Kinema Junpo's Annual Top 10s

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Each year, Kinema Junpo magazine publishes a list of the top 10 Japanese films of the year.
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Riku no ningyo (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Jack Abe
 
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A Page of Madness (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
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Karabotan (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Hôtei Nomura
 
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Karakuri musume (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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Jihi shinchô (1927 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(2 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Gerô (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Daisuke Itô
 
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Sôzen-ji baba (1928 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(31 mins.)
Director: Masahiro Makino
 
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Crossroads (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead... (74 mins.)
 
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Ikeru ningyô (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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Tokai kokyogaku (1929)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(70 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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Ojôsan (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  
(135 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much. (64 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
34.
Tokyo Chorus (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A married Tokyo man faces unemployment after standing up for an older colleague. (90 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Ippon-gatana dohyo iri (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
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I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The Yoshi family - husband and wife Kennesuke and Haha, a middle manager at an office and a housewife respectively... (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
40.
Rappa to musume (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(80 mins.)
 
41.
Chûshingura (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(139 mins.)
 
43.
Mushibameru haru (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(116 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
45.
Joriku dai-ippo (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(88 mins.)
 
46.
Dekigokoro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live. (100 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
47.
Taki no shiraito (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The tragic tale of a woman who despite doing good where she can gets punished by society. (110 mins.)
 
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Yogoto no yume (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A single mother works tirelessly as a Ginza bar hostess to ensure a better life for her young son until--her long-lost husband returns. (64 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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Futatsu doro (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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Apart from You (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two Geisha with a connection to a young man deal with life's hardships. (61 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
54.
The Dancing Girl of Izu (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
55.
Koina no Ginpei (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The first half of the movie depicts a man's jealousy of his best friend and the woman he love. The second...
 
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A Story of Floating Weeds (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son. (86 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Tonari no Yae-chan (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Keitaro (Obinata Den) is a law student and Yaeko (Aizome Yumeko) is a high school girl. They are neighbors... (76 mins.)
 
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Ikitoshi ikerumono (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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Ippon-gatana dohyo iri (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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Foghorn (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Director: Minoru Murata
 
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Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman... (74 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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Shunkinsho: Okoto to Sasuke (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Sasuke loves Okoto, a blind musician. When she befalls a terrible disfigurement Sasuke can't bare it which escalates into a shocking climax. (100 mins.)
 
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Jinsei no onimotsu (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An aging couple truffle to pay for their daughter's marriages while keeping their much younger son from feeling left out. (66 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
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The Treasure That Is Children (1935 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The Fukudas are really poor. Poor with lots of children. They are soon to be blessed with their seventh bundle of joy. Problems with money leads to the series of funny, sometimes even grotesque events with anarchistic touch. (33 mins.)
 
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The Girl in the Rumour (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The suitor rejects elder sister Kunie but likes Kimoko, the younger one. Their father and his mistress have separate shops. Kimiko suddenly learns that she is her mother. Business is bad. The police visit when business shortcuts are taken. (54 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
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An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Unemployed Kihachi and his two sons struggle to make ends meet. But that doesn't keep Kihachi from wooing single mother Otaka. (80 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
71.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
72.
Jinsei gekijô (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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Osaka Elegy (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family. (71 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
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The Only Son (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Akanishi Kakita (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(77 mins.)
Director: Mansaku Itami
 
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Ani imôto (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Sotoji Kimura
 
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Hikyô nekka (1936 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
 
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The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city. (108 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
81.
Children in the Wind (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
82.
Hadaka no machi (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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Wakai hito (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
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Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters. (86 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
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What Did the Lady Forget? (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka... (71 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
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Ôsaka natsu no jin (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
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The Lights of Asakusa (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(104 mins.)
 
88.
Five Scouts (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(73 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
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Robo no ishi (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
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Shanghai (1938 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(81 mins.)
Director: Fumio Kamei
 
91.
Tsuzurikata kyoshitsu (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(87 mins.)
 
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Uguisu (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
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Abe ichizoku (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(109 mins.)
 
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Aa kokyo (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(64 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
96.
Taiyo no ko (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Yutaka Abe
 
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Tsuchi (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(142 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
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The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
99.
Tsuchi to heitai (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
100.
Ani to sono imoto (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(101 mins.)