films seen
32
average score
3.60*
nationality
Japan - 66 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Very few male directors manage to capture the female psyche like Ryuichi Hiroki does. His best work is raw and honest, while keeping a very humane and respectful approach. No doubt one of Japan's prime drama directors.

Rare treats

It's Only Talk poster

It's Only Talk

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Yawarakai Seikatsu
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 126 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.5

Hiroki delivers one of the most natural, confident and empathic dramas I've ever laid eyes on. On the outside it appears to be a simple film, but underneath lies a wealth of emotions

The good stuff

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Strobe Edge

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Sutorobo Ejji
Specifics: Japan [2015] - 115 mins
Genre: Romance
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4.0

In many ways, Strobe Edge is a typical manga adaptation as much as it is a typical romance. But Hiroki builds upon that to make a sweet, cute and genuine little love story.

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The Egoists

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Keibetsu
Specifics: Japan [2012] - 125 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Keibetsu turns out to be another strong addition to Hiroki's oeuvre. It's not his best film to date, but it's nice to see him try out new stuff, even when it's not all that radical.

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New Type: Just For Your Love

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: New Type: Tada Ai no Tame Ni
Specifics: Japan [2008] - 90 mins
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
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4.0

Hiroki made a pretty brave move here, incorporating new elements from other genres into his movies without changing anything of his trademark style.

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Your Friends

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Kimi no Tomodachi
Specifics: Japan [2008] - 125 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

It's not a wildly original film but it introduces enough elements to differentiate itself from other Japanese dramas while keeping the usual traits firmly in place.

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Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2004] - 104 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop The World is a solid, smart drama that serves as a good entry point to his oeuvre. The film showcases his talent and houses many of his trademark elements.

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Her Granddaughter

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Otoko no Issho
Specifics: Japan [2014] - 119 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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4.0

Her Granddaughter is a beautiful, serene and heart-warming little drama with no false notes, no overt sentimentality and no obvious tear-jerking.

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Yellow Elephant

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Kiiroi Zo
Specifics: Japan [2013] - 131 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Thanks to its slightly magical touches and its strong shifts between feel-good and drama, Yellow Elephant rises above the majority of other Japanese dramas out there.

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M

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2007] - 110 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

If you want another character drama, M might prove to be a too big a challenge and there are plenty of other Hiroki films you could and should be watching instead.

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Love on Sunday: Last Words

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Koi Suru Nichiyobi Watashi. Koishita
Specifics: Japan [2007] - 97 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

For Western audiences the themes of Last Words may be quite sad and depressing, but Nagisa's acceptance of her nearing death paints a very different picture.

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Love on Sunday

by Manabu Asô, Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Koi Suru Nichiyobi
Specifics: Japan [2006] - 89 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Like most of Hiroki's films, this is small and delicate, but still manages to pack a punch. It's a very sweet, laid-back tale about moving away to a bigger city, saying goodbye to your childhood and your best friends. Things get a little trickier when secret crushes need to be confessed, but that drama is light and the mood is breezy. Very nice.

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L'Amant

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2004] - 92 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0
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Locomotive Teacher

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Kikansha Sensei
Specifics: Japan [2004] - 123 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

I became transfixed by the soothing island atmosphere, the laid-back pacing and the nice surroundings.

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Vibrator

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2003] - 95 mins
Genre: Drama
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4.0

Solid pieces

It's Boring Here, Pick Me Up poster

It's Boring Here, Pick Me Up

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Koko wa Taikutsu Mukae ni Kite
Specifics: Japan [2018] - 98 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5

Celebration of youth. A typical Hiroki drama, that languishes in the mundane, but manages to hit several deeper themes along the way. The actors are great, Hiroki's style is fitting and the light-hearted tone makes this a very easy watch. Not one of his best films, but a very fine drama that will effortlessly appeal to Hiroki fans.

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Side Job

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Kanojo no Jinsei wa Machigaijanai
Specifics: Japan [2017] - 120 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5

Solid drama from Ryuichi Hiroki, where he returns to the Fukushima disaster area to see how many people are still struggling with the aftermath. It's a little too disjoined for its own good, but there some poignants moments and surprising insights that make this worth the while.

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The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki
Specifics: Japan [2017] - 129 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5

Sweet and endearing drama with a slightly fantastical touch. The film is beautifully shot and feels like a warm blanket, an ideal watch for a warm and summery day. It gets a little too dramatic at times and personally I prefer Hiroki's more serious work, but this is two hours well spent.

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Wolf Girl and Black Prince

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Ohkami Shôjo to Kuro Ohji
Specifics: Japan [2016] - 116 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.5
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Natsumi's Firefly

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Natsumi no Hotaru
Specifics: Japan [2016] - 108 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5

A very solid but slightly unremarkable Hiroki. I liked the first half best, as the drama is very light and the narrative is almost fleeting. The second half is a little too heavy-handed in comparison, but Hiroki's base quality is definitely there. A few beautiful scenes, good acting and a complete lack of forced sentiment make this an easy recommend for fans of Japanese drama.

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Kabukichô Love Hotel

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Sayonara Kabukichô
Specifics: Japan [2014] - 135 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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3.5
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Nobody's Perfect

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Daijôbu 3 Kumi
Specifics: Japan [2013] - 118 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5
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Crying 100 Times: Every Raindrop Falls

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: 100 Kai Nakukoto
Specifics: Japan [2013] - 116 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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3.5
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River

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2011] - 89 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.5
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Bokura wa Aruku, Tada Soredake

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 74 mins
Genre: Comedy
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3.5

Hiroki and Ando combining forces means instant quality. Sadly neither of the two goes beyond to make this film truly special, but what remains is a very warm and touching drama with a few stand-out scenes. Ando's acting chops and Hiroki's aptitude for drama are unmistakable, an easy recommend if you're in the mood for a Japanese drama.

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Tokyo Garbage Girl

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Tôkyô Gomi Onna
Specifics: Japan [2000] - 88 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure
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3.5

The inoffensive

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Marmalade Boy

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Mamaredo Boi
Specifics: Japan [2018] - 127 mins
Genre: Romance
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3.0

Not of one Hiroki's best. There are moments where his talent shines through, but the story is a bit too convoluted and the theme is handled in a way that seems to reference the manga a bit too literally. Overall it's not a bad film with a couple of worthwhile scenes, but Hiroki has shown he can do better.

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Policeman and Me

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: P to JK
Specifics: Japan [2017] - 124 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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3.0
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The Lightning Tree

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Raiou
Specifics: Japan [2010] - 133 mins
Genre: Romance
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3.0
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April Bride

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Yomei 1-Kagetsu no Hanayome
Specifics: Japan [2009] - 129 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.0
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Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Also know as: Fîmeiru
Specifics: Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre: Drama
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3.0
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I Am an S+M Writer

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Futei no Kisetsu
Specifics: Japan [2000] - 88 mins
Genre: Comedy, Drama
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

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The Many Faces of Ito

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also know as: Ito kun A to E
Specifics: Japan [2018] - 126 mins
Genre: Comedy
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2.5

A rather poor Ryuichi Hiroki film. It lacks his knack for properly fleshing out characters and it looks a little too slick. Not too surprising since this is the film-sequel of a popular J-Drama, but still I expected more from him. It's not a terrible film, just that Hiroki could've done a lot better with this material.