Top 35 Japanese Noir Movies

preference for B/W noirish movies with few exceptions. A lot of color japanese movies could fit in here, but left them out on purpose.
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1.
Pale Flower (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling. (96 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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. (91 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
4.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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
 
5.
Pigs and Battleships (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young hoodlum decides to work for a criminal organization that is tearing itself apart. (108 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
6.
Drunken Angel (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond. (98 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
7.
Stray Dog (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol. (122 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
8.
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
“ color ” - transitasis
 
9.
A Colt Is My Passport (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
 
10.
I Am Waiting (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A former boxer gets involved with a club hostess trying to escape the clutches of her gangster employer. (91 mins.)
 
11.
Rusty Knife (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two friends who witnessed an organized crime murder are threatened by the local mob into keeping quiet. (90 mins.)
Director: Toshio Masuda
 
12.
Kenjû zankoku monogatari (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A convict fresh out of prison, with a handicapped sister, is coerced by a wealthy mob boss into organizing an armored racetrack car heist. (87 mins.)
Director: Takumi Furukawa
 
13.
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
 
14.
The Pornographers (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Life of a pornographer who tries to stay under the radar of the mob. He has a mistress, a step-son, a step-daughter (whom he's attracted to) and a wife who believes her first husband was reincarnated as a restless carp. (128 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
15.
Gate of Flesh (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ Color ” - transitasis
 
16.
Violence at Noon (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist. (99 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
 
17.
Good-for-Nothing (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bored young student falls for the young secretary of his rich friend's father. She senses some good in him and tries to make him discard his aimless lifestyle. (88 mins.)
 
18.
Pleasures of the Flesh (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After Atsushi commits murder, he is blackmailed into keeping a suitcase full of embezzled money. What follows is a descent into lustful, reckless actions and regret. (104 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ Color ” - transitasis
 
19.
Underworld Beauty (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Released from prison, a gangster (Michitaro Mizushima) retrieves diamonds sought by fellow yakuza. (87 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
20.
Zero no shôten (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Teiko's new husband disappears on a business trip. She discovers a pair of mysterious postcards hidden away in a book that may be clues to his fate. (95 mins.)
 
21.
Cash Calls Hell (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(92 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
22.
Crazed Fruit (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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
 
23.
Intimidation (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A bank manager is blackmailed into robbing his own bank. (65 mins.)
 
24.
Black River (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Perhaps Kobayashi's most sordid film, Black River is an exposé of the rampant corruption on and around U.S... (114 mins.)
 
25.
The Man Without a Map (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A private detective is hired to find a missing man by his wife. Contradictory evidence and the lack of clues soon render the case as virtually unsolvable, as the detective grows more and more frustrated. (118 mins.)
“ Color ” - transitasis
 
26.
The Chase (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Harikomi is an atypical film noir with a social background. It tells the story of two detectives of Tokyo that, on the trail of a murderer, they have to faced with Sadako that will end up questioning their role of police officers and men. (116 mins.)
 
27.
Endless Desire (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
On August 15, ten years after the Pacific War, five people meet at a station. Their purpose is to dig out a cache of morphine... (101 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
28.
The Sun's Burial (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In Osaka's slum, youth without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the... (87 mins.)
Director: Nagisa Ôshima
“ color ” - transitasis
 
29.
Blackmail Is My Business (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Though he has come from a rough background on the streets, Muraki quickly rises through the ranks by means of his well-honed blackmailing instincts... (90 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ color ” - transitasis
 
30.
The Warped Ones (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A juvenile delinquent gets out of the pen and causes reckless mayhem, mostly directed at the girlfriend of the journalist who helped send him up. (75 mins.)
 
31.
Black Test Car (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two car manufacturers spy on each other to try to find out details and prices of a new sports car each is about to launch. (95 mins.)
 
32.
Man from Reno (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A mystery outside of San Francisco brings together small-town sheriff Paul Del Moral, Japanese author Aki Akahori, and a traveler from Reno who soon disappears, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions. (111 mins.)
Director: Dave Boyle
“ Color ” - transitasis
 
33.
The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named... (92 mins.)
Director: Kaizô Hayashi
 
34.
Take Aim at the Police Van (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A prison truck is assaulted and the two convicts inside are murdered. The prison guard on duty gets suspended for negligence and takes it upon himself to track down the killers. (79 mins.)
Director: Seijun Suzuki
 
35.
Punishment Room (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Katsumi is a university student who has no respect for his hardworking parents, his professors, or even his friends... (96 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa