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 Little Miss Sumo
Live action
Little Miss Sumo
Length (in words)1115
Unique words424
Unique words (used once)273
Unique words (used once %)64%
Unique kanji243
Unique kanji (used once)120
Difficulty3/10
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Cover of Space Sheriff Gavan
Live action
Space Sheriff Gavan
Length (in words)2647
Unique words756
Unique words (used once)443
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji421
Unique kanji (used once)176
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count71
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Cover of HOMUNCULUS
Live action
HOMUNCULUS
Length (in words)4009
Unique words1035
Unique words (used once)587
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji518
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count835
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Cover of Any Crybabies Around?
Live action
Any Crybabies Around?
Length (in words)4045
Unique words1019
Unique words (used once)530
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji506
Unique kanji (used once)197
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count63
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Cover of Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Live action
Basuke mo Koi mo, Shiteitai
Length (in words)4138
Unique words926
Unique words (used once)468
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji406
Unique kanji (used once)148
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count162
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Cover of HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain
Live action
HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain
Length (in words)4143
Unique words1176
Unique words (used once)668
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji565
Unique kanji (used once)220
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count581
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Cover of Uso Nante Hitotsu mo nai no
Live action
Uso Nante Hitotsu mo nai no
Length (in words)4178
Unique words990
Unique words (used once)538
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji487
Unique kanji (used once)193
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count6
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Cover of MOTHER
Live action
MOTHER
Length (in words)4222
Unique words971
Unique words (used once)527
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji466
Unique kanji (used once)194
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count889
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Cover of 37 Seconds
Live action
37 Seconds
Length (in words)4457
Unique words1054
Unique words (used once)586
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji494
Unique kanji (used once)204
Difficulty1/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count820
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 4: The Final
Live action
Rurouni Kenshin 4: The Final
Length (in words)4880
Unique words1298
Unique words (used once)734
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji648
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.5
MDL rating count2340
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Cover of Road To HiGH&LOW
Live action
Road To HiGH&LOW
Length (in words)4896
Unique words1145
Unique words (used once)668
Unique words (used once %)58%
Unique kanji527
Unique kanji (used once)218
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count291
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Cover of River's Edge
Live action
River's Edge
Length (in words)4975
Unique words1174
Unique words (used once)658
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji541
Unique kanji (used once)250
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count1197
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Cover of HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: END OF SKY
Live action
HiGH&LOW The Movie 2: END OF SKY
Length (in words)5010
Unique words1310
Unique words (used once)791
Unique words (used once %)60%
Unique kanji622
Unique kanji (used once)264
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count696
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends
Live action
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends
Length (in words)5166
Unique words1444
Unique words (used once)859
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji692
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.8
MDL rating count6343
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Cover of HiGH&LOW The Movie
Live action
HiGH&LOW The Movie
Length (in words)5262
Unique words1219
Unique words (used once)661
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji570
Unique kanji (used once)232
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count941
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Cover of Mousou Kanojo
Live action
Mousou Kanojo
Length (in words)5288
Unique words1123
Unique words (used once)581
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji482
Unique kanji (used once)180
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.4
MDL rating count124
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Cover of HiGH&LOW The Movie 3: FINAL MISSION
Live action
HiGH&LOW The Movie 3: FINAL MISSION
Length (in words)5326
Unique words1369
Unique words (used once)785
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji609
Unique kanji (used once)228
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating8.2
MDL rating count662
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Cover of Manhunt
Live action
Manhunt
Length (in words)5386
Unique words1468
Unique words (used once)899
Unique words (used once %)61%
Unique kanji727
Unique kanji (used once)266
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count206
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Cover of Teddy Go!
Live action
Teddy Go!
Length (in words)5390
Unique words1230
Unique words (used once)664
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji548
Unique kanji (used once)184
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count219
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Cover of Bleach
Live action
Bleach
Length (in words)5464
Unique words1198
Unique words (used once)642
Unique words (used once %)53%
Unique kanji548
Unique kanji (used once)194
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count4813
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Cover of Miyamoto kara Kimi e
Live action
Miyamoto kara Kimi e
Length (in words)5526
Unique words1344
Unique words (used once)773
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji584
Unique kanji (used once)225
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa
Live action
Kasa wo Motanai Aritachi wa
Length (in words)5661
Unique words1367
Unique words (used once)764
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji637
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count523
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Cover of Cultivating the Seas
Live action
Cultivating the Seas
Length (in words)5787
Unique words1364
Unique words (used once)780
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji651
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count2
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Cover of Yakuza and The Family
Live action
Yakuza and The Family
Length (in words)5794
Unique words1271
Unique words (used once)665
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji570
Unique kanji (used once)201
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count463
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 1: Origins
Live action
Rurouni Kenshin 1: Origins
Length (in words)5954
Unique words1467
Unique words (used once)848
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji692
Unique kanji (used once)243
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating8.6
MDL rating count11175
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Cover of Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
Live action
Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san
Length (in words)5970
Unique words1389
Unique words (used once)755
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji626
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count357
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Cover of Romance Doll
Live action
Romance Doll
Length (in words)6053
Unique words1385
Unique words (used once)771
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji588
Unique kanji (used once)210
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count434
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Cover of Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno
Live action
Rurouni Kenshin 2: Kyoto Inferno
Length (in words)6618
Unique words1653
Unique words (used once)979
Unique words (used once %)59%
Unique kanji800
Unique kanji (used once)304
Difficulty7/10
MDL avg. rating8.7
MDL rating count7046
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Cover of Hyper Hardboiled Gourmet Report
Live action
Hyper Hardboiled Gourmet Report
Length (in words)6623
Unique words1309
Unique words (used once)726
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji534
Unique kanji (used once)207
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating8.0
MDL rating count1
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Cover of TUNA GIRL
Live action
TUNA GIRL
Length (in words)6693
Unique words1708
Unique words (used once)985
Unique words (used once %)57%
Unique kanji768
Unique kanji (used once)269
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count163
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Cover of Love and Hong Kong
Live action
Love and Hong Kong
Length (in words)6951
Unique words1397
Unique words (used once)708
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji607
Unique kanji (used once)206
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.9
MDL rating count151
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Cover of DTC Yukemuri Junjo-hen from HiGH&LOW
Live action
DTC Yukemuri Junjo-hen from HiGH&LOW
Length (in words)6995
Unique words1456
Unique words (used once)765
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji602
Unique kanji (used once)207
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.8
MDL rating count143
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Cover of HiGH&LOW THE WORST
Live action
HiGH&LOW THE WORST
Length (in words)7084
Unique words1601
Unique words (used once)887
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji696
Unique kanji (used once)252
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating8.1
MDL rating count539
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Cover of OL Desu ga, Kyabajou Hajimemashita
Live action
OL Desu ga, Kyabajou Hajimemashita
Length (in words)7144
Unique words1303
Unique words (used once)609
Unique words (used once %)46%
Unique kanji529
Unique kanji (used once)158
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count12
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Cover of Blue, Painful, Fragile
Live action
Blue, Painful, Fragile
Length (in words)7416
Unique words1436
Unique words (used once)761
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji615
Unique kanji (used once)217
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.4
MDL rating count305
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Cover of Tsui no Sumika
Live action
Tsui no Sumika
Length (in words)7518
Unique words1382
Unique words (used once)677
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji651
Unique kanji (used once)198
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.3
MDL rating count28
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Cover of Ashio Kara Kita Onna
Live action
Ashio Kara Kita Onna
Length (in words)8134
Unique words1756
Unique words (used once)991
Unique words (used once %)56%
Unique kanji833
Unique kanji (used once)291
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count3
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Cover of Maji de Koukaishitemasu
Live action
Maji de Koukaishitemasu
Length (in words)8441
Unique words1769
Unique words (used once)915
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji756
Unique kanji (used once)256
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count106
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Cover of Kakegurui S2
Live action
Kakegurui S2
Length (in words)8432
Unique words1704
Unique words (used once)889
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji707
Unique kanji (used once)238
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count1503
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Cover of Ju-On Origins
Live action
Ju-On Origins
Length (in words)8447
Unique words1665
Unique words (used once)818
Unique words (used once %)49%
Unique kanji704
Unique kanji (used once)209
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.1
MDL rating count879
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Cover of Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Live action
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy
Length (in words)9126
Unique words1505
Unique words (used once)815
Unique words (used once %)54%
Unique kanji618
Unique kanji (used once)239
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating5.8
MDL rating count2238
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Cover of Watashi wo Mitsukete
Live action
Watashi wo Mitsukete
Length (in words)10221
Unique words1765
Unique words (used once)904
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji778
Unique kanji (used once)240
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.2
MDL rating count5
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Cover of Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light
Live action
Final Fantasy XIV Dad of Light
Length (in words)10399
Unique words2139
Unique words (used once)1190
Unique words (used once %)55%
Unique kanji807
Unique kanji (used once)282
Difficulty4/10
MDL avg. rating7.7
MDL rating count756
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Cover of Switched
Live action
Switched
Length (in words)10746
Unique words1550
Unique words (used once)734
Unique words (used once %)47%
Unique kanji597
Unique kanji (used once)181
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count6769
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Cover of Budokan
Live action
Budokan
Length (in words)11003
Unique words1789
Unique words (used once)875
Unique words (used once %)48%
Unique kanji734
Unique kanji (used once)223
Difficulty2/10
MDL avg. rating7.5
MDL rating count39
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Cover of Taiyo no Wana
Live action
Taiyo no Wana
Length (in words)11078
Unique words2196
Unique words (used once)1115
Unique words (used once %)50%
Unique kanji915
Unique kanji (used once)227
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.9
MDL rating count3
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Cover of The Forest of Love
Live action
The Forest of Love
Length (in words)11277
Unique words1975
Unique words (used once)1014
Unique words (used once %)51%
Unique kanji732
Unique kanji (used once)214
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count173
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Cover of Akuryo Byoto
Live action
Akuryo Byoto
Length (in words)11349
Unique words1616
Unique words (used once)706
Unique words (used once %)43%
Unique kanji680
Unique kanji (used once)178
Difficulty6/10
MDL avg. rating7.0
MDL rating count326
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Cover of Nigeru Onna
Live action
Nigeru Onna
Length (in words)11501
Unique words1999
Unique words (used once)1050
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji915
Unique kanji (used once)276
Difficulty5/10
MDL avg. rating7.6
MDL rating count104
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Cover of Vampire Heaven
Live action
Vampire Heaven
Length (in words)11685
Unique words1840
Unique words (used once)971
Unique words (used once %)52%
Unique kanji785
Unique kanji (used once)277
Difficulty3/10
MDL avg. rating6.3
MDL rating count884
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