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1. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.3
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29 Metascore

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

Writers: Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini, Walter Hamada | Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

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.

Writers: John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz | Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

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.

Writers: Robin Swicord, Arthur Golden | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

4. 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.

Writer: Becca Topol | Director: Robert Allan Ackerman | Stars: Brittany Murphy, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tammy Blanchard, Sohee Park

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, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama, Hachiro Mizutani

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 »

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

7. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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In 1942 British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a Japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honor and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are ... See full summary »

Writers: Laurens Van der Post, Nagisa Ôshima, Paul Mayersberg | Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryûichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

8. Topsy-Turvy (1999)

R | 160 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."

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

9. 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.

Writers: Hisaichi Ishii, Isao Takahata, Leo Chu, Eric Garcia | Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Hayato Isohata, Masako Araki, Naomi Uno, Tôru Masuoka

10. 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 »

Writers: John Patrick, Vern J. Sneider | Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyô, Eddie Albert

11. The Hedgehog (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 »

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

12. Cherry Blossoms (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.

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

13. Edo Porn (1981)

119 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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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 »

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

14. Late Spring (1949)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

8.1
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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.

Writers: Kazuo Hirotsu, Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu | Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Setsuko Hara, Yumeji Tsukioka, Haruko Sugimura

15. Fear and Trembling (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 »

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

16. Late Autumn (1960)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

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

Writers: Ton Satomi, Kôgo Noda, Yasujirô Ozu | Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yôko Tsukasa, Mariko Okada, Keiji Sada

17. 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

18. The End of Summer (1961)

103 min | Drama

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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.

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

19. Early Spring (1956)

144 min | Drama

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

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

20. Rikyu (1989)

135 min | Drama, History

7.4
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Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, ... See full summary »

Writers: Genpei Akasegawa, Yaeko Nogami, Hiroshi Teshigahara | Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kyôko Kishida

21. Love & Pop (1998)

110 min | Drama

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

Writers: Hideaki Anno, Akio Satsukawa, Ryû Murakami | Director: Hideaki Anno | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Megumi Hayashibara, Akira Ishida

22. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min

6.8
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Writers: Tomomichi Soeda, Tsutomu Tamura, Mamoru Sasaki, Toshio Tajima, Nagisa Ôshima | Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Ichirô Araki, Kazuko Tajima, Jûzô Itami, Akiko Koyama

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

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

6.4
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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 Greenawalt, Tony Sano

24. 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.

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

25. Afro Samurai (2009 Video Game)

M | Action, Adventure, Drama

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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.

Creator: Takashi Okazaki | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Hu, Ron Perlman, S. Scott Bullock

26. Hooligan: Quest for the Seven Holy Dildos (2004 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Adult, Comedy

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

27. Topless (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 »

Writers: Pudding Watanabe, Eiji Uchida | Director: Eiji Uchida | Stars: Mina Shimizu, Erika Okuda, Aya Ômasa, Sô Sakamoto

28. The Geisha House (1998)

113 min | Drama

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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.

Writer: Kaneto Shindô | Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Maki Miyamoto, Sumiko Fuji, Kaho Minami, Mai Kitajima

29. The World Sinks Except Japan (2006)

98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.9
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Writers: Yasutaka Tsutsui, Masakazu Migita, Minoru Kawasaki | Director: Minoru Kawasaki | Stars: Kenji Kohashi, Shûji Kashiwabara, Masatoshi Matsuo, Cynthia Cheston

30. Banzai (2001–2003)

Game-Show

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Surreal interactive betting show.

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

31. Maria sama ga miteru: Haru (2004– )

Animation, Drama

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Stars: Kana Ueda, Haruna Ikezawa, Miki Itô, Mamiko Noto

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

72 min | Documentary

5.9
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Writer: Aryan Kaganof | Director: Aryan Kaganof | Star: Masami Akita

33. Listen to Me Girls, I'm Your Father! (2012– )

25 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

8.0
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Stars: Wataru Hatano, Yui Horie, Hiromi Igarashi, Eri Kitamura

34. Shinobi: The Law of Shinobi (2004)

80 min | Action

6.0
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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 | Star: Kenji Matsuda

35. Manga! (1994 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary, Animation

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Documentary about Japanese comic books (Manga) and the Anime films inspired by them.

Stars: Jonathan Ross, Helen McCarthy, Hayao Miyazaki, Buichi Terasawa

36. Teenage Japanese Killers (2000 TV Movie)

48 min | Documentary

5.3
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Examining the rise of violent crime in Japanese society, particularly amongst young adults.

Director: Neil Rawles | Star: Sean Pertwee

37. Kelly Osbourne Turning Japanese (2007– )

Documentary

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Stars: Kelly Osbourne, Fiona Allen

38. Ike! Inachû takkyû-bu (1995– )

Unrated | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

8.0
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Stars: Sharon Becker, Rachael Lillis, Kôsuke Okano, Takumi Yamazaki

39. Uchuujin from Outer Space (2007)

165 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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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 »

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

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

59 min | Documentary

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An exploration of underground Japanese counter-culture.

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

41. The Creatures: Tokyo Drum Session (2003 Video)

31 min | Documentary, Short, Music

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Stars: Budgie, Leonard Eto, Siouxsie Sioux

42. Gintberg går banzai (2006– )

25 min | Comedy

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Comedian Jan Gintberg visits Japan! He participates in Japanese TV shows, gets a taste of sumo wrestling and kick boxing, and struggles to understand what Japanese humor is all about.

Star: Jan Gintberg

43. Senba zuru (1969)

96 min | Drama, Romance

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Writers: Yasunari Kawabata, Kaneto Shindô | Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Machiko Kyô, Mikijirô Hira, Eiko Azusa

44. Twisted (2003)

Drama, Thriller, Mystery

6.3
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Writer: Matteo Petrucci | Director: Matteo Petrucci | Stars: Alessandro Tiberi, Angelo Maggi, Monica Comegna, Valentina Mari

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

Documentary

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Star: Justin Lee Collins

46. Ayatsuri Sakon (1999–2000)

Animation, Mystery

7.8
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Stars: Motoko Kumai, Kazuya Nakai, Megumi Ogata, Yumi Tôma

47. Pastriology (2013)

100 min | Documentary

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Five years in the making, filmed in a dozen countries, PASTRIOLOGY runs the full range from the pleasures and dangers of overeating to the tragedies of world hunger.

Writer: Alexis Krasilovsky | Director: Alexis Krasilovsky | Stars: Papa Abuelo, Anyayya, Cello Barry, Lagache Benoit

48. Shinobi: Runaway (2005)

75 min | Action

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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

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

51 min | Documentary

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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 »

Writers: Jon Magnusson, Graham Norton | Director: Ian Denyer | Stars: Graham Norton, Tadanobu Asano

50. Beckii: Schoolgirl Superstar at 14 (2010 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary

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A profile of Rebecca Flint; a 14-year-old girl from the Isle of Man who became an Internet sensation by dancing on Youtube and a celebrity idol in Japan.

Director: Ellena Wood | Star: Rebecca Flint