Blue Ribbon Awards Best Film

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1.
Till We Meet Again (1950)
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The hero Saburo (Okada Eiji) is obstructed by a series of events from meeting Keiko (Kuga Yoshiko), his fiancee. (110 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
2.
Meshi (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Michiyo lives in the small place Osaka and is not happy with her marriage, all she does is cook and clean for her husband. (97 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
3.
Inazuma (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Poor, pathetic mother Ose (Kumeko Urabe) has four children, three daughters and a son, by four different men. (87 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
4.
An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Story 1 : "The Thirteenth Night". Seki turns up at her parents' house in the dead of night, where she... (130 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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 women trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo. (123 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
7.
Darkness at Noon (1956)
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(122 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
8.
The Rice People (1957)
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(118 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
9.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home... (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Kiku to Isamu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Immediately after the Second World War, sister Kiku and brother Isamu, whose mother was a prostitute and the father was a GI... (117 mins.)
Director: Tadashi Imai
 
11.
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
 
12.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
13.
Foundry Town (1962)
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(99 mins.)
Director: Kirirô Urayama
 
14.
The Insect Woman (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
15.
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.)
 
16.
Red Beard (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern. (185 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
17.
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
 
18.
Kaseki (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(200 mins.)
 
19.
Lullaby of the Earth (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The story of an orphan girl, brought up in naive, rustic innocence by an elderly relative, who is suddenly exposed to the brutality, greed and deceptiveness of the outside world, when her grandmother dies. (111 mins.)
 
20.
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
 
21.
Third Base (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Higashi
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
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
 
25.
Fall Guy (1982)
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(109 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
26.
Tokyo Trial (1983 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Documentary covering the Tokyo trials from 1946-48 (277 mins.)
Stars: Kei Satô
 
27.
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.)
 
28.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
29.
Uhohho tankentai (1986)
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(105 mins.)
 
30.
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
 
31.
Tonkô (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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
 
32.
Dotsuitarunen (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Japanese boxer stages a dramatic and dangerous comeback after suffering brain damage in the ring. (110 mins.)
Director: Junji Sakamoto
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
A Scene at the Sea (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 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
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
Like a Rolling Stone (1994)
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(120 mins.)
 
38.
A Last Note (1995)
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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
 
39.
Boys Be Ambitious (1996)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu
 
40.
Bounce Ko Gals (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The film follows three modern Japanese schoolgirls in Tokyo as they flirt with lecherous old men and dodge the yakuza in the lucrative and sometimes dangerous practice of "enjo kosai" or "date clubs". (110 mins.)
Director: Masato Harada
 
41.
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
 
42.
Taboo (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad. (100 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
43.
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
 
44.
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
 
45.
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
 
46.
Akame 48 Waterfalls (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A man is trying to flee from his past, and he ends up in an underworld filled with strange characters... (159 mins.)
Director: Genjiro Arato
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Break Through! (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Kyoto 1968. Several high school students deal with their life as Korean-Japanese trying to earn each other's love and respect. But the times are not kind to them. (118 mins.)
Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu
 
49.
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
 
50.
Kisaragi (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
One year after the suicide of C-list model Kisaragi Miki, five of her fans come together for a commemorative meeting; fan club leader Iemoto... (108 mins.)
Director: Yûichi Satô
 
51.
Climbers High (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A newspaper editor (played by Shin'ichi Tsutsumi) who deals with the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. (145 mins.)
Director: Masato Harada
 
52.
Mt. Tsurugidake (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In 1907, a group of men climb an unconquered peak in the last unmapped region of Japan. (139 mins.)
Director: Daisaku Kimura
 
53.
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.)