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There are strange movies, and then there are stranger movies. Movies that simply cannot be described with words alone. There are movies you see, and then there are movies you experience. This list compiles ten of the strangest Japanese movies that simply must be seen to be believed. Have you seen Japan’s ten strangest movies? I bet you haven’t, and you’re missing out.

[box type="alert"]A lot of the trailers for these wacky movies are pretty NSFW and include gore, explicit language, and in some cases, even dude butt. You’ve been warned![/box]

10. House (1977)

Obvious green screen is obvious

House is a cult classic and with good reason. It starts out like a whimsical fairy tale adventure of seven friends going to the countryside for a lovely summer holiday. Up to this point the film seems entirely ordinary, but things start to turn sour shortly after they arrive at the house in question. From there on in, things just get weirder and weirder.

Especially considering the year it was made, House is pretty impressive. It’s interesting, weird, creepy, and goofy. While I wouldn’t exactly be jumping at the chance to watch it again, I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone who appreciates horror films. This movie was definitely ahead of its time.

It’s a cult classic you wouldn’t want to miss out on. How can you go wrong with killer pianos, multi-colored blood, and glowy eyed cats?

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Weirdness: 3/5
Enjoyability: 3/5
Who to watch it with: Anyone who enjoys B-movie horror or appreciates cult classics.


9. Marebito (2004)

No, I haven’t seen your cat. Why do you ask?

When I rented this movie I really wasn’t expecting anything special. I just thought it would be another run-of-the-mill Japanese horror film. Well, I was wrong. Marebito is very well done and quite interesting.

The main character is a freelance cameraman obsessed with fear. In the movie he takes it upon himself to investigate an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo, but what he discovers is beyond anything he could have ever imagined.

Marebito is very different from most other Japanese horror films. The story is really cool and you actually care about what’s happening. It’s not one of those movies you’d watch just for the thrills and chills. The story is very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Weirdness: 3/5
Enjoyability: 4/5
Who to watch it with: Someone who thinks all Japanese horror movies are the same.


8. Versus (2000)

An eye for an eye. And a gun. And a sword. And a dagger handle. And a flashlight-scope. Yeah. That’ll do

Versus takes place almost exclusively in the forest of resurrection where anyone who is killed is resurrected time and time again. The main character fights to protect a girl he just met and slowly unravels his destiny.

Versus is one of those movies I could watch over and over again and never get tired of it. There’s just something about this movie that makes it so enjoyable. Is it the action? The drama? The zombies? The action? The weapons? The dramatic zombie weapon action? Maybe. Whatever it is, Versus is definitely a must see from this list. Check it out.

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRfhuVlbM-4']

Weirdness: 3/5
Enjoyability: 4.5/5
Who to watch it with: People who like the undead, action, and wacky humor.


7. Survive Style 5+ (2004)

Hiroshi Abe: Watches you while you sleep

Survive Style 5+ is one of my top favorite movies of all time. We’ve got an all star cast including the likes of Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand’s Juggernaut). He almost always plays a no-nonsense badass in his films and Survive Style 5+ is no exception. His inclusion in this movie is both hilarious and awesome.

Starting off in unrelated plot lines, the main characters eventually weave their stories into one ridiculous adventure. We have one man who continuously fails at getting his wife to stay dead, a murderous commercial director who comes up with the most insane ad ideas, a British hitman who’s only interested in knowing your function in life, and an unfortunate salaryman who thinks he’s a bird.

The movie is directed by an award winning Japanese commercial creator and it really shows in the film. There is no scene that isn’t funny, interesting, or colorful. It grabs your attention and never lets go. If you only pick one movie from this list to watch, make it this one. Please. You’d be doing yourself a favor.

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Weirdness: 3/5
Enjoyability: 5/5
Who to watch it with: Anyone who has a sense of humor.


6. Tokyo Gore Police (2008)

Your hedges need trimmed? Yeah, sure, I can do that

When I saw this one I actually wasn’t expecting too much but I ended up liking it a lot more than I expected. I didn’t really care for the story, but all the imagery and crazy stuff they did more than made up for it. It’s one of those movies where you can easily turn off your brain and just take in all of the ridiculous things being thrown at you.

In the world of Tokyo Gore Police the force has been privatized in order to combat homicidal mutants known as “engineers.” These engineers possesses the ability to graft a weapon onto any sort of bodily injury. The main character fights many of these on her journey to avenge her father’s death.

If you like over the top violence and gore paired with some really messed up nonsense, then this is definitely one to check out.

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFKP9lB_F7s']

Weirdness: 3.5/5
Enjoyability: 3/5
Who to watch it with: People who like weird things and violence.


5. Paprika (2006)

The colors! I can taste them!

lolwut?

That pretty much sums up the entire movie for me. But first things first. Paprika is a gorgeous movie. The colors and art style are simply fantastic. It is truly a sight to behold. If you have a projector, or a friend with one, watch this movie on it. Your eyes will thank you.

And the main song for the movie is brilliant. My favorite part of the entire movie was the opening sequence. I love that song.

In the movie there is a machine that has been designed to let people enter the dreams of others. However, after this device is stolen, everything starts to go wrong for just about everyone. Insanity ensues and it’s up to Paprika to set everything back in order.

The movie overall is a mixed bag in my opinion. Some parts are astonishing and wonderfully done. Truly a feast for the eyes. Paprika was one of the main influences behind the movie Inception and it definitely shows. Some parts really get you thinking.

However there are some sequences in the film that are just meh. Even though the movie was a strange one, I consistently found myself wanting it to be more strange. Like the strange parts were so strange and interesting that when it went back to something normal it just seemed lacking in comparison.

While Paprika has its lows, I believe that the highs more than make up for it. If you have a nice multimedia set-up, definitely check this one out. I have the feeling that it just wouldn’t be the same on a small screen with dinky speakers.

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJzEW_eE1G0&hd=1']

Weirdness: 4/5
Enjoyability: 4/5
Who to watch it with: People who like pretty pictures and confusion.


4. Dead Leaves (2004)

Remember, kids: Just say no to drugs!

Do you have epilepsy? Yes? Don’t watch this movie. You will have seizures. Over and over. And over and over again.

If you don’t have epilepsy, you’re in luck (and not just because you don’t have epilepsy). Dead Leaves is a great movie and a wild crazy ride. From the beginning it’s a nonstop action adventure with more gore and comic relief than you can shake a drill at.

The two main characters awaken naked with no recollection of their past. They are soon thrown in jail where they discover more about their origins and the world they live in and subsequently devise a plan to break on outta there.

Dead Leaves is easily one of the goriest animes I have ever seen. And that’s saying a lot. But somehow, even though it’s incredibly brutal, every time someone was injured or killed I found it absolutely hilarious. (Is that bad?)

Dead Leaves is just fun. It’s such a fun movie. And with a run-time of only 52 minutes there’s absolutely no excuse not to check this one out.

[yframe url='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCuieF9Uzgc']

Weirdness: 4/5
Enjoyability: 5/5
Who to watch it with: People who don’t have epilepsy.


3. Robo Geisha (2009)

Fried shrimp!

When I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was a joke. That should give you an idea of how ridiculous this movie is. I’m sure after you watch the trailer you’ll agree with me.

In Robo Geisha, girls are recruited into an elite fighting force where women alter parts of their bodies to become perfect killing machines. Plot twists ensue, and eventually all of Japan is in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth.

Robo Geisha is very over the top with most of the action and fighting being played out in very strange ways. We’ve got armpit katanas, robo geisha tanks, and tengu milk just to name a few implements of destruction. If you’ve got an afternoon to kill, you could certainly do worse than Robo Geisha.

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Weirdness: 4.5/5
Enjoyability: 3/5
Who to watch it with: People you can talk to and laugh with about all the crazy nonsense you’re witnessing.


2. Rampo Noir (2005)

Yeah. Sure. This looks normal

Rampo Noir is a collection of four short stories brought to life on film. If I could give you a plot summary, I would. This movie is super weird and words just fail me here.

I’m not really sure how I feel about this movie. It’s… different. I think this is the only movie on this list that I would refuse to watch again. I think once would be enough for anybody.

But hey! Tadanobu Asano’s in it. He makes everything better.

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Weirdness: 5/5
Enjoyability: ?/5
Who to watch it with: People you want to make wary of Japanese cinema for the better part of a year.


1. Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989)

Yeah… You might wanna have that looked at

Oh. My. Kami.

This movie. Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. This movie will make your jaw hit the floor, and before you can pick it back up, your jaw hits the floor again. How is that possible? I have no idea. This movie is insane. There’s absolutely no doubt that this movie should be at the top of anyone’s list of strange movies, Japanese or otherwise.

This is one of those movies that I simply can’t put into words. You don’t just watch Tetsuo, you experience Tetsuo. Just watch the trailer, okay? You’ll see what I mean.

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Weirdness: 7/5
Enjoyability: ?/5
Who to watch it with: People whose brains you want to make explode.

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And there you have it – ten of the strangest Japanese films I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I am sure there are many other viable candidates for the list (Funky Forest, for example) but I didn’t want to include anything here that I hadn’t actually viewed myself.

If there are any films not on the list you think should have made it, please let me know in the comments. And if you think any of these movies don’t deserve to be on the list, feel free to fill me in.

So tell me, what’s the weirdest Japanese film you’ve ever seen?

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  • http://twitter.com/Forestofmagic Makoto Kikuchi

    I actually have Survival Style 5+ paused right now. Great film so far!

  • http://twitter.com/Forestofmagic Makoto Kikuchi

    I actually have Survival Style 5+ paused right now. Great film so far!

  • John

    Awesome! Let me know how you like the rest of it :]

  • http://twitter.com/Oriro Orro

    woow! i havent seen any of these!!!

  • Anonymous

    I can proudly say I’ve seen about half of these movies.

    Where’s “The Machine Girl”? lol

  • http://twitter.com/Oriro Orro

    woow! i havent seen any of these!!!

  • Anonymous

    I can proudly say I’ve seen about half of these movies.

    Where’s “The Machine Girl”? lol

  • Anonymous

    I can proudly say I’ve seen about half of these movies.

    Where’s “The Machine Girl”? lol

  • http://twitter.com/Oriro Orro

    woow! i havent seen any of these!!!

  • Silent89

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ht2i3aUX850
    Death Kappa!!! so damn weird

  • http://www.callistospatches.com Callisto

    I’ve seen a few clips of House and laughed until I had tears pouring out of my eyes. But I really don’t think I could sit through the entire movie. My brain may start pouring out of my eyes next.

  • John

    Haha, I actually never got around to seeing that one. Robo Geisha and Tokyo Gore Police were about enough for me xD

  • John

    I’ve actually never heard of this one! Is it any good?

  • John

    Watch it with a few friends and it’ll be much easier to watch :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000185670208 Nick Haupt

    The whole time reading I kept thinking back to the clips of “Vagina Bubbles From Hell” that I saw on Youtube once.

    I’d say the absolute weirdest Japanese film I’ve ever seen was Big Man Japan. Not just because the monsters were outrageous, or his powers were just really out there. No I’d say it was the ending that just had me and my friend jaw-dropped and thinking “wha…” for a half hour afterwards.

  • John

    I’ve been meaning to see Big Man Japan actually. Matsumoto is awesome!

  • Bluezoo000

    Rofl u missed calamari wrestler xP

  • Tom

    I’ve only seen Paprika so some great suggestions here. But by far the weirdest film I have seen was Visitor Q…

  • Silent89

    It is good in a hard way to describe. It has plot holes, cheap sfx and so on but I like that kind of stuff.

  • John

    lol, I was actually going to watch that one – but I made the mistake of watching Executive Koala first. After that I had no desire to watch Calamari Wrestler :(

  • John

    Yeah I’d been looking at that one. I’ll watch it one day!

  • KoyukiNL

    Hausu is one of the greatest Japanese horror films. I recently saw ‘Death Powder’. It’s kind of similar to Tetsuo but it’s even weirder..

  • KoyukiNL

    Hausu is one of the greatest Japanese horror films. I recently saw ‘Death Powder’. It’s kind of similar to Tetsuo but it’s even weirder..

  • KoyukiNL

    Hausu is one of the greatest Japanese horror films. I recently saw ‘Death Powder’. It’s kind of similar to Tetsuo but it’s even weirder..

  • KoyukiNL

    Some other ‘weird’ films:
    The Happiness of the Katakuris. Musical by Miike Takashi, nuff said :).
    Symbol: It’s not really that weird (well for Hollywood standards it is ofcourse) but its a great film (Hitoshi Matsumoto).
    Gozu: Another surreal film by Miike Takashi.

  • http://twitter.com/wakeupfrenzy Carl Seth

    I’m surprised Wild Zero didn’t make the list, that movie was beyond weird. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_D9OjDoQ0

  • http://twitter.com/wakeupfrenzy Carl Seth

    I’m surprised Wild Zero didn’t make the list, that movie was beyond weird. 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ_D9OjDoQ0

  • John

    haha I’ll have to check it out

  • John

    I’ve never heard of that one – I’ll have to check it out!

  • John

    Haha yeah I watched a trailer for this like last week but it didn’t really look like something I wanted to see xD

  • John

    Koichi actually recommended Happiness of the Katakuris to me.
    I didn’t really like it :(

  • wohdin

    Wait a minute…. You use a screenshot from Funky Forest as the article head but DON’T include it in your list? What the hell?!

    EVERYONE. WATCH FUNKY FOREST. RIGHT NOW.

  • John

    hahahahaha. I was waiting for this comment :3

  • wohdin

    THAT INCLUDES YOU.

    WATCH IT. You will thank me later.

  • John

    lolol. Kk, will do.

  • Anonymous

    Visitor Q is great.  It’s not so over the top in-your-face weird like some of the ones on this list, but it’s more like a slap in the face and a ‘What the hell just happened?’ feeling.

    Oh, and the ending song is great!

  • Anonymous

    Visitor Q is great.  It’s not so over the top in-your-face weird like some of the ones on this list, but it’s more like a slap in the face and a ‘What the hell just happened?’ feeling.

    Oh, and the ending song is great!

  • Anonymous

    Visitor Q is great.  It’s not so over the top in-your-face weird like some of the ones on this list, but it’s more like a slap in the face and a ‘What the hell just happened?’ feeling.

    Oh, and the ending song is great!

  • John

    Haha, awesome. I’ll get back to you after I watch it.

  • John

    Haha, awesome. I’ll get back to you after I watch it.

  • キツネじゃない

     You cannot comprehend the true form of Tetsuo’s trailer!

    And then it did 50 points of damage to my entire party.

  • キツネじゃない

     You cannot comprehend the true form of Tetsuo’s trailer!

    And then it did 50 points of damage to my entire party.

  • vincent fox

    Naisu no mori deserves a place on here and you know it!

    NAISU NO MORI, the preview picture is from naisu no mori

    FUNKY FORREST/ NAISU NO MORI

  • vincent fox

    Naisu no mori deserves a place on here and you know it!

    NAISU NO MORI, the preview picture is from naisu no mori

    FUNKY FORREST/ NAISU NO MORI

  • vincent fox

    Naisu no mori deserves a place on here and you know it!

    NAISU NO MORI, the preview picture is from naisu no mori

    FUNKY FORREST/ NAISU NO MORI

  • John

    haha, I know, I know!

  • jacqui keskinen

    paprika is by far my favorite anime of all time. gorgeous anime style, and loved all the music. satoshi kon was a genius who died way too young :( all of his works are brilliant. check out his other ones, you will like them just as much :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoshi_Kon

  • Jesse Katzenberger

    Clearly this list demands a part 2!

    Tetsuo looks genuinely horrifying, like the kind of thing that would give me nightmares for weeks.

  • John

    While I’ve certainly seen my fair share of weird Japanese movies, I wouldn’t always recommend all of them xD
    With that in mind, we’ll see about a part 2, haha.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    hundred strangest japanese films? :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/rAnd0mn3ss Paola E. Garcia

    battle royale

  • http://www.facebook.com/rAnd0mn3ss Paola E. Garcia

    battle royale

  • http://basement.halfarenaissance.net Soshi

    This list is awesome! I need to do a paper on Japanese films and I hadn’t heard of a few of these before. Thumbs up! :D

  • CarolineRobinson1456

    This list needs SUICIDE CLUB. One of the weirdest, semigrotesque films i have EVER seen.

  • pinkrocket

    I’m kind of surprised that Gate of Flesh by Suzuki Seijun and Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses didn’t make it onto this list tbh.

  • pinkrocket

    I’m kind of surprised that Gate of Flesh by Suzuki Seijun and Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses didn’t make it onto this list tbh.

  • pinkrocket

    I’m kind of surprised that Gate of Flesh by Suzuki Seijun and Oshima’s In the Realm of the Senses didn’t make it onto this list tbh.

  • Anne Lou
  • John

    I liked Battle Royale but I thought it was too ‘mainstream’ for this list xD lol

  • John

    Ok, but ima need your guys’ help on this one, Koichi

  • John

    While I’ll admit that Suicide Club was definitely a strange one, I just didn’t enjoy it all that much. And I didn’t want to include anything on the list that I wouldn’t recommend to a friend :)

  • John

    Really?
    I just watched trailers for both of these and they didn’t look all that strange to me.
    Are they just like psychological, or really messed up or something?

  • Ell

    How about ‘The Calamari Wrestler’ for weird?

  • Ell

    How about ‘The Calamari Wrestler’ for weird?

  • Jess

    Great topic an d suggestions! Maybe you could do an article about strange Japanese dramas as well? Bloody Monday would be at the top of that list for me…

  • Krolli

    I haven’t seen anyone mention 愛のむきだし(Love Exposure) so far. I’m not sure whether it would deserve to be among “the weirdest” movies, but it’s definitely a great one. I had no trouble watching it all at once despite it’s length (probably the longest movie I can think of).

    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_3upY_7WpQ

  • Lawrence McClurkin

    I would actually recommend not seeing Tetsuo the Iron Man.  It made no sense to me what so ever and *spoiler* the drill penis is just disturbing.  Maybe I just don’t know how to watch movies but my impression after watching Tetsuo was WTF! that just happened.

  • http://twitter.com/DochiMichi1 Anastasia

    Had to buy Survive Style 5+ after reading this! It looks mental.
     

  • KoyukiNL

    Heard its a great film yea. The only thing stopping me from watching it is its length…

  • http://twitter.com/Forestofmagic Makoto Kikuchi

    One of the funniest films I’ve seen in a long time. The second half was a little slow but the end made up for that.

  • JM

    Great List. When I saw Tokyo Gore Police #6… I was really curious what 5 movie can beat be more strange.

    Also,
    Machine GirlVisitor Q
    Deserve a place in that list

    I haven’t see enough movie in the list to judge if the excellent “Happiness of the Kutakuris” can enter the list.  But a musical remake of “Quiet Family” by Miike Takashi with weird animation, is clearly  strange.

    If “Enter the Void”, not in japanese, but in Japan can qualify as a Japanese movie…deserve the #1 spot easily. Anyway a Germano-franco-italiano-canadian movie set in Japan by a Argentinian director living in France with mostly american and UK actor…tough to decide where this movie from. 

  • JM

    Great List. When I saw Tokyo Gore Police #6… I was really curious what 5 movie can beat be more strange.

    Also,
    Machine GirlVisitor Q
    Deserve a place in that list

    I haven’t see enough movie in the list to judge if the excellent “Happiness of the Kutakuris” can enter the list.  But a musical remake of “Quiet Family” by Miike Takashi with weird animation, is clearly  strange.

    If “Enter the Void”, not in japanese, but in Japan can qualify as a Japanese movie…deserve the #1 spot easily. Anyway a Germano-franco-italiano-canadian movie set in Japan by a Argentinian director living in France with mostly american and UK actor…tough to decide where this movie from. 

  • JM

    Great List. When I saw Tokyo Gore Police #6… I was really curious what 5 movie can beat be more strange.

    Also,
    Machine GirlVisitor Q
    Deserve a place in that list

    I haven’t see enough movie in the list to judge if the excellent “Happiness of the Kutakuris” can enter the list.  But a musical remake of “Quiet Family” by Miike Takashi with weird animation, is clearly  strange.

    If “Enter the Void”, not in japanese, but in Japan can qualify as a Japanese movie…deserve the #1 spot easily. Anyway a Germano-franco-italiano-canadian movie set in Japan by a Argentinian director living in France with mostly american and UK actor…tough to decide where this movie from. 

  • http://www.twitter.com/christaran Chris Taran

    I feel like there’s some sort of joke I’m missing that enables Funky Forest to not be on this list.

  • http://profiles.google.com/japan.alana Alana Green

    Oh my kami! OMK.  I’m going to starting using that!

  • John

    Yay! Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  • John

    haha, all the more reason to experience it! xD

  • John

    Awesome! You won’t regret it :D

  • clc88

    aww, no big man japan =(
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Man_Japan

    one of fav japanese movie for randomness

  • John

    Yeah I definitely would have given consideration to Enter the Void if the director had been Japanese instead of Argentinian.
    And I just didn’t really like Happiness of the Katakuris all that much, lol

  • clc88

    oh, i was beaten by 17 hours by  Nick Haupt >_<

  • clc88

    oh, i was beaten by 17 hours by  Nick Haupt >_<

  • John

    lol, awesome. Actually when we were in Japan we had a running joke with the girls from the local university. We’d always say “Oh my paper!” since the word for god (神) and paper (紙) are both pronounced kami (かみ) but just have different kanji xD

  • John

    trollface.jpg

  • John

    Yeah it looks pretty cool. Maybe you could like divide it up into three sittings so you don’t have to watch it all at once. Just treat it like a three episode series or something.

  • John

    I need to see this movie!

  • http://www.facebook.com/laughingzetsubou Warai Zetsubou

    for me the strangest ones i’ve seen are Big Man Japan and Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl. as for the list i’ve at least heard of the majority of these films which is good. and i think i’m going to have to buy Survive Style 5+ it looks crazy. haha

  • Kim Jong Elvis

    You missed Speakerhead.

  • Anonymous

    Same exact genre. lol You’ll love it. XD

  • Jarom B Reid

    I really wanted to see Ai no Mukidashi on this list.  Fantastic, and blows my mind every time.  Thank you for the list.  Looks like some interesting watching material

  • Jarom B Reid

    I really wanted to see Ai no Mukidashi on this list.  Fantastic, and blows my mind every time.  Thank you for the list.  Looks like some interesting watching material

  • Jarom B Reid

    I really wanted to see Ai no Mukidashi on this list.  Fantastic, and blows my mind every time.  Thank you for the list.  Looks like some interesting watching material

  • pinkrocket

    Read the Wiki articles to both; I’m sure that you’ll agree with me. Especially on In the Realm of the Senses, which is, by far, much, much more disturbing than most of the movies mentioned above.

  • Anonymous

    I was very surprised to see Paprika on here, probably because I’m not one for strange movies… But anyway, I was also hoping it’d get weirder when I was watching it; I was surprised it wasn’t more weird, considering how weird parts of Tokyo Godfathers was…

    Anyway, the most interesting-est of the bunch for me is Rampo Noir. 

  • John

    If by disturbing you mean soft-core porn xD
    Did you like both of them as films? Like are they good movies? Or are they just really disturbing?

  • John

    If by disturbing you mean soft-core porn xD
    Did you like both of them as films? Like are they good movies? Or are they just really disturbing?

  • John

    lolwut?

  • John

    lolwut?

  • Zhana

    The only one I’ve seen on this list is Paprika and it is amazing! That movie is how I discovered Susumu Hirasawa <3 ! Was it really inspiration for Inception? I wouldn't be suprised if it was lol…

  • Carolinerobinson1456

    True that. The majority of the film makes no sense, even at the very end. lol

  • http://twitter.com/VXLbeast VXLbeast

    Awesome list, thanks so much for this!  BTW, Big Man Japan is highly bizzare, but totallt awesome at the same time.  Funny, and a great mood throughout.

  • Krolli

    The movie itself is divided into 3 parts, but they are not equally long (something like 1 hour, 20 minutes and the rest). They also end in (IMO) the most dramatic moments, so I usually have trouble taking break at such point. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002396612575 Sai Okerstrom

    I’m loving the paprika trailer… checking out now :D 

  • Itadakimasu!

    Oh, now I’m frightened: I know (and like) most of them! Hausu is my all-time-favorite, I cannot get enough of that one!!! ROFL

  • guest2

    Glory to the Filmmaker should be on the list!!!

  • Ken Hikage

    Thanks for the list. I’m four for 10, so I might as well watch the other six.

    Do see タンポポ.

  • Alina

    Executive Koala is the best worst thing ever.

  • Alina

    I enjoyed Rampo Noir, had nooo idea what the hell was going on, but I enjoyed it. I’ve seen Versus a bunch of times and still love it.

    I fell asleep watching Marebito with my mom. I asked her what happened in the last half and she said she didn’t know even though she watched it lol.
    I did get to see the whole thing eventually and it’s really good.

    Oh god Funky Forest… head broke forever. 

  • Gegete

    OH gooood. you totally made me want to watch Robo Geisha with my friends D: xD

  • hadashi

    I’ve seen none of these movies, so I have no idea how ‘Pillow Book, would compare, but it is certainly a strange, beautiful, one.

  • John

    Yeah, too bad the director is British though!

  • John

    I hadn’t heard of this before so I looked up the trailer. Now I want to watch it!

  • http://twitter.com/FarmerWaltz Amanda Waltz

    “Big Man Japan” was weird. Not on the level of most of these, but still pretty crazy. I wouldn’t watch it again. “Versus” on the other hand is a delight.

  • guest2

    Watch iiiittttt, It is awesome

  • http://twitter.com/andoryuu3 案努龍

    Have you seen Yogen by chance? English title is Premonition.

    I watched it with a international student from Kitakyushu who loved horror movies. I’m not so big on them personally, but by the end of the movie both of us were confused as to what we just watched.

    Wasn’t all that scary, but it’s interesting and totally wtf. I’d recommend anyone to watch it once. (maybe twice. that’s a big maybe.)

    Oh, and I was totally sold on Survive Style 5+ as soon as I saw Hiroshi Abe– didn’t recognize him actually. Looks so crazy!

  • http://twitter.com/andoryuu3 案努龍

    Have you seen Yogen by chance? English title is Premonition.

    I watched it with a international student from Kitakyushu who loved horror movies. I’m not so big on them personally, but by the end of the movie both of us were confused as to what we just watched.

    Wasn’t all that scary, but it’s interesting and totally wtf. I’d recommend anyone to watch it once. (maybe twice. that’s a big maybe.)

    Oh, and I was totally sold on Survive Style 5+ as soon as I saw Hiroshi Abe– didn’t recognize him actually. Looks so crazy!

  • John

    Yeah! I totally forgot about that movie, haha. Yeah it was kind of weird, but very forgettable (obviously). Oh well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Mao/809434870 Karen Mao

    I watched House with couple friends, and it kinda surprises me it’s only ranked 10th in the list.  Its special effects are ridiculous, but I do find its nonsense somehow amusing. Can’t remember when I watched Paprika, well it’s definitely my second favorite in the list (as the ones I have watched). And I was amazed by the imagination in this anime. Then it comes to my favorite, Dead Leaves. And you are totally right, it’s such a fun movie to watch! So far I only watched these three in the list, and I am looking forward to watch RoboGeisha, which your intercept picture of “fried shrimp” totally caught my eyes. Haha, can’t wait to laugh hard about it.
    P.S. I don’t know if you have watched , which I find one of the episodes was making a parody out of Tetsuo Iron man. If I ever find out which episode it is, I will forward a link. And your comment about Tetsuo just made me laugh; it will be my second movie to watch after Survive style 5+. 

  • guest

    you missed out on visitor Q and the all important ナイスの森 (i.e. funky forest)!!  the sequal to tetsuo isnt as good as the original masterpeice but still ranks highly with many ‘what the’ moments

  • D

    the best scene is the sex scene with the technicolor lights and ridiculously laughable expressions 

  • D

    takes one thing to experience it but another to understand it!  took me like 4 viewings (of the entire movie) to come out with tetsuo is about becoming one with his fetish. First he catches the seed which he battles with for the rest of the movie untill at the end he accepts that it has become a part of him and decides to take it to the world. wait till you get to the un-related squeal!! about gun arms

  • D

    takes one thing to experience it but another to understand it!  took me like 4 viewings (of the entire movie) to come out with tetsuo is about becoming one with his fetish. First he catches the seed which he battles with for the rest of the movie untill at the end he accepts that it has become a part of him and decides to take it to the world. wait till you get to the un-related squeal!! about gun arms

  • D

    takes one thing to experience it but another to understand it!  took me like 4 viewings (of the entire movie) to come out with tetsuo is about becoming one with his fetish. First he catches the seed which he battles with for the rest of the movie untill at the end he accepts that it has become a part of him and decides to take it to the world. wait till you get to the un-related squeal!! about gun arms

  • http://twitter.com/Miurakaigan Firsa

    No Happyness of the Takakuris? http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0304262/ This is still the strangest film I’ve ever seen besides Braindead, but Braindead isn’t Japanese :)

  • Michi79kw

    Just in case anybody wants to “Rampo Noir” and “Tokyo Gore Police” both of them are on Crunchyroll in the JDrama section. I’m not sure if you can watch it without a membership but I know that most there shows are free. If you don’t have a membership you can always sign up for a free trial.

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  • Dustin Hedden

    im dying to watch Paprika now! ive heard of it before, and thought “ehh, looks kind of dumb.” but now, im incredibly interested in it! thanks for putting it on the list, imma watch it now :3

  • Dustin Hedden

    watched the trailer, laughed so hard i was CRYING! im gonna get my friend to come over and watch it with me  xD

  • http://twitter.com/firearnok Kali

    ROFL omg yes~ the whole time I was scrolling through the list, I was like “You forgot Tetsuo: The Iron Man!!” but then I got to the bottom and it was number one! Great list! :D I’ll definitely be checking some of these out, John. ^_^

    I got introduced to Tetsuo when my Horror in Literature in Film professor showed it to the class! Apparently someone was so repulsed/disturbed/offended by it that they dropped out of the class. I didn’t think it was that bad lol

  • http://twitter.com/firearnok Kali

    ROFL omg yes~ the whole time I was scrolling through the list, I was like “You forgot Tetsuo: The Iron Man!!” but then I got to the bottom and it was number one! Great list! :D I’ll definitely be checking some of these out, John. ^_^

    I got introduced to Tetsuo when my Horror in Literature in Film professor showed it to the class! Apparently someone was so repulsed/disturbed/offended by it that they dropped out of the class. I didn’t think it was that bad lol

  • http://twitter.com/firearnok Kali

    ROFL omg yes~ the whole time I was scrolling through the list, I was like “You forgot Tetsuo: The Iron Man!!” but then I got to the bottom and it was number one! Great list! :D I’ll definitely be checking some of these out, John. ^_^

    I got introduced to Tetsuo when my Horror in Literature in Film professor showed it to the class! Apparently someone was so repulsed/disturbed/offended by it that they dropped out of the class. I didn’t think it was that bad lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1635704913 Even Tolo Dybevik

    I have always wanted to see Paprika, it looks fun!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1635704913 Even Tolo Dybevik

    I have always wanted to see Paprika, it looks fun!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1635704913 Even Tolo Dybevik

    I have always wanted to see Paprika, it looks fun!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Louise-Danielle-Aguilera/636077252 Louise Danielle Aguilera

    Only watched Paprika so far (which is awesome) Can’t wait watch the rest, I love being weirded out. Great post

  • pinkrocket

    Oh, there is more in store for you in In the Realm of the Senses than soft-core porn, I assure. 
    Both are quite good, though– especially Seijun’s Gate of Flesh, which is partly weird and partly a commentary on post-war Japan and its relation to the American occupation, topped with female sadomasochistic sexuality and cow-slaughter. 

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  • Hinoema

    As soon as I saw the Paprika trailer, I thought ‘Didn’t he do Tokyo Godfathers’? Love that film; I’ll have to get this one. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000360053527 Joe Barone

    house is some crazy drugged up sh*t. hahahaha omg.

  • Corto Maltese1

    I can strongly recommend to check out these two highly original movies:
    – Fish Story
    – Golden Slumber
    Esp. Fish Story is totally wacky (but not in the way of the movies on this page): it explains how an obscure 30 year old japanese punk show will save the earth.

    Another bizarre japanese movie that would fit well is Wild Zero. I didn’t like it though.

  • http://ogijima.com David @ Ogijima

    Funny but I don’t consider Tetsuo to be WTF movie at all. Not even that strange. But maybe it’s because I saw it a long time ago and saw it several times since.

    You need to see it as highly metaphorical.
    As another commenter said, it’s about having a fetish.
    I also see it as a critique of the “salaryman culture” where humans become mindless drones, mechanical monsters.It’s really about many things. Actually that makes me want to watch it again, I realze that I don’t remember everything.
    Also, Testuo 2, while not as good is very interesting too.
    I have yet to see Tetsuo 3.

    In a completely different style, do you know Mind Game (マインド・ゲーム)? I don’t know if it’s WTF enough for your list (Tetsuo being the only movie I know in it, I can’t really compare), but it may, and in any case it’s a fascinating film (one of my best friends considers it as his favorite film of all time). 

  • ohyesohwow

    i know Katsuhito Ishii’s films (like Funky Forest that’s in the article’s head as a picture), but it was kinda disappointing to see that none of his weirder works (shark skin man and peach hip girl, funky forest, party 7) made it to the list + including animes was a turnoff as i would have expected live action movies here. oh well, still a very impressive list anyway so i am more than happy and it’s time to hunt these gems down :D (minus the horror/gore movies. i don’t like those)

  • ohyesohwow

    oh yea, “taste of tea” should make it on the list too. i have watched all trailers now in the article + know some of these. i think the films i mentioned in my previous+current comment could make it to this list easily (heck, Funky Forest would even get a 4/5 WTF factor, 5/5 for enjoyment:) John and everyone making + reading tofugu: CHECK OUT FUNKY FOREST, that’s a must! the best way you can kill 2 and half hours, believe me;)

  • Ant

    Can anyone please give me the Japanese names for the films (so that I can hire them from the video shop here in Japan where I live)? Are English versions available with subtitles?

  • http://konayukiss.blogspot.com/ Konayukiss

    Rampo Noir is probably number one for the weirdest Japanese movie combo I have ever watched! I’m surprised Tetsuo gets #1! haha… :)

  • John

    Never heard of it! I’ll have to check it out.

  • John

    Never heard of it! I’ll have to check it out.

  • John

    Never heard of it! I’ll have to check it out.

  • http://twitter.com/Musouka Musouka

    One of the weird things about Versus is that none of the characters actually have names… and I didn’t realize that until the very end!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275773/

  • http://twitter.com/Musouka Musouka

    I think Visitor Q is more on the taboo-breaking side than it is on the weirdness.

  • http://twitter.com/jacobhalton Jacob

    What movie is the first image at the top from?

  • Gillummike

    “Gozu was really strange. I’m still trying to figure out if there is any meaning behind what’s going on or if it is just naturally that strange and random.
    Also “Visitor Q” which is one of the first movies I saw. And I was hooked.

  • John

    Funky Forest

  • Tim

    The list needs Izo (Takashi Miike) and maybe Hiroshi – The Freeloading Sexmachine =)

  • Sowmyak16

    ohh my goodness – when I started reading this list I wondered if you would put Robo Geisha on here, and you DID! >.< My friends and I watched this a few weeks ago since we were SUPER bored, and everytime I thought that movie couldn't get stranger, it did! Hahah I don't think I will be watching it again, but it was very.. umm.. interesting. And bizarre. lol Thanks for this list I might check out a few of these movies ^__^

  • nagz

    Some other recommendations (apart from Katsuhito Ishii’s works like Funky Forest, Taste of Tea, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl and Party 7!):

    ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000 V can evidently be added to the list. It’s got everything to make it on the weirdest films’ arsenal: Tadanobu Asano, b&w picture, 50 minutes, neverending suspensions broken with epileptic madness and a floating guitar. It served as background visual for a japanese industrial punk band who supported the soundtrack for the movie (duh!). 
    DEATH KAPPA is a charming story about a mythical creature. Actually it has Much, Much worse parts than “Robo Geisha” when it’s up to amateurish charms and terrible acting. SPOILER ALERT: the 2nd half of the movie is a godzilla style flick elongated beyond necessity. Still, the movie is adorable and something to laugh at, must be seen once.

    FRIED DRAGON FISH looks more like somebody’s college graduation movie. a short story under 1 hour with some down-to-earth storyline, yet full of unreal characters (yes, Tadanobu Asano is in it). Good for killing 1 hour with something deep but yet stereotypically entertaining in its own charms. Reminds me on traditional soap operas, only much more weird.

    BRIGHT FUTURE possibly fails the weirdness test, it’s more like a ‘serious’ movie, but it has certain WTF moments, like how a glowing jellyfish can change a town’s world or what it takes to win back your father’s affection in prison. Simple movie, watch it with your spouse ;) Oh, and guess who the protagonist is…

    PICNIC is fantastic! If you are into japanese art and somehow Edgar Allen Poe’s and Hemingway’s imaginative sceneries, you will adore this movie. It’s about mental institute patients who wander around the town walking only atop fences, observing the world without leaving the path, like spectres. Taking meaningful chatters along about god, sanity and whatnot. Important to mention: 2 of the protagonists (Tadanobu Asano and Chara) were married for some time in real life.

    these are my recommendations for others, go grab them!

  • Kaila Katamari

    I downloaded the majority of this list and Survive Style 5+ is now one of my favorite movies. I love the ending scene.

  • John

    haha, yeah – SS5+ is pretty brilliant.

  • http://twitter.com/SLSurovec S.L. Surovec

    Sweet baby Jesus.  How is “真夜中の弥次さん喜多さん (Mayonaka no Yaji-san Kita-san)” not on this list?

  • John

    I hadn’t heard of this one before. I do like Tomoya Nagase though..

  • Rodrigo_pimentell

    What is the film of the first image?

  • Lattygroy

    You should put Spiral on the list.

  • Syllyobsessions

    I think I just found out how I’m spending my week ends!

  • John

    Funky Forest!

  • John

    Enjoy!

  • John

    I still have to watch it- but there’s a good chance it’ll end up in another post this month… Stay tuned!

  • http://www.cinecraze.net Gkhnasan55

    I can say that I have seen almost all these films and ı definitely will watch the rest…….

  • http://www.cinecraze.net Gkhnasan55

    I can say that I have seen almost all these films and ı definitely will watch the rest…….

  • Frailty

    Watch Suicide Circle it’s awesome and weird and disturbing

  • Wendi

    Wow, I can’t believe “Big Man Japan” isn’t on this list. If these movies are weirder than that one, I’m speechless.

  • http://www.tofugu.com koichi

    they are, apparently :/

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  • lalapaloser

    I definitely recommend checking out Gozu by Takashi Miike: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UxmYnNI4H0
    Totally reinvented the Yakuza genre and is super absurd.

  • TTRX75

    My namesake made it to the top? Saywat?

  • WOTDsctoo

    No Funky Forrest? :O
    These look super weird though… o.o

  • John

    I still need to see Funky Forest! I need to make my friends watch it with me, lol.

    But yeah all these movies are super weird, but they’re worth watching at least once!

  • EmmaVirus

    I’ve seen Paprika, wonderful movie even though I was a bit lost towards the end ^^; Loved it though. Now I really want to check out Dead Leaves. RIP Satoshi Kon

  • http://www.cinecraze.net Gkhnasan55

    Well, this is what I really like about Japanese horror….ıt is so weird, very unexpected…….this make it different from those slow motion American movies
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  • http://www.standingmist.com ikari7789

    I’m confused… the opening picture is from the movie ナイスの森〜The First Contact〜 (Funky Forest: The First Contact), but yet it isn’t mentioned in the list haha. I’d put that movie WAY up on the list of strange Japanese films

  • Ryuzakie

    What is the first picture from?

  • Testa ~

    Where’s しんぼる??????? Epic movie.

  • Cassie-Leigh

    Suicide Club is a pretty good one,  directed by Shion Sono and all of his movies are a little twisted. Old Boy is a great classic everyone should see once.

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  • Derp

     Have seen Dead leaves, and I was waaaaaayyy too young to be watching it. As in, I was about nine or ten. It was great but, yea.

  • Mathew E.

    John, I am actually also pursuing Japanese as my major as well. I was wondering if there were any helpful tips you could give me on my way? 

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  • http://dbakeca.com Dbakeca Italia

    I haven’t see any of these films, but i’m sure i will enjoy watching them. Great post.

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  • Cabbit

    Wow! Was impressed with Survive Style 5! Great film.

  • Elfmaid

    Perfect Blue is one of his and whew can you say MindF**k? Knew you could! Animation is fanTASTic and the story is  O_o!!! VERY worth watching!

  • Beckoning Chasm

    I have Tetsuo on laserdisk.  That has to add at least 5 bonus points, just for the format.

  • http://www.tofugu.com/ Hashi

    That’s pretty impressive! Now show me Tetsu on betamax :p

  • http://www.facebook.com/pio.rasch.halvorsen Pio Rasch-Halvorsen

    How come you didn’t include Funky Forest even though the first screenshot is from that movie? Should rank high enough on the weirdness scale at least :P Some great movies on here though. Survive Style 5+ is definitely one of my favorites as well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pio.rasch.halvorsen Pio Rasch-Halvorsen

    Haha, never mind, I just re-read the article and saw your explanation. You should most definitely watch it, though!

  • LatinMoon

    What’s the name of the movie, from the picture all the way at the top with the little gross looking guy? 

  • Mary Gibbs106

    BIG MAN JAPAN. It`s the weirdest. Mostly Because of the ending.

  • John

    Thanks! Hope you enjoyed them :)

  • John

    One day!

  • John
  • John

    Wow. 5 bonus points is humble. That’s awesome, haha.

  • John

    Funky Forest.

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  • Hydriangreen7

    I just watched ‘Paprika’ and now I’m going to have to clean my brain off of the shelving unit behind my computer because my mind was totally blown.

  • belgand

     Old Boy IS great. It’s also korean. Well, the film is korean, but based off of a manga that was originally set in Japan.

  • luraz

    tetsuo is weird, but its story r good actually bcos i can understand its message…

  • John

    You’re welcome :)

  • Inaripo

    No mayonaka Yaji-san Kita-San? I’m guessing you haven’t seen it but it’s so surreally fantastic that everyone I show it to raves about it.

  • Michael

    bit of info for you all. in Tetsuo: The Iron Man, there’s a scene when Tetsuo begins assimilating all the metal in his apartment which somehow causes his cat to assimilate with a paint tin but you have to keep your eyes peeled for it :P

  • Deunhilcut

    seriously? drilling d**k WTF IS THAT S**T!!!!!

  • lkuniana

    Fudge 44 should be on this list

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCgznDq17iY

  • http://twitter.com/BrianJonesMiami Brian Jones

    Why are all the videos the same: Tokyo Gore Police? 

  • KittyKawaii

     Funny…I have seen half of it and didn’t find them that strange, I’m just weird like that ha.

  • Gabypanama

    Excellent listm thanks!! Ive seeing like half of them…will go for the rest now.

  • anon

    Agreed- weirdest movie I’ve ever seen by FAR… Japanese Hell is a very strange film also.. might wanna check that out. 

  • Cat

    Meatball machine i would recommend if you want to see a very pathetic weird sci fi. Its a low budget b movie that a friend made me watch and it left me lost for words. But another one that i highly recommend would be Unholy woman Rattle Rattle. This movie had me up and down, hiding under a blanket, laughing until it hurt, and on the edge the entire time. Its a mash up of three short stories. it is suppose to be a horror but two out of three where not scary. the second one is why i think this would suit the weird factor. You just gotta see it to understand. 

  • J.

    Yay! two films with Asano Tadanobu (Survive Style 5+ & Rampo Noir) and the mention of Funky Forest! I haven’t seen Marebito, so I shall check it out.

  • Pepper_the_Sgt

    Paprika is one of my favorite movies. Every time I watch it I seem to find something new. The first you watch it, the weird factor and colors and everything make awesome. But there is some sort of structure to the world, it does kind of make sense what’s happening. Figuring that stuff out bit by bit makes it worth watching again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Julian.Liedtke Julian Liedtke

    Tanpopo is pretty weird by western standards.. But then, by western standard probably most Japanese films are a bit different. Still ejoyed it a lot. 

  • Hellolistener

    Visitor Q

  • John

    Haha, yeah it’s a good one but I didn’t like it quite well enough overall to put it on this list. Plus Koichi wrote a post just for it!

    http://www.tofugu.com/2012/02/07/tampopo-ramen-philosophy/ 

  • John

    Yeah, I really need to get to watching Paprika again sometime. It’s just so pretty.

  • John

    Hope you like it!

  • John

    Yeah I haven’t heard about that Rattle movie, but Meatball looked like a goofy version of Tetsuo. Have you seen Tetsuo as well? How do they compare?

  • John

    Haha, hope you like them.

  • John

    Do you have any recommendations for Japanese movies that are stranger than these?

  • John

    ……………………………………..?

  • John

    lol ikr?

  • John

    I haven’t even heard of it, haha. I’ll have to check it out.

  • Pourvosdossiers

    Love your movie selection! And, yes, I have a friend whose brain I’ll enjoy see explode.
    Iron man, yeah?
    I found your site searching for an old movie where an odd old man plays the role of a vapor locomotive. That is about all there is to say, he light up a lamp attached on his forehead and stands on brushes, make gestures accordingly to open pressure to steam engine and start moving ahaed repeating slowly and then faster the equivalent of «do-deng-ka-dung». It is also the tile of the short movie, less than five minutes.
    It is quite relax opposed to what I see here but you may know what I relate to.

    Thanks!

  • Anna

    have you seen suicide club!?@?!!

  • grognak

    Is it odd I had already seen half of these films before I had seen this list?

  • superbals

    I’d recomend Mutant Girls Squad.  In the same genre as tokyo gore poloice and robo geisha, VERY funny  enjoyed it a lot!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtR7_dDh6iY

  • http://twitter.com/hinoirocks anthony haulter

    Drill penis. that is all.

  • Pretzelcuatl

    Try “Uzumaki”.  It’s about a town taken over by spirals…

  • adpdl

    Vampire Girl versus Frankenstein Girl
    (by the director of Tokyo Gore Police) . From the beginning to the end it is a crescendo of pure madness.

  • http://twitter.com/phubans Paul Hubans

    Dammit, I’ve seen most of these… I need MORE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/farman.alwi Farman Shah Alwi

    UZUMAKI SPIRAL!

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  • randomvisitor

    o.o what about funky forest?

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  • Pentex

    Visitor Q, Gozu, The Taste of Tea, Uzumaki, Baseball Battlefield, Full Metal Yakuza, Dead or Alive (just because of the ending), just to name a few out of the top of my head.

  • John

    Yeah, I thought it was okay, nothing super special. Not bad though.

  • John

    Nope!

  • John

    I can only handle these type of Japanese films every once in a while, lol – but thanks, I’ll definitely check this one out at some point.

  • John

    Yeah, I’ve seen most of this one – it’s definitely wacky. Unfortunately I didn’t see it until after I wrote this post, haha.

  • JalieX

    have u watch “Symbol” by Hitoshi Matsumoto?

  • Mark

    Yatterman, yokai daisenso, eternal family, robot carnival, summer wars, Tekkon kinkreet, kurosawa’s Dreams, ten nights of dream, there’s so many…. I love strange odd films.

  • http://twitter.com/theplaysuit Emma H

    Agree Wild Zero should be added and definitely suggest checking out Battle Heater
    http://www.nipponcinema.com/trailers/battle-heater-trailer and Goke: Bodysnatcher from Hell.

  • Frank

    Weirdest Japanese movie has got to be Frankenstien Girl versus Vampire Girl

  • sher

    Surprised you didn’t mention Visitor Q, that is much weirder than most of these films put together

  • Seb

    If you love Dead Leave, check Red Eye out, similar style, completely hand drawn and kinda weird, one of the best Japanese anime i’ve ever seen.

  • Iliketurtles

    ”吸血少女対少女フランケン” really needs to be on this list.

  • phill

    yea it was alright, although i agree the ending was super amazing, especially after the credits :)

  • phill

    I Really liked Ichi the killer, and it was pretty strange as well, although, probably not as strange as tetsuo, i’m about to find out haha

  • Will

    Survive style 5+ is my new favorite film. I never ever comment on these things but I am just so grateful to whoever put this list together and put that film into my world. It has so much heart and it is so much fun. Thank you, thank you, you must be a total wierdo.

  • northierthanthou.com

    Paprika, I choose you!

  • Hannah

    HI does anyone know where to see there movies, or where to get them at?

  • http://www.facebook.com/victoria1138 Victoria Brobst

    Great list! I’ve seen 5/10 and look forward to watching the ones that I’ve missed. I can think of a few that should be on this list, however! Visitor Q, Gozu and The Machine Girl (as some other commenters have mentioned), 964 Pinocchio and Rubber’s Lover, Funky Forest, Meatball Machine, Suicide Club/Suicide Circle and Noriko’s Dinner Table, Strange Circus, Guinea Pig film series (especially Mermaid in a Manhole), Dodes’ka-den, and Tekkonkinkreet… just off the top of my head.

  • http://ayudos.com/ Ayudos.com

    Survive Style 5+ and Paprika are awesome! Need to see the rest of these though. Good list! thanks.
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  • Metalmidget12

    All I can say after watching the trailer to Tetsuo is…

    Muh-haaaaaaaa ?

  • Heathor

    Strange Circus!

  • Becca

    Marebito was on here but Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl wasnt?

  • Jamie_U

    If you like Tetsuo: The Iron Man you should check out the films of Shozin Fukui. Specifically Rubber’s Lover, then 964 Pinocchio.

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  • Noorie Natt

    Can any one plz tell me the name of a movie, looks like a old Japanese movie in which a group of men are required to to go to a journey and the final one survivor will get king’s girl. This movie was awesome. I saw it in my childhood and unluckily forgot the name.

  • Sarah

    I just watched Paprika yesterday. It was a great film, and beautifully drawn, but so confusing! :)

  • Reginald Buford Brimley

    Dude! I was gonna suggest Wild Zero as well! That flick rocks my socks! If you haven’t seen it- it’s a must!

  • chichis

    and what about Mindgames!
    excellent anime!

  • Anon

    Helldriver.

  • raghu

    suicide club and Horror of a deformed man should make the list..

  • Jon O

    Imprint, Ichi the Killer,Visitor Q, Gozu,Ponochio 964 :D pretty wierd all of these

  • Cat Soup

    I love this movie.

  • jessica

    Gozu by Takashi Miike is with out a doubt the strangest (and possibly most disturbing) movie i have ever seen
    it includes yakuza, a lactating hotel owner who bottles her breast milk and a guy who likes to shove soup ladles up his ass…. do you really need to know any more?

  • Brandon Roberts

    what the hell why so weird japan

  • Brandon Roberts

    never saw akira but saw the commercials that looks beyond bizzare

  • Jim_Profit

    God your user picture is so hipster.