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1.
Chungking Express (1994)
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Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
2.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
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Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
3.
2046 (2004)
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The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
4.
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
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A middle-aged bar hostess, constantly in debt, is faced with numerous social constraints and challenges posed to her by her family, customers and friends. (111 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
5.
Ikiru (1952)
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
6.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
7.
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. (119 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
8.
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
 
9.
Early Summer (1951)
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A family chooses a match for their daughter Noriko, but she, surprisingly, has her own plans. (124 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
10.
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
 
11.
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
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An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter. (112 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
12.
The End of Summer (1961)
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The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth. (103 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
13.
A Separation (2011)
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A married couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
14.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In mediaeval Japan a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him... (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
15.
Harakiri (1962)
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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. (133 mins.)
 
16.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
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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. (208 mins.)
 
17.
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals. (181 mins.)
 
18.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival. (190 mins.)
 
19.
The Lower Depths (1957)
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In a Japanese slum, various residents play out their lives, dreaming of better things or settling for their lot. Among them is a man who pines for a young woman but is stymied by her deceptive family. (137 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
20.
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
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Various tales in the lives of Tokyo slum dwellers, including a mentally deficient young man obsessed with driving his own commuter trolley. (140 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
21.
Close-Up (1990)
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Pretending to be Mohsen Makhmalbaf making his next movie, Hossain Sabzian enters the home of a well-to-do family in Tehran... (98 mins.)
 
22.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
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A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
23.
The Insect Woman (1963)
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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
 
24.
Intentions of Murder (1964)
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A housewife living under her tyrannical husband has her life stressfully turned upside down after getting raped by a burglar. (150 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
25.
Vengeance is Mine (1979)
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam. (140 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
26.
Stray Dog (1949)
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During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. (122 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
27.
The Only Son (1936)
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In 1923, in the province of Shinshu, the widow and simple worker of a silk factory Tsune Nonomiya (O-Tsune)... (87 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
28.
There Was a Father (1942)
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Shuhei Horikawa, a poor schoolteacher, struggles to raise his son Ryohei by himself, despite neither money nor prospects. (94 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
29.
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back. (128 mins.)
 
30.
Kwaidan (1964)
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
31.
Branded to Kill (1967)
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A hit-man, with a fetish for sniffing boiling rice, fumbles his latest job, putting him into conflict with his treacherous wife, with a mysterious woman eager for death and with the phantom-like hit-man known only as Number One. (91 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
32.
Gate of Flesh (1964)
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After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory... (90 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
33.
Story of a Prostitute (1965)
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide. (96 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
34.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
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After his gang disbands, a yakuza enforcer looks forward to life outside of organized crime but soon must become a drifter after his old rivals attempt to assassinate him. (89 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
35.
Youth of the Beast (1963)
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A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
36.
Floating Weeds (1959)
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The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous. (119 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
37.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation. (108 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
38.
Ugetsu (1953)
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A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
39.
The Sinners of Hell (1960)
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A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell. (101 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
40.
House (1977)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
 
41.
The Secret of the Grain (2007)
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At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has... (151 mins.)
 
42.
Crazed Fruit (1956)
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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. (86 mins.)
Director: Kô Nakahira
 
43.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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A fugitive samurai encounters a married couple who steal mountain gold for their clan. Upon hearing that the clan is going to betray and kill them, the samurai decides to fight for them. (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
44.
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
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Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate... (95 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
45.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
46.
Ip Man (2008)
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During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip