So anyone know of good recent Japanese movies? The only thing I really don't care watching are serial killer flicks or horror flicks. Of the big name directors, I haven't seen a Sion Sono movie that I liked (I liked Minna ESPer Dayo! up until the last few episodes). Takashi Miike is fine if he doesn't take himself too seriously. I'd prefer comedy and/or romantic films over the rest. Action films are also good. I'm also a very tired of the terminal illness movies. What I want to see little doses of are: 1. gore 2. depressing themes. 3. Blatant popstar merchandising and/or riding a cashgrab train. 4. Gangster/underworld themes. 5. Glorifying bad guys. Things I like to see in movies: 1. Uplifting themes 2. Pretty faces are nice, but not a deal breaker. 3. Great action scenes. Any recommendations? Recent films I've seen are: Romantic Comedies (I'm a sucker for these, so I've liked all of them): 1. Kyou, Koi wo Hajimemasu 2. Bokura Ga Ita Zenpen, Kohen 3. High School Debut 4. Renai Ginkyoku 5. Both NANA films. Light-hearted Crime Mysteries (liked all of these, too) 1. Both Galileo movies 2. After-Dinner Mysteries the movie 3. Both Trick movies 4. HERO Cop action-dramas (didn't really hate any of them, but not a must-watch) 1. All Odoru Daisousasen movies 2. Wild 7 Mystery Thrillers 1. All SPEC movies (liked all except the last one (Reincarnation)) 2. Cold Fish (Sion Sono film, don't like it) Live-Action action films 1. Rurouni Kenshin (liked it) 2. Yatterman (ambivalent on it. I didn't think it was horrible, but I never really knew the source material) 3. K-20 (Same as Yatterman). There are others but it'll be a VERY long list. I don't like any of the Death Note shows so no Death Note. Same with Gantz or Crows Zero. I'm thinking of watching Kimi ni Todoke, but I'm wary that it'll be too serious.