Japanese Actor

Ken'ichi Matsuyama

  • Mar 05, 1985 (age 34)
  • 5' 11" (1.80 m)
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2019
From Miyamoto To You
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MovieSep 27, 2019

From Miyamoto To You

Following the earlier manga series and the subsequent …
Following the earlier manga series and the subsequent made-for-television serial of the same name, and featuring the same cast, a young and relatively inexperienced man with a new job comes across a woman during his working day and sparks fly. He has to get his act together and speaks to her at first however.
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Promare
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MovieMay 15, 2019

Promare

Promare (Japanese: プロメア Hepburn: Puromea) is a …
Promare (Japanese: プロメア Hepburn: Puromea) is a 2019 Japanese animated film co-produced by Trigger and XFLAG. The film is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both previously working together on Gurren Lagann in 2007 and Kill la Kill in 2013, with Nakashima and Trigger credited for the original work. It features character and mechanical designs by Shigeto Koyama, 3DCG animation by Sanzigen and music by Hiroyuki Sawano. Promare was released in Japanese theaters on May 24, 2019 by Toho Visual Entertainment.
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2017
Yurigokoro
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MovieSep 23, 2017

Yurigokoro

Adapted from a 2011 novel by author Mahokaru Numata, …
Adapted from a 2011 novel by author Mahokaru Numata, Yurigokoro has Ryosuke's father, who is stricken with advanced cancer, as a man with a diary. When the family discovers the father's diary in the latter's office leafing through it reveals notes written by a murderer. Are these fictional accounts or the memoirs of the diary's owner?
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Sekigahara
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MovieAug 26, 2017

Sekigahara

The background to and depiction of a watershed battle in …
The background to and depiction of a watershed battle in Japanese history, at Sekigahara in 1600, when Tokugawa Ieyasu's Army of the East defeated the Army of the West of Ishida Mitsunari. The story includes the intrigues and shifting loyalties of the various retainers, family members, and samurai.
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Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination2017

Outstanding Performance by an Acto…

Nominated for "Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow".
Japan Academy Prize
2016
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow
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MovieNov 19, 2016

Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow

Satoshi Murayama was so …
Satoshi Murayama was so much more than a Shogi master. Ever since the age of five, he had a serious kidney ailment. Growing up in hospitals and spending so much time sick, he learned how to play shogi; having no idea that he would fall in love with the game and later become a parody. Learn his story of perseverance and competitions despite the cards Murayama was dealt with.
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Death Note: Light Up the New World
MovieOct 29, 2016

Death Note: Light Up the New World

An update to the "Death …
An update to the "Death Note" series in which a mysterious notebook contains deadly powers.
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Rage
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MovieSep 17, 2016

Rage

A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated …
A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated stories in three different Japanese cities.
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2015
The Emperor in August
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MovieAug 8, 2015

The Emperor in August

On August 14th, 1945, at …
On August 14th, 1945, at an Imperial conference, the Showa Emperor, Hirohito (Masahiro Motoki), finally decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration. However, some young firebrand Army officers insisted on continuing the war and conspired to launch a coup. Anami (Koji Yakusho), the Minister of War, was pressed to make an extremely difficult decision.
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Chasuke's Journey
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MovieFeb 13, 2015

Chasuke's Journey

A fantasy love story that drifts between this world and …
A fantasy love story that drifts between this world and heaven. Chasuke (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) is in charge of making tea in heaven. He has feelings for a human woman named Yuri (Ito Ohno) whom he has seen from a writer who is scripting her life from heaven. He knows that Yuri is condemned to die in a car accident. To save the woman, Chasuke goes down to this world.
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2014
Climbing to Spring
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MovieJun 14, 2014

Climbing to Spring

An alpine story of family, determination and …
An alpine story of family, determination and destiny.Toru grew up in the Tateyama mountain ranges: alpine country. As a child, he resented the yearly trek up the mountain with his father to prepare their mountain hut for the summer season of climbers. When Toru grows up he leaves his hometown, entering the working world as a stock trader and becoming another office worker. But when Toru receives word that his father has passed away, he returns to Tateyama once again and becomes conscious of a new calling. But does Toru have what it takes to follow in his father footsteps?
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Japanese Americans
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TV ShowApr 24, 2014

Japanese Americans

99 Years of Love 〜Japanese Americans〜 (99年の愛 …
99 Years of Love 〜Japanese Americans〜 (99年の愛〜JAPANESE AMERICANS〜 Kyūjūkyūnen no Ai Japanīzu Amerikanzu) is a 5-episode Japanese-language TV miniseries produced by TBS for its 60th anniversary announced in 3–7 November 2010, starring Tsuyoshi Kusanagi and Yukie Nakama, and sponsored by Toyota and Panasonic.
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Homeland
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MovieFeb 11, 2014

Homeland

Homeland (Japanese: 家路, translit. Ieji) is a 2014 …
Homeland (Japanese: 家路, translit. Ieji) is a 2014 Japanese drama film directed by Nao Kubota. The film had its premiere in the Panorama section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.
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2013
The Kiyosu Conference
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MovieAug 28, 2013

The Kiyosu Conference

After the forced suicide of …
After the forced suicide of Nobunaga Oda at the Incident at Honno-ji, powerful figures Katsuie Shibata, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nagahide Niwa and Tsuneoki Ikeda meet to decide on a successor. The conference would become Japan's first group made political decision. The meeting was known as the Kiyosu Kaigi.
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2011
Bunny Drop
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MovieJun 1, 2011

Bunny Drop

A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his …
A man adopts his six-year-old aunt and raises her as his own kid.
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Gantz: Perfect Answer
MovieApr 23, 2011

Gantz: Perfect Answer

Kato's (Ken'ichi …
Kato's (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) death changes Kurono's (Kazunari Ninomiya) view of life completely. He decides to keep fighting until he earns 100 points so that he can bring back Kato. GANTZ calls back several other unwilling participants that were allowed to leave after scoring 100 points. Before Kurono succeeds in resurrecting Kato, he unexpectedly comes back. GANTZ and the fighters take on another enemy worse than ever before. To make matters worse, GANTZ starts acting up. GANTZ chooses the next target... this time it's not an alien but a human girl. Each unwilling participant in GANTZ's twisted game has a different motive for fighting, whether to protect a loved one or to do what they think is right.
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Another Gantz
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MovieApr 22, 2011

Another Gantz

This film is an alternate perspective version of the …
This film is an alternate perspective version of the first Gantz film from an investigative journalists point of view and depicts the secrets of Kurono and Kato's childhood, and also other ...
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Koyuki
MarriageApril 2011

Koyuki

Koyuki Kato (加藤 小雪 Katō Koyuki, born December …
Koyuki Kato (加藤 小雪 Katō Koyuki, born December 18, 1976), better known by her stage name Koyuki (小雪), is a Japanese model and actress.
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2010
Gantz
MovieNov 29, 2010

Gantz

After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two …
After trying to rescue a man on the subway tracks, two teens wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them to hunt down and kill aliens hiding on Earth.
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Norwegian Wood
MovieSep 2, 2010

Norwegian Wood

Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru …
Upon hearing the song "Norwegian Wood," Toru (Matsuyama) remembers back to his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend. As the two try, in very different ways, to contend with their grief, Toru forms a bond with another woman, Midori.
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
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MovieMar 27, 2010

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

Diving to save a camera …
Diving to save a camera from a fall down a flight of stairs, high school junior Naomi Sukuse wakes with no memory of the last four years. Naomi must remember who she was and figure out who she wants to be in this story of love and second chances.
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2009
Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler
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MovieOct 10, 2009

Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler

Kaiji Ito moves to Japan …
Kaiji Ito moves to Japan after graduating from high school. Unable to find a job and frustrated with society at large, Kaiji spends his days gambling, vandalizing cars, and drinking booze. Two years later and his life no better, a debt collector named Endo arrives to collect money. The debt collector then offers two choices to Kaiji: spend 10 year paying off your loan or board a gambling boat for one night to repay your debt and possibly make a whole lot more. Meanwhile, the unscrupulous Endo is actually conning Kaiji, believing he won't come back from voyage. Kaiji is then up for the night of his life.
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Kamui Gaiden
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MovieSep 16, 2009

Kamui Gaiden

Once a powerful ninja, Kamui walks away from his …
Once a powerful ninja, Kamui walks away from his violent and murderous ways. His travels bring him to a seashore village where he meets Hanbei, a fisherman who shares the former ninja's sense of honor. Though Hanbei's wife is wary of the stranger, the fisherman and Kamui become good friends. Life at the seaside seems idyllic but Kamui doesn't get to enjoy the peace for very long when, one day, a band of pirates arrive... It seems that his past life is catching up on him, and everything and everyone is not as it seems. Now he must draw upon his shadowy arts if he hopes to escape with his life.
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Urutora mirakuru rabu sutôrî
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MovieJun 6, 2009

Urutora mirakuru rabu sutôrî

"The darling of new …
"The darling of new Japanese cinema, Satoko Yokohama confirms her talent and brilliant originality with Bare Essence of Life, a satisfying tale of rural eccentricity that combines black humour and fantasy with romanticism and drama. Scripted and directed by Yokohama with self-assured grace, the film strays from both the commercial mainstream and the independent art-house cinema to find its own path. An opening shot pans along a colourful world of disparate objects and several alarm clocks all about to ring and awaken Yojin (Kenichi Matsuyama) to another glorious morning. Following the offbeat pace of his strange thoughts and even stranger outbursts of vitality, the film chronicles the mentally challenged young farmer as he daily tends his grandmother's organic vegetable garden, putting all his effort into planting, ploughing and harvesting, with poor results. The real meanings of his actions somehow escape him. Life with his grandmother is peaceful, until the day when an odd new feeling gets hold of Yojin. Out of the blue, a girl from Tokyo appears in the countryside. Machiko (Kumiko Aso) is a pretty nursery-school teacher who loves children. She has come here to escape her past, the death of her boyfriend in a car crash while he was with another lover. Something Yojin has never experienced before creeps into his heart, and his actions are taken over by a desperate need to be next to Machiko and liked by her. He has the sudden urge to control himself, a feeling that brings unexpected consequences. Japanese superstar Kenichi Matsuyama is especially compelling as Yojin, finding a balance of strength and sensitivity in this portrait of an unusual farmer. Filmed with true empathy, Bare Essence of Life renders a vivid portrait of rural Japan. As the story unfolds its miracles and surprises, the audience follows the ups and downs of Yokohama's characters." Quoting Giovanna Fulvi on the 2009 TIFF site.
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Zeni Geba
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TV ShowJan 17, 2009

Zeni Geba

Zeni Geba (銭ゲバ) is a Japanese manga series …
Zeni Geba (銭ゲバ) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by George Akiyama. The series was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1970 to 1971. Shōnen Sunday was once specified as "harmful" in some prefectures when the series has started, because of its violent and drastic depiction.
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Popularity Award - Most Popular Actor
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Award2009

Popularity Award - Most Popular Actor

Won award for "Detroit Metal City".
Japan Academy Prize
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
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Nomination2009

Outstanding Performance by an Acto…

Nominated for "Detroit Metal City".
Japan Academy Prize
2008
Detroit Metal City
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MovieJul 31, 2008

Detroit Metal City

Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of …
Soichi Negishi moved to Tokyo to chase his dream of becoming a musician playing stylish, Swedish-style pop. Instead, he finds himself leading the death metal band Detroit Metal City, or DMC, as the costumed and grotesquely made-up "demon emperor" Johannes Krauser II. Although he hates the role and the things he has to do as a member of the band, he has a definite talent for it. Adapted from the hit Japanese comic book by Kiminori Wakasugi, the movie follows Negishi's antics as he tries to reconcile the two very different sides of his life and find out what it really means to achieve his dream.
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L: Change the World
MovieJan 31, 2008

L: Change the World

A spin-off of the popular Death Note films, 'L: Change The …
A spin-off of the popular Death Note films, 'L: Change The World' focuses on the legendary detective L as he uses his final 23 days to solve crimes all over the world. When a young girl and boy come to him for aid, L is soon faced with what may be his most difficult case yet: stopping a group of corrupted scientists from spreading a lethal virus throughout the earth.
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Best Actor
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Nomination2008

Best Actor

Nominated for "Detroit Metal City".
Asian Film Award
2007
Tsubaki Sanjûrô
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MovieDec 1, 2007

Tsubaki Sanjûrô

A scruffy master-less samurai decides to help a group of …
A scruffy master-less samurai decides to help a group of young warriors whose leader was taken captive by a gang of ambitious officers.
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Southbound
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MovieOct 6, 2007

Southbound

Southbound (サウスバウンド Sausubaundo) is a 2007 …
Southbound (サウスバウンド Sausubaundo) is a 2007 Japanese movie directed by Yoshimitsu Morita and starring Toyokawa Etsushi and Yūki Amami. Based on the novel of the same name by Hideo Okuda, it tells the story of a schoolboy whose family moves from Tokyo to Okinawa.
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Shindô
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MovieApr 21, 2007

Shindô

Naruse Uta (Narumi Riko) is a "unique" 13 year old child. …
Naruse Uta (Narumi Riko) is a "unique" 13 year old child. She possessed the talent to read sheet music even before she could speak, but has now come to the point where she hates playing the piano. Her father was also a piano virtuoso, but mysteriously disappeared from her life at a young age. Because of her father's disappearance Uta's mother had to move out of their posh home and into afar modest working class neighborhood. In this working class neighborhood there is a local grocer. The grocer's son Kikuna Oto (Matsuyama Kenichi) happens to be a budding musician, but lacks the drive to truly succeed. That is until Uta Naruse comes into his life .
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Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea
MovieMar 3, 2007

Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Ea…

A look at Genghis Khan's …
A look at Genghis Khan's life, from his birth to conquests in Asia.
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Newcomer of the Year
Award2007

Newcomer of the Year

Won award for "Yamato".
Japan Academy Award
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nomination2007

Outstanding Performance by an Acto…

Nominated for "Death Note".
Japan Academy Prize
2006
Ten Nights of Dreams
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MovieOct 22, 2006

Ten Nights of Dreams

Based on renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki's …
Based on renowned Japanese writer Natsume Soseki's same-titled short story collection, Ten Nights of Dreams brings ten fantastical dream sequences to film with great visual and psychological panache. Representing the combined efforts of eleven directors, this outstanding anthology delves into the surreal subconscious with ten madly imaginative, reality-subverting visions that range from wonderfully wacky to nightmarishly unsettling.
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Death Note: The Last Name
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MovieOct 16, 2006

Death Note: The Last Name

In the second installment …
In the second installment of the Death Note film franchise, Light Yagami meets a second Kira and faithful follower Misa Amane and her Shinigami named Rem. Light attempts to defeat L along with Teru Mikami (a Kira follower) and Kiyomi Takada (another Kira follower) but in the end will Light win? or will a Shinigami named Ryuk make all the difference in Light's victory or his ultimate death?
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Death Note
TV ShowOct 3, 2006

Death Note

An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade …
An intelligent high school student goes on a secret crusade to eliminate criminals from the world after discovering a notebook capable of killing anyone whose name is written into it.
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Oyayubi sagashi
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MovieAug 26, 2006

Oyayubi sagashi

Eight school friends innocently join together to play a …
Eight school friends innocently join together to play a game that, if played well, promised to make their greatest dreams come true. But, they soon discover that mistakes may cost them more than even their dreams could tell.
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Death Note
MovieJun 17, 2006

Death Note

Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the …
Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the perpetrator. An all out battle between the greatest minds on earth begins, the winner controlling the world.
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2005
Yamato
MovieDec 17, 2005

Yamato

On April, 6th 2005, in Makurazi, Kagoshima, Makiko …
On April, 6th 2005, in Makurazi, Kagoshima, Makiko Uchida seeks a boat in the local fishing cooperative to take her to the latitude N30, longitude L128, where the largest, heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed Yamato was sunk on April, 7th 1945; however, her request is denied. She meets by chance the captain Katsumi Kamio of the fishing vessel Asukamaru and discloses that she is the stepdaughter of Officer Nagoya Uchida and Kamio immediately accepts to take her in the risky journey. While traveling with Makiko and the fifteen year-old Atsuchi, Kamio recalls and discloses the story of Yamato and his close friends that served on board of the battleship until the final suicidal mission in Okinawa. When they reach the spot where Yamato was sunk, he considers that he finally reached the end of the Showa era.
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Custom Made 10.30
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MovieOct 29, 2005

Custom Made 10.30

On Oct. 30, 2004, acclaimed Japanese musician Okuda …
On Oct. 30, 2004, acclaimed Japanese musician Okuda Tamio held a one-day-only concert at Hiroshima Stadium. The project that started as the documentary of the concert soon evolved into a story of teenage girls who also do a band, and what they feel in the concert by 39-year old rocker.
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1 Litre no Namida
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TV ShowOct 11, 2005

1 Litre no Namida

1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; …
1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙, lit. "1 Litre of Tears"; also called A Diary with Tears or A Diary of Tears) is a 2005 Japanese television drama for Fuji Television, based on a true story of a 15-year-old girl named Aya Kitō, who suffered from degenerative disease and died at the age of 25.
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Nana
MovieSep 3, 2005

Nana

A chance encounter between two girls of the same …
A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.
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Linda Linda Linda
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MovieJul 23, 2005

Linda Linda Linda

Girls are friends, girls are not friends, girls come and go, …
Girls are friends, girls are not friends, girls come and go, but the band plays on in this film about a high school quartet with only three days to find a stable line-up, choose songs, rehearse and climb the stage at the rock music show of their annual festival. A foreign exchange student as a singer, a sullen guitarist, a shy bassist and a tom girl are a soaking wet band in a high school auditorium.
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2004
The Taste of Tea
MovieJul 17, 2004

The Taste of Tea

A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi …
A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has recently arrived, looking to get his head together after living in Tokyo for several years. Meanwhile, Yoshiko's daughter Sachiko is mainly concerned with why she seems to be followed around everywhere by a giant version of herself.
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Be-Bop High School
MovieJun 16, 2004

Be-Bop High School

Be-Bop High School released.
The Locker 2
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MovieFeb 7, 2004

The Locker 2

The Locker 2 released.
2002
Bright Future
MovieDec 1, 2002

Bright Future

Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori …
Two young guys work in a plant that manufactures oshibori (those moist hand-towels found in some Japanese restaurants). Their weird bond is based on uncontrollable rage--something neither ...
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Gokusen
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TV ShowApr 17, 2002

Gokusen

Gokusen is the story of recently graduated Kumiko …
Gokusen is the story of recently graduated Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka. Yankumi, and her life as a new high school teacher. Unlike the other new teachers at her school Kumiko gets placed with teh...
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1985
Ken'ichi Matsuyama
BirthMarch 1985

Ken'ichi Matsuyama

Ken'ichi Matsuyama was born.
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