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Badass Samurai CinemaEdit

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English Language Films set in JapanEdit

The Last Samurai


Lost in Translation





General Japanese RecommendationsEdit

Poster Title Synopsis Opinions
2ldk
2LDK (2003) Nozomi and Lana share an apartment in Tokyo. They have both auditioned for the same role in a movie, and know that the shortlist has been cut down to just the two of them. As they wait the night before finding out who will get the role, their personality clashes erupt into an all-out battle. Petty arguments escalate into hysterical violence, bringing the girls' hatred of one another to the surface as they confront the reality of their empty, unfulfilled lives. Their bizarre conflict with each other includes electrocution, drowning, fisticuffs, cutting tools, and even kissing.
All about lily chou chou
All About Lily Chou Chou (2001) Life isn't easy for a group of high school kids growing up absurd in Japan's pervasive pop/cyber culture. As they negotiate teen badlands- school bullies, parents from another planet, lurid snapshots of sex and death- these everyday rebels without a cause seek sanctuary, even salvation, through pop star savior Lily Chou-Chou, embracing her sad, dreamy songs and sharing their fears and secrets in Lilyholic chat rooms. Immersed in the speed of everyday troubles, their lives inevitably climax in a fatal collision between real and virtual identities, a final logging-off from innocence.
Audition
Audition (1999)

Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training. On the day of the audition, she's the last person they see. Aoyama is hooked. He notes her number from her file, calls her and takes her to dinner. He hesitates to call again, worried that he'll seem too eager. When he does, Asami knowingly lets the phone ring for some time before answering. She's alone in her darkened room - alone, that is, apart from the writhing victim she has tied up in a sack on the floor...


Directed by Takaski Miike, director of Ichi the Killer and Visitor Q.

Battle royale
Battle Royale (2000) Forty-two delinquent students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. The students have been forced by legislation to compete in a new forum of reality television. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die.
Ichi
Ichi the Killer (2001)

When the Yakuza boss Anjo disappears with the fortune of his gang, his sadomasochist number one and lover Kakihara and his men search for him. The mysterious Jiji arrives in their office and accuses the rival Yakuza Suzuki of abducting Anjo, and Kakihara tortures him trying to locate the boss. When Kakihara realizes that he has committed a mistake, he pays with his tongue to the Yakuza and sooner he finds that the responsible is the psychopath and mentally deficient Ichi, who was abused in his childhood and is sexually repressed, and is controlled by Jiji using his skills in martial arts and blades to eliminate the gangsters.


Directed by Takashi Miike, director of Audition and Visitor Q.

Nobody knows
Nobody Knows (2004) In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko moves to a small apartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima and his siblings Kyoko, Shigeru and Yuki. The children have different fathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life with their mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the children alone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of his siblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means to survive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home, and with the landlord asking for the rental.
Norikos dinner table
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005) A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", which grows darker after the mass suicide of 54 high school girls. Sort of a prequel/sequel to Suicide Club, but better and less confusing.
Reincarnation

Rinne (Reincarnation)


(2005)

A Japanese actress begins having strange visions and experiences after landing a role in a horror film about a real-life murder spree that took place over forty years ago. Despite being a fairly generic J-horror, I thought this movie had a nice atmosphere and was a little more spooky than your typical J-horror flick.
Suicide club
Suicide Club (2001) 54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train. This appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn't as simple as one could hope.
Survive style 5
Survive Style 5+ (2004) A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkably inane idea after another; a Brittish hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
Visitor q
Visitor Q (2001)

A father, who is a failed former television reporter tries to mount a documentary about violence and sex among youths. He proceeds to have sex with his daughter who is now a prostitute and films his son being humiliated and hit by classmates. "Q", a perfect stranger somehow gets involved and enter the bizzare family whose son beats his mom, who in turn is also a prostitute and a heroin addict...


Directed by Takashi Miike, director of Ichi the Killer and Audition.

Bizarre, disturbing, and oddly sweet movie about a severely dysfunctional family that learns to love again.

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