Takahiro Hirano

Ping Pong (2002)

As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long best friend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fumihiko Sori
CAST:  Yosuke Kubozuka  •  Sam Lee  •  Shidô Nakamura  •  Naoto Takenaka

As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long best friend ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fumihiko Sori
CAST:  Yosuke Kubozuka  •  Sam Lee  •  Shidô Nakamura  •  Naoto Takenaka

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

In a post-war alternative timeline, Japan is divided into the North, controlled by the Union, and the South, controlled by the United States. A mysterious high tower rises within the borders of the Union. Three high school students promise to cross the border with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masato Hagiwara  •  Yuuka Nanri  •  Unsho Ishizuka

In a post-war alternative timeline, Japan is divided into the North, controlled by the Union, and the South, controlled by the United States. A mysterious high tower rises within the borders of the Union. Three high school students promise to cross the border with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masato Hagiwara  •  Yuuka Nanri  •  Unsho Ishizuka

Tokyo Raiders (2000)

When a private eye, a jilted bride and a mysterious stranger join forces to track down an elusive mobster, there's more than trouble in the air.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jingle Ma Choh-Sing
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Kelly Chen  •  Ekin Cheng  •  Cecilia Cheung

When a private eye, a jilted bride and a mysterious stranger join forces to track down an elusive mobster, there's more than trouble in the air.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jingle Ma Choh-Sing
CAST:  Tony Leung Chiu-wai  •  Kelly Chen  •  Ekin Cheng  •  Cecilia Cheung

The Clone Returns Home (2008)

Kohei Takahara, an astronaut who dies in the line of duty, is legally resurrected as a clone: however, contrary to the scientists’ expectations, he reverts to his childhood memories when his twin brother drowned sacrificing his life for Kohei. Kohei’s clone ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kanji Nakajima
CAST:  Hiromi Nagasaku  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa  •  Kyūsaku Shimada  •  Eri Shida

Kohei Takahara, an astronaut who dies in the line of duty, is legally resurrected as a clone: however, contrary to the scientists’ expectations, he reverts to his childhood memories when his twin brother drowned sacrificing his life for Kohei. Kohei’s clone ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kanji Nakajima
CAST:  Hiromi Nagasaku  •  Mitsuhiro Oikawa  •  Kyūsaku Shimada  •  Eri Shida

5 Centimeters per Second (2007)

Three moments in Takaki's life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kenji Mizuhashi  •  Yoshimi Kondou  •  Satomi Hanamura  •  Ayaka Onoue

Three moments in Takaki's life: his relationship with Akari and their forced separation; his friendship with Kanae, who is secretly in love with him; the demands and disappointments of adulthood, an unhappy life in a cold city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Makoto Shinkai
CAST:  Kenji Mizuhashi  •  Yoshimi Kondou  •  Satomi Hanamura  •  Ayaka Onoue

The Inerasable (2016)

A novelist receives a letter from a female university student named Kubo about strange sounds that emanate from a room in her apartment. They begin to investigate incidents involving former residents, and eventually discover the shocking truths lurking inside the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshihiro Nakamura
CAST:  Yûko Takeuchi  •  Ai Hashimoto  •  Kuranosuke Sasaki  •  Kentaro Sakaguchi

A novelist receives a letter from a female university student named Kubo about strange sounds that emanate from a room in her apartment. They begin to investigate incidents involving former residents, and eventually discover the shocking truths lurking inside the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshihiro Nakamura
CAST:  Yûko Takeuchi  •  Ai Hashimoto  •  Kuranosuke Sasaki  •  Kentaro Sakaguchi

Blood (1998)

Kasaki the hitman needs to set scores with his target Ri after the syndicate hunts him and blackmails his childhood friend to kill him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kôsuke Suzuki
CAST:  Riki Takeuchi  •  Noboru Takachi  •  Mai Oikawa  •  Hakuryu

Kasaki the hitman needs to set scores with his target Ri after the syndicate hunts him and blackmails his childhood friend to kill him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kôsuke Suzuki
CAST:  Riki Takeuchi  •  Noboru Takachi  •  Mai Oikawa  •  Hakuryu

The Accomplice (1999)

This hard-boiled action starring Naoto Takenaka is directed by popular manga artist Kazuhiro Kimchi. 8 years previously, one man, Brazilian Mafioso Carlos had brought the Japanese Yakuza organization to its knees. He breaks out of prison while being transported ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiro Kiuchi
CAST:  Naoto Takenaka  •  Kyoko Koizumi  •  Yūya Uchida  •  Mikio Osawa

This hard-boiled action starring Naoto Takenaka is directed by popular manga artist Kazuhiro Kimchi. 8 years previously, one man, Brazilian Mafioso Carlos had brought the Japanese Yakuza organization to its knees. He breaks out of prison while being transported ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiro Kiuchi
CAST:  Naoto Takenaka  •  Kyoko Koizumi  •  Yūya Uchida  •  Mikio Osawa

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DIRECTION:  Hiroyuki Tsuji
CAST:  Sayaka Isoyama  •  Eriko Moriwaki  •  Ryûji Harada  •  Takayuki Kinoshita