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1. 1 Litre of Tears (2005– )

48 min | Drama, Romance

8.8
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This TV drama version of "Ichi rittoru no namida" tells the story of 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya, an ordinary girl and a new highschool student. But soon she discovers she has spinocerebellar ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 2,102

2. I Want To (1979)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.5
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A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun Etô, Moeko Ezawa, Ryô Hayami

Votes: 893

3. Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)

133 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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Princess Shizu's family is wiped out by an family of undead seeking revenge. The eight samurai can save her, but who and where are they?

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shin'ichi Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi

Votes: 1,057

4. Café Funiculi Funicula (2018)

117 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.9
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Kazu works for family at a café. There is a belief that occupying a specific table seat at a table allows the occupant to travel back in time. While the traveller can choose the destination... See full summary »

Director: Ayuko Tsukahara | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Motoki Fukami, Haru, Kento Hayashi

Votes: 728

5. The 8-Year Engagement (2017)

119 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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Twenty-somethings Hisashi and Mai are engaged. When suddenly Mai's heart stops and she falls into a coma all Hisashi can do is remain by her side, albeit without knowing whether she might ... See full summary »

Director: Takahisa Zeze | Stars: Takeru Satoh, Tao Tsuchiya, Tetta Sugimoto, Hiroko Yakushimaru

Votes: 693

6. Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005)

133 min | Drama, Family

7.7
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Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki

Votes: 2,139

7. Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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Not only is Kamakura-based Masakazu Isshiki a mystery novelist, but he is also a good detective himself. His wife Akiko and he are acquainted with all manners of creatures and gods who are ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Min Tanaka

Votes: 1,088

8. Unnatural (2018)

54 min | Drama

8.3
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Stories of Unnatural Death Investigation, a Japanese non-governmental organization.

Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Mikako Ichikawa, Arata Iura, Masataka Kubota

Votes: 892

9. Princess Raccoon (2005)

111 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

6.5
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Amechiyo (The banished prince) falls in love with Tanukihime (a princess of raccoon dog disguised to human). This is an Operetta which includes comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Joe Odagiri, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 712

10. Smap×Smap (1996–2016)

52 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Music

5.4
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SMAP×SMAP is a Japanese iconic television show hosted by boy band SMAP. Debuting on April 15, 1996(produced by Kansai TV and Fuji TV, aired on Fuji TV) until it ended on December 26, 2016. ... See full summary »

Stars: SMAP, Takuya Kimura, Gorô Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi

Votes: 159

11. Dogwood Tree (2010)

128 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.9
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Sae (Yui Aragaki) is a high school student who is studying hard for her college entrance exams. She lost her father when she was very young and so lives her mother Ryoko (Hiroko Yakushimaru... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yui Aragaki, Tôma Ikuta, Nichola Grant, Manatsu Hayashi

Votes: 1,096

12. Wasao (2011)

116 min | Drama

5.9
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Wasao, an Akita dog in Aomori Prefecture that became famous as an ugly-yet-cute dog from a traveller's blog. Heartwarming drama starring Wasao himself turns part of the life of this former stray into an original story.

Director: Yoshinari Nishikôri | Stars: Kai Inowaki, Shirô Sano, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mansaku Fuwa

Votes: 84

13. Glasses (2007)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryô Kase, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,311

14. Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (1981)

131 min | Action, Romance

6.3
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A teenage delinquent schoolgirl named Izumi Hoshi inherits her father's Yakuza clan.

Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, Rentarô Mikuni, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 419

15. The Aimed School (1981)

90 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.1
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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 »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Ryôichi Takayanagi, Masami Hasegawa, Miyoko Akaza

Votes: 251

16. Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (2012)

142 min | Drama

7.2
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The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki, Maki Horikita

Votes: 565

17. Tetsuko's Room (1976– )

35 min | Talk-Show

5.7
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Stars: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Meiko Nakamura, Makoto Ôtake, Tomio Umezawa

Votes: 16

18. Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007)

146 min | Drama

7.4
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Chagawa finds it increasing difficult to support his young ward Junnosuke in his store across the street from the Suzuki garage on Third Street. Unless he can provide a better life, ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Shin'ichi Hatori, Maki Horikita, Fumiyo Kohinata, Kazuki Koshimizu

Votes: 899

19. Amachan (2013– )

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A young girl from Tokyo moves to the Tohoku region to become a female diver. A so-called 'Ama' diver.

Stars: Non, Sôta Fukushi, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Kasumi Yamaya

Votes: 398

20. Heaven's Door (2009)

106 min | Drama

6.5
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"Heaven's Door" starts off with rugged Katsuhito Aoyama (Tomoya Nagase) getting canned from his job as a car mechanic. While leaving work, he suffers from a migraine that causes him to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Arias | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Mayuko Fukuda, Keishi Nagatsuka, Kôji Ohkura

Votes: 230

21. Bokura no jidai (2007– )

30 min | Talk-Show

7.9
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Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Shun Oguri, Hirokazu Koreeda, Sawako Agawa

Votes: 13

22. Tetsujin 28 (2005)

119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.2
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Director: Shin Togashi | Stars: Sôsuke Ikematsu, Yû Aoi, Teruyuki Kagawa, Ayako Kawahara

Votes: 134

23. Terra e... (1980)

113 min | Animation, Action, Drama

6.5
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A young boy learns he is part of a powerful race of psionic humans who must fight the normal humans determined to keep them from Earth.

Director: Hideo Onchi | Stars: Jun'ichi Inoue, Masaya Oki, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Tarô Shigaki

Votes: 274

24. Detective Story (1983)

111 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.2
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Naomi is a university student who is leaving for the US to study in a week; Shuichi is a washed-up gumshoe who's hired by Naomi's father to bodygard his daughter until she leaves. Shuichi ... See full summary »

Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Yûsaku Matsuda, Lisa Akikawa, Chû Arai

Votes: 145

25. Tiger & Dragon (2005– )

Comedy

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The show revolves around Rakugo, a traditional Japanese comedy that can look back on a 400 year long history. It tells about a Yakuza who goes to a Rakugo performer to collect debts, and a talented comedian who tries to change his destiny.

Stars: Sadao Abe, Yû Aoi, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Yosuke Asari

Votes: 206

26. Cabaret (1986)

104 min | Crime, Drama, Music

5.2
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University student sax player gets a lesson in the hard-boiled noir life.

Director: Haruki Kadokawa | Stars: Hironobu Nomura, Takeshi Kaga, Mitsuko Baishô, Junko Mihara

Votes: 33

27. Q.10 (2010– )

54 min | Drama

7.2
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High school student Heita discovers an android girl only identified with a tattoo Q10 (Kyuuto) and the pair gets into all sorts of trouble at school. But was his discovery really accidental or part of a larger plan?

Stars: Takeru Satoh, Atsuko Maeda, Misako Renbutsu, Kento Kaku

Votes: 136

28. Twinkle (1992)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.2
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Shoko and Mutsuki get married to satisfy their worried parents, but she is well past the age at which a 'good' Japanese woman should marry, and he is in love with a young male college ... See full summary »

Director: Joji Matsuoka | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Etsushi Toyokawa, Michitaka Tsutsui, Kai Atô

Votes: 116

29. The Terrible Couple (1980)

106 min | Drama

6.4
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Aspiring to be admitted to a good university and to become a lawyer, Tasiro Yuusuke, a tenth-grader from Kyushu, enrols in a prestigious high school in Tokyo. Plans are made for him to live... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Shingo Tsurumi, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Mieko Harada, Mariko Ishihara

Votes: 53

30. Aka medaka (2015 TV Movie)

145 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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When 17-year-old high school student Danshun is acquainted by the doodling and drawing art, known as Rakugaki, of Tatekagwa who is at the school for an educational session, he determines ... See full summary »

Director: Hideta Takahata | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hirofumi Arai, Tokio Emoto

Votes: 144

31. Lakeside Murder Case (2004)

118 min | Mystery

6.2
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Three couples are staying at a lakeside cottage with their children. They want them to prepare intensely for a prestigious high school's entrance exam with the help of a private tutor. One ... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Aoyama | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Akira Emoto, Etsushi Toyokawa

Votes: 193

32. Byakkotai (2007– )

240 min | Drama, History

6.3
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This TV-drama follows Sakai Shintaro, descendant of Sakai Mineji -a Byakkotai samurai-, and traces the tragedy of the Byakkotai, a military force composed of 340 16 to 17 years old boys during the Boshin War (Aizu war).

Stars: Yûko Asano, Aya Enjôji, Taisuke Fujigaya, Yuriko Hirooka

Votes: 458

33. Kisarazu Cat's Eye: Nihon Series (2003)

123 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.6
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A TV special aired after a very successful series "Kisarazu Cat's Eye". Bussan learns that he has just a year to live and decides to spend that time with his band "Kisarazu Cat's Eye" enjoying various funny adventures with his friends.

Director: Fuminori Kaneko | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Shô Sakurai, Wakana Sakai, Yoshinori Okada

Votes: 147

34. Unubore deka (2010– )

54 min | Comedy

7.5
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A 30-year-old single detective, who is under the illusion that he is popular with females is called 'Unubore' by friends. He is an ultra romantic and susceptible to conceitedness. He has ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Mika Nakashima, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa, Tôma Ikuta

Votes: 137

35. W's Tragedy (1984)

108 min | Drama

7.0
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Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime, but as the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Shin'ichirô Sawai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Yoshiko Mita, Masanori Sera, Yumi Kusaka

Votes: 202

36. Sing, Salmon, Sing! (2008)

120 min | Comedy, Music

6.7
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Nanahama High school girl Kasumi is in her school's choir. She loses her confidence and esteem when she is told by a would-be photographer how she resembles a salmon when she is singing. ... See full summary »

Director: Makoto Tanaka | Stars: Kaho, Gori, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Masaaki Akahori

Votes: 86

37. Sinbad: The Flying Princess and the Secret Island Part 1 (2015)

50 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.2
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A hardworking and curious boy named SINBAD dreams of becoming a sailor and traveling around the world. One day, he encounters a mysterious girl on a flying wooden horse and a group of men ... See full summary »

Director: Shinpei Miyashita | Stars: Michael Adamthwaite, Yutaka Aoyama, Don Brown, Michael Dobson

Votes: 21

38. Songs (2007– )

30 min | Music, Talk-Show

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Stars: Eikichi Yazawa, Tomoyasu Hotei, Elton Nagata, Hiroko Yakushimaru

39. Never Give Up (1978)

143 min | Crime

6.2
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A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart of. As a skilled soldier, he confronts evil and serves his people.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Ryôko Nakano, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 155

40. Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (2007)

116 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.7
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When a brilliant researcher accidentally turns an ordinary washing machine into a time-machine, the Japanese government convinces her to travel back to 1990 and prevent the announcement of ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Baba | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Ryôko Hirosue, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 406

41. Kisarazu Cat's Eye (2002– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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Twenty-one year old former high school baseball player, Kohei (nickname: Bussan), learns that he is dying from cancer. He is told that he only has six months to live, and decides that he ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Shô Sakurai, Wakana Sakai, Yoshinori Okada

Votes: 155

42. Yowakutemo katemasu: Aoshi-sensei to heppoko kôkôkyûji no yabô (2014– )

54 min | Comedy

6.1
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Backdrop of drama series is at a fictions school which sends many students to Tokyo University every year. Aoshi (Kazunari Ninomiya) is a new teacher. He becomes the baseball coach for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Sôta Fukushi, Kento Yamazaki, Yûto Nakajima

Votes: 39

43. Sinbad: The Magic Lamp and the Moving Islands (2016)

49 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.1
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Sinbad and his friends run afoul of a storm while riding on the ship Bahal. Ali sights an island, which the ship heads toward to make repairs. Sinbad and Sana board a dinghy and land on the... See full summary »

Director: Shinpei Miyashita | Stars: Michael Adamthwaite, Yutaka Aoyama, Michael Dobson, Cole Howard

Votes: 17

44. Sinbad: Night at High Noon and the Wonder Gate (2016)

51 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

5.2
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The search for Sana's comrades continues. Sara who opens up her heart to Sinbad reveals her horrible story of how her father's apprentice Galip destroyed the peaceful kingdom and her family... See full summary »

Director: Shinpei Miyashita | Stars: Michael Adamthwaite, Yutaka Aoyama, Michael Dobson, Cole Howard

Votes: 19

45. Main Theme (1984)

101 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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A former kindergarten teacher has quit her job. One day she meets a magician at the beach and undertake to travel together in his car. She wants to travel to Osaka to meet a man - whose son... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Kaori Momoi, Hironobu Nomura, Kazuo Zaitsu

Votes: 47

46. A Good Husband (2009)

128 min | Drama

7.2
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The heart wrenching love story between a married couple. The jobless husband cheats on his wife and has no love for her. The wife wants to go on a trip to get pregnant. This mismatched ... See full summary »

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Etsushi Toyokawa, Gaku Hamada, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 74

47. The Full Throttle Girl (2011– )

54 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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Stars: Yui Aragaki, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Misako Renbutsu

Votes: 164

48. Oyaji no senaka (2014– )

54 min | Drama

5.7
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A 10-part omnibus drama by 10 different scriptwriters on the theme of fathers and their sons and daughters.

Stars: Maki Horikita, Takashi Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Machiko Ono

Votes: 17

49. Kisarazu Cats' Eye: Sayonara Game (2006)

131 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Bussan refuses to accept his death and returns to Kisarazu as a ghost to make peace with his friends. Unfortunately his reappearance brings unforeseen consequences.

Director: Fuminori Kaneko | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Shô Sakurai, Wakana Sakai, Yoshinori Okada

Votes: 143

50. Aogeba tôtoshi (2006)

82 min | Drama

7.0
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Aogeba Totoshi is a film about mourning and coping with loss.

Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Miyoko Asô, Moeko Ezawa, Takao Handa, Masato Irie

Votes: 47



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