films seen
30
average score
3.63*
nationality
Japan - 65 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 known as
Yawarakai Seikatsu
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 126 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.5*/5.0*

Hiroki delivers one of the most natural, confident and empathic dramas I've ever laid eyes on, helped by Terajima's stellar performance.

The good stuff

New Type: Just For Your Love poster

New Type: Just For Your Love

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
New Type: Tada Ai no Tame Ni
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 90 mins
Genre
Drama, Fantasy
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4.0*/5.0*

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

Love on Sunday poster

Love on Sunday

by Manabu Asô, Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Koi Suru Nichiyobi
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 89 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*
Strobe Edge poster

Strobe Edge

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Sutorobo Ejji
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 115 mins
Genre
Romance
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4.0*/5.0*

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.

Her Granddaughter poster

Her Granddaughter

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Otoko no Issho
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 119 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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4.0*/5.0*

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 known as
Kiiroi Zo
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 131 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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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The Egoists

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Keibetsu
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 125 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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.

Your Friends poster

Your Friends

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Kimi no Tomodachi
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 125 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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.

Love on Sunday: Last Words poster

Love on Sunday: Last Words

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Koi Suru Nichiyobi Watashi. Koishita
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 97 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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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M

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 110 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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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Locomotive Teacher

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Kikansha Sensei
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 123 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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

Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World poster

Girlfriend: Someone Please Stop the World

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 104 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

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.

L'Amant poster

L'Amant

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 92 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*
Vibrator poster

Vibrator

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama
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4.0*/5.0*

Solid pieces

Side Job poster

Side Job

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Kanojo no Jinsei wa Machigaijanai
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 120 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*

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.

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store poster

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 129 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*

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.

Wolf Girl and Black Prince poster

Wolf Girl and Black Prince

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Ohkami Shôjo to Kuro Ohji
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 116 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Kabukichô Love Hotel poster

Kabukichô Love Hotel

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Sayonara Kabukichô
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 135 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Crying 100 Times: Every Raindrop Falls poster

Crying 100 Times: Every Raindrop Falls

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
100 Kai Nakukoto
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 116 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*
Nobody's Perfect poster

Nobody's Perfect

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Daijôbu 3 Kumi
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
River poster

River

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 89 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5*/5.0*
Tokyo Garbage Girl poster

Tokyo Garbage Girl

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Tôkyô Gomi Onna
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 88 mins
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Romance
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3.5*/5.0*

The inoffensive

Marmalade Boy poster

Marmalade Boy

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Mamaredo Boi
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 127 mins
Genre
Romance
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3.0*/5.0*

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.

Policeman and Me poster

Policeman and Me

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
P to JK
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 124 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
The Lightning Tree poster

The Lightning Tree

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Raiou
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 133 mins
Genre
Romance
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3.0*/5.0*
April Bride poster

April Bride

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Yomei 1-Kagetsu no Hanayome
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 129 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
Female poster

Female

by Ryuichi Hiroki, Suzuki Matsuo, Miwa Nishikawa, Tetsuo Shinohara, Shinya Tsukamoto
Also known as
Fîmeiru
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0*/5.0*
I Am an S+M Writer poster

I Am an S+M Writer

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Futei no Kisetsu
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 88 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*

Worthy but flawed

The Many Faces of Ito poster

The Many Faces of Ito

by Ryuichi Hiroki
Also known as
Ito kun A to E
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 126 mins
Genre
Comedy
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2.5*/5.0*

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.