Most Popular Titles With Kei Satô


1. Onibaba (1964)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 11,898

2. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,230

3. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 21,244

4. Yabu no naka no kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.8
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 4,265

5. The Sword of Doom (1966)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Drama

8.1
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Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô

Votes: 7,465

6. Godzilla 1985 (1984)

PG | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.2
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Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

Directors: Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer | Stars: Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Yôsuke Natsuki

Votes: 4,751 | Gross: $4.12M

7. Gohatto (1999)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

The new member of a samurai militia unit causes disruption as several of his colleagues fall in love with him, threatening to disturb the rigid code of their squad.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Ryûhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 6,312 | Gross: $0.05M

8. Empire of Passion (1978)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.0
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A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzô Kawatani

Votes: 2,801

9. Kaiji: Jinsei gyakuten gêmu (2009)

130 min | Drama

6.5
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Kaiji, a young gambler who is constantly in debt, enters a deadly gambling competition in order to wipe away his loans.

Director: Tôya Satô | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Tarô Yamamoto, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 1,034

10. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,261

11. Seishun zankoku monogatari (1960)

96 min | Drama

7.0
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A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 1,546

12. Pitfall (1962)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A man wanders into a seemingly deserted town with his young son in search of work. But after a bit of bad luck, he joins the town's population of lost souls.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Hisashi Igawa, Sumie Sasaki, Sen Yano, Hideo Kanze

Votes: 2,615

13. Hiroshima (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 190 min | Drama, War

8.0
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The grisly events leading to the first attack with a nuclear weapon.

Directors: Koreyoshi Kurahara, Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Lynne Adams, Wesley Addy, Allen Altman, Bernard Behrens

Votes: 771

14. Suikoden (1973– )

45 min

8.2
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Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegade will try to change the story.

Stars: Atsuo Nakamura, Takeshi Ôbayashi, Sanae Tsuchida, Kei Satô

Votes: 461

15. Kôshikei (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Do-yun Yu, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 1,477

16. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 3,341

17. Irezumi (1966)

86 min | Drama

7.2
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A seductive woman gets kidnapped into prostitution. After getting a spider tattoo made on her back, she grows vengeful, leaving several men in her path.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Akio Hasegawa, Gaku Yamamoto, Kei Satô

Votes: 561

18. Etsuraku (1965)

104 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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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.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Mariko Kaga, Yumiko Nogawa, Masako Yagi

Votes: 1,219

19. Kanzen-naru shiiku (1999)

96 min | Drama

5.9
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Schoolgirl Kuniko is kidnapped by a middle-aged man Iwazono when she is jogging. He tells her that he had a failed marriage which leaves him a deep and everlasting scar in his mind. He ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Wada | Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Hijiri Kojima, Kazuki Kitamura, Asami Sawaki

Votes: 161

20. Ningen (1962)

117 min | Drama

7.0
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The ship Kaijin Maru is left adrift after losing all means of navigation in a storm. The four people on the ship are becoming increasingly desperate as food and water run out.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Taiji Tonoyama, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Kei Yamamoto

Votes: 101

21. Kozure ôkami (1973– )

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This is the television series that was launched due to the immense popularity of the Lone Wolf and Cub (Kozure ôkami) series of 6 motion pictures in Japan... See full synopsis »

Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Takumi Satô, Taketoshi Naitô, Kazutaka Nishikawa

Votes: 191

22. The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

147 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.7
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A high school science teacher builds an atomic bomb and uses it to extort the nation, but cannot decide what he wants. Meanwhile, a determined cop is catching up to him, as is radiation poisoning.

Director: Kazuhiko Hasegawa | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kenji Sawada, Kimiko Ikegami, Kazuo Kitamura

Votes: 558

23. Gokudô kisha 2: Baken tensei hen (1994)

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Director: Rokuro Mochizuki | Stars: Chikako Aoyama, Eiji Okuda, Kei Satô

24. Tokyo Trial (1983)

277 min | Documentary, War

7.7
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Documentary covering the Tokyo trials from 1946-48

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Star: Kei Satô

Votes: 100

25. Gishiki (1971)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya

Votes: 652

26. Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962)

100 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hashizô Ôkawa, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Satomi Oka, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 98

27. Hush! (2001)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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62 Metascore

Basics: 2 guys who are gay, one female who is lonely for someone to love. The woman approaches 1 of the guys and wants him to seed her would be child... See full synopsis »

Director: Ryosuke Hashiguchi | Stars: Reiko Kataoka, Kazuya Takahashi, Seiichi Tanabe, Yôko Akino

Votes: 569 | Gross: $0.02M

28. Rônin-gai (1990)

117 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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A group of masterless samurai living in Edo's red light district must fend off a militia bent on wiping out local prostitutes.

Directors: Kazuo Kuroki, Masahiro Makino | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Kanako Higuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Kaoru Sugita

Votes: 423

29. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)

89 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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During the currency devaluation by the Edo treasury, officer Hanzo deals with a temple priestess who sells her pupils as prostitutes, and a notorious thief who plans to rob the mint.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Keiko Aikawa, Kazuko Inano, Keizô Kanie

Votes: 907

30. Rokudenashi (1960)

88 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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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.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Hizuru Takachiho, Masahiko Tsugawa, Yûsuke Kawazu, Kakuko Chino

Votes: 229

31. Violence at Noon (1966)

99 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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Two young women must come to terms with the fact that a man they're deeply linked to is a murdering rapist.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hideo Kanze, Hideko Kawaguchi, Saeda Kawaguchi, Narumi Kayashima

Votes: 688

32. Muri shinjû: Nihon no natsu (1967)

98 min | Crime, Drama

6.9
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Over the course of a night, a sex-obsessed young woman, a suicidal man, and a gun-crazy wannabe gangster are taken prisoner of a gang awaiting a shootout between a rival gang at dawn.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Keiko Sakurai, Kei Satô, Tetsuo Ashida, Yoshiyuki Fukuda

Votes: 506

33. Nihon no yoru to kiri (1960)

107 min | Drama

7.1
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Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Fumio Watanabe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 452

34. Inochi bô ni furô (1971)

121 min | Crime, Drama

7.4
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers ... See full summary »

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai, Kan'emon Nakamura

Votes: 286

35. Taiyô no hakaba (1960)

87 min | Drama

7.2
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In Osaka's slum, capricious folks without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the trading of ID cards and blood.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Kayoko Honoo, Isao Sasaki, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 606

36. The Inheritance (1962)

107 min | Drama

7.5
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Two-hundred million yen is up for grabs in a dying businessman's will. The businessman intends to will it to his 3 illegitimate children, but his associates scheme to take advantage of the situation.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Tatsuya Nakadai, Sô Yamamura, Seiji Miyaguchi

Votes: 351

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: 559

38. Erotikkuna kankei (1992)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.9
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A low-key private detective agency in Paris is run by Rie and her partner Kishin, two ex-pats who tick along between cases by giving guided tours of the city to busloads of Japanese ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Ryûdô Uzaki, Joe Yamanaka, Kei Satô, Genjiro Arato

Votes: 70

39. Natsu no imôto (1972)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Story is about a Tokyo girl looking round Okinawa island for her long-lost brother and finding he is the tourist guide with whom she has had an affair.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hiromi Kurita, Shôji Ishibashi, Lily, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 107

40. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Eiji Okada, Kei Satô

Votes: 605

41. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,219

42. Shinjuku dorobô nikki (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tadanori Yokoo, Rie Yokoyama, Moichi Tanabe, Tetsu Takahashi

Votes: 450

43. Hymn to a Tired Man (1968)

130 min | Drama

7.5
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During WWII a soldier is beaten so badly by a superior officer he is left deaf. After the war he is an inventor and meets this officer at the patent office. The man is still the bully he was.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Michiyo Aratama, Makoto Fujita, Toshio Kurosawa, Tomoko Naraoka

Votes: 50

44. Gokudô no onna-tachi (1986)

120 min | Crime

6.6
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While her husband is in prison doing time, Tamaki, the wife of a yakuza capo, runs her spouse's gang with an iron hand. Meanwhile, Makoto, her younger sister, marries a member of a rival ... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Rino Katase, Akiko Kana, Riki Takeuchi

Votes: 114

46. Eleven Samurai (1967)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Kôtarô Satomi, Kôji Nanbara, Junko Miyazono

Votes: 224

47. Goro the Assassin (1968)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama

6.7
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To fulfill a prison mate's dying wish, and to right what is wrong, Goro will kill again. Tetsuya Watari meets his archenemy Shuusuke Shirayama, a rival gangster who also wants to part with the yakuza ways.

Director: Keiichi Ozawa | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Chitose Kobayashi, Masahiko Tanimura

Votes: 51

48. Kaette kita yopparai (1968)

80 min | Action, Comedy

6.7
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A carefree afternoon at the beach turns into a comic misadventure when three young Japanese men are mistaken for illegal Korean residents.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kazuhiko Kato, Osamu Kitayama, Norihiko Hashida, Kei Satô

Votes: 441

49. Captive's Island (1966)

87 min | Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Seeking revenge against the guard who tormented him, a young man returns to the island where he was imprisoned in reform school. But his plans for vengeance are disturbed when he encounters... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Ikuko Asô, Toshimi Hiramatsu, Jôji Hosoda, Shima Iwashita

Votes: 156

50. Live Today, Die Tomorrow! (1970)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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After leaving high school, Michio Yamada (Norio Nagayama in the real life incidents) becomes involved in the shudan shushoku, a post-war Japanese government work program which involves ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Daijirô Harada, Nobuko Otowa, Keiko Torii, Kiwako Taichi

Votes: 101

51. Jukkai no mosukîto (1983)

108 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 81

52. Ken ki (1965)

83 min

7.2
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Hanpei is an orphan mistreated by other vassals of the manor. He loves flowers and is named the castle gardener. One day in the forest he meets a samurai who teaches him his technique. To ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Sugata, Kei Satô, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 192

53. Shokei yugi (1979)

100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Narumi is set up by a mysterious woman. Abducted and tortured, Narumi is forced to take on a new job - the target is a veteran killer as good as he is.

Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Aiko Morishita, Yoshirô Aoki, Lily

Votes: 24

54. Bushido (1963)

122 min | Action, Drama

7.2
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After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes.

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eijirô Tôno, Kyôko Kishida, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 223

55. 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: 114

56. Ninja bugei-chô (1967)

123 min | Animation, Action, History

6.0
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The vengeful son of a murdered feudal lord meets a renegade ninja helping peasants and farmers rebel against Oda Nobunaga's regime in this unusual animated film where still manga drawings are accompanied with sound.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Rokkô Toura, Kei Yamamoto, Hôsei Komatsu, Noriko Matsumoto

Votes: 127

57. Amai yoru no hate (1961)

85 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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An opportunistic department store clerk gets involved with three women and attempts to manipulate them so he can move up the social ladder.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Michiko Saga, Teruyo Yamagami, Sumiko Hidaka

Votes: 146

58. Aoi tokugawa sandai (2000– )

Drama, History

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

Votes: 10

59. Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)

Not Rated | 83 min | Drama

7.5
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Promising to make a delivery for a dying man, the blind swordsman Zatoichi comes across the usual crime gangs but also meets a blind monk who brings into question his use of violence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura, Gen Kimura

Votes: 669

60. Yomigaeru kinrô (1979)

131 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.7
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Yusaka Matsuda stars as a seemingly run-of-the-mill corporate salary man who leads a double life as a vicious criminal by night. In a delicious scheme of payback, he seeks to dominate the ... See full summary »

Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jun Fubuki, Kei Satô, Mikio Narita

Votes: 161

61. Yamaguchi-gumi gaiden: Kyushu shinko-sakusen (1977)

R | 87 min | Crime, Action, Drama

6.4
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One of the only pre-1980s yakuza films to be dubbed-into-English.

Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tsunehiko Watase, Mayumi Nagisa, Tatsuo Umemiya

Votes: 41

62. 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: 47

63. Yajû shisubeshi (1980)

119 min | Drama, Crime, Action

7.0
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A journalist steals a gun from a cop after killing him and goes on a spree of robbery and murder.

Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Asami Kobayashi, Yoshirô Aoki, Kai Atô

Votes: 116

64. Oni no sumu yakata (1969)

76 min | Drama

7.5
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An abandoned temple in the mountains outside of the old capital city of Kyoto is the scene of a fated meeting between a traveling priest, two women, and a vicious killer.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Hideko Takamine, Michiyo Aratama, Kei Satô

Votes: 71

65. Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijoji (1964)

128 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura, Chieko Naniwa

Votes: 123

66. Oniwaban (1974)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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Deep in the mountains of feudal Japan, a group of children endure cruel and unorthodox training in order to become the Shogunate's most secret and deadly weapons - the Demon Spies! Their ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Tsuboshima | Stars: Keiko Aramaki, Hiroshi Ayukawa, Jun Fujimaki, Shôzô Fukuyama

Votes: 94

67. Gerumaniumu no yoru (2005)

107 min | Drama

6.3
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Rou returns to the rural seminary farm where he studied as a boy and was molested by priests. Rou has recently had a history of violence, and he brings this anger to the seminary, ... See full summary »

Director: Tatsushi Ohmori | Stars: Hirofumi Arai, Leona Hirota, Megumi Sawara, Keita Kimura

Votes: 123

68. Genshiryoku sensô (1978)

106 min

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In a melancholic seaside town, the bodies of two lovers who committed double suicide are found on the shore. A local reporter and the dead woman's pimp begin to investigate and find out that something very suspicious is going on.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Jun Fubuki, Jun Hamamura, Yoshio Harada, Yûdai Ishiyama

Votes: 14

69. Jo no mai (1984)

129 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Mariko Okada, Yûko Natori, Morio Kazama, Kei Satô

Votes: 17

70. The Strange Tale of Oyuki (1992)

116 min | Drama

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The film tells the story of Japanese writer Kafu Nagai (1879-1959), a man about sixty with a huge reputation of seducer who falls madly in love for a young geisha named Oyuki. Meticulous ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Yuki Sumida, Kazuyo Asari, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 101

71. Nippon no akuryo (1970)

90 min | Crime

7.5
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Murase is a bodyguard in a yakuza group. Ochiai is a police officer who once was a student activist. When they meet, they are surprised how identical they look. They decide to trade places with each other.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Yôsuke Enomoto, Tatsumi Hijikata, Eiko Horii, Hideo Kanze

Votes: 44

72. Prayer beads (2004– )

270 min | Horror

6.5
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This horror anthology is featuring nine independent episodes, each 30 minutes long, that are revolving around bad karma and terror.

Stars: Jun Haichi, Mieko Konya, Joe Odagiri, Kei Satô

Votes: 40

73. Mother (1963)

100 min | Drama

7.4
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Tamiko is a divorced mother with a seriously ill son, struggling to save him and give both a sense of their existence. She lives with her mother and brother, but will marry a man older than... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Haruko Sugimura, Homizu Aratani, Kentarô Kaji

Votes: 57

74. Clouds at Sunset (1967)

106 min | Drama

9.0
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Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kei Satô, Mayumi Ogawa

Votes: 6

75. Shin gokudo no onna-tachi: Kakugoshiiya (1993)

115 min | Drama

6.0
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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Rino Katase, Kin'ya Kitaôji, Masao Kusakari

Votes: 7

76. Kin'yû fushoku rettô: Jubaku (1999)

114 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kippei Shîna, Ikuji Nakamura

Votes: 141

77. Ninja-gari (1964)

87 min | Action

7.0
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Director: Tetsuya Yamanouchi | Stars: Jûshirô Konoe, Kei Satô, Shingo Yamashiro, Chôichirô Kawarasaki

Votes: 52

78. Nami no tô (1960)

99 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Noboru Nakamura | Stars: Ineko Arima, Masahiko Tsugawa, Miyuki Kuwano, Kôji Nanbara

79. Sanada fûunroku (1963)

100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, History

6.4
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Osaka in the early 1600s, aftermath of the historical Battle of Sekigahara; a group of orphan children are wandering through the battlefield scavenging for armour when they encounter a ... See full summary »

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Misako Watanabe, Wataru Ômae, Fujio Tokita

Votes: 24

80. Kuro no honryu (1972)

90 min | Thriller

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Director: Yûsuke Watanabe | Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Mariko Okada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Kei Satô

81. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Engetsu Sappô (1982– )

54 min | Drama

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Stars: Takao Kataoka, Kayo Matsuo, Shôhei Hino, Hôsei Komatsu

82. Chikuzan hitori tabi (1977)

119 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Ryûzô Hayashi, Nobuko Otowa, Mitsuko Baishô, Dai Kanai

Votes: 55

83. Waga michi (1974)

130 min | Drama

7.0
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Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Rokkô Toura, Dai Kanai

Votes: 17

84. Gyangu domei (1963)

80 min | Crime

6.8
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Ryôhei Uchida, Kei Satô, Kenji Sûsakidâ, Yoshiko Mita

Votes: 6

85. 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: 11

86. 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

87. Sakana kara daiokishin!! (1992)

121 min

7.4
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Director: Ryûdô Uzaki | Stars: Yûya Uchida, Masahiro Motoki, Takeshi Kitano, Kei Satô

Votes: 18

88. Echigo Tsutsuishi Oyashirazu (1964)

112 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Shôichi Ozawa, Rentarô Mikuni, Tanie Kitabayashi

Votes: 34

89. Hana to ryu (1965)

97 min

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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Yoshiko Sakuma, Takahiro Tamura

91. Jinsei gekijo: shin hisha kaku (1964)

Crime

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Director: Tadashi Sawashima | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Minoru Ôki, Jun Usami

92. Hissatsu shikakenin (1972–1973)

46 min | Action

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"Shikakenin", they have a double life and live inconspicuously in Edo. Baian Fujieda is an acupuncturist. Sanai Nishimura is a masterless samurai. They believe that Otowaya-Han'emon who is ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Ogata, Gorô Mutsumi, Sô Yamamura, Yoichi Hayashi

93. Ajia no akebono (1964– )

50 min

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Stars: Shinsuke Mikimoto, Akiko Koyama, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

94. 60-sai no rabu retâ (2009)

Drama

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Three parallel love stories involving Tokyo couples well into the second half of their lives. A workaholic man leaves his wife after 30 years of a loveless marriage. A couple that is ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Chie Ayado, Jung Ayul, Yûko Genkaku, Sachie Hara

Votes: 23

95. Hakuchyu no shikaku (1979)

154 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.0
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Director: Tôru Murakawa | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Katsu Ryûzaki, Akira Nakao, Yôko Shimada

Votes: 24

96. Taiyô ni hoero! (1972–1986)

60 min | Drama

8.1
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Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Keiko Takahashi, Tappei Shimokawa, Raita Ryû

Votes: 11

97. Nippon no don: Yabohen (1977)

141 min | Crime, Drama

8.2
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One of Mifune's very few yakuza film appearances.

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Shin Saburi, Toshirô Mifune, Hiroki Matsukata, Bunta Sugawara

Votes: 12

98. Nihon no jingi (1977)

106 min | Action, Crime

5.3
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One of director Nakajima's best films.

Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kôji Tsuruta, Mariko Okada

Votes: 9

99. The Oiwa Phantom (1969)

94 min | Horror

7.0
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Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Kei Satô, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Akiji Kobayashi, Jun Hamamura

Votes: 20

100. Bullet Wound (1969)

94 min | Drama

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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Yûzô Kayama, Kiwako Taichi, Kei Satô, Eiji Okada