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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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21.

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.

22.

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.

23.

Woman in the Dunes ( Suna no onna ) (1964)
Woman in the Dunes ( Suna no onna ) (1964) 3.18/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Actors: KyŰko Kishida, Eiji Okada, Koji Mitsui
Plot: A naturalist professor, looking in the desert for insects, becomes imprisoned by a woman living in the valley of sand dunes.

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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) 3.01/4 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.

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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.

27.

Samurai 3: Duel on Ganryu Island aka Bushido ( Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettŰ GanryŻjima ) (1956)
Samurai 3: Duel on Ganryu Island aka Bushido ( Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettŰ GanryŻjima ) (1956) 3.38/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Adventure/Biography
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Actors: Koji Tsuruta, ToshirŰ Mifune, Kaoru Yachigusa
Plot: The Conclusion of the definitive Samurai trilogy, in which the ultimate warrior Musashi Miyamoto finds his true love, battles his nemesis, and continues along the path of the warrior.

28.

Dersu Uzala (1975)
Dersu Uzala (1975) 3.15/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Adventure/Drama
MPAA rating: G
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Yuri Solomin, Maksim Munzuk, Svetlana Danilchenko
Plot: A Russian military officer betrays Dersu and must take responsibility to a tragedy. He takes it upon himself to give Dersu a rifle which could give insight to the end of the film.

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Whisper of the Heart ( Mimi wo sumaseba ) (1995)
Whisper of the Heart ( Mimi wo sumaseba ) (1995) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: G
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Actors: Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana
Plot: A young girl who reads a lot of fairy tales has a typical life, but something is missing. One day, on a whim, she follows a cat riding a train - this leads her to a chance meeting with a young boy who dreams of being a violin-maker and his grandfather's antique store where a statue of a cat gives her inspiration to follow her own dream: to write.

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High and Low ( Tengoku to jigoku ) (1963)
High and Low ( Tengoku to jigoku ) (1963) 3.12/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Thriller/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: ToshirŰ Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, KyŰko Kagawa
Plot: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

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