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1. Ugetsu (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 15,561 | Gross: $0.01M

2. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 4,488

3. Ukigumo (1955)

123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 1,677

4. Gion bayashi (1953)

85 min | Drama

7.7
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion, in Kyoto asking her to be a "maiko" (apprentice of geisha). Eiko explains that her... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Seizaburô Kawazu, Saburô Date

Votes: 1,272

5. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

116 min | Drama

7.9
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 1,486

6. Nagaya shinshiroku (1947)

72 min | Drama

7.9
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In post-war Japan, a man brings a lost boy to his tenement. No one wants to take the child for even one night; finally, a sour widow, Tané, does. The next day, complaining, she takes the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Hôhi Aoki, Eitarô Ozawa, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Votes: 1,250

7. Yama no oto (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together in the suburb with their wives Yasuko and Kikuko respectively. Shuichi has a love ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara, Yôko Sugi

Votes: 1,072

8. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yaeko Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 1,558

9. Suzakumon (1957)

100 min

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Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Raizô Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Shunji Natsume

10. Midareru (1964)

98 min | Drama

8.2
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After a bombing raid destroys the family store and her husband, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love stopped short by destruction.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Yûzô Kayama, Mitsuko Kusabue, Yumi Shirakawa

Votes: 658

11. Chûshingura (1958)

166 min | Drama

7.2
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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 »

Director: Kunio Watanabe | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôji Tsuruta, Raizô Ichikawa

Votes: 158

12. Nagareru (1956)

117 min | Drama

7.8
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine, Mariko Okada

Votes: 626

13. Munekata kyôdai (1950)

112 min | Drama

7.5
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Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Sanae Takasugi

Votes: 565

14. Inazuma (1952)

87 min | Drama

7.7
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Poor, pathetic mother Ose (Kumeko Urabe) has four children, three daughters and a son, by four different men.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Mitsuko Miura, Kyôko Kagawa, Chieko Murata

Votes: 369

15. Okaasan (1952)

98 min | Drama

7.8
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A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyôko Kagawa, Eiji Okada, Akihiko Katayama

Votes: 475

16. Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

7.7
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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Makoto Fujita

Votes: 737

17. Bangiku (1954)

101 min | Drama

7.5
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 723

18. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shôgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 992

19. Iwashigumo (1958)

128 min | Drama

7.6
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A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Michiyo Aratama, Kumi Mizuno, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 218

20. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 574

21. Yang Gui Fei (1962)

103 min | Drama

6.9
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Lady Yuhuan Yang is the beloved Imperial Concubine of the Chinese Emperor. Her brother Yang, the Prime Minister, is corrupt and the Fanyang Chief revolts and imperils the throne. This has grave consequences for the Yangs and the Emperor.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Li Hua Li, Chun Yen, Lei Zhao, Hsiang Chun Li

Votes: 33

22. Onna no rekishi (1963)

126 min | Drama

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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yuriko Hoshi

Votes: 94

23. Shûu (1956)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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This wry chamber piece from director Mikio Naruse focuses on a couple whose pet peeves and minor irritations escalate into major rifts and animosity.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Shûji Sano, Kyôko Kagawa, Akemi Negishi

Votes: 148

24. Kiru (1962)

71 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Mayumi Nagisa, Masayo Banri

Votes: 264

25. Samurai Vendetta (1959)

109 min | Drama, Action

6.7
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Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable samurai living in an era of corrupt officials and treacherous clans. But after finding themselves in opposing clans and ensnared in a love ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Chitose Maki, Tokiko Mita

Votes: 190

26. Fûfu (1953)

87 min | Drama

7.3
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Uptight man and hot wife rent a room from a laidback colleague. The colleague and wife get on like a house on fire... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Ken Uehara, Yôko Sugi, Rentarô Mikuni, Keiju Kobayashi

Votes: 95

27. Tsuma (1953)

89 min | Drama

6.9
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Tokyo. Mihoko and Toichi Nakagawa's ten year marriage is crumbling out of inertia. Each knows the other isn't happy, they themselves aren't happy, but they don't talk about their problems ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Mieko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 172

28. Qiu jue (1972)

99 min | Drama

7.3
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A thief Peigang will be executed in Autumn, however, he is the only single son for three generation in succession. His grandma try to save him ...

Director: Hsing Lee | Stars: Hui Lou Chen, Shao Ching Chou, Bi Hui Fu, Su Han

Votes: 85

29. A Wife's Heart (1956)

101 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Akemi Negishi

Votes: 103

30. Ani imôto (1953)

86 min | Drama

7.6
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In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Yûji Hori

Votes: 221

31. Musume tsuma haha (1960)

123 min | Drama

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The story of a family in Tokyo who live under the same roof in a large house and include the widowed sixty-year-old mother, older son and his wife, the youngest daughter and the older ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Hiroshi Koizumi

Votes: 198

32. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)

83 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 152

33. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min | Drama

7.1
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Oryu searches for a blind girl she left behind but gets involved in a Yakuza turf war.

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tôru Abe, Bin Amatsu, Kanjûrô Arashi, Mikiko Asamatsu

Votes: 68

34. Arakure (1957)

121 min | Drama

7.3
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A woman marries, gives birth to a stillborn child, and divorces, falls in love with a hotel-keeper, only to find herself subordinated to his drive for success, takes up with a tailor who cannot console himself with her strong personality.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Masayuki Mori, Daisuke Katô

Votes: 87

35. Aki tachinu (1960)

79 min | Drama

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Single mum (father of child dead) from the country with 6th grade boy comes to Tokyo, leaves the boy to live with his uncle's family - wife... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jun Fujimaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Yôsuke Natsuki

Votes: 113

36. Poignant Story (1961)

106 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Chikage Awashima, Masayuki Mori, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 77

37. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsugiri (1964)

86 min | Drama, Mystery

6.8
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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!

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kyooko Azuma, Ryônosuke Azuma, Saburô Date

Votes: 110

38. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)

87 min | Drama

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Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 118

39. Maihime (1951)

85 min | Drama

7.0
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The troubled relationship between a writer and his ballet teacher wife, who has for years loved another man, finally leads to the breakup of the family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sô Yamamura, Mieko Takamine, Mariko Okada, Akihiko Katayama

Votes: 69

40. Utage (1967)

104 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Kumi Hayase, Shima Iwashita, Kyûzô Kawabe, Jin Nakayama

Votes: 21

41. Onna no za (1962)

111 min

7.2
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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Yôko Tsukasa, Yuriko Hoshi, Reiko Dan

Votes: 50

42. Koibumi (1953)

98 min | Drama, 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 »

Director: Kinuyo Tanaka | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Jûkichi Uno, Jûzô Dôsan

Votes: 67

43. Anzukko (1958)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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Kyoko, the daughter of a successful novelist, marries an aspiring writer. However, her husband's difficulties with his writing and his resentment over her father cause deep strains in the marriage.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sô Yamamura, Kyôko Kagawa, Isao Kimura, Keiju Kobayashi

Votes: 83

44. Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963)

93 min

7.0
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As change sweep Japan, an honest man joins the Shinsengumi out of respect for their leader and because he wants to live and die as a samurai. However, as his involvement goes, reality and idealism come into deadly conflict.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Shigeru Amachi

Votes: 101

45. Agent Shiranui (1960)

91 min | Drama

7.2
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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 »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tamao Nakamura, Mieko Kondô, Matasaburô Niwa

Votes: 100

46. No Time for Tears (1955)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Coach Shimamura of the hapless Sparrows baseball team is pleased to obtain a hot new pitcher named Onishi. But when Onishi begins a romantic relationship with the coach's daughter Michiko, ... See full summary »

Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Toshirô Mifune, Mariko Okada, Yû Fujiki

Votes: 7

47. Kutsukake Tokijiro - yukyo ippiki (1966)

90 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.2
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Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Junko Ikeuchi, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kiyoshi Atsumi

Votes: 37

48. The Demon of Mount Oe (1960)

114 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.9
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A team of samurai warriors team up to defeat a shape-changing, supernatural creature.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôjirô Hongô

Votes: 52

49. Yoru no nagare (1960)

111 min | Drama

7.1
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Directors: Yûzô Kawashima, Mikio Naruse | Stars: Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Takarada, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 45

50. Konjiki yasha (1954)

95 min | Drama

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Tokyo, 1890. Through avarice, a series of misunderstandings, and failures of courage, the engagement of Kan-ichi (a student) and Miya (the daughter of Kan-ichi's debtor) is canceled to ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Jun Negami, Fujiko Yamamoto, Kenji Sugawara, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 36