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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

2. 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

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

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

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

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, History, War

8.4
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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

6. Kozure Ôkami: Shinikazeni mukau ubaguruma (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

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

60 min

8.1
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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

8. Story of a Wild Elder Sister: Widespread Lynch Law (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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

9. The Last Samurai (1974)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Writers: Shôtarô Ikenami, Kenji Misumi | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Ken Ogata, Masaomi Kondô, Teruhiko Saigô

10. The Tattooed Swordswoman (1970)

85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.9
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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

11. Ballad of Orin (1977)

109 min | Drama

7.4
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Writers: Keiji Hasebe, Tsutomu Minakami, Masahiro Shinoda | Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tomoko Naraoka, Kirin Kiki, Rie Yokoyama

12. 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 19th century Japan.

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

13. 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

14. 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

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

16. 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

17. 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

18. Underworld Beauty (1958)

87 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Writer: Susumu Saji | Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Michitaro Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Shinsuke Ashida, Tôru Abe

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

95 min

6.4
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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

20. The Great Killing (1964)

118 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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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 »

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

21. Take Aim at the Police Van (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

22. Cobra (1976)

95 min | Crime

7.1
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Writer: Umetsugu Inoue | Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Jiro Tamiya, Tadao Nakamaru, Yôko Yamamoto, Kumi Taguchi

23. 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

24. 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, Daizaburo Hirata, Hiroko Itô

25. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)

Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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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

26. Sukeban: Taiman Shobu (1974)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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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

27. Abashiri Bangaichi (1965)

92 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Writers: Teruo Ishii, Hajime Itô | Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kôji Nanbara, Tetsurô Tanba, Tôru Abe

28. Yasha-ga-ike (1979)

123 min | Romance, Fantasy

7.2
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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: Tamasaburo Bando, Gô Katô, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kôji Nanbara

29. On the Road Forever (1964)

89 min | Action

6.4
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Writer: Seiji Hoshikawa | Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tôru Abe, Jun Fujimaki, Kenjirô Ishiyama

30. 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

31. 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

32. Sukeban: Tamatsuki asobi (1974)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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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

33. Trapped, the Crimson Bat (1972)

87 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

6.9
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Writers: Hirô Matsuda, Ikuro Suzuki, Teruo Tanaka | Director: Sadatsugu Matsuda | Stars: Yôko Matsuyama, Kikko Matsuoka, Yasunori Irikawa, Tôru Abe

34. Yoen dokufuden: Okatsu kyojo tabi (1969)

84 min

6.7
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Writers: Kôji Takada, Bobby White, Hideaki Yamamoto | Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe, Tatsuo Umemiya

35. Chibusa yo eien nare (1955)

106 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Fumiko, mother of two children and wife of an unfaithful man who shows a low self esteem, shares her family life with her asleep vocation as a poetess. The beginning of her successful ... See full summary »

Writer: Sumie Tanaka | Director: Kinuyo Tanaka | Stars: Yumeji Tsukioka, Ryoji Hayama, Junkichi Orimoto, Hiroko Kawasaki

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

Drama

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

37. The Portrait (1948)

73 min

6.8
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Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kuniko Igawa, Kuniko Miyake, Mitsuko Miura, Ichirô Sugai

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

80 min | Action

7.1
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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

39. The Fellows Who Ate the Elephant (1947)

84 min

7.3
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Writers: Tadao Ikeda, Ryôsuke Saitô, Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yasumi Hara, Shin'ichi Himori, Chishû Ryû, Tôru Abe

40. Gekido no showashi 'Gunbatsu' (1970)

134 min | Drama, War

6.2
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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

41. Ninja gari (1964)

87 min | Action

7.1
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Writer: Kôji Takada | Director: Tetsuya Yamauchi | Stars: Jûshirô Konoe, Kei Satô, Shingo Yamashiro, Chôichirô Kawarasaki

42. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min

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

43. Ôkami (1955)

127 min | Drama

7.0
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Writer: Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Sanae Takasugi, Taiji Tonoyama, Jun Hamamura

44. Love Letter (1953)

98 min | Romance

7.1
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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, Kyôko Kagawa

45. Jubilation Street (1944)

73 min

6.3
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Writer: Kaoru Morimoto | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Ken Uehara, Eijirô Tôno, Chiyo Shin, Makoto Kobori

46. The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979)

131 min

6.9
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Writers: Shuichi Nagahara, Haruhiko Ohyabu | Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jun Fubuki, Kei Satô, Mikio Narita

47. Battle of Roses (1950)

98 min

7.2
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In Japan, after the death of Mr. Masago, her wife Satomi Masago loses the family's company "Lily Cosmetic" to Mr. Mogy due to huge amount of debts relative to withdraws of money from the ... See full summary »

Writers: Motosada Nishiki, Fumio Niwa | Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kuniko Miyake, Setsuko Wakayama, Yôko Katsuragi, Kôji Tsuruta

48. Nihon kyokaku-den (1964)

98 min

6.7
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A timber merchant and haulage firm in late 19th century Tokyo is in trouble. The widowed lady owner is being threatened by a scheming competitor who is offering much cheaper labour. X has ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura, Minoru Ôki, Hiroki Matsukata

49. A Lively Geisha (1968)

100 min | Crime

6.3
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Koshizu (Fuji), a young geisha, tries to kill herself but is saved by cook Yukichi (Sugahara). Rival geisha Adakichi (Yumi), greedy trader Yasukawa (Abe) and wealthy businessman Asai (Soganoya) add up to dramatic turns.

Writer: Kazuo Kasahara | Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Sumiko Fuji, Bunta Sugawara, Keiko Yumi, Junzaburô Ban

50. Ukigusa no yado (1957)

Drama

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