Titles You Haven't Rated (86)
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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)
Shiori, a 21-year-old agriculture student receive training at a winery at a sake brewery in Hiroshima. But things don't go well. The owner of the sake brewery passes away and the brewery faces a crisis. She also develops feelings for the late owner's son. (themoviedb)
Setouchi Shonen Yakyu dan (2016) - TV Movie
Set after World War II on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, Komako (Emi Takei) is a teacher at an elementary school. She and her students decide to form a boys' baseball team with Komako as their coach. She tries to give hope to her students through baseball.
A fantasy love story that drifts between this world and heaven. Chasuke is in charge of making tea in heaven. He has feelings for a human woman named Yuri whom he has seen from a writer who is scripting her life from heaven. He knows that Yuri is condemned to die in a car accident. To save the woman, Chasuke goes down to this world. (imdb)
Jôiuchi: hairyô zuma shimatsu (2013) - TV Movie
Re-make of the Samurai Rebellion (1967). The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (imdb)
Reiji is a clumsy but excitable cop who is assigned to a dangerous Yakuza group as an undercover agent. His duty to his country and his determination to lose his virginity are two of his driving forces. His fears? Death and premature ejaculation. Could he survive the Yakuza alive and last in bed with his beloved Junna? The answers lie in The Mole Song, a surprising, fast-paced and highly entertaining picture from one of Japan's best directors.
Married couple Aiko Tsumari (Aoi Miyazaki) and Ayumu Muko (Osamu Mukai) live a happy and peaceful life. Aiko is bit naive, while Ayumu works as a not so popular novelist. One day, a letter arrives for Ayumu. Because of this letter, the couple become estranged . (asianwiki.com)
Set 2 years after prior film "Bayside Shakedown 3: Set the Guys Loose," a major case occurs that has the potential to take down the entire police organization. For the next 3 days, Shunsaku Aoshima (Yuji Oda) and his colleagues struggle to unravel the case... (letterboxd)
Towards the end of the war, one hundred middle-aged soldiers were sent to the frontline according to lots drawn by their superior officer. On the night of the lottery, a soldier, expecting to be killed in action, leaves a postcard from his wife with Keita Matsuyama. The card tells, "It is the festival today, but the air feels empty without your presence." The soldier asks Keita to let his wife know that he had read the postcard. (mubi.com)
The beautiful Azami is tired of her penniless and lazy boyfriend, Hideji. Determined to break up with him, she must first get back all the money she has given him over the years. She hatches a plot in which she fakes her own kidnapping to get Hideji to pay a ransom. Things get hilariously complicated when all parties involved act to their own agendas. (imdb)
A young woman is diagnosed with breast cancer but keeps the information from her boyfriend. When he finds out, he decides to plan a wedding even though she only has one month to live. (imdb)
A young girl's troubles bring fear and madness to her entire village. (imdb)
Kanikosen is a highly stylized, stirring, manga-flavored update of a classic Japanese political novel, with labor unrest aboard a crab canning ship evolving into a cry of a younger generation aching to break the bonds of conformity. (mubi.com)
A rookie primary school teacher suggests his students that they raise a pig and eat it as a way to teach the real connection between life and food..The students name their piglet P-Chan and learn to overcome the problems they face when taking care of it. After a year of love and devotion showered on P-Chan, it has grown big. The deadline of the project is drawing near. They have to decide the fate of P-Chan. Will they follow the initial objective of this project or... (moviexclusive.com)
A teenage boy moves to a small town. At first everything seems to be going great for him, until he learns that the town has a secret. As he slowly tries to learn more about the dark secret, he discovers that he may be the next target of a terrible curse that could leave him dead.
Hirai is a prison guard who looks after Kaneda, a man on death row and a model inmate. Hirai is about to marry a single mother, although he cannot afford to take time off from work to take his wife on a honeymoon and to bond with his new stepson. When Kaneda's execution order is signed, it presents Hirai with an opportunity to take time away but at an overwhelming emotional cost. (independent.com)
The troubled life story of the painter Machisu from childhood, to young adulthood, and culminating in his old age.
Ren Osugi plays a middle-aged salaryman whose life falls apart when he's laid off from his job, but finds solace in adopting a stray cat. (asianmediawiki.com)
The 95-year-old director shot the film in his hometown of Ishiuchi, Hiroshima. The story is based on a teacher he had when he was a child. (letterboxd)
Ano Senso wa Nan Datta no ka (2008) - TV Movie
The drama stars Beat Takeshi as General Hideki Tojo, who served as Prime Minister of Japan during World War II and was later executed as a war criminal. The story's theme is said to be a look at how the Pacific War began, focusing mostly on the three month period between the Imperial Conference (Gozen Kaigi) on September 6, 1941, and the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. (dramawiki)
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)
Hotelier (2007) - TV Series
An incident in the past causes Ogata Kouhei (Tanabe Seiichi) to resign his position and leave the country in shame. Now, at the hotel's 30th anniversary, the hotel is facing a crisis; the president has just been submitted to the hospital, and the hotel is facing a potential takeover. Under his request, assistant manager Odagiri Kyoko (Ueto Aya) goes to Korea in order to convince Kouhei to return. (mydramalist.com)
The anime fantasy opus Origin: Spirits of the Past commences with a backstory prologue set in an ancient era, when the moon awakened the forest and unleashed a terrible, destructive beast upon the Earth. As the story proper opens, the landscape of the world has changed immeasurably. Mankind is divided into two warring factions: one that seeks a peaceful, harmonious balance with the forest, and another that wishes to dominate and control it. (All Movie Guide)
Three people in Tokyo take a surreal voyage of self-discovery through memory and nightmares. "O" intends suicide while talking on a cell-phone with a stranger he meets on line who plans a simultaneous suicide. Events take a horrifying turn. (imdb)
Shuji ... starts going to church with his cynical older brother and there he meets the orphan girl Eri, who is in his class at school. Shuji develops a crush on her and takes up running so that he can spend more time with her. However, when Eri is injured when a truck's cargo falls on her, her relatives whisk her away to Tokyo. Shuji is desperate to go after her, but his journey will not be an easy one as he encounters yakuza, prostitutes and a priest with a shady past. (www.yesasia.com)
Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano... (imdb)
Presented by three gifted auteurs and featuring the combined talents of six fabulous young artists from Japan, Mainland China, and Taiwan, we invite you to experience these unforgettable stories, each revealing a tale between an ordinary young man and young woman, amidst different cultural and language backgrounds. (hkflix.com)
Based on a true story that has become an internet phenomenon in Japan, Train Man is about an otaku (Japanese for geek) who saves a young woman from a drunken assailant on a commuter train, and instantly falls in love with her. (Imaginasian)
Three middle-aged men established a sex-contract for one year with Chikako, a 17 years schoolgirl. (imdb)
Paato-taimu tantei 2 (2004) - TV Movie
The housewife and other part-time private detective Noriko Yamada old tricks again uncovering mysterious business cases corrupt. But this time will solve adopting the style of "Beatrix Kiddo" (character played Unma Thurman in Kill Bill). (filmaffinity)
The Thirteen Steps is a Japanese movie directed by Masahiko Nagasawa. It was released by Toho on February 8, 2003. Based on a novel by Kazuaki Takano, the film follows an aging prison guard (Tsutomu Yamazaki) as he attempts to prove the innocence of a death row inmate (Takashi Sorimachi) by finding the perpetrator of the murder he was unjustly convicted of. (Eigapedia)
Paato-taimu tantei (2002) - TV Movie
Noriko Yamada is a housewife and mother of five children, she and her husband go through an economic crisis that leads them to have problems with the bank. But while looking for work, he is making friends with Hitoshi Hibino; President of "K & D Research" a detective agency. This will give you the opportunity to pass a probationary period investigating an infidelity. And so Noriko will be a part-time detective. (filmaffinity)
What's a guy to do when he loves guns, particularly American ones featured in movies, but he lives in a country where it's illegal to own one. Well, he ends up being sent to an institution that is more like a military academy than US prison. This very funny film studies the everyday obsessions of prisoners who have nothing left to do during their days but wonder about their next meal or contemplate their next soak in the tub..... (imdb)
A salaryman is hijacked by bank robbers. (imdb)
A family drama set in the late nineteenth century Japan, as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration. (Empire Pictures)
Chûshingura 1/47 (2001) - TV Movie
During Japan's feudal period, a noble lord was treacherously killed by a rival. His 47 samurai retainers took their revenge on their master's killer after scattering into society for several years, so as not to be detected. Having completed their task, all 47 then committed ritual suicide. This series, of which this TV movie is the pilot, follows the adventures of one of these samurai as he patiently waits for the chance to fulfill his destiny. (The Movie Database)
Keisuke, an aspiring samurai-movie actor lands a major role in a new film, but must contend with a director who has nothing but scorn for him, but who continually fawns over the film's obnoxious ham of a star. Meanwhile, Keisuke has been dumped by his girlfriend, Eri, after she becomes heartbroken when he considers working full-time as a bar manager rather than pursuing his dream... (imdb)
These are Jidai-geki period / folklore type stories that were comissioned by the Kumamoto prefacture of Kyushu island in 1996 and filmed over a period of three years. (letterboxd.com)
Mr. Takano, a company employee, announces plans to take an early retirement so he can return to his home town and spend his days fishing. Su-san and Hama-chan envy his decision, and Hama-chan conspires to visit Takano, even though he has no vacation time left.
In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. He seems unaware of her presence and she thinks no more of it. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. Soon other inhabitants become possesed with different forms of spirals, one student seems to be mutating into a snail, another's hair becomes strangely medusa-like. The entire town becomes possesed. (imdb)
The story of a Yakuza warrior who introduces the code of honor and discipline into the L.A. criminal world. (Sony Pictures Classics)
Japanese-Brazilian Mario (Teah) and Chinese hairdresser Kei (Michele Reis) are lovers. Kei is about to be deported. He manages to escape. His plan is to get passports and stow away on a ship headed for a foreign country. With his girlfriend he tries to steal money from the mafia. Instead he gets cocaine which he sells. But Kei is captured by Yakuza and he must save her... (imdb)
Tajuu jinkaku tantei saiko - Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan (2000) - TV Mini-Series
Yosuke Kobayashi, a detective assigned on a homicide unit, saw his wife killed by a serial killer, Shinji Nishizono. From a shock he suffered MPD (multiple personality disorder) and became Kazuhiko Amamiya. Soon after he managed to hunt down and killed the murderer of his wife, new series of murders have occurred and the suspects claimed to be Shinji Nishizono himself. Is it really him? Or a copycat? And who is Kazuhiko Amamiya? (imdb - MPD Psycho)
Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. (imdb)
Three bank robbers, who declare themselves to be Space Travelers, take six hostages when they are surrounded by the police. In order to escape, the robbers ask the hostages to pretend to be part of the gang. Surprisingly, the hostages enjoy it... (HKFlix)
"Futei no Kisetsu (I Am an S&M Writer)," is a seriocomic essay on the S&M life, as lived by the writing sensei who grind out S&M novels for those walk-down porno shops patronized by crowds of ordinary-looking, if furtively silent, men. (japantimes.co.uk)
This film tells of a boy who disappears after becoming the prime suspect in the killing of a junior high school girl. And a desperate attempt to find the boy and the real killer, the boy's mother and his two sisters enlist the help of a female psychic. But the psychic has some unsettling methods to crack this case, like summoning the headless ghost of the murder victim (IMDB)
A salaryman wakes up in a posh hotel room, totally clueless about how he got there. Slowly, he recalls what happened a day before - attending a funeral, dating but annoying his girlfriend, getting drunk in a pub and getting to know a yakuza and his beautiful mistress, having a gun in his hand and... (imdb)
Film parodies a family putting their 6-year old through rigorous exams and IQ tests to enter a better than average elementary school. It also looks at the midlife crisis of the husband and touches on role reversal in the family as the father becomes the homemaker and the mother goes out selling tombstones.
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)
Years after moving to Tokyo with her parents, Hinako returns to her hometown in rural Shikoku. She soon learns that her childhood friend, Sayuri, died several years ago and that Sayuri's mother, who used to perform seances and exorcisms, has gone almost insane with grief. After seeing Sayuri's ghost several times during the night, Hinako consults with some local experts on the paranormal and discovers that Sayuri's mother has something planned for her daughter... (imdb)
A seasoned detective is called in to rescue a politician held hostage by a lunatic. In a brief moment of uncertainty, he misses the chance for action. (imdb)
Without a home and feeling no obligation to Japanese society or Yakuza, Ryuichi (Takeuchi Riki) and his small group decide to make their own place by trying to take over the Shinjuku underworld and the drug trade from Taiwan. As they plan an all-out-assault on the remaining Chinese and Japanese mafia kings, only Detective Jojima (Aikawa Sho) stands between them and complete domination. (imdb)
Rica and Kengo have been living together for the past four years. It's been a very happy time for Rica; the only dark spot being an accident she caused during a shoot for a commercial in which Kengo's good friend, Shibata, nearly lost his life. The memory of this event weighs heavily on Rica's conscience. One night Kengo tells Rica that he has fallen in love with a charming but "inscrutable" woman named Hanako. Kengo moves out of their apartment and, although Rica is terribly hurt and confused,
Tokyo police are investigating a series of reckless and bizarre shootings by a suspect known only as "four eyes." Meanwhile, the teen-aged sister of one of the investigating officers begins her own investigation. Having spotted a strange young man named K who resembles the composite, an elaborate minuet ensues in which it is not always certain who is following and spying on whom -- surprisingly, an unexpected trust, and the beginnings of an amorous alliance, develops between the two. (Viz Films / Tidepoint Pictures)
A man seeks revenge for the kidnapping and murder of his young daughter and finds that like the killer, he too has a dark side. (reelmoviecritic.com)
Kasuga’s husband gets arrested for a murder of his beloved protégé. She and her family investigate and find out he was trapped by greedy Nagoshi, the boss of their rival yakuza family. She has to make a decision to revenge Nagoshi.
Yoshi, aged 24, awakes after 10 years in a coma, goes on to start a new life and rebuild his family. (imdb)
Ikko, the six year old daughter of a yakuza gang boss witnesses the brutal slaying of her parents and is only saved from sharing their fate by an underground hitwoman who goes by the nom-de-guerre of "Black Angel." Years after escaping to America, Ikko returns to Tokyo as a young woman. She adopts the name "Black Angel" and is out for revenge. (imdb)
Part atmospheric crime film and part philosophical meditation, this film follows a detective who is tracking a series of identical murders, committed under the same bizarre circumstances. (Cowboy Booking International)
Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of Leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job and is confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life and becomes suicidal (imdb)
Tokyo Mafia: Yakuza Blood (1997) - Direct-to-Video
Ten years after his greatest triumph, Yabuki has lost the Mafia that was once his to rule. But when a young gangster comes to him for guidance, he discovers that the old rage still burns. It's time for Yabuki's final stand and one last blaze of glory! (Amazon)
Sawaki is a postman, on one of his rounds he bumps into an old class mate who's in a bad state and now a yakuza. This visit has some significant consequences leading to Sawaki's run in with the law, evolvement with a yakuza clan, a love interest, and a hitman... (latefilm.com)
Full Metal Yakuza (1997) - Direct-to-Video
Kensuke Hagane (Tsuyoshi Ujiki) works as a janitor for Tousa, the head of a powerful Yakuza family; Kensuke looks up to Tousa, and wants to join the organization some day. While Tousa is serving seven years in prison, Kensuke is given his chance, but he lacks the courage to do much more than the most menial tasks. Things change, however, when Kensuke is driving Tousa home after his stay in prison is over... (All Movie)
Keiko is a substitute weather girl on a Japanese TV station. To make her mark, she sells her sexuality and becomes an overnight sensation. When Michiko returns to work, the two battle it out for supremacy.
A beautiful police officer is trapped at the scene of an S&M crime. Caught between the sadist and his beguiling victim, she must use her wits and her gun to escape a den of evil! (Amazon)
Yuji and Kosaku become involved with a young man named Aoyagi who is trying to rally his neighbourhood into chasing all the yakuza elements out of town...the results of this however may lead to worse of scenarios taking place for the whole city.
The story of three losers brought together by fate with disastrous results. (Shooting Gallery)
The main protagonists Yuji and Kosaku end up in a car crash with a woman, called Minako, who is shell shocked after stumbling into the aftermath of a gangster shoot-out and was given a stash of heroin by one of the blood-drenched participants. When the crime underworld comes for the stash however the quantity of drugs grows in size and the desire of the gangsters to acquire it grows as much.
Kosaku wins a trip to Hawaii, while Yuji receives a briefcase full of cash when a gangster seemingly drops dead in front of him. The briefcase is stolen by a girl Yuji tries to woo, while the original owner returns from the dead to reclaim it with a yakuza boss, who he was suppose to give it to, breathing down his neck.
Two buddies visit the schoolyard of the high school they used to attend, and remember their young and dumb days. They used to be the bullies in the school, until they find their own ways of life; one as a boxer, and the other as a member of the yakuza. (imdb)
An ambitious insurance saleswoman is stalked by by the strange and supernatural after meeting a mysterious man named Mitsuru. (imdb)
The third in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Suit Yourself or Shoot Yourself film series.
A young director working in the Japanese studio system is making a WWII period film requiring strong emotional scenes from two young actresses. While screening dailies, the production crew stumbles upon a strange accident; some of the negative they were using appears to have been previously exposed, and has portions of a much older Japanese film. Instead of the cursed videotape in Nakata's later film "Ringu", we instead having a haunted studio and strange images appearing on film. (imdb)
Two petty gangsters get ransomed by a group of Yakuza members, fortunately they are rescued by a kindly Kindergarten teacher. (imdb)
A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant... (imdb)
The first of a three-film series known as the Black Society Trilogy. Corrupt cop Tatsuhito disregards any and all regulations in his attempt to bring down Wang, an inhumanely cruel criminal who lords over an empire that makes its fortune from the debasing of human beings. (All Movie)
Hapless gangsters are hired by the yakuza to tail his daughter. Once the identity of the boy she's dating has been unveiled, the boss offers a reward for his capture. (imdb)
Yabuki's old friend returns as a deadly enemy. Blood brothers are driven to bitter hatred as betrayal rips mafia loyalties apart! Only the strong will survive the wrath of The Yakuza. (Amazon)
Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (imdb)
Bodyguard Kiba (1993) - Direct-to-Video
A ex-prisoner hires the invincible bodyguard Kiba to protect him from vengeful Yakuza, while he travels cross-country to the location of some hidden loot. (imdb)
A blind assassin is targeted by a criminal mastermind. Sparks fly, and the two killers find themselves locked in a forbidden embrace. (Amazon)
Wangan Midnight (1992) - Direct-to-Video
The story gets its roots from the street racing that occurs on Tokyo's Shuto Expressway Bayshore Route called "the Wangan", the longest, straightest road in Japan. Follows Akio's various encounters with people who are obsessed to race The Devil Z (a cursed car) on the Wangan, and his maniacal attempts to control the car.
This is the first day of work as a consultant Akiko Narushima art in Akebono Company. Her office collects a wide array of personalities, as lecherous bosses and colleagues unwilling to help, besides the horrible coffee. To make matters worse, since the giant Fujimaru took over security firm, some employees began to disappear. Mere coincidence? This film was directed by Kurosawa as a tribute to the "slashers", horror movies involving psychopaths and carnage in vogue in the 1980s. (indiefestival.com.br)
The film tells a story about a woman and her relationship with the family of her husband's, in particular her husband's younger brother and father-in-law. Her husband, on the other hand, has an affair with a dominatrix and is obsessed in S&M games. (imdb)
A teenage boy joins a bodybuilding and paramilitary clique run by a Mishima-like man who builds a private army around himself. Within this all-male domain, a routine develops -- strenuous exercise by day and plenty of homo sex at night. The youth falls in love, and he and his lover leave the compound only to become drag queens and eventually prostitutes. (imdb)