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1. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, History

85 Metascore

When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity.

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

Votes: 28,478

3. A Fugitive from the Past (1965)

183 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Kôji Mitsui, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 712

4. Daimajin (1966)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A giant stone statue comes to life to protect the residents of a small town against the depradations of an evil warlord.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Miwa Takada, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Jun Fujimaki, Ryûtarô Gomi

Votes: 1,067

5. Wrath of Daimajin (1966)

Not Rated | 79 min | Fantasy

In a mountainous region of Japan, Lord Arakawa kidnaps the men of nearby villages to use as slave labor, producing gunpowder from his sulfur pits. A band of young boys decide to rescue their enslaved fathers on their own.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Hideki Ninomiya, Shinji Hori, Masahide Iizuka, Muneyuki Nagatomo

Votes: 475

6. Godzilla 1985 (1985)

PG | 82 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

31 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 5,649 | Gross: $4.12M

7. Bang! (1991)

111 min | Comedy

A serious-minded policeman plays the role of robber in a police training operation against bank robberies. He's so good his fellow policemen can't catch him. TV networks begin to broadcast ... See full summary »

Director: Sadaaki Haginiwa | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Nagare Hagiwara, Daijirô Harada

Votes: 28

8. Pinpon (2002)

114 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

59 Metascore

The film traces the growth and friendship of two very different high-school ping-pong players. "Peco" Hoshino is a brash, arrogant player, determined to turn pro. He taught his quiet, nerdy... See full summary »

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Yôsuke Kubozuka, Arata Iura, Sam Lee, Shidô Nakamura

Votes: 3,051

9. Be with You (2004)

119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A young woman returns from the dead to her guilt-ridden husband and son, but she cannot remember them.

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Shidô Nakamura, Akashi Takei, Karen Miyama

Votes: 4,060

10. Tony Takitani (2004)

105 min | Drama

80 Metascore

When technical illustrator Tony Takitani asks his wife to resist her all-consuming obsession for designer clothes, the consequences are tragic.

Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Votes: 4,043

11. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

A Japanese restaurant cook/owner dies after answering his daughter's cellphone. Other people are getting strange, same ringtone calls as well and dying painfully. It happened in Taiwan as well. Can the police stop it if it's a ghost?

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,852

13. One Missed Call 3: Final (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror

The timid, young Asuka is bullied by her classmates. When they embark on a class field trip to Korea, Asuka plans revenge by sending them a cursed phone message they can either pass on or ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Asô | Stars: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Keun-Suk Jang, Erika Asakura

Votes: 1,627

14. The Letters (2006)

121 min | Drama

How have you been? Takeshi's letter is delivered one each month to his younger brother, Naoki. Takeshi is serving a life term in prison for the crime that he had committed to save his ... See full summary »

Director: Jirô Shôno | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 315

15. Sea Without Exit (2006)

121 min | Drama, War

Koji Namiki, a talented young pitcher, who had won the National High School Baseball Championships enters university, but soon afterwards injures his elbow. He and his teammates work hard ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Ebizô Ichikawa, Yûsuke Iseya, Juri Ueno, Shun Shioya

Votes: 120

16. Kisaragi (2007)

108 min | Comedy, Mystery

One year after the suicide of C-list model Kisaragi Miki, five of her fans come together for a commemorative meeting; fan club leader Iemoto, Oda Yuji, "Snake", Yasuo, and "Strawberry Girl"... See full summary »

Director: Yûichi Satô | Stars: Shun Oguri, Yûsuke Santamaria, Keisuke Koide, Muga Tsukaji

Votes: 907

18. A Pierrot (2009)

118 min | Drama

A haunting mystery about a Japanese family where a current series of crime paves the way to unraveling an unexpected family truth.

Director: Jun'ichi Mori | Stars: Ryô Kase, Masaki Okada, Fumiyo Kohinata, Yuriko Yoshitaka

Votes: 336

19. Seaside Motel (2010)

103 min | Comedy, Drama

Seaside Motel" is a romantic-comedy that takes place over the course of one evening at the oddly named Seaside Motel. The motel is in fact surrounded by mountains with no water in sight. ... See full summary »

Director: Kentarô Moriya | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Kumiko Asô, Takayuki Yamada, Tetsuji Tamayama

Votes: 268

20. Saigo no Chûshingura (2010)

R | 133 min | Drama

An army of loyal samurai plot to revenge their unjustly executed lord.

Director: Shigemichi Sugita | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Kôichi Satô, Nanami Sakuraba, Kôji Yamamoto

Votes: 288

21. The Detective Is in the Bar (2011)

125 min | Drama

In the Susukino red light district of Sapporo, a private detective (Yo Oizumi) drinks alcohol with his driver Takada (Ryuhei Matsuda) in his favorite bar. There he receives a phone call ... See full summary »

Director: Hajime Hashimoto | Stars: Yô Ôizumi, Ryûhei Matsuda, Koyuki, Toshiyuki Nishida

Votes: 250

22. Princess Toyotomi (2011)

119 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A trio of Tokyo-based auditors set out to review the accounts of the city of Osaka and its affiliated agencies. The audit is proceeding well the trio head out for lunch one day. When one of... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Suzuki | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Masaki Okada, Hiroshi Tamaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi

Votes: 288

23. Wild 7 (2011)

109 min | Action

With crime rising, the police force created the motorcycle unit , 'The Wild 7', a group of ex criminals. Together, the Wild 7 are tasked with taking out the criminals that the police cannot touch.

Director: Eiichirô Hasumi | Stars: Kyoko Fukada, Kippei Shîna, Jun Kaname, Kiichi Nakai

Votes: 320

24. My SO Has Got Depression (2011)

121 min | Drama

A husband is suffering from melancholia, and he wants to commit suicide. His wife, who is a cartoonist, forces him to quit his job for the therapy. The wife's optimism influence the husband, and they live happily ever after.

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Masato Sakai, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Kanji Tsuda

Votes: 385

25. The Wings of the Kirin (2011)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A man is stabbed to death in Tokyo's Nihonbashi area. The victim staggers with the knife still in the wound for eight minutes before collapsing under the winged statues of two Kirin on the ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Aragaki, Junpei Mizobata, Tôri Matsuzaka

Votes: 523

26. In His Chart (2011)

128 min | Drama

There is a degree of realism when a professional in the field writes about his vocation and such is the case here. Adopted from a novel written by a doctor and set in Nagano, doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa | Stars: Aoi Miyazaki, Aki Asakura, Denden, Mariko Kaga

Votes: 134

27. Space Brothers (2012)

129 min | Comedy

As children, two Japanese brothers promise to one day be astronauts and meet each other in space. Years later, the older one has recently lost his job when he remembers that childhood's dream his younger brother is so close to fulfilling.

Director: Yoshitaka Mori | Stars: Shun Oguri, Buzz Aldrin, Kumiko Asô, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 379

28. Disregarded People (2013)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

Young man, Yusuke Mamiana, fed up with his life meats a unattractive ugly girl, Kyoko, at his hometown. Out of his impulsive desire, he had a relationship by nearly raping her. They started... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Sakaki | Stars: Nao Ohmori, Hitomi Miwa, Chika Uchida, Ken'ichi Takitô

Votes: 52

29. Judge (2013)

76 min | Mystery, Thriller

Seven people who committed the seven deadly sins : lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are locked up in a sealed space by someone. These seven people must play a game which is a matter of life or death.

Director: Yo Kohatsu | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Jirô Satô, Kôji Seto, Sabrina Sayin

Votes: 97

30. The Extreme Sukiyaki (2013)

111 min | Comedy

Former college buddies Horaguchi and Okawa suddenly reunite on a whim after 15 years apart and try to resume their friendship by planning a trip together.

Director: Shirô Maeda | Stars: Arata Iura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Mikako Ichikawa, Kana Kurashina

Votes: 63

32. Blindly in Love (2013)

117 min | Drama

35-year-old Kentaro is a social misfit and has never dated a woman in his life. He lives with his parents and holds a modest job in city hall. Kentaro doesn't have any friends, nor received... See full summary »

Director: Masahide Ichii | Stars: Gen Hoshino, Kaho, Sei Hiraizumi, Ryôko Moriyama

Votes: 167

33. 100 Yen Love (2014)

113 min | Comedy, Drama

32-year-old Ichiko (Sakura Ando) lives at home with her parents, passing the days in self-indulgent grunginess. Ichiko's recently divorced younger sister Fumiko has moved back home with her... See full summary »

Director: Masaharu Take | Stars: Sakura Andô, Hirofumi Arai, Yôzaburô Itô, Miyoko Inagawa

Votes: 1,382

35. Close Range Love (2014)

118 min | Drama, Romance

A smart high school student falls in love with her new handsome English teacher after she begins to receive one-on-one tutoring from him.

Director: Naoto Kumazawa | Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Nana Komatsu, Mika Akizuki, Hirofumi Arai

Votes: 932

36. Snow on the Blades (2014)

Action, Drama, History

Shimura Kingo fails his duty to protect the life of the Shogun's chief minister, and spends his life tracking down the assassins. However, all but one of the assassins die before Kingo can reach them. Still, Kingo presses on.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Hiroshi Abe, Ryôko Hirosue, Masahiro Takashima

Votes: 209

37. Mother (2014)

83 min | Horror

This is an autobiographical flick that details incidents that occur even as a publishing company is working on a book on Umezu' s life.Chief editor,Sakura, is aware of the overwhelming ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Umezu | Stars: Ainosuke Kataoka, Kimie Shingyôji, Mimi Maihane, Shôko Nakagawa

Votes: 14

38. Judge! (2014)

105 min | Comedy

After taking the blame for another disastrous advertising campaign, Ota Kiichiro is asked by his arrogant boss Otaki Ichiro to take his place as a judge at the world's biggest advertising ... See full summary »

Director: Akira Nagai | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Keiko Kitagawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Kyôka Suzuki

Votes: 340

39. Love's Whirlpool (2014)

123 min | Romance

From midnight to 5 AM, people gather at a high-end apartment in Roppongi to engage in promiscuous sexual activity. Story depicts the process of the men and women who meet for the first time there to have loveless sex.

Director: Daisuke Miura | Stars: Sôsuke Ikematsu, Mugi Kadowaki, Ken'ichi Takitô, Eriko Nakamura

Votes: 270

40. I Am a Hero (2015)

TV-MA | 126 min | Action, Horror

One day, after returning from work late in the evening, Hideo witnesses a traffic accident in which a car crashes into a nearby pedestrian, killing the victim instantly. However, despite ... See full summary »

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura, Miho Suzuki, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 4,665

41. Poison Berry in My Brain (2015)

121 min | Comedy

Ichiko Sakurai, a 30 years old novelist, has a crush on Saotome, who is only in his twenties. This caused a heated discussion between the 5 personas controlling Ichiko's brain every time she is around Saotome.

Director: Yûichi Satô | Stars: Yôko Maki, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Kazuyuki Asano

Votes: 234

42. Ninja the Monster (2015)

81 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The time is midst of the samurai era when Ninja were considered a threat and outlawed by the government. They were thought to be extinct where peace was maintained by the Shogunate except ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Ochiai | Stars: Dean Fujioka, Aoi Morikawa, Sôkô Wada

Votes: 384

43. Flying Colors (2015)

117 min | Drama

Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Nanami Abe, Morio Agata, Atsushi Itô

Votes: 2,176

45. Kono kuni no sora (2015)

Drama, Romance, War

At the dusk of World War II Tokyo is a city of sordid atmosphere, tragic ambiance and daily misery. Satoko is nineteen. lives at home with her widowed mother and works at the local civil ... See full summary »

Director: Haruhiko Arai | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Hiroki Hasegawa, Renji Ishibashi, Yûki Kudô

Votes: 49

46. Too Young to Die (2016)

125 min | Comedy, Music