Best Japanese Films

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1.
Battle Royale (2000)
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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
 
2.
Love Exposure (2008)
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A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
3.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
4.
Zatôichi (1989)
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Nearing the village of his sensei, Zatoichi decides to pay the teacher a visit, only to learn that he... (116 mins.)
Director: Shintarô Katsu
 
5.
Tokyo Story (1953)
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An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them. (136 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
6.
Barefoot Gen (1983)
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A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. (83 mins.)
Director: Mori Masaki
 
7.
Ringu (1998)
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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. (96 mins.)
Director: Hideo Nakata
 
8.
Themis (2011)
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After two teenagers from abusive households befriend each other, their lives take a dark adventure into existentialism, despair, and human frailty. (129 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
9.
Spirited Away (2001)
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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
 
10.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
11.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
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A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
12.
Summer Wars (2009)
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A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday. (114 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
 
13.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
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Momoko, a strange and seemingly emotionless girl obsessed with 18th century France, befriends a Yanki biker and the two experience the ups and downs of their unusual lives in a rural Japanese town. (102 mins.)
 
14.
Ran (1985)
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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
 
15.
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. (83 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
16.
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (1989)
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A businessman accidentally kills The Metal Fetishist, who gets his revenge by slowly turning the man into a grotesque hybrid of flesh and rusty metal. (67 mins.)
 
17.
Tsumi toka batsu toka (2009)
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Inspired by Kafka, Model wins prize to becomes honorary police chief for a day. Then she finds the police are awaiting her instructions and her day only becomes stranger from there. (110 mins.)
 
18.
Fine, Totally Fine (2008)
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A tragicomedy about two listless friends who fall for the same girl and try to find out what they want from their life. (110 mins.)
Director: Yosuke Fujita
 
19.
Sawako Decides (2010)
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After 5 years in Tokyo, 5 part-time jobs, 5 boyfriends, Sawako's life is going nowhere. When her father gets seriously ill she have to take over his struggling factory. Gradually she becomes the decider of her own life. (112 mins.)
Director: Yûya Ishii
 
20.
Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
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Takemura has no friends and no family. He's a student but he doesn't have any particular ambitions. In other words... (101 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Miki
 
21.
Dolls (2002)
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Three stories of never-ending love. (114 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
22.
Air Doll (2009)
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A life-size blow-up doll develops a soul and falls in love with a video store clerk. (125 mins.)
 
23.
Still Walking (2008)
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A family gathers together for a commemorative ritual whose nature only gradually becomes clear. (115 mins.)
 
24.
After Life (1998)
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After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
 
25.
Kikujiro (1999)
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A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way. (121 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
26.
Sonatine (1993)
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Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach. (94 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
27.
Late Spring (1949)
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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. (108 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
28.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
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In Tokyo in 1888, Kikunosuke Onoue, the adoptive son of an important actor, discovers that he is praised... (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
29.
Insutanto numa (2009)
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A quirky young woman who loves antiques embarks on risky adventures and business endeavors with her eccentric friends... (120 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Miki
 
30.
Fish Story (2009)
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In the year 2012 a comet approaches earth, threatening to end civilization when it impacts. On the streets of Japan... (112 mins.)
 
31.
The Foreign Duck, the Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker (2007)
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A university student finds himself wrapped up in the bizarre world of his next door neighbor, learning about his history and relationship with a girl who changed his life. (110 mins.)
 
32.
Good Morning (1959)
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Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
33.
The Land of Hope (2012)
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An earth-quake causes a nuclear crisis in a fictive Japanese prefecture. In wake of the disaster, the... (133 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
34.
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.)