trovster.com

Nowadays I mainly rate movies…

Movies where Japanese is spoken

  • Die Hard

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles.

  • Spirited Away

    9

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In the middle of her family’s move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

  • Isle of Dogs

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Set in Japan, Isle of Dogs follows a boy’s odyssey in search of his lost dog.

  • Blade Runner

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    Deckard, a blade runner, has to track down and terminate 4 replicants who hijacked a ship in space and have returned to earth seeking their maker…

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

  • Senna

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80’s, the film follows Senna’s struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint.

  • After Life

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    After people die, they spend a week with counselors, also dead, who help them pick one memory, the only memory they can take to eternity. They describe the memory to the staff who work with a crew to film it and screen it at week’s end; eternity follows. 22 dead arrive that week, assigned to three counselors and a trainee. One old man cannot find a memory, so he watches videotape of his life. Others pick their memory quickly, and the film crew gets right to work. The trainee, 18-year-old Shiori, helps a teenage girl choose a memory other than Disneyland. The youthful staff have a secret and feelings, too, which play out, especially Shiori’s affection for her mentor, Mochizuki

  • The Good, the Bad, the Weird

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A guksu western. Three Korean gunslingers are in Manchuria circa World War II: Do-wan, an upright bounty hunter, Chang-yi, a thin-skinned and ruthless killer, and Tae-goo, a train robber with nine lives. Tae-goo finds a map he’s convinced leads to buried treasure; Chang-yi wants it as well for less clear reasons. Do-wan tracks the map knowing it will bring him to Chang-yi, Tae-goo, and reward money. Occupying Japanese forces and their Manchurian collaborators also want the map, as does the Ghost Market Gang who hangs out at a thieves’ bazaar. These enemies cross paths frequently and dead bodies pile up. Will anyone find the map’s destination and survive to tell the tale?

  • The Cove

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renown dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

  • In the Shadow of the Moon

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The surviving crew members from NASA’s Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

  • Run, Lola, Run

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A young woman in Germany has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister’s struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

  • Letters from Iwo Jima

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

  • Babel

    8

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

  • Ju-on: The Grudge 2

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    While driving, the pregnant horror-movie actress Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash. Kyôko loses her baby and her fiancé winds up in a coma. Kyôko was cursed together with a television crew when they shot a show in the haunted house where Kayako was brutally murdered by her husband years ago. While each member of the team dies or disappears, Kyôko is informed that she has a three-and-a-half-month-old fetus in her womb.

  • Ju-on: The Grudge

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.

  • My Neighbour Totoro

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.

  • The Grudge

    8

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

  • The Cabin in the Woods

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school’s clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

  • Air Doll

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk.

  • Arrietty

    7

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

  • Pacific Rim

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

  • Enter the Void

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A drug dealer becomes interested in death and re-incarnation after reading “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”. Suddenly dead, his soul floats though Tokyo observing the dramas of his friends and foes. An oath determines his next step ‘as a soul’.

  • The Brothers Bloom

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Brothers - older Stephen and three years junior Bloom - have been con artists since they were kids. Stephen is the mastermind, for who the intricacy of the story used in the con is as important as the positive outcome of the swindle. Bloom is the main character of Stephen’s stories, the character he considers the anti-hero. As adults, they travel the world and never enlist the same people twice in their cons, except for their consistent sidekick, the mysterious and primarily silent Bang Bang, a Japanese woman who just appeared in their lives one day and who has a penchant for blowing things up. As Bloom hits his mid-thirties, he wants to quit the business as he is losing his own identity to that of the characters he portrays; he doesn’;t know anymore what is real and what is make-believe. Stephen talks him into one last con, the mark to be the eccentric, lonely but beautiful New Jersey heiress…

  • Blindness

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant “white blindness”. Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created “society of the blind” quickly breaks down.

  • Yojimbo

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father’s opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper’s abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him.

  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheet, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machine, eventually searching for Sheet’s identity in a floating castle of a lost civilization.

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    This is the story of a young witch, named Kiki who is now thirteen years old. But she is still a little green and plenty headstrong, but also resourceful, imaginative, and determined. With her trusty wisp of a talking cat named Jiji by her side she’s ready to take on the world, or at least the quaintly European seaside village she’s chosen as her new home.

  • Porco Rosso

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The adventures of a 1920’s bush pilot who just happens to look like a humanoid pig.

  • Princess Mononoke

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    While protecting his village from rampaging bore-god/demon, a confident young warrior, Ashitaka, is stricken by a deadly curse. To save his life, he must journey to the forests of the west. Once there, he’s embroiled in a fierce campaign that humans were waging on the forest. The ambitious Lady Eboshi and her loyal clan use their guns against the gods of the forest and a brave young woman, Princess Mononoke, who was raised by a wolf-god. Ashitaka sees the good in both sides and tries to stem the flood of blood. This is met be animosity by both sides as they each see him as supporting the enemy.

  • Ponyo

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An animated adventure centered on a 5-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human.

  • Tokyo!

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Three of the world’s greatest filmmakers come together for an omnibus triptych examining the nature of one unforgettable city as it’s shaped by the disparate people who live, work (and even run amok!) inside one enormous, constantly evolving, densely populated Japanese megalopolis - the ravishing and inimitable Tokyo.

    Read the review of Tokyo!

  • Akira

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.

  • Lost in Translation

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A movie star with a sense of emptiness, and a neglected newlywed meet up as strangers in Tokyo, Japan and form an unlikely bond.

  • One Missed Call

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, in the form of the sound of them reacting to their own violent deaths.

  • Nausica of the Valley of the Winds

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

  • Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    After a thirteen year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy’s death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. But will her actions lead to the relief she seeks?

  • Hostel

    7

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Three backpackers head to a Slovakian city that promises to meet their hedonistic expectations, with no idea of the hell that awaits them.

  • Anomalisa

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

  • Patema Inverted

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A young girl, from a civilization that resides in deep underground tunnels, finds herself trapped in an inverted world and teams up with a resident to escape and return home.

  • Jumper

    6

    I have watched this movie twice, the latest being on .

    A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators.

  • Cars 2

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

  • Panda! Go Panda!

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When her grandmother goes away on a trip, 7-year-old Mimiko stays at home by herself in her small, friendly village, unafraid of burglars. When she arrives back home from the train station where she saw her grandmother off, she discovers she has a visitor-a baby panda. She quickly makes friends with the young panda and names it Pannie. She later meets Pannie’s father, a large panda she calls Papanda. She dubs Pannie her son and Papanda her father, and the three become a happy family with their own big adventures.

  • Hana-bi

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Nishi is a cop whose wife is slowly dying of Leukemia. One of his partners gets shot on the job and…

  • Appleseed

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In a utopian society created at the end of the third world war, a female warrior who has been plucked from the badlands begins to see cracks in this new facade. And what does this community have planned for the rest of humankind?

  • Awake

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The story focuses on a man who suffers “anesthetic awareness” and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. His young wife must wrestle with her own demons as a drama unfolds around them.

  • War

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An FBI Agent seeks vengeance on a mysterious assassin known as “Rogue” who murdered his partner.

  • Blades of Glory

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men’s single competition. Presently, however, they’ve found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

  • Premonition

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    While stopped at a roadside phone boot for transmitting his work through Internet to the university, Professor Hideki Satomi finds a scrap of newspaper with the picture of his five years old daughter Nana in the obituary.

  • Steamboy

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.

  • Battle Royale

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In future Japan, the government capture a class of ninth-grade students and force them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

  • The Cat Returns

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    After helping a cat, a young girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city’s children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.

  • Ghost in the Shell

    6

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

  • London Has Fallen

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In London for the Prime Minister’s funeral, Mike Banning discovers a plot to assassinate all the attending world leaders.

  • The Wolverine

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.

  • Everly

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    An action/thriller centered on a woman who faces down hitmen sent by her ex, a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment.

  • The Wind Rises

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

  • Ocean Waves

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The main character travels to his hometown for his high school reunion. During the trip, he recalls the memories of the days in high school. Friendship, subtle love, a trip to Tokyo and so on all came back to him as the film evolves.

  • Panda! Go Panda!: Rainy Day Circus

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Mimiko and the pandas meet a ringmaster and one of his cronies, who were searching for something in their home. Panny finds what the ringmaster was looking for: a baby tiger named Tiny.

  • 11'09''01 - September 11

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    The effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks are told from different points of view around the world.

  • Romper Stomper

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

  • 2046

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back - except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.

  • Dark Water

    5

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

  • Dude, Where's My Car?

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Jesse and Chester, two bumbling stoners, wake up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car which prompts them on a journey to find it and along the way, they encounter a variety of people who include their angry girlfriends Wilma and Wanda whose house they trashed, an angry street gang, a transexual stripper hounding them for a suitcase full of stolen money, a cult of alien seeking fanatics, and a group of aliens in human form looking for a mystical device that could save or destroy the world.

  • Resident Evil: Degeneration

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    A warrior seeking revenge unleashes a deadly virus in Harvardville. Responding to the threat are former special forces members Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who look to bring down a mutated monster before history repeats itself.

  • Pulse

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Japanese teens investigate a series of suicides linked to an internet webcam that promises visitors the chance to interact with the dead.

  • The Grudge 2

    4

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    In Tokyo, a young woman (Tamblyn) is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister (Gellar). The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of previously unrelated people who attempt to unlock its secret to save their lives.

  • Doom

    3

    I have watched this movie once, which was on .

    Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on a distant planet but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines.

About

My name is Trevor Morris & I am a movie-loving, mountain bike-riding web developer from the UK. Currently, freelancing at Surface.