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Best Japanese Movies


  • Battle Royale 3D

    Battle Royale 3D (Unrated, 2000)

    Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki
    A long-unavailable underground hit that anticipated The Hunger Games novels by eight years, veteran ... read moredirector Fukasaku's epically violent, still-controversial and deeply influential genre masterpiece takes place in a dystopian alternate universe. In the near future, the economy has collapsed, unemployment has soared and juvenile crime has exploded. Fearful of its nation's youth, the Japanese government passes The BR Law: Each year, a 9th grade class is sent to a remote island where they will be locked into exploding neck collars, given a random weapon, and forced to hunt and kill each other until there is only one survivor left. Battle Royale follows one such class, with an ice-cold performance from Takeski Kitano as the group's teacher. -- (C) Anchor Bay
    • fb3428648
      fb3428648: People know that I love film and I get recommendations to watch movies all the time. And although
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • notoriousdvn
      notoriousdvn: One of my favorites. It's sad that it's only receiving a buzz again due to The Hunger Game Compari
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb778288727
      fb778288727: Japanese version of the hunger games before the hunger games. Not the pg13 version. The gory vers
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (PG, 2001)

    Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Jason Marsden, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
    Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Monono... read moreke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
    • fb755078042
      fb755078042: Review In A Nutshell:

      Spirited Away was the first film I have seen from legendary Hayao Miyazaki a
      Reviewed 15 days days ago
    • fb100001887999020
      fb100001887999020: No other animated film has deeply impacted me more than Spirited Away. The film throws you in thei
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • FilmFreak93
      FilmFreak93: Spirited Away is the story about a young girl named Chihiro whom with her parents are moving away t
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • The Condemned

    The Condemned (R, 2007)

    Steve Austin, Robert Mammone, Victoria Mussett, Manu Bennett, Madeleine West
    WWE superstar "Stone Cold" Steve Austin stars as a death row inmate who gets a rare second shot at l... read moreife in director Scott Wiper's adrenaline-charged action thriller. Jack Conrad (Austin) is a dangerous convict currently awaiting execution in a corrupt Central American prison. "Purchased" by a wealthy television producer and transported to a deserted island, the formidable inmate is offered the opportunity to avoid capital punishment and win back his freedom by fighting to the death against nine other condemned criminals in an illegal game to be broadcast uncensored over the Internet. Rick Hoffman and Vinnie Jones co-star in a brutal battle royal of non-stop carnage. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
    • faustteomim
      faustteomim: THE HELL???? If you like the premise, watch Battle Royale; it was ten times the movie that this abo
      Reviewed 6 years days ago