Best and Worst : 100+ Modern Japanese Movie Recs - the final post

100+ Modern Japanese Movie Recs - the final post

Just in case you needed recommendations one last time.

Romances:

I Have To Buy New Shoes (2012)
Josee, the Tiger, and the Fish (2003)
Vital (2004)
Sweet Little Lies (2010)
Himitsu (1999)
Yellow Elephant (2013)
Tony Takitani (2004)
Su-ki-da (2005)
My Pretend Girlfriend (2014)
Halfway (2009)
Summer’s End (2013)
Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
Don’t Laugh At My Romance (2007)
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Laundry (2002)
Dreams for Sale (2012)
Hole in the Sky (2001)
Her Granddaughter (2015)
Vibrator (2003)
The Egoists (2011)
A Gap in the Skin (2005)

Worthy samurai era films:

The Hidden Blade (2004)
After the Flowers (2010)
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (2003)
Basara: The Princess Goh (1992)
Twilight Samurai (2003)
Harakiri: Death of a Samurai (aka Ichimei) (2011)
Love and Honor (2006)
13 Assassins (2010)

Comedies:

Seagull Diner (2006)
Swing Girls (2004)
Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)
Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (2013)
University of Laughs (2004)
Talk, Talk, Talk (2007)
Kuro (2012)
Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
Survive Style 5+ (2004)
A Story of Yonosuke (2013)
Postman Blues (1997)
Summer Time Machine Blues (2005)
Family Secrets (2006)
Fine, Totally Fine (2008)
My Secret Cache (1997)
Wakeful Nights (2006)
Warm Water Under the Red Bridge (2001)
Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers (2005)
Space Travelers (2000)
Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Cafe Isobe (2008)
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
Break Through! (aka Pacchigi!) (2004)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s horror films, including:

Cure (1997)
Kairo (2001)
Charisma (1999)
Retribution (2006)

Basically everything from Hirokazu Koreeda, including:

Nobody Knows (2004)
After Life (1998)
Still Walking (2008)

Dramas:

Our Little Sister (2015)
River (2012)
Moving (1993)
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Eureka (2000)
Rebirth (2011)
The Clone Returns Home (2008)
Casting Blossoms to the Sky (2012)
All About Lily Chou Chou (2001)
The Kirishima Thing (2012)
All Around Us (2008)
Runin: Banished (2004)
Bakuman (2015)
Bad Company (2001)
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Parade (2009)
The Blue Light (2003)
Oshin (2013)
Who’s Camus Anyway? (2005)
Shall We Dance? (1996)
How To Become Myself (2007)
The War and a Woman (2013)
Sway (2006)
Bashing (2005)
Petal Dance (2013)
Into the White Night (2010)
Kotoko (2011)
The Letter (2006)
The Bird People In China (1998)
Funuke Show Me Some Love, You Losers! (2007)
Fish Story (2009)
Confessions of a Dog (2006)
Shady (2012)
Tokyo Marigold (2001)
Aoi Tori (aka Blue Bird) (2008)
Hana bi (1997)
Rendan (2001)
The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (2012)
Shinku (aka Deep Red) (2005)
Gemini (1999)
Little Forest: Summer and Autumn (2014)
Little Forest: Winter and Spring (2015)
Departures (2008)
Ritual (2000)
Kids Return (1996)
Tokyo Family (2013)
Hanging Garden (2005)
April Story (1998)
Stranger of Mine (2005)
Gravity’s Clowns (2009)
Sada (1998)
There Is Light (2013)
Linda Linda Linda (2005)
Harmful Insect (2001)
Waiting in the Dark (2006)
Keiho (1999)
Nana (2005)
Dog in a Sidecar (2007)
Green Minds, Metal Bats (2006)
Rinco’s Restaurant (2010)
Hana and Alice (2004)
Bayside Shakedown (1998)
Nine Souls (2003)
Dead or Alive 2 (2000)
Caterpillar (2010)
United Red Army (2007)
Breathe In, Breathe Out (2004)
It’s Only Talk (2005)
The Drudgery Train (2012)
Himizu (2011)
Rail Truck (2010)
Now, I… (2008)
H Story (2001)
Topless (2008)
Monsters Club (2011)

Anime (excluding TV series):

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie 3: Rebellion (2013)
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Spirited Away (2001)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
Cat Soup (2001)
The Wind Rises (2013)
La Portrait de Petite Cossette (2004)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Paprika (2006)
Wolf Children (2013)
Ayakashi: Goblin Cat (2006)
Dead Leaves (2004)
Genius Party Beyond (2008)
Summer Wars (2009)
Mind Game (2004)
Millennium Actress (2001)
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) – the Japanese dub

Anime TV Series and OVAs:

Samurai Champloo (2004)
Fate Zero (2011-2012)
Steins;Gate (2011)
Gunslinger Girl (2003)
Hellsing Ultimate (2007-2012)
Boogiepop Phantom (2000)
Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Kino’s Journey (2003)
Fooly Cooly (2001)
Ergo Proxy (2006)
Mononoke (2007)
Puella Magi Madoka Magica (2011)
Texhnolyze (2003)
Death Note (2006)
Clannad (2007) and Clannad After Story (2008-2009)
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo (2004-2005)
Paranoia Agent (2004)
The Vision of Escaflowne (1996)
The Garden of Sinners (2007-2011)

Outside the box films:

Gakko No Kaidan 4 (aka Haunted School 4) (1999)
The World of Kanako (2014)
Love Exposure (2008)
Electric Dragon 80000v (2001)
Over Your Dead Body (2014)
Noroi (2005)
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Miss Zombie (2013)
Tales of the Unusual (2000)
Symbol (2009)
Audition (1999)
Battle Royale (2000)
Confessions (2010)
Crest of Betrayal (1994)
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Strange Circus (2005)
Angel Dust (1994)
Demon Pond (2005)
A Snake of June (2002)
Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
Antenna (2004)
The Trap (1996)
Uzumaki (2000)
Jam Films (2002)
Vermilion Souls (2007)
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
A Night In Nude: Salvation (2010)
In A Thicket (1996)
Sanguivorous (2007)

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