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1. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyô, Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 16,735 | Gross: $0.01M

2. The Life of Oharu (1952)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama

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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirô Sugai, Toshirô Mifune

Votes: 4,893

3. Gion bayashi (1953)

85 min | Drama

7.7
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In the post-war, the sixteen year-old teenager Eiko seeks out the geisha Miyoharu in the district of Gion, in Kyoto asking her to be a "maiko" (apprentice of geisha). Eiko explains that her... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Michiyo Kogure, Ayako Wakao, Seizaburô Kawazu, Saburô Date

Votes: 1,367

4. Ukigumo (1955)

123 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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A tragic social drama set in post war Japan and concerns a lonely woman trying to find purpose and stability in a devastated Tokyo.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Masayuki Mori, Mariko Okada, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 1,851

5. Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952)

116 min | Drama

7.9
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A childless middle-aged couple faces a marital crisis of sorts.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Shin Saburi, Michiyo Kogure, Kôji Tsuruta, Chishû Ryû

Votes: 1,620

6. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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The blind masseur and swordsman, Zatoichi, learns of a powerful political figure's secret and is quickly tailed by a group of killers.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yaeko Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 1,685

7. Chûshingura (1958)

Not Rated | 166 min | Drama

7.2
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Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of group of samurai who became ronin (masterless samurai) after their Lord was forced to commit seppuku (... See full summary »

Director: Kunio Watanabe | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôji Tsuruta, Raizô Ichikawa

Votes: 186

8. Midareru (1964)

98 min | Drama

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After a bombing raid destroys the family store and her husband, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love stopped short by destruction.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Yûzô Kayama, Mitsuko Kusabue, Yumi Shirakawa

Votes: 761

9. Nagareru (1956)

117 min | Drama

7.8
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Otsuta is running the geisha house Tsuta in Tokyo. Her business is heavily in debt. Her daughter Katsuyo doesn't see any future in her mothers trade in the late days of Geisha. But Otsuta ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Isuzu Yamada, Hideko Takamine, Mariko Okada

Votes: 685

10. Yama no oto (1954)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

8.0
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An ingratiating bride develops warm ties to her father-in-law while her cold husband blithely slights her for another woman.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Sô Yamamura, Ken Uehara, Yôko Sugi

Votes: 1,174

11. Nagaya shinshiroku (1947)

72 min | Drama

7.9
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A young boy follows Tashiro home to his tenement housing complex on the outskirts of Tokyo, the boy who was separated from his carpenter father somehow and somewhere in Kudan. All Tashiro ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chôko Iida, Hôhi Aoki, Eitarô Ozawa, Mitsuko Yoshikawa

Votes: 1,406

12. Munekata kyôdai (1950)

112 min | Drama

7.5
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Setsuko is unhappily to Mimura, an engineer with no job and a bad drinking habit. She had always been in love with Hiroshi but both of them failed to propose when Hiroshi left for France a ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Sanae Takasugi

Votes: 613

13. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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Zatoichi is mistaken for a thief. To clear his name he must find and defeat the real villain.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shôgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 1,083

14. Zatoichi's Cane Sword (1967)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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Zatoichi, while fighting off the usual group of gangsters, meets the apprentice of the swordsman who created his blade, who relays bad news about the sword.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Makoto Fujita

Votes: 817

15. Ani imôto (1953)

86 min | Drama

7.6
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In Older Brother, Younger Sister, director Mikio Naruse's adaptation of an oft-filmed popular novel by Saisei Murô, the eldest daughter (Machiko Kyô) of a rural family comes home pregnant, ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Yûji Hori

Votes: 244

16. Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (1966)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

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Zatoichi's trek through 88 temples to atone for his violent past is interrupted as he stumbles into a village terrorized by a violent yakuza boss.

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Michiyo Ohkusu, Kunie Tanaka, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 648

17. Yoru no nagare (1960)

111 min | Drama

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Directors: Yûzô Kawashima, Mikio Naruse | Stars: Yôko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada, Akira Takarada, Tatsuya Mihashi

Votes: 52

18. Onna no rekishi (1963)

126 min | Drama

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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Akira Takarada, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Yuriko Hoshi

Votes: 104

19. Bangiku (1954)

101 min | Drama

7.5
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What is the life of a Geisha like once her beauty has faded and she has retired? Kin has saved her money, and has become a wealthy money-lender, spending her days cold-heartedly collecting ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Ken Uehara, Sadako Sawamura, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 777

20. Okaasan (1952)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

7.8
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A teenaged girl witnesses her widowed mother's attempt to sustain her family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyôko Kagawa, Eiji Okada, Akihiko Katayama

Votes: 501

21. Musume tsuma haha (1960)

123 min | Drama

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The story of a family in Tokyo who live under the same roof in a large house and include the widowed sixty-year-old mother, older son and his wife, the youngest daughter and the older ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Masayuki Mori, Hideko Takamine, Reiko Dan

Votes: 205

22. Iwashigumo (1958)

128 min | Drama

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A war widow with a young boy manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law. When a reporter comes to interview her, the two begin an affair. He turns out to be married and won't leave his ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Chikage Awashima, Michiyo Aratama, Kumi Mizuno, Yôko Tsukasa

Votes: 235

23. Agent Shiranui (1960)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama

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Before he portrayed the legendary blind swordsman, Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu played Suganoichi, a blind court masseur with a dark side. An outcast since birth, he learned from a young age ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tamao Nakamura, Mieko Kondô, Matasaburô Niwa

Votes: 108

24. Fûfu (1953)

87 min | Drama

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Uptight man and hot wife rent a room from a laidback colleague. The colleague and wife get on like a house on fire, while the husband is alternately jealous and sulky. Marital strife ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Ken Uehara, Yôko Sugi, Rentarô Mikuni, Keiju Kobayashi

Votes: 101

25. Shûu (1956)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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This wry chamber piece from director Mikio Naruse focuses on a couple whose pet peeves and minor irritations escalate into major rifts and animosity.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Shûji Sano, Kyôko Kagawa, Akemi Negishi

Votes: 162

26. Koibumi (1953)

98 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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This valiant melodrama is the brilliant debut as a moviemaker of the great Japanese actress Kinuyo Tanaka, who also has a small role in the story. Based on a screenplay by Keinosuke ... See full summary »

Director: Kinuyo Tanaka | Stars: Masayuki Mori, Yoshiko Kuga, Jûkichi Uno, Jûzô Dôsan

Votes: 76

27. Inazuma (1952)

87 min | Drama

7.7
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Poor, pathetic mother Ose (Kumeko Urabe) has four children, three daughters and a son, by four different men.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Mitsuko Miura, Kyôko Kagawa, Chieko Murata

Votes: 397

28. Kiru (1962)

71 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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A samurai seeks revenge and redemption after his family is executed by a rival clan.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Mayumi Nagisa, Masayo Banri

Votes: 289

29. Anzukko (1958)

110 min | Drama

7.2
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Kyoko, the daughter of a successful novelist, marries an aspiring writer. However, her husband's difficulties with his writing and his resentment over her father cause deep strains in the marriage.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sô Yamamura, Kyôko Kagawa, Isao Kimura, Keiju Kobayashi

Votes: 101

30. Aki tachinu (1960)

79 min | Drama

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Single mum (father of child dead) from the country with 6th grade boy comes to Tokyo, leaves the boy to live with his uncle's family - wife, male, female teens, run a struggling greengrocer... See full synopsis »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jun Fujimaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Yôsuke Natsuki

Votes: 129

31. Yang Gui Fei (1962)

103 min | Drama

7.0
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Lady Yuhuan Yang is the beloved Imperial Concubine of the Chinese Emperor. Her brother Yang, the Prime Minister, is corrupt and the Fanyang Chief revolts and imperils the throne. This has grave consequences for the Yangs and the Emperor.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Li Hua Li, Chun Yen, Lei Zhao, Hsiang Chun Li

Votes: 38

32. The Demon of Mount Oe (1960)

114 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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A team of samurai warriors team up to defeat a shape-changing, supernatural creature.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôjirô Hongô

Votes: 60

33. Arakure (1957)

121 min | Drama

7.2
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A woman marries, gives birth to a stillborn child, and divorces, falls in love with a hotel-keeper, only to find herself subordinated to his drive for success, takes up with a tailor who cannot console himself with her strong personality.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Daisuke Katô, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 99

34. Shinsengumi shimatsuki (1963)

93 min | Action, Drama

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As change sweep Japan, an honest man joins the Shinsengumi out of respect for their leader and because he wants to live and die as a samurai. However, as his involvement goes, reality and idealism come into deadly conflict.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Shigeru Amachi

Votes: 110

35. Onna no za (1962)

111 min | Drama

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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Yôko Tsukasa, Yuriko Hoshi, Reiko Dan

Votes: 52

36. Samurai Vendetta (1959)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Action

6.7
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Tange Tenzen and Nakayama Yasubei are honorable samurai living in an era of corrupt officials and treacherous clans. But after finding themselves in opposing clans and ensnared in a love ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Chitose Maki, Tokiko Mita

Votes: 203

37. Momotarô-zamurai (1957)

87 min

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Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yôko Uraji, Seizaburô Kawazu, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 15

38. Konjiki yasha (1954)

95 min | Drama

7.0
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Tokyo, 1890. Through avarice, a series of misunderstandings, and failures of courage, the engagement of Kan-ichi (a student) and Miya (the daughter of Kan-ichi's debtor) is canceled to ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Jun Negami, Fujiko Yamamoto, Kenji Sugawara, Mitsuko Mito

Votes: 38

39. Kutsukake Tokijiro - yukyo ippiki (1966)

90 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.0
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Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Junko Ikeuchi, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Kiyoshi Atsumi

Votes: 40

40. A Wife's Heart (1956)

101 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Akemi Negishi

Votes: 112

41. Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Drama

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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series sees the orphan swordsman wander into a town and stumble upon the opportunity to conduct righteous deeds. With the smaller acts of kindness aside ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kôichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 167

42. Poignant Story (1961)

106 min | Drama

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Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Chikage Awashima, Masayuki Mori, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 87

43. 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: 21

44. Tsuma (1953)

89 min | Drama

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Tokyo. Mihoko and Toichi Nakagawa's ten year marriage is crumbling out of inertia. Each knows the other isn't happy, they themselves aren't happy, but they don't talk about their problems ... See full summary »

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Mieko Takamine, Ken Uehara, Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama

Votes: 178

45. Hibotan bakuto: oryû sanjô (1970)

100 min | Action, Crime

7.0
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Oryu searches for a blind girl she left behind but gets involved in a Yakuza turf war.

Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tôru Abe, Bin Amatsu, Kanjûrô Arashi, Mikiko Asamatsu

Votes: 79

46. Benten kozô (1958)

85 min

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Director: Daisuke Itô | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kyôko Aoyama, Michiko Ai

Votes: 19

47. Maihime (1951)

85 min | Drama

6.9
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The troubled relationship between a writer and his ballet teacher wife, who has for years loved another man, finally leads to the breakup of the family.

Director: Mikio Naruse | Stars: Sô Yamamura, Mieko Takamine, Mariko Okada, Akihiko Katayama

Votes: 77

48. Nemuri Kyôshirô: Joyôken (1964)

87 min | Drama

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This film of the sleepy-eyed ronin series has the quite reluctant hero refuse to come to the assistance of a Japanese Christian in an age of both proselytizing and persecution, but later ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya, Shinjirô Asano

Votes: 127

49. The Man Who Came to Port (1952)

88 min | Drama

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Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Hiroshi Koizumi, Asami Kuji

Votes: 9

50. Shinobi no mono: Shin kirigakure Saizô (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûko Kusunoki, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 59