Japanese Exploitation / Cult Cinema

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1. School of the Holy Beast (1974)

91 min | Drama, Thriller

In order to investigate her mother's strange death, a woman enters a sacred convent run by hypocritical, perverse nuns.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Emiko Yamauchi, Yayoi Watanabe, Ryouko Ima

Votes: 1,311

2. Queen Bee Strikes Again (1971)

Action, Crime, Drama

In the 1970s, the Japanese youth emancipation also found it's way into the yakuza (crime) societies. A Girl Boss may have a choice between bikes, and between boyfriends. But she has to ... See full summary »

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Yukie Kagawa, Shinsuke Taki, Hiroshi Miyauchi

Votes: 110

3. Girl Boss Blues: Queen Bee's Challenge (1972)

84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When two Girl Bosses fight each other over territory, their enmity is difficult to solve - they are equals in looks, strength, determination, and power of their respective girl gangs. So, ... See full summary »

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Reiko Ike, Chiyoko Kazama, Asao Koike, Ichirô Araki

Votes: 67

4. Sukeban gerira (1972)

84 min | Action

Members of the Red Helmet biker girl gang wind up in Kyoto, where they get into conflict with other girl gangs and local yakuza thugs.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Emi Jô, Linda Kimoto

Votes: 513

5. Girl Boss Revenge: Sukeban (1973)

86 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A group of girls find themselves immersed in an Osaka gangland war when they escape from a detention transport. They form their own gang called The Gypsies.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Misuzu Ôta, Hiromi Sairaiji

Votes: 232

7. Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (1970)

Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A wandering tough biker girl aids a female delinquent gang in their battles against an all-male Seiyu group over a fixed boxing match.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Akiko Wada, Meiko Kaji, Kôji Wada, Tatsuya Fuji

Votes: 475

8. Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo (1970)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Five freewheeling friends conjure up a plan to rob 30 million yen from a religious movement.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Bunjaku Han, Takeo Chii, Tatsuya Fuji

Votes: 294

9. Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Crime, Thriller

A street girl gang clashes with racist local gangsters after one of the girls starts dating an Afro-Japanese man.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Rikiya Yasuoka, Tatsuya Fuji, Jirô Okazaki

Votes: 624

10. Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970)

Not Rated | 82 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two Japanese men help a Vietnam war deserter escape from Japan for Sweden. They plan to fund the escape by selling LSD pills. After word of the drug deal gets spread around they find themselves fending off rival gangs.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Noriko Kurosawa, Eiji Gô, Meiko Kaji

Votes: 249

11. Stray Cat Rock: Beat '71 (1971)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The series swansong, Beat '71, sees Kaji framed and sent to prison by her boyfriend's father and with the help of some hippies she strives to be re-united.

Director: Toshiya Fujita | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Tatsuya Fuji, Yoshio Harada, Takeo Chii

Votes: 200

12. Kyôfu joshikôkô: Onna bôryoku kyôshitsu (1972)

79 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Delinquent girl boss meets and conflicts with an orphan girl who lives an isolated life after the dramatic deaths of her parents. She plays the piano, but stands up against her lecherous guardian, who is also a school official.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Natsuko Miura, Masataka Naruse, Ryôko Ema

Votes: 49

13. Kyôfu joshikôkô: Bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu (1973)

88 min | Action, Crime

Three new students at a super strict girls' school face off against the oppressive administration, a corrupt politician and a sadistic student discipline brigade.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Seiko Saburi, Misuzu Ôta

Votes: 653

14. Kyofu joshikôkô: Furyo monzetsu guruupu (1973)

87 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A nasty schoolgirl does what she pleases, under the protection of her father, who is the school principal. Another girl is not so nasty, but she is determined and tough enough to contest ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shimura | Stars: Reiko Ike, Yûko Kanô, Hiroshi Nawa, Jun Aida

Votes: 23

15. Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974)

Unrated | 88 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After a politician's daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless gang, a brutal policewoman is released from jail and sent after them.

Director: Yukio Noda | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Eiji Gô, Tetsurô Tanba, Hideo Murota

Votes: 784

16. Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)

94 min | Action

Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Yukiji Asaoka, Mari Atsumi, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 1,397

17. Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama

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: 986

18. Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action

After extracting information by raping a ghost, Hanzo uncovers a plot among high officials to steal the shogunate's gold and loan it out to the poor.

Director: Yoshio Inoue | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Kô Nishimura, Mako Midori, Mikio Narita

Votes: 730

19. Blind Beast (1969)

86 min | Drama, Horror

A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mako Midori, Noriko Sengoku

Votes: 2,721

20. Blind Woman's Curse (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Crime, Horror

The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 999

21. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 2,327

22. Horrors of Malformed Men (1969)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror

After escaping from an insane asylum, a medical student assumes the identity of a mysterious dead man, who appeared to be his doppelganger, and gets lured to a sinister island ruled by a mad scientist and his malformed men.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Yukie Kagawa, Teruko Yumi, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 1,117

23. The Vampire Doll (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

Keiko and her friend are trying to find her missing brother after he disappeared visiting his girlfriend Yuko.

Director: Michio Yamamoto | Stars: Kayo Matsuo, Akira Nakao, Atsuo Nakamura, Yukiko Kobayashi

Votes: 505

24. In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

NC-17 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Eiko Matsuda, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 16,614

25. Pastoral Hide and Seek (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 1,150

26. Female Prisoner Scorpion: #701's Grudge Song (1973)

Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Once again on the lam, Matsu is helped by a strip club worker who holds a grudge against the detective who's trying to find her.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Masakazu Tamura, Yumi Kanei, Hiroshi Tsukata

Votes: 898

27. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41 (1972)

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 2,155

28. Black Lizard (1968)

86 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Akihiro Miwa, Isao Kimura, Kikko Matsuoka, Jun Usami

Votes: 443

29. The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966)

72 min | Crime, Drama

A man keeps a young employee tied up in his small apartment and tortures her. She is undressed, subjected to various types of bondage, whipped, and tortured with a razor blade.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Miharu Shima, Hatsuo Yamaya

Votes: 734

30. Hell (1960)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

A group of sinners involved in interconnected tales of murder, revenge, deceit and adultery all meet at the Gates of Hell.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Shigeru Amachi, Utako Mitsuya, Yôichi Numata, Hiroshi Hayashi

Votes: 2,996

31. Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)

79 min | Horror

When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.

Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Yoshihiko Aoyama, Hideki Hanamura, Chikara Hashimoto, Hiromi Inoue

Votes: 337

32. Lost Souls (1980)

90 min | Drama, Thriller

Illegal immigrants from mainland China are smuggled into Hong Kong. They are captured by a gang, then raped, tortured, and murdered.

Director: Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Hung Yen, Feng Chi, Ming Chen, Shen Chan

Votes: 252

33. Gate of Flesh (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa, Tomiko Ishii

Votes: 2,547

34. Ginchô wataridori (1972)

86 min | Action, Drama

Nami is an ex-convict who becomes a hostess to support a sick woman who bailed her out. In doing so, she gets involved in a local gangster's scheme to take over the bar she works for.

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Tsunehiko Watase, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 229

35. The Crazy Family (1984)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Katsuya Kobayashi, Mitsuko Baishô, Yoshiki Arizono, Yûki Kudô

Votes: 687

36. Assault! Jack the Ripper (1976)

72 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Two restaurant employees begin a torturous and sexual killing spree after they accidentally kill a hitch hiker and find that murder and mutilation is their mutual aphrodisiac.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Tamaki Katsura, Yuri Yamashina, Natsuko Yashiro, Yôko Azusa

Votes: 415

37. Black Tight Killers (1966)

87 min | Thriller, Crime, Action

A military photographer takes a cute stewardess out to dinner where she is promptly kidnapped. Deciding that he has fallen in love with the girl, our "hero" decides to investigate her kidnapping himself.

Director: Yasuharu Hasebe | Stars: Akira Kobayashi, Chieko Matsubara, Akemi Kita, Mieko Nishio

Votes: 242

38. The H-Man (1958)

Approved | 79 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

When a narcotics deal goes sour and a suspect disappears, leaving only his clothes, Tokyo police question his wife and stake out the nightclub where she works. His disappearance stumps the ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 1,047

39. The Human Vapor (1960)

Not Rated | 81 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Keiko Sata

Votes: 295

40. Ultraman (1968)

79 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A feature-length compilation of episodes of the famous Japanese sci-fi TV series about a futuristic policeman who secretly transforms into a giant extraterrestrial savior.

Director: Hajime Tsuburaya | Stars: Akiji Kobayashi, Susumu Kurobe, Hiroko Sakurai, Akihiko Hirata

Votes: 220

41. Wolf Guy (1975)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Horror

Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba is WOLFGUY, the only survivor of a clan of werewolves who relies on his feral, full-moon-activated superpowers to solve mysterious crimes. One night, a bizarre and ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kyôsuke Machida, Yuriko Azuma, Saburô Date

Votes: 530

42. 13 Steps of Maki: The Young Aristocrats (1975)

78 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Maki is the leader of a female gang that fights for justice, but she is taken and sent to a sadistic women's prison.

Director: Makoto Naitô | Stars: Etsuko Shihomi, Misa Ohara, Hiroshi Nawa, Tatsuya Nanjô

Votes: 20



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