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1. 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

2. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Kaizan Nakazato | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

3. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

G | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

6.3
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Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Writer: Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Jun Tazaki, Akira Kubo

4. Samurai Rebellion (1967)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama, History

8.4
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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

5. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (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

6. 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

7. A Colt Is My Passport (1967)

84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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The melancholy, homely Kamimura is a hit man who takes a job to kill a mob boss who's gotten greedy. The rival gang lord who hires Kamimura and his driver Shun pays them and sets them up in... See full summary »

Writers: Shinji Fujiwara, Hideichi Nagahara, Nobuo Yamada | Director: Takashi Nomura | Stars: Jô Shishido, Chitose Kobayashi, Jerry Fujio, Shôki Fukae

8. 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

9. Sanshiro Sugata (1965)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita | Director: Seiichirô Uchikawa | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Eiji Okada, Takashi Shimura

10. Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen (1971)

149 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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Writers: Ryôzô Kasahara, Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Yûzô Kayama, Tetsurô Tanba, Tatsuya Nakadai

11. Gorath (1962)

83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.2
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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »

Writers: Takeshi Kimura, Jôjirô Okami | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno

12. Nihonkai daikaisen (1969)

G | 128 min | Drama, History, War

6.5
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Japan and Russia clash in what comes to be known as the Russo-Japanese War. An attempt by the Japanese fleet and army to take Port Arthur fails, and a Russian fleet bears down on the Sea of... See full summary »

Writer: Toshio Yasumi | Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama, Chishû Ryû

13. The Human Vapor (1960)

Not Rated | 81 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »

Writer: Takeshi Kimura | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Keiko Sata

14. Zero no shôten (1961)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Seichô Matsumoto, Yôji Yamada | Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima, Kôji Nanbara

15. 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

16. Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights (1962)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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Writers: Naoyuki Suzuki, Tomu Uchida, Eiji Yoshikawa | Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura, Chieko Naniwa

17. Tears on the Lion's Mane (1962)

92 min

6.6
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Writers: Ichirô Mizunuma, Masahiro Shinoda, Shûji Terayama | Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Takashi Fujiki, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Mariko Kaga, Kôji Nanbara

18. Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962)

100 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

Writers: Nagisa Ôshima, Toshirô Ishidô | Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hashizô Ôkawa, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Satomi Oka, Rentarô Mikuni

19. 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

20. Bitter End of a Sweet Night (1961)

85 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Writers: Yôichi Maeda, Yoshishige Yoshida | Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Michiko Saga, Teruyo Yamagami, Sumiko Hidaka

21. Abare Gôemon (1966)

101 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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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

22. Kôiki bôryoku: ryuuketsu no shima (1969)

Action, Crime

6.4
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Writers: Kazuo Aoki, Yasuharu Hasebe | Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Ryôji Hayama, Tadao Nakamaru, Hiroshi Nawa

23. The Family (1974)

211 min | Drama

7.3
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Writers: Nobuo Yamada, Toyoko Yamasaki | Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Shin Saburi, Yumeji Tsukioka, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Yamamoto

24. Densô ningen (1960)

85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Men are being murdered by a psycho called "The Telegian," who uses a matter-transmitting device to locate his victims.

Writer: Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Jun Fukuda | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yumi Shirakawa, Seizaburô Kawazu, Yoshio Tsuchiya

25. Portrait of Chieko (1967)

125 min | Drama

6.9
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Writers: Joe Hirose, Noboru Nakamura, Haruo Satô, Kotaro Takamura | Director: Noboru Nakamura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba, Jin Nakayama, Hiroshi Akutagawa

26. Daitokai - tatakai no hibi (1976– )

54 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Kaku Takashina, Takehiko Ono, Yûjirô Ishihara

27. Arakure (1969)

87 min | Drama

6.5
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Writer: Gan Yamazaki | Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Tsuneo Aoki, Tatsuya Fuji, Rika Fujie, Keiko Hara

28. Taiheiyô no washi (1953)

119 min | Drama, History, War

7.3
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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

29. Blood Is Dry (1960)

87 min | Drama

7.1
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Writer: Yoshishige Yoshida | Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Keiji Sada, Kaneko Iwasaki, Shin'ichirô Mikami, Mari Yoshimura

30. Takekurabe (1955)

95 min

8.1
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Writer: Toshio Yasumi | Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Hibari Misora, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Takashi Kitahara, Eijirô Yanagi

31. 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

32. Ôedo sôsamô (1970–1980)

Action

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Stars: Tetsurô Sagawa, Takeya Nakamura, Ryô Kurosawa, Eiko Ezaki

33. The Man in the Moonlight Mask (1958)

102 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.3
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Writer: Kôhan Kawauchi | Director: Tsuneo Kobayashi | Stars: Sen Hara, Mitsue Komiya, Hiroko Mine, Yasushi Nagata

34. The War of the 16 Year Olds (1973)

94 min

6.5
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Writers: Toshio Matsumoto, Masahiro Yamada | Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Kumiko Akiyoshi, Itsuro Shimoda, Michiko Saga, Takamaru Sasaki

35. Shinobi no mono: shin kirigakure Saizo (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Writer: Hajime Takaiwa | Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûko Kusunoki, Takahiro Tamura

36. Hachi-nin me no teki (1961)

84 min

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Writers: Naci Kinya, Itaru Kikumura | Director: Hajime Satô | Stars: Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroshi Minami, Shigemi Kitahara, Mitsue Komiya

37. Nemuri Kyoshiro 3: Engetsugiri (1964)

86 min | Drama, Mystery

7.0
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Kyoshiro demonstrates his skill by slicing the clothes from the body of a female opponent, and gets involved in a plot that could spell his doom!

Writers: Seiji Hoshikawa, Renzaburô Shibata | Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kyooko Azuma, Ryonosuke Azuma, Saburô Date

38. Senkan Yamato (1953)

104 min | War

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Director: Yutaka Abe | Stars: Tôru Abe, Minoru Arita, Hiroshi Ayukawa, Susumu Fujita

39. Adolescence (1952)

Drama, Romance

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Writers: Seiji Maruyama, Goro Tanada | Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Mariko Okada, Akira Kubo, Tatsuyoshi Ehara

40. Kuroi neko (1965)

76 min | Drama

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Writers: Kikuma Shimoiizaka, Yûsuke Watanabe | Director: Yûsuke Watanabe | Stars: Yoshiko Mita, Mako Midori, Kôji Takahashi, Michiyo Kogure

41. Bakuto hyakunin (1969)

89 min | Crime

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Writer: Gan Yamazaki | Director: Takashi Nomura | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Shinjirô Ehara, Shigeru Amachi, Akira Kobayashi

42. Ôshô (1973)

101 min | Drama

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Writers: Hideji Hôjô, Ryôzô Kasahara | Director: Hiromichi Horikawa | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tamao Nakamura, Tatsuya Nakadai, Makoto Fujita

43. The Performers (1970)

94 min | Drama

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Writer: Umetsugu Inoue | Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Hibari Misora, Shin'ichi Mori, Shôgo Shimada, Yoichi Hayashi

44. Towering Waves (1960)

99 min | Drama, Romance

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Writers: Seichô Matsumoto, Tsutomu Sawamura | Director: Noboru Nakamura | Stars: Ineko Arima, Masahiko Tsugawa, Miyuki Kuwano, Kôji Nanbara

45. Ninja Captor (1976– )

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Stars: Daisuke Ban, Sanpei Godai, Sen Utsumi, Yuuko Matsuyou

46. Denkô karate uchi (1956)

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Writers: Yoshiharu Makino, Tahei Kobayashi | Director: Fujio Tsuda | Stars: Ken Takakura, Akiko Hino, Chikara Iwaki, Takashi Kanda

47. Mitsuyu-sen (1954)

114 min | Crime, Drama

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A narcotics investigator for the harbor police, Eiichi Tsuda, is driven by thoughts of vengeance for the overdose death of his brother and the subsequent decline and death of their mother. ... See full summary »

Writers: Teruaki Miyata, Hideo Oguni, Tatsuo Takano | Director: Toshio Sugie | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Asami Kuji, Machiko Kitagawa, Shin Tokudaiji

48. Zoku Sasaki Kojiro (1951)

116 min

7.3
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Writers: Hiroshi Inagaki, Kenrô Matsuura, Genzo Murakami | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Tomoemon Otani, Hideko Takamine, Yuriko Hamada, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata

49. Sasurai (1962)

90 min

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Writers: Kazuo Nishida, Hide Ogawa | Director: Hiroshi Noguchi | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Yaeko Arai, Shibata Circus

50. The Outsiders (1958)

113 min

6.1
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Writers: Taijun Takeda, Keinosuke Uekusa | Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Ken Takakura, Rentarô Mikuni, Kyôko Kagawa, Ineko Arima