キネマ旬報見るべき映画100本:日本映画編

by eiganerd | last updated - 16 Nov 2011 | Public

These are the 100 Japanese films that film journal "Kinema Jumpo" lists as required viewing.

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1. Madamu to nyôbô (1931)

64 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much.

Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Atsushi Watanabe, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Ichimura, Satoko Date

Votes: 118

2. I Was Born, But... (1932)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

8.1
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91 Metascore

Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Tatsuo Saitô, Tomio Aoki, Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Hideo Sugawara

Votes: 3,729

3. Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko (1933)

94 min

7.0
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Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Den Obinata, Tokuji Kobayashi, Kinuko Wakamizu

Votes: 61

4. Gion no shimai (1936)

95 min | Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Isuzu Yamada, Yôko Umemura, Benkei Shiganoya, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 1,839

5. Ninjô kami fûsen (1937)

86 min | Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Sadao Yamanaka | Stars: Chôjûrô Kawarasaki, Kan'emon Nakamura, Tsuruzô Nakamura, Chôemon Bandô

Votes: 1,364

6. Muhomatsu no issho (1943)

80 min | Action, Adventure

7.9
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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.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Tsumasaburô Bandô, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Keiko Sonoi, Kyôji Sugi

Votes: 42

7. Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)

89 min | Drama

7.5
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The ... See full summary »

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yumeko Aizome, Osamu Takizawa, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 205

8. Aoi sanmyaku (1949)

92 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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When a post-war high school girl is seen with an older boy many find the nontraditional notion unacceptable and try to trick the girl and also assail her right to continue the relationship.... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Ryô Ikebe, Michiyo Kogure, Yôko Sugi

Votes: 74

9. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 10,406

10. Till We Meet Again (1950)

110 min | Drama, History

7.3
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The hero Saburo (Okada Eiji) is obstructed by a series of events from meeting Keiko (Kuga Yoshiko), his fiancee.

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Yoshiko Kuga, Eiji Okada, Osamu Takizawa, Akitake Kôno

Votes: 74

11. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 116,359

12. Karumen kokyô ni kaeru (1951)

86 min | Comedy

6.7
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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.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Shûji Sano, Chishû Ryû, Kuniko Igawa

Votes: 381

13. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 48,444 | Gross: $0.06M

14. Entotsu no mieru basho (1953)

108 min | Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, Hideko Takamine, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 153

15. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 16,190 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Kimi no na wa (1953)

127 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Director: Hideo Ôba | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Keiji Sada

Votes: 13

17. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

8.2
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 33,399

18. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

8.7
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98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 254,039 | Gross: $0.27M

19. 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: 1,772

20. Gojira (1954)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

7.5
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78 Metascore

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi

Votes: 21,543 | Gross: $2.42M

21. Ukigumo (1955)

123 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 1,766

22. Meoto zenzai (1955)

121 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Shirô Toyoda | Stars: Hisaya Morishige, Chikage Awashima, Yôko Tsukasa, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 49

23. Kurutta kajitsu (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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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.

Director: Kô Nakahira | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Mie Kitahara, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 1,389

24. Bakumatsu taiyôden (1957)

110 min | Comedy

7.6
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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.

Director: Yûzô Kawashima | Stars: Furankî Sakai, Sachiko Hidari, Yôko Minamida, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 435

25. Harikomi (1958)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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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.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Minoru Ôki, Takahiro Tamura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Hideko Takamine

Votes: 174

26. The Ballad of Narayama (1958)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yûko Mochizuki, Danko Ichikawa

Votes: 1,950

27. Giants and Toys (1958)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Osamu Abe, Kôichi Fujiyama

Votes: 622

28. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, War

8.6
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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 4,412

29. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)

76 min | Horror

7.1
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi, Shuntarô Emi

Votes: 886

30. Nihon no yoru to kiri (1960)

107 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Fumio Watanabe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 461

31. Otôto (1960)

98 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 246

32. The Naked Island (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.3
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A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto

Votes: 3,805

33. Furyo shonen (1961)

89 min | Drama

6.7
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An improvisational film depicting life in a boys' reform school.

Director: Susumu Hani | Stars: Yukio Yamada, Hirokazu Yoshitake, Koichiro Yamazaki, Yasuo Kurokawa

Votes: 61

34. Yojimbo (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.3
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Eijirô Tôno, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 83,430

35. Miyamoto Musashi (1961)

110 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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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.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Akiko Kazami, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura

Votes: 167

36. Daigaku no wakadaishô (1961)

94 min

5.9
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Director: Toshio Sugie | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Ichirô Arishima, Chôko Iida, Machiko Naka

Votes: 7

37. Kyûpora no aru machi (1962)

99 min | Drama

7.3
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Set in Kawaguchi, just north of Tokyo in the early 60s, this simple story chronicles the lives of poor foundry workers and their families, and one girl's dreams of self-improvement through ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kirio Urayama | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Mitsuo Hamada, Eijirô Tôno, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 73

38. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 3,780

39. Nippon musekinin jidai (1962)

86 min | Comedy

7.5
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Director: Kengo Furusawa | Stars: Hitoshi Ueki, Noriko Shigeyama, Hajime Hana, Asami Kuji

Votes: 37

40. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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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.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 21,611

41. Gobanchô yûgirirô (1963)

137 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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A forlorn love story between a young monk and his childhood sweet-heart set in post WWII Japan.

Director: Tomotaka Tasaka | Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Michiyo Kogure, Minoru Chiaki

Votes: 12

42. Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade (1963)

82 min | Drama

6.7
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Nemuri Kyoshiro, a youthful and cynical ronin with unparalleled skill, is approached by both sides in a game of corruption, ambition, and double crosses. The leader of the Kaga clan, who ... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Shinobu Araki, Saburô Date

Votes: 183

43. Woman in the Dunes (1964)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama, Thriller

8.5
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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.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Eiji Okada, Kyôko Kishida, Hiroko Itô, Kôji Mitsui

Votes: 13,073

44. Kiga kaikyô (1965)

183 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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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.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Kôji Mitsui, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 579

45. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,432

46. Tôkyô orinpikku (1965)

Not Rated | 170 min | Documentary, Sport

8.0
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Ichikawa's cameras follow the 1964 Summer Olympics from opening to closing ceremonies. Sometimes he focuses on spectators, as athletes pass in a blur; sometimes he isolates a competitor; ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Hirohito

Votes: 1,218

47. Shiroi Kyotô (1966)

150 min | Drama

7.2
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Zaizen Goro may only be an assistant professor but he has already made a name for himself. His superior, however, does not approve of his attitude towards their profession, and is at odds ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Jirô Tamiya, Eijirô Tôno, Takahiro Tamura, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 116

48. Kenka erejî (1966)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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In Okayama in the mid-1930s, Kiroku attends high school and boards with a Catholic family whose daughter, Michiko, captures his heart. He must, however, hide his ardor and other aspects of ... See full summary »

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Chikako Miyagi

Votes: 1,010

49. Nihon no ichiban nagai hi (1967)

157 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Seiji Miyaguchi, Rokkô Toura, Chishû Ryû, Sô Yamamura

Votes: 530

50. Bakuchi-uchi: socho tobaku (1968)

95 min | Action

7.2
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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Junko Fuji, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichirô Mikami, Hiroshi Nawa

Votes: 67

51. Nikudan (1968)

116 min | Drama, War

7.6
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During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Minori Terada, Naoko Ôtani, Yûnosuke Itô, Shinsuke Achiwa

Votes: 216

52. Kamigami no fukaki yokubô (1968)

GP | 173 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Kazuo Kitamura, Hideko Okiyama

Votes: 932

53. Hibotan bakuto: hanafuda shôbu (1969)

98 min | Action

6.8
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Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Junko Fuji, Ken Takakura, Kanjûrô Arashi, Teruo Ishiyama

Votes: 141

54. Double Suicide (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari

Votes: 1,644

55. Am I Trying (1969)

91 min | Drama, Comedy, Romance

7.1
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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.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Kiyoshi Atsumi, Chieko Baishô, Sachiko Mitsumoto, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 253

56. Erosu purasu gyakusatsu (1969)

202 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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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.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Inano

Votes: 1,553

57. Wet Sand in August (1971)

92 min

6.6
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One summer morning, Kiyoshi (Shosuke Hirose) is racing on his bike down the beach. While there, a girl with her clothes torn up is thrown out from a green convertible. This is how he and ... See full summary »

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Masasuke Hirose, Takenori Murano, Naoto Nakazawa, Midori Fujita

Votes: 44

58. Yakusoku (1972)

87 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.1
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Director: Kôichi Saitô | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Yoshie Minami, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 89

59. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura

Votes: 2,535

60. The Castle of Sand (1974)

143 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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Detectives investigate the murder of an old man found in a Tokyo rail yard.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Gô Katô, Kensaku Morita, Yôko Shimada

Votes: 759

61. Sandakan 8 (1974)

120 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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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.

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Komaki Kurihara, Yôko Takahashi, Kinuyo Tanaka, Takiko Mizunoe

Votes: 387

62. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

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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.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 846

63. Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)

Not Rated | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Gô

Votes: 671

64. Inugami-ke no ichizoku (1976)

146 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.3
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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 ...

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Yôko Shimada, Teruhiko Aoi, Mieko Takamine

Votes: 431

65. The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Kaori Momoi, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 554

66. Hakkodasan (1977)

169 min | Drama

7.1
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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Shôgo Shimada, Ken Takakura, Hideji Ôtaki, Kin'ya Kitaôji

Votes: 94

67. Fuyu no hana (1978)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A thug is released after fifteen years in prison for the murder of a yakuza gang boss. Things were never going to be simple and bygones were never going to be bygones of course, but to make... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kimiko Ikegami, Kin'ya Kitaôji, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 42

68. Akai kami no onna (1979)

73 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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At his working place, Kozo and his colleague gangrape the boss' teenage daughter. Then, on the highway, he picks up a red-haired woman walking on the road back to his home. She ends up ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro | Stars: Junko Miyashita, Renji Ishibashi, Ako, Moeko Ezawa

Votes: 197

69. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 4,685

70. Ginga tetsudô Three-Nine (1979)

PG | 129 min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.6
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The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death.

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Masako Nozawa, Masako Ikeda, Yôko Asagami, Miyoko Asô

Votes: 1,469

71. The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

147 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.7
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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.

Director: Kazuhiko Hasegawa | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kenji Sawada, Kimiko Ikegami, Kazuo Kitamura

Votes: 566

72. Mo hozue wa tsukanai (1979)

103 min | Drama

7.2
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Mariko is living the life of a typical Japanese college student in the 70's, spending far more of her time balancing boyfriends and part-time jobs than on her schoolwork. She finds herself ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Higashi | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Eiji Okuda, Leo Morimoto, Jûzô Itami

Votes: 48

73. Zigeunerweisen (1980)

Not Rated | 144 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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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.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi, Akaji Maro

Votes: 652

74. Kagemusha (1980)

PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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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.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Jinpachi Nezu

Votes: 25,977

75. Muddy River (1981)

105 min | Drama

8.0
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In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty.

Director: Kôhei Oguri | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara, Makiko Shibata

Votes: 535

76. Enrai (1981)

135 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Johnny Ohkura, Eri Ishida, Rie Yokoyama

Votes: 61

77. Sêrâ-fuku to kikanjû (1981)

131 min | Action, Romance

6.2
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Director: Shinji Sômai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Tsunehiko Watase, Rentarô Mikuni, Yuki Kazamatsuri

Votes: 272

78. Tenkôsei (1982)

113 min | Comedy

7.2
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9th-graders Kazuo (boy) and Kazumi (girl) take a tumble at a temple in a small seacoast town in Japan. Through supernatural intervention, their minds and bodies are switched, and the result... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Toshinori Omi, Makoto Satô, Sayuri Ishibashi

Votes: 213

79. Kamata kôshinkyoku (1982)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Aging Kamata movie star "Gin-chan" Ginshiro (Morio Kazama) is filming a story about Samurai in Imperial Japan at the start of the Meiji. Also appearing in the movie, as his antagonist, is ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Keiko Matsuzaka, Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Hirata, Chika Takami

Votes: 479

80. Kazoku gêmu (1983)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jûzô Itami, Saori Yuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa

Votes: 632

81. Nankyoku monogatari (1983)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Drama

7.8
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Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search ... See full summary »

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Ken Takakura, Tsunehiko Watase, Eiji Okada, Masako Natsume

Votes: 1,176

82. Osôshiki (1984)

124 min | Comedy

7.2
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At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kin Sugai, Hideji Ôtaki

Votes: 836

83. A Taxing Woman (1987)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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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.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 1,378

84. Yuki yukite, shingun (1987)

122 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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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.

Director: Kazuo Hara | Stars: Kenzo Okuzaki, Riichi Aikawa, Masaichi Hamaguchi, Toshio Hara

Votes: 1,039

85. Sakura no sono (1990)

96 min | Drama

6.9
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The film offers a glimpse at a group of school girls who are very flexible in terms of gender roles, playing males both in the school play and in real life. A modern-day all girls high ... See full summary »

Director: Shun Nakahara | Stars: Hiroko Nakajima, Miho Tsumiki, Yasuyo Shirashima, Miho Miyazawa

Votes: 142

86. Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru (1993)

109 min | Comedy

7.2
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Story of everyday life and romance of a taxi driver who is a Korean resident in Japan.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Gorô Kishitani, Ruby Moreno, Moeko Ezawa, Masato Furuoya

Votes: 85

87. Love Letter (1995)

PG | 117 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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When exchanging letters two women discover new things about a man they knew.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Miho Nakayama, Etsushi Toyokawa, Bunjaku Han, Katsuyuki Shinohara

Votes: 5,428

88. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 9,643 | Gross: $9.68M

89. Rajio no jikan (1997)

103 min | Comedy

7.9
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A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,276 | Gross: $0.01M

90. Ringu (1998)

Unrated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

7.3
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A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 54,908

91. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

7.9
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Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 22,987 | Gross: $0.23M

92. Odoru daisosasen (1998)

119 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.6
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Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the ... See full summary »

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Yûji Oda, Toshirô Yanagiba, Eri Fukatsu, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 608

93. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

7.3
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ohtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 665

94. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 149,188

95. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 484,487 | Gross: $10.06M

96. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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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".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,145

97. Go (2001)

122 min | Drama

7.6
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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.

Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ko Shibasaki, Shinobu Ohtake, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 2,297

98. Tasogare Seibei (2002)

129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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82 Metascore

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.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 19,273

99. Utsukushii natsu kirishima (2002)

118 min | Drama, History

7.0
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In a film that recalls the memories of the director's youth in Miyazaki Prefecture in Southern Japan during World War II, the local population is working hard in factories, on the road and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Tasuku Emoto, Yoshio Harada, Tokie Hidari, Wakaba Irie

Votes: 47

100. Nobody Knows (2004)

PG-13 | 141 min | Drama

8.1
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88 Metascore

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.

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda | Stars: Yûya Yagira, Ayu Kitaura, Hiei Kimura, Momoko Shimizu

Votes: 18,903 | Gross: $0.68M