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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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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.
 16996h 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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
 5189h 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.”
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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.
 9037h 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.
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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.
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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.
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Sword of Desperation (2010) - action
A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman....
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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)
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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...
 4983h 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.
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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?
 3544h 0r
Gokudô heiki (2011) - action / sci-fi
Watch Gokudô heiki: After four years overseas, Shozo returns to Japan to avenge his yakuza boss who was assassinated by his own treacherous top man, Kurawaki.
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Samurai Ayothaya (2010) - action / drama
Based on a true historic figure during Ayothaya Era, the film depicts the life of Yamada Nagamasa, a...
 3061h 0r
Kôkaku kidôtai 2.0 (2008) - animation / action / crime / drama / sci-fi
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.
 6293h 0r
City Hunter (1996) - action / animation / comedy / crime
Ryo Saeba, the famed "City Hunter," has been hired by James McGuire, the president-elect of a newly-freed South American country, to protect one of the members of the Japanese Secret Service assigned to his protection detail. The young woman happens to be McGuire's daughter and has been targeted for assassination over a fabulous cache of diamonds that McGuire had discovered while still a freedom-fighter. Saeba, while protecting his charge, also takes it upoin himself to try to get some "mokkori" action going with her...
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City Hunter: Bay City Wars (1990) - action / animation / comedy
Rival private eyes Ryo Saeba and Umibozu must find a way into a high-tech luxury hotel to rescue their friends who are being held hostage and stop a mad South American dictator's plans to use the hotel's supercomputer to unleash a nuclear holocaust. Highly reminiscent of Die Hard, right down to a scene where Ryu bunjee-jumps off of the roof of the hotel skyscraper with a fire hose.
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City Hunter: Ai to shukumei no Magnum (1989) - action / animation
If Shinjuku's the place, then City Hunter is on the case! In this exciting adventure, Ryo and Kaori find themselves on a 'missing persons' case that could somehow be related to the national security of the global world when a lovely young European pianist named Nina Shuntenberg comes to them asking for help in finding her long-lost father, whom she has never seen in many years. What starts out as a simple assignment quickly turns into a perilous mission to find a top-secret microchip involving mercenaries, diplomatic agents and a mysterious spy named Colonel Helzen who has a few secrets of his own. Now, Ryo, Kaori and company must find the microchip and discover why there are dangerous people chasing after Nina...that is if they can keep Ryo's mind off of getting into Nina's pants for one day!
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Gekijô-ban Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning (2012) - action / animation
Set on an alternative Earth, Superheroes are celebrities and a high rating TV show rates their achievements, awarding them points until an annual King of Heroes is crowned. Old-school hero ...
 3467h 0r
Shinmajinden batoru royaru haisukûru (1988) - action / animation
Watch Shinmajinden batoru royaru haisukûru:
 3074h 0r
Baoh (1989) - action / animation
Doress, a Japanese "black projects" organization, has been gathering psionics and making biological weapons to "make Japan superior". When one of the biological experiments, BAOH, escapes with a young girl, Doress will do anything to get the boy and girl back. For BAOH is a parasite living in its host's brain, altering the host into a living death machine in order to keep it alive. When Doress sends assassins after the boy and girl, BAOH "awakens" to its "Armed Defense Phenomenons", giving the boy acid-tipped claws, bio-regeneration, and super-strength. But Doress takes the girl, and BAOH must fight an army of commandos and a psionic to get her back.
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Curse of the Undead Yoma (1989) - animation / action / drama / horror
Watch Curse of the Undead Yoma:
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The Grandmaster (2013) - action / drama
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
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The Grandmaster (2013) - action / drama
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
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The Grandmaster (2013) - action / drama
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
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Deddo sushi (2012) - action / comedy / horror
Watch Deddo sushi:
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The Grandmaster (2013) - action / drama
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
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Detonator Orgun (1991) - animation / action / drama / sci-fi
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.
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Battle Angel (1993) - animation / action / crime / drama / sci-fi
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.
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Kick-heart (2013) - animation / action / comedy / romance
A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.
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Sailor Moon S the Movie: Hearts in Ice (1994) - animation / action / fantasy / romance
An unusual snow storm hits the town and the Sailor Scouts discover that an evil snow queen Kaguya, wants to freeze the entire earth. It's up to the Inner Sailor Scouts along with the Outers, to defeat the Queen. Meanwhile, Luna falls in love with a human astronomer named Kakeru whose girlfriend is an astronaut about to take a space shuttle mission. Kakeru becomes ill and Luna wishes she could be a human to help him.
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