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 LOVE Riron (2013)
Live action
LOVE Riron (2013)
Length (in words)839
Unique words376
Unique words (used once)229
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji245
Unique kanji (used once)138
Unique kanji readings289
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Little Miss Sumo
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Little Miss Sumo
Length (in words)1115
Unique words422
Unique words (used once)270
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji243
Unique kanji (used once)120
Unique kanji readings291
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Beautiful Slow Life
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Beautiful Slow Life
Length (in words)1580
Unique words622
Unique words (used once)411
Unique words (used once %)66%
Unique kanji362
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings455
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count29
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Cover of R134 / Shounan no Yakusoku
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R134 / Shounan no Yakusoku
Length (in words)1436
Unique words494
Unique words (used once)284
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji250
Unique kanji (used once)136
Unique kanji readings289
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Deadvlei: Aoi Satsui
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Deadvlei: Aoi Satsui
Length (in words)1892
Unique words642
Unique words (used once)401
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji360
Unique kanji (used once)187
Unique kanji readings428
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Kibou no Hana
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Kibou no Hana
Length (in words)2083
Unique words658
Unique words (used once)381
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji363
Unique kanji (used once)156
Unique kanji readings451
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of LIVE!LOVE!SING! Ikite Aishite Utau Koto
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LIVE!LOVE!SING! Ikite Aishite Utau Koto
Length (in words)2390
Unique words725
Unique words (used once)395
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji410
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings505
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Akari to Kuzu
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Akari to Kuzu
Length (in words)2264
Unique words614
Unique words (used once)328
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji308
Unique kanji (used once)147
Unique kanji readings363
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count23
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Cover of Indigo no Koibito
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Indigo no Koibito
Length (in words)2528
Unique words732
Unique words (used once)433
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji397
Unique kanji (used once)168
Unique kanji readings491
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Gold! (2020)
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Gold! (2020)
Length (in words)2610
Unique words763
Unique words (used once)436
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji379
Unique kanji (used once)164
Unique kanji readings465
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Kiniro no Umi
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Kiniro no Umi
Length (in words)2603
Unique words695
Unique words (used once)373
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji347
Unique kanji (used once)153
Unique kanji readings431
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Peperoncino
Live action
Peperoncino
Length (in words)2726
Unique words884
Unique words (used once)537
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji465
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings571
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count42
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Cover of Higuma
Live action
Higuma
Length (in words)2942
Unique words779
Unique words (used once)409
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji395
Unique kanji (used once)152
Unique kanji readings491
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count197
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Cover of "Kutabare" Bocchan
Live action
"Kutabare" Bocchan
Length (in words)3028
Unique words897
Unique words (used once)538
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji487
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings600
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Watashi no Ao Oni
Live action
Watashi no Ao Oni
Length (in words)3042
Unique words951
Unique words (used once)605
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji505
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings632
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count4
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Cover of Senkan Yamato no Curry Rice
Live action
Senkan Yamato no Curry Rice
Length (in words)3368
Unique words974
Unique words (used once)574
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji504
Unique kanji (used once)216
Unique kanji readings653
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Eien no Nispa
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Eien no Nispa
Length (in words)3451
Unique words1079
Unique words (used once)671
Unique words (used once %)62%
Unique kanji594
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings781
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Pinboke no Kazoku
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Pinboke no Kazoku
Length (in words)3293
Unique words763
Unique words (used once)404
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji356
Unique kanji (used once)149
Unique kanji readings428
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Demo, Kekkon shitai!
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Demo, Kekkon shitai!
Length (in words)3224
Unique words846
Unique words (used once)475
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji419
Unique kanji (used once)188
Unique kanji readings512
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count328
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Cover of Kurara: Hokusai no Musume
Live action
Kurara: Hokusai no Musume
Length (in words)3734
Unique words1168
Unique words (used once)746
Unique words (used once %)63%
Unique kanji557
Unique kanji (used once)234
Unique kanji readings731
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count22
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Cover of Mango no Ki no Shita de
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Mango no Ki no Shita de
Length (in words)3372
Unique words1016
Unique words (used once)621
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji540
Unique kanji (used once)222
Unique kanji readings688
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count35
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Cover of Ride Ride Ride
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Ride Ride Ride
Length (in words)3564
Unique words951
Unique words (used once)528
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji514
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings642
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Tokyo Westside Monogatari
Live action
Tokyo Westside Monogatari
Length (in words)3512
Unique words1012
Unique words (used once)573
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji518
Unique kanji (used once)189
Unique kanji readings668
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Senju Crazy Boys
Live action
Senju Crazy Boys
Length (in words)3757
Unique words1001
Unique words (used once)544
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji505
Unique kanji (used once)208
Unique kanji readings638
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Wonderwall
Live action
Wonderwall
Length (in words)3684
Unique words1068
Unique words (used once)649
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji553
Unique kanji (used once)235
Unique kanji readings708
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Mayonaka no Super Car
Live action
Mayonaka no Super Car
Length (in words)3732
Unique words1114
Unique words (used once)682
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji579
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings738
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Kingyo Hime
Live action
Kingyo Hime
Length (in words)3900
Unique words1094
Unique words (used once)646
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji557
Unique kanji (used once)241
Unique kanji readings720
Difficulty4/10
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Cover of Akiko's Piano
Live action
Akiko's Piano
Length (in words)3781
Unique words1258
Unique words (used once)812
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji707
Unique kanji (used once)325
Unique kanji readings914
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count43
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Cover of Poplar no Aki
Live action
Poplar no Aki
Length (in words)3712
Unique words980
Unique words (used once)543
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji439
Unique kanji (used once)186
Unique kanji readings554
Difficulty1/10
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Cover of Radio
Live action
Radio
Length (in words)4267
Unique words1175
Unique words (used once)705
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji613
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings815
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
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Sekai Kara Neko ga Kieta Nara
Length (in words)4144
Unique words926
Unique words (used once)515
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji447
Unique kanji (used once)190
Unique kanji readings573
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count2215
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
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Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Length (in words)4122
Unique words924
Unique words (used once)464
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji406
Unique kanji (used once)148
Unique kanji readings517
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count162
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Cover of HOMUNCULUS
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HOMUNCULUS
Length (in words)4007
Unique words1036
Unique words (used once)588
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji518
Unique kanji (used once)223
Unique kanji readings659
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count835
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Cover of Uso Nante Hitotsu mo Nai no
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Uso Nante Hitotsu mo Nai no
Length (in words)4176
Unique words985
Unique words (used once)531
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji487
Unique kanji (used once)193
Unique kanji readings637
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count6
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Cover of HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain
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HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain
Length (in words)4145
Unique words1174
Unique words (used once)665
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji565
Unique kanji (used once)220
Unique kanji readings742
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count581
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Cover of Young Black Jack
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Young Black Jack
Length (in words)4325
Unique words1170
Unique words (used once)666
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji611
Unique kanji (used once)211
Unique kanji readings811
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count321
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Cover of Any Crybabies Around?
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Any Crybabies Around?
Length (in words)4048
Unique words1018
Unique words (used once)530
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji506
Unique kanji (used once)197
Unique kanji readings619
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count63
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Cover of Kaiki Daisakusen: Second File
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Kaiki Daisakusen: Second File
Length (in words)4631
Unique words1387
Unique words (used once)834
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji710
Unique kanji (used once)267
Unique kanji readings941
Difficulty5/10
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Cover of Fuji Family
Live action
Fuji Family
Length (in words)4500
Unique words970
Unique words (used once)523
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji470
Unique kanji (used once)182
Unique kanji readings587
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of MOTHER
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MOTHER
Length (in words)4223
Unique words969
Unique words (used once)527
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji466
Unique kanji (used once)194
Unique kanji readings591
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count889
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 4: The Final
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Rurouni Kenshin 4: The Final
Length (in words)4876
Unique words1294
Unique words (used once)732
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji648
Unique kanji (used once)225
Unique kanji readings874
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating8.5
MDL rating count2340
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Cover of Eien no Bokura Sea Side Blue
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Eien no Bokura Sea Side Blue
Length (in words)4536
Unique words1124
Unique words (used once)599
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji536
Unique kanji (used once)210
Unique kanji readings699
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count357
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Cover of 37 Seconds
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37 Seconds
Length (in words)4459
Unique words1052
Unique words (used once)585
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji494
Unique kanji (used once)204
Unique kanji readings628
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count820
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Cover of Shimeshi
Live action
Shimeshi
Length (in words)4581
Unique words1051
Unique words (used once)526
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji540
Unique kanji (used once)210
Unique kanji readings676
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count61
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Cover of Road To HiGH&LOW
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Road To HiGH&LOW
Length (in words)4896
Unique words1145
Unique words (used once)667
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji527
Unique kanji (used once)218
Unique kanji readings677
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count291
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Cover of Ito no Mori no Ie
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Ito no Mori no Ie
Length (in words)4991
Unique words1033
Unique words (used once)497
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji492
Unique kanji (used once)183
Unique kanji readings629
Difficulty2/10
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Cover of Jungle Fever
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Jungle Fever
Length (in words)4952
Unique words1284
Unique words (used once)747
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji722
Unique kanji (used once)249
Unique kanji readings935
Difficulty4/10
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Cover of 2030 Kanata no Kazoku
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2030 Kanata no Kazoku
Length (in words)4981
Unique words1218
Unique words (used once)690
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji605
Unique kanji (used once)244
Unique kanji readings779
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count22
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends
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Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends
Length (in words)5159
Unique words1441
Unique words (used once)856
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji692
Unique kanji (used once)269
Unique kanji readings912
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.8
MDL rating count6343
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Cover of Kamisama no Boat
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Kamisama no Boat
Length (in words)5276
Unique words1218
Unique words (used once)669
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji607
Unique kanji (used once)243
Unique kanji readings814
Difficulty3/10
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