diver from the club will make the Japanese Olympic team.
Wise and deliciously witty, Ryosuke Hashiguchi's film chronicles eight years of a marriage: the easy-going husband becomes a courtroom artist, while his high-strung wife nearly has a breakdown. (sensasian.com)
AMUKU TANTEI 2 is all about unexplainable things that inflict sheer terror on human beings and how they leave victims psychologically devastated. It is as much a true horror film as it is a psychological drama. Rest assured, certain scenes do get scary at times, though expect a bit more subtlety this time. Don't expect things clearly spelled out for you either, but more a visual language that explains things to a satisfying degree... (imdb)
As the Grim Reaper in human form, Chiba appears seven days before a person dies an unexpected death. His job is to observe the person for seven days, and then decide either to 'execute' or 'pass over'...Today, again, in the rain, he waits. His subject, her death due in seven days, is Kazue Fujiki, 27. She works for a manufacturing company, in the complaints department. Exhausted after her day, she emerges from her office. It's time for the Reaper to go to work. (asiacue.com)
Kenji, abandoned by his mother, scrapes out a meager existence doing odd jobs including driving bar hostesses and their customers home. Besides this he takes care of the sister of an old friend in jail and a young illegal immigrant. But his life reaches a turning point when he happens to meet Chiyoko, his long lost mother. She is now married to Mamiya, the owner of an express package delivery service. They also have a teenage son, Yusuke. (imdb)
Even if she usually appears cool and reserved on the outside, Tsuyako is the very soul of the love hotel that she has been running by herself since her husband disappeared many years ago. She gets a little break from her daily routine from the schoolchildren, young parents, and retired people from the neighborhood, who she lets use the idyllic rooftop of her house in the middle of Tokyo like a park. So the 13-year-old runaway Mika seeks shelter with her. (asianwiki)
What if extensions carried the grudge of the individual to which the hair originally belonged and started attacking people wearing it at random? Customs agents discover a huge amount of human hair used as materials for 'hair extensions' along with the dead body of a young girl with a shaved head... (imdb)
Soetsu, a humble moneylender, is murdered by Shinzaemon, a cruel samurai, and his body is disposed of in a pool of a snaking river. 20 years later, in a chance encounter, Shinkichi, the handsome son of Shinzaemon, meets Toyoshiga, the daughter of Soetsu, and they fall in love... (gomorrahy.com)
A young woman named Taeko arrives at a remote guesthouse in peaceful and beautiful natural surroundings by the sea. Here she is cut off from the outside world, there is no mobile connection, and everything seems set for some relaxing days. But Taeko is baffled by the landlord's curious cooking rituals, by synchronised dancing on the beach, and by the favourite pastime of the natives which is called "twilighting". In small, but very tangible ways, Taeko's limits are being pushed. (Kosmorama.no)
After inadvertently killing his girlfriend, a man (Asano) flees Macau for Thailand in an attempt to cope with his guilt, and avoid possible arrest. But the relocation doesn't prevent his problems from following him, as his new friends could be potential enemies. (imdb)
From the mind of 'Vampire Hunter D' creator Hideyuki Kikuchi comes a new film about a group of children that dissappears, only to return one rainy day 35 years later! A reporter following the story of a child's corps that has mysteriously been rendered free of it's internal organs is drawn to a small town where he learns the story of group of elementary school students who disappeared 35 years ago. The people tell him to 'stay inside when it rains out of season, you'll get drunk in by the rain.
Noriko's Dinner Table is Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono's semi-sequel to the 2001 cult hit "Suicide Club," a suspense classic concerning a mass suicide of 54 schoolgirls involved in a disturbing cult. (Two Boots Pioneer Theater)
Asuka is an aspiring model who moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She moves into a small apartment with a friend of a friend, Kasumi. A bizarre murder occurs in the hotel across the street. The body was mutilated and repositioned into a lurid work of art. After this, a string of murders start happening all around the two girls, as if some crazed serial killer was following them. At the scene of each crime, the perpetrator leaves a black lip print, and is subsequently dubbed "The Black Kiss." (imdb)
3 short stories of how the guys found themselves at the dead end. in the first part a guy kills a girl by mistake and this is the first sight love. The second one is a psychological duel, and the final story is about who wants to die most
After coming back from a night out on Tokyo, Junnosuke falls asleep on his girfriend's apartment, while waiting for her to come back from the market. He wakes up the next morning, only to find out that she never returned.
2009 Lost Memories unfolds from an intriguing premise: what if An Jung-geun had failed to assassinate Ito Hirobumi in Harbin, 1909, and this single incident opened a completely different history, one in which Japan had never lost the Second World War, and Korea had never gained independence. (ADV Films)
The fourth movie in the highly sucessful Eko Eko Azarak series. Following the events of the second movie, Misa (this time played by TOEI poster child and Battle Royale II starlette, Natsuki Kato) discovers, along with the rest of Japan, the strength of her newly acquired powers when she and her friends are attacked in the woods… (themoviedb)
A pleasing, winning, funny and often poignant film centered around a threesome of magnificent performances from Takahashi, Tanabe and the highly versatile Kataoka. (Midnight Eye)
The intense love affair between striptease dancer Ayako and potter Daiji is enhanced by mainly medium and close shots of the handheld camera and the natural style of the actors. The director, Kawase, shot most of the material in the area where she grew up and the whole film breaths an intimate love for the people who inhabit the villages and farmlands. The confrontation with memories and ancient traditions play a vital role in the script...
Fujio Rika (Kurita Rei) is a bright young woman so set on marrying her ideal (i.e., rich, tall and handsome) boyfriend Ono Seiichi (Sekiguchi Tomohiro), an up-and-coming executive, that she descends into an almost neurotic state of shock when he suddenly dumps her. Drunk one night, she begins calling people randomly on her cell phone, until one, Kono Shingo (Arata), finally responds. (mubi.com)
A man gets involved in a kidnapping scheme with the wife of a wealthy businessman. She lets herself be tied up and confined in his house while he sends the ransom demand. When he returns home that night, however, he finds her laying dead on the floor. In a panic he buries her body deep in the woods and tries to return to his ordinary life. One day, he thinks he spots her walking down the street. Is his mind playing tricks on him, or has she somehow returned from the grave? (imdb)
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he'll seem too eager... (imdb)
The film opens with mobster Yasuo (Ken Mitsuishi) getting out of jail only to learn that his gang's don is dead, and that his own future is in doubt. Seething from the bad news, he sees his old high school friend Kenji (Tadanobu Asano). (allmovie.com)
Hiroko Watanabe's fiancé Itsuki died two years earlier in a mountain climbing accident. While looking through his high school yearbook, Hiroko in a fit of grief decides to write a letter to him using his old school address. (imdb)
Fried Dragon Fish (1993) - TV Movie
A salesman from Delta Works, a London-based computerized database, offers a one month free trial that seems uninteresting until he mentions that an operator, always selected from a group of young women in their 20's nick-named "Delta Ladies", will also be supplied in the trial period. Poo arrives at the one-man Aida Detective Agency with the Delta Mazelan 'F' Series hardware. A dragon fish has been stolen by Tetsu Tobiyama and biologist Thomas Earwing seeks its return... (imdb)
Babel II (1992) - Short Film
Life seems simple for Koichi, a young student, until he learns that he is the reincarnation of an alien protector who crashed onto the mantle of responsibility as"defender of the Earth", Koichi/Babel teams up with a trio of super-powered alien companions to battle the the dark forces of an evil cult leader. (myanimelist.net)