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1. Shogun (1980 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

Votes: 8,810

2. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

Writers: Larry Forrester, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Gordon W. Prange, Ladislas Farago | Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 24,287

3. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.3
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Writers: Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu | Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 24,225

4. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.5
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A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama, Masaki Kobayashi, Jumpei Gomikawa | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 3,515

5. Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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Lady Snowblood is caught in the politics of early 20th century Japan.

Writers: Kazuo Kamimura, Kazuo Koike, Kiyohide Ohara, Norio Osada | Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Jûzô Itami, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 1,508

6. The Water Margin (1977 TV Mini-Series)

60 min

8.2
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Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegade will try to change the story.

Stars: Atsuo Nakamura, Sanae Tsuchida, Kei Satô, Isamu Nagato

Votes: 422

7. Shogun (1980 TV Movie)

125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.9
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An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.

Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici | Director: Jerry London | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai

Votes: 3,259

8. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.8
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In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.

Writers: Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Gô Katô, Yûko Hama, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 2,876

9. The Inheritance (1962)

107 min | Drama

7.4
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Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation.

Writers: Kôichi Inagaki, Norio Nanjo | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Sô Yamamura, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 247

10. Blind Woman's Curse (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.7
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Writers: Teruo Ishii, Chûsei Sone | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 633

11. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.2
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Two of Japan and China's greatest heroic swordsman find themselves caught in a plot to protect a young child. But will national distrust and simple misunderstanding keep the two kindred spirits apart?

Writers: Kan Shimozawa, Takayuki Yamada, Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki, Michie Terada

Votes: 894

12. Yasagure anego den: sôkatsu rinchi (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Ocho is accidentally captured by a drug trafficking cartel who use Chinese women to smuggle drugs into Japan by hiding it in their vaginas. She is tortured, and manages to escape, fighting ... See full summary »

Writers: Teruo Ishii, Masahiro Kakefuda, Bobby White | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Reiko Ike, Makoto Aikawa, Arumi Kuri, Meika Seri

Votes: 612

13. The Lustful Shogun and His 21 Concubines (1972)

95 min

6.1
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The Tokugawa new Shogun is not interested in women. A nobleman with the help of a lady thief replaces the Shogun with a double, while he learns about love. But the double finds pleasure not only in women, but in his new status.

Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Shin'ichirô Hayashi, Reiko Ike, Yayoi Watanabe, Miki Sugimoto

Votes: 30

14. Sukeban gerira (1972)

84 min | Action

6.7
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Miko Sugimoto is the leader of the Red Helmet Gang, a biker girl gang from Shinjuku who wind up in Kyoto and make a bid to take over the local girl gangs there. Successful for a short time ... See full summary »

Writers: Takayuki Minagawa, Noribumi Suzuki | Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Emi Jô, Linda Kimoto

Votes: 461

15. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.3
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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Jun'ichirô Narita

Votes: 960

16. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Toranosuke Sugi, a brave and loyal Samurai, fights to practice and preserve his master's teachings amid a civil war. With friends on both side will he cave to temptation, or stand on principle and for freedom?

Writers: Shôtarô Ikenami, Takeo Kunihiro, Kenji Misumi | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 231

17. Ballad of Orin (1977)

109 min | Drama

7.3
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A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior.

Writers: Keiji Hasebe, Tsutomu Minakami, Masahiro Shinoda | Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tomoko Naraoka, Kirin Kiki, Rie Yokoyama

Votes: 263

18. Wrath of Daimajin (1966)

79 min | Fantasy

6.3
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In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own.

Writer: Tetsurô Yoshida | Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Hideki Ninomiya, Shinji Hori, Masahide Iizuka, Muneyuki Nagatomo

Votes: 355

19. Sono gosôsha wo nerae: 'Jûsangô taihisen' yori (1960)

79 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers.

Writers: Shin'ichi Sekizawa, Kazuo Shimada | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Michitarô Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Misako Watanabe, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 483

20. Kantô mushuku (1963)

92 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Three schoolgirls are infatuated with a yakuza, Katsuta, of the Izu Clan. They meet another yakuza, `Diamond` Fuyu, of the rival Yoshida clan. As he gets a tattoo, two of the girls become ... See full summary »

Writers: Taiko Hirabayashi, Yasutarô Yagi | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Daizaburô Hirata, Hiroko Itô

Votes: 286

21. Ankokugai no bijo (1958)

87 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Released from prison, a gangster (Michitaro Mizushima) retrieves diamonds sought by fellow yakuza.

Writer: Susumu Saji | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Michitarô Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Shinsuke Ashida, Tôru Abe

Votes: 322

22. Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (1968)

131 min | Drama, War

7.0
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As Japan joins in a political pact with Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet. With Japan headed inexorably toward ... See full summary »

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Seiji Maruyama, Katsuya Susaki | Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Tsukasa, Toshio Kurosawa

Votes: 83

23. The Great Killing (1964)

118 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but ... See full summary »

Writer: Kaneo Ikegami | Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Kôtarô Satomi, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 208

24. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)

Action, Crime, Drama

6.4
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In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Noribumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Yukie Kagawa, Shinsuke Taki, Hiroshi Miyauchi

Votes: 88

25. Abashiri Bangaichi (1965)

92 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Writers: Teruo Ishii, Hajime Itô | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kôji Nanbara, Tetsurô Tanba, Tôru Abe

Votes: 113

26. The River Fuefuki (1960)

117 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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A young man decides to become a warrior, causing trouble for his clan.

Writers: Shichirô Fukazawa, Keisuke Kinoshita | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Takahiro Tamura, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita

Votes: 154

27. The Portrait (1948)

73 min

6.9
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A couple plan to take advantage of an artist and his family, but his kind nature causes problems in their plan.

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kuniko Igawa, Kuniko Miyake, Mitsuko Miura, Ichirô Sugai

Votes: 70

28. Yasha-ga-ike (1979)

123 min | Romance, Fantasy

6.8
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Outside of a small village in Japan, a mysterious pond is inhabited by mythic creatures. Their story is of revenge, tragedy, and the power of real love. A classical tale which translates ... See full summary »

Writers: Kyoka Izumi, Haruhiko Mimura, Tsutomu Tamura | Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tamasaburô Bandô, Gô Katô, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 109

29. The Bloody Priest (1971)

89 min | Action

4.6
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Director: Takeichi Saitô | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Bunta Sugawara, Takashi Shimura, Kyôsuke Machida

Votes: 17

30. Love Letter (1953)

98 min | Romance

6.9
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This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke ... See full summary »

Writers: Keisuke Kinoshita, Fumio Niwa | Director: Kinuyo Tanaka | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Jûkichi Uno, Jûzô Dôsan

Votes: 53

32. Yôen dokufu-den: Okatsu kyôjô tabi (1969)

84 min

6.6
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Writers: Kôji Takada, Bobby White, Hideaki Yamamoto | Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe, Tatsuo Umemiya

Votes: 99

33. Agent Shiranui (1960)

91 min | Drama

6.9
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Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age ... See full summary »

Writers: Minoru Inuzuka, Nobuo Uno | Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tamao Nakamura, Mieko Kondô, Matasaburô Niwa

Votes: 89

34. Mushukunin mikogami no jôkichi: Kawakaze ni kako wa nagareta (1972)

80 min | Action

6.9
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Thirsting for revenge, Jokichi rashly attempts to assassinate the evil Chogoro but ends up being captured by Yakuza. His life is spared by Boss Juzaburo, in order that the harmony of an ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Tôru Abe, Yoshio Harada, Akio Hasegawa, Etsuko Ichihara

Votes: 89

35. Cobra (1976)

95 min | Crime

7.5
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Writer: Umetsugu Inoue | Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Jirô Tamiya, Tadao Nakamaru, Yôko Yamamoto, Kumi Taguchi

Votes: 13

36. The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)

131 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Yusaka Matsuda stars as a seemingly run-of-the-mill corporate salary man who leads a double life as a vicious criminal by night. In a delicious scheme of payback, he seeks to dominate the ... See full summary »

Writers: Hideichi Nagahara, Haruhiko Ôyabu | Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jun Fubuki, Kei Satô, Mikio Narita

Votes: 140

37. The Ninja Hunt (1964)

87 min | Action

6.9
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Writer: Kôji Takada | Director: Tetsuya Yamanouchi | Stars: Jûshirô Konoe, Kei Satô, Shingo Yamashiro, Chôichirô Kawarasaki

Votes: 49

38. Narazumono (1964)

98 min

7.1
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Writer: Teruo Ishii | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Tetsurô Tanba, Naoki Sugiura, Shinjirô Ehara

Votes: 26

39. Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1972)

87 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.5
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Writers: Hirô Matsuda, Ikuro Suzuki, Teruo Tanaka | Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Kikko Matsuoka, Yasunori Irikawa, Tôru Abe

Votes: 33

40. Man Who Causes a Storm (1957)

101 min | Drama

5.9
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Shoichi is a violent young man just released from jail who aspires to be a drummer. He works his way up by playing gigs in a hip Ginza club, an eventually wins a drumming contest. But what ... See full summary »

Writers: Umetsugu Inoue, Dai Nishijima | Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Kyôji Aoyama, Fukuko Sayo, Mie Kitahara

Votes: 30

41. Ôkami (1955)

127 min | Drama

7.1
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Time; a few years after the surrender of Japan in the Second World War. The country is in ruins, economy devastated, and the vulnerable masses deprived of work; let alone the basic ... See full summary »

Writer: Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Sanae Takasugi, Taiji Tonoyama, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 42

42. Â!! Hana no ôendan (1976)

99 min | Action, Comedy

5.0
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Writers: Yôzô Tanaka, Dôkuman | Director: Chûsei Sone | Stars: Hitoshi Imai, Junko Miyashita, Osamu Kôda, Hiroshi Fukami

Votes: 9

43. Sukeban: Taiman Shobu (1974)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Keiko Aizawa a vengeance-crazed vixen sets out on a journey to avenge the death of her older sister.

Writers: Tatsuhiko Kamoi, Masahiro Shimura | Director: Ikuo Sekimoto | Stars: Reiko Ike, Tsunehiko Watase, Ryôko Ema, Tôru Abe

Votes: 23

44. Sukeban: Tamatsuki asobi (1974)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.3
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Released from reform school, the Girl Boss (Yuko Kano) and her girl gang enter in conflict with another girl gang who are allied to the powerful Yakuza Boss (Toru Abe). The Girl Boss teams ... See full summary »

Writer: Ikuo Sekimoto | Director: Ikuo Sekimoto | Stars: Yûko Kanô, Ryôko Ema, Noboru Shiraishi, Nobuo Kaneko

Votes: 29

45. Shikingen gôdatsu (1975)

92 min

7.6
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Writer: Kôji Takada | Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Takuzô Kawatani, Hideo Murota, Tôru Abe

Votes: 18

46. Jubilation Street (1944)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, War

6.0
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As World War II escalates, the tight-knit habitants of a street in Tokyo must relocate from their homes so that the government can use the space. Kinoshita's sensitive film-beautifully and ... See full summary »

Writer: Kaoru Morimoto | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Ken Uehara, Eijirô Tôno, Chiyo Shin, Makoto Kobori

Votes: 62

47. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min | Drama

7.3
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Writers: Tai Katô, Noribumi Suzuki | Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tôru Abe, Bin Amatsu, Kanjûrô Arashi, Mikiko Asamatsu

Votes: 62

48. Hissatsu shikakenin (1972–1973)

46 min | Action

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"Shikakenin", they have a double life and live inconspicuously in Edo. Baian Fujieda is an acupuncturist. Sanai Nishimura is a masterless samurai. They believe that Otowaya-Han'emon who is ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Ogata, Gorô Mutsumi, Sô Yamamura, Yoichi Hayashi

49. Ukigusa no yado (1957)

Drama

7.6
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Writer: Gan Yamazaki | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Hachiro Kasuga, Hideaki Nitani, Hisano Yamaoka, Ikuko Kimuro

Votes: 8

50. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)

Drama

6.9
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Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Michiko Sugata, Sanae Nakahara

Votes: 96