Most Popular Titles With Nenji Kobayashi


1. Tasogare Seibei (2002)

129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 19,374

2. Uchu kara no messeji (1978)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

4.9
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In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Vic Morrow, Shin'ichi Chiba, Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan

Votes: 925

3. Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967–1968)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

8.0
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A young boy aids in the fight against a mechanized terrorist organization as the sole controller of a prototype giant robot.

Stars: Mitsunobu Kaneko, Toshiyuki Tsuchiyama, Kôichi Chiba, Akio Itô

Votes: 390

4. Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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After being used and betrayed by the detective she had fallen in love with, young Matsu is sent to a female prison full of sadistic guards and disobedient prisoners.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rie Yokoyama, Yayoi Watanabe, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 2,391

5. Doctor X ~ Gekai Daimon Michiko ~ (2012– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Daimon Michiko is a 37-year-old freelance surgeon who is part of a questionable "doctor placement service" that has her wander from hospital to hospital. The harsh environment at the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ryôko Yonekura, Tomorô Taguchi, Ittoku Kishibe, Yuki Uchida

Votes: 140

6. Saiyûki (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

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An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Masako Natsume, Shunji Fujimura, Gareth Armstrong

Votes: 1,060

7. Day of Resurrection (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

6.4
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After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Masao Kusakari, Tsunehiko Watase, Isao Natsuyagi, Shin'ichi Chiba

Votes: 1,698

8. Kakushi ken oni no tsume (2004)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

7.8
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76 Metascore

During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 5,125 | Gross: $0.04M

9. Bushi no ichibun (2006)

PG-13 | 121 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Rei Dan, Mitsugorô Bandô, Takashi Sasano

Votes: 2,732 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Otôto (I) (2010)

126 min | Drama

7.1
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Ginko seems to be living the good life: She's the respectable owner of a neighborhood drug store in Tokyo, and her daughter Koharu is about to get married to a doctor. However, Koharu's ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Yû Aoi, Ryo Kase, Yuriko Ishida, Sayuri Yoshinaga

Votes: 492

11. Kazoku wa tsuraiyo (2016)

108 min | Comedy

7.0
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A husband (Isao Hashizume) and wife (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) have been married for 50 years. For her birthday, the husband asks the wife what she wants for her birthday present. She replies that ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa

Votes: 488

12. Yoshiwara enjô (1987)

133 min

6.8
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A young woman is sold into the famous red light district brothel in Yoshiwara by her bankrupt father.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Yûko Natori, Rino Katase, Jinpachi Nezu, Sayoko Ninomiya

Votes: 106

13. Narayama bushikô (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

7.9
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 5,644

14. Kazoku wa tsuraiyo 2 (2017)

113 min | Comedy

7.1
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In this sequel to the first It's A Wonderful Family, the characters who are still based on those in Tokyo Family (which itself was based on Tokyo Story), are a couple of years older with ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Yû Aoi, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yui Natsukawa, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 145

15. The Shogun's Samurai (1978)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 1,299

16. Shijûshichinin no shikaku (1994)

132 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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A group of disgraced samurai plan a decade long revenge against a corrupt lord.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Rie Miyazawa, Kôichi Iwaki

Votes: 374

17. Haha to kuraseba (2015)

130 min | Drama

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Set in post-World War II Japan, midwife Nobuko is resolved to move on as she stands at the grave of her son Koji who died, alongside thousands of others, when the Americans dropped an ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kazunari Ninomiya, Haru Kuroki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 277

18. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.2
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After spending a year in solitary confinement, Matsu escapes from prison with six more convicts, followed by the guards led by the vengeful warden who wants her dead at all costs.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Yukie Kagawa, Kayoko Shiraishi

Votes: 1,812

19. Tôkyô kazoku (2013)

146 min | Drama

7.5
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In this update of Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story", a retired schoolteacher and his wife visit their three working children in modern-day Tokyo.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Yui Natsukawa

Votes: 1,267

20. Café Lumière (2003)

108 min | Drama

7.0
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80 Metascore

The story revolves around Yoko Inoue, a pregnant woman in search for a cafe that's frequented by a Taiwanese composer whose life she is researching.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Yo Hitoto, Tadanobu Asano, Masato Hagiwara, Kimiko Yo

Votes: 2,421

21. Saiyûki (2007)

120 min | Adventure, History

4.9
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On the way to India to get some holy scrolls, priest Tripitaka and his followers are led by Monkey and implored by a princess to protect her people from a warlord and his brother. They've ... See full summary »

Director: Kensaku Sawada | Stars: Shingo Katori, Teruyoshi Uchimura, Atsushi Itô, Eri Fukatsu

Votes: 252

22. Ma no toki (1985)

110 min | Drama

6.5
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Filled with guilt over his forbidden desires, young man leaves home and his studies. He finds a new smaller place to stay, a low-paying but satisfying job and a girlfriend. Then his mother, unable to fight her forbidden desires, shows up.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Shinobu Sakagami, Kaori Okamoto, Yûsuke Okada

Votes: 36

23. Doberman Cop (1977)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime

6.8
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A tough-as-nails cop from Okinawa investigates a savage murder in Tokyo's nightlife district. Originally dismissed as a bumpkin, he soon proves more savvy than the local police.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Janet Hatta, Eiko Matsuda, Masaru Shiga

Votes: 189

24. Chiisai ouchi (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 825

25. Uzumasa raimuraito (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Drama

4.6
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The film centers an aged movie extra who specializes to be killed in samurai movies without ever being lit by the limelight. Using Charlie Chaplin's film Limelight as an underlying theme, ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Ochiai | Stars: Seizô Fukumoto, Chihiro Yamamoto, Masashi Gôda, Hirotarô Honda

Votes: 650

26. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

7.3
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 670

27. Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)

Not Rated | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.9
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Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kei Yamamoto, Eiji Gô

Votes: 678

28. Yôkirô (1983)

144 min | Drama, War

7.2
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The loves and tragedies of a geisha in 1933 Japan.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Ken Ogata, Kimiko Ikegami, Atsuko Asano, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 180

29. Funôhan (2018)

Thriller | Post-production

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Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Mackenyu, Sei Ashina, Erina Mano

30. The Drifting Classroom (1987)

104 min | Sci-Fi

5.6
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An international school in Kobe, Japan is catapulted into the future after a time-slip occurs.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Yasufumi Hayashi, Aiko Asano, Vajra Barzaghi, Leana D'Aloisio

Votes: 98

31. Eijanaika (1981)

151 min | Drama

7.0
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Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Shigeru Izumiya, Kaori Momoi, Masao Kusakari, Ken Ogata

Votes: 441

32. Police Tactics (1974)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.5
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Conflicts between Hirono's family and Yamamori's family (and their allies) are made more tense by the ambitious underlings and the police's efforts to impose a crackdown on the gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Akira Kobayashi, Tatsuo Umemiya, Toshio Kurosawa

Votes: 692

33. Tsubaki Sanjûrô (2007)

119 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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A scruffy master-less samurai decides to help a group of young warriors whose leader was taken captive by a gang of ambitious officers.

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûji Oda, Makoto Fujita, Shin'yû Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Votes: 155

34. Onna gokumon-chô: Hikisakareta nisô (1977)

69 min | Horror

6.8
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A woman on the run is raped, rescued, then raped again. Escaping, she heads for the hills and finds safe haven at a convent. After becoming a postulant, she catches her fellow sisters engaging in unholy activities.

Director: Yûji Makiguchi | Stars: Hiroko Fuji, Maya Hiromi, Yoshihiro Igarashi, Ryûji Katagiri

Votes: 31

35. Kuruizaki sanda rodo (1980)

95 min | Action

6.9
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When the leader of the once-notorious biker gang of Tokyo falls in love with a barmaid and quickly loses his rebellious ideals, the rest of the gang feels betrayed. Especially the reputedly... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Tatsuo Yamada, Masamitsu Ohike, Kôji Nanjô, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 235

36. Too Much (1987)

PG | 89 min | Comedy

5.6
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When Suzie and her parents take a visit to Japan her father's business partner, an inventor called Tetsuro decides to make Suzie a robot. The robot's name is 'Too Much' (or TM for short) ... See full summary »

Director: Éric Rochat | Stars: Masato Fukazama, Bridgette Andersen, Morikiyo Bowhay, Hiroyuki Watanabe

Votes: 100

37. Yakuza no hakaba: Kuchinashi no hana (1976)

97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.2
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When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman. The cop is bent on results and is not immune to becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hideo Murota

Votes: 564

38. Gunki hatameku motoni (1972)

96 min | Drama, Mystery, War

8.0
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One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Sachiko Hidari, Shinjirô Ebara, Isao Natsuyagi

Votes: 699

39. The Audition (1984)

129 min | Drama

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Director: Taku Shinjô | Stars: Masanori Sera, Yukie Suzuki, Saori Iwama, Yumiko Itaya

40. Yasha (1985)

127 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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Shuji was once a feared member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, but he's reformed his ways, abandoned his old life and left the city for a small coastal fishing town where he's become an honest fisherman.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Ayumi Ishida, Hisamitsu Nakamura, Kenichi Kobayashi

Votes: 126

41. Shizumanu taiyô (2009)

202 min | Drama

6.9
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A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Erika Toda, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Votes: 157

42. Kurokawa no techou (2004– )

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

8.1
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Stars: Tae Hitoto, Yôko Mori, Yôko Yamamoto, Oji Osuga

Votes: 8

43. Shin joshû Sasori: 701-gô (1976)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Director: Yu Kohira | Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Yûsuke Natsu, Yoko Konno, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 100

44. Gendai yakuza: hito-kiri yota (1972)

95 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa, Asao Koike

Votes: 672

45. Head of the Boss (1975)

Not Rated | 94 min | Action, Drama, Comedy

7.2
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Sugawara is Kuroda, an itinerant gambler who steps in when a hit by drug-addicted assassin Kusunoki goes wrong, and takes the fall on behalf of the Owada family, but when the gang fails to ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tsunehiko Watase, Yuriko Hishimi, Tsutomu Yamazaki

Votes: 125

46. The Firefly (2001)

114 min | Drama

6.4
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A Japanese love story that takes place during World War 2. It follows a young Japanese man who goes to war and tries to stay connected to his true love.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Yûko Tanaka, Isao Natsuyagi, Ryûji Harada

Votes: 57

47. Gangster Cop (1970)

R | 87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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An undercover cop befriends a yakuza underling who through his contacts helps him infiltrate two rival Yakuza gangs. He pits the two rival gangs against each other in hopes that they will cross each other out.

Director: Yukio Noda | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Ryôji Hayama, Ryôhei Uchida, Rin'ichi Yamamoto

Votes: 226

48. Last Days of the Boss (1976)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.8
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Sugawara plays Nozaki, a laborer who swears allegiance to a sympathetic crime boss, only to find himself elected his successor after the boss is murdered. Restrained by a gang alliance that... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Isao Bitô, Takeo Chii, Takashi Ebata

Votes: 93

49. Lonelyheart (1985)

112 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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Lonely and love-struck, high-school student Hiroki pursues one girl but another one mysteriously appears in his life. Is she a figment of his lonely psyche, or real? An intricate triangle ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Yasuko Tomita, Toshinori Omi, Yumiko Fujita, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 54

50. Riyû (2004)

160 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Four people are murdered in an apartment block, but none of them seem connected.

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Takehiro Murata, Saki Terashima, Miyoko Akaza, Takuro Atsuki

Votes: 75

51. Usugeshô (1985)

124 min | Drama

6.9
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A man who is jailed for murdering his family after he confessed, escapes. His only chance at freedom is his new love interest that tries to shield him from the authorities.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Ken Ogata, Atsuko Asano, Takuzô Kawatani, Kazuyo Asari

Votes: 115

52. Station (1981)

132 min | Drama

7.1
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Constantly put to the test and faced with tragedy wherever he turns, can a man finally find solace and a modicum of love or rest with what is left of his hometown, his family, love or himself?

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Ayumi Ishida, Setsuko Karasuma

Votes: 119

53. His Motorbike, Her Island (1986)

90 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Kiwako Harada, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Watanabe, Tomokazu Miura

Votes: 43

54. Subete wa kimi ni aetakara (2013)

106 min | Romance

6.5
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Six love stories following the love lives of ten different people.

Director: Katsuhide Motoki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Masahiro Higashide, Tsubasa Honda, Miwako Ichikawa

Votes: 73

55. Oyaji no senaka (2014– )

54 min | Drama

6.9
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Stars: Yuichi Nakamura, Maki Horikita, Takashi Kobayashi, Toshiyuki Nishida

Votes: 9

56. Yoshitsune (2005– )

Action, Biography, Drama

7.9
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Fictionalized account of the last years of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159-1189), one of the great folk heroes of Japan, and the political intrigues that sealed his fate.

Stars: Mutsumi Fujita, Tatsuo Ito, Noriko Nakagoshi, Ryû Manatsu

Votes: 66

57. Giwaku (1982)

127 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Shima Iwashita, Akira Emoto, Akihiko Hanyû

Votes: 64

58. Shimura Ken no daijoubudaâ (1987–1993)

54 min | Comedy

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Stars: Ken Shimura, Shôko Aida, Noriko Aota, Miyoko Asada

59. 99-nen no ai: Japanese Americans (2010– )

Drama

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Stars: Steve Wiley, Ayako Imoto, Gustavo Mori, Doug Vogel

Votes: 27

60. Noyuki yamayuki umibe yuki (1986)

135 min | Comedy, Fantasy

7.8
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Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Saburô Bôya, Sen Hara, Yasufumi Hayashi, Wakaba Irie

Votes: 41

61. Inugami no tatari (1977)

103 min | Horror

5.4
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A man looking to mine uranium in a rural Japanese village has the wicked curse of the Dog God set upon him.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Shin'ya Ohwada, Emiko Yamauchi, Masami Hasegawa, Jun Izumi

Votes: 61

62. Hokuriku dairi sensô (1977)

98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.6
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Yumiko Nogawa, Shin'ichi Chiba, Mikio Narita

Votes: 96

63. Dôran (1980)

150 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Ken Takakura, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Masakane Yonekura, Junko Sakurada

Votes: 20

64. Jukkai no mosukîto (1983)

108 min | Drama

7.1
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Jukkai no Mosukito is the tragic story of a policeman who has never succeeded in anything in life and seems to be hopelessly bound to failure in all his undertakings. His ex-wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Yûya Uchida, Ann Lewis, Kyôko Koizumi, Kai Atô

Votes: 84

65. Fuyu no hana (1978)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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A thug is released after fifteen years in prison for the murder of a yakuza gang boss. Things were never going to be simple and bygones were never going to be bygones of course, but to make... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Kimiko Ikegami, Kin'ya Kitaôji, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 42

66. Marks (1995)

138 min | Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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A string of brutal murders are being committed around Tokyo. As a rebellious police officer tries to piece together the clues, the only connection he can find is the victim's membership in ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kiichi Nakai, Masato Furuoya, Yûko Natori

Votes: 42

67. Izakaya Chôji (1983)

126 min | Drama

6.4
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Eiji, also known as Choji, quits the shipyard to start Izakaya Choji (snack bar) with his wife Shigeko on the outskirts of Hakodate.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Reiko Ôhara, Tokiko Katô, Kunie Tanaka

Votes: 49

68. Hito-kiri Yota: Kyoken San-kyodai (1972)

86 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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The great Bunta stars as a gangster who is sent to jail for the sake of his gang, but when he's released he finds everything completely changed and his gang has swept him aside for being too violent.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Mayumi Nagisa, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 108

69. Hotel (1990– )

60 min | Drama

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Set in a large luxury hotel in Japan, this long-running series focuses on the constant struggles of the hotel's manager as he tries to balance out the unending (and often ridiculous) ... See full summary »

Stars: Meredith Kaunitz, Hiroki Matsukata, Misako Konno, Masanobu Takashima

70. Tengoku ni ichiban chikai shima (1984)

102 min

5.6
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Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Miyoko Akaza, Tomoyo Harada, Wakaba Irie, Shigeru Izumiya

Votes: 30

71. A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen (2000)

120 min | Drama

7.1
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Bored with school, 15-year-old Daisuke Kawashima embarks on a pilgrimage to visit the 7,000-year-old cedar tree on distant Yakushima Island. Through his journey, Daisuke meets a number of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Yûta Kanai, Hidekazu Akai, Rei Asami, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 47

72. Smap×Smap (1996– )

52 min | Music, Comedy

7.5
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Stars: Takuya Kimura, Gorô Inagaki, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Shingo Katori

Votes: 49

73. Kaikyô (1982)

142 min | Adventure, Drama

6.7
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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Ken Takakura, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Tomokazu Miura, Naoko Ôtani

Votes: 24

74. Saraba itoshiki daichi (1982)

130 min | Drama

7.7
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The film opens with the drowning deaths of farmer Yukio's two sons. Their deaths send him on a course of self-destruction.

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi | Stars: Jinpachi Nezu, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Jirô Yabuki, Miyako Yamaguchi

Votes: 55

75. Nihon ichi mijikai 'Haha' e no tegami (1995)

117 min | Drama

6.4
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"Mother, are you happy with him? Father said nothing and died quietly." Hiroshi borrows his sister Maki's laptop computer and finds a short message written to the mother who had abandoned ... See full summary »

Director: Shin'ichirô Sawai | Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Keiko Awaji, Tetsuya Bessho, Hideko Hara

Votes: 7

76. Kono ko no nanatsu no oiwai ni (1982)

111 min | Mystery

5.5
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The palmist "blue-moth (Seiga)" is rumored to manipulate the Japanese political and business from behind. Journalist Omoda had inquired into the "blue-moth" but is killed. Sudo who is ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Jinpachi Nezu, Kyôko Kishida, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 29

77. Nihon no don: kanketsuhen (1978)

131 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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The eastern and western factions of the Yakuza battle to control Japan.

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Shin Saburi, Toshirô Mifune, Chiezô Kataoka, Bunta Sugawara

Votes: 12

78. Tsuribaka nisshi 9 (1997)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

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Director: Tomio Kuriyama | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Rentarô Mikuni, Nenji Kobayashi, Jun Fubuki

79. Umi e (1988)

174 min | Adventure, Drama

6.2
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Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Ken Takakura, Junko Sakurada, Philippe Leroy, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 9

81. Furuhata Ninzaburô (1994– )

Comedy, Crime, Mystery

8.2
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A Japanese television drama inspired by Peter Falk's detective series Columbo with Tamura Masakazu as the leading character, Furuhata Ninzaburô.

Stars: Masahiko Nishimura, Masakazu Tamura, Yasosuke Bando, Ken Ishiguro

Votes: 64

82. Seishun no mon: Jiritsu hen (1982)

137 min

7.7
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Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Kôichi Satô, Kaoru Sugita, Tsunehiko Watase

Votes: 9

83. A-hômansu (1986)

99 min

6.1
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Director: Yûsaku Matsuda | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Ryo Ishibashi, Satomi Tezuka, Ryûji Katagiri

Votes: 25

84. The Gate of Youth (1981)

145 min

7.1
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Directors: Kinji Fukasaku, Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Keiko Matsuzaka, Kôichi Satô, Kaoru Sugita

Votes: 21

85. Ten to sen (2007– )

278 min | Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Stars: Yumiko Takahashi, Cynthia Cheston, Takeshi Kitano, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 23

87. Oishii kekkon (1991)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

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There is a woman. She has a mother. She does not have a father. Mother wants her daughter married. Mother wants the marriage to be arranged. Mother wants a successful and rich son-in-law. ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yoshiko Mita, Yuki Saitô, Toshiaki Karasawa, Kunie Tanaka

88. Yogisha (1987)

137 min

6.4
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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Yukiyo Toake, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Masahiko Tsugawa

Votes: 14

89. Ah, yokaren (1968)

110 min | Drama, War

6.6
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Director: Shinji Murayama | Stars: Yukiko Anjô, Junzaburô Ban, Shin'ichi Chiba, Junko Fuji

Votes: 10

90. Daitokai - Tatakai no hibi (1976– )

54 min | Action, Drama

7.9
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Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Kaku Takashina, Takehiko Ono, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 8

91. Minasan no okage desu (1988–1997)

54 min | Comedy

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Stars: Takaaki Ishibashi, Noritake Kinashi, Tonneruzu, Akiji Kobayashi

92. Yakuza senso: Nihon no Don (1977)

132 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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A supposedly true-to-life story of one of the biggest rightists - yakuza bosses in 1950s - '60s Japan.

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Shin Saburi, Kôji Tsuruta, Hiroki Matsukata, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 10

93. Himawari to koinu no 7-kakan (2012)

117 min | Drama

6.7
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Director: Emiko Hiramatsu | Stars: Masato Sakai, Miki Nakatani, Denden, Masayasu Wakabayashi

Votes: 93

95. Toire no kamisama (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Hajime Takezono | Stars: Kii Kitano, Shima Iwashita, Mana Ashida, Yui Natsukawa

Votes: 28

96. Byakkotai (2007– )

240 min | Drama, History

7.0
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This TV-drama follows Sakai Shintaro, descendant of Sakai Mineji -a Byakkotai samurai-, and traces the tragedy of the Byakkotai, a military force composed of 340 16 to 17 years old boys during the Boshin War (Aizu war).

Stars: Yûko Asano, Aya Enjôji, Taisuke Fujigaya, Yuriko Hirooka

Votes: 25

97. Seburi monogatari (1985)

125 min

7.0
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Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Yumiko Fujita, Michiko Kohno, Takashi Naitô

Votes: 15

98. Abashiri bangaichi: Bôkyô hen (1965)

89 min | Action, Crime

6.9
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Shin'Ichi returns home to visit his mother's grave. Upon returning he finds the mess that his previous reckless behavior left behind. His old boss, Asahi, was attacked after Shin'Ichi left and was forced to give up a lot of of his power.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Ken Takakura, Hiroko Sakuramachi, Naoki Sugiura, Kunie Tanaka

Votes: 29

99. Aoi tokugawa sandai (2000– )

Drama, History

8.1
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Stars: Baijaku Nakamura, Kikunosuke Onoe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Toshiyuki Nishida

Votes: 10

100. Bakayaro! I'm Plenty Mad (1988)

93 min | Drama, Comedy

5.7
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Directors: Takahito Hara, Tetsuya Nakashima, Yukihiko Tsutsumi, Eri Watanabe | Stars: Haruko Sagara, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Narumi Yasuda, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 22