Best Japanese Movies of the 2000s. Which do you know? Part III

When I watch films I prefer to know as little as possible about it, so my descriptions here are brief and not very informative. I've linked to the trailer for those who want to find out more. Check out Part I and Part II for more movies.


Electricity wielding comic style super heroes. Trailer here.

32. 極道恐怖大劇場 牛頭 (Gozu)

Yakuza Horror Cow's Head - is the literal title. Trailer here.

33. 花とアリス (Hana and Alice)

Japanese teen romance film. Trailer here.

34. ジョゼと虎と魚たち (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish)

Tsuneo is a college student when one day a baby carriage barrels down a hill and bumps into a nearby guardrail. He checks the carriage and instead of a baby sees Josee, a girl about his age who suffers from cerebral palsy and has spent her entire life insulated from the outside world. Trailer here.

 "I saw the film and cried the just now I when watching the trailer I cried again."

Yeh think I'll skip this one!

35. 隠し剣 鬼の爪 (The Hidden Blade)

The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan.  Trailer here.

36. 千年女優 (Millennium Actress)

Animation that tells the story of a documentary filmmaker investigating the life of an elderly actress in which reality and cinema become blurred. It is based on the life of Setsuko Hara. Trailer here (actually this is a music video but near enough!).

37. 自殺サークル (Suicide Club)

A group of seemingly unrelated suicides all turn out to be connected. I watched at least the start of this - not my cup of tea. Here's the trailer - warning quite gory for a youtube trailer!

38. Survive Style 5+

The film follows five, loosely linked plot lines. A man keeps killing his wife and burying her in the woods only to find her alive, furious, and waiting for him at home. A family's life is disrupted when the father is hypnotized into believing he is a bird. A trio of youth pass time by burgling houses. A murderous advertising executive tries to imagine ideas for commercials. The stories clash together through the intervention of a thuggish hitman and his translator. Here's the trailer. Looks great!

39. 鉄コン筋クリート (Tekkon Kinkreet)

The name comes from a child's mispronunciation of "Tekkin Konkurito" (steel reinforced concrete). The story takes place in the fictional Treasure Town and centers on a pair of orphaned street kids – the tough, canny Kuro(Black) and the childish, innocent Shiro(White), together known as the Cats – as they deal with yakuza attempting to take over the city of Treasure Town. Trailer here.

Asian Kung-fu Generation tunes. Somehow it fits this film.

40. ヴァイブレータ  (Vibrator)

Road about sensual discovery - here's the trailer.

I've mastered this vibration through personal experience, an experience I cannot erase. The cast of the movie are charming too. ("Mastered" can't be the best translation here!)

41. ビジターQ (Visitor Q)

Visitor Q often replicates the style of documentary footage and home movies, which invokes a sense of realism that contradicts the film’s more bizarre elements and black comedy. Reading the wikipedia page this sounds terrible (I'm just not a big Takashi Miike fan, I guess!) - but here's the trailer.

42. 20世紀少年 (20th Century Boys)

Based on the manga of the same name this is the first film in a trilogy. Follows a group of boys as they grow up and one of their childhood friends is changing the world. Here's the trailer.
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