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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.
 16201h 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.
 18613h 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.
 19860h 0r
Ichi the Killer (2001) - drama
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.
 13439h 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.
 7561h 0r
Saikyô heiki joshikôsei: Rika - zonbi hantâ vs saikyô zonbi Gurorian (2008) - horror
aka: High School Girl Rika: Zombie Hunter, aka: Nihombie 3, aka: Nihonbi 3, aka: Rika: The Zombie Killer, aka: Saikyô heiki joshikôsei: Rika - zombie hunter vs saikyô zombie Glorian, aka: Saikyô joshikôsei Rika vs saikyô zonbi Gurorian, aka: Zombie Hunter Rika
A high school student skips school with two girlfriends to visit her grandfather, who just happens to live in a zombie infested village.
 11443h 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
 8566h 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.
 8850h 0r
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.
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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!
 18415h 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.
 5257h 0r
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.
 2481h 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
 3682h 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.
 5970h 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.
 4575h 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.
 4706h 0r
Meitantei Conan: Tanteitachi no requiem (2006) - animation / mystery
aka: Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem, aka: Detektic Conan - Das Requiem der Detektive
On 4 April 2006 Ito Suehiko & Shimizu Reiko rob cash truck with deceased Nishio Masara. On 6 April 2006 Shimizu Reiko killed Nishio in their company. On 15 May 2006 Shimizu Reiko was claimed suicide and died. (NOW) Mori Kogoro drove Ran and Conan and others to Miracleland. When Ran order Conan to go outside together, Client stopped Conan from leaving the office! What happened? "By 22:00 you have to settle this, or else, all your ID-belts would explode" When Kanagawa police spoke on 4 April matter, Conan got a call, "Detective Mori? No! Are you Kudo? Really you! High-School Student Detective Kudo Shinichi." What would happen to everyone by 10pm?
 3973h 0r
Tampopo (1985) - comedy
aka: Dandelion
In this humorous paean to the joys of food, the main story is about trucker Goro who rides into town
 12426h 0r
Ringu 2 (1999) - horror
Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...
 12215h 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
 10969h 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.”
 6002h 0r
Ibara no O (2010) - animation / adventure / horror
aka: King of Thorn
 6632h 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.
 8422h 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 ....
 4224h 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.
 3990h 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.
 4027h 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.
 9002h 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.
 7643h 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.
 9521h 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.
 7115h 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.
 12945h 0r
Sword of Desperation (2010) - action
A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman....
 3255h 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.
 11862h 0r
Seven Samurai (1954) - action
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

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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)
 4911h 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.
 2120h 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.
 3429h 0r
Gedo Senki (2006) - adventure / animation / fantasy
Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange...
 3521h 0r
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