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1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 590,827 | Gross: $37.63M

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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94 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 245,120 | Gross: $128.08M

3. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, War

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 381,009 | Gross: $111.11M

4. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 397,330 | Gross: $215.43M

5. The Name of the Rose (1986)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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An intellectually nonconformist friar investigates a series of mysterious deaths in an isolated abbey.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Sean Connery, Christian Slater, Helmut Qualtinger, Elya Baskin

Votes: 96,988 | Gross: $7.15M

6. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.9
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85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 169,305 | Gross: $53.71M

7. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003)

R | 103 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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85 Metascore

A boy is raised by a Buddhist monk on an isolated floating temple where the years pass like the seasons.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Ki-duk Kim, Yeong-su Oh, Jong-ho Kim, Young-min Kim

Votes: 73,202 | Gross: $2.38M

8. Three Days of the Condor (1975)

R | 117 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.4
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63 Metascore

A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Director: Sydney Pollack | Stars: Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, Max von Sydow

Votes: 44,619 | Gross: $41.51M

9. Conspiracy (2001 TV Movie)

R | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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At the Wannsee Conference on January 20, 1942, senior Nazi officials meet to determine the manner in which the so-called "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" can be best implemented.

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Clare Bullus, Stanley Tucci, Simon Markey

Votes: 17,503

10. Journey to the West (2013)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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68 Metascore

Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Chi-kin Kwok | Stars: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang, Show Lo

Votes: 11,093 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 42,303 | Gross: $0.63M

12. The Believer (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish man develops a fiercely anti-Semitic philosophy. Based on the factual story of a K.K.K. member in the 1960s who was revealed to be Jewish by a New York Times reporter.

Director: Henry Bean | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Peter Meadows, Garret Dillahunt

Votes: 35,530 | Gross: $0.41M

13. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 41,027 | Gross: $6.57M

14. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,723

15. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

8.3
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After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 14,860 | Gross: $2.33M

16. After the Storm (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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84 Metascore

After the death of his father, a private detective struggles to find child support money and reconnect with his son and ex-wife.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi, Lily Franky

Votes: 8,033 | Gross: $0.27M

17. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 11,933 | Gross: $2.29M

18. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 13,209 | Gross: $6.93M

19. The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

Not Rated | 162 min | Animation, Drama, Family

8.1
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On December 18, Kyon finds that several traces of the SOS Brigade have mysteriously disappeared from his life. Mikuru and Yuki do not seem to recall meeting him, and Haruhi and Itsuki do ... See full summary »

Directors: Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto | Stars: Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Yûko Gotô

Votes: 5,753

20. Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)

94 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.2
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Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Yuk Long Wong, Louis Koo, Isabella Leong, Ella Koon

Votes: 6,244

21. Patriotism (1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Short

7.6
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A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

Directors: Masaki Dômoto, Yukio Mishima | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka

Votes: 1,429

22. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)

PG | 107 min | Drama

7.3
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73 Metascore

A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima, Ken Nakamoto

Votes: 4,731 | Gross: $0.25M

23. What's Going on with My Sister? (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

5.1
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Mitsuki and Yuya become stepsister and stepbrother because of their parents' marriage. Mitsuki can't get along with her new family and Yuya doesn't know how to approach his new stepsister. ... See full summary »

Directors: Yûki Aoyama, Iggy Coen | Stars: Tenka Hashimoto, Yukichi Kobayashi, Mayu Mitsui, Kazue Akita

Votes: 307

24. The Thousand Faces of Dunjia (2017)

113 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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40 Metascore

A group of warriors protect the world from a monster invasion.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Ni Ni, Aarif Rahman, Dongyu Zhou

Votes: 968 | Gross: $0.12M

25. The Puppetmaster (1993)

142 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.2
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Puppeteer Li Tian-lu tells his life story, and through it, the story of Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tien-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Chien-ru Huang

Votes: 1,555

26. Grass Labyrinth (1979)

40 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

7.4
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A young man, haunted by his past, travels the land in search of the lyrics to a lullaby his mother used to sing to him.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Takeshi Wakamatsu, Keiko Niitaka, Yasumi Nakasuji

Votes: 459

27. Hollywood Mouth (2008)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama

3.3
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In Hollywood, a film buff gets involved with selling a Faberge egg.

Director: Jordan Mohr | Stars: Michael Abruscato, Katy Baker, Sam Bologna, Veli Erturk

Votes: 703

28. Halfway (2009)

85 min | Drama, Romance

6.4
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In this high school romance Hiro is dismayed to learn her new love Shu will be going away to college in Tokyo. She asks him not to go.

Director: Eriko Kitagawa | Stars: Kii Kitano, Masaki Okada, Junpei Mizobata, Riisa Naka

Votes: 358

29. The Overcoat (1952)

Approved | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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Based on Nikolai Gogol's story with the location changed from Russia to Italy and the time changed to the present (1952), the story is about a poor city-hall clerk (Renato Rascel) whose ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Lattuada | Stars: Renato Rascel, Yvonne Sanson, Giulio Stival, Ettore Mattia

Votes: 500

30. Better Life (2010)

55 min | Drama

7.6
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Inspired by the drowning of 23 Chinese undocumented cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay (northwest England). Mazu, goddess of the sea, floats over the tragedy.

Director: Isaac Julien | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Fagen Gong, Jennifer Lim, Ping Wang

Votes: 41

31. Penis Poetry (2017)

14 min | Short

4.0
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This is a poetic film about The Penis becoming a diary with a unique story to tell. Penis Poetry is made in collaboration with Andre Medeiros Martins who wrote on his lovers' penises his ... See full summary »

Directors: Antonio da Silva, Andre Medeiros Martins | Stars: Valentin Braun, Rodrigo Peñalosa

Votes: 13

32. Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.6
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Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho inexpertly tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's financial situation and seemingly hopeless romantic prospects.

Director: Mina Shum | Stars: Sandra Oh, Valerie Tian, Ric Young, Tseng Chang

Votes: 516

33. Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)

74 min | Drama, Romance

5.9
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Sisterhood is powerful. Before leaving for a mission in Africa, Runa, a nun, visits her sister three years after entering the convent when her sister stole Runa's boyfriend. Runa comes to ... See full summary »

Director: Masaru Konuma | Stars: Luna Takamura, Yôko Azusa, Tatsuya Hamaguchi, Nobutaka Masutomi

Votes: 116

34. Heartbreak Library (2008)

Not Rated | 99 min | Romance

6.3
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A self-sufficient librarian helps a distraught man search for a message left in a book for him by his former girlfriend.

Director: Jeong-kwon Kim | Stars: Dong-Wook Lee, Yoo-jin Kim, Ah-ra Jo, Ju-bong Gi

Votes: 186

35. Princess and the Scribe (2014 TV Movie)

81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

5.7
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Pranks and horseplay are what royal scribe Janek and princess Amálka amuse themselves with most of the time. Preparations for a grand party are in full swing at the castle, and everything ... See full summary »

Director: Karel Janák | Stars: Matous Ruml, Monika Timková, Maros Kramár, Jirí Bartoska

Votes: 61

36. Blue Blue Sky (2010)

128 min | Drama, Family

7.0
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High school girls decided to participate the Calligraphy Demonstration Event. The importance of calligraphy is 'to learn how to express oneself',which is also the most difficult skill that ... See full summary »

Director: Takafumi Ohta | Stars: Karin Aiba, Michelle Fujisaki, Tomoko Fujita, Yuria Haga

Votes: 14

37. Blues Harp (1998)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Music

7.0
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Ambitious yakuza Kenji befriends harmonica-playing bartender Chuji, who moonlights as a part-time drug-dealer for the opposing gang. Their friendship is threatened by Kenji's plans for ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Seiichi Tanabe, Saori Sekino, Mickey Curtis

Votes: 970

38. The Dove's Lost Necklace (1991)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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This second feature in Nacer Khemir's "Desert Trilogy" is a visually ravishing folktale reminiscent of THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. The story revolves around Hassan, who is studying Arabic ... See full summary »

Director: Nacer Khemir | Stars: Navin Chowdhry, Walid Arakji, Ninar Esber, Sonia Hochlaff

Votes: 384

39. Snow on the Blades (2014)

Action, Drama, History

6.6
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Shimura Kingo fails his duty to protect the life of the Shogun's chief minister, and spends his life tracking down the assassins. However, all but one of the assassins die before Kingo can reach them. Still, Kingo presses on.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryôko Hirosue, Masahiro Takashima

Votes: 211

40. The Legend of Evil Lake (2003)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

5.8
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A thousand years ago, an evil spirit was kept imprisoned in a lake by the first emperor of the Chilla empire. Now unleashed, it possesses the body of Ja Woon-bi, the wife of general ... See full summary »

Director: Kwang-hoon Lee | Stars: Jun-ho Jeong, Hyo-jin Kim, Hye-ri Kim, Won-seok Choi

Votes: 818

41. The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1994)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Gaowa Siqin, Tsung-Hua To, Jingwu Ma, Zi Wei

Votes: 216

42. The Fastest Sword (1968)

84 min | Adventure, Drama

6.9
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"The Fastest Sword of the South" Ding Menghao is challenged to a duel by an 80 year old monk armed with a long smoking pipe. If Ding wins the monk will be his servant and if the monk wins Ding has to do what the monk says.

Director: Lei Pan | Stars: Ping Lu, Ching Chu, Ming Kao, Chiang Han

Votes: 66

43. Sanctuarium (2014)

Documentary, Short, History

8.2
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There is a sacred place called Sanctuarium. It is not physically fixed. You can discover it within yourself. But if it's difficult to find it, you might visit such the place in Tallinn's Old Town where you can also meet its Founder.

Director: Vyacheslav Bihun | Stars: Mykola Berestiuk, Taylor Hanson, Hannah Harkes, Tatiana Iakovleva

Votes: 68

44. Koan of Spring (2013)

PG | 75 min | Drama

6.6
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Love in its purest form is the mother of wisdom.

Director: Marc-Olivier Louveau | Stars: Jim Adhi Limas, Fang-Hsuan Chiu, Tapa Sudana, Châu Belle Dinh

Votes: 14

45. Choki (2016)

Drama, Romance

8.0
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Naoto is a middle-aged man who lost his wife to cancer five years ago. He's a hairstylist; his wife was a calligrapher who had a studio above his shop, and also taught calligraphy. She was ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Kanai | Stars: Riko Masuda, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Sô Hirosawa, Aya Enjôji

Votes: 20

46. Zhi guo yuan (1922)

30 min | Comedy, Short, Romance

6.5
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Cheng the fruit seller is in love with the daughter of his neighbor the doctor, but the good doctor won't let him marry her unless Chang finds him more patients. With some creative ... See full summary »

Director: Shichuan Zhang | Stars: Zhegu Zheng, Zhengqiu Zheng, Ying Yu

Votes: 184

47. Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge (2010 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Teen detective Nancy Drew travels to Japan and investigates ghost sightings at a traditional inn.

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Kira Lauren, Mikano Fukaya, Walayn Sharples

Votes: 38

48. Flannery and Quilt (1976 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy

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An abrasive, two-fisted longshoreman and a quiet calligrapher attempt to share an apartment.

Director: Carl Reiner | Stars: Red Buttons, Harold Gould, Richard Benedict, Pat Finley

49. Bahrain Value Installation: Resourcefulness (2010)

2 min | Documentary, Short

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Add a Plot

Director: Peter Ringgaard

50. I Want to Grow Old in China (2008)

50 min | Documentary

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Set in China's capital Beijing, 'I Want to Grow Old in China' documents the stunning multimedia spectacle taking place in the city's parks performed by thousands of elderly each morning. ... See full summary »

Directors: Ursula Engel, Sameer Farooq



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