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Pom Poko (1994)
A community of magical shapeshifting raccoons desperately struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.
aka: Batoru rowaiaru
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
NOT REALLY HORROR BUT VERY GORY, KIND OF ACTION/DRAMA/CRIME THRILLER/HORROR/COMEDY

Yakuza boss Anjo disappears with three hundred million yen. His loyal gang members, lead by the masochist Kakihara, start a search, but their aggressive and gory methods worry the other yakuza gangs. Kakiharas most frightening counterpart is the mysterious Ichi, a psychopathic killer with a dark childhood secret, who is controlled by a retired cop.
Enbamingu (1999)
aka: Embalming
aka: EM
aka: EM Embalming
When the embalmed head of a powerful congressman's son goes missing the investigation leads to, among other things, a shady buddhist priest, a renegade embalmer, a highly dysfunctional teen love gone terribly awry, and black market organ trade. Throw a little acupuncture and schizophrenia into to the mix and you've got the perfect recipe for this truly bizarre tale!
aka: Nijûshi no hitomi
aka: EM
aka: EM Embalming
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it
Ôoku (2010)
Ôoku: In the year 1716 a mysterious epidemic strickens the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, and families struggle to maintain in Japan. While and males are sought out for t
Tomorrows Joe: The young orphan Joe Yabuki (Tomohisa Yamashita) is confused and rushes away from the orphanage. He is former boxing trainer Danpei Tange (Teruyuki Kagawa), who takes him under his care. Later, when Joe in prison, he gets the chance to get through winning boxing matches from prison to fight. There he meets also the Boxer Toru Chikaraishi (Yusuke Iseya). Gradually, however, there is rivalry between Joe and Toru.
The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.
in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.
A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease.
After he performs a dangerous dare-devil stunt at an air show, South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun...
Yang travels to Chen Village to learn a powerful form of Tai Chi. Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, Yang becomes their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village.
Watch From Up on Poppy Hill: A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
Watch Purinsesu Toyotomi: Three elite officers of Japan?s National Audit Board head to Osaka to conduct their systematic review of expenditure of government money. Striking fear in the hearts of government officials everywhere, due to their status of being independent from the government, ?Demon? Hajime Matsudaira (Shinichi Tsutsumi, Space Battleship Yamato), Tadako Torii (Haruka Ayase, Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror) and Asahi Gainsbourg (Masaki Okada, Life Back Then) are thorough in their search for irregularities. When a routine check of castle preservation society the H.R.H. Foundation leads to some unexplained occurrences, the group stand on the cusp of uncovering a 400 year-old secret that...
Based on a true historic figure during Ayothaya Era, the film depicts the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a...
aka: Raiâ gêmu Za fainaru sutêji
aka: The Game of liars: the Final phase
aka: Liar Game: The Final Stage
The film "The Game of liars: the Final phase" (Liar Game: The Final Stage) is based on the popular Japanese anime. The main heroine of the film, a young woman who gets involved in a High interest rates reduce the players' mind, and very often they forget about the reality that surrounds them.
Watch Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0: Digitally reproduced version of Ghost in the Shell; a hacker known as the Puppet Master is hunted by a female cyborg cop and her partner.
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Tomoru is an average student in Artificial City 5 of Earth 2292 but is bored with his life. Losing himself in VR dreams everynight to avoid the banality of his life he dreams of adventure and 'times gone by'. Meanwhile, the EDF (Earth Defense Force) have been picking up strange signals from deep in space and have come to recognise them as points in 3 dimensional space, a literal schematic for building....something. With the arrival of the Enemy, a strange seemingly indistructible living machine, Tomoru is caught within the city as the Enemy attacks and is nearly run over by Dr Kanzaki who happens to be head of the EDF department given the job of bringing the unknown schematic to life. But the unknown Enemy seems to be searching for something and targets Tomoru as it's target and all seems done for. But when all seems lost, the EDFs' mysterious creation comes to life and saves the life of Tomoru and perhaps the entire world.
This movie takes place in a distant future, and is the story of a the young cyborg Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebilds her and becomes her surrogate father. Gally has no memory of her past, but soon displays remarkable fighting skills. She starts working as a bounty hunter and meets a young boy Yugo, who has the impossible dream of going to Zalem. A giant satelite floating above the city. Not realising that Yugo's dream can only end in missery Gally sets out to help him.
The main character travels to his hometown for his high school reunion. During the trip, he recalls the memories of the days in high school. Friendship, subtle love, a trip to Tokyo and so on all came back to him as the film evolves.
Watch Gekijô ban Tengen toppa guren ragan: Ragan hen:
Watch Gekijô ban Tengen toppa guren ragan: Guren hen: Simon and Kamina, brothers in arms, take upon themselves to venture beyond the borders of their world, reality and imagination. Venturing further and further into a hidden truth that has kept humanity prisoners for millennia.
Bashing (2005)
Watch Bashing: Yuko volunteered to be an aid worker in Iraq and was taken hostage there. When freed she returned to Japan, but after being home six months she is still the ongoing object of harassment from her own countrymen. A co-worker finds many angry postings on the Internet denouncing her and spreads them very vocally, causing her boss let her go. He tells her that the atmosphere at the hotel where she works as a chambermaid has changed negatively as a result. Several anonymous phones are made daily to her at home where she lives with her father and stepmother, saying that she is an embarrassment and disgrace to Japan. She is even harassed by strangers on the street after buying soup at a local...
Oldboy (2003)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.
1-Ichi (2003)
We follow Ichi during his high school years. Mr. Dai is the best fighter in school... whenever he fights Ichi is there and has a huge smile on his face. Mr. Dai thinks that Ichi is laughing at him but in fact he enjoys watching the violence that goes through the fights. Everyone is bullying, taunting and making fun of Ichi... even little kids from his karate class. Yet Ichi refuses to let go of his anger and fight others. Just when Mr. Dai is about to get Ichi, a new transfer student starts to make his own laws... by beating up everyone and breaking their bones! In a fight with the new student, Mr. Dai ends up on the ground, beaten and broken up from almost everywhere. It seems like this new guy wants to fight Ichi because supposedly he is the only one that could give him some challenge.
Exaella (2011)
Having completely exhausted resources of the planet, millions of people were placed in automated underground complexes of "artificial sleep and life support". And few of them were awakened.
A young girl finds that all the books she chooses in the library have been previously checked out by the same boy. Later she meets a very infuriating fellow... could it be her "friend" from the library? The boy's grandfather has a violin sales and service shop. The boy wants to be a violin maker like his grandfather.
After more than four hundred years of war between the Shinobi warriors of the Manjidani Koga and Tsubagakure Iga clans, the Lord Hattori Hanzou decrees that they must live in peace. Both clans live hidden in the woods and mountain without confrontation and without training ninjas in the shadow art of Shinobi. In 1614, the Lord of the Lords is convinced that the clans are dangerous threats for keeping peace in his lands, and his advisor plots a Machiavellian plan to destroy their best warriors in a contest. Meanwhile, the young Iga Oboro and Koga Gennesuke fall in love for each other. When Oboro's grandmother and leader of Iga clan Ogen and Gennesuke's father and leader of the Koga clan Danjo kill each other, Oboro and Gannesuke must lead their warriors in the ultimate battle of the Shinobi clans.
This arc is a flashback showing Guts' youth and what led him to become the "Black Swordsman". Guts grows up as a young mercenary until his enrollment in the Band of the Hawk. He develops complex relationships with Casca and Griffith, the Band's charismatic leader and holder of the Crimson Behelit, who leads the Band to its rise to prominence within the Midland army. Griffith is elevated from his commoner status to the nobility, causing some resentment, and after sleeping with the King's daughter, Griffith is imprisoned, and the Hawks are declared outlaws. The Hawks manage to rescue Griffith, only to find him broken mentally and physically. From a conventional medieval European background, the story shifts to fantasy and horror, with the apparition of the Eclipse ceremony that ends with the destruction of the Band, as per Griffith's sacrifice in order to become Femto, the fifth member of the God Hand, and reclaim his path towards his dream. Only with help from the enigmatic Skull Knight, were Guts and Casca able to survive. Unbelievably distraught over what transpired, Guts vows vengeance against Griffith and commits to his own personal war against the entities known as Apostles that slaughtered the Band of the Hawk.
Harakiri (1962)
Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri (self-inflicted disembowelment). An elder warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance to the house of a feudal lord to commit the act. There, he learns of the fate of his son-in-law, a young samurai who sought work at the house but was instead barbarically forced to commit traditional hara-kiri in an excruciating manner with a dull bamboo blade. In flashbacks the samurai tells the tragic story of his son-in-law, and how he was forced to sell his real sword to support his sick wife and child. Tsugumo thus sets in motion a tense showdown of revenge against the house.
aka: 13 Assassins
aka: 13 Assassins *subtitled*
aka: Liar Game: The Final Stage
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
R100 (2013)
<b>R100</b>: An ordinary man with an ordinary life joins a mysterious club. The membership lasts for one year only and there is one rule: no cancellation under any circumstance. The man enters into a whole new exciting world he never before experienced where crazy love goes wilder and crazier. Is it an illusion or is it real? Welcome to the world no one has dared to explore until now!
Zatôichi (2003)
aka: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
aka: Zatoichi
aka: 座頭市
Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He's destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder... Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano. Japense
aka: The Blind Swordsman Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi and the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets the 1-Arm Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
Zatoichi the blind masseur and crack swordsman finds trouble in the edge of town in this 22nd installment of the classic samurai film series. When Zatoichi confronts the master Chinese martial artist Wang Kang and his young traveling companion, the blind swordsman finds that the duo are trying to escape from a group of terroristic samurai who have killed the boy's parents. Zatoichi agrees to help them, but the rescue becomes complicated when he must rescue not only Wang Kang and the boy, but also everyone who they meet along the way!
Beautiful girls are in danger. At Sunny Beach, a huge shark is waiting for his prey. College students Miki and Mai arrive on a private beach on a tropical island. They can't find the hotel where they booked their reservations, and have gotten hopelessly lost, until a handsome young man shows up, offering to take them to his lodge. But something is not right about the place. The owner's fingernails are tainted with blood and Miki feels something sinister lurking nearby.
Fiore, an old friend from Mamoru's lonely childhood who couldn't survive on Earth, returns with flowers he promised Mamoru. But, the evil flower Kisenian overpowered Fiore's weak mind and manipulated him into spreading Kisenian's seeds over Earth in an effort to drain energy from everyone on Earth. Kisenian manages to do this because he's deceived Fiore using Fiore's long-lost friendship with Mamoru. It is up to Sailor Moon and the Sailor Senshi to stop Kisenian.
Pandemic (2009)
aka: Kansen rettô
aka: Zatoichi and the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets the 1-Arm Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
ER doctor Tsuyoshi Matsuoka receives a patient with a virus unlike anything he's seen before. His symptoms include high fever, convulsions, vomiting of blood and multiple organ failure. Could this be a new form of influenza or is it some other variety of virus? As the situation worsens and more cases begin arriving, a medical officer from the World Health Organization named Eiko Kobayashi is dispatched to the area. At the rate the virus is spreading, the entire city’s transportation system and infrastructure would be brought to a halt within 3 months. Within 6 months it could spread to tens of millions of people--reaching a death toll far worse than any war.
The Hidden Fortress: The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home from a failed attempt to profit from a war between neighboring clans. En Route they encounter the remnants of the defeated tribe that consists, most notably, of a famous General and a Princess who are hiding out in a fortress in the mountains. General Rokurota Makabe and Princess Yuki need to escape into allied territory with their large supply of gold so that they can rebuild their shattered clan. To do this the Peasants are tricked into helping them, with the promise that they will receive a large share of the gold when the destination is reached. Along the way, the General's prowess is...
A teenage girl finds that she has the ability to leap through time. With her newfound power, she tries to use it to her advantage, but soon finds that tampering with time can lead to some rather discomforting results.
A mysterious suicide and a series of unmanned robot run-aways sparks off a Police investigation into the suspicious software on-board thousands of industrial robots around Tokyo. Step by step, the police find themselves tangled up by the web of a perfect crime which awaits the approaching Typhoon to activate thousands of virus affected robots. As time runs out, Asuma and his team must complete a task that is doomed to be a failure before the Typhoon lands Tokyo.
aka: Aa! Megamisama! The Movie
aka: Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!
aka: 劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
A young man and his Angel bride must stop an angry Archangel from destroying Earth by proving that love is the ultimate force in the universe.
aka: Of Gods and Men
aka: Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!
aka: 劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
A drama about Cistercian monks who stand up for their beliefs when confronted by fundamentalists.
aka: Sanshô dayû
aka: Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!
aka: 劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
When an idealistic governor disobeys the reigning feudal lord, he is cast into exile, his wife and children left to fend for themselves and eventually wrenched apart by vicious slave traders.
aka: "Hangyakuji" (original title)
aka: Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!
aka: 劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
This is the chronicle of the tragic life and anguish of a young lord in the Warring Clans' era. Young Lord Saburo Nobuyasu son of Tokugawa Ieyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to Tokihume, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness.
His manipulative mother of the defeated Imagwa Clan adds further
aka: aka Tasogare Seibei
aka: Gekijōban "Aa! Megami-sama!
aka: 劇場版「ああっ女神さまっ
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel.
aka: Zatoichi no uta ga kikoeru
aka: The Blind Swordsman's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. Along his travels he also met a blind monk who makes Zatoichi question his murderous lifestyle. In trying to help the town, Zatoichi kills some gangsters and becomes a hero to the boy. He must make a choice of whether to use non-violence and set a good example, or violence and set the boy on the wrong path in life.
Fukai Kawa (1995)
aka: Deep River
aka: The Blind Swordsman's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
This is the final screen appearance by Japanese Superstar Toshiro Mifune.
Three Japanese pilgrims arrive in India. Miss Naruse is looking for Otsu, a Catholic priest, her lover ten years before; after time in France and Israel, he has come to Benares where he carries the bodies of the poor to the crematorium. Her life is empty and, although Otsu was her lover only as a joke, she is now drawn to his spiritual nature. Mr. Isobe searches for a village child who may be the reincarnation of his dead wife. Mr. Yagusi comes to pray for the man who saved his life in World War II, a man haunted for 50 years by the means he used to save his comrade. Pantheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Christianity meet on the shores of the Ganges in these characters.
aka: Ballad of the Paper Balloons, "Ninjô kami fûsen" (original title)
aka: The Blind Swordsman's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
A poor, masterless samurai who depends on the paper balloons his wife makes to feed his family becomes tempted by a criminal opportunity
Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.
aka: Nippon konchûki
aka: The Blind Swordsman's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi #13: Zatoichi's Vengeance
aka: Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Equal
aka: Zatoichi Meets His Match
aka: Zatôichi 22
aka: Shin zatô Ichi: Yabure! Tôjin-ken
aka: 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣
Amorality in Japan. Tome is born into poverty in rural Japan, in the late 1910s. Chuji, her father, dotes on her; her mother is less faithful. Tome becomes a neighbor's mistress, works at his mill as World War II rages, and has a daughter. After an affair with a mill supervisor, Tome goes to Tokyo to seek her fortune. She leaves the child, Nobuko, in Chuji's care. Tome's a maid at a brothel, learns trade from the madam, enjoys the protection of a businessman whose mistress she becomes, and is soon herself the boss. As Chuji ages and Nobuko grows up with her own ideas, can Tome's self-preserving schemes provide continued comfort? Or will the mice scamper over her?
Gassô (2015)
In the year 1868, three young men join the elite Shogitai division of the Shogunate. The Shogitai fights to the end and opposes the dismantling of the feudal military dictatorship known as the Bakufu system.
Kotoko (2011)
The story of a single mother who suffers from double vision; caring for her baby is a nerve-wrecking task that eventually leads her to a nervous breakdown...
Watch Mai no Maho to Katei no Hi: Mai Tatsumi has magic powers, which she uses to understand the feelings of people.
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