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Top Japanese Movies of All Time

The Best Japanese Movies are calculated by overall Japanese movie ratings. The Top Japanese Movies List is compiled daily.

 

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Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, The ( Ningen no joken II ) (1961)
Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, The ( Ningen no joken II ) (1961) 3.44/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Minoru Chiaki
Plot: Continuing the story of Kaji - the soldier finds himself in a unit where the veterans berate him and mistreatment leads one man to suicide and another to defect. With cruelty the order of the day, it ends at the front where his unit is pitted against a Russian tank division - with no hope of winning.

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Ponyo on the Cliff ( Gake no  ue no Ponyo ) (2009)
Ponyo on the Cliff ( Gake no ue no Ponyo ) (2009) 3.08/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Adventure
MPAA rating: G
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Frankie Jonas, Noah Lindsey Cyrus, Tina Fey
Plot: Hayao Miyazaki brings to life the story of Sosuke, a 5-year-old boy and Ponyo, a goldfish princess who wishes to become human.

23.

Wolf Children ( Okami kodomo no ame to yuki ) (2013)
Wolf Children ( Okami kodomo no ame to yuki ) (2013) 3.33/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Actors: Kumiko AsŰ, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Megumi Hayashibara
Plot: The story of student who fell in love with a young man who had a secret - he was actually a wolf - and when fate suddenly takes him away, she is forced to raise their children alone. Because of their unique nature, she faces many trials, but the love is always there, even when the children older and wandering farther away.

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Kiki's Delivery Service ( Majo no takkyŻbin ) (1989)
Kiki's Delivery Service ( Majo no takkyŻbin ) (1989) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Family
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Debbie Reynolds, Phil Hartman
Plot: A young witch sets off on her own for a year of training in a far-away city and finds adventure and challenges await.

25.

Ugetsu Monogatari (1954)
Ugetsu Monogatari (1954) 3.17/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Actors: Masayuki Mori, Machiko KyŰ, Kinuyo Tanaka
Plot: Long hailed as one of the great achievements in Japanese cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi's film, set against the backdrop of the civil wars of 16th Century Japan, follow two men looking for glory: one as a potter, the other as a would-be samurai. Their ambition causes them to abandon their respective wives, leading to tragedy.

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Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer ( Ningen no joken III ) (1970)
Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer ( Ningen no joken III ) (1970) 3.43/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yusuke Kawazu
Plot: The final part in the trilogy: Kaji and his remaining men flee following a Russian defeat as he plans to lead his men back home. But behind enemy lines, he faces new dangers and, ultimately, winds up as a POW - prisoner of the Russians whose communist ideals he once held are far different than what he ever expected.

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Throne of Blood ( Kumonosu-jou ) (1957)
Throne of Blood ( Kumonosu-jou ) (1957) 3.10/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Action
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: ToshirŰ Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura
Plot: Inspired by a prophecy, an ambitious lord seeks to become emperor as his even more ambicious wife pushes him on.

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Akira (1990)
Akira (1990) 3.02/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Katsuhiro ‘tomo
Actors: Johnny Yong Bosch, Joshua Seth, Wendee Lee
Plot: The future and Neo-Tokyo where the leader of a violent biker gang becomes involved with a shady military project that grants him amazing powers that quickly spin out of control.

29.

Red Beard ( Akahige ) (1965)
Red Beard ( Akahige ) (1965) 3.15/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: ToshirŰ Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Plot: In 19th-century Japan, a young doctor reluctantly goes to work at a rural hospital. There, he first rebels against, then comes to respect and learn from, "Red Beard," the head doctor.

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Human Condition I, The ( Ningen no joken I ) (1959)
Human Condition I, The ( Ningen no joken I ) (1959) 3.38/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Ineko Arima
Plot: In the first part of a trilogy, a man named Kaji, hoping to avoid military service during WWII instead supervises a Manchurain POW camp, which functions as an iron ore mine. He treats the prisoners with respect and, in turn, improves production. But the influx of a large group of prisoners exposes the corrupt system, and when a foreman organizes an escape attempt, it ultimately leads to Kaji being accused of helping the rebels, being labeled a Red and sent to war after all.

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