Japanese Films

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1.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
2.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
3.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
4.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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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. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
6.
Yojimbo (1961)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
7.
Sanjuro (1962)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
8.
Kagemusha (1980)
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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. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
9.
Ran (1985)
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In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
11.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
12.
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter. (113 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
13.
A Promise (1986)
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An old woman has died and her widower with dementia confesses to killing her. After this, the story goes back in time to show the events leading up to her death. (123 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
14.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
15.
Ugetsu (1953)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
16.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
17.
Stray Dog (1949)
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. (122 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
18.
Late Spring (1949)
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Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
19.
Casshern (2004)
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Live-action sci-fi movie based on a 1973 Japanese animé of the same name (Shinzo Ningen Casshân). Theme song by Utada Hikaru. (142 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
 
20.
Goemon (2009)
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Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi)... (128 mins.)
Director: Kazuaki Kiriya
 
21.
Pale Flower (1964)
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A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. (96 mins.)
 
22.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
23.
The Burmese Harp (1956)
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In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk. (116 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
24.
Good Morning (1959)
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
25.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
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After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
26.
Dersu Uzala (1975)
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter. (142 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosava
 
27.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
28.
Onibaba (1964)
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
29.
Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
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During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town... (139 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
 
30.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
31.
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
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A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
32.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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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. (128 mins.)
 
33.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
34.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
35.
Ugetsu (1953)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
36.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
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Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
37.
Red Beard (1965)
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In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
38.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
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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. (95 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
39.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
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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. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
40.
Versus (2000)
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There are 666 portals that connect this world to the other side. These are concealed from all human beings. Somewhere in Japan exists the 444th portal.... The forest of resurrection. (119 mins.)
 
41.
Azumi (2003)
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Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart. (128 mins.)
 
42.
Shogun Assassin (1980)
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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. (85 mins.)
 
43.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
44.
The Hidden Blade (2004)
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During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends... (132 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
45.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
46.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
47.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
48.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
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Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by the yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain. (89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
49.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
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A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol. (59 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
50.
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
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A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life. (86 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
51.
Ichi (2008)
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Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains. (120 mins.)
Director: Fumihiko Sori
 
52.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
53.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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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. (208 mins.)
 
54.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
55.
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
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A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
56.
Samurai Fiction (1998)
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A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge. (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
 
57.
The Bird People in China (1998)
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A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected. (118 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
58.
Still Walking (2008)
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A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. (115 mins.)
 
59.
Confessions (2010)
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
 
60.
Dead or Alive (1999)
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A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world. (105 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
61.
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
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An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company. (120 mins.)
 
62.
The Taste of Tea (2004)
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A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life. (143 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
63.
Winter Days (2003 Short Film)
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A compilation of short animated clips on winter days in Japan (39 mins.)