Hochi Film Awards Best Picture

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1.
The Inugami Family (1976)
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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 ... (146 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
2.
The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)
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Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido. (108 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
3.
Third Base (1978)
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Third (Toshiyuki Nagashima) is an aimless young man who hangs around with a couple of girls who are amateur hookers. One day, while acting as their pimp, he gets into a conflict with a young gangster and winds up killing him. (102 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Higashi
 
4.
The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)
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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. (147 mins.)
 
5.
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
 
6.
Distant Thunder (1981)
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(135 mins.)
 
7.
Fall Guy (1982)
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(109 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
8.
The Family Game (1983)
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A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone;... (107 mins.)
 
9.
The Funeral (1984)
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At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack... (124 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
10.
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.)
 
11.
Comic Magazine (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Kinameri is a moderately successful television journalist itching for a big scoop. So when a corrupt local businessman barricades himself in his house, of course he's going to be excited with things picking up. (120 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
12.
A Taxing Woman (1987)
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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. (127 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
13.
Tomorrow (1988)
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(105 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Kuroki
 
14.
Untama giru (1989)
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(120 mins.)
Director: Go Takamine
 
15.
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
 
16.
Musuko (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
 
17.
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
 
18.
All Under the Moon (1993)
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Story of everyday life and romance of a taxi driver who is a Korean resident in Japan. (109 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
19.
Zenshin Shosetsuka (1994 Documentary)
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An intimate portrait of the last years in the life of eccentric novelist Mitsuharu Inoue. (157 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
20.
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
 
21.
Shall We Dance? (1996)
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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
 
22.
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
 
23.
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
 
24.
Spellbound (1999)
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(114 mins.)
Director: Masato Harada
 
25.
Face (2000)
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With no parents left to keep the peace and order two sisters, who could not be any more different, allow their frustrations and animosity to come to a head. What ensues is funny, tragic and offbeat. (124 mins.)
Director: Junji Sakamoto
 
26.
Go (2001)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Isao Yukisada
 
27.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
28.
Doing Time (2002)
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A man serving a sentence in a minimum-security prison. Life in the jail is rigid and organized, eventually leading all of the cell-mates to abandon their individuality. (93 mins.)
Director: Yôichi Sai
 
29.
Nobody Knows (2004)
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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.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Hula Girls (2006)
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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
 
32.
I Just Didn't Do It (2006)
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A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent. (143 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Suo
 
33.
Departures (2008)
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A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
34.
The Unbroken (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history. (202 mins.)
 
35.
Villain (2010)
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A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society. (139 mins.)
Director: Sang-il Lee
 
36.
Rebirth (2011)
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After the collapse of their relationship, Kiwako abducts the 6-month old child of a man she was having an affair with. Raising the child as her own, it is four years before the authorities catch up with her and the young child. (147 mins.)
Director: Izuru Narushima