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1. 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, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won't leave his ... See full synopsis »

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

Votes: 232

2. Kyatapirâ (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, War

6.8
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75 Metascore

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier... but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle in mainland China. All ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Shinobu Terajima, Keigo Kasuya, Emi Masuda, Sabu Kawahara

Votes: 897 | Gross: $0.00M

3. Demons (1971)

134 min | Drama, Horror

8.2
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo, Masao Imafuku

Votes: 1,322

4. Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi (2007)

Not Rated | 190 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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67 Metascore

A story about the rise and fall of United Red Army, a real life 70s short-lived Japanese armed revolutionary communist movement similar to more famous Red Brigades in Italy or ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Maki Sakai, Arata Iura, Akie Namiki, Gô Jibiki

Votes: 571 | Gross: $0.00M

5. Hibotan Bakuto: Oinochi Itadaki masu (1971)

93 min

7.1
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Oryu meets villagers whose crops and livelihoods are being damaged by air pollution from a local factory.

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Junko Fuji, Kôji Tsuruta, Katsutoshi Akiyama, Kanjûrô Arashi

Votes: 49

Red Peony Gambler 7 Hibotan Bakuto: Oinochi Itadakimasu

6. Last Days of the Boss (1976)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Isao Bitô, Takeo Chii, Takashi Ebata

Votes: 94

7. Toad's Oil (2009)

131 min | Drama

6.7
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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, and those around him as they attempt to cope with the death of his son and somehow ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Yakusho | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Satomi Kobayashi, Eita, Kaoru Yachigusa

Votes: 103

8. Shukujo to hige (1931)

75 min | Comedy, Romance

6.5
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A bearded kendo champion has difficulties in life because of his conservative ways and his unusual beard.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tokihiko Okada, Hiroko Kawasaki, Chôko Iida, Satoko Date

Votes: 271

9. Yuki fujin ezu (1950)

88 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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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.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Michiyo Kogure, Yoshiko Kuga, Ken Uehara, Eijirô Yanagi

Votes: 278

10. Hibotan bakuto: Jingi tooshimasu (1972)

96 min | Crime

7.1
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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. Meanwhile a turf war breaks out. When the family is betrayed from within and ... See full summary »

Director: Buichi Saitô | Stars: Daisuke Awaji, Junko Fuji, Akira Hirasawa, Masao Hori

Votes: 35

Red Peony Gambler 8: Execution of Duty

11. Gorath (1962)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

6.0
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Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Yumi Shirakawa, Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno

Votes: 455

12. Showa onna bakuto (1972)

91 min | Crime

6.9
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Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Kyôko Enami, Hiroki Matsukata, Shigeru Amachi, Kanjûrô Arashi

Votes: 19

13. Nihon jokyo-den: makka na dokyo-bana (1970)

94 min | Crime

4.9
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Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Junko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Shingo Yamashiro, Bin Amatsu

Votes: 22

14. Kikareta onna no mirareta yoru (2006)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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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. Realizing the wall dividing their ... See full summary »

Director: Masashi Yamamoto | Stars: Sora Aoi, Hiroto Katô, Shô Nishino, Takashi Oda

Votes: 797

15. Mute Samurai (1973–1974)

Action

8.3
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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. Renouncing any normal life the samurai ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Yûko Hama, Shintarô Katsu, Yoshiko Nakada

Votes: 41

16. Hîchirimen bâkuto - nôbarydu takahadâ (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.7
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 808

17. After Life (1998)

118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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91 Metascore

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Arata Iura, Erika Oda, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitô

Votes: 7,876 | Gross: $0.80M

18. Yasei no shômei (1978)

143 min | Crime

6.3
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A Japanese Warrior leaves the secretive battalion he is apart of. As a skilled soldier, he confronts evil and serves his people.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Ryôko Nakano, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 133

19. Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Western

6.3
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55 Metascore

A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hideaki Itô, Kôichi Satô, Quentin Tarantino, Masanobu Andô

Votes: 13,567 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Tokyo-Ga (1985)

92 min | Documentary

7.3
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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.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Werner Herzog, Yûharu Atsuta, Chris Marker

Votes: 1,826

21. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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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.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Gô Katô, Tomoko Mayama

Votes: 5,405

22. Kozure Ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô (1974)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi, Gorô Mutsumi

Votes: 2,573

23. Street of Shame (1956)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

8.0
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 2,811

24. Inochi bô ni furô (1971)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 298

25. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 262,081 | Gross: $2.38M

26. Hana yori mo naho (2006)

127 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A troubled young samurai seeks revenge for the death of his father.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 1,090

27. Cops vs Thugs (1975)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikio Narita

Votes: 446

28. Yôkirô (1983)

144 min | Drama, War

7.2
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The loves and tragedies of a geisha in 1933 Japan.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Ken Ogata, Kimiko Ikegami, Atsuko Asano, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 181

29. Oni no sumu yakata (1969)

76 min | Drama

7.5
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An abandoned temple in the mountains outside of the old capital city of Kyoto is the scene of a fated meeting between a traveling priest, two women, and a vicious killer.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Hideko Takamine, Michiyo Aratama, Kei Satô

Votes: 71

30. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

7.6
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Based on childhood days of Teruyo Nogami.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mayumi Tanaka, Mirai Shida, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 1,043 | Gross: $0.01M

31. Ken (1964)

94 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke Kawazu, Hisaya Morishige, Akio Hasegawa

Votes: 181

32. Still Walking (2008)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

8.0
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89 Metascore

A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, You, Kazuya Takahashi

Votes: 8,968 | Gross: $0.16M

33. Zero no shôten (1961)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.1
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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.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Yoshiko Kuga, Hizuru Takachiho, Ineko Arima, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 376

34. Tokyo Sonata (2008)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama

7.6
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80 Metascore

An ordinary Japanese family slowly disintegrates after its patriarch loses his job at a prominent company.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyôko Koizumi, Yû Koyanagi, Kai Inowaki

Votes: 7,613 | Gross: $0.28M

35. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

8.4
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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.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 11,491

36. Father of the Kamikaze (1974)

199 min | War

6.4
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The historical drama follows the wartime experiences of the respected admiral who attempted to force America into considering a negotiated peace during World War Two.

Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Noboru Andô, Shinjirô Ebara, Tatsuo Endô

Votes: 41

37. Seven Mysteries (1957)

55 min | Horror

6.4
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Director: Gorô Kadono | Stars: Jûzaburô Akechi, Namiji Matsuura, Shigeru Amachi, Hiroshi Ayukawa

Votes: 48

38. Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)

G | 128 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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Japan and Russia clash in what comes to be known as the Russo-Japanese War. An attempt by the Japanese fleet and army to take Port Arthur fails, and a Russian fleet bears down on the Sea of Japan.

Director: Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yûzô Kayama, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 129

39. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 1,791

40. Scandal (1950)

Approved | 105 min | Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Shirley Yamaguchi, Yôko Katsuragi, Noriko Sengoku

Votes: 2,698

41. Early Spring (1956)

144 min | Drama

8.0
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi, Keiko Kishi

Votes: 2,031

42. Quick-draw Okatsu (1969)

89 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Kô Nishimura, Kenji Imai

Votes: 163

43. Yôen dokufu-den: Okatsu kyôjô tabi (1969)

84 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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Miyazono again plays a character named Okatsu in the final installment, Okatsu the Fugitive (1969), as the devoted daughter of parents who are put to death for refusing to release a document that could send a venal merchant to prison.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Junko Miyazono, Reiko Ônobuta, Tôru Abe, Tatsuo Umemiya

Votes: 114

44. Shimotsuma monogatari (2004)

102 min | Comedy

7.3
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56 Metascore

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.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Anna Tsuchiya, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Sadao Abe

Votes: 6,119

45. Onimasa (1982)

146 min | Drama

7.0
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A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Akiko Nakamura, Akiko Kana

Votes: 268

46. Rusty Knife (1958)

90 min | Action, Crime

6.8
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Two friends who witnessed an organized crime murder are threatened by the local mob into keeping quiet.

Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Shôji Yasui, Mari Shiraki

Votes: 399

47. Cha no aji (2004)

143 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.8
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77 Metascore

A spell of time of a rural family's slightly surreal life.

Director: Katsuhito Ishii | Stars: Maya Banno, Takahiro Satô, Tadanobu Asano, Satomi Tezuka

Votes: 4,955

48. The Demon (1978)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

7.4
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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.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Hiroki Iwase, Miyuki Yoshizawa

Votes: 564

49. The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka (1967)

99 min | Drama, History

7.3
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The Wife of Seishû Hanaoka is set in feudal Japan. Its two central characters are based on the wife and mother of Japanese physician Seishû Hanaoka (1760-1835). Hanaoka developed a herbal ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Hideko Takamine, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 113

50. Kamome shokudô (2006)

102 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Hairi Katagiri, Masako Motai, Jarkko Niemi

Votes: 1,528

51. Ore wa matteru ze (1957)

91 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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A former boxer gets involved with a club hostess trying to escape the clutches of her gangster employer.

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Mie Kitahara, Isamu Kosugi, Kenjirô Uemura

Votes: 555

52. Dai yûkai (1991)

120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.1
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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, and a strange interchange of roles takes place between captors ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tôru Kazama, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Katsuyasu Uchida, Shigeru Kôyama

Votes: 100

53. Megane (2007)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

6.7
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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.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryo Kase, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,070

54. Osaka Elegy (1936)

90 min | Drama

7.4
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A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Seiichi Takegawa, Chiyoko Ôkura, Shinpachirô Asaka

Votes: 1,574

55. Kuro-obi (2007)

95 min | Action, Drama, Sport

7.1
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A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events.

Director: Shunichi Nagasaki | Stars: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yûji Suzuki, Kenji Anan

Votes: 1,313

56. The End of Summer (1961)

103 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 2,750

57. There Was a Father (1942)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.8
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Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shûji Sano, Shin Saburi, Takeshi Sakamoto

Votes: 1,904

58. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)

Not Rated | 59 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Denjirô Ôkôchi, Susumu Fujita, Ken'ichi Enomoto, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 2,680

59. Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota (1972)

95 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa, Asao Koike

Votes: 675

60. Goyôkin (1969)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa, Ruriko Asaoka

Votes: 1,641

61. Mushuku mono (1964)

89 min | Action

6.7
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A wandering yakuza in search for the man responsible for slicing up his father and an amateur samurai searching for the whereabouts of his own father are thrown together on the outskirts of a mob infested seaside village.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Eiko Taki, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Jun Fujimaki

Votes: 35

62. Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana (1976)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman. The cop is bent on results and is not immune to becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hideo Murota

Votes: 567

63. Kanzashi (1941)

70 min | Drama

7.3
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At a rural spa, a soldier accidentally cuts his foot on a hairpin. Soon enough he tracks down its lovely owner and finds himself smitten.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Shin'ichi Himori, Kanji Kawahara, Hiroko Kawasaki, Koji Matsumoto

Votes: 420

64. Jingi no hakaba (1975)

94 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Eiji Gô

Votes: 1,153

65. Samurai Wolf II (1967)

72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Kiba is caught in the intrigue between a crooked goldmine owner, a cynical, betrayed swordsman, a manipulative lady and an arrogant dojo master.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ichirô Nakatani, Bin Amatsu, Yûko Kusunoki

Votes: 283

66. Mabuta no haha (1962)

83 min | Drama

6.8
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The protagonist Chujiro, who possesses many attractive qualities, is a victim of unkind circumstances: his mother abandoned him as a child, so he had no choice but to live outside society. ... See full summary »

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hiroki Matsukata, Michiyo Kogure, Keiko Okawa

Votes: 51

67. Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)

89 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.0
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The movie focuses on the actions of a revolutionary movement.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Yoshizawa, Rie Yokoyama, Yuki Aresa, Masao Adachi

Votes: 817

68. Hachi-ko (1987)

107 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toshinori Omi, Toshirô Yanagiba

Votes: 3,603

69. The Betrayal (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 159

70. Maihime (1951)

85 min | Drama

6.9
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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: 75

71. Jûsan-nin no shikaku (1963)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Action

7.6
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A group of samurai plan to assassinate a sadistic feudal lord.

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Chiezô Kataoka, Kôtarô Satomi, Ryôhei Uchida

Votes: 616

72. The Great Killing (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Kôtarô Satomi, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 230

73. Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku (2001)

88 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Kyôka Suzuki, Takehiro Murata, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 101

74. The Burmese Harp (1956)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Music, War

8.1
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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.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Shôji Yasui, Tatsuya Mihashi, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 4,559

75. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

Votes: 7,689

76. Satsujin kyôjidai (1967)

99 min | Action, Comedy

7.3
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Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Reiko Dan, Hideo Sunazuka, Hideyo Amamoto

Votes: 185

77. Yama no oto (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.

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

Votes: 1,156

78. Nippon konchûki (1963)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Emiko Aizawa, Setsuko Amamiya, Tomio Aoki, Tomoko Aoyagi

Votes: 1,466

79. Hôrô-ki (1962)

124 min | Drama

7.6
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Woman can't find a decent job, meanwhile being dumped by her boyfriend and writing on the side. people say her writing on poverty is good, but she can't sell it and continues with dead end ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Daisuke Katô, Keiju Kobayashi

Votes: 222

80. Sengoku yarô (1963)

98 min | Drama

6.8
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A lone masterless warrior with some new friends helps ship 300 rifles to a Japanese warlord during the sengoku period.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Yuriko Hoshi, Makoto Satô, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 88

81. Inugami-ke no ichizoku (2006)

134 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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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.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Nanako Matsushima, Kikunosuke Onoe, Junko Fuji

Votes: 265

82. Yukinojô henge (1963)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi

Votes: 1,471

83. Ningen no shômei (1977)

100 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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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 City. There he is joined by Detective Shuftan, and together they sort out the crime.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: George Kennedy, Mariko Okada, Yûsaku Matsuda, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 232

84. Samurai Saga (1959)

111 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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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. But she sees him only as a friend, so ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Akira Takarada, Keiko Awaji

Votes: 255

85. Edogawa Rampo no injû (1977)

118 min

7.1
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An author of mystery stories gets ensnared in a real murder case. An industrial tycoon and husband of his biggest fan lies dead and one of his colleagues, a successful but antisocial writer... See full summary »

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Teruhiko Aoi, Yoshiko Kayama, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Ryûtarô Ôtomo

Votes: 47

86. Bôhachi bushidô: Poruno jidaigeki (1973)

81 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.0
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A nihilistic ronin joins the immoral Bohachi clan, which intends to take control over the local prostitution industry.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Gorô Ibuki, Tatsuo Endô, Ryôhei Uchida

Votes: 469

87. Onna no naka ni iru tanin (1966)

102 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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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?

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Keiju Kobayashi, Michiyo Aratama, Mitsuko Kusabue, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 238

88. Snow Trail (1947)

89 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her ... See full summary »

Director: Senkichi Taniguchi | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Kosugi, Akitake Kôno

Votes: 215

89. Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi (1960)

118 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his ... See full summary »

Directors: Shûe Matsubayashi, Hugo Grimaldi | Stars: Yôsuke Natsuki, Toshirô Mifune, Kôji Tsuruta, Makoto Satô

Votes: 103

90. Samurai Wolf (1966)

75 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Ryôhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono, Tatsuo Endô

Votes: 441

91. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)

87 min | Drama

7.1
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the quite reluctant hero refuse to come to the assistance of a Japanese Christian in an age of both proselytizing and persecution, but later ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 123

92. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan (1965)

75 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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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.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Saga, Machiko Hasegawa, Masako Aboshi

Votes: 77

93. Japan Organized Crime Boss (1969)

97 min | Action, Crime

7.2
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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. His small group is is taken in a crossfire between a big yakuza... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô

Votes: 146

94. Chûshingura (1958)

Not Rated | 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: 175

95. Arakure (1957)

121 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 97

96. The Last Gunfight (1960)

95 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Japanese police detective Saburo Fujioka is suspected of corruption, demoted, and sent to the city of Kojin. Kojin is the scene of fierce fighting between rival gangs. Fujioka is assigned ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Kôji Tsuruta, Yôko Tsukasa, Seizaburô Kawazu

Votes: 76

97. The Ghost Story of Oiwa's Spirit (1961)

94 min | Horror

6.9
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Tamiya, an egomaniacal samurai, determines to reunite with his wife Oiwa, who's left him after a murder scandal. When her sister Osode is tricked into prostitution by a masseuse, Tamiya is ... See full summary »

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Yoshiko Fujishiro, Sentarô Fushimi, Jûshirô Konoe, Yumiko Mihara

Votes: 83

98. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy (1966)

79 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the hero involved when as an act of vengeance a band of samurai whose master was unceremoniously assassinated by agents of the clan, when he ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Shiho Fujimura, Kentarô Kudô

Votes: 73

99. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Castle Menagerie (1969)

82 min | Drama

6.8
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Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Naoko Kubo, Shiho Fujimura, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 52

100. Sleepy Eyes of Death: In the Spider's Lair (1968)

81 min | Drama

6.9
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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series finds the anti-hero in an area where the locals are oppressed, suppressed and held against their wills. Part of the coercive forces trace back to ... See full summary »

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Mako Midori, Maka Sarijo, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 51