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1. Aika (1951)

110 min

9.3
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Writers: Hideo Oguni, Kajirô Yamamoto | Director: Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Ken Uehara, Mieko Takamine, Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura

2. Minato e kita otoko (1952)

88 min | Drama

9.1
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Writers: Ishirô Honda, Shinzo Kajino, Masashige Narusawa | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Hiroshi Koizumi, Asami Kuji

3. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Drama

8.7
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99 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

4. Monkey (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

8.7
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An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Shirô Kishibe, Masako Natsume, Peter Woodthorpe

5. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama

8.4
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

6. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.4
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

7. Throne of Blood (1957)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura

8. Sanjuro (1962)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.2
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A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yûnosuke Itô

9. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

10. 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

11. 47 Samurai (1962)

207 min | Action, Drama, History

7.9
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After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.

Writer: Toshio Yasumi | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Chûsha Ichikawa, Tatsuya Mihashi, Akira Takarada

12. The Human Revolution (1973)

G | 160 min

7.9
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Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Daisaku Ikeda | Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Shinsuke Ashida, Michiyo Aratama, Tatsuya Nakadai

13. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

14. Bushido (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.8
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.

Writers: Hideji Hôjô, Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao, Eiji Yoshikawa | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

15. Yoidore tenshi (1948)

Unrated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.

Writers: Keinosuke Uekusa, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Reizaburô Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure

16. 500,000 (1963)

97 min | Adventure, Action, Drama

7.8
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During the Second World War, Takeichi Matsuo had participated in hiding a huge cache of gold in the Phillippine mountains. Years after the war, he is kidnapped by Mitsura and Keigo Gunji, ... See full summary »

Writer: Ryûzô Kikushima | Director: Toshirô Mifune | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Mihashi, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Mie Hama

17. Japan's Longest Day (1967)

157 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister ... See full summary »

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Soichi Oya | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Seiji Miyaguchi, Rokko Toura, Chishû Ryû, Sô Yamamura

18. Kureji sakusen: Kudabare! Musekinin (1963)

92 min | Comedy

7.7
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Writer: Yasuo Tanami | Director: Takashi Tsuboshima | Stars: Hitoshi Ueki, Hajime Hana, Kei Tani, Mie Hama

19. Godzilla (1954)

Unrated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Writers: Takeo Murata, Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

20. Zatôichi (1989)

116 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he has been murdered and his daughter forced into prostitution. Ichi's investigation into ... See full summary »

Writers: Tatsumi Ichiyama, Shintarô Katsu, Tsutomu Nakamura, Kyôhei Nakaoka, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Shintarô Katsu | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kanako Higuchi, Takanori Jinnai, Ryûtarô Gan

21. Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.5
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Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.

Writers: Hideji Hôjô, Hiroshi Inagaki, Tokuhei Wakao, Eiji Yoshikawa | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Kôji Tsuruta, Kaoru Yachigusa

22. Kuchizuke (1955)

Drama, Romance

7.5
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Writers: Yôjirô Ishizaka, Zenzô Matsuyama | Directors: Masanori Kakei, Mikio Naruse, Hideo Suzuki | Stars: Kyôko Aoyama, Kamatari Fujiwara, Toshiyasu Hiyoshi, Chôko Iida

23. Kyatsu o nigasuna (1956)

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Writers: Takeo Murata, Hideo Suzuki | Director: Hideo Suzuki | Stars: Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima, Takashi Shimura, Sônosuke Sawamura

24. Urutora Q (1965– )

30 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yasuhiko Saijô, Hiroko Sakurai, Yoshifumi Tajima

25. Rhapsody in August (1991)

PG | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Writers: Kiyoko Murata, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima

26. One Wonderful Sunday (1947)

108 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Yuzo and his fiancée Masako spend their Sunday afternoon together, trying to have a good time on just thirty-five yen. They manage to have many small adventures, especially because Masako's... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Keinosuke Uekusa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Isao Numasaki, Chieko Nakakita, Atsushi Watanabe, Zekô Nakamura

27. Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (1965)

105 min | Drama, War

7.3
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In 1943, the Aleutian island of Kiska was fortified by a small contingent of Japanese soldiers. When word arrived of an impending attack by an overwhelming force of Americans, the Japanese ... See full summary »

Writers: Walter Black, Masataka Chihaya, Katsuya Susaki | Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Sô Yamamura, Makoto Satô, Tadao Nakamaru

28. A Woman's Life (1963)

126 min | Drama

7.3
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Writer: Ryôzô Kasahara | Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yuriko Hoshi

29. Dokuritsu gurentai nishi-e (1960)

107 min | Drama

7.3
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Writer: Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Hideyo Amamoto, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Akihiko Hirata, Haruya Katô

30. Garakuta (1964)

116 min | Drama

7.3
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Writers: Masato Ide, Hiroshi Inagaki, Shintarô Mimura | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Kôshirô Matsumoto, Yuriko Hoshi, Mayumi Ôzora, Ichirô Arishima

31. Aru kengo no shogai (1959)

111 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

Writers: Hiroshi Inagaki, Edmond Rostand | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada, Keiko Awaji

32. Sudden Rain (1956)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Writers: Kunio Kishida, Yôko Mizuki | Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Shûji Sano, Kyôko Kagawa, Akemi Negishi

33. Taiheiyô no washi (1953)

119 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, a brilliant tactician, is a loyal subject of the emperor, despite his grave misgivings about leading Japan's navy into war with the United States. He ... See full summary »

Writer: Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Hiroshi Nihon'yanagi, Masao Shimizu, Eijirô Yanagi

34. Ankokugai no kaoyaku (1959)

101 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Ryuta and Mineo Komatsu are brothers, both yakuza (gangsters). Mineo, although complicit in crime, even murder, wants out of the gangster life, hoping to become a successful singer instead.... See full summary »

Writers: Motosada Nishiki, Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Akira Takarada, Yumi Shirakawa, Keiko Yanagawa

35. Blueprint of Murder (1961)

73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Writer: Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Makoto Satô, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kumi Mizuno

36. Onna doshi (1955)

32 min | Short, Drama, Romance

7.2
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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hajime Izu, Keiju Kobayashi, Teruko Nagaoka, Meiko Nakamura

37. At This Late Date, the Charleston (1981)

116 min

7.2
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Writers: Kihachi Okamoto, Gô Rijû | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Gô Rijû, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Zaitsu, Eitarô Ozawa

38. Red Lion (1969)

115 min | Action, Comedy

7.1
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Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt ... See full summary »

Writers: Sakae Hirosawa, Kihachi Okamoto | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shima Iwashita, Etsushi Takahashi, Minori Terada

39. 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

40. Kiganjô no bôken (1966)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Family

7.1
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Osami, a soldier-of-fortune from Japan, joins with priest Ensai in a quest for the ashes of the great Buddha. Their journey takes them to a kingdom in the Middle East, where they find intrigue and romance in the court of an evil king.

Writers: Osamu Dazai, Takeshi Kimura | Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Mihashi, Makoto Satô, Tadao Nakamaru

41. Sengoku gunto-den (1959)

115 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.1
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Lord Taro must deliver a money chest but is robbed by brigands led by Jibu. One of Jibu's men, Rokuro, steals the money from Jibu, but after meeting and befriending Taro, Rokuro decides to ... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Jûrô Miyoshi, Sadao Yamanaka | Director: Toshio Sugie | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Kôji Tsuruta, Yôko Tsukasa, Misa Uehara

42. Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki (1964)

108 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.1
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Writers: Hiroshi Inagaki, Takeshi Kimura, Norio Nanjo | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Yuriko Hoshi, Kumi Mizuno

43. Angry Street (1950)

105 min

7.1
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Writers: Mikio Naruse, Motosada Nishiki, Fumio Niwa | Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Jûkichi Uno, Yasumi Hara, Yuriko Hamada, Setsuko Wakayama

44. Tetsuwan toshu inao monogatari (1959)

Comedy

7.1
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Writers: Yoshio Hasuike, Ryûzô Kikushima | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Yuriko Hoshi, Akemi Kato, Takuzô Kumagai

45. Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen (1971)

149 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Writers: Ryôzô Kasahara, Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Yûzô Kayama, Tetsurô Tanba, Tatsuya Nakadai

46. Abare Goemon (1966)

101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Farmer Abare Goemon is confronted by brigand-like samurai. He raises an army of farmers to fight them and does so brilliantly. When Lord Asakura sees the success Goemon has achieved, he ... See full summary »

Writers: Masato Ide, Hiroshi Inagaki | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Makoto Satô, Ryô Tamura

47. Kekkon no subete (1958)

85 min | Comedy, Romance

7.0
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Writer: Yoshio Shirasaka | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Izumi Yukimura, Michiyo Tamaki, Michiyo Aratama, Ken Uehara

48. Ôban (1957)

118 min

7.0
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Writer: Ryôzô Kasahara | Director: Yasuki Chiba | Stars: Daisuke Katô, Setsuko Hara, Chikage Awashima, Tatsuya Nakadai

49. Tokkan (1975)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.9
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During the military phase of the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Sentaro joins a local militia loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate in order to fight Imperial troops. But Sentaro's friendship with a ... See full summary »

Writer: Kihachi Okamoto | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Yûsuke Okada, Hiroko Isayama, Kyû Sakamoto, Tatsuya Nakadai

50. Song for a Bride (1958)

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Writer: Tokuhei Wakao | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Mitsuko Kusabue, Akemi Negishi, Reiko Dan, Kenji Sahara