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1. Seven Samurai (1954)

Unrated | 207 min | Action, Drama

8.8
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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

2. Godzilla (1954)

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

7.5
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78 Metascore

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

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

3. Rashomon (1950)

Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Writers: Ryûnosuke Akutagawa, Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

4. Yojimbo (1961)

Unrated | 110 min | Action, Adventure

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

5. 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

6. The Hidden Fortress (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

8.0
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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

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. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

80 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Writers: Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata, Al C. Ward | Directors: Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse | Stars: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada

10. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.

Writers: Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

11. High and Low (1963)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Evan Hunter | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yutaka Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyôko Kagawa

12. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Approved | 78 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.1
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Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Writers: Shigeaki Hidaka, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata | Director: Motoyoshi Oda | Stars: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura

13. Stray Dog (1949)

Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji, Eiko Miyoshi

14. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)

Not Rated | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.

Writers: Hideo Oguni, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa, Ryûzô Kikushima, Shinobu Hashimoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyôko Kagawa, Tatsuya Mihashi

15. Drunken Angel (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, Reisaburô Yamamoto, Michiyo Kogure

16. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

85 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.6
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After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Writer: Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi

17. Red Beard (1965)

Not Rated | 185 min | Drama

8.2
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.

Writers: Masato Ide, Hideo Oguni, Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa, Shûgorô Yamamoto | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yûzô Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Reiko Dan

18. Mothra (1961)

Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru, an island previously used for atomic tests. Amazingly free of radiation effects, they believe they were protected by a special juice given to them by... See full summary »

Writers: Shinichirô Nakamura, Takehiko Fukunaga, Yoshie Hotta, Shin'ichi Sekizawa | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Frankie Sakai, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kyôko Kagawa, Ken Uehara

19. Ghost Stories (1964)

Not Rated | 125 min | Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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This film contains four distinct, separate stories. "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money, but finds the marriage disastrous and returns to his old wife... See full summary »

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

20. Chushingura (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

21. The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958)

166 min | Drama

7.3
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Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of group of samurai who became ronin (masterless samurai) after their Lord was forced to commit seppuku (... See full summary »

Writers: Fuji Yahiro, Toshio Tamikado, Masaharu Matsumura, Kunio Watanabe | Director: Kunio Watanabe | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôji Tsuruta, Raizô Ichikawa

22. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)

59 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol.

Writers: Anonymous, Akira Kurosawa, Gohei Namiki | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Ken'ichi Enomoto, Masayuki Mori

23. Scandal (1950)

105 min | Drama

7.5
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A paparazzi photo sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku

24. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.8
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A humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the ... See full summary »

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

25. The Idiot (1951)

166 min | Drama

7.5
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A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.

Writers: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Eijirô Hisaita, Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga

26. No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII.

Writer: Eijirô Hisaita | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Denjirô Ôkôchi, Haruko Sugimura

27. Samurai Assassin (1965)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Jiromasa Gunji | Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Yûnosuke Itô

28. The Silent Duel (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.6
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A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Writers: Kazuo Kikuta, Akira Kurosawa, Senkichi Taniguchi | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô, Kenjiro Uemura

29. The Most Beautiful (1944)

85 min | Drama

5.9
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During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an effort from the workers to increase the productivity during four months. The target for ... See full summary »

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Sôji Kiyokawa, Ichirô Sugai, Takako Irie

30. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

8.0
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The tale of a 17th century samurai's daughter.

Writers: Saikaku Ihara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

31. The Mysterians (1957)

85 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.3
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Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that ... See full summary »

Writers: Shigeru Kayama, Takeshi Kimura, Jôjirô Okami | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata

32. Godzilla (1977)

106 min | Sci-Fi

6.4
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Add a Plot

Directors: Luigi Cozzi, Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse | Stars: Raymond Burr, Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi, Takashi Shimura

33. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.5
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During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »

Writers: Reuben Bercovitch, Takeshi Kimura, Mary Shelley, Jerry Sohl | Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Yoshio Tsuchiya

34. I Live in Fear (1955)

103 min | Drama

7.4
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An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Fumio Hayasaka, Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Eiko Miyoshi

35. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Writers: Yoshi Hattori, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô

36. Osaka Elegy (1936)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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Ayako becomes the mistress of her boss, Mr. Asai, so she can pay her father's debt, and prevent him from going to prison for embezzlement. She also sends money to her brother Hiroshi to pay... See full summary »

Writers: Tadashi Fujiwara, Kenji Mizoguchi, Saburo Okada, Yoshikata Yoda | Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Ôkura, Shinpachirô Asaka

37. The Bullet Train (1975)

152 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.

Writers: Ryûnosuke Ono, Jun'ya Satô, Arei Katô | Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Gô

38. 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

39. Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life.

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Tsuneo Tomita | Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Yukiko Todoroki, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata

40. Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)

82 min | Drama

7.1
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Two sisters, one a dancer and the other a script supervisor at a big movie studio, become embroiled in union activities when a strike is called in sympathy with striking railroad workers, ... See full summary »

Writers: Yûsaku Yamagata, Kajirô Yamamoto | Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Sekigawa, Kajirô Yamamoto | Stars: Susumu Fujita, Hideko Takamine, Kenji Susukida, Masayuki Mori

41. Samurai Banners (1969)

165 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces ... See full summary »

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasushi Inoue, Takeo Kunihiro | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Sakuma, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yûjirô Ishihara

42. Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Action, Adventure

7.4
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Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.

Writers: Kinya Naoi, Kan Shimozawa | Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kayo Mikimoto, Kyôsuke Machida, Takashi Shimura

43. Gorath (1962)

83 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.1
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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

44. Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974)

88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »

Writers: Michel de Notredame, Tsutomu 'Ben' Goto, Toshio Yasumi, Yoshimitsu Banno | Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Toshio Kurosawa, Kaoru Yumi, Yôko Tsukasa

45. Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)

118 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his ... See full summary »

Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Takeo Kunihiro | Directors: Shûe Matsubayashi, Hugo Grimaldi | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Makoto Satô, Misa Uehara, Keiju Kobayashi

46. Sanshiro Sugata (1965)

159 min | Action, Drama

7.7
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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

47. Snow Trail (1947)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her ... See full summary »

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Kosugi, Akitake Kôno

48. Daredevil in the Castle (1961)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Mohei is a wandering swordsman. He arrives in the city of Osaka, where the Toyotomi clan accepts him and comes to depend upon his courage and his battlefield skills. Those skills are sorely... See full summary »

Writers: Hiroshi Inagaki, Takeshi Kimura, Genzo Murakami | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Kyôko Kagawa, Yuriko Hoshi, Yoshiko Kuga

49. Vendetta of a Samurai (1952)

82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Matemon Araki, a renowned swordsman, helps a young man find vengeance.

Writer: Akira Kurosawa | Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yuriko Hamada, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Katayama

50. Nippon tanjô (1959)

112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »

Writers: Ryûzô Kikushima, Toshio Yasumi | Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akihiko Hirata, Kyôko Kagawa