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1. Patriotism (1966)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Short

A Noh dramatization of the suicides of Lt. Shinji Takeyama and his wife Reiko. After participating in a failed 1936 coup and being ordered to execute his friends, he bids his wife an intimate farewell and commits harakiri.

Directors: Masaki Dômoto, Yukio Mishima | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Yoshiko Tsuruoka

Votes: 1,362

2. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 13,955

3. Kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 5,251

4. Ki no umi (2004)

119 min | Drama

There lies a thickly wooded area in Eastern Japan, near the slopes of Mount Fuji, which is termed, suicide forest. It is infamous for being a destination for those who for various reasons ... See full summary »

Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Sayuri Oyamada, Masato Hagiwara, Haruka Igawa, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

Votes: 34

5. The Haunted Castle (1969)

83 min | Horror

A young woman turns to the supernatural to wreak revenge on an murderous warlord.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Kôjirô Hongô, Naomi Kobayashi, Mitsuyo Kamei, Yôko Atsuta

Votes: 117

6. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,161

7. Antarctica (1983)

G | 143 min | Adventure, Drama

Two Japanese scientists, Ushioda and Ochi, develop a bond with their sled dogs while on an expedition in Antarctica. Ushioda and Ochi eventually leave Antarctica, only to return to search ... See full summary »

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Ken Takakura, Tsunehiko Watase, Eiji Okada, Masako Natsume

Votes: 1,336

8. I Am a Cat (1975)

116 min | Comedy

The cat of the title roams around the house of a poor schoolteacher in the late 19th century, observing the goings-on of the teacher and his neighbors.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kuriko Hano, Jûzô Itami, Nobuto Okamoto

Votes: 155

9. Scary True Stories: Ten Haunting Tales from the Japanese Underground (1991 Video)

50 min | Horror

I,want to know about true creepy stories from Japan.

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Junko Asanuma, Yumi Goto, Hiromi Hisano, Rie Kondoh

Votes: 129

10. Curse, Death & Spirit (1992 Video)

65 min | Horror

This is a series of three short supernatural-themed movies. The first tells the story of a teen girl who dreams of haunted doll. In the second movie, a widowed mother brings her children to... See full summary »

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Kyôko Enami, Michiko Hada, Maiko Kawakami, Yumi Nakamura

Votes: 137

15. Tales of Terror: Haunted Apartment (2005)

93 min | Horror

Aimi and her father move into an old, apartment building and learn quickly that things are not normal here. The landlord warns Aimi and her father of the curfew. First, all residents must ... See full summary »

Director: Akio Yoshida | Stars: Mei Kurokawa, Yoshihiko Hosoda, Yûta Sone, Ayaka Maeda

Votes: 367

16. Suiyô puremia: sekai saikyô J horâ SP Nihon no kowai yoru (2004 TV Movie)

92 min | Horror

Dark Tales of Japan is a collection of five short horror films that are directed by five notable Japanese film directors.

Directors: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Masayuki Ochiai, Takashi Shimizu, Kôji Shiraishi, Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Kayoko Shiraishi, Shôzô Endô, Yoshinori Okada, Kanako Fukaura

Votes: 424

17. Kaidan Shin Mimibukuro (2003–2005)

5 min | Short, Horror

An anthology series based on stories collected throughout Japan, mainly by writers Hirokatsu Kihara and Ichiro Nakayama. This series led to the film, Tales of Terror from Tokyo and All Over Japan: The Movie (2004).

Stars: Rina Uchiyama, Satomi Ishii, Yôzaburô Itô, Makoto Kamijô

Votes: 122

18. Tokyo Story (1953)

Not Rated | 136 min | Drama

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city; but the children have little time for them.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Sô Yamamura, Setsuko Hara

Votes: 45,027

19. Floating Weeds (1959)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

Votes: 6,431

20. An Autumn Afternoon (1962)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

An aging widower arranges a marriage for his only daughter.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Chishû Ryû, Shima Iwashita, Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada

Votes: 6,881

21. Woman of Tokyo (1933)

47 min | Drama

Ryoichi and Chikako are brother and sister. They live together. Chikako works during the day in an office and at night she prostitutes herself to fund her brother's studies at the ... See full summary »

Director: Yasujirô Ozu | Stars: Yoshiko Okada, Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Shin'yô Nara

Votes: 706

22. Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia's Case Files (2013– )

54 min | Comedy

Biblia Second-hand Bookstore has been quietly open for business in some corner of Kamakura. Its owner is Shinokawa Shioriko, a young, pretty but introverted girl who is extremely shy around... See full summary »

Stars: Ayame Gôriki, Akira, Kei Tanaka, Kôsuke Suzuki

Votes: 46

23. 1 Litre of Tears (2005– )

48 min | Drama, Romance

This TV drama version of "Ichi rittoru no namida" tells the story of 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya, an ordinary girl and a new highschool student. But soon she discovers she has spinocerebellar ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 1,728

24. Tantei no tantei (2015– )

54 min | Mystery

A suspenseful, action packed, fast paced, intelligent detective thriller. The cool, beautiful Sasaki Rena is the lone investigator who works for for a medium sized research agency called ... See full summary »

Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Haruna Kawaguchi, Arata Iura, Yûsuke Santamaria

Votes: 66

25. Wasted Land (2009– )

Drama

Iki Tadashi is a military leader who was captured by the Soviets during World War II. Treated as a war criminal, he was sentenced to many years of labor in a harsh Siberian detention camp. ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroo Ôtaka, Toshiaki Karasawa, Emi Wakui, Mikako Tabe

Votes: 32

26. Kyôko to Shûichi no baai (2013)

134 min | Drama

Kyoko works as an insurance agent. To regain her family's happiness, she becomes involved in a relationship with her boss. Because of that relationship, she is by her family and has to ... See full summary »

Director: Eiji Okuda | Stars: Sakura Andô, Tasuku Emoto, Mitsuru Hirata, Ena Koshino

Votes: 20

27. Genji monogatari: Sennen no nazo (2011)

136 min | Drama

"Genji Monogatari" focuses on the love and hate relationships surrounding Hakaru Genji. Lady Fujitsubo is Genji's first love. Miyasutokoro Ryokuzono is obsessed with Genji and eventually ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuo Tsuruhashi | Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Miki Nakatani, Yôko Maki, Mikako Tabe

Votes: 116

28. Lady: Saigo no hanzai purofairu (2011– )

Drama

Rookie investigator Shoko Kazuki has just returned from the U.S. after being trained by the FBI in the art of criminal profiling. Recruited by a newly-formed Crime Profiling Support unit (... See full summary »

Stars: Keiko Kitagawa, Tae Kimura, Yûta Hiraoka, Jun Kaname

Votes: 29

29. The Brothers Karamazov (2013– )

54 min | Drama, Mystery

Set in present day Japan in a provincial town, Bunzo Kurosawa, a greedy and violent father, is murdered in his own home. Bunzo has 3 sons: oldest son Mitsuru (Takumi Saito), second son Isao... See full summary »

Stars: Tsubasa Yadome, Hayato Ichihara, Takumi Saitoh, Kento Hayashi

Votes: 43

30. Flowers for Algernon (2015– )

54 min | Sci-Fi

A medical procedure allows the developmentally disabled to become geniuses. It follows the patient who is experimented on and his new relationships.

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Chiaki Kuriyama, Masataka Kubota, Asuka Kudô

Votes: 133

31. Border: Keishichô Sôsa Ikka Satsujinhan Sôsa Dai 4-gakkari (2014– )

54 min | Drama

Ishikawa Ango is a very capable detective that lives only for his job. One day, while investigating a crime scene, he gets shot in the head by the criminal that was still lurking about. ... See full summary »

Stars: Shun Oguri, Munetaka Aoki, Haru, Ken'ichi Endô

Votes: 103

32. Long Vacation (1996– )

45 min | Drama, Music

A group of friends do their best to handle life's daily struggles. Two of them, an ambitious musician and a struggling model, are drawn to each other.

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Yutaka Takenouchi, Izumi Inamori

Votes: 553

33. Kurosagi (2006– )

45 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Kurosaki, aka Kurosagi (Yamashita Tomohisa), is a swindler who cheats other professional con artists to help their victims and avenge the death of his own family. Kurosaki buys information ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita, Shion Hatakeyama, Shôichirô Masumoto

Votes: 539

34. Wuthering Heights (1988)

143 min | Drama

A retelling of Emily Bronte's tale of vengeance and obsessive love, set in medieval Japan.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Yûko Tanaka, Rentarô Mikuni, Tatsuo Nadaka

Votes: 174

35. Sono kido o tootte (1993)

92 min | Drama, Mystery

When an amnesiac woman walks into the household of a young samurai no one knows what to make of the mysterious newcomer. However, with her serene beauty and hard working etiquette both the ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Yûko Asano, Furankî Sakai, Hisashi Igawa

Votes: 56

36. Norwegian Wood (2010)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

Toru recalls his life in the 1960s, when his friend Kizuki killed himself and he grew close to Naoko, Kizuki's girlfriend, and another woman, the outgoing, lively Midori.

Director: Anh Hung Tran | Stars: Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Rinko Kikuchi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra

Votes: 10,334 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master (2001)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Set in the capital city of Kyoto during the Heian period, a magician and fortune teller Onmyoji Seimei is called in to assist Hiromasa to thwart court wizard and minister Doson who is ... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Mansai Nomura, Hideaki Itô, Hiroyuki Sanada, Eriko Imai

Votes: 1,223

38. Onmyoji 2 (2003)

R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy

A group of demons in the ancient Japanese capital of Heian is dismembering members of a family of Japanese nobles.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Mansai Nomura, Hideaki Itô, Kiichi Nakai, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 461

39. Dark Water (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 28,174

40. Emperor (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, History, War

48 Metascore

As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Director: Peter Webber | Stars: Matthew Fox, Colin Moy, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune

Votes: 12,541 | Gross: $3.35M

41. Loft (2005)

R | 115 min | Horror

Reiko, a prize-winning writer, moves to a quiet isolated house to finish up her new novel. One night she sees the man next door transporting an object wrapped in cloth. She finds out he is ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yumi Adachi

Votes: 923

42. Rika: The Zombie Killer (2008)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Horror

Rika never expected to encounter the living dead as she skipped school to visit her grandfather. She is forced to survive and discovers incredible zombie fighting skills.

Director: Ken'ichi Fujiwara | Stars: Mina Arai, Lemon Hanazawa, Kotoha Hiroyama, Chris Ryô Kaihara

Votes: 394

43. 1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife (2011)

139 min | Drama

A science fiction writer finds out his wife has cancer, and decides to write her a story every day to keep her alive, like a reverse Scheherazade or perhaps to cope with the inevitability of his loss.

Director: Mamoru Hoshi | Stars: Michiko Kichise, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Ren Osugi, Yûko Takeuchi

Votes: 234

44. My Back Pages (2011)

141 min | Drama

in 1969, Sawada (Satoshi Tsumabuki) is filled with idealism that permeated that era and starts working as a gonzo journalist for a weekly magazine. Two years later, Sawada interviews ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Yamashita | Stars: Shioli Kutsuna, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Tomokazu Miura

Votes: 139

45. I Went To (2000)

111 min | Action, Crime

New magistrate cleans up a corrupt town in his own comic Samurai way.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Yûko Asano, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Ryûdô Uzaki

Votes: 467

46. Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (2006)

PG-13 | 135 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Japan will sink down to the deep sea. The governments only hope is evacuate all Japanese to some other countries.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Ko Shibasaki, Etsushi Toyokawa, Mao Daichi

Votes: 1,305

47. The Booth (2005)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror, Thriller

Shogo (Ryuta Sato), the arrogant and condescending star of a popular call-in radio-show must temporarily broadcast out of Studio 6, a creepy and dilapidated booth abandoned since its last ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura | Stars: Maiko Asano, Makoto Ashikawa, Mansaku Ikeuchi, Seiko Iwaidô

Votes: 324

48. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

96 min | Drama, Mystery, War

One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Sachiko Hidari, Shinjirô Ebara, Isao Natsuyagi

Votes: 773