Japanese LGBT Movies/Dramas

A Touch of FeverA Touch of Fever 1993

Yoshihiko and Masashi play Tatsuru and Shinichiro, respectively, both young male hustlers in Japan. The older one, Tatsuru, disconnects himself from his emotions in order to perform his job. The younger Shinichiro, meanwhile, grows uncomfortable with the work once he has fallen in love with Tatsuru. After Shinichiro gets thrown out of his parents’ house, he stays at Tatsuru’s apartment, and their once casual relationship awkwardly develops into something else.

Movie/Gay/Main Story


Ai No KotodamaAi No Kotodama 2008

Ootani and Tachibana have been inseparable since high school. Now that they’re in college, they live together, they’re happy and everything seems prefect. But their little world is disrupted when they meet an old high school friend, Yuki, who seems to have a crush on Tachibana, making Ootani feel jealous…

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Stephanie Note: Not bad, I like the story between the two guys who had been together for a few years.


Ai No Kotodama2Ai no kotodama 2 ~ Sekai no Hate Made 2012

Hirofumi and Shinji are colleagues at the same advertising agency. Hirofumi works in IT, and Shinji is on the company’s elite fast track. The two start off completely on the wrong feet, but as time passes they find themselves falling for each other.

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Stephanie Note: Not as good as the first one, not a great story, but nothing horrible about it.


blueBlue 2003

Kirishima Kayako of the third grade at a high school feels a sense of isolation in school life and vague admiration and uneasiness in the future. One day she makes friends with Endo who is isolated from her surroundings because she remained in the same class for another year. Kayako is strongly attracted by Endo who shows her a world that she didn’t know.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline


Boys LoveBoys Love 2006

Mamiya Taishin is assigned to write an article about the new top model, Kisaragi Noeru. They meet up and everything goes smoothly until Noeru decides to hit on Taishin, something that Taishin didn’t expect would happen.

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Stephanie Note: For the longest time I was talking smack about this movie, but then ralized I thought was a different movie. Rewatched a bit and it’s actually really good with a nice message.


Boys Love2Boys Love 2 2007

Kairu Aoi (Yoshikazu Kotani) teaches at one of the nation’s most prestigious boarding schools. One day, after a falling out with his girlfriend, he meets a young guy who provides him comfort and consolation during his time of need. Soon after that, a new student, Sora (Atsumi Kanno), transfers into…

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Stephanie Note: Not as good as the first one, in parts it’s pretty terrible actually and I’m not entirely certain how this is going to end up.


Bokura no Ai No KanadeBokura no Ai No Kanade 2008

Maki is a young gay music student who’s completely smitten with his classmate Ruiku, who plays piano with incredible passion but is cold and distant to everyone. Maki decides to do whatever it takes to get Ruiku to return his feelings.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


Boys ChoirBoys Choir 2000

A young teen’s father dies, and he is sent to an orphanage. He’s teased because he stutters almost runs away, until a beautiful, androgynous boy, Yasuo (Sora Toma), convinces him to join the choir.

Movie/Gayish

Stephanie Note: Haven’t seen this but from what I’ve heard it’s not super gay.


candy and kissCandy And Kiss  (Ame to Kisu) 2015

A new BL live adaptation of the manga ‘Ame to Kiss’ by Akihira Shiro. (Haven’t been able to find a synopsis more than this. Or an English subbed version of it. If you find it, let me know!

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/ Happy Ending

Stephanie Note: You can really tell this is an adaptation of a manga, one they didn’t try very hard to convert. The acting is pretty terrible, and the plot works better on the page. I love the fact that there is so much out there now that we are allowed to be more picky that we can go and expect a BL plotline AND quality.


Docchi mo DocchiDocchi mo Docchi 2014

Ozaki and Tsuburaya both work at the same company but want to determine who is seme.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline

Stephanie Note: This was not avery good movie based on a manga I didn’t really like and the fact that the version I watched had subs up until the last 5 minutes did not endear me to the dumb story anymore. Update: Found subs for the last five minutes. Nope. Still terrible.


dousoukai

Dousoukai 1993

This is the story of Onihara Natsuki, who is married to Ando Fuuma. During his high school days, Ando Fuuma was once in love with a schoolmate, Atari Kousuke. However, as Kousuke is straight, Fuuma tried his best to forget about him, by hanging out at Shinjuku 2-chome. Together with Kousuke’s girlfriend’s brother, Tanno Arashi, Fuuma has sexual orgies with partners of both sexes. Now, Ando Fuuma is married to Onihara Natsuki, who doesn’t know that Ando is gay. One day, Natsuki accidentally found out that Ando is gay. In her despair, she sets out to Shinjuku 2-chome, wandering around aimlessly deep in the night. There, she bumps into Arashi, and had a one-night stand with him, after which Arashi demanded money from her. Soon after, Natsuki realises she is pregnant with Arashi’s child. She abhors the thought of having a child from paid sex and is adamant to have an abortion.

Drama/Gay/Main Storyline


Forbidden LoveForbidden Love; Kindan no koi 2008

“Kindan no Koi” starring “Gogo Sentai Bokenger” actor Takashi Mikami! When an apparel designer returns home after studying in New York, he begins living with the company president and his two sons .

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Stephanie Note: Bad ending! Seriously! GAHHHH.


Bokura no Ai No KanadeFujimi Orchestra 2012

Kanreizensen Kondakutaa – Fujimi Nichoume Koukyougakudan Shiriizu Fujimi Orchestra is a Boy’s Love film that has come from a Japanese novel series that has also had a manga and an anime Original Video Animation created for it. Tonoin Kei, a musical genius who has studied extensively in the area of conducting, falls in love with a violinist, Morimura Yuuki. Morimura acts as the concertmaster for a small amateur orchestra that meets three times a week at the Fujimi Civic Center. Morimura is in love with Kawashima Natsuko, a female flutist in the orchestra, but Kawashima falls for Tonoin when he joins to act as the group’s new conductor in order to get closer to Morimura.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Open Ending

Stephanie Note: Gah! gah! I don’t want to get tooooo spoilery, but this show irritated me as the conductor does something pretty unforgivable which irritated me when it was forgiven.


Gay LoversGay Lovers Itsuka no kimi e 2007

After Noboru saves Hayase from drowning by giving him mouth-to-mouth, Hayase grows confused about his feelings. It doesn’t help that around the same time he meets Noboru’s twin brother Ryu who has a very different, outgoing personality.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Bittersweet

Stephanie Note: this one is a bit of a cheat as I think I’ve seen it but am not super sure and I remember it not ending well, so I’m forever going to take a pass on it.


girls bloodGirls Blood (Aka X Pinku) 2014

Four girls take part in illegal underground fighting event “Girl’s Blood” held at an abandoned school building in Roppongi every night. The girls have their own stories and quirks from their private lives. Satsuki suffers from a gender identity disorder, Chinatsu ran away from an abusive husband, Miko is a S&M queen and Mayu has a Lolita face

This one was a rec from a reader, I haven’t seen it so I can’t classify it. 


gohattoGohatto 1999

Set during Japan’s Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Kano Sozaburo. The school’s stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


Gymnasium BabyGymnasium Baby 2008

Based on the novel awarded the first prize at “The First Junon Love Novel Grand Prix,” this is a boys’ love film depicting the love triangle among handsome guys.

Jun, the ace in his swimming team, lost against his rival, Naoki, at the summer college tournament. But since then there is a special feeling between them….

Movie/Gayish/Side Story/Open Ending

Stephanie Note: I think I’m going to have to do a whole review on this one, as I said it’s gayish. Naoki is definately gay, but I’m not entirely sure the hero is. Or that he even thinks of him in that way. I enjoyed this movie as an interesting movie, not really as a gay one.


Jinroh Shokei GameJinroh Shokei Game 2015

Taiga wakes up in an unknown place, next to Niina with whom he had lost contact. Confined in a school with former elementary school classmates and their teacher, they find themselves forced to participate to a sadistic game: “The Werewolf’s game”

Movie/Gay/Side Story/Bittersweet

Stephanie note: Dude. If you find this one subbed—let me know! Update: Someone found it subbed for me, it was pretty terrible. But I watched it and it’s terrible prequel, not so much for the story but because once it started I realized I’ve actually played the werewolf game.


junjou purejunjou pure 2010

Tozaki (Rakuto Tochihara), who works as a writer, meets by chance his first high school crush Kurata (Yuta Takahashi) while working on an assignment. The pair later go out for drinks with Tozaki confessing his old feelings for Kurata…

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending

Stephanie note: This movie isn’t terrible! I’ve actually now seen these actors in a couple of different gay themed movies. The one guy is a little rapey for me, but it all ends out well.


KizumomoKizumomo  2008

Aki, who loves freedom, mets Masaya, an aspiring watchmaker. The two have opposite personalities and initially clash. The two reach better terms when Masaya is able to see Aki’s inner pain. Eventually, Masaya uncovers Aki’s sad past which was supposed to be held secret from everyone.

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Stephanie Note: Adding this as most lists consider it a gay movie, however, I watched it and it’s really not.


La Maison de HimikoLa Maison de Himiko 2005

Saori has always disliked her gay father and has lived her life denying his existence. One rainy day she receives a visit at work from a young man called Haruhiko. He tells her that her father is dying of cancer and that the nursing home he operates is in danger of closing. Out of curiosity and debt, Saori goes to visit her father at the House of Himiko, a nursing home for gay old men. It is a sad place but filled with sardonic good cheer. Surprised but pleased, Haruhiko shows her around. The old men who live there are delighted. Saori is at first repelled by the relationship between Haruhiko and Himiko but she soon sees that their feelings are genuine. She begins taking an interest in keeping the nursing home alive…

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


Last Friends – 2008

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru’s mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty parlour assistant. She starts cohabiting with her boyfriend, a good young man who works at the Child Welfare Division and the only person who can give her emotional support, but ends up the victim of domestic violence and becomes fearful of love. The boyishly charming Ruka was a classmate of Michiru’s in junior high school. She has performed brilliantly as a motocross racer and aims to win the national championship, but as the story progresses, a deep worry that she can neither confide in her parents or close friends grows evident. Takeru is a hair and makeup artist acquainted with Ruka. He is a good confidant to females due to his kindness and perceptiveness, and finds himself attracted to Ruka but has a phobia of sex as a result of a past trauma. The three of them become house mates and through their associations with others, gain the capacity to be positive about life.

Series/Recommended by a reader – Trans Character


Like Grains of SandLike Grains of Sand 1995

A psychological drama about love, longing, homosexual desire and psychological turmoil–i.e., the perils of puberty. Ito is a shy boy in the top class at secondary school. He feels attracted to his classmate and best friend Yoshida, who is not aware of Ito’s intimate feelings. They spend alot of time with Kanbara, whose comic actions hide his sensitive nature. Aihara is new at school and remains aloof with her cool attitude. No one knows that at her previous school she was raped and is now in therapy. Meanwhile Yoshida, who’s currently involved with the insecure Shimizu, is interested in Aihara, the mysterious new girl… It is obvious, the each teen is hiding behind a wall which they must break through in during this tough process of maturation.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


Love My LifeLove My Life 2006

Ichiko falls in love with Ellie. Yes, she is a girl. When Ichiko introduced Ellie to her father, he was surprised but understood them contrary to her expectation. However, she did not know that he would confess some secrets to her as well.”Ichiko, I am gay. And your mother was lesbian.” What is love? What is usual? Those questions never stop coming to her head but no one give her answers.

Movie/Lesbian/Gay/Main Storyline


No Touching At AllNo Touching At All (Doushitemo Furetakunai) 2014

On the first day of Shima’s new job he met a man with a hangover in the elevator. That was his first meeting with his new boss, Togawa. Though Togawa seemed rude and cross, Shima was drawn to the kindness beneath his rough facade. Both men harbor a painful past but unlike Togawa, who was open with his feelings, Shima seems unable to move on. ~~ Based on the manga with the same name by Yoneda Kou.

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Stephanie Note: An inside joke on the podcast is calling this movie the boring Japanese movie, but both Cherry and I love this movie. It’s quiet, sad, and yet so hopeful and touching. Then go read the manga.


Schoolgirl ComplexSchoolgirl Complex 2013

At a female high school, Manami (Aoi Morikawa) is a senior and a member of the school’s broadcast club. Graduation is near for the students. Meanwhile, Chiyuki (Mugi Kadowaki) becomes a new member of the broadcasting club. Manami is becomes shaken by Chiyuki.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline


Seven DaysSeven Days Monday – Thursday 2015

Bright and early one Monday morning, Shino Yuzuru asks Seryou Touji out on a lark when they run into each other at the school gate. Seryou, who’s immensely popular, has the odd habit of going out with anyone who asks him out first at the beginning of the week, then promptly dumping them at the end of it. “Anyone” apparently includes male upperclassmen like Shino, and as a boyfriend, Seryou is perfect–unfailingly thoughtful and kind. Shino, obviously, has no intention of being in a serious relationship with Seryou.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Open Ending

Stephanie Note: Watch it. Seriously, stop searching for titles and just go watch this. Then watch the second one, and then read the manga.


Seven Days2Seven Days Friday – Sunday 2015

Yuzuru asked Touji out as a half hearted joke, not expecting to be taken seriously. Touji accepted, and Yuzuru knew he was like the rest, relationship begun on a Monday, and dumped on the Sunday. What eh did not expect was the feelings that went beyond friendship that emerged. It’s now Friday, and the end is approaching. But is it? Yuzuru may be mourning the inevitable, but what about Touji? Friday begins the end, but Sunday reveals all ~~ Based on the manga with the same name by Tachibana Venio!

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending

Stephanie Note: Watch it. Seriously just watch it. Well, watch it after watching the first part of the series. Then go read the manga.


SukitomoSukitomo 2007

Young and earnest, Tomokazu is a third year college student and also a member of the boxing team. He has a great friendship with Yoshiki, who he sees as a younger brother. But, unlike Tomozaku, Yoshiki’s feelings are much deeper. To complete the confusion, Tomozaku’s stepsister Misao (Komatsu Airi), also secretly nurtures feelings for him and starts to get jealous of the relationship of two friends. What Tomozaku will do when he finds out about the true feelings of Yoshiki and Misao?

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


TabooTaboo 1999

Set during Japan’s Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Kano Sozaburo. The school’s stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline


Takumi Kun Series

takumi kunSeries  1; And The Spring Breeze Whispers 2007

Set at Shidou Gakuin, a boys’ Boarding school, situated off the beaten track. In the second year at school, Takumi Hayama is allocated a room in a dorm to share with Giichi Saki, AKA Gii. Gii was brought up abroad and is the school idol with his exceptional academic performance, as well as his good looks. One day, Gii confesses to Takumi that he has been in love with Takumi for some time. This unexpected truth of events unsettles Takumi, however, he comes to realize the true sensitivity of Gii.

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Stephanie Note: This movie is the introduction to the series, however after this one they recast the main couple, so it kind of stands out. Weird thing is that they have a higher production value here and a better couple in the following ones. After watching it for the first time, I didn’t need to go back. (Especially after finding the fanmade version of the first movie using hte replacement couple.)


takumi kun 2Series 2;  Rainbow Colored Glass 2009

This is the second part of the Takumi-kun series. Takumi and Gii are now a couple and the envy of the whole school. However, their relationship becomes rocky when first year student Morita Tooru appears in the picture. Hayama Takumi begins to doubt Gii’s love, and thinks that his lover has given up on him and has moved on to Morita, a freshman student. How will the story end? Will Takumi and Gii eventually break up, or will their love become stronger as they fight for their love?

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Stephanie Note: I really don’t like this epsiode, but it’s still Takumi Kun so I’ll skim through it. I’m just not as interested in a story that is not Takumi and Gii based.


The Beauty of DetailSeries 3; The Beauty of Detail 2010

The third live-action film based on Goto Shinobus yaoi light novel series Takumi-kun, Bibo no Detail continues the boys love tales of romance, friendship, and all that angst at an all-boys boarding school.

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending

Stephanie Note: Series 2, series 5 and the fan made version of the first movie are the ones I go back to all the time. I love it when Takumi stands up to Gii, although the forced separation is irritating since it doesn’t have a reasoning for it.


PureSeries 4; Pure 2010

Different from 3 previous movies, this Takumi Pure’s movie is focus on the relationship between Misu Arata (Ryouma) and Shingyouji Kanemitsu (Taiki). Started from their 1st meeting when Shingyouji was taken the test to enter in Shidou Gakuen as a junior high student and felt in love with Misu at the first sight, and two years later in the present time. The appearance of the legendary sempai; Sagara Takahiro (Yuusuke) became aproblem between them ’cause Misu is always admire Sagara-sempai. Takumi (Mao), Gii (Daisuke), and Akaike (Takki) want to help Misu and Shingyouji in this matter. On the other side, there’s also a little side-story of Takabayashi (Ryo) and his lover Yoshizawa (Yutaka).

Movie/Gay/Main Storyline/Happy Ending

Stephanie Note: Eh. I watched it the one time and never felt the urge to go back to it. I guess if it weren’t based on Takumi and Gii, I didn’t care.


hat, Sunny Blue SkySeries 5; That, Sunny Blue Sky 2011

It’s June of their third year of high school, and Takumi has an important anniversary to attend back in his hometown. He wants to invite Gii along for the trip, but time and scheduling and possibly broken promises stand in the way. 5th and final film to feature Daisuke Watanabe and Kyosuke Hamao as Saki Giichi and Takumi Hayama respectfully.

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Stephanie Note: We’re back to their fake separation, but at least they are on the same page, until they aren’t. Bad video quality (could they not afford a tripod, at all???) but I have to say, I do love this series.


DaiMao version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alO0JujyqnI

Youtube fanmade video using deleted scenes, flash backs, and other bits to recreate the first movie using the actors from the rest of the series, sounds weird but it’s actually better than the real first movie.

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Stephanie Note: See above, I wrote that it’s a great version of the first movie and whoever did it did a great job!


transit girlsTransit Girls 2015

“Transit Girls” tells the story of two girls, aged 18 and 21, who become stepsisters when their parents remarry. The girls clash at first but then fall in love.

Movie/Lesbian/Main Storyline

 


meet meWait for Me at Udagawachou 2015

In bustling Shibya, Momose sees his high school classmate Yashiro. Yashiro is dressed as a girl. Momose continues to observe Yashiro and becomes attracted to him. Meanwhile, Yashiro becomes embarrassed that Momose knows that he dresses up like a girl.

Movie/Gay/Trans/Main Storyline/Happy Ending


yasha

Yasha 2000

The story is about a set of twin baby boys who were created/cloned in the laboratory as a part of gene altering/gene therapy experiment. Because of the nature of the project, the twins were born with superior physical strength, supernatural powers and extremely high IQ. Unfortunately, the twins were separated at birth. One of the brothers, Sei, grew up to be an elite bio-chemistry scientist in America. He was assigned to a project where he has to travel to a small island in Japan to investigate an unidentified virus that is spreading on the island. By a freak of nature, he found out that he has a twin brother, Rin, whose evil, dark personality is entirely opposite of him.

What is going to happen when they finally meet face to face? WHat are their true identities? Why were they separated at birth, what other secrets are hidden from them? Does the fast spreading virus has anything to do with the twins? Who created them? And why?

Drama/Gay/Main Storyline

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