Japanese Academy Prize Picture of the Year

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1.
The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido. (108 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
2.
The Incident (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The body of Sakai Hatsuko, a woman of 23 who has been slain with a knife, has been found in a forest... (138 mins.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Tsigoineruwaizen (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(144 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
5.
Station (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(132 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
6.
Fall Guy (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(109 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
7.
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family. (130 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
8.
The Funeral (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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
 
9.
Gray Sunset (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(122 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
 
10.
House on Fire (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 50s, the complicated life of a popular writer who must share his life with his family, his numerous mistresses and his work... (133 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
11.
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
 
12.
Tonkô (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In 1026, students in western China are shanghaied into the forces of crown prince Li Yuanhao of Xi Xia... (99 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
13.
Black Rain (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
14.
Childhood Days (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Bombing during World War II resulted in whole urban populations fleeing to the countryside, and this created a meeting of urban and rural cultures... (119 mins.)
 
15.
Musuko (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Tetsuo is a young man living in Tokyo, who falls in love with a deaf-mute factory girl. He has always felt jealous of his college- educated brother... (121 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
16.
Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan... (105 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
17.
A Class to Remember (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(128 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
18.
Crest of Betrayal (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
19.
A Last Note (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Yoko is a famous actress who goes to a mountain chalet for a few days rest. There, she learns a secret from her companion Toyoko. (110 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
20.
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
 
21.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
22.
Ai o kou hito (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
23.
Railroad Man (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the... (112 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
24.
After the Rain (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect. (91 mins.)
Director: Takashi Koizumi
 
25.
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
 
26.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
27.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
28.
Half a Confession (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(121 mins.)
Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe
 
29.
Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive... (133 mins.)
 
30.
Hula Girls (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction. (121 mins.)
Director: Sang-il Lee
 
31.
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community... (142 mins.)
Director: Joji Matsuoka
 
32.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
33.
The Unbroken (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history. (202 mins.)
 
34.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
 
35.
The Life of Chikuzan (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(119 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
36.
Ballad of Orin (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior. (109 mins.)
 
37.
The Gate of Youth Part 2 (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(161 mins.)
Director: Kirirô Urayama
 
38.
Hakkodasan (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(169 mins.)
Director: Shirô Moritani
 
39.
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers... (130 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
40.
The Demon (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears. (110 mins.)
 
41.
Third Base (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Higashi
 
42.
Empire of Passion (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger. (105 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
43.
My Son! My Son! (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Parents campaign to change the law for families who have suffered from violent crime, after their son is murdered. (131 mins.)
 
44.
The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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.)
 
45.
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
 
46.
Oh! The Nomugi Pass (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The story of the silk industry and the young girls who worked as silk spinners in the early 1900's in Japan... (154 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
47.
A Distant Cry from Spring (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(95 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
48.
The Young Rebels (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A newspaper reporter investigates the lives of juvenile delinquents. (132 mins.)
 
49.
Dôran (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(150 mins.)
Director: Shirô Moritani
 
50.
203 kochi (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Depicts the bloody siege of the fortress Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War 1904 - 1905. In the... (185 mins.)
Director: Toshio Masuda
 
51.
Willful Murder (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
(132 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
52.
Muddy River (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends... (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
53.
Why Not? (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura. (151 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
54.
Distant Thunder (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(135 mins.)
 
55.
Suspicion (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(127 mins.)
 
56.
Onimasa (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako. (146 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
57.
Mikan no taikyoku (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese... (123 mins.)
 
58.
Yûkai hôdô (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(134 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
 
59.
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.)
 
60.
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline... (123 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
61.
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.)
 
62.
The Makioka Sisters (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms... (140 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
63.
Mahjong Horoki (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(109 mins.)
Director: Makoto Wada
 
64.
MacArthur's Children (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come... (125 mins.)
 
65.
Station to Heaven (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(133 mins.)
Director: Masanobu Deme
 
66.
Ohan (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(112 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
67.
The Burmese Harp (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(133 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
68.
Love Letter (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(108 mins.)
 
69.
And Then (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Daisuke (Yusaku Matsuda) is supposed to be out looking for a respectable job and equally respectable wife... (130 mins.)
 
70.
W's Tragedy (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(108 mins.)
 
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72.
A Promise (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An old woman has died and her widower with dementia confesses to killing her. After this, the story goes back in time to show the events leading up to her death. (123 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
73.
Big Joys, Small Sorrows (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A lighthouse keeper and his family follow work from town to town, each time making new friends and receiving a visit from his troublesome father. (130 mins.)
 
74.
Lost in the Wilderness (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(140 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
75.
Princess from the Moon (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Based on a centuries-old traditional Japanese fairy tale, a country couple finds a baby girl in some bamboo and raises her as their own daughter... (121 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
76.
Night Train (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
(137 mins.)
 
77.
Yoshiwara enjô (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(133 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
78.
Hachi-ko (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death. (107 mins.)
 
79.
A Chaos of Flowers (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(139 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
80.
The Discarnates (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Harada is a successful scenario writer, and his best buddy has just announced an intention to propose to Harada's ex-wife... (115 mins.)
 
81.
Oracion (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(128 mins.)
 
82.
Hope and Pain (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
83.
Rikyu (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions. (135 mins.)
 
84.
Sen no Rikyu: Honkakubô ibun (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Years after the death of legendary tea master Rikyu, his disciple Honkakubo attempts to resolve the mystery of the master's death... (107 mins.)
Director: Kei Kumai
 
85.
Shaso (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(129 mins.)
Director: Toshio Masuda
 
86.
Buddies (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
87.
The Sting of Death (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Period drama set in the 1950's about a couple isolating themselves from the outside world as they attempt to salvage their faltering marriage, no matter what the costs, after the husband has an affair. (115 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
88.
The Pale Hand (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(100 mins.)
 
89.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
90.
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
 
91.
Dai yûkai (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A wealthy matriarch is kidnapped by a gang of three. She is insulted by the amount of money they propose to demand as ransom... (120 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
92.
Rhapsody in August (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
93.
Muno no hito (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sukezo, a farmer manga comic artist, takes up the art rock business by setting up a shop in a shed by the river... (107 mins.)
Director: Naoto Takenaka
 
94.
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding. (101 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
95.
Minbô no onna (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials... (123 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
96.
Seishun dendekedekedeke (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
It is 1965. High-school student Takeyoshi Fujiwara Yasufumi Hayashi) hears "Pipeline" by the Ventures... (135 mins.)
 
97.
Toki rakujitsu (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(119 mins.)
 
98.
Double Cross (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
99.
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
 
100.
Bloom in the Moonlight (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
This is the biography of pianist/composer Rentaro Taki, the "Mozart" of Japan. (125 mins.)