There are a lot of great (and not so great) actors in Japan with unique fashion styles. Some like to make fashion statements during shows and premiere nights, some are favorites of fashion magazine editors and are often on their cover. Some prefer to wear just shirt and jeans but still look cool, some can be more extravagant.

Let's see... Joe Odagiri has a unique (and sometimes weird) fashion style - which somehow - match some of the characters he portrays in his movies (think: Adrift in Tokyo). Even in the family drama Tokyo Tower, he manages to look unique wearing colors not often identified with men and get away with it. But sometimes he looks a bit ridiculous! 

Inspired by the recent Cannes Film Festival win of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's "Like Father, Like Son", we are compiling 30 of the best Japanese movies dealing with the coming-of-age theme! Think Billy Elliot, Pretty in Pink, Stand by MeStrayed, Dead Poets' Society and Good Will Hunting in different lights, settings, and circumstances and with English subtitles!

In a country where family dramas rule TV and plenty of exciting young talents, movies about the joy of growing up are meant to be celebrated. But some of the movies also deal with the dark side of society and of the family - bullying, incest, suicide, abandonment, and separation.

The aim is to compile a diverse list of not only critically acclaimed titles but also ordinary moviegoers' favorites. Part 1 after the jump!

Part 2 of our 13 Modern Japanese Samurai Movies list features two different kinds of comedy, a dark, gloomy but poignant tale of a young Samurai still on the verge of manhood, and the story of a fearless, independent lady who rules Samurai and commoners in an era of death and disease.

Modern Japanese Samurai Movies - Part 2

People usually expect Samurai movies to have flashy and violent fight scenes - with dismembered limbs and lots of blood and gore. But there are also a good number of films that deal with these amazing warriors that look closely at their daily lives.

Part 2 of our Samurai movie list after the jump!

In our hitlist, we feature some of the most recently shown Samurai movies that were either acclaimed or dismissed by critics, are box office hits or flops but all of them offer something unique and exciting about the violent world of these master swordsmen. Of course, Takashi Miike's remakes - 13 Assassins and Harakiri: Death of a Samurai gave modern movie audiences short glimpses into the wonders and horrors of the Samurai world, and we'll have more of 13 Assassins later in Part 2.

Modern Japanese Samurai Movies - Part 1

While some of the most acclaimed Samurai movies like Ichikawa's 47 Ronin, Yamada's Twilight Samurai & Love and Honor, and Kurosawa's Ran are not on this list, these 13 films offer a variety of stories - of love and loss, of enduring love, of honor and pride, even time travel adventures and some funny stories on the side. Of course, these movies star some of Japan's most talented young actors.

In Part 1, we take a look at the first 4 movies on the list. More after the jump!

Young, talented, charming, controversial, popular - just a few to describe our list of 30 hottest Japanese actresses today. While it took years and years before America's Oscar awards took notice of young Japanese talent in the person of Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), young actresses in Japan have been charming their way into the hearts of Japanese and worldwide audiences.

In our introduction (countdown) to the top 30 list, we're featuring four amazing actresses who are already household names in Japan. Get to know them and why they ought to be in the hot list!


Psycho Drama list of 100 favorite Japanese films through the years.