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1. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on 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: 23,064

2. 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: 8,300

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: 21,716

4. Shogun (1980 TV Movie)

125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 3,034

5. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.4
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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: 836

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: 390

7. Kaidan nobori ryû (1970)

85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.8
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Akemi and the man of her clan confront their opponents; Akemi delivers a sword thrust to kill the opponents' leader, and Aiko, his daughter, tries to interpose herself, suffering a glancing... See full summary »

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

Votes: 546

8. 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: 3,156

9. 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: 2,676

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

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: 1,272

11. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Writers: Shôtarô Ikenami, Kenji Misumi | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 221

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

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.3
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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: 818

13. Yasagure anego den: sôkatsu rinchi (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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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: 588

14. Sukeban gerira (1972)

84 min | Action

6.8
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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 Jo, Linda Kimoto

Votes: 441

15. The Inheritance (1962)

107 min | Drama

7.4
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On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A... See full summary »

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

Votes: 188

16. Ballad of Orin (1977)

109 min | Drama

7.4
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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: 225

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

79 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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A sharpshooter kills two prisoners in a police van at night. The guard on the van is suspended for six months; he's Tamon, an upright, modest man. He begins his own investigation into the ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 426

18. Return of Daimajin (1966)

79 min | Fantasy

6.5
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In the Japanese mountains, a warlord enslaves the men of nearby villages. A group of young boys decide to rescue their fathers and awaken Daimajin, who brings his ancient power to bear against a new weapon, the rifle.

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

Votes: 341

19. 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: 104

20. Ankokugai no bijo (1958)

87 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Writer: Susumu Saji | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Michitaro Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Shinsuke Ashida, Tôru Abe

Votes: 307

21. Kantô mushuku (1963)

92 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Writers: Taiko Hirabayashi, Yasutarô Yagi | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Daizaburô Hirata, Hiroko Itô

Votes: 275

22. The Great Killing (1964)

118 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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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: 197

23. The River Fuefuki (1960)

117 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Writers: Shichirô Fukazawa, Keisuke Kinoshita | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Takahiro Tamura, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita

Votes: 132

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

95 min

6.2
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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: 24

25. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)

Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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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: 89

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

131 min | Drama, War

7.1
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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: 77

27. 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: 38

28. The Portrait (1948)

73 min

6.8
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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: 64

29. Narazumono (1964)

98 min

7.0
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Writer: Teruo Ishii | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Tetsurô Tanba, Naoki Sugiura, Shinjirô Ehara

Votes: 26

30. Yoen dokufuden: Okatsu kyojo tabi (1969)

84 min

6.8
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Writers: Kôji Takada, Bobby White, Hideaki Yamamoto | Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe, Tatsuo Umemiya

Votes: 94

31. Jubilation Street (1944)

Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, War

5.9
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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: 47

32. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min | Drama

7.4
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Writers: Tai Katô, Noribumi Suzuki | Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tôru Abe, Bin Amatsu, Kanjûrô Arashi, Mikiko Asamatsu

Votes: 56

33. The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)

131 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Writers: Hideichi Nagahara, Haruhiko Ôyabu | Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jun Fubuki, Kei Satô, Mikio Narita

Votes: 136

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

Drama

7.0
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Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Sanae Nakahara, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 91

35. Abashiri Bangaichi (1965)

92 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Writers: Teruo Ishii, Hajime Itô | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kôji Nanbara, Tetsurô Tanba, Tôru Abe

Votes: 110

36. 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: 12

37. Hissatsu shikakenin (1972–1973)

46 min | Action

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

38. Agent Shiranui (1960)

91 min | Drama

7.0
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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, Matasaburo Niwa

Votes: 81

39. Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1972)

87 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.7
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Writers: Hirô Matsuda, Ikuro Suzuki, Teruo Tanaka | Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Kikko Matsuoka, Yasunori Irikawa, Tôru Abe

Votes: 32

40. Love Letter (1953)

98 min | Romance

7.0
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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: 47

41. 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

42. Zoku Abashiri bangaichi (1965)

87 min

6.4
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Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Tôru Abe, Kanjûrô Arashi, Ken Takakura, Kunie Tanaka

Votes: 14

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

80 min | Action

7.0
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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

44. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman (1968)

85 min | Drama

7.1
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Two devious retainers are competing to take control of a fief when the current Lord dies, but involving Kyoshiro in the conflict against his will is the textbook example of a bad idea - ... See full summary »

Writers: Renzaburô Shibata, Hajime Takaiwa | Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Miwa Takada, Yaeko Mizutani, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 55

45. Gekido no showashi 'Gunbatsu' (1970)

134 min | Drama, War

5.8
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Reporter Goro Arai covers the war for a Japanese newspaper. He follows the activities of Japan's top military leader, Hideki Tojo, and comes to view Tojo as a dangerous military tyrant. But... See full summary »

Writer: Ryôzô Kasahara | Director: Hiromichi Horikawa | Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Yûzô Kayama, Toshirô Mifune, Sô Yamamura

Votes: 12

46. 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: 50

47. On the Road Forever (1964)

89 min | Action

6.2
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Writer: Seiji Hoshikawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tôru Abe, Jun Fujimaki, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 29

48. Sukeban: Tamatsuki asobi (1974)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.5
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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: 31

49. Ukigusa no yado (1957)

Drama

7.5
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Writer: Gan Yamazaki | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Hachiro Kasuga, Hideaki Nitani, Hisano Yamaoka, Ikuko Kimuro

Votes: 10

50. Shikingen gôdatsu (1975)

92 min

7.8
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Writer: Kôji Takada | Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Takuzô Kawatani, Hideo Murota, Tôru Abe

Votes: 15