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1. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.6
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 14,891

2. Ghost Stories (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Writers: Yôko Mizuki, Lafcadio Hearn | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 8,435

3. Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, History

8.3
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara

Votes: 6,159

4. Dodes'ka-den (1970)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama

7.6
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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Yoshitaka Zushi, Kin Sugai, Toshiyuki Tonomura, Shinsuke Minami

Votes: 3,749

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

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, 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

Votes: 2,958

6. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.4
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama, Masaki Kobayashi, Jumpei Gomikawa | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 2,307

7. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama, Kôichi Inagaki, Masaki Kobayashi, Jumpei Gomikawa | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 2,294

8. Dora-heita (2000)

111 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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New magistrate cleans up a corrupt town in his own comic Samurai way.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Keisuke Kinoshita, Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Yûko Asano, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Ryûdô Uzaki

Votes: 418

9. Black River (1957)

114 min | Drama

7.4
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Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S. military bases following World War II. Kobayashi spirals out from the story of a ... See full summary »

Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama, Takeo Tomishima | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Ineko Arima, Fumio Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai, Isuzu Yamada

Votes: 358

10. Carmen Comes Home (1951)

86 min | Comedy

6.8
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A girl who had left her home village for life in Tokyo returns to her home years later, and evokes a scandal when the locals discover that she's a stripper.

Writer: Keisuke Kinoshita | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Shûji Sano, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Igawa

Votes: 254

11. Inochi bô ni furô (1971)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Writers: Yasuko Miyazaki, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Shigeru Kôyama

Votes: 201

12. The Inheritance (1962)

107 min | Drama

7.3
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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: 159

13. I Will Buy You (1956)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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Kobayashi's pitiless take on Japan's professional baseball industry is unlike any other sports film ever made. An excoriation of the inhumanity bred by a mercenary, bribery-fueled business,... See full summary »

Writers: Zenzô Matsuyama, Minoru Ôno | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiji Sada, Keiko Kishi, Minoru Ôki, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 130

14. Kabe atsuki heya (1956)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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Writer: Kôbô Abe | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Kô Mishima, Torahiko Hamada, Keiko Kishi, Toshiko Kobayashi

Votes: 118

15. Kaseki (1975)

200 min | Drama

7.6
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Writers: Shun Inagaki, Yasushi Inoue, Takeshi Yoshida | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Shin Saburi, Mayumi Ogawa, Keiko Kishi, Komaki Kurihara

Votes: 72

16. The Yotsuda Phantom (1949)

85 min | Horror

7.0
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Writers: Eijirô Hisaita, Masaki Kobayashi, Nanboku Tsuruya | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, Haruko Sugimura, Keiji Sada

Votes: 67

17. My Sons' Youth (1952)

45 min

6.4
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Writers: Fusao Hayashi, Sadao Nakamura | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Akira Ishihama, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Miyake, Yôko Kosono

Votes: 64

18. Tokyo Trial (1983)

277 min | Documentary, War

7.2
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Writers: Shun Inagaki, Masaki Kobayashi, Kiyoshi Ogasawara | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Star: Kei Satô

Votes: 55

19. 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: 54

20. Sincerity (1953)

95 min

7.6
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Writer: Keisuke Kinoshita | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiko Awaji, Motoji Fujiwara, Chieko Higashiyama, Kentarô Imai

Votes: 53

21. Music for the Movies: Tôru Takemitsu (1994 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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A documentary of the Japanese film composer Toru Takemitsu, featuring interviews and clips from films he scored.

Director: Charlotte Zwerin | Stars: Tôru Takemitsu, Hiroshi Teshigahara, Masaki Kobayashi, Masahiro Shinoda

Votes: 49

22. Somewhere Under the Broad Sky (1954)

109 min | Drama

7.4
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A family in the city of Tokyo running a liquor store overcome their impotence and dysfunction as they induce an understanding through each other of how to deal with their individual problems.

Writer: Yoshiko Kusuda | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Hideko Takamine, Akira Ishihama

Votes: 46

23. Hymn to a Tired Man (1968)

130 min | Drama

7.2
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During WWII a soldier is beaten so badly by a superior officer he is left deaf. After the war he is an inventor and meets this officer at the patent office. The man is still the bully he was.

Writers: Shûsaku Endô, Sakae Hirosawa | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Michiyo Aratama, Makoto Fujita, Toshio Kurosawa, Tomoko Naraoka

Votes: 35

24. Izumi (1956)

130 min | Drama

7.2
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Writers: Kunio Kishida, Zenzô Matsuyama | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Ineko Arima, Keiji Sada, Fumio Watanabe, Toshiko Kobayashi

Votes: 35

25. Uruwashiki saigetsu (1955)

120 min

7.0
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Writer: Zenzô Matsuyama | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Isao Kimura, Toshiko Kobayashi

Votes: 31

26. A Broken Drum (1949)

6.6
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Writers: Keisuke Kinoshita, Masaki Kobayashi | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Tsumasaburô Bandô, Chieko Higashiyama, Natsuko Kahara

Votes: 29

27. Apostasy (1948)

99 min | Drama

6.2
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Writers: Eijirô Hisaita, Tôson Shimazaki | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yôko Katsuragi, Osamu Takizawa, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 26

28. Shokutaku no nai ie (1985)

143 min

7.8
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Writers: Fumiko Enji, Masaki Kobayashi | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mayumi Ogawa, Kie Nakai, Kiichi Nakai

Votes: 15

29. Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk (2014)

Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

4.5
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From TWI STUDIOS ( The fun, friendly makers of: FRANKENPIMP!, VIXEN HIGHWAY 2006: It Came From Uranus, & ACID HEAD: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter ), comes this reimagining /... See full summary »

Writer: Tony Watt | Directors: Tony Watt, Vivita, John Migliore | Stars: Max Schreck, Vivita, Tony Watt, John Migliore

Votes: 13

30. Moeru aki (1979)

137 min

7.7
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Writers: Shun Inagaki, Hiroyuki Itsuki | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Shinsuke Ashida, Hisashi Igawa, Tsunehiko Kamijô, Kin'ya Kitaôji

Votes: 12

31. Fireworks Over the Sea (1951)

122 min | Action, Drama, Romance

5.7
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Writer: Keisuke Kinoshita | Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Michiyo Kogure, Yôko Katsuragi, Teruko Kishi, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 12

32. Mittsu no ai (1954)

Drama

7.6
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Writer: Masaki Kobayashi | Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Kô Mishima, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 5

33. Black Sunshine: Conversations with T.F. Mou (2011)

95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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A documentary on Mou Tun-fei or T.F. Mou, the Chinese filmmaker best known for the harrowing, shockingly horrific World War II drama Men Behind the Sun.

Director: J.L. Carrozza | Stars: J.L. Carrozza, Tun Fei Mou, Deirdre Yee

34. Toki no hito (1963–1964)

14 min

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Stars: Kazuo Kushibe, Goro Fujise, Kaheita Okazaki, Seiichi Tobata

35. Toki no hito (1963–1964)
Episode: Episode dated 10 July 1963 (1963)

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Star: Masaki Kobayashi