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1. 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: 326,416 | Gross: $111.11M

2. 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: 120,559 | Gross: $38.30M

3. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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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: 121,495 | Gross: $57.01M

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: 11,207

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: 26,353 | Gross: $2.55M

6. The Pillow Book (1996)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama

6.7
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64 Metascore

As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 10,788 | Gross: $2.29M

7. 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: 897

8. 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: 7,271

9. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.4
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90 Metascore

After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado".

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

Votes: 10,206 | Gross: $6.20M

10. Le hérisson (2009)

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: 6,862

11. Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013)

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: 3,264

12. Banshun (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: 9,425

13. 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: 7,080

14. The Hunted (1995)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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Paul is on one of his many business trips to Tokyo, 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... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,828 | Gross: $6.61M

15. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

Approved | 123 min | Comedy

6.9
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This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,534

16. 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: 2,868

17. 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: 4,802 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Edo Porn (1981)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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(Japanese with English subtitles) Widowed woodblock artist Hokusai meets Onao and falls madly in love with her, but she disappears suddenly. One day, his daughter brings home a young girl ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 199

19. 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: 3,635

20. Kohayagawa-ke no aki (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: 2,474

21. Tsukiji Wonderland (2016)

111 min | Documentary

7.8
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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: 102

22. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min

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: 476

23. Sol Nascente (2016– )

43 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

4.9
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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: 14

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: 1,793

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

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Adult, Comedy

6.1
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Stars: Jun Asano, Fifi Barce, Kelly Benz, Roman Candle

Votes: 12

26. Toppuresu (2008)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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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 Ômasa, Sô Sakamoto

Votes: 57

27. 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: 715

28. 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: 450

29. 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: 1,245

30. I Survived a Japanese Game Show (2008– )

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: Donnell Pittman, Meaghan Cooper, Mary Catherine Green, Tony Sano

Votes: 510

31. Afro Samurai (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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: 284

32. The Geisha House (1998)

113 min | Drama

7.0
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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, Sumiko Fuji, Kaho Minami, Mai Kitajima

Votes: 187

33. Gatekeeper (I) (2016)

39 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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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: 15

34. Banzai (2001–2003)

Game-Show

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Surreal interactive betting show.

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

Votes: 150

35. 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: 317

36. Maria sama ga miteru (2004– )

Animation, Drama, Romance

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: 134

37. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience (2012)

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: 121

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

85 min | Comedy

5.7
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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: 11

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

E10+ | Adventure, Mystery

8.8
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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: 24

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

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

7.6
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Stars: Wataru Hatano, Yui Horie, Hiromi Igarashi, Eri Kitamura

Votes: 104

41. 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

42. The Ping-Pong Club (1995– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Sharon Becker, James Carter Cathcart, Crispin Freeman, Gil Goujons

Votes: 80

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

59 min | Documentary

6.7
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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: 6

44. Kelly Osbourne Turning Japanese (2007– )

Documentary

6.8
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Stars: Kelly Osbourne, Fiona Allen

Votes: 56

45. Beyond Ultra Violence: Uneasy Listening by Merzbow (1998)

72 min | Documentary

6.3
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Director: Aryan Kaganof | Star: Masami Akita

Votes: 24

46. Ascolta la canzone del vento (2003)

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

6.4
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Director: Matteo Petrucci | Stars: Alessandro Tiberi, Angelo Maggi, Monica Comegna, Valentina Mari

Votes: 22

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

Documentary

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Star: Justin Lee Collins

Votes: 13

48. Shinobi: Runaway (2005)

75 min | Action

5.9
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Former shinobi Kagerou and Aoi have become fugitives. Not only are they being pursued by the Shinobi of Shiroyama, they must also escape brutal and ruthless assassins hailing from all the ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Tanigaki | Stars: Kenji Matsuda, Brandon Scott Peters

Votes: 22

49. Uchuujin from Outer Space (2007)

165 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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The earth is about to be exterminated by a huge army of aliens so deadly that you would Poo Poo ya pants if you saw then. The plant's only hope lies with a Super Being known as The Geisha, ... See full summary »

Director: Danny Mann Jr. | Stars: Tony Alsamas, Alexis Avvento, Alex Barclay, Baby Boy

Votes: 53

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