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

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Takashi Miike
Actors: Kōji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yūsuke 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.

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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In This Corner of the World ( Kono sekai no katasumi ni ) (2017)
In This Corner of the World ( Kono sekai no katasumi ni ) (2017) 3.36/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Actors: Non - Rena Nounen, Megumi Han, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Plot: In 1935 Suzu lives with her family in Eba, a town in Hiroshima, where her artistic talent is allowed to flourish. All that changes when she finds herself suddenly married as a teen, whisked off to Kure where she falls in to a daily routine of cleaning, mending and cooking. As war looms over Japan, Suzu finds living a normal life becomes more and more difficult as food rationing and air raids disrupt her life. Through hardships both physical and emotional, Suzu determinedly soldiers on.

44.

Tampopo (1987)
Tampopo (1987) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Comedy
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Juzo Itami
Actors: Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Plot: A young cook, with the assistance of a handsome stranger, set out to create the best noodle cafe in a small rural village.

45.

Woman in the Dunes ( Suna no onna ) (1964)
Woman in the Dunes ( Suna no onna ) (1964) 3.10/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara
Actors: Kyōko 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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Hidden Fortress, The ( Kakushi-toride no san-akunin ) (1958)
Hidden Fortress, The ( Kakushi-toride no san-akunin ) (1958) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshirō 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.

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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.

49.

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

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Horror
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Kaneto Shindō
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.

50.

Sanjuro (1962)
Sanjuro (1962) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshirō Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi
Plot: The wandering samurai once again finds his services are needed, this time helping a group of naive samurai fight the corruption in their town.

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