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1.
Summer Clouds (1958)
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(128 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
2.
Caterpillar (2010)
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During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... (85 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
3.
Demons (1971)
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge. (135 mins.)
 
4.
United Red Army (2007)
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A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary... (190 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
5.
Red Peony Gambler: Here to Kill You (1971)
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Oryu meets villagers whose crops and livelihoods are being damaged by air pollution from a local factory. (93 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô
“ Red Peony Gambler 7
Hibotan Bakuto: Oinochi Itadakimasu ” - pkotta
 
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Toad's Oil (2009)
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The story of Takuro Yazawa, a day trader who claims he can earn hundreds of millions of yen in one day... (131 mins.)
Director: Kôji Yakusho
 
8.
The Lady and the Beard (1931)
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A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard. (75 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
9.
Portrait of Madame Yuki (1950)
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Young servant girl Hamako has just started working for her personal hero, Madame Yuki. Her romanticized view of the Madame is broken immediately, as she is introduced with a list of the Madame's personal problems. (88 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
10.
Hibotan bakuto: Jingi tooshimasu (1972)
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Oryu the Red Peony visits an old dying Boss of an ally family and promises she would help guide the new Boss... (96 mins.)
Director: Buichi Saitô
“ Red Peony Gambler 8: Execution of Duty ” - pkotta
 
11.
Gorath (1962)
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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American... (88 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
12.
Showa onna bakuto (1972)
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(91 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô
 
13.
Brave Red Flower of the North (1970)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
14.
Man, Woman & the Wall (2006)
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When Ryo, a young magazine reporter, moves into a new apartment he is greeted by the passionate sounds of his astonishingly beautiful neighbor Satsuki... (84 mins.)
 
15.
Mute Samurai (1973 TV Series)
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A master swordsman, Kiichi Hogan, wanders Japan in search of the Spanish swordsman who murdered his parents and slashed his throat 18 years before...
Director: Shintarô Katsu
 
16.
Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman. (85 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
17.
After Life (1998)
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After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
 
18.
Never Give Up (1978)
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(143 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
19.
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
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A revolver-wielding stranger crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town... (121 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
20.
Tokyo-Ga (1985 Documentary)
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Moved by the work of director Yasujirô Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in Ozu's films. (92 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
21.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
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The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
22.
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
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In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out. (83 mins.)
 
23.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
24.
Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited... (121 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Hana (2006)
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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father. (127 mins.)
 
27.
Kenkei tai soshiki boryoku (1975)
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Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs. (100 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
28.
The Geisha (1983)
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1933. 20 years before, Katsuzo was in love with a geisha who gave him a daughter. They tried to run... (144 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
29.
Devil's Temple (1969)
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(76 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
30.
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami. (133 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
31.
Ken (1964)
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(94 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
32.
Still Walking (2008)
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Still Walking is a family drama about grown children visiting their elderly parents, which unfolds over one summer day... (115 mins.)
 
33.
Zero no shôten (1961)
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Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. (95 mins.)
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
Father of the Kamikaze (1974)
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(199 mins.)
 
37.
Seven Mysteries (1957)
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(55 mins.)
Director: Gorô Kadono
 
38.
Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)
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And then there was a skeleton (128 mins.)
Director: Seiji Maruyama
 
39.
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future. (156 mins.)
 
40.
Scandal (1950)
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A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer. (104 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
41.
Early Spring (1956)
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance. (144 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
42.
Quick-draw Okatsu (1969)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
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Kamikaze Girls (2004)
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Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
 
45.
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
 
46.
Rusty Knife (1958)
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Two friends who witnessed an organized crime murder are threatened by the local mob into keeping quiet. (90 mins.)
Director: Toshio Masuda
 
47.
The Taste of Tea (2004)
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A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office... (143 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
48.
The Demon (1978)
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears. (110 mins.)
 
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Kamome Diner (2006)
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Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls... (102 mins.)
Director: Naoko Ogigami
 
51.
I Am Waiting (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A former boxer gets involved with a club hostess trying to escape the clutches of her gangster employer. (91 mins.)
 
52.
Dai yûkai (1991)
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A wealthy matriarch is kidnapped by a gang of three. She is insulted by the amount of money they propose to demand as ransom... (120 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
53.
Glasses (2007)
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Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange. (106 mins.)
Director: Naoko Ogigami
 
54.
Osaka Elegy (1936)
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
55.
Black Belt (2007)
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A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events. (95 mins.)
 
56.
The End of Summer (1961)
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The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth. (103 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
57.
There Was a Father (1942)
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Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
58.
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
 
59.
Street Mobster (1972)
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A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own. (92 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
60.
Goyokin (1969)
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
61.
On the Road Forever (1964)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
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Ornamental Hairpin (1941)
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Emi Ota and her friend Okiku stay briefly at a mountain inn and then return to Tokyo. Later, Nanmura... (75 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
64.
Graveyard of Honor (1975)
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A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa. (94 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
65.
Samurai Wolf II (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master. (72 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
66.
In Search of Mother (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The protagonist Chujiro, who possesses many attractive qualities, is a victim of unkind circumstances: his mother abandoned him as a child... (83 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô
 
67.
Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)
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(89 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
68.
Hachi-ko (1987)
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death. (107 mins.)
 
69.
The Betrayal (1966)
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A naively honorable samurai comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence. (87 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
70.
The Dancer (1951)
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(85 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
71.
Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963)
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A group of samurai plan to assassinate a sadistic feudal lord. (125 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
72.
The Great Killing (1964)
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A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun... (118 mins.)
Director: Eiichi Kudô
 
73.
Vengeance for Sale (2001)
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(88 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
74.
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
 
75.
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
 
76.
Epoch of Murder Madness (1967)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
77.
Sound of the Mountain (1954)
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The businessman Ogata Shingo works with his son Shuichi, who is his secretary, and they live together... (96 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
78.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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Life story of a woman born in poverty trying to succeed. Through her many schemes, she faces her ups and downs in a cyclical nature, fueled mostly by self-interest. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
79.
A Wanderer's Notebook (1962)
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(124 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
80.
Sengoku yarô (1963)
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(98 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
81.
The Inugamis (2006)
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A web of deceit, adultery and greed manifests in Kon Ichikawa's remake of his own 1976 hit about a murder investigation that reveals years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. (134 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
82.
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
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Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo. (113 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
83.
Ningen no shômei (1977)
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When an American is murdered in a Japanese inn, Tokyo police detective Munesue follows the trail of the killer to New York. There he is joined by a New York City detective named Shuftan and together they sort out the crime. (132 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
84.
Samurai Saga (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady... (111 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
85.
Beast in the Shadows (1977)
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An author of mystery stories gets ensnared in a real murder case. An industrial tycoon and husband of... (118 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô
 
86.
Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry. (81 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
87.
The Stranger Within a Woman (1966)
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Two friends meet in a bar. Later that night, one friend's flirtatious wife is reportedly in an accident. The other friend doesn't feel well. What's come over him? (102 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
88.
Snow Trail (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps... (89 mins.)
 
89.
Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S... (118 mins.)
 
90.
Samurai Wolf (1966)
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A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs. (75 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
91.
Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Ikehiro
 
92.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)
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Tsurumatsu, a young boy, is supposed to be a new Lord but he's not really interested, he would rather be a carpenter. So he gets kidnapped and it's up to Nemuri Kyoshiro to save him. (75 mins.)
 
93.
Japan Organized Crime Boss (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Coming out of jail and hoping for a quiet life, Yokohama yakuza has to take the lead of his gang after the death of his boss... (97 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
94.
The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of group of samurai... (166 mins.)
Director: Kunio Watanabe
 
95.
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
 
96.
The Last Gunfight (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin... (95 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
97.
The Ghost Story of Oiwa's Spirit (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Tamiya, an egomaniacal samurai, determines to reunite with his wife Oiwa, who's left him after a murder scandal... (94 mins.)
Director: Tai Katô