For mature audiences because: This one has political machinations galore.
It also includes treatments of modern-day social issues like generational alienation. Their mutual enemy: a Nazi brigade whose dabbling in the dark arts might turn the tide of war in their favor. For mature audiences because: Violence and some surreal netherworld spelunking. Need we say more? The members of the elite "Section 9" protect a near-future Japan from cyber criminals of all stripes. They do so by harnessing not only cutting-edge technology but their own native wits and skills.
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Their greatest enemies, however, may be from within their own government. Widely lauded as one of anime's brightest stars, it's not hard to see why. The standalone pun intended feature films, "Ghost in the Shell" and "Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence," also deserve a look for many of the same reasons.
That said, the TV series is the most accessible and rewarding of the bunch. For mature audiences because: It includes violence and sexual innuendoes.
It also has deeply complicated political machinations and some heady thoughts about social organization, artificial intelligence, and the difficult nature of the state and corporate secrets in an all-digital, all-information era. A not-very-confident samurai, desperate for work, takes a job as a bodyguard with a mysterious man. He turns out to be one of a cadre of criminals who kidnap and ransom for profit.
Unable to leave since he's already implicated himself with them, the samurai instead digs deeper into the workings of this cadre that call themselves "The Five Leaves. For mature audiences because: Not because of the slow, involved, character-centric and, well, mature storytelling. This isn't a show where everything is resolved with a swordfight and, if it was, it wouldn't be half the show it is. In an alternate-history version of Japan, an authoritarian central government ruthlessly suppresses dissent courtesy of their elite squad of heavily-armored police.
One of their number comes to question his loyalty when a dissident woman finds a way to his heart, but love rarely conquers all in real life.
This grim but meticulously-observed drama has the same cynicism about mankind as a political animal as one of Graham Greene's novels. For mature audiences because: Violence, politics, and an aura of relentless cynicism. This one's not for those who prefer happy endings. Satoshi Kon's homage to Japan's filmmaking industry as a dream factory is, well, rather dreamy.
It's exactly what you'd expect from a director who made the blurry dividing line between illusion and reality his favorite subject. The actress in question was a woman of great talent who vanished at the peak of her creative power. The film takes us back through her own cinematic history, as well as Japan's. For mature audiences because: The way the film explores reality versus fantasy versus imagination should appeal to adults as much as it might to younger audiences.
Perhaps even more so. Doctor Tenma's life is destroyed when he chooses to operate on a young boy, a victim of an apparent home invasion, instead of the mayor of the town where he lives. The boy vanishes, and Tenma discovers disturbing evidence that he might have become a serial killer. Determined to set things right, the doctor descends into Europe's underworld to find him and stop him any way he can. Adapted from an equally spellbinding manga series, this psychological thriller has more in common with "SE7EN," "Silence of the Lambs," or the Alex Cross procedurals than many other anime titles.
Once started, it is all but impossible not to watch it through to its quietly devastating conclusion. This is also one of the few anime that is not set in Japan, although the doctor himself is Japanese. Set in a land that's a mash-up of multiple Asian cultures mainly Japan and Tibet , "Moribito" follows spearwoman-for-hire Balsa as she's entrusted with Chagum, heir to an embattled throne.
The powers-that-be want the boy, and the two are forced to go on the run. They change their identities, battle a number of foes, struggle to survive, and peel back one layer of deception after another. The story was derived from a series of young-adult novels written by a woman who was also a sociology professor.
For mature audiences because: There is some violence the show's a grand adventure saga first and foremost. Mainly, though, the show deals with concepts in the same way a nation creates—and attempts to live up to—its own mythology.
Atsuko Chiba leads two lives. By day she's a researcher working on a revolutionary device that allows people to enter each other's dream spaces take that, " Inception". By night she's "Paprika," the feisty black-market dream therapist who uses the device to aid those whom traditional therapy can't reach. When the device is stolen, it's up to her alter ego to save the day before reality's buried under a deluge of dreamtime madness.
Yasutaka Tsutsui's maverick sci-fi novel reads like a tarter version of Michael Crichton. Director Satoshi Kon brought it to life in an equally lively and wide-eyed way. Sadly, this was Kon's final feature film. He died of pancreatic cancer while working on his next film, "The Dreaming Machines. For mature audiences because: Sexual and suggestive material abounds the film is rated R. Like Kon's other movies, it explores issues of identity and illusion that might be best appreciated by older viewers.
This was Satoshi Kon's one foray into episodic TV, and it's astounding stuff.
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It plays like a lost Rod Serling screenplay as directed by Christopher Nolan. An urban legend is circulating about a mysterious figure named "Little Slugger," who can put you out of your misery if your life's falling apart. A pair of detectives discovers that Little Slugger may, in fact, be real. The more they dig, the more one layer of lies and delusion after another fall away until the very fabric of reality itself starts to crumble.
For mature audiences because: There is violence and some sexual material, but mostly because of the all-pervading sense of paranoia—hence the title. That makes this show even creepier the more you think about it. A pop star retires from her singing career to try and make it as an actress. Her life begins to spiral down into madness and murder when someone starts trying to drive her out of her mind.
Or, is she just cracking up all on her own? This was Kon's first feature-length production as director after being a supporting staff member on many other projects. It has the confidence and audacity of a veteran director at work. For mature audiences because: The film has violence and sexual material.
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The corpse of a young woman is found in a public park. R min Drama, Romance, War. At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair. R min Drama, Mystery, Romance. A woman, along with her lover, plans to con a rich man by marrying him, earning his trust, and then running away with all his money. Everything goes as planned until she falls in love with him. A New York City doctor embarks on a harrowing, night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife reveals a painful secret to him.
R 95 min Biography, Comedy, Drama. A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest. Macy , Moon Bloodgood. Not Rated min Drama, Horror. A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. Unrated min Drama. Jasna is a teenage girl living in the poor suburbs in the south of Belgrade, Serbia.
She likes to record everything around her using a mobile phone camera. She is making videos of herself, Votes: 5, NC min Drama. A sex addict's carefully cultivated private life falls apart after his sister arrives for an indefinite stay.