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1. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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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: 14,445

2. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

8.0
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshimi Jô, Koichi Nakamura

Votes: 4,035

3. Branded to Kill (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.4
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After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 7,316

4. Kuroneko (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.7
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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: 5,605

5. The Naked Island (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.2
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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: 4,564

6. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.5
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A Korean man is sentenced to death by hanging, but he survives the execution. For the following two hours, his executioners try to work out how to handle the situation in this black farce.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kei Satô, Do-yun Yu, Fumio Watanabe, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 1,987

7. Double Suicide (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita, Shizue Kawarazaki, Tokie Hidari

Votes: 1,970

8. Gate of Flesh (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.4
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An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa, Tomiko Ishii

Votes: 2,592

9. The Ceremony (1971)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya

Votes: 848

10. Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old Prostitute (1971)

72 min | Drama

5.7
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A young girl, already a jaded sexual veteran, embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery to find out the true reasons for her dissatisfaction and total desensitization.

Directors: Masao Adachi, Haruhiko Arai | Stars: Aki Sasaki, Hiroshi Saitô, Makiko Kim, Yûji Aoki

Votes: 128

11. Demons (1971)

134 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo, Masao Imafuku

Votes: 1,613

12. This Transient Life (1970)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

7.8
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Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Michiko Tsukasa, Ryô Tamura, Eiji Okada, Isao Sasaki

Votes: 784

13. Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)

137 min | Drama, Music

8.0
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An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Hideaki Sasaki, Masahiro Saito, Yukiko Kobayashi, Fudeko Tanaka

Votes: 1,289

14. Swastika (1964)

91 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 761

15. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min | Drama

6.7
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Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Ichirô Araki, Kazuko Tajima, Jûzô Itami, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 624

16. Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)

65 min | Drama

7.4
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After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, and both share their sexual traumas and fears, with fatal consequences.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Mimi Kozakura, Michio Akiyama, Yôko Yamamoto, Hiroshi Imaizumi

Votes: 2,265

17. Naked Youth (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 1,871

18. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968)

X | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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A teenage goldsmith with a dark past tragically falls in love with a young nude model.

Director: Susumu Hani | Stars: Haruo Asanu, Kazuko Fukuda, Kuniko Ishii, Ichirô Kimura

Votes: 689

19. Mandara (1971)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama

6.7
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Two student couples stumble upon a cult dedicated to promoting the primordial human state through rape and agriculture.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Kôji Shimizu, Akiko Mori, Ryô Tamura, Hiroko Sakurai

Votes: 234

20. Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama

7.8
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An engineer from Tokyo arrives on a drought-ridden tropical island to drill a well to power a nearby sugar mill. He meets the inbred Futori family, hated by the locals for breaking religious customs.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Hideko Okiyama, Kanjûrô Arashi

Votes: 1,313

21. Boy (1969)

97 min | Drama

7.5
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Fumio Watanabe, Akiko Koyama, Tetsuo Abe, Tsuyoshi Kinoshita

Votes: 1,278

22. Heroic Purgatory (1970)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Kaizo Kamoda, Naho Kimura, Yoshiaki Makita

Votes: 480

23. Eros + Massacre (1969)

Not Rated | 202 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Inano

Votes: 1,798

24. Violated Angels (1967)

56 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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A young man breaks into a nurse's rooming house and one-by-one kills off nurses.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Juro Kara, Keiko Koyanagi, Miki Hayashi, Ayako Kidowaki

Votes: 1,369

25. Sex Jack (1970)

70 min | Drama

7.0
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During violent manifestations in late 1960s in Japan, a group of students who called themselves the Rose Colored Regiment hide in the house of a mysterious young man, and have sex with the same girl while waiting for new instructions.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Tamaki Katori, Mizako Kaga, Etsuko Wakayama, Shigeru Ebara

Votes: 452

26. The Man Without a Map (1968)

118 min | Mystery

6.5
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A private detective is hired to find a missing man by his wife. Contradictory evidence and the lack of clues soon render the case as virtually unsolvable, as the detective grows more and more frustrated.

Director: Hiroshi Teshigahara | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Etsuko Ichihara, Osamu Ôkawa, Kiyoshi Atsumi

Votes: 377

27. Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971)

72 min | Drama

6.2
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A subversive short film from director Shuuji Terayama.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Goro Abashiri, Tarô Apollo, Shiro Demaemochi, Mitsufumi Hashimoto

Votes: 564

28. Fighting Elegy (1966)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

7.0
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During the 1930s, a teenager yearns for a Catholic girl, whose only desire is to reform his sinful tendencies. Hormones raging, the young man channels his unsatisfied lust into the only outlet available: savage, crazed violence.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Hideki Takahashi, Junko Asano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Chikako Miyagi

Votes: 1,261

29. Night and Fog in Japan (1960)

107 min | Drama

7.0
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Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Fumio Watanabe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 557

30. Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tadanori Yokoo, Rie Yokoyama, Moichi Tanabe, Tetsu Takahashi

Votes: 583

31. The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970)

94 min | Drama

7.1
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A metaphysical mystery involving a university student's camera getting stolen, and the thief then committing suicide. Looking back upon the event, the situation comes to be questioned if it happened at all.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kazuo Goto, Sukio Fukuoka, Kenichi Fukuda, Hiroshi Isogai

Votes: 526

32. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,440

33. Afraid to Die (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

6.5
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Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 438

34. Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)

89 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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The movie focuses on the actions of a revolutionary movement.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Yoshizawa, Rie Yokoyama, Yuki Aresa, Masao Adachi

Votes: 867

35. Woman of the Lake (1966)

102 min | Drama

7.3
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A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Keiko Natsu

Votes: 537

36. The Human Bullet (1968)

116 min | Drama, War

7.4
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During World War II, a Japanese soldier finds himself assigned to a kamikaze mission against a U.S. battleship.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Minori Terada, Naoko Ôtani, Yûnosuke Itô, Shinsuke Achiwa

Votes: 298

37. Silence Has No Wings (1966)

100 min | Drama

7.2
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Following the journey of a caterpillar along the Japanese islands from Nagasaki to Hokkaido, this allegorical and oblique first feature film by Kuroki depicts in exquisite images a series of encounters and life's turning points.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Mariko Kaga, Hiroyuki Nagato, Shôichi Ozawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 284

38. Live Today, Die Tomorrow! (1970)

120 min | Drama

6.9
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After leaving high school, Michio Yamada (Norio Nagayama in the real life incidents) becomes involved in the shudan shushoku, a post-war Japanese government work program which involves ... See full summary »

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Daijirô Harada, Nobuko Otowa, Keiko Torii, Kiwako Taichi

Votes: 127

39. Taiyô no hakaba (1960)

87 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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In Osaka's slum, capricious folks without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the trading of ID cards and blood.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kayoko Honoo, Kôji Nakahara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 702

40. Only on Mondays (1964)

94 min | Drama

6.7
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Yuka is a "good-time girl" from Yokohama who is persuaded by her papa to sleep with a foreign business executive so that he can close an important deal.

Director: Kô Nakahira | Stars: Mariko Kaga, Akira Nakao, Yasukiyo Umeno, Michio Hino

Votes: 109

41. A Man Vanishes (1967)

130 min | Documentary

7.2
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92 Metascore

Plastics salesman Oshima disappeared without a word to anyone, and has been missing for two years. Shohei Imamura and his crew follow Oshima's fiancé Yoshie and actor Shigeru Tsuyuguchi as they investigate the disappearance.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Yoshie Hayakawa, Shôhei Imamura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Votes: 590

42. Day-Dream (1964)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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While under sedation in a dentist's office, a young art student has sex fantasies about naked women, vampires and a beautiful patient he saw in the office.

Director: Tetsuji Takechi | Stars: Kanako Michi, Akira Ishihama, Chôjûrô Hanakawa, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 166

43. A Wife Confesses (1961)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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Ayako is charged with murdering her much older academic husband while climbing a mountain. Ayako was having an affair, apparently with her husband's approval, and this complicates the trial.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Eitarô Ozawa, Haruko Mabuchi

Votes: 404

44. Love for an Idiot (1967)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

6.9
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A 31-year-old man is manipulated by a much younger woman.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Michiyo Yasuda, Shôichi Ozawa, Masakazu Tamura, Isao Kuraishi

Votes: 129

45. The Affair (1967)

97 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A woman, unhappily married to a cheating executive, starts meeting her dead mother's lover and gets thrown into a romantic dilemma after succumbing to a rough laborer.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Yoshie Minami, Tadahiko Sugano, Shigako Shimegi

Votes: 318

46. The Embryo Hunts in Secret (1966)

72 min | Crime, Drama

7.2
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A man keeps a young employee tied up in his small apartment and tortures her. She is undressed, subjected to various types of bondage, whipped, and tortured with a razor blade.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Miharu Shima, Hatsuo Yamaya

Votes: 749

47. The Catch (1961)

105 min | Drama, War

6.8
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Towards the end of WWII, a black American pilot is captured and imprisoned by rural Japanese villagers, who await official instructions as to how to proceed with their "catch."

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Akiko Koyama, Yôko Mihara, Masako Nakamura

Votes: 158

48. Dear Summer Sister (1972)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Story is about a Tokyo girl looking round Okinawa island for her long-lost brother and finding he is the tourist guide with whom she has had an affair.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hiromi Kurita, Shôji Ishibashi, Lily, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 135

49. Shôjo geba-geba (1969)

66 min | Crime, Horror

7.0
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A bunch of violent hippies kidnap and humiliate a young romantic couple, while a nearby yakuza gang observes the situation.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Eri Ashikawa, Toshiyuki Tanigawa, Miki Hayashi, Atsushi Yamatoya

Votes: 513

50. Coup d'Etat (1973)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yasuo Miyake, Akiko Kurano, Tadahiko Sugano

Votes: 321



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