Best Japanese Films (Language)   (206) Most Notable
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# 1 Japanese, # 10 Overall Seven Samurai 1954 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 2 Japanese, # 17 Overall Rashômon 1950 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 3 Japanese, # 22 Overall Tokyo Story 1953 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan BD
# 4 Japanese, # 63 Overall Ikiru 1952 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 5 Japanese, # 73 Overall Ran 1985 Kurosawa, Akira Japan / France BD
# 6 Japanese, # 84 Overall Ugetsu 1953 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan BD
# 7 Japanese, # 110 Overall Sansho the Bailiff 1954 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan BD
# 8 Japanese, # 186 Overall Throne of Blood 1957 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 9 Japanese, # 218 Overall Spirited Away 2001 Miyazaki, Hayao Japan BDS
# 10 Japanese, # 350 Overall Yojimbo 1961 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 11 Japanese, # 399 Overall Woman in the Dunes 1964 Teshigahara, Hiroshi Japan BD
# 12 Japanese, # 450 Overall Kagemusha 1980 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 13 Japanese, # 472 Overall Floating Weeds 1959 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 14 Japanese, # 519 Overall The Burmese Harp 1956 Ichikawa, Kon Japan D
# 15 Japanese, # 676 Overall Tampopo 1985 Itami, Juzo Japan BD
# 16 Japanese, # 747 Overall Late Spring 1949 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan BD
# 17 Japanese, # 796 Overall The Life of Oharu 1952 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan BD
# 18 Japanese, # 802 Overall Kwaidan 1964 Kobayashi, Masaki Japan BD
# 19 Japanese, # 927 Overall Gate of Hell 1953 Kinugasa, Teinosuke Japan BD
# 20 Japanese, # 935 Overall In the Realm of the Senses 1976 Oshima, Nagisa Japan / France BD
# 21 Japanese, # 942 Overall Audition 1999 Miike, Takashi South Korea / Japan D
# 22 Japanese, # 1008 Overall Ring 1998 Nakata, Hideo Japan D
# 23 Japanese, # 1018 Overall An Autumn Afternoon 1962 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan BD
# 24 Japanese, # 1047 Overall My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Miyazaki, Hayao Japan / USA BD
# 25 Japanese, # 1049 Overall Shoplifters 2018 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan D
# 26 Japanese, # 1066 Overall Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Takahata, Isao Japan BD
# 27 Japanese, # 1067 Overall Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 Eastwood, Clint USA BD
# 28 Japanese, # 1109 Overall Drive My Car 2021 Hamaguchi, Ryûsuke Japan BD
# 29 Japanese, # 1172 Overall Akira 1988 Ôtomo, Katsuhiro Japan BDS
# 30 Japanese, # 1242 Overall The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum 1939 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan BD
# 31 Japanese, # 1367 Overall Onibaba 1964 Shindô, Kaneto Japan D
# 32 Japanese, # 1445 Overall Princess Yang Kwei Fei 1955 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan / Hong Kong Y
# 33 Japanese, # 1480 Overall After Life 1998 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan D
# 34 Japanese, # 1489 Overall Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985 Schrader, Paul USA BD
# 35 Japanese, # 1536 Overall The Ballad of Narayama 1983 Imamura, Shohei Japan
# 36 Japanese, # 1551 Overall The Hidden Fortress 1958 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 37 Japanese, # 1557 Overall Godzilla 1954 Honda, Ishirô Japan BDS
# 38 Japanese, # 1607 Overall Battle Royale 2000 Fukasaku, Kinji Japan DS
# 39 Japanese, # 1615 Overall Ghost in the Shell 1995 Oshii, Mamoru Japan / USA DS
# 39 Japanese, # 1615 Overall High and Low 1963 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 40 Japanese, # 1627 Overall The Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman 2003 Kitano, Takeshi Japan BD
# 41 Japanese, # 1686 Overall I Was Born, But... 1932 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 42 Japanese, # 1701 Overall Vengeance Is Mine 1979 Imamura, Shohei Japan BD
# 43 Japanese, # 1707 Overall Departures 2008 Takita, Yojiro Japan D
# 44 Japanese, # 1711 Overall Tokyo Olympiad 1965 Ichikawa, Kon Japan BD
# 45 Japanese, # 1723 Overall Stray Dog 1949 Kurosawa, Akira Japan Y
# 46 Japanese, # 1729 Overall Early Summer 1951 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 47 Japanese, # 1768 Overall Revenge of a Kabuki Actor 1963 Ichikawa, Kon Japan D
# 48 Japanese, # 1792 Overall Chushingura 1962 Inagaki, Hiroshi Japan D
# 49 Japanese, # 1813 Overall A Taxing Woman 1987 Itami, Juzo Japan Y
# 50 Japanese, # 1848 Overall Shall We Dance? 1996 Suo, Masayuki Japan Y
# 51 Japanese, # 1932 Overall Samurai I - Musashi Miyamoto 1954 Inagaki, Hiroshi Japan BD
# 52 Japanese, # 1955 Overall Death by Hanging 1968 Oshima, Nagisa Japan BD
# 53 Japanese, # 1998 Overall Fires on the Plain 1959 Ichikawa, Kon Japan D
# 54 Japanese, # 2004 Overall Late Chrysanthemums 1954 Naruse, Mikio Japan V
# 55 Japanese, # 2047 Overall Tetsuo: The Iron Man 1988 Tsukamoto, Shinya Japan D
# 56 Japanese, # 2052 Overall Anatahan 1954 von Sternberg, Josef Japan BD
# 57 Japanese, # 2064 Overall Red Beard 1965 Kurosawa, Akira Japan Y
# 58 Japanese, # 2082 Overall Drunken Angel 1948 Kurosawa, Akira Japan D
# 59 Japanese, # 2085 Overall Fireworks 1997 Kitano, Takeshi Japan Y
# 60 Japanese, # 2088 Overall The Wind Rises 2013 Miyazaki, Hayao Japan BDS
# 61 Japanese, # 2109 Overall Sanjuro 1962 Kurosawa, Akira Japan BD
# 62 Japanese, # 2133 Overall Tokyo Drifter 1966 Suzuki, Seijun Japan BD
# 63 Japanese, # 2234 Overall Utamaro and His Five Women 1946 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan Y
# 64 Japanese, # 2236 Overall Double Suicide 1969 Shinoda, Masahiro Japan D
# 65 Japanese, # 2255 Overall Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple 1955 Inagaki, Hiroshi Japan BD
# 65 Japanese, # 2255 Overall Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island 1956 Inagaki, Hiroshi Japan BD
# 66 Japanese, # 2258 Overall Maborosi 1995 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan Y
# 66 Japanese, # 2258 Overall The Only Son 1936 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 67 Japanese, # 2268 Overall Harakiri 1962 Kobayashi, Masaki Japan BD
# 68 Japanese, # 2271 Overall Kôhî jikô 2003 Hou, Hsiao-hsien Japan / Taiwan
# 69 Japanese, # 2272 Overall Tokyo Godfathers 2003 Kon, Satoshi / Furuya, Shôgo Japan D
# 70 Japanese, # 2273 Overall Dodes'ka-Den 1970 Kurosawa, Akira Japan D
# 71 Japanese, # 2278 Overall Street of Shame 1956 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan V
# 72 Japanese, # 2298 Overall Chikamatsu monogatari 1954 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 72 Japanese, # 2298 Overall The 47 Ronin 1941 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan D
# 73 Japanese, # 2309 Overall 13 Assassins 2010 Miike, Takashi Japan / UK BD
# 74 Japanese, # 2317 Overall Floating Clouds 1955 Naruse, Mikio Japan
# 75 Japanese, # 2388 Overall Good Morning 1959 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan BD
# 76 Japanese, # 2398 Overall Sonatine 1993 Kitano, Takeshi Japan D
# 77 Japanese, # 2422 Overall Taboo 1999 Oshima, Nagisa France / UK / Japan DS
# 78 Japanese, # 2444 Overall When a Woman Ascends the Stairs 1960 Naruse, Mikio Japan D
# 79 Japanese, # 2446 Overall The Ceremony 1971 Oshima, Nagisa Japan
# 80 Japanese, # 2449 Overall Your Name 2016 Shinkai, Makoto Japan BDS
# 81 Japanese, # 2453 Overall The Twilight Samurai 2002 Yamada, Yoji Japan Y
# 82 Japanese, # 2461 Overall A Geisha 1953 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan Y
# 83 Japanese, # 2466 Overall The Family Game 1983 Morita, Yoshimitsu Japan
# 83 Japanese, # 2466 Overall A Taxing Woman's Return 1988 Itami, Juzo Japan Y
# 84 Japanese, # 2482 Overall Flowing 1956 Naruse, Mikio Japan
# 84 Japanese, # 2482 Overall Night and Fog in Japan 1960 Oshima, Nagisa Japan
# 85 Japanese, # 2483 Overall Eijanaika 1981 Imamura, Shohei Japan Y
# 86 Japanese, # 2488 Overall The Ballad of Narayama 1958 Kinoshita, Keisuke Japan BD
# 86 Japanese, # 2488 Overall Pale Flower 1964 Shinoda, Masahiro Japan BD
# 86 Japanese, # 2488 Overall Samurai Rebellion 1967 Kobayashi, Masaki Japan D
# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall Enjo 1958 Ichikawa, Kon Japan
# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall Kiki's Delivery Service 1989 Miyazaki, Hayao Japan BD
# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx 1972 Misumi, Kenji Japan BD
# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall MacArthur's Children 1984 Shinoda, Masahiro Japan
# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall The Outcast 1962 Ichikawa, Kon Japan
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# 87 Japanese, # 2489 Overall Sisters of Nishijin 1952 Yoshimura, Kozaburo Japan
# 88 Japanese, # 2492 Overall The Island 1960 Shindô, Kaneto Japan
# 89 Japanese, # 2553 Overall The Idiot 1951 Kurosawa, Akira Japan D
# 90 Japanese, # 2556 Overall Passing Fancy 1933 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 91 Japanese, # 2572 Overall Branded to Kill 1967 Suzuki, Seijun Japan BD
# 91 Japanese, # 2572 Overall Odd Obsession 1959 Ichikawa, Kon Japan Y
# 92 Japanese, # 2573 Overall The Lower Depths 1957 Kurosawa, Akira Japan Y
# 93 Japanese, # 2579 Overall Akira Kurosawa's Dreams 1990 Kurosawa, Akira / Honda, Ishirô Japan / USA BD
# 94 Japanese, # 2580 Overall Violent Cop 1989 Kitano, Takeshi Japan D
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Among the Ruins 1923 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Dreams of Youth 1928 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Hiroshima 1953 Sekigawa, Hideo Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Human Condition III - A Soldier's Prayer 1961 Kobayashi, Masaki Japan D
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Humanity and Paper Balloons 1937 Yamanaka, Sadao Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Jogashima 1924 Itô, Daisuke Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Jujiro 1928 Kinugasa, Teinosuke Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall The Mysterians 1957 Honda, Ishirô Japan D
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall The Neighbor's Wife and Mine 1931 Gosho, Heinosuke Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Nishizumi senshacho-den 1940 Yoshimura, Kozaburo Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Rodan 1956 Honda, Ishirô Japan D
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Scandal 1950 Kurosawa, Akira Japan D
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Seisaku's Wife 1924 Murata, Minoru Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Street Sketches 1925 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Taii no musume 1917 Inoue, Masao Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Tokyo March 1929 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Two Stone Lanterns 1933 Kinugasa, Teinosuke Japan
# 95 Japanese, # 2581 Overall Wild Geese 1953 Toyoda, Shirô Japan
# 96 Japanese, # 2583 Overall Cure 1997 Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Japan BD
# 96 Japanese, # 2583 Overall Eureka 2000 Aoyama, Shinji Japan
# 96 Japanese, # 2583 Overall The Most Terrible Time in My Life 1994 Hayashi, Kaizo Japan / China / Taiwan D
# 96 Japanese, # 2583 Overall Sisters of the Gion 1936 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan V
# 97 Japanese, # 2623 Overall Still Walking 2008 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan BD
# 98 Japanese, # 2624 Overall The Bad Sleep Well 1960 Kurosawa, Akira Japan D
# 99 Japanese, # 2627 Overall Immortal Love 1961 Kinoshita, Keisuke Japan
# 99 Japanese, # 2627 Overall Muddy River 1981 Oguri, Kôhei Japan
# 99 Japanese, # 2627 Overall Portrait of Chieko 1967 Nakamura, Noboru Japan
# 99 Japanese, # 2627 Overall Sandakan No. 8 1974 Kumai, Kei Japan
# 99 Japanese, # 2627 Overall Twin Sisters of Kyoto 1963 Nakamura, Noboru Japan
# 100 Japanese, # 2629 Overall Like Father, Like Son 2013 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan D
# 101 Japanese, # 2634 Overall The Eel 1997 Imamura, Shohei Japan Y
# 102 Japanese, # 2635 Overall Muhomatsu no issho 1958 Inagaki, Hiroshi Japan
# 103 Japanese, # 2646 Overall Eyes of Children 1956 Kawazu, Yoshiro Japan
# 103 Japanese, # 2646 Overall Roses on the Arm 1956 Kinoshita, Keisuke Japan
# 103 Japanese, # 2646 Overall Twenty-Four Eyes 1954 Kinoshita, Keisuke Japan D
# 103 Japanese, # 2646 Overall Yellow Crow 1957 Gosho, Heinosuke Japan
# 104 Japanese, # 2655 Overall Mogari no mori 2007 Kawase, Naomi France / Japan
# 104 Japanese, # 2655 Overall Shi no Toge 1990 Oguri, Kûhei Japan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Achilles to kame 2008 Kitano, Takeshi Japan S
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Beyond Outrage 2012 Kitano, Takeshi Japan BD
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Dolls 2002 Kitano, Takeshi Japan Y
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Fires on the Plain 2014 Tsukamoto, Shin'ya Japan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Gonin no Sekkohei 1938 Tasaka, Tomotaka Japan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Himizu 2011 Sono, Shion Japan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Killing 2018 Tsukamoto, Shin'ya Japan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Love Life 2022 Fukada, Kôji Japan / France
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Mushi-Shi 2006 Ôtomo, Katsuhiro Japan D
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Norwegian Wood 2010 Tran, Anh Hung Japan D
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Paprika 2006 Kon, Satoshi Japan BD
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Saideke Balai 2011 Wei, Te-Sheng Taiwan
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall The Sky Crawlers 2008 Oshii, Mamoru Japan BDS
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall The Third Murder 2017 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan BD
# 105 Japanese, # 2656 Overall Wife of a Spy 2020 Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Japan BD
# 106 Japanese, # 2659 Overall The New Earth 1936 Fanck, Arnold / Itami, Mansaku Japan / Germany
# 107 Japanese, # 2661 Overall Metropolis 2001 Rintaro Japan D
# 108 Japanese, # 2667 Overall Boy 1969 Oshima, Nagisa Japan
# 109 Japanese, # 2668 Overall My Enemy, The Sea 1963 Ichikawa, Kon Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family 1941 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall A False Student 1960 Masumura, Yasuzo Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall The Funeral 1984 Itami, Juzo Japan Y
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall A Hen in the Wind 1948 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Kikujiro 1999 Kitano, Takeshi Japan Y
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Kisses 1957 Masumura, Yasuzo Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Narita: Heta Village 1971 Ogawa, Shinsuke Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall A Page of Madness 1926 Kinugasa, Teinosuke Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Pistol Opera 2001 Suzuki, Seijun Japan Y
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Red Angel 1966 Masumura, Yasuzo Japan D
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Rhapsody in August 1991 Kurosawa, Akira Japan Y
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall Shin heike monogatari 1955 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall That Night's Wife 1930 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan D
# 110 Japanese, # 2671 Overall A Wife Confesses 1961 Masumura, Yasuzo Japan
# 111 Japanese, # 2680 Overall Shinran: Path to Purity 1987 Mikuni, Rentaro Japan
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall Big Man Japan 2007 Matsumoto, Hitoshi Japan D
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall Black Rain 1989 Imamura, Shohei Japan D
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall I Wish 2011 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan D
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall Memories of Tomorrow 2006 Tsutsumi, Yukihiko Japan
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall Nobody Knows 2004 Koreeda, Hirokazu Japan D
# 112 Japanese, # 2681 Overall Tokyo Sonata 2008 Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Japan / Netherlands / Hong Kong DS
# 113 Japanese, # 2688 Overall Bangkok Dangerous 1999 Pang, Oxide Chun / Pang, Danny Thailand D
# 113 Japanese, # 2688 Overall X 1996 Rintaro Japan D
# 114 Japanese, # 2697 Overall Bright Future 2003 Kurosawa, Kiyoshi Japan
# 115 Japanese, # 2699 Overall Belle 2021 Hosoda, Mamoru Japan BD
# 116 Japanese, # 2720 Overall The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On 1987 Hara, Kazuo Japan
# 116 Japanese, # 2720 Overall Minamata: Kanja-san to sono sekai 1972 Tsuchimoto, Noriaki Japan
# 117 Japanese, # 2721 Overall Equinox Flower 1958 Ozu, Yasujirô Japan DS
# 118 Japanese, # 2722 Overall Early Autumn 1961 Ozu, Yasujiro Japan
# 118 Japanese, # 2722 Overall The Pornographers 1966 Imamura, Shohei Japan D
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall I, the Executioner 1968 Kato, Tai Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall The Insect Woman 1963 Imamura, Shohei Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Kochiyama soshun 1936 Yamanaka, Sadao Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Miss Oyu 1951 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall My Love Has Been Burning 1949 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo 1935 Yamanaka, Sadao Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Sound of the Mountain 1954 Naruse, Mikio Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall The Straits of Love and Hate 1937 Mizoguchi, Kenji Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Subete Ga Kurutteru 1960 Suzuki, Seijun Japan
# 119 Japanese, # 2725 Overall Suzaki Paradise 1956 Kawashima, Yuzo Japan
NR Like Someone in Love 2012 Kiarostami, Abbas France / Japan BD
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T   Theaters (US)
B   Blu-ray Disc
D   DVD
V   VHS
Y   Yes (DVD or VHS, unspecified)
S   Soundtrack