films seen
25
average score
3.00*
nationality
Japan - 64 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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A cornerstone of modern Japanese cinema who has failed to make a name for himself on the international scene. While his oeuvre is quite uneven and his commercial efforts can be rather poor, he has made some interesting films worth exploring.

The good stuff

Collage of Our Life poster

Collage of Our Life

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Renai Shashin
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 111 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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4.0
2LDK poster

2LDK

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 70 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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4.0

Solid pieces

12 Suicidal Teens poster

12 Suicidal Teens

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Jûni-nin no Shinitai Kodomo-tachi
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 117 mins
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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3.5

Tsutsumi's slightly twisted take on 12 Angry Men. The first half hour is spent setting up the mystery, the following 90 minutes are a roller coaster of twists and revelations. Even though the film looks very stylish and the direction is on point, the film is a little too talkative to make a smashing impression. Well recommended to people who dig twisty narratives.

Sanada 10 Braves poster

Sanada 10 Braves

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Sanada Jûyûshi
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 135 mins
Genre
Action, Comedy
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3.5
Happily Ever After poster

Happily Ever After

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Jigyaku no Uta
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 115 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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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
Drowning Fish poster

Drowning Fish

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Oboreru Sakana
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 101 mins
Genre
Crime, Comedy
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3.5
Unsolved Mysteries – Beautiful Dreamer poster

Unsolved Mysteries – Beautiful Dreamer

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Keizoku/eiga
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 119 mins
Genre
Crime, Mystery
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3.5
My House poster

My House

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 93 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

Surprisingly small and understated black and white drama by Tsutsumi. After a bunch of high-profile blockbusters he probably needed to do this, the biggest surprise is that he actually managed to pull it off. This is a sweet, endearing and well-directed film that lingers well beyond its end credits.

The inoffensive

The Big Bee poster

The Big Bee

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Tenkû no Hachi
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 138 mins
Genre
Thriller
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3.0

Pretty standard but amusing blockbuster. A big prototype helicopter is hijacked and stationed above a nuclear plant, with 8 hours of fuel to keep it hanging. The film gets a little too sentimental at times and the plot is quite predictable, but there are some tense scenes and even though the films lasts 2+ hours, it doesn't really get sluggish.

Initiation Love poster

Initiation Love

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Inishiêshon Rabu
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 110 mins
Genre
Romance
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3.0
SPEC: The Movie poster

SPEC: The Movie

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Gekijouban SPEC: Ten
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 119 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Typical Tsutsumi project. The TV roots of this film are painfully clear, the first hour isn't all that interesting because of it. But then the film goes into overdrive and what follows is almost impossible to describe. It feels pretty cheap and loose, but it's also a lot of fun.

Hayabusa poster

Hayabusa

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 140 mins
Genre
Adventure
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3.0
20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End poster

20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
20-seiki Shonen: Honkaku Kagaku Boken Eiga
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 142 mins
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-fi
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3.0
Where the Legend Lives poster

Where the Legend Lives

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Maboroshi no Yamataikoku
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
Memories of Tomorrow poster

Memories of Tomorrow

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Ashita no Kioku
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0
The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps poster

The House Where the Mermaid Sleeps

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Ningyo no Nemuru Ie
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 120 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

A decent medical drama that tries to touch on some sensitive subjects (i.e. the divide between life and death and the dark side of hope), but turns to sentimentality later on. Tsutsumi is a decent director and keeps his film on the rails at all times, it's just a shame that the potential wasn't used to the fullest.

Worthy but flawed

Beck poster

Beck

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 145 mins
Genre
Drama, Music
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2.5
Trick the Movie: Psychic Battle Royale poster

Trick the Movie: Psychic Battle Royale

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Gekijouban Trick: Reinouryokusha Batoru Roiyaru
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 119 mins
Genre
Mystery
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2.5
20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope poster

20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
20-seiki Shonen: Dai 2 Sho - Saigo no Kibo
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 139 mins
Genre
Fantasy
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2.5
Forbidden Siren poster

Forbidden Siren

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Sairen
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 87 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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2.5
Trick: The Movie 2 poster

Trick: The Movie 2

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 111 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime, Mystery
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2.5
Trick: The Movie poster

Trick: The Movie

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 119 mins
Genre
Comedy, Mystery
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2.5

Dubious filler

Requiem from the Darkness: Kowai poster

Requiem from the Darkness: Kowai

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
Kousetsu Hyaku Monogatari: Kowai
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 111 mins
Genre
Horror
2.0

Live action adaption of one of the Requiem from the Darkness stories. The anime series gathered quite a following, Tsutsumi's adaptation didn't. Not too surprising really, since it's a very functional and bland film that is way too occupied with its plot. The cast is solid, but the rest looks and feels like mediocre TV material.

Plain forgettable

20th Century Boys 3: Redemption poster

20th Century Boys 3: Redemption

by Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Also know as
20-seiki Shonen: Saishu-Sho - Bokura no Hata
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 156 mins
Genre
Adventure, Fantasy
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