With Shochiku Ofuna (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Naked Youth (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, 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: 1,764

2. The Fellows Who Ate the Elephant (1947)

84 min

6.5
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Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yasumi Hara, Shin'ichi Himori, Chishû Ryû, Tôru Abe

Votes: 16

3. Taiyô no hakaba (1960)

87 min | Action, Crime

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: Kayoko Honoo, Kôji Nakahara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 664

4. Night and Fog in Japan (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: 518

5. Mr. Thank You (1936)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Japanese film about a friendly bus driver and his passengers over the duration of one journey through the mountains to the nearest train station.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Ken Uehara, Ryuji Ishiyama, Einosuke Naka, Michiko Kuwano

Votes: 785

6. Bitter Spirit (1961)

103 min | Drama

7.4
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A young woman is forced by circumstance into a loveless marriage while still in love with another. This episodic tale follows their story through three decades of bitter conflict which engulfs their children and those around them.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Tatsuya Nakadai, Nobuko Otowa

Votes: 354

7. Somewhere Under the Broad Sky (1954)

109 min | Drama

7.1
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A family in the city of Tokyo running a liquor store overcome their impotence and dysfunction as they induce an understanding through each other of how to deal with their individual problems.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Hideko Takamine, Akira Ishihama

Votes: 113

8. The River Fuefuki (1960)

117 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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A young man decides to become a warrior, causing trouble for his clan.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Takahiro Tamura, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita

Votes: 232

9. Anjô-ke no butôkai (1947)

89 min | Drama

7.5
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After Japan's loss in the war, the wealthy, cultured, liberal Anjo family have to give up their mansion and their way of life. They hold one last ball at the house before leaving. The ... See full summary »

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Setsuko Hara, Yumeko Aizome, Osamu Takizawa, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 259

10. The Chase (1958)

116 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.2
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Two cops on stakeout wait for a murderer.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Minoru Ôki, Takahiro Tamura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Hideko Takamine

Votes: 221

11. Black Rose (1969)

90 min | Drama

6.2
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Though mostly known for his gritty yakuza dramas and, now, his legendary cult film Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku's career ranges across (and liberally messes around with) many genres. Black... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Akihiro Miwa, Eitarô Ozawa, Masakazu Tamura, Ayako Hôshô

Votes: 178

12. Blood Is Dry (1960)

87 min | Drama

7.2
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An assurance company employee threatens suicide after a massive layoff is announced by the management. The company takes advantage of his threat by turning it into an advertising campaign.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Keiji Sada, Kaneko Iwasaki, Shin'ichirô Mikami, Mari Yoshimura

Votes: 165

13. Times of Joy and Sorrow (1957)

162 min | Drama

7.0
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Covering the years from 1932 through 1957, this is the story of the trials and tribulations of lighthouse keeper Keiji Sada and his wife Hideko Takamine.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Takahiro Tamura, Katsuo Nakamura

Votes: 82

14. Escape from Japan (1964)

96 min | Action, Crime

6.5
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As Japan is preparing to host the Olympics, a gang member wanting to go to America is sought after by the police after helping his friend conduct a robbery.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Yasushi Suzuki, Miyuki Kuwano, Kyôsuke Machida, Ryôhei Uchida

Votes: 134

15. Army (1944)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, War

6.6
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A widow raises her sickly son to be strong enough to join the army and fight on the front lines.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Ken Mitsuda, Kazumasa Hoshino, Kinuyo Tanaka

Votes: 244

17. Bitter End of a Sweet Night (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: 172

18. 18 Who Cause a Storm (1963)

108 min | Action, Crime

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A shipyard worker gets an offer of free lodging in the company seaside rest house. Upon arriving there, he finds out that he also has to take care of a flock of undisciplined youngsters.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Tamotsu Hayakawa, Yoshiko Kayama, Taiji Tonoyama, Masaaki Hirao

Votes: 105

20. Ballad of a Worker (1962)

102 min | Drama

6.5
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After WWII, an ex-soldier and his wife spend their lives working at modest jobs to raise their son and put him through school.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 32

21. The Tattered Wings (1955)

99 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Keiji Sada, Teiji Takahashi, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 54

22. Eyes of Children (1956)

85 min | Drama

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Director: Yoshirô Kawazu | Stars: Hiroshi Akutagawa, Chishû Ryû, Kôji Shitara, Hideko Takamine

23. Oboroyo no onna (1936)

111 min

7.0
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A woman asks her brother to speak to her son. After she's sacrificed everything for him, it seems he's going to squander it all for an idle life. Though the uncle tries to set him straight, it may already be too late.

Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Toshiko Iizuka, Shin Tokudaiji, Chôko Iida, Takeshi Sakamoto

Votes: 55

24. Twenty-Year-Old Youth (1946)

72 min

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Director: Yasushi Sasaki | Stars: Kaoru Aikawa, Michiko Ikuno, Chuichi Inagawa, Reikichi Kawamura

25. Konjiki yasha (1937)

115 min | Drama

6.2
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An penniless orphan loses the woman he loves when her family arranges a marriage to a wealthy playboy. He believes she was blinded by greed and becomes a miser.

Director: Hiroshi Shimizu | Stars: Daijirô Natsukawa, Hiroko Kawasaki, Sôjin Kamiyama, Shûji Sano

Votes: 16

26. Shorinji Kempo: Musashi Hong Kong ni arawaru (1976)

85 min | Action

4.7
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Director: Hideo Nanbu | Stars: Ken Kazama, Junko Igarashi, Yung Henry Yu, Chui Meng

Votes: 6

27. Tomorrow's Sun (1959)

7 min | Short, Comedy

6.3
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A playful short film made in the style of a trailer for a fictional feature film that seems to be a spoof of films that were popular in Japan at the time.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Keiko Asami, Kakuko Chino, Kotobuki Hananomoto, Kiku Hojo

Votes: 93

28. Towering Waves (1960)

99 min | Drama, Romance

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

29. Akunin shigan (1960)

83 min | Drama

8.0
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In a small mining town, a young woman named Hide survives a suicide attempt while her lover dies. Blaming her for the death of his brother, Tatsuo and his gang of thugs try their best to ... See full summary »

Director: Tsutomu Tamura | Stars: Kayoko Honoo, Masao Mishima, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 6

30. Uzushio (1952)

83 min

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Director: Kenkichi Hara | Stars: Yumeji Tsukioka, Tsuneo Matsumoto, Yuriko Kusama, Masao Wakahara

31. Bomeiki (1955)

Drama

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Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Keiko Kishi, Keiji Sada, Wei Hong, Yûnosuke Itô

32. Danshun (1966)

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Director: Noboru Nakamura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Mitsuko Mori, Hiroyuki Nagato, Nobuko Otowa

33. Ai yori ai e (1938)

57 min | Drama

7.0
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Shigeo is an aspiring writer living with his girl friend Minako and hoping for success and a better tomorrow every day. Both live on what Minako earns from working in a café. Shigeo is not ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Shimazu | Stars: Shûji Sano, Sanae Takasugi, Takeshi Sakamoto, Mieko Takamine

Votes: 43

34. Tôkyô wan (1962)

90 min | Action, Crime

6.9
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An undercover Japanese cop meant to operate within a gang, which deals in drugs is killed, by a sniper. The police are searching for a left-handed man as they determined the killer to be. A young detective is in charge.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Jirô Ishizaki, Hiromi Sakaki, Kyôko Aoi, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 7

35. Kôge - Nibu: Mitsumata no shô (1964)

116 min

6.3
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Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Mariko Okada, Takeshi Katô, Eiji Okada, Norihei Miki

Votes: 6

36. Soyokaze (1945)

60 min | Musical

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Director: Yasushi Sasaki | Stars: Akiko Futaba, Mikiko Hata, Kôichi Itô, Seiichi Katô

37. Nippon Paradise (1964)

Comedy

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Director: Yôichi Maeda | Stars: Yoshiko Kayama, Hoki Tokuda, Daisuke Katô, Mariko Kaga

38. Honoo to okite (1966)

90 min | Action, Crime

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Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Noboru Andô, Hizuru Takachiho, Shin'ichi Yanagisawa, Kenji Sugawara

39. Minamikaze (1939)

Drama

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Director: Minoru Shibuya | Stars: Kaoru Futaba, Masao Hayama, Mioko Hikawa, Shin'ichi Himori

40. Junjô nijûsô (1967)

89 min

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Director: Meijiro Umezu | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Mitsuko Baishô, Tak Haruno, Tik Haruno

41. Nanatsu no kao no onna (1969)

87 min | Action, Comedy

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Director: Yôichi Maeda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Ichirô Arishima, Kô Nishimura

42. Ochiba to kuchizuke (1969)

87 min

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Director: Kôichi Saitô | Stars: Hiroshi Fujioka, Taeko Fukuda, Kumi Hayase, Yoshiko Kayama

43. Sora ippai no namida (1966)

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Director: Junzô Mizukawa | Stars: Chizuko Arai, Takuya Fujioka, Takanobu Hozumi, Maki Katsura

44. Koi to namida no taiyô (1966)

89 min

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Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Santa Ariki, Chieko Baishô, Ryokutarô Hanai

45. The Spy Has Not Yet Died (1942)

Drama

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Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yasumi Hara, Shin'ichi Himori, Michiyo Kogure, Mitsuko Mito

46. Kinuyo no hatsukoi (1940)

82 min

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Director: Hiromasa Nomura | Stars: Reikichi Kawamura, Kinuyo Tanaka, Kuniko Igawa, Yutaka Mimasu

47. High Teen (1959)

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Director: Kazuo Inoue | Stars: Kyôko Aoyama, Chinpei Hayashiya, Reiko Hitomi, Zenichi Inagawa

48. Get Married, Mother (1962)

99 min | Comedy

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Director: Heinosuke Gosho | Stars: Michiyo Aratama, Takahiro Tamura, Harakuni Sya, Hajime Hana

49. Hana (1941)

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Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Yasumi Hara, Chôko Iida, Hiroko Kawasaki, Ichiro Kodama

50. Yopparai tengoku (1962)

93 min

7.0
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Director: Minoru Shibuya | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Akira Ishihama, Chieko Baishô, Masahiko Tsugawa

Votes: 7


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