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1. Shogun Assassin (1980)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure

7.4
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When the wife of the Shogun's Decapitator is murdered and he is ordered to commit suicide by the paranoid Shogun, he and his four-year-old son escape and become assassins for hire, embarking on a journey of blood and violent death.

Directors: Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Shôgen Nitta

Votes: 8,391

2. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 21,633

3. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,440

4. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.

Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Kosuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Megumi Odaka, Katsuhiko Sasaki

Votes: 4,164

5. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Trailed by a clan of female ninja, Ogami is paid to assassinate a clan traitor accompanied by three killers known as the Gods of Death.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Minoru Ôki, Akiji Kobayashi

Votes: 4,137

6. Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.2
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In the midst of another rampage by Godzilla, Mothra emerges to save the human race from Battra.

Director: Takao Okawara | Stars: Tetsuya Bessho, Satomi Kobayashi, Takehiro Murata, Saburô Shinoda

Votes: 3,223

7. Kuroi ame (1989)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

8.0
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The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 2,451

8. The Pornographers (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Life of a pornographer who tries to stay under the radar of the mob. He has a mistress, a step-son, a step-daughter (whom he's attracted to) and a wife who believes her first husband was reincarnated as a restless carp.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Shôichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto, Ganjirô Nakamura, Chôchô Miyako

Votes: 1,703

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

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.6
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 3,425

10. Shijûshichinin no shikaku (1994)

132 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge against a corrupt lord.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Rie Miyazawa, Kôichi Iwaki

Votes: 373

11. The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûko Kotegawa, Jûzô Itami

Votes: 1,048

12. Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Miki Mizuno, Tamotsu Ishibashi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 1,608

13. Youth of the Beast (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

7.6
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A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Misako Watanabe, Tamio Kawaji, Minako Katsuki

Votes: 2,384

14. Urutoraman: Kûsô tokusatsu shirîzu (1966–1967)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Family, Adventure

7.8
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A human member of a defense force is given the life and ability to change into a giant super-hero to battle the monsters that wrecks havoc on Earth.

Stars: Susumu Kurobe, Sandayû Dokumamushi, Masaya Nihei, Bin Furuya

Votes: 337

15. Zatôichi monogatari (1974–1979)

45 min | Action, Drama

8.2
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Blind masseur Zatôichi travels from town to town gambling, drinking, and fighting off the local gangs.

Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shintarô Akatsuki, Renji Ishibashi, Keizô Kanie

Votes: 126

16. This Transient Life (1970)

143 min | Drama

8.1
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Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Kotobuki Hananomoto, Akiji Kobayashi, Eiji Okada, Kin Sugai

Votes: 581

17. Inugami-ke no ichizoku (1976)

146 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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After the death of the Father , His family are gathered to share Inheritances , but suddenly a woman with a mysterious masked man arrive there , claiming to be the other wife of the man ...

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Shimada, Teruhiko Aoi, Mieko Takamine

Votes: 432

18. Ultraman (1967)

79 min | Sci-Fi

7.1
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A feature-length compilation of episodes of the famous Japanese sci-fi TV series about a futuristic policeman who secretly transforms into a giant extraterrestrial savior.

Director: Hajime Tsuburaya | Stars: Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe, Sandayû Dokumamushi, Susumu Fujita

Votes: 171

19. Urutoraman Êsu (1972–1973)

30 min | Action

7.5
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After being mortally wounded in a monster attack, grocery man Seiji Hokuto and medical girl Yuko Minami are revived by (and given two Ultra Rings, with which they unite into) a new Ultra-being, Ultraman Ace.

Stars: Yûko Enatsu, Toru Fuyuki, Mitsuko Hoshi, Toshio Hosokawa

Votes: 39

20. Etsuraku (1965)

104 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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After Atsushi commits murder, he is blackmailed into keeping a suitcase full of embezzled money. What follows is a descent into lustful, reckless actions and regret.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Mariko Kaga, Yumiko Nogawa, Masako Yagi

Votes: 1,238

21. Getting Any? (1994)

108 min | Comedy

6.2
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Obsessed with the idea of owning his first car so he can have sex in it, a young man takes any job he can find and ends up in an escalating series of crazy situations.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Duncan, Moeko Ezawa, Taka Guadalcanal, Hakuryû

Votes: 2,220

22. Urutora Q (1965– )

30 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.6
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The first television series produced by eiji tsyburaya,the special effects man behind Godzilla.In the vein of the outer limits and the twilight zone except with giant rubber suited ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 60

23. Kamen Raidâ (1971– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A grasshopper-like, motorcycle-riding cyborg (joined by another one later in the show) fights the evil organization that transformed him for their evil deeds.

Stars: Hiroshi Fujioka, Shinji Nakae, Jirô Yabuki, Wakako Oki

Votes: 147

24. Hi no tori (1978)

137 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.2
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This extraordinarily complex film is not only a send-up of every samurai film ever made, it is also an extrapolation of the value of life. The Yamatai, represented by Prince Susano-O and ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Toshinori Omi, Masao Kusakari, Kaoru Yumi

Votes: 119

25. Yonimo kimyô na monogatari (1990–1992)

54 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Stars: Tamori, Toshio Kakei, Kunikazu Katsumata, Azusa Nakamura

Votes: 14

26. Jittemai (1986)

Not Rated | 115 min | Action

6.3
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After their executions are faked by the authorities, three criminals are forced to become assassins under the Shogun's command

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Mariko Ishihara, Masanori Sera, Mari Natsuki, Takuzô Kawatani

Votes: 138

27. Sanada Yukimura no bouryaku (1979)

148 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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Generel Sanada, seeking retribution for the murder of his father and a lost battle, both conceived by the Shogun, devises a series of brilliant plans to thwart the Shogun's overwhelming strength.

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Minori Terada, Teruhiko Aoi, Guts Ishimatsu

Votes: 97

28. Akuma no temari-uta (1977)

144 min | Mystery

6.9
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Kôsuke Kindaichi, a somewhat peculiar private detective, visits a remote town. He meets a police detective and they start to investigate an old unsolved murder. Then some murders happen. ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Keiko Kishi, Akiko Nishina, Kôji Kita

Votes: 145

29. Gokumon-to (1977)

141 min | Mystery

6.9
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A scruffy detective investigates the murders of three sisters on a small Japanese island in 1946.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Tsukasa, Reiko Ôhara, Mitsuko Kusabue

Votes: 88

30. Giwaku (1982)

127 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Shima Iwashita, Akira Emoto, Akihiko Hanyû

Votes: 62

31. Shokutaku no nai ie (1985)

143 min | Drama

7.8
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This gripping docudrama is a fictionalized account of what could happen to a Japanese family when one of their sons shames them in front of the entire nation.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mayumi Ogawa, Kie Nakai, Kiichi Nakai

Votes: 18

32. Buraikan (1970)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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An outlaw pushes the residents of Edo's red light district to rebel against a growing number of stifling, moralistic laws.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Shôichi Ozawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 171

33. Kamen Raidâ Ekkusu (1974– )

Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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From the dark corners of the world comes another fanitical terrisom group, this time it's the Government of Darkness, aka G.O.D. Daisuke Jin is transformed into the next generation cyborg, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryô Hayami, Akiji Kobayashi, Hiroshi Miyauchi, Osamu Saka

Votes: 40

34. Kamen Raidâ bui surî (1973– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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As Masked Rider V3, Shiro Kazami carries on for Riders 1 and 2, and fights the evil Destron organization.

Stars: Hiroshi Miyauchi, Akiji Kobayashi, Hizuru Ono, Gorô Naya

Votes: 61

35. Urutoraman (1979)

102 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.0
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Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Susumu Kurobe, Masaya Nihei, Akiji Kobayashi, Hiroko Sakurai

Votes: 46

36. Yatsuhaka-mura (1996)

126 min | Mystery

6.5
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Yûko Asano, Yu Ji Chin Ye, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 49

37. Lonely Heart (1981)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Yutaka Mizutani, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Rie Nakahara, Etsuko Ichihara

Votes: 37

38. Joôbachi (1978)

140 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Mieko Takamine, Keiko Kishi, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 50

39. Urutoraman - Kaijû daikessen (1979)

100 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Stars: Susumu Kurobe, Akiji Kobayashi, Sandayû Dokumamushi, Masaya Nihei

Votes: 25

40. Byoinzaka no kubikukuri no ie (1979)

139 min | Drama, Mystery

6.3
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yoshiko Sakuma, Junko Sakurada, Takako Irie

Votes: 41

41. Kamen Raidâ Sutorongâ (1975– )

Action, Adventure, Drama

5.3
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Angered by the death of his best friend at the hands of Black Satan, Sigeru Jo (Stronger) convinces an ex-Black Satan scientist named Dr. Masaki to transform him into a cyborg. Given the ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigeru Araki, Akiji Kobayashi, Gorô Naya, Osamu Ichikawa

Votes: 39

42. Operation: Mystery! (1968–1971)

25 min

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The Science Research Institute (SRI) investigates assorted strange phenomenon in Japan.

Stars: Homare Suguro, Shin Kishida, Seiji Matsuyama, Yasumi Hara

Votes: 39

43. Kyûpora no aru machi (1962)

99 min | Drama

7.3
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Set in Kawaguchi, just north of Tokyo in the early 60s, this simple story chronicles the lives of poor foundry workers and their families, and one girl's dreams of self-improvement through ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kirio Urayama | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Mitsuo Hamada, Eijirô Tôno, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 73

44. Kumo no yôni, kaze no yôni (1990)

79 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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Country girl Ginga leaves her home in hope of becoming one of the Emperor's Wives.

Director: Hisayuki Toriumi | Stars: Ryoko Sano, Atsuko Takahata, Ikuko Tani, Yôko Asagami

Votes: 262

45. Tenkawa densetsu satsujin jiken (1991)

109 min | Drama, Mystery

5.1
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Takaaki Enoki, Kôji Ishizaka, Keiko Kishi, Shirô Itô

Votes: 31

46. Hashire Melos! (1992)

107 min | Animation, Drama

7.4
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A story about the friendship between two men, during the reign of Dionysius II, at Syracuse, Sicily. Selinteus firmly believes that Melos (a strange friend) will keep his promise. But many forces are at work against.

Director: Masaaki Ôsumi | Stars: Takuma Gôno, Megumi Hayashibara, Akiji Kobayashi, Aki Mizusawa

Votes: 32

47. Sabu to Ichi torimono hikae (1968– )

Animation, Action, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Akiji Kobayashi, Gôzô Sôma, Kei Tomiyama, Teiji Ômiya

Votes: 7

48. Kamen Raidâ Amazon (1974–1975)

Action, Adventure, Drama

6.1
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Wildman Daisuke Yamamoto, raised in the Amazon Jungle, transforms into the Masked Rider-like reptilian mutant Amazon, and travels to Japan to fight the evil Gedon Empire, which completely slaughtered his jungle's inhabitants.

Stars: Toru Okazaki, Yôji Matsuda, Mariko Matsumura, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 55

49. Kamen Raidaa Bui Surii tai Desutoron Kaijin (1973)

Action, Adventure, Drama

4.4
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Kamen Rider V3, trying to protect a family from Destron, is outnumbered by Destron soldiers, and Dr. G. (Dr. G is from the V3 tv series). So, Kamen Rider 1, and 2 (who were in Austrailia ... See full summary »

Director: Minoru Yamada | Stars: Hideki Kawaguchi, Akiji Kobayashi, Hiroshi Miyauchi, Shinji Nakae

Votes: 41

50. Urutoraman Zeasu (1996)

51 min | Action, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Director: Shinya Nakajima | Stars: Masaharu Sekiguchi, Takaaki Ishibashi, Noritake Kinashi, Yuka Takaoka

Votes: 26