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Tekkon kinkurîto (2007) - animation / action / adventure
aka: Tekkonkinkreet
Tekkonkinkreet takes place in Treasure Town, a city with a fluid sense of reality—in most ways it seems like a gritty Japanese metropolis, but several characters, including our two heroes, Black and White, have supernatural powers. Black and White are street kids who can fly, and who watch over Treasure Town, though the source of their powers and their history as a crime-fighting team is murky—among the many storytelling flaws in Tekkonkinkreet is the fact that it's a superhero movie that never bothers to fully explore the mythology of its heroes. Once one gets past the vague sense of context and setting, however, the film settles into a mostly compelling story in which Black and White, who have exceptional fighting as well as flying skills, take on a combination of Yakuza gangsters and alien assassins who are trying to take control of Treasure Town. The specifics of this battle are regularly glossed over or ignored, but Arias keeps the audience hooked with a series of dynamically edited action sequences and a structure that keeps the film moving from one set piece to the next with a minimum of slow spots.

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Pom Poko (1994) - animation / comedy / drama
A community of magical shapeshifting raccoons desperately struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.
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Battle Royale (2000) - action / drama / thriller
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.
 18230h 0r
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003) - fantasy / horror / thriller
aka: Ju-on: The Grudge 2, aka: The Grudge 2, aka: Ju-on 2: Gekijô-ban, aka: Ju-on 4
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 is the fourth in a series of Ju-on horror films, written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. The series follows the curse due to the grudge held by a woman who was murdered by her husband in her house. The curse falls on any who enters the house where these events took place. Everyone connected with the house since then has met a terrible fate.
 21242h 0r
Sutorenjia: Mukô hadan (2007) - animation
aka: Sword of the Stranger, aka: Mukô hadan
Hunted by the the Mings from China, young Kotaro and his dog meet a nameless samurai ("Nanashi") who is constantly being haunted by dreams of the past which lead him to seal his sword. Among the Mings is a fiercesome Western fighter named Rarou, who desires only to find a worthy opponent. When both groups clash with a Sengoku-era feudal lord, a proud general, and monks torn between faith and survival, the reason behind the Mings' pursuit tests the bond between Kotaro and Nanashi.
 26196h 0r
Ichi the Killer (2001) - drama

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.
 14929h 0r
Uzumaki (2000) - horror
Uzumaki ( "Spiral") , released in 2000, is based on Junji Ito's episodic manga of the same name. The plot concerns a town infected with malevolent spirals. This abstract concept manifests in grotesque ways, such as a teenager's long hair beginning to curl and take over her mind, or a corpse wound around itself.

Among many bizarre features of the film is a heavy treatment with green colour filters, aping the style of the colour plates in the manga.
 9002h 0r
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) - action
The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to seek revenge. In a short period of time he masters the deadly use of his fists... 7.9 IMDB
 9816h 0r
Tajomaru (2009) - action
TAJOMARU is the famous 'bandit' of the forest from RASHOMON. Whoever kills Tajomaru inherits his name, status and sword. A royal brother leaves his kingdom to protect the princess he loves, only to find a series of harrowing adventures along the way which lead him back to where he came from, and then disinheriting his past to become the bandit TAJOMARU.
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Battle Royale II (2003) - action
Three years after the failure of the last BR program, a second act is forged and a class of students are sent to an island with one objective: kill international terrorist Shuya Nanahara.
 9926h 0r
Enbamingu (1999) - drama / horror / mystery
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!
 21680h 0r
Kôkaku kidôtai: Stand Alone Complex Solid State Society (2007) - animation
aka: Ghost in the Shell: Solid State Society
A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new Section 9 confronts a rash of complicated incidents, and investigations reveal that an ultra-wizard hacker nicknamed the "Puppet Master" is behind the entire series of events.
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Sex and Fury (1973) - action
Reiko Ike stars as Ocho, a gambler and pickpocket in Meiji Era Tokyo. After sheltering a fleeing anarchist, Ocho runs into the three gangsters responsible for her father's murder, and runs afoul of various yakuza who want her dead. A European spy, played by Christina Lindberg, arrives on the scene and complicates matters.
 3784h 0r
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954) - drama
aka: Nijûshi no hitomi
Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi struggles to imbue her students with a positive view of the world and their place in it
 5155h 0r
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963) - action
aka: Zatoichi kyojo tabi
This is the 4th film in the Zatoichi series. Blind swordsman/masseur Ichi (known as Zatoichi, or "Masseur Ichi") angers a local yakuza gang when he defeats several of them in a wrestling match. When he finds that his long lost love Tane is nearby and romantically involved with a tough samurai in the employ of the gang, he remains in the village. Meanwhile, the young heir to the leadership is forced to confront his own fear and weakness when the gang insists he fight Ichi.
 7188h 0r
Zatoichi And The Chest Of Gold (1964) - action
aka: Zatôichi senryô-kubi
Japanese w/eng subs

This is the sixth movie in the Zatoichi series. In the 1840s, Ichi, blind masseur and quick-draw swordsman, travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years' ago. The villages in the area, after several years of famine, have struggled to raise 1,000 ryo in taxes they owe. The money is stolen while in transit to the governor. Ichi is accused as is Boss Chuji, a samurai Ichi respects. Ichi sets out to find the money and clear his own and Chuji's names. Along the way, he must face Kichizo's sister, some of Chuji's own gang, a corrupt governor, and his henchmen. Loyalties shift even as Ichi's moral compass stays true.
 6012h 0r
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) - action
aka: Zatoichi Monogatari
IMBD link The first installment of the Blind Swordsman Series. Zatoichi is hunted by Samurai who don't want the secret of their insane overlord to get out.
 5948h 0r
Ôoku (2010) - drama / sci-fi
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
 18290h 0r
Gantz Live Action (2011) - action / sci-fi
Gantz Live Action: The movie (based on the manga series by Hiroya Oku)is about two friends, students who are killed by a train while helping a drunk on the tracks, only to awaken in an unfamiliar apartment. Gantz is the mysterious black orb in the center of the room. It “forces each of them to take part in a mission to hunt down and kill aliens, providing them with equipment and weaponry.”
 7055h 0r
Ibara no O (2010) - animation / adventure / horror
aka: King of Thorn
 8103h 0r
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) - action
aka: Detective D
An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
 9919h 0r
Gekijouban Bleach: Jigokuhen (2011) - animation
aka: Bleach The Movie 4: The Hell Verse, aka: Bleach The Movie 4 The Hell Verse
Masked Hell denizens appear in Karakura town so Rukia and Renji are sent to investigate the matter.After a fight with them they manage to rescue Karin from them but they return to hell with Yuzu ....
 5262h 0r
Gekijouban Makurosu F: Itsuwari no utahime (2009) - action / adventure / animation
aka: Macross F - False Diva
The galaxy songstress Sheryl Nome Ranka Lee Alto Saotome friends are traveling space along with the New Macross class ship -Macross Frontier- that contains 10 million citizens in search for new planets in which humankind can develop and progress. The perils of space are vast as itself the threat from the alien insect-like race Vajra will push all Macross Frontier fleet to an edge is this the ultimate humankind enemy or is there something even worse in space. Music songs will prove one of the most valuable human assets in the space even more powerful than combat VF mechas as it can reach not only humans but the space and beyond.
 5103h 0r
Higanjima (2009) - horror
Higanjima is an eerie island occupied by vampires, from where none has ever come back alive. When teenager Akira hears that his missing brother has been seen in the island, he decides to investigate with several friends.
 5488h 0r
Pokemon - Mewtwo Returns (2000) - adventure / animation / family
In this direct-to-video sequel to Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash, Misty, and Brock continue exploring the Johto region, then have to rescue Pikachu after Jessie and James of Team Rocket kidnap him. The search leads them to the hidden plateau where Mewtwo has established a haven for the cloned Pokémon from the previous film. The evil Giovanni is plotting to recapture Mewtwo and renew his efforts to create an army of bio-engineered Pokémon. Aided by the reluctant Meowth, Ash and his friends defeat Giovanni and his henchman.
 10467h 0r
Tomorrows Joe (2011) - drama / sport
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.
 9432h 0r
Kibakichi: Bakko-yokaiden (2004) - action / fantasy / horror
aka: Werewolf Warrior
A werewolf samurai walks the countryside, finding himself in the middle of a village of monsters who feed on human flesh.
 11345h 0r
Gake no ue no Ponyo (2009) - animation / adventure / family
aka: Ponyo on the Cliff
An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.
 8877h 0r
Hôhokekyo tonari no Yamada-kun (1999) - action / comedy / family
aka: My Neighbors The Yamadas
The Yamadas are a typical middle class Japanese family in urban Tokyo and this film shows us a variety of episodes of their lives. With tales that range from the humourous to the heartbreaking, we see this family cope with life's little conflicts, problems and joys in their own way.
 15320h 0r
Sword of Desperation (2010) - action
A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman....
 4425h 0r
Tôfu kozô (2011) - animation
aka: Little Ghostly Adventures of Tofu Boy
In Edo period Japan, yokai monster Tofu Kozo always balances a tofu on a tray or he will vanish into the air. He is so timid and non-threatening, that he cannot frighten other people.
 17180h 0r
Lone Wolf And Cub: White Heaven In Hell (1974) - action
In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out. Itto is out to avenge the savage murder/rape of his wife, and has spent years hunting down the culprits. He gave up his high-ranking Samurai position to carry out the hunt while caring for his young son, the cub of the series. (synopsis and image added by moderator agentsoul)
 6331h 0r
A Woman, A Gun And A Noodle Shop (2009) - drama
The owner of a Chinese noodle shop's scheme to murder his adulterous wife and her lover goes awry.
 3236h 0r
City Of Life And Death (2009) - drama / history / war
in 1937 Japan laid siege to Chinese capital of Nanking, this is a dramatization of the battle.
 4901h 0r
Nae Meorisokui Jiwoogae (2004) - drama / romance
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.
 5111h 0r
Soar Into The Sun (2012) - action / drama
After he performs a dangerous dare-devil stunt at an air show, South Korean Air Force pilot Tae-hun...
 5743h 0r
Tai Chi Zero (2012) - action / drama
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.
 5425h 0r
Paranômaru Akutibiti: Dai-2-shô - Tokyo Night (2010) - horror / thriller
Haruka Yamano returns from America to Tokyo in a wheelchair, both legs having multiple fractures from a car accident. She is helped by her brother Koichi and their father. Their father ...
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Black Magic M-66 (1987) - animation / action / sci-fi / thriller
A freelance reporter stumbles on a desperate military operation. An army chopper has crashed and its cargo has been activated. Now there are two killer androids running loose in the wilderness and have the daughter of their inventor as their target. Can the army stop them or can the reporter reach the little girl before the droids do?
 4397h 0r
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