With Daiei Studios (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Rashômon (1950)

Not Rated | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.3
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The rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband are recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and a woodcutter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 128,274 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 20,569

3. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.

Director: Alain Resnais | Stars: Emmanuelle Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud

Votes: 23,845 | Gross: $0.09M

4. A Story from Chikamatsu (1954)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 2,919

5. Ugetsu (1953)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

8.2
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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: 17,268 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Cure (1997)

Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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70 Metascore

A frustrated detective deals with the case of several gruesome murders committed by people who have no recollection of what they've done.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Kôji Yakusho, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa

Votes: 8,191 | Gross: $0.09M

7. Sansho the Bailiff (1954)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

8.4
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 12,085

8. Cheerleader Camp (1988)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

4.7
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A group of cheerleaders become the targets of an unknown killer at a remote summer camp.

Director: John Quinn | Stars: Betsy Russell, Leif Garrett, Lucinda Dickey, Lorie Griffin

Votes: 2,585

9. Floating Weeds (1959)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

8.0
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The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

Votes: 6,008

10. The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur who also happens to be a master swordsman.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryûzô Shimada, Hajime Mitamura

Votes: 4,006

11. Street of Shame (1956)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

8.0
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The personal tales of various prostitutes who occupy a Japanese brothel.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Aiko Mimasu, Ayako Wakao, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 3,020

12. Blind Beast (1969)

86 min | Drama, Horror

7.3
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A blind sculpter and his mother kidnap a young model.

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

Votes: 2,622

13. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.7
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68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 9,893 | Gross: $9.68M

14. Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen (1995)

Unrated | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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A hibernating species of giant carnivorous bird is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the Japanese military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Akira Onodera, Shinobu Nakayama, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 2,322

15. Gate of Hell (1953)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting.

Director: Teinosuke Kinugasa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Kazuo Hasegawa, Isao Yamagata, Yatarô Kurokawa

Votes: 2,607

16. Giants and Toys (1958)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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In the middle of a fierce commercial competition between three caramel companies, an executive builds up a ditsy teenage girl as a mascot while simultaneously trying to uncover the rival companies' plans.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Osamu Abe, Kôichi Fujiyama

Votes: 662

17. The Quiet Duel (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.5
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A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô, Kenjirô Uemura

Votes: 2,429

18. Yukinojô henge (1963)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

7.6
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Yukinojo, a Kabuki actor, seeks revenge by destroying the three men who caused the deaths of his parents. Also involved are the daughter of one of Yukinojo's targets, two master thieves, and a swordsman who himself is out to kill Yukinojo.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi

Votes: 1,648

19. Fires on the Plain (1959)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, War

8.0
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In the closing days of WWII remnants of the Japanese army in Leyte are abandoned by their command and face certain starvation.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Mantarô Ushio, Yoshihiro Hamaguchi, Osamu Takizawa

Votes: 3,803

20. Gishiki (1971)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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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: 745

21. Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.4
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In a small Japanese village, a young woman discovers the means for her revenge, while Gyaos birds are sighted around the world and humankind debates Gamera's allegiance.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Shinobu Nakayama, Ai Maeda, Yukijirô Hotaru, Ayako Fujitani

Votes: 1,964

22. Tomie (1998)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.3
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A traumatized young woman is trying to recover her memories with the help of a psychiatrist. During her hypnosis sessions, she repeats the name "Tomie" but is unable to recall where she knows it from.

Director: Ataru Oikawa | Stars: Miho Kanno, Mami Nakamura, Yoriko Dôguchi, Tomorô Taguchi

Votes: 1,436

23. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 651

24. Hitokiri (1969)

140 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 818

25. Zatoichi on the Road (1963)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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Zatoichi promises to deliver a maiden safely home but finds two dangerous gangs have a mysterious interest in the young girl.

Director: Kimiyoshi Yasuda | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryûzô Shimada, Reiko Fujiwara

Votes: 1,233

26. Manji (1964)

91 min | Drama, Romance

7.1
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A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 704

27. Zoku Zatôichi monogatari (1962)

Not Rated | 72 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 1,758

28. Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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A meteor shower carries hostile insectoid creatures to Japan, where they rapidly reproduce.

Director: Shûsuke Kaneko | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Miki Mizuno, Tamotsu Ishibashi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi

Votes: 1,750

29. Daimajin (1966)

Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.8
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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: 970

30. 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: 1,423

31. Yôkihi (1955)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.4
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In eighth century China, the Emperor is grieving over the death of his wife. The Yang family wants to provide the Emperor with a consort so that they may consolidate their influence over ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Masayuki Mori, Sô Yamamura, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 1,312

32. Daikaijû Gamera (1965)

81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

4.6
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From out of the arctic comes a gigantic flying, fire-breathing turtle that sets its sights on destroying Tokyo.

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Eiji Funakoshi, Harumi Kiritachi, Junichirô Yamashiko, Yoshiro Uchida

Votes: 2,275

33. New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi, Seizaburô Kawazu, Fujio Suga

Votes: 1,418

34. Taira Clan Saga (1955)

108 min | Drama, History

7.5
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Special Forces commander Captain Tadamori returns to Kyoto after successfully defeating the uprising of pirates in the western sea of Japan. But because the high courtiers dislike career ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Narutoshi Hayashi, Raizô Ichikawa, Tatsuya Ishiguro, Michiyo Kogure

Votes: 776

35. Kagi (1959)

107 min | Drama

7.1
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A man getting on in years sets out to find a way to resurrect his flagging virility.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Machiko Kyô, Ganjirô Nakamura, Junko Kanô, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 635

36. 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: 621

37. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.6
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Zatoichi meets an infamous blind leader of a gangster organization as he contends with a gloomy ronin widower.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Reiko Ôhara, Pîtâ, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 973

38. Akai tenshi (1966)

95 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.0
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During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu, Ranko Akagi

Votes: 1,087

39. Warning from Space (1956)

Unrated | 87 min | Sci-Fi

4.4
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UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Keizô Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Bin Yagisawa, Shôzô Nanbu

Votes: 693

40. Uwasa no onna (1954)

83 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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Hatsuko Umabuchi is a widow who runs a prosperous geisha house in present day Kyoto. Her daughter Yukiko returns from Tokyo following a failed suicide attempt, after her lover found out ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Tomoemon Otani, Yoshiko Kuga, Eitarô Shindô

Votes: 768

41. Daikaijû kûchûsen: Gamera tai Gyaosu (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Family

4.6
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A gigantic bat emerges from a volcano to terrorize Japan and only one thing can stop it...Gamera!

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Kichijirô Ueda, Reiko Kasahara, Naoyuki Abe

Votes: 1,492

42. Oyû-sama (1951)

94 min | Drama

7.7
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Shinnosuke is introduced to Shizu as a prospective marriage partner, but he falls in love with her widowed sister Oyu. Convention forbids Oyu to marry because she has to raise her son as ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Nobuko Otowa, Yûji Hori, Kiyoko Hirai

Votes: 1,088

43. Gan (1953)

104 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A lowly divorcee is tricked into becoming the mistress of a despised moneylender but soon falls in love with a student.

Director: Shirô Toyoda | Stars: Hideko Takamine, Hiroshi Akutagawa, Jûkichi Uno, Eijirô Tôno

Votes: 137

44. 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: 195

45. Zatoichi Challenged (1967)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

7.7
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After an artist is threatened by the yakuza into creating valuable but highly illegal pornography, the law aims to execute him. Zatoichi, having been honor bound to protect the man and his family, must now run against the law.

Director: Kenji Misumi | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Jûshirô Konoe, Miwa Takada, Yukiji Asaoka

Votes: 925

46. Eden no sono (1980)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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A young pick-pocket meets a sheltered teenage girl at an art museum while trying to lift her wallet. He falls in love with her and lures her to deserted strip of beach where he pretends his... See full summary »

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ronni Valente, Leonora Fani, Angela Goodwin, Massimo Serato

Votes: 36

47. Daikaijû kettô: Gamera tai Barugon (1966)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.5
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A giant monster that emits a destructive ray from its back attacks Japan and takes on Gamera.

Director: Shigeo Tanaka | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Kyôko Enami, Yûzô Hayakawa, Takuya Fujioka

Votes: 1,676

48. Gamera vs. Viras (1968)

Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi

4.7
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Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras.

Director: Noriaki Yuasa | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Tôru Takatsuka, Carl Craig, Michiko Yaegaki

Votes: 1,049

49. The Snow Woman (1968)

80 min | Horror, Romance

7.3
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The lives of a master sculptor and his young apprentice are changed forever when they meet an evil witch during a snow storm.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shiho Fujimura, Akira Ishihama, Machiko Hasegawa, Taketoshi Naitô

Votes: 273

50. Hebi no michi (1998)

85 min | Crime

7.1
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A man enlists a friend to help him identify and exact revenge upon his daughter's murderer.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa, Shirô Shimomoto, Hua Rong Weng

Votes: 390


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