Live action difficulty list

This is a list of Japanese movies and dramas ranked by their difficulty, on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is very easy and 10 is very hard. You can use it to find the most appropriate shows to watch based on how good your Japanese is.

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Cover of Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu
Live action
Fukuie Keibuho no Aisatsu
Length (in words)46333
Unique words4898
Unique words (used once)2242
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1309
Unique kanji (used once)237
Difficulty10/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count116
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Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Moon Kagen
Length (in words)17725
Unique words2634
Unique words (used once)1348
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji944
Unique kanji (used once)272
Difficulty10/10
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Cover of Onmitsu Happyaku Yachou
Live action
Onmitsu Happyaku Yachou
Length (in words)18009
Unique words3260
Unique words (used once)1720
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1110
Unique kanji (used once)301
Difficulty10/10
MDL avg. rating10.0
MDL rating count1
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NO COVER
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle 2011
Length (in words)17448
Unique words2698
Unique words (used once)1432
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji917
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty10/10
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NO COVER
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Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Moon Jogen
Length (in words)17431
Unique words2556
Unique words (used once)1298
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji936
Unique kanji (used once)254
Difficulty10/10
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Cover of Shinsengumi Keppuroku
Live action
Shinsengumi Keppuroku
Length (in words)26408
Unique words3906
Unique words (used once)1961
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1240
Unique kanji (used once)305
Difficulty10/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Ishikawa Goemon
Live action
Ishikawa Goemon
Length (in words)22636
Unique words3678
Unique words (used once)1886
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji1228
Unique kanji (used once)321
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Live action
Choujuu Sentai Liveman
Length (in words)43518
Unique words4330
Unique words (used once)1953
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1183
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count139
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Cover of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Bird
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Bird
Length (in words)16592
Unique words2672
Unique words (used once)1381
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji960
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Chiisana Kyojin
Live action
Chiisana Kyojin
Length (in words)44468
Unique words4244
Unique words (used once)1862
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1210
Unique kanji (used once)219
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count166
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Cover of Long Goodbye
Live action
Long Goodbye
Length (in words)14355
Unique words2501
Unique words (used once)1305
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji971
Unique kanji (used once)278
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count132
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Cover of Unmei no Hito
Live action
Unmei no Hito
Length (in words)39877
Unique words5164
Unique words (used once)2532
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1395
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count22
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Cover of Chouseishin Gransazer
Live action
Chouseishin Gransazer
Length (in words)62985
Unique words4744
Unique words (used once)1987
Unique words (used once %)41%
Unique kanji886
Unique kanji (used once)124
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count58
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Cover of Kizoku Tantei
Live action
Kizoku Tantei
Length (in words)50672
Unique words5415
Unique words (used once)2581
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1424
Unique kanji (used once)226
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count445
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Cover of Space Ironman Kyodain
Live action
Space Ironman Kyodain
Length (in words)61778
Unique words5615
Unique words (used once)2491
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1382
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating5.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Flower
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Flower
Length (in words)15781
Unique words2509
Unique words (used once)1336
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji890
Unique kanji (used once)241
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Live action
Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Length (in words)48477
Unique words5228
Unique words (used once)2486
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1348
Unique kanji (used once)216
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count1961
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Cover of ATARU
Live action
ATARU
Length (in words)39778
Unique words4341
Unique words (used once)1932
Unique words (used once %)44%
Unique kanji1267
Unique kanji (used once)244
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count1097
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Cover of White Lab
Live action
White Lab
Length (in words)30252
Unique words4337
Unique words (used once)2093
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1303
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count154
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Cover of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Wind
Live action
Seven Souls in the Skull Castle - Season Wind
Length (in words)17761
Unique words2780
Unique words (used once)1484
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji967
Unique kanji (used once)258
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Risk no Kamisama
Live action
Risk no Kamisama
Length (in words)38606
Unique words4935
Unique words (used once)2354
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1358
Unique kanji (used once)242
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count73
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Cover of Hanzawa Naoki
Live action
Hanzawa Naoki
Length (in words)48001
Unique words5187
Unique words (used once)2445
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1322
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating8.6
MDL rating count2285
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Cover of Subete ga F ni Naru
Live action
Subete ga F ni Naru
Length (in words)35565
Unique words3785
Unique words (used once)1734
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1181
Unique kanji (used once)235
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count880
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Cover of Samurai Sensei
Live action
Samurai Sensei
Length (in words)30902
Unique words4172
Unique words (used once)2031
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1268
Unique kanji (used once)254
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count887
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Cover of Keishicho Keizoku Sosakan
Live action
Keishicho Keizoku Sosakan
Length (in words)26327
Unique words3627
Unique words (used once)1765
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1181
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count2
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Cover of Tempest
Live action
Tempest
Length (in words)30554
Unique words3922
Unique words (used once)1970
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1348
Unique kanji (used once)306
Difficulty9/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count300
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Cover of Soratobu Kouhoushitsu
Live action
Soratobu Kouhoushitsu
Length (in words)38923
Unique words5336
Unique words (used once)2654
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1369
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count1145
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Cover of Chikaemon
Live action
Chikaemon
Length (in words)23508
Unique words3334
Unique words (used once)1627
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1084
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count7
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Cover of Ore no Dandyism
Live action
Ore no Dandyism
Length (in words)28018
Unique words3516
Unique words (used once)1646
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1205
Unique kanji (used once)288
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Roosevelt Game
Live action
Roosevelt Game
Length (in words)37381
Unique words4754
Unique words (used once)2316
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1256
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count175
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Cover of doS Deka
Live action
doS Deka
Length (in words)39097
Unique words4632
Unique words (used once)2131
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1311
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count366
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Cover of Platonic
Live action
Platonic
Length (in words)27489
Unique words3537
Unique words (used once)1762
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1191
Unique kanji (used once)297
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count197
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Cover of Shitamachi Rocket S2
Live action
Shitamachi Rocket S2
Length (in words)53285
Unique words5573
Unique words (used once)2517
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1352
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count71
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Cover of Tantei no Tantei
Live action
Tantei no Tantei
Length (in words)36901
Unique words4849
Unique words (used once)2383
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1343
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count755
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Cover of Banyuki
Live action
Banyuki
Length (in words)16893
Unique words2669
Unique words (used once)1367
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji959
Unique kanji (used once)261
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count15
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Cover of Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku
Live action
Okitegami Kyoko no Biboroku
Length (in words)39227
Unique words5128
Unique words (used once)2571
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1378
Unique kanji (used once)299
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count2332
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Cover of Keiji no Manazashi
Live action
Keiji no Manazashi
Length (in words)37208
Unique words4594
Unique words (used once)2270
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1336
Unique kanji (used once)281
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count41
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Cover of Gokuaku Ganbo
Live action
Gokuaku Ganbo
Length (in words)43093
Unique words4510
Unique words (used once)1976
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji1236
Unique kanji (used once)227
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count153
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Cover of Akumu-chan
Live action
Akumu-chan
Length (in words)37170
Unique words3712
Unique words (used once)1789
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1178
Unique kanji (used once)275
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count1459
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Cover of Kyoto Ninjou Sousa File
Live action
Kyoto Ninjou Sousa File
Length (in words)21002
Unique words2836
Unique words (used once)1428
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1032
Unique kanji (used once)268
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Henshin Interviewer no Yuutsu
Live action
Henshin Interviewer no Yuutsu
Length (in words)21283
Unique words2855
Unique words (used once)1441
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1026
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count144
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Cover of Otenki Oneesan
Live action
Otenki Oneesan
Length (in words)32027
Unique words4197
Unique words (used once)2045
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1312
Unique kanji (used once)285
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count565
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Cover of Yoidore Kotoji
Live action
Yoidore Kotoji
Length (in words)35016
Unique words4322
Unique words (used once)2100
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1235
Unique kanji (used once)290
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count7
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Cover of Black President
Live action
Black President
Length (in words)53770
Unique words5091
Unique words (used once)2331
Unique words (used once %)45%
Unique kanji1273
Unique kanji (used once)233
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count217
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Cover of Perfect Blue
Live action
Perfect Blue
Length (in words)34056
Unique words3960
Unique words (used once)1893
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji1154
Unique kanji (used once)245
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count87
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Cover of Haretsu
Live action
Haretsu
Length (in words)17090
Unique words3067
Unique words (used once)1605
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji1150
Unique kanji (used once)293
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating6.5
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Dr. DMAT
Live action
Dr. DMAT
Length (in words)30764
Unique words3866
Unique words (used once)1794
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji1209
Unique kanji (used once)253
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count316
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Cover of Kakusho
Live action
Kakusho
Length (in words)36931
Unique words4701
Unique words (used once)2293
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji1301
Unique kanji (used once)247
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count88
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Cover of Unubore Deka
Live action
Unubore Deka
Length (in words)43448
Unique words5950
Unique words (used once)3013
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji1411
Unique kanji (used once)260
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count1175
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Cover of Hi wa Mata Noboru
Live action
Hi wa Mata Noboru
Length (in words)29288
Unique words4169
Unique words (used once)2084
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji1233
Unique kanji (used once)273
Difficulty8/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count339
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