キネマ旬報見るべき映画100本:日本映画編

These are the 100 Japanese films that film journal "Kinema Jumpo" lists as required viewing.
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1.
The Neighbor's Wife and Mine (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 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
 
2.
I Was Born, But... (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Muhomatsu no issho (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Matsugoro is a poor rickshaw driver whose animated spirit and optimistic demeanor make him a favorite of the town. Matsu helps an injured boy, Toshio, and is hired by the boy's parents. (80 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
7.
Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life... (89 mins.)
 
8.
Aoi sanmyaku (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a post-war high school girl is seen with an older boy many find the nontraditional notion unacceptable... (92 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
9.
Late Spring (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
10.
Till We Meet Again (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The hero Saburo (Okada Eiji) is obstructed by a series of events from meeting Keiko (Kuga Yoshiko), his fiancee. (110 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
11.
Rashomon (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
12.
Carmen Comes Home (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A girl who had left her home village for life in Tokyo returns to her home years later, and evokes a scandal when the locals discover that she's a stripper. (86 mins.)
 
13.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
14.
Where Chimneys Are Seen (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Where Chimneys Are Seen focuses primarily on the interconnected lives of two couples in a lower-middle-class neighborhood in Senju, a poor industrial section of Tokyo. (108 mins.)
Director: Heinosuke Gosho
 
15.
Ugetsu (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.
What Is Your Name? (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(127 mins.)
Director: Hideo Ôba
 
17.
Tokyo Story (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
18.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
19.
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)
 
20.
Godzilla (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
21.
Floating Clouds (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
22.
Meoto zenzai (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
23.
Crazed Fruit (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for. (86 mins.)
Director: Kô Nakahira
 
24.
The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
In the last days of the Shogunate, a resourceful grifter seeks to outwit competing prostitutes, rebellious samurai and other inhabitants of a brothel in order to survive the hardened times. (110 mins.)
 
25.
The Chase (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Harikomi is an atypical film noir with a social background. It tells the story of two detectives of Tokyo that, on the trail of a murderer, they have to faced with Sadako that will end up questioning their role of police officers and men. (116 mins.)
 
26.
The Ballad of Narayama (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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.)
 
27.
Giants and Toys (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In the middle of a fierce commercial competition between three caramel companies, an executive builds up a ditsy teenage girl as a mascot while simultaneously trying to uncover the rival companies' plans. (95 mins.)
 
28.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
29.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
30.
Night and Fog in Japan (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan. (107 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
31.
Younger Brother (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother. (98 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
32.
The Naked Island (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops. (96 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
33.
Furyo shonen (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An improvisational film depicting life in a boys' reform school. (89 mins.)
Director: Susumu Hani
 
34.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
35.
Zen and Sword (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother. (110 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
36.
Sir Galahad in Campus (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Toshio Sugie
 
37.
Foundry Town (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Kirio Urayama
 
38.
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
39.
Nippon musekinin jidai (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(86 mins.)
Director: Kengo Furusawa
 
40.
Harakiri (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
41.
Gobanchô yûgirirô (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A forlorn love story between a young monk and his childhood sweet-heart set in post WWII Japan. (137 mins.)
Director: Tomotaka Tasaka
 
42.
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption... (82 mins.)
Director: Tokuzô Tanaka
 
43.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
44.
A Fugitive from the Past (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels. (183 mins.)
Director: Tomu Uchida
 
45.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
46.
Tokyo Olympiad (1965 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators... (170 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
47.
The Great White Tower (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Zaizen Goro may only be an assistant professor but he has already made a name for himself. His superior... (150 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
48.
Fighting Elegy (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter... (86 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
49.
Japan's Longest Day (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the... (157 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
50.
Big Time Gambling Boss (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(95 mins.)
 
51.
The Human Bullet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship. (116 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
52.
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
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54.
Double Suicide (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan. (142 mins.)
 
55.
Am I Trying (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Tora-San, an itinerant peddler who is thrown out of his father's house twenty years before but reconnects with his aunt, uncle and sister Sakura. Tora wreaks some havoc in their lives, like getting drunk and silly at a marriage meeting. (91 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
56.
Eros + Massacre (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories. (202 mins.)
 
57.
Wet Sand in August (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One summer morning, Kiyoshi (Shosuke Hirose) is racing on his bike down the beach. While there, a girl... (92 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
58.
The Rendezvous (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(87 mins.)
Director: Kôichi Saitô
 
59.
Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses. (99 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
60.
The Castle of Sand (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard. (143 mins.)
 
61.
Sandakan 8 (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
62.
Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later. (104 mins.)
Director: Shûji Terayama
 
63.
Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid. (152 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
64.
The Inugami Family (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
After the death of the Father , His family are gathered to share Inheritances , but suddenly a woman with a mysterious masked man arrive there , claiming to be the other wife of the man ... (146 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
65.
The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido. (108 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
66.
Hakkodasan (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(169 mins.)
Director: Shirô Moritani
 
67.
Winter's Flower (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
68.
The Woman with Red Hair (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
At his working place, Kozo and his colleague gangrape the boss' teenage daughter. Then, on the highway... (73 mins.)
 
69.
Vengeance Is Mine (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam. (140 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
70.
Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death. (129 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
 
71.
The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A high school science teacher builds an atomic bomb and uses it to extort the nation, but cannot decide what he wants. Meanwhile, a determined cop is catching up to him, as is radiation poisoning. (147 mins.)
 
72.
No More Easy Life (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Mariko is living the life of a typical Japanese college student in the 70's, spending far more of her... (103 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Higashi
 
73.
Zigeunerweisen (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways. (144 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
74.
Kagemusha (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
75.
Muddy River (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty. (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
76.
Distant Thunder (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
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78.
I Are You, You Am Me (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan... (113 mins.)
 
79.
Fall Guy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(109 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
80.
The Family Game (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone;... (107 mins.)
 
81.
Antarctica (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica... (143 mins.)
 
82.
The Funeral (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack... (124 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
83.
A Taxing Woman (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him. (127 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
84.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
85.
The Cherry Orchard (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The film offers a glimpse at a group of school girls who are very flexible in terms of gender roles... (96 mins.)
Director: Shun Nakahara
 
86.
All Under the Moon (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Story of everyday life and romance of a taxi driver who is a Korean resident in Japan. (109 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
87.
Love Letter (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew. (117 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
88.
Shall We Dance? (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons. (136 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
89.
Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako... (103 mins.)
Director: Kôki Mitani
 
90.
Ringu (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
91.
Fireworks (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions. (103 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
92.
Bayside Shakedown (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system... (119 mins.)
 
93.
Railroad Man (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the... (112 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
94.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
95.
Spirited Away (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
96.
Waterboys (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen". (91 mins.)
Director: Shinobu Yaguchi
 
97.
Go (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
98.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
99.
A Boy's Summer in 1945 (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a film that recalls the memories of the director's youth in Miyazaki Prefecture in Southern Japan during World War II... (118 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Kuroki
 
100.
Nobody Knows (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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.)