Japanese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
2.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (89 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
Untamed Woman (1957)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
6.
The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
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A kabuki theatre-inflected story about a poor village whose people have to be carried to a nearby mountain to die once they get old. (98 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
Akibiyori (1960)
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A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends. (128 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
9.
Immortal Love (1961)
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(103 mins.)
 
10.
Being Two Isn't Easy (1962)
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The trials, tribulations, and joys of raising a child. The film follows the everyday events of a family with one boy... (88 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
11.
Koto (1963)
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Two twin girls are separated at birth. One grows up in a loving family. The other one doesn't. They finally meat by complete accident on a town fair. No one ever told them about the other one so they begin familiarizing with each other. (107 mins.)
Director: Noboru Nakamura
 
12.
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.)
 
13.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
14.
Lake of Tears (1966)
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(130 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
15.
Portrait of Chieko (1967)
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(125 mins.)
Director: Noboru Nakamura
 
16.
The Sands of Kurobe (1968)
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Kitagawa is an engineer charged with construction of a gigantic tunnel through the Japan Alps for the... (196 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
17.
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
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An engineer from Tokyo arrives on a drought-ridden tropical island to drill a well to power a nearby sugar mill. He meets the inbred Futori family, hated by the locals for breaking religious customs. (173 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
19.
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley. (140 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
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One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II. (96 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
21.
Coup d'Etat (1973)
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A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936. (110 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
22.
Kaseki (1975)
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(200 mins.)
 
23.
Sandakan 8 (1974)
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A journalist interviews an old woman who was forced into prostitution, just like many other Japanese women working in Asia outside of Japan during the first half of the 20th century. She worked in a Malaysian brothel called Sandakan 8. (120 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
24.
Hakkodasan (1977)
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(169 mins.)
Director: Shirô Moritani
 
25.
Empire of Passion (1978)
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A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger. (105 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
26.
Gassan (1978)
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(103 mins.)
 
27.
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
 
28.
Muddy River (1981)
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In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty. (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
29.
Onimasa (1982)
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A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako. (146 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
30.
Antarctica (1983)
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Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica... (143 mins.)
 
31.
MacArthur's Children (1984)
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In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come... (125 mins.)
 
32.
Gray Sunset (1985)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
 
33.
Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies (1986)
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This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies... (135 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
34.
Zegen (1987)
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(124 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
35.
Hope and Pain (1988)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
36.
Rikyu (1989)
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Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions. (135 mins.)
 
37.
The Sting of Death (1990)
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Period drama set in the 1950's about a couple isolating themselves from the outside world as they attempt to salvage their faltering marriage, no matter what the costs, after the husband has an affair. (115 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
38.
Rhapsody in August (1991)
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Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
39.
Onna goroshi abura no jigoku (1992)
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A young man's frequent patronage of a prostitute leads to debt. (115 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
40.
Maadadayo (1993)
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Following World War II, a retired professor approaching his autumn years finds his quality of life drastically reduced in war-torn Tokyo. Denying despair, he pursues writing and celebrates his birthday with his adoring students. (134 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
41.
Pom Poko (1994)
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A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development. (119 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
42.
Deep River (1995)
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Three Japanese pilgrims arrive in India. Miss Naruse is looking for Otsu, a Catholic priest, her lover... (108 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
43.
Gakko II (1996)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
44.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
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On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
45.
Ai o kou hito (1998)
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(135 mins.)
 
46.
Railroad Man (1999)
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the... (112 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
47.
After the Rain (1999)
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During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Koizumi
 
48.
Go (2001)
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Sugihara, born in Japan but with North Korean parents, falls in love with a Japanese girl after changing from a North Korean school to a Japanese school. His boxer dad teaches him boxing - skills used a lot. (122 mins.)
Director: Isao Yukisada
 
49.
Out (2002)
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Four down on their luck housewives murder their husbands and find whacky ways to hide the bodies! (119 mins.)
 
50.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
51.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning. (141 mins.)
 
52.
Blood and Bones (2004)
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In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan... (140 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
53.
Hula Girls (2006)
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Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction. (121 mins.)
Director: Sang-il Lee
 
54.
I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
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A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent. (143 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
55.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
56.
Nobody to Watch Over Me (2008)
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Ryoichi Kimizuka's riveting exploration of the Japanese media's feeding frenzy focuses on a15-year-old... (118 mins.)
 
57.
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.)