Kinema Junpo's Top 10/30 Japanese Movies (By Year)by Melvelet | created - 14 Feb 2014 | updated - 16 Feb 2014 | Public
Each year, Kinema Junpo magazine publishes a list of the top 10/top 30 Japanese films of the year (sometimes more due to ties).
From 1926 to 1942: 10 films (1930: 3 modern and 3 period films)
From 1943 to 1945: cancelled due to war (1946 shortened to 8)
From 1946 to 1954: varying between 19 and 32 films
Starting from 1955: Top 30 for each year (up to 3 more due to ties)
For 2013 I currently have the Top 10 only...
This is not the complete list because some of the films are missing from IMDb. You can see a longer list and rankings for each year at the list source: http://www.rinkworks.com/checklist/list.cgi?u=crimsong&U=crimsong&p=kinemajunpotop10s
Films translated from this website: http://cinema1987.org/kinejun/
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1. Ashi ni sawatta onna (1926)
10. Chuji tabi nikki: Shinshu kessho hen (1927)
16. Rônin-gai - Dai-ichi-wa: Utsukushiki emono (1928)
24. Jûjiro (1928)
74 min | Drama
After falling in love with a courtesan, Rikiya is blinded by ash during a fight in a brothel. Believing the blindness permanent and his opponent dead, Rikiya goes back home to his sister. ... See full summary »
25. Kubi no za (1929)
28. Zanjin zanbaken (1929)
In medieval Japan, a brutal and corrupt magistrate is planning to kill the child who is about to become the heir to the estate and position of the local lord and substitute his own "heir", ... See full summary »
31. Nani ga kanojo o sô saseta ka (1930)
85 min | Drama
34. Madamu to nyôbô (1931)
64 min | Comedy, Drama
A writer struggles to finish his story against many distractions, but the jazz party next door proves to be too much.
41. I Was Born, But... (1932)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama
Two young brothers throw a tantrum when they discover that their father isn't the most important man in his workplace.
47. Dekigokoro (1933)
100 min | Drama
Two Tokyo co-workers come across a destitute young lady in search of a place to live.
57. Koina no Ginpei (1933)
The first half of the movie depicts a man's jealousy of his best friend and the woman he love. The second part depicts a hero who is ready to put the past behind him and risk his life for ... See full summary »
58. Ukikusa monogatari (1934)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama
A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.
59. Tonari no Yae-chan (1934)
76 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Keitaro (Obinata Den) is a law student and Yaeko (Aizome Yumeko) is a high school girl. They are neighbors, and their friendship is starting to develop into something more romantic. Then, ... See full summary »
68. Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935)
74 min | Drama
A young woman reaches maturity and yearns to know about her father. Her mother has poisoned her mind about the man who left her for another woman. There is a tender moment when they see ... See full summary »
74. Uwasa no musume (1935)
The suitor rejects elder sister Kunie but likes Kimoko, the younger one. Their father and his mistress have separate shops. Kimiko suddenly learns that she is her mother. Business is bad. The police visit when business shortcuts are taken.
77. Gion no shimai (1936)
95 min | Drama
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.
80. Hitori musuko (1936)
Not Rated | 87 min | Drama
A widow sends her only son away to receive a better education. Years later, she visits him, finding him a poor school teacher with a wife and son.
85. The Straits of Love and Hate (1937)
108 min | Drama
A young couple of lovers want to travel to Tokio to work and form a family there, but the parents of him want his son to regent their hotel. Finally, he does what his parents want him to, and her finds herself abandoned in the big city.
86. Children in the Wind (1937)
88 min | Drama
Two young boys are usurped from being the head of their gang of children by the son of the man who indicts their father on charges of embezzlement. Their father is fired and arrested for ... See full summary »
89. Ninjô kami fûsen (1937)
86 min | Drama
The lives of two slum neighbors, one of a happy-go-lucky gambler and the other of a poor ronin, converge when the two get involved with the affairs of a powerful samurai official and his gangsters.
90. Shukujo wa nani o wasureta ka (1937)
71 min | Comedy, Drama
An affluent medical professor, Komiya, and his bossy wife, Tokio, are to look after Setsuko, their high-spirited niece from Osaka. Setsuko is a liberated woman who does what she wants, ... See full summary »
99. Abe ichizoku (1938)
105 min | Drama
Jidai-geki surprisingly critical of bushido codes and practice of seppuku (aka hara-kiri). Yaichiemon Abe, denied permission to commit ritual suicide with more than a dozen vassals to Lord ... See full summary »