Popular Japanese Movies
1. Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night
Writer: Toshikazu Nagae
Starring: Aoi Nakamura, Noriko Aoyama
Release Date: 2010-11-20
Plot: 27-year-old Haruka suffered a compound fracture in a car accident while traveling in America, so she returns to Tokyo in a wheelchair. There to meet her is her younger brother 19-year-old Koichi. Not long after, strange occurrences happen in the house, which urge Koichi to set up a video camera in Haruka’s room so that Koichi can see what is actually going on through his computer screen.
2. Strangers in the City (aka Yukizuri no Machi)
A former high school teacher reunites 12 years later with a woman named Miyoko. Miyoko was his former high school student whom he married after her graduation. Their marriage became a scandal and the couple divorced…
3. Ghost (aka Ghost: In Your Arms Again)
Korean potter Jun-Ho meets successful young entrepreneur Nanami in Tokyo. The couple fall in love and soon marry. A year after their marriage tragedy strikes when Nanami is killed on her way home. Nanami, not ready to leave this world, remains in this world in spirit form.
4. Maria Watches Over Us (aka Mariasama ga Miteru)
Yumi Fukuzawa is an ordinary first year student at Lillian Girls’ Academy. By chance Yumi meets second year student Sachiko Ogasawara, who is a candidate to become a Red Rose, a division of the student council. Sachiko later offers her rosary to Yumi Fukuzawa which signifies she will become an older sister to Yumi. Meanwhile, Yumi, who already looks up to popular Sachiko, is perplexed why she is picked.
5. Saraba Itoshi no Daitoryo
With the recession still occurring in Japan and the area of Osaka thought to be hit hardest by the economic downtown, Osaka’s gubernatorial election occurs and the surprise winner of the election is Sekai no Nabeatsu. Three months into his gubernatorial term and with little help from national government, Sekai no Nabeatsu declares Osaka an independent country and takes office as its first President. The Osaka Police then receives a message warning of an impending assassination attempt on the President of Osaka.
6. Partners (aka Patonazu)
19-year-old freeter Tsuyoshi Osanai enters a school for guide dog trainers. After two years of training, Tsuyoshi becomes an assistant trainer. His first dog to train is Chie. Chie was separated from his mother two months after birth and then lived with the Hasegawa family. Tsuyoshi tries to train Chie as a guide dog, but it does not work well…
“Leonie” covers the life of American educator, editor, and journalist Leonie Gilmour, the mother of the acclaimed artist and architect Isamu Noguchi, and her 50 year journey as a single mother who resisted early 20th century norms in the U.S. and Japan. She influenced heavily the freethinking thought process of her Japanese husband, the celebrated writer Yone Noguchi.
8. Swing Me Again (aka Futatabi Swing Me Again)
78-year-old Kenzaburo was once the trumpet player for a legendary jazz band. For the past 50 years Kenzaburo has been confined in a hospital due to having Hansen’s disease (leprosy). Now, Kenzaburo sets out to fulfill a 50-year-old promise he made to his former bandmates – to one day play at the jazz club “Sone”. Kenzaburo’s 21-year-old grandson Hiroto, who also plays the trumpet, follows his grandfather in his incredible journey.
9. Gegege no Nyobo
“Gegege no Nyobo” follows the life of relationship between Mizuki Shigeru and Nunoe Mura, who encountered many difficulties before Mizuki Shigeru became a successful manga artist.
10. Saibancho! Koko wa Choeki 4 nen de Dodesuka
A freelance writer sits in a Tokyo District Court room and becomes fascinated by the legal proceeding…