mjf314's favorite Japanese movies

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1.
Death by Hanging (1968)
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce. (117 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
2.
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.)
 
3.
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
 
4.
Galaxy Express 999 (1979)
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The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death. (129 mins.)
Director: Rintaro
 
5.
Late Autumn (1960)
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A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends. (128 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
6.
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.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later. (104 mins.)
Director: Shûji Terayama
 
9.
The Face of Another (1966)
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A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (124 mins.)
 
10.
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
 
11.
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
 
12.
Summer Time Machine Blues (2005)
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5 college boys, Takuma, Masaru, Shunsuke, Atsushi and Daigo all belong to sci-fi club, but they are not interested in science at all... (107 mins.)
 
13.
Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935)
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The Yagyu family's elder son sends an old and cheap looking pot to his young brother, ignoring that... (92 mins.)
Director: Sadao Yamanaka
 
14.
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
 
15.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
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A flamboyant thief and his gang struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches and to learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to. (100 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
16.
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
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Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
17.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
Director: Makoto Shinkai
 
18.
Millennium Actress (2001)
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A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career. (87 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
19.
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
 
20.
Street of Shame (1956)
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
21.
Noriko's Dinner Table (2005)
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A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS... (159 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
22.
Tampopo (1985)
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A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food. (114 mins.)
Director: Jûzô Itami
 
23.
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
 
24.
The Little Girl Who Conquered Time (1983)
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A high-school girl acquires the ability to time travel. (104 mins.)
 
25.
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
 
26.
Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)
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After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, and both share their sexual traumas and fears, with fatal consequences. (65 mins.)
Director: Kôji Wakamatsu
 
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.
Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer (1984)
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Lum is a cheerful alien who now lives with her human fiancée, Ataru and her goods friends on earth. The night before the school festival... (98 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
29.
Kuroneko (1968)
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai. (99 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
30.
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
 
31.
Pitfall (1962)
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls. (97 mins.)
 
32.
The Ball at the Anjo House (1947)
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life... (89 mins.)
 
33.
High and Low (1963)
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An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
34.
Cruel Story of Youth (1960)
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Kiyoshi is a brooding young man who treats women solely as objects. Makoto is a young woman who is just reaching her sexual awakening... (96 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
35.
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
 
36.
Redline (2009)
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A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it. (102 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Koike
 
37.
Paprika (2006)
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When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it. (90 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
38.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
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A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle. (125 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
39.
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
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An entomologist on vacation is trapped by local villagers into living with a woman whose life task is shoveling sand for them. (123 mins.)
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
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 wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
43.
The Taste of Tea (2004)
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A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office... (143 mins.)
Director: Katsuhito Ishii
 
44.
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
 
45.
Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)
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After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners. (87 mins.)
Director: Shun'ya Itô
 
46.
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
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The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society. (146 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
47.
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.)
 
48.
Linda Linda Linda (2005)
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A music group of girls need to learn to play a song before the school festival. (114 mins.)
 
49.
Muddy River (1981)
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Two boys, whose parents ply their trade by the mouth of a muddy river in Osaka, become close friends... (105 mins.)
Director: Kôhei Oguri
 
50.
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan. (107 mins.)
 
51.
Boy (1969)
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam. (105 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
52.
Double Suicide (1969)
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan. (142 mins.)
 
53.
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
 
54.
Angel's Egg (1985)
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A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg. (71 mins.)
Director: Mamoru Oshii
 
55.
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.)
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
Serial Experiments Lain (1998 Mini-Series)
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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired". (24 mins.)
 
58.
Cowboy Bebop (1998 TV Series)
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The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners. (24 mins.)