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1. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 126,656 | Gross: $38.36M

2. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 342,732 | Gross: $111.11M

3. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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54 Metascore

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

Votes: 125,379 | Gross: $57.49M

4. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 11,877 | Gross: $2.31M

5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

7.9
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77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 28,037 | Gross: $2.55M

6. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.

Director: Peter Greenaway | Stars: Vivian Wu, Ewan McGregor, Yoshi Oida, Ken Ogata

Votes: 11,128 | Gross: $2.29M

7. The Ramen Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.

Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Soji Arai

Votes: 7,704

8. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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90 Metascore

Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Dexter Fletcher, Sukie Smith

Votes: 10,512 | Gross: $6.20M

9. The Hunted (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Paul is on a business trips to Nagoya, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong ... See full summary »

Director: J.F. Lawton | Stars: Christopher Lambert, John Lone, Joan Chen, Yoshio Harada

Votes: 4,003 | Gross: $6.61M

10. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.3
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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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

Votes: 10,356

11. Le hérisson (2009)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

7.4
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64 Metascore

Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents ... See full summary »

Director: Mona Achache | Stars: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet

Votes: 7,311

12. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

7.3
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The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tôru Masuoka

Votes: 7,691

13. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Comedy

6.9
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In post-WWII Japan, an American captain is brought in to help build a school, but the locals want a teahouse instead.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Eddie Albert

Votes: 2,672

14. Kirschblüten - Hanami (2008)

Unrated | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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62 Metascore

After Rudi's wife Trudi suddenly dies, he travels to Japan to fulfill her dream of being a Butoh dancer.

Director: Doris Dörrie | Stars: Elmar Wepper, Hannelore Elsner, Aya Irizuki, Maximilian Brückner

Votes: 4,997 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary

7.8
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75 Metascore

Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

Director: Mami Sunada | Stars: Hayao Miyazaki, Yumiko Miyoshi, Toshio Suzuki, Shinsuke Nonaka

Votes: 3,726

16. Grave Halloween (2013 TV Movie)

R | 89 min | Horror

4.2
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Suicide forest is just a name - isn't it? Miko intends to find out, even if it means uncovering the sad truth about her mothers suicide.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Kaitlyn Leeb, Cassi Thomson, Graham Wardle, Dejan Loyola

Votes: 1,012

17. Stupeur et tremblements (2003)

Unrated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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75 Metascore

A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Corneau | Stars: Sylvie Testud, Kaori Tsuji, Tarô Suwa, Bison Katayama

Votes: 3,790

18. Akibiyori (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A widow tries to marry off her daughter with the help of her late husband's three friends.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada

Votes: 3,148

19. Hooligan: Quest for the Seven Holy Dildos (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Adult, Comedy

5.2
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Director: Kazumi Mikami | Stars: Jun Asano, Fifi Barce, Kelly Benz, Roman Candle

Votes: 16

20. The End of Summer (1961)

103 min | Drama

8.0
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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.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 2,688

21. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min | Drama

6.8
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Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Ichirô Araki, Kazuko Tajima, Jûzô Itami, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 514

22. Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)

120 min | Drama

7.8
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Ichiko lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 978

23. The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief (2006)

76 min | Documentary

7.9
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Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty boys all under his training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love ... See full summary »

Director: Jake Clennell

Votes: 1,277

24. Early Spring (1956)

144 min | Drama

8.0
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A young man and his wife struggle within the confines of their passionless relationship while he has an extramarital romance.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Ryô Ikebe, Teiji Takahashi, Keiko Kishi

Votes: 1,993

25. I Survived a Japanese Game Show (2008–2009)

60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV

6.5
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Ten Americans, many of whom have never traveled beyond the borders of the United States, head to Japan to compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. Hilarity presumably ensues. The final winner will take home $250,000.

Stars: Rome Kanda, Donnell Pittman, Meaghan Cooper, Mary Catherine Green

Votes: 513

26. Rikyu (1989)

135 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kyôko Kishida

Votes: 475

27. Terebi bakari mi teruto baka ni naru? (2007 Video)

85 min | Comedy

5.9
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This erotically tinged psychological drama from Japan follows the story of Yuki, a shut-in whose entire life takes place within the four walls of her small apartment - which she hasn't left in years.

Director: Tôru Kamei | Stars: Honoka Ishibashi, Nobuyuki Matsuda, Akifumi Miura, Chie Nakatani

Votes: 23

28. Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)

111 min | Drama

7.8
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Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Yôichi Nukumizu, Karen Kirishima

Votes: 1,208

29. Toppuresu (2008)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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The ever-lively and upbeat Natsuko tries to mend a broken heart by carrying on with a string of short-lived affairs after her break-up with Tomomi. But when Tomomi announces her plans to ... See full summary »

Director: Eiji Uchida | Stars: Mina Shimizu, Erika Okuda, Aya Ohmasa, Sô Sakamoto

Votes: 61

30. Tsukiji Wonderland (2016)

111 min | Documentary

7.6
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In Tokyo, Japan, the Tsukiji Fish Market is a massive complex where a wide variety of fish products are brokered. The Market employs over 12,000 workers, and about 30,000 customers conduct ... See full summary »

Director: Naotarô Endô

Votes: 155

31. Maria sama ga miteru (2004– )

Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Sachiko has offered to be Yumi's soeur, the most popular girl at the school as her "sister" and guide for all her years at the academy. The whole idea has Yumi completely flustered because they hardly know each other.

Stars: Kana Ueda, Miki Itô, Haruna Ikezawa, Shizuka Itô

Votes: 143

32. Afro Samurai (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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In this video game adaption of the already popular anime. You can now control the emotionless Afro Samurai as he kills various cyborgs, assassins, and ninjas to become Number 1.

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu, Ron Perlman, S. Scott Bullock

Votes: 295

33. Love & Pop (1998)

110 min | Drama

7.3
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Teenage drama; schoolgirls, enjo-kosai (compensated dating)

Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida

Votes: 770

34. Banzai (2001–2003)

Game-Show

6.9
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Surreal interactive betting show.

Stars: Jit Loi Chong, Masashi Fujimoto, Shizuka Hata, Ryozo Kohira

Votes: 153

35. Sol Nascente (2016–2017)

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.4
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Sol Nascente tells the story of the unlikely love of the great friends Alice and Mário and their immigrant families.

Stars: Giovanna Antonelli, Bruno Gagliasso, Rafael Cardoso, Letícia Spiller

Votes: 29

36. Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai! (2012– )

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

7.5
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Stars: Wataru Hatano, Yui Horie, Hiromi Igarashi, Eri Kitamura

Votes: 122

37. Edo Porn (1981)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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The famous woodblock artist Hokusai (1760-1849), a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Ken Ogata, Toshiyuki Nishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kanako Higuchi

Votes: 219

38. Gatekeeper (I) (2016)

39 min | Documentary, Short

6.8
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Patrolling a popular tourist destination of steep cliffs that plummet into the Sea of Japan, a retired police officer vigilantly intercepts troubled souls looking to jump, his count of lives saved now over 500.

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Misako Kawagoshi, Kenji Morioka, Yukio Shige

Votes: 37

39. The Geisha House (1998)

113 min | Drama

6.9
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Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Maki Miyamoto, Junko Fuji, Kaho Minami, Mai Kitajima

Votes: 193

40. Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu (2006)

98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.7
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Due to global warming and the shifting of tectonic plates, most of the Earth's land has sunk beneath the surface of the ocean. Only Japan remains and refugees from all nations try to incorporate themselves into Japanese society:

Director: Minoru Kawasaki | Stars: Kenji Kohashi, Shûji Kashiwabara, Masatoshi Matsuo, Cynthia Cheston

Votes: 325

41. The Ping-Pong Club (1995– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.0
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A school's ping pong club tries to take back their ping pong practice room from rivals despite their differences.

Stars: Sharon Becker, James Carter Cathcart, Crispin Freeman, Gil Goujons

Votes: 88

42. Teenage Japanese Killers (2000 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

5.9
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Examining the rise of violent crime in Japanese society, particularly amongst young adults.

Director: Neil Rawles | Star: Sean Pertwee

Votes: 15

43. Nancy Drew: Shadow at the Water's Edge (2010 Video Game)

E10+ | Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Teen detective Nancy Drew travels to Japan and investigates ghost sightings at a traditional inn.

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Kira Lauren, Mikano Fukaya, Walayn Sharples

Votes: 27

44. Shinobi: The Law of Shinobi (2004)

80 min | Action

6.2
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In the world of the Ninja, skill plays only a small role in determining one's rank. Kageru is strong, fast and extremely intelligent-the best in his class. However, his birth predestines ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Tanigaki | Stars: Matt Culpepper, John Gremillion, Jay Hickman, Mike Kleinhenz

Votes: 32

45. Hell Bento: Uncovering the Japanese Underground (1995)

59 min | Documentary

6.3
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An exploration of underground Japanese counter-culture.

Directors: Anna Broinowski, Andrew Sully | Stars: The 5.6.7.8's, Masami Akita, Jet Boys, Sachiko Fujii

Votes: 7

46. Ah-So Graham Norton (2001 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

7.7
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This one-off TV special follows the exploits of camp comic Graham Norton on a visit to Tokyo. Staying with a Japanese family, he explores the city's seedy side, visits the home of a famous ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Denyer | Stars: Graham Norton, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 35

47. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience (2012)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

6.6
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100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today.

Director: Brad Crawford | Stars: Brian Ashcraft, Daigo Umehara, Aaron Chmielowiec, Mike Ross

Votes: 129

48. Senba zuru (1969)

96 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Machiko Kyô, Mikijirô Hira, Eiko Azusa

Votes: 21

49. Justin Lee Collins: Turning Japanese (2011– )

Documentary

6.8
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Star: Justin Lee Collins

Votes: 13

50. Moshi Moshi Nippon (2014– )

Talk-Show

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The TV show "Moshi Moshi Nippon", hosted by Japanese Kawaii/J-pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and US-born musician/artist Rei Mastrogiovanni (who resides in Japan), is an educational program ... See full summary »

Stars: Rei Mastrogiovanni, Ichiya Nakamura, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu