films seen
16
average score
3.50*
nationality
Japan - 51 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Kitamura rose from spirited indie filmmaker to capable commercial veteran, with a unique blend of action and horror aesthetics that betray his love for pure entertainment. If you're looking for crazy fun, Kitamura's oeuvre has you covered.

Rare treats

Versus poster

Versus

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 119 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy, Horror
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4.5

For a while Versus was one of my all-time favorite films, but the recent wave of Japanese splatter films changed things a little.

The good stuff

The Midnight Meat Train poster

The Midnight Meat Train

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
USA [2008] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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4.0
Godzilla: Final Wars poster

Godzilla: Final Wars

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Also know as
Gojira: Fainaru Uôzu
Specifics
Japan, Australia [2004] - 125 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Thriller
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4.0
Aragami poster

Aragami

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 78 mins
Genre
Action, Fantasy, Horror
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4.0
LoveDeath poster

LoveDeath

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 158 mins
Genre
Action
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4.0

LoveDeath brings a guaranteed 150 minutes of fun if you accept it for what it is. It's all fluff, all style, no substance and utterly weird, but that's what makes these films so much fun.

Solid pieces

Downrange poster

Downrange

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
USA, Japan [2017] - 90 mins
Genre
Action, Horror, Thriller
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3.5

Downrange is a horror film that would've been more popular 10 years ago. Very simple setup, but quite brutal and in your face, something that's sadly gone out of fashion these past couple of years. Kitamura is a solid director, the ending is appropriate and it's a fun ride, but not all that special.

Lupin III poster

Lupin III

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Also know as
Rupan Sansei
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 133 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime
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3.5
No One Lives poster

No One Lives

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
USA, UK [2012] - 86 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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3.5
Sky High poster

Sky High

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 122 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Mystery, Action
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3.5
Jam Films poster

Jam Films

by Daizaburo Hanada, Jôji Iida, Shunji Iwai, Ryuhei Kitamura, Rokuro Mochizuki, Tetsuo Shinohara, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Isao Yukisada
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 109 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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3.5
Down to Hell poster

Down to Hell

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 47 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.5
Heat After Dark poster

Heat After Dark

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 50 mins
Genre
Action
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3.5

The inoffensive

Nightmare Cinema poster

Nightmare Cinema

by Alejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Ryuhei Kitamura, David Slade
Specifics
USA [2018] - 119 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

Nightmare Cinema serves a prime selection of horror directors, but none of them were able to deliver their best work. Still, there's enough variety to keep things interesting and there are no stinkers either. Like most anthologies, the sum is bigger than its parts and if you're a horror fan, this film should have enough to keep you entertained.

Baton poster

Baton

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 60 mins
Genre
Animation, Action
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3.0
Alive poster

Alive

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 119 mins
Genre
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller
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3.0

Dubious filler

Azumi poster

Azumi

by Ryuhei Kitamura
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 128 mins
Genre
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
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