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What are the best Japanese manga movie adaptations?

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  1. 1Old Boy

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     Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean mystery thriller directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. It starred Min-Sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-Jeong Kang, and more. 

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  1. 2Lady Snowblood

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    Follows the story of the titular assassin seeking vengeance upon the bandits who raped her mother and murdered her father. Lady Snowblood is a 1973 Japanese action thriller film directed by Toshiya Fujita and starring Meiko Kaji. It is based on the manga series of the same name.

  2. 3Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance

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    The story of a Ronin who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance is a 1972 Japanese film directed by Kenji Misumi.

  1. 4I Am a Hero

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    I Am a Hero is a 2015 Japanese action horror film directed by Shinsuke Sato and stars Kasumi Arimura, Masami Nagasawa, and Yô Ôizumi. A Manga artists witnesses someone revive from the dead and start to question what is real and events happening around him.

  2. 5Death Note (Desu nôto)

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    Death Note (Desu Nōto) is a 2006 live-action Japanese detective supernatural psychological horror-thriller film based on the Death Note manga. The manga adaptation film is directed by Shusuke Kaneko and stars Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami.

  3. 6Rurouni Kenshin: Origins

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    Kenshin Himura was a relentless killer for the empire during the Shogunate, he promised never to kill again. This promise will be tested ten years later. Rurouni Kenshin is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. 


  4. 7Nodame Cantabile: Final Score

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    A musical genius and a pianist team up with young classical musicians and a famous conductor to create unique music. Nodame Cantabile is an adaptation of the manga with the same name created by Tomoko Ninomiya.

  5. 8Ichi the Killer

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    Ichi the Killer is a 2001 Japanese crime-horror film directed by Takashi Miike, written by Sakichi Sato, and is based on Hideo Yamamoto's manga series. It follows the story of Kakihara as he searches for his missing boss.

  6. 9Your Lie in April

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    A troubled young piano prodigy finds a mentor in a free-spirited violinist. Your Lie in April is a 2016 Japanese youth music romance film directed by Takehiko Shinjō based on the manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa.

  7. 10Crows Zero

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    A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. Crows Zero is a 2007 Japanese action film based on the manga by Hiroshi Takahashi and directed by Takashi Miike.

  8. 11Parasyte

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    The humanity is suffering from murders all over the globe, called "Mincemeat murders". High school student, Izumi Shinichi has a parasite living off him, having replaced his right hand, and he might be the discoverer of truth. Parasyte s a 2014 Japanese science fiction action horror film directed by Takashi Yamazaki. 

  9. 12Death Note (Netflix)

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    Light Turner finds a supernatural notebook and uses it to cause death, attracting the attention of a detective, a demon and a girl of his class. Death Note is a live action movie produced by Netflix directed by Adam Wingard and stars by Willem Dafoe, Nat Wolff and Lakeith Stanfield.

  10. 13Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part I - The Final

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    Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part I - The Final movie is the latest live-action adaptation of the Rurouni Kenshin manga and anime series. Keishi Ohtomo, director of Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, returns to direct the sequel. Takeru Satoh is also back to reprise his role as the scar-faced samurai. Slated to premiere on July 3, 2020, distributors have to postpone the Rurouni Kenshin full movie release date to spring 2021 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. But what's in it for us? We (or at least most of us) all know that the protagonist is the once known feared manslayer Battousai, Kenshin Himura. But now, he's living a low life, keeping a vow not to kill again. But a ghost in the past returns and destroys Akabeko Restaurant, his favorite dining place. Beneath the wreckage, Kenshin finds a note with the word "Junchu" in it. What's that supposed to mean? What's bound to happen to the legendary swordsman? Well, no one knows yet. That's why we all have to watch Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part I - The Final as soon as it hits the theaters and the streaming services! Bookmark this page now to be one of the firsts to know where you can watch it!

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    Anonymous
    January 19, 2017
    "When I went to the site, I appreciated the fact that the title of the movie included that it was actually a collection. I did not know that. I thought the movies that others bought were relevant to the Lady Snowblood movie, but that the sponsored products related to the item were not consistent in terms of the time period or the culture of Lady Snowblood. The synopsis would have been more helpful if seen in the first screen versus having to scroll down to find it."
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    June 29, 2017
    "For some, this is a must have classic in the genre. But for those new to the genre, like myself, the barrier of entry it presents is far too high. The age of the movie shows itself, and while long time fans would appreciate seeing the influences that it had on the art form, for me things just seemed dated and boring. Perhaps most importantly of all, the price is far too high to make it a consideration for anyone but the most hardcore of fans."
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    Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
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    October 4, 2017
    "In Rurouni Kenshin - Part I: Origins, the hero is an ex-assassin in Meiji-era Japan, facing a new set of modern challenges as someone is going around Tokyo killing police officers. I love the historical setting of this movie, and the sensitive adaptation of the original manga. Rurouni Kenshin - Part I: Origins is one of the best manga adaptations I've seen; it makes me eager to see the following movies in the series!"
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    Rurouni Kenshin: Origins
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    Anonymous
    October 4, 2017
    "Ichi the Killer does a great job at adapting the source material and adding a little bit here and there to keep it original. The animation is stellar and they do a great job with the voice acting as well. I fell in love right away with this movie and I definitely would recommend it to anyone who loves anime."
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    Ichi the Killer
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    Anonymous
    August 28, 2017
    "This is an okay solution to the problem. It is just one movie that is a Japanese manga movie adaptation, and there is no list of them. Since the topic wasn't looking for that specific movie but the movie does fulfill the topic it is only a decent solution."
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    Your Lie in April
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    Anonymous
    July 27, 2017
    "Crows Zero is a pretty good movie. If you're looking for a solid plot and writing, you're in the wrong spot here, but if you're looking for a fun action packed romp, then you're in for a lot of fun. Make sure you set your expectations accordingly."
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    Crows Zero
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    Anonymous
    January 5, 2017
    "I love that Netflix has started producing shows of this quality. It was so much fun to watch and was one of the best thrillers I have seen in a while. Anyone who likes Japanese manga, would love to watch this show."
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    Death Note (Netflix)
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    Anonymous
    June 24, 2017
    "These movies were bad. I was hoping for something out of the norm and that other adaptations didn't get right, but this was the same generic crap that most manga adaptions have. I regret paying money for this."
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    Parasyte
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    October 4, 2017
    "Old Boy is an action packed adventure. The movie has a slow start and steady climbs in suspense and interest. It explodes into a modern day Bruce Lee film! I can watch time and time again!"
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    Old Boy
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    Anonymous
    October 4, 2017
    "The bar for manga adaptations isn't very high, but it seems this is a reasonably good adaptation according to the reviews. You can definitely see the influence from the manga."
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    I Am a Hero
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    March 21, 2017
    "If you are like me and love Japanese Anime and Manga then this is the movie for you Death note will have you at the edge of your seat with great action and storyline."
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    Death Note (Desu nôto)
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    Anonymous
    October 4, 2017
    "Watched Nodame Cantabile last night, and was pleasantly surprised. I don't generally like manga movie adaptations, but this one was golden."
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    Nodame Cantabile: Final Score
This list is about What are the best Japanese manga movie adaptations
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Old BoyMovies 21 Paid
2Lady SnowbloodMovies 20 Paid
3Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of VengeanceMovies 18 Paid
4I Am a HeroMovies 17 Paid
5Death Note (Desu nôto)Movies 14 Paid
6Rurouni Kenshin: OriginsMovies 12 Paid
7Nodame Cantabile: Final ScoreMovies 11 Paid
8Ichi the KillerMovies 8 Paid
9Your Lie in AprilMovies 6 Paid
10Crows ZeroMovies 3 Paid
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