My Top 100 Japanese Films + Runner-Ups

100+ Japanese films I consider great.
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1.
Ran (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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
 
2.
Heroic Purgatory (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality. (118 mins.)
 
3.
The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This comedy portrays the everyday life of an ordinary salary-man who uses himself as a model to write a novella. (103 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
4.
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide. (151 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
5.
Aa bakudan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Filmed as a traditional Japanese play, a yakuza boss is released from prison, but finds his gang usurped by a shady politician. With the help of his former cell mate he decides to assassinate the politician with an explosive pen. (95 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
6.
Kwaidan (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes. (183 mins.)
 
7.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely. (119 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
8.
Eros + Massacre (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories. (202 mins.)
 
9.
Fires on the Plain (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
10.
Tokyo Story (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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.
The Idiot (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman. (166 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
12.
Seven Samurai (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
13.
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A visually stylish tale of two male prisoners bonded by emotion, love and murder. (85 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
14.
Yojimbo (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
15.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
16.
The Human Bullet (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship. (116 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
17.
Utamaro and His Five Women (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Utamaro, a great artist, lives to create portraits of beautiful women, and the brothels of Tokyo provide his models... (106 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
18.
Coup d'Etat (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936. (110 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
19.
Picnic (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Believing that the world will end that very day, three mental patients Coco, Tsumuji, and Satoru set out upon a journey... (68 mins.)
Director: Shunji Iwai
 
20.
High and Low (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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
 
21.
Late Chrysanthemums (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money... (101 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
22.
Himiko (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A freestyle, imagined telling of the life of shaman queen Himiko, who falls in love with her half-brother, making her powers weaken thus putting her position to risk. (100 mins.)
 
23.
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A renegade film crew becomes embroiled with a yakuza clan feud. (129 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
24.
Love Exposure (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A bizarre love triangle forms between a young Catholic upskirt photographer, a misandric girl and a manipulative cultist. (237 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
25.
The Heart (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
At the end of Meiji era a young student befriend an older man who as a proof of trust but also as a kind of exorcism entrust him his secret, a story about jealousy, betrayal , shame and guilt. (120 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
26.
I Live in Fear (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family. (103 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
27.
Youth of the Beast (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A violent thug plays opposing yakuza bosses against each other. (92 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
28.
The Sinners of Hell (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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
 
29.
Late Spring (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
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
 
30.
The End of Summer (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
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
 
31.
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.)
 
32.
Onibaba (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
33.
Woman of the Lake (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple. (102 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
34.
Memories of Matsuko (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
When Matsuko dies of murder, her nephew Sho gets to progressively unveil many details of her mysterious past, discovering she wasn't only a forgotten outcast but led a very interesting yet bizarre life. (130 mins.)
 
35.
Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
 
36.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
 
37.
Women in the Mirror (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Three women who share memories of the Hiroshima disaster try to uncover the hidden family ties that may or may not bind them together. (129 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
38.
Red Lion (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his... (115 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
39.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
40.
Akira (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop. (124 mins.)
 
41.
Gozu (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
42.
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
 
43.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
44.
Gion bayashi (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion... (85 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
45.
Suicide Club (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides. (99 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
46.
Beautiful Sunday (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(93 mins.)
 
47.
The Wind Rises (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
48.
Ikiru (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. (143 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
49.
Akibiyori (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends. (128 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
50.
A Woman's Life (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(126 mins.)
Director: Mikio Naruse
 
51.
The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The adopted son of a legendary actor, and an aspiring star himself, turns to his infant brother's wet nurse for support and affection - only for her to give up everything for her beloved's glory. (143 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
52.
Gan (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Shirô Toyoda
 
53.
A Story Written with Water (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young man who's about to marry is torn between his fiancée and the love for his mother. His past, dreams and desires unfold simultaneously. (120 mins.)
Director: Kiju Yoshida
 
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55.
Akai tenshi (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine. (95 mins.)
 
56.
At This Late Date, the Charleston (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(116 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
57.
Flame and Women (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sterile man arranges for his disapproving wife to receive artificial insemination, after which she starts nourishing a strong desire for the child's biological father. (101 mins.)
 
58.
Poem (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As a faithful young houseboy fully devotes himself to his spiritual duty, his teacher plans turning over his grandfather's mountain property to realtors for profit. (119 mins.)
Director: Akio Jissôji
 
59.
The Face of Another (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A businessman with a disfigured face obtains a lifelike mask from his doctor, but the mask starts altering his personality. (122 mins.)
 
60.
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
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
 
61.
Porco Rosso (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig. (94 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
62.
Japan's Longest Day (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the... (157 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
63.
Like Someone in Love (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Tokyo, a young sex worker develops an unexpected connection with a widower over a period of two days. (109 mins.)
 
64.
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.)
 
65.
The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On (1987 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A documentary following Kenzo Okuzaki, a 62-year-old WW2 veteran notorious for his protests against Emperor Hirohito, as he tries to expose the needless executions of two Japanese soldiers during the war. (122 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Hara
 
66.
Record of a Tenement Gentleman (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy... (72 mins.)
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
 
67.
Farewell to the Summer Light (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A spontaneous romance blooms between Kawamura, a professor touring Europe, and Naoko, a married woman living in Paris, scarred by the Nagasaki atomic bombings. The two protagonists travel around Europe trying to find themselves. (96 mins.)
 
68.
Blind Beast (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model. (86 mins.)
 
69.
Black Rain (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel. (123 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
70.
Kisses (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Story of a young couple whose fathers are prison bound. (74 mins.)
 
71.
Epoch of Murder Madness (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(99 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
72.
Tôkyô no eiyû (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(63 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
 
73.
No Regrets for My Youth (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
74.
Akitsu Springs (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Just after WW2, a romance between an innkeeper and a man with tuberculosis unravels near a thermal spring. (113 mins.)
 
75.
Princess Mononoke (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. (134 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
 
76.
Kamikaze Girls (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.)
 
77.
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
 
78.
Paprika (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
79.
Story of a Prostitute (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide. (96 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
80.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
81.
Koruto wa ore no pasupooto (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A hit man is hired to kill a mob boss. After the deed is done, he and his driver are wanted dead by rival gangs who joined forces. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Nomura
 
82.
Sisters of the Gion (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Two geisha sisters lead a hard life in the Gion district of Kyoto. After one of them feels obliged to support a bankrupt businessman, the other sister sets up various schemes to get rid of him. (69 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
83.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
84.
Branded to Kill (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
85.
Samurai Assassin (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii... (122 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
86.
Visitor Q (2001 Video)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures. (84 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
87.
The Inheritance (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation. (107 mins.)
 
88.
Confessions Among Actresses (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The lives of three movie actresses unfold, transform and get exposed. Each of them owes their choice of profession to a respective traumatic event. (124 mins.)
 
89.
Street of Shame (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel. (87 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
90.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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
 
91.
The Lower Depths (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
92.
Perfect Blue (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past. (81 mins.)
Director: Satoshi Kon
 
93.
Demons (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge. (134 mins.)
 
94.
Only Yesterday (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
95.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
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.)
 
96.
Ugetsu (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
97.
After Life (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity. (118 mins.)
 
98.
Dokuritsu gurentai (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When Sergeant Okubo's brother is murdered at a Japanese outpost in Northern China during the Second World War... (109 mins.)
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
 
99.
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
 
100.
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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