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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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41.

13 Assassins ( Jűsan-nin no shikaku ) (2011)
13 Assassins ( Jűsan-nin no shikaku ) (2011) 3.03/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yűsuke Iseya
Plot: After an evil warlord threatens to throw Japan back into a feudal warring state, a group of assassins comes together and plot a suicide mission in order to stop him.

42.

Perfect Blue (1999)
Perfect Blue (1999) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Thriller
MPAA rating: R
Director: Satoshi Kon
Actors: Bridget Hoffman, Wendee Lee, R. Martin Klein
Plot: A retired pop idol begins a new career as a risque actress, but when she finds a website that has intimate details of her life, she begins to question her own life.

43.

Chungking Express ( Chung hing sam lam ) (1994)
Chungking Express ( Chung hing sam lam ) (1994) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Mystery/Comedy
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Valerie Chow, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Plot: A story of two cops and two stories all of which are told in beautiful splotches of color. Takes place in Hong Kong in the early 1990s.

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Battle Royale ( Batoru rowaiaru ) (2000)
Battle Royale ( Batoru rowaiaru ) (2000) 2.96/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Drama
MPAA rating: R
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Actors: "Beat" Takeshi Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Tatsuya Fujiwara
Plot: In a bleak future, 42 ninth-grade classmates are stranded on a deserted island each with a weapon and a choice: kill or be killed. This is Battle Royale, three days, one survivor, no escape.

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Kagemusha (1980)
Kagemusha (1980) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/War
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kenichi Hagiwara
Plot: When a powerful warlord dies, it is up to a low-born thief, who looks exactly like the late lord, to take his place. With this power comes a great burden and the facade cannot hold up forever.

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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) 3.31/4 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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Hidden Fortress, The ( Kakushi-toride no san-akunin ) (1958)
Hidden Fortress, The ( Kakushi-toride no san-akunin ) (1958) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshirô Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki
Plot: A princess and her top general travel in secret across enemy territory with a caravan of gold in hope of rebuilding her kingdom. Two greedy peasants, unaware of their origins, accompany them in hopes of getting some of their gold.

48.

Onibaba (1965)
Onibaba (1965) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Kaneto Shindô
Actors: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Sato
Plot: As a feudal war ravages Japan, a soldier leaves behind his wife and mother. Together they scrounge by waylaying tired and wounded soldiers and selling their arms to a greedy merchant. An old friend returns and spells out the fate of the missing husband and son - soon the young widow gives into lust and the mother is left lonely, jealous and plotting her revenge.

49.

Dreams ( Akira Kurosawa's Dreams ) (1990)
Dreams ( Akira Kurosawa's Dreams ) (1990) 3.07/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Fantasy
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baisho, Martin Scorsese
Plot: Has eight various dream sequences which mostly tackle about humanity, nature and a child's innocence. Some characters repeat in certain dreams. A myriad of events occur such as mountaineers traveling thru a violent snow storm, tree spirits talking to a child, a demon explaining hell, nuclear plants exploding, a wise elderly talking about his opinions and a man stumbling inside a painting and meeting the artist who created it.

50.

5 Centimeters per Second ( Byôsoku 5 senchimętoru ) (2007)
5 Centimeters per Second ( Byôsoku 5 senchimętoru ) (2007) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Actors: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura
Plot: Two childhood friends, pulled apart by family and distance, arrange one final meeting.

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