Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Picture

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1. A Chaos of Flowers (1988)

139 min | Drama

Poet Akiko Yosano is a poor woman with many children, she composes while doing the housework. Her passion flows towards Takeo Arishima, a noted novelist.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Keiko Matsuzaka, Ken Ogata, Kimiko Ikegami

Votes: 65

2. Black Rain (1989)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 2,765

3. Childhood Days (1990)

119 min | Drama

Bombing during World War II resulted in whole urban populations fleeing to the countryside, and this created a meeting of urban and rural cultures. Shinji (a young boy evacuated from Tokyo)... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tetsuya Fujita, Yuji Horioka, Katsuhisa Yamazaki, Noritake Kobinata

Votes: 169

4. Musuko (1991)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

Tetsuo is a young man living in Tokyo, who falls in love with a deaf-mute factory girl. He has always felt jealous of his college- educated brother, but ultimately wins both the girl and ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Masatoshi Nagase, Emi Wakui, Mieko Harada

Votes: 232

5. Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992)

105 min | Comedy, Sport

Yet another tradition in the tradition of "ragtag misfits" in Japanese comedy...Sumo Do, Sumo Don't tells the story of a university sumo club in Japan. In today's Japan, the younger ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Misa Shimizu, Naoto Takenaka, Akira Emoto

Votes: 650

6. A Class to Remember (1993)

128 min | Drama

At a night school a diverse group of students ranging from teenagers to the elderly, smart to the under-developed and of different races have been assembled to study and finally hopefully ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Eiko Shinya, Keiko Takeshita, Nae

Votes: 170

7. Crest of Betrayal (1994)

106 min | Action, Drama, Horror

When Tamiya Iyemon joins the Asano Clan, he brings with him a legacy of death. Aside from Horibe Yasubei, he is the only one with fighting experience and could help the group carrying out their long-awaited vendetta against Lord Kira.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Saki Takaoka, Keiko Oginome, Renji Ishibashi

Votes: 164

8. Sharaku (1995)

115 min | Biography, Drama, History

A crippled kabuki player is taken into a strolling company of itinerant actors. An influential publisher notices his honest, bold drawings, and nurtures him despite persecution and betrayal... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Furankî Sakai, Shima Iwashita, Tsurutarô Kataoka

Votes: 124

9. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A successful but unhappy Japanese accountant finds the missing passion in his life when he begins to secretly take ballroom dance lessons.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 10,168 | Gross: $9.68M

10. Aisuru (1997)

114 min | Drama

Two young people meet by chance and fall in love but the woman is diagnosed with leprosy and sent away to a remote mountain sanitorium.

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Miki Sakai, Atsuro Watabe, Jô Shishido, Masumi Okada

Votes: 64

11. Ai o kou hito (1998)

135 min | Drama

Disturbing child abuse memories come back on a quest for Taiwanese father's grave.

Director: Hideyuki Hirayama | Stars: Mieko Harada, Maho Nonami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Mami Kumagai

Votes: 72

12. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

The touching reminiscing of an elderly railroad-station manager is interrupted by the sudden appearance of some good-natured girls.

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Shinobu Ôtake, Ryôko Hirosue, Hidetaka Yoshioka

Votes: 820

13. A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen (2000)

120 min | Drama

Bored with school, 15-year-old Daisuke Kawashima embarks on a pilgrimage to visit the 7,000-year-old cedar tree on distant Yakushima Island. Through his journey, Daisuke meets a number of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Yûta Kanai, Hidekazu Akai, Rei Asami, Nenji Kobayashi

Votes: 58

14. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 587,956 | Gross: $10.06M

15. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 21,134

16. Like Asura (2003)

135 min | Comedy, Drama

The ups and downs of the Takezawa family after one of the four daughters found out that their father had been in an unknown love affair.

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Shinobu Ôtake, Hitomi Kuroki, Eri Fukatsu, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 178

17. Blood and Bones (2004)

140 min | Drama

In 1923, the Korean teenager Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island, in South Korea, to Osaka, in Japan. Along the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of ... See full summary »

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Hirofumi Arai, Tomoko Tabata, Joe Odagiri

Votes: 1,837

18. Break Through! (2004)

118 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Kyoto 1968. Several high school students deal with their life as Korean-Japanese trying to earn each other's love and respect. But the times are not kind to them.

Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu | Stars: Shun Shioya, Sôsuke Takaoka, Erika Sawajiri, Kyôko Yanagihara

Votes: 309

19. Hula Girls (2006)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Young women in a small Japanese town look to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Yasuko Matsuyuki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Yû Aoi, Shizuyo Yamasaki

Votes: 1,775

20. I Just Didn't Do It (2006)

143 min | Drama

A young man is falsely accused of molesting a high-school girl on a train. He is arrested and charged, and goes through endless court sessions, all the while insisting that he is innocent.

Director: Masayuki Suo | Stars: Ryô Kase, Asaka Seto, Kôji Yamamoto, Masako Motai

Votes: 1,376

21. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

68 Metascore

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Ryôko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 46,287 | Gross: $1.50M

22. Dear Doctor (2009)

127 min | Drama

A young medical intern student is dismayed when he is assigned to work in a remote countryside village.

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Tsurube Shôfukutei, Eita, Teruyuki Kagawa, Haruka Igawa

Votes: 439

23. Villain (2010)

139 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A young woman's murder provokes reflection on the ugliness and villainy of modern society.

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Akira Emoto, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 1,228

24. Postcard (2010)

114 min | Drama, Romance, War

Toward the end of World War II, middle-aged soldier Keita is entrusted with a postcard from a comrade who is sure he will die in battle. After the war ends, Keita visits his comrade's wife ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Etsushi Toyokawa, Shinobu Ôtake, Naomasa Musaka, Akira Emoto

Votes: 205



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