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Enbamingu (1999)
aka: Embalming
aka: EM
aka: EM Embalming
When the embalmed head of a powerful congressman's son goes missing the investigation leads to, among other things, a shady buddhist priest, a renegade embalmer, a highly dysfunctional teen love gone terribly awry, and black market organ trade. Throw a little acupuncture and schizophrenia into to the mix and you've got the perfect recipe for this truly bizarre tale!
Oldboy (2003)
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.
1-Ichi (2003)
We follow Ichi during his high school years. Mr. Dai is the best fighter in school... whenever he fights Ichi is there and has a huge smile on his face. Mr. Dai thinks that Ichi is laughing at him but in fact he enjoys watching the violence that goes through the fights. Everyone is bullying, taunting and making fun of Ichi... even little kids from his karate class. Yet Ichi refuses to let go of his anger and fight others. Just when Mr. Dai is about to get Ichi, a new transfer student starts to make his own laws... by beating up everyone and breaking their bones! In a fight with the new student, Mr. Dai ends up on the ground, beaten and broken up from almost everywhere. It seems like this new guy wants to fight Ichi because supposedly he is the only one that could give him some challenge.
Beautiful girls are in danger. At Sunny Beach, a huge shark is waiting for his prey. College students Miki and Mai arrive on a private beach on a tropical island. They can't find the hotel where they booked their reservations, and have gotten hopelessly lost, until a handsome young man shows up, offering to take them to his lodge. But something is not right about the place. The owner's fingernails are tainted with blood and Miki feels something sinister lurking nearby.
A mysterious suicide and a series of unmanned robot run-aways sparks off a Police investigation into the suspicious software on-board thousands of industrial robots around Tokyo. Step by step, the police find themselves tangled up by the web of a perfect crime which awaits the approaching Typhoon to activate thousands of virus affected robots. As time runs out, Asuma and his team must complete a task that is doomed to be a failure before the Typhoon lands Tokyo.
Sky High (2003)
A serial-murderer is removing his victims hearts and taking them with him. Kanzaki is a detective on the case. The day he is due to be married his fiancé, Mina, is killed displaying the same MO as the other victims. He discovers geneticist, Kudo, and Rei, his evil "secretary" to be the killers. When they have six hearts they will be able to summon demons from beyond the 'Gate of Rage' to grant any wish, but darkness will fall upon the earth. Mina becomes Guardian of the Gate of Rage, and must fight Kudo when he is killed. Kanzaki enters the world of the dead to protect her.
 
Ju-on (2002)
aka: The Grudge
aka: Ju-on: The Grudge
aka: Ju-on 3
aka: Ju-on: Gekijô-ban
aka: Ju-on: The Curse
aka: 呪怨
A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
 
Ataru, The Autistic Detective is a huge television show in Asia. Ataru comes to the big screen in this feature film which finds him in Las Vegas, confronting a homicidal female with a skill set as strong as his own.
 
aka: "Jigoku no kazeku-ruma" (original title)
aka: Ju-on: The Grudge
aka: Ju-on 3
aka: Ju-on: Gekijô-ban
aka: Ju-on: The Curse
aka: 呪怨
This is the second film in "Umon, The Constable of Edo" series. Umon Torimonocho - Hell's Windmill
Cast: OTOMO RYUTARO, SATOMI KOTARO, TSUKIGATA RYUNOSUKE
Synopsis:
Umon's services are called upon when innocent bystanders, Okayo and Minokichi, along with the ronin, Gontaro are mistakenly identified as suspects in several recent murder cases.
To prove their innocence and uncover the truth, Umon launches his own investigation. Known as THE Constable of Edo, Kondo Umon is a handsome and wise detective who uses his skills to catch the true perpetrator of vicious crimes.
In addition to having to deal with the criminal element, he must also contend with the "Pock-marked" constable for the North Magistrate, Keishiro. A man as incompetent as he is ugly.
Umon, together with his number one follower 'Talkative' Denroku must unravel the mystery before Keishiro can foolishly ruin the lives of the young lovers. There's plenty of action, mystery, and suspense in this thrilling story of good triumphing over evil.
As a result of illness and unemployment, Yamaoka Tatewaki, a "Hatamoto" (or direct vassal of the Shogun), pawned his family heirloom, a valuable Gosu plate for 100 ryo. When, of all occasions, Yokogawa Dewa came to visit and asked to see the Gosu plate on May 5th, Boy's Festival. Yamaoka then sent his steward to borrow the plate back, but the pawnbroker coldheartedly refused. He died soon thereafter of an unknown cause.

Soon after that, two warehouses were broken into, but nothing was taken. When Detective Shokichi seeks the help of Young lord samurai, in solving these mysterious crimes that plague the town he takes the case and immediately surmises that the thief was looking for something special.

Could the answer be hidden in the coffin of a deceased merchant who had his most valuable things buried with him. The tension mounts and the mystery deepens. Can Young lord solve the case?
Anazâ (2012)
After a chain of deaths at a junior high school, new transfer student Koichi Sakakibara (Kento Yamazaki) turns to a mysterious girl (Ai Hashimoto) who holds the key to the dark mystery. In the spring of 1998, 15-year-old Koichi Sakakibara's (Kento Yamazaki) father goes abroad and Koichi Sakakibara goes to live with his aunt Reiko Mikami (Ai Kato), who lives in a mountain region. Not long after he moves in with his aunt, he collapses from a pneumothorax attack and becomes hospitalized. One day, at the elevator in the hospital, Koichi meets a pretty girl wearing a uniform and an eye patch. Koichi just stares at her. The pretty girl says something strange and then vanishes in the hospital mortuary. After being discharged from the hospital, Koichi goes to his new school. He finds the pretty girl, Mei Misaki (Ai Hashimoto) is also in his class. Koichi doesn't feel comfortable, because all of his classmates and even his teacher act like the girl doesn't exist.
Karafuru (2010)
Watch Karafuru: A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth, inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself.
Watch Gekijô-ban Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari:
Watch Gekijô-ban Mahou Shojo Madoka Magica Kohen: Eien no Monogatari:
Yuko receives an invitation for the opening of an auction from a mysterious unknown sender. Likewise, fanatical collectors are summoned to an old mansion whose owner doesn't make an appearance. One after another, each collector disappears and a number of other strange occurrences happen during the night. The questions of what exactly it is that's being auctioned and who the owner of the mansion is must be solved in order for Yuko and Watanuki to get to the bottom of this.
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Nô Otoko (2013)
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