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1. A Hardest Night!! (2005)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

A dying old man named Shomantei has one last request. It is a different one. He would like to see the vagina of a young and pretty virgin. The family scrambles to fulfill his wish, but soon... See full summary »

Director: Masahiko Tsugawa | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Yoshino Kimura, Hôka Kinoshita, Akira Tanaka

Votes: 99

4. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama

81 Metascore

A fictionalized account in four chapters of the life of celebrated Japanese writer Yukio Mishima.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda

Votes: 8,264 | Gross: $0.44M

5. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 4,770

6. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War

His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 4,672

7. The Pornographers (1966)

Not Rated | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

While avoiding the mob and local authorities, a world-weary pornographer finds being a family man the most difficult as he wrestles with his own desires and afflictions.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Shôichi Ozawa, Sumiko Sakamoto, Keiko Sagawa, Masaomi Kondô

Votes: 2,044

8. Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 1,207

11. Muddy River (1981)

105 min | Drama

In post-War Japan, a boy from a noodle store-owning family befriends a neighboring boy living in poverty.

Director: Kôhei Oguri | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Mariko Kaga, Nobutaka Asahara, Makiko Shibata

Votes: 703

12. An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953)

104 min | Drama

Story 1 : "The Thirteenth Night". Seki turns up at her parents' house in the dead of night, where she breaks down and says she cannot continue to live with her husband, a rich man to whom ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Akiko Tamura, Yatsuko Tan'ami, Ken Mitsuda, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 90

13. Dersu Uzala (1975)

G | 142 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The Russian army sends an explorer on an expedition to the snowy Siberian wilderness where he makes friends with a seasoned local hunter.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulyov

Votes: 22,555

14. Aizen katsura (1938)

89 min | Drama, Romance

A young doctor, Kozo Tsumura (Uehara), falls for young nurse Katsue Takaishi (Tanaka). But she's got a secret: she's a widow with a son. Kozo and Katsue decide to run away to Kyoto, but her... See full summary »

Director: Hiromasa Nomura | Stars: Kinuyo Tanaka, Ken Uehara, Hideo Fujino, Mitsuko Higashiyama

Votes: 22

15. Crazed Fruit (1956)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

Spending their summer on an exotic beach, two brothers fall for the same beautiful girl, whose charm and looks may hide more than they they bargained for.

Director: Kô Nakahira | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Mie Kitahara, Shinsuke Ashida

Votes: 1,685

16. Rikyu (1989)

135 min | Drama, History

Legendary tea master Sen no Rikyu is faced with his warmongering lord's unrealistic pretensions.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yoshiko Mita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kyôko Kishida

Votes: 594

17. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I) (1959)

Not Rated | 208 min | Drama, History, War

A Japanese pacifist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Chikage Awashima, Ineko Arima

Votes: 6,006

18. Kitsune no kureta akanbô (1945)

85 min | Comedy

A lowly drunken samurai finds an abandoned baby in the woods and takes it home. A gift from a fox. But there's something special about the boy.

Director: Santarô Marune | Stars: Tsumasaburô Bandô, Kusuo Abe, Shinobu Araki, Tarô Bandô

Votes: 10

19. Toiretto (2010)

109 min | Drama

Ray is a 30 something engineer obsessed with Gundam toys. He has a motto not to become close to anyone. During his mother's funeral he showed no emotions. His life is further turned upside ... See full summary »

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Masako Motai, Alex House, Tatiana Maslany, David Rendall

Votes: 685

20. Glasses (2007)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

Taeko is a stressed career woman who leaves her life in the city for an island vacation. The vacation does not become what she expected as everyone on the island is strange.

Director: Naoko Ogigami | Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Mikako Ichikawa, Ryô Kase, Ken Mitsuishi

Votes: 1,238

21. The Letters (2006)

121 min | Drama

How have you been? Takeshi's letter is delivered one each month to his younger brother, Naoki. Takeshi is serving a life term in prison for the crime that he had committed to save his ... See full summary »

Director: Jirô Shôno | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Erika Sawajiri, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kazue Fukiishi

Votes: 324

22. The Naked Island (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto

Votes: 4,699

23. The Outrage (2010)

R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that gets passed on to his long-suffering subordinate.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shîna, Ryô Kase, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,621

24. Kikujiro (1999)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Comedy

44 Metascore

A young, naive boy sets out alone on the road to find his wayward mother. Soon he finds an unlikely protector in a crotchety man and the two have a series of unexpected adventures along the way.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yusuke Sekiguchi, Kayoko Kishimoto, The Great Gidayû

Votes: 17,822 | Gross: $0.20M

25. Comic Magazine (1986)

120 min | Comedy

Kinameri is a moderately successful television journalist itching for a big scoop. So when a corrupt local businessman barricades himself in his house, of course he's going to be excited with things picking up.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Yûya Uchida, Yumi Asô, Takeshi Kitano, Hiromi Gô

Votes: 133 | Gross: $0.03M

26. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 14,428 | Gross: $2.31M

28. Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tôru Emori, Kayoko Kishimoto, Anne Suzuki

Votes: 1,861

29. Fireworks (1997)

103 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Nishi leaves the police in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 26,479 | Gross: $0.23M

30. Tampopo (1985)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy

A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

Votes: 14,710 | Gross: $0.22M

31. A Taxing Woman (1987)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

If tax evasion is an art, wheeler-dealer Hideki Gondo is Rembrandt. And so, a determined taxing woman gets the tough assignment of trying to catch him.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masahiko Tsugawa, Yasuo Daichi

Votes: 1,610

32. The Funeral (1984)

124 min | Comedy

At the beginning of the film the father-in-law of the protagonist dies unexpectedly of a heart attack. The remainder of the film is episodic, moving from one incident to another over the ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kin Sugai, Hideji Ôtaki

Votes: 1,080

33. The Family Game (1983)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Jûzô Itami, Saori Yuki, Ichirôta Miyakawa

Votes: 752

34. Sûpâ no onna (1996)

127 min | Comedy

Goro's supermarket is not doing well; the rival "Bargains Galore" threatens his business. A chance encounter with Hanako, an energetic woman he knew in grade school, results in big retail ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Ryûnosuke Kaneda, Sen Yano

Votes: 376

35. Minbô no onna (1992)

123 min | Comedy

A grand old Japanese hotel is trying to get a prestigious contract as the site of a summit meeting of important foreign officials. Unfortunately, this hotel is quite popular with the Yakuza... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Yasuo Daichi, Takehiro Murata, Akira Takarada

Votes: 778

36. The Last Dance (1993)

116 min | Comedy, Drama

A successful Japanese movie director in his 60s becomes increasingly ill while working on his latest film. His family, friends, and doctor try to keep the secret of his terminal cancer from... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Masahiko Tsugawa, Nobuko Miyamoto, Yoshiki Arizono

Votes: 177

37. Shizukana seikatsu (1995)

121 min | Drama

Melodrama about the life of a mentally handicapped young man and his devoted sister after their famous novelist father and housewife mother go to Australia on a business trip.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Masayuki Imai, Nobuko Miyamoto, Hinako Saeki, Mihoko Shibata

Votes: 155

38. All About Our House (2001)

116 min | Comedy

It is old against new and modern against tradition when a couple builds their dream house. The wife's father is in the construction business so he would be the natural choice to take the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kunie Tanaka, Naoki Tanaka, Akiko Yagi

Votes: 282

39. Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

103 min | Comedy

A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Keiko Toda

Votes: 1,436 | Gross: $0.01M

40. Suite Dreams (2006)

136 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

New Year's Eve at a posh hotel and all should be shipshape. It is not. There is the traditional party, an official ceremony, entertainment and a special dinner planned and yet there is ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takako Matsu, Kôichi Satô, Shingo Katori

Votes: 891

41. The Magic Hour (2008)

136 min | Comedy

A hustler who gets in trouble with a gang boss in the port town of Sukago agrees to make good with the don by putting him in contact with a mysterious hitman -- an assassin the hustler has ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eri Fukatsu, Haruka Ayase

Votes: 1,027

42. Short Cut (2011 TV Movie)

112 min | Comedy

After 10 years of marriage, a couple finds itself walking on a small path in the mountain. Allowing them to discover one another.

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kyôka Suzuki, Zen Kajihara

Votes: 22

43. A Ghost of a Chance (2011)

142 min | Comedy, Crime

When a not-so-stellar lawyer is in need of something to help her case she has to rely on an unconventional witness for testimony. Will the court agree to hear testimony from and will the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 873

44. Furuhata Ninzaburo: Final Dance (2006 TV Movie)

100 min | Mystery

The very last Furuhata episode with Tamura Masakazu as the lead. Nanako Matsushima plays a dual role as twin sisters.

Director: Hidetomo Matsuda | Stars: Masakazu Tamura, Ichirô Suzuki, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Tomohiko Imai

Votes: 52

45. University of Laughs (2004)

121 min | Comedy, Drama

In pre-war Japan, a government censor tries to make the writer for a theater troupe alter his comedic script. As they work with and against each other, the script ends up developing in unexpected ways.

Director: Mamoru Hoshi | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Gorô Inagaki, Tae Kimura, Masao Komatsu

Votes: 804

46. Ousama no restoran (1995– )

Drama, Comedy

The story takes place in Tokyo's La Belle Equipe French restaurant where its standard deteriorated after the death of its owner. The son, who is inexperienced in the business, inherits the ... See full summary »

Stars: Satoshi Hashimoto, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Michitaka Tsutsui, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 45

47. Furuhata Ninzaburô (1994– )

Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A Japanese television drama inspired by Peter Falk's detective series Columbo with Tamura Masakazu as the leading character, Furuhata Ninzaburô.

Stars: Masahiko Nishimura, Masakazu Tamura, Yasosuke Bando, Ken Ishiguro

Votes: 98

48. Tales of a Golden Geisha (1990)

114 min | Comedy, Drama

Her childhood was hardly ideal as she was abandoned and grew up without parental love. She finds a home and a profession as a geisha who is particularly popular because she has that lucky ... See full summary »

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Ohkôchi, Ryûnosuke Kaneda

Votes: 196

49. A Taxing Woman's Return (1988)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

Ryoko Itakura returns as the government tax agent willing to tackle the toughest cases. This time she takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.

Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Nobuko Miyamoto, Rentarô Mikuni, Masahiko Tsugawa, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 538 | Gross: $0.33M

50. Sujinashi (1999– )

60 min | Talk-Show