Popular Japanese Movies
1. The Lightning Tree (aka Raiou)
Writer: Mari Ueza (novel), Masato Kato, Sachiko Tanaka
Starring: Masaki Okada, Yu Aoi
Release Date: 2010-10-22
Plot: Set during the Edo Period, a young man from a noble family meets a young woman under a special tree called “Raiou” (the tree was struck by lightning at one time with the broken part eventually sprouting out cherry blossoms). The young woman lived freely in the mountains after she was abducted as a young child. The couple soon fall in love under the Raiou tree, but become acutely aware of their different social positions and the ramifications it has on their relationship.
2. The Incite Mill (aka Inshite Miru: 7-kakan no Desu Gemu)
Ten people gather together at a complex named “Ankikan” after hearing of a short term job paying 112,000 Yen ($1,369.6 USD) per hour. The ten people are informed that they will be monitored 24 hours a day for 7 days straight in a psychological experiment. They are then sent to individual rooms with a different weapon located in each room. Once they are locked in they learn the rules of the psychological experiment.
3. Sakuradamongai no Hen
At dawn, on February 18, 1860, samurai of Mito domain Seki Tetsunosuke leaves his wife Fusa and son Seiichiro Seki behind to fulfill a deadly mission. In January, Seki Tetsunosuke concluded a pact to execute community leaders of the Mito domain and the highest government official of the shogunate Ii Naosuke.
4. Vegenance Can Wait (aka Ranbou to Taiki)
In a row of wooden municipal houses in the countryside, Hidenori Yamane and Nanase Ogawa live together under the same roof. Every night Hidenori hides in the attic and peeks through a hole into Nanase’s room, while thinking of the cruelest ways to inflict revenge. Meanwhile, Nanase, who wears outdated sweaters and glasses, is aware Hidenori is peeking at her at night and awaits for the worst form of punishment.
5. Elevator to the Gallows (aka Shikeidai no Elevator)
A phone conversation occurs between a man and a woman. They both state their love for each other and that they will do this so they can be together. The woman is in a hotel room with a view of the port. The man is inside of a parked car with a view of the ocean. A man named Colonel appears and hands the man a box with a loaded gun inside. The Colonel states “it’s a present from the witch”.
6. Nanase Futatabi: The Movie
Nanase has the supernatural ability to read other people’s minds. She has lived her life as an outcast because of this special ability. Nanase then takes comfort with people who have similar abilities: 7-year-old Norio, who has similar telepathic powers and Henry Furiman, a man with telekinetic powers.
7. Soup Opera
One day, Louie‘s old classmate Nanako, who works for a magazine, takes Louie to dinner with popular writer Gou Inoue and others. During dinner, Louie becomes tired of the writer’s arrogant attitude, but she is surprised by the cold peach soup recommended by Kosuke who sits next to her. After dinner, Kosuke takes Louie home and mistakes Tony as Louie’s father. Tony nonchalantly invites Kosuke to stay over for the night.
8. The Lady Shogun and Her Men (aka Ohoku/ Ôoku)
In the year 1716, a mysterious epidemic stickens men in the country of Japan, dropping the population of men to 1/4th of its prior state. With the drastic reduction of men, the gender roles have become reversed in Japan. Women become the dominant members of society and men are sought out for the ability to produce children.
9. Tooku no Sora
During the 1980 Gwangju uprising in South Korea, a Korean man and a second-generation Korean-Japanese woman meet during the student activist movement. Under the chaos of the time the man and woman fall in love, but the woman suddenly disappears. 30 years later, the woman keeps her past a secret and worries that her daughter Mie Matsuki may pursue her Korean roots.
10. Renai Gikyoku: Watashi to Koi ni Ochitekudasai
Popular TV screenwriter Mayumi Taniyama suffers from the dreaded writer’s block. When producer Masaya Mukai asks for a screenplay written for him, Mayumi Taniyama offers to write one if he falls in love with her.