Japanese Academy Prize Picture of the Year

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1. The Yellow Handkerchief (1977)

109 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Three complete strangers embark on a road-trip to Hokkaido.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Kaori Momoi, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 563

2. The Incident (1978)

138 min | Drama

6.9
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The body of Sakai Hatsuko, a woman of 23 who has been slain with a knife, has been found in a forest. Some days later, Ueda Hiroshi, a 19-year-old shipyard worker, is arrested and charged ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinobu Ôtake, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Tsunehiko Watase

Votes: 94

3. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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Chronological exploits of Iwao Enokizu, a murderous thief on the lam.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Rentarô Mikuni, Chôchô Miyako, Mitsuko Baishô

Votes: 4,728

4. Zigeunerweisen (1980)

Not Rated | 144 min | Horror, Mystery

7.2
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A surreal period film following an university professor and his eerie nomad friend as they go through loose romantic triangles and face death in peculiar ways.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Naoko Ôtani, Kisako Makishi, Akaji Maro

Votes: 685

5. Station (1981)

132 min | Drama

7.1
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Constantly put to the test and faced with tragedy wherever he turns, can a man finally find solace and a modicum of love or rest with what is left of his hometown, his family, love or himself?

Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Ayumi Ishida, Setsuko Karasuma

Votes: 119

6. Kamata kôshinkyoku (1982)

109 min | Comedy, Romance

7.1
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Aging Kamata movie star "Gin-chan" Ginshiro (Morio Kazama) is filming a story about Samurai in Imperial Japan at the start of the Meiji. Also appearing in the movie, as his antagonist, is ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Keiko Matsuzaka, Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Hirata, Chika Takami

Votes: 483

7. Narayama bushikô (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

7.9
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In a poor 19th century rural Japanese village, everyone who reaches the age of 70 has to climb a nearby mountain to die. An old woman is getting close to the cut-off age, and we follow her last days with her family.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô

Votes: 5,649

8. Osôshiki (1984)

124 min | Comedy

7.2
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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: 850

9. Hana ichimonme (1985)

122 min | Drama

6.6
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Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Yukiyo Toake, Minoru Chiaki, Teruhiko Saigô, Yumiko Nogawa

Votes: 15

10. Kataku no hito (1986)

133 min | Drama

7.0
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In the 50s, the complicated life of a popular writer who must share his life with his family, his numerous mistresses and his work. Adapted from autobiographical story by Kazuo Dan, who ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Ken Ogata, Ayumi Ishida, Mieko Harada, Keiko Matsuzaka

Votes: 79

11. A Taxing Woman (1987)

127 min | Comedy, Crime

7.4
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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: 1,387

12. Tonkô (1988)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama

7.1
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In 1026, students in western China are shanghaied into the forces of crown prince Li Yuanhao of Xi Xia, who wants to control the length of the Silk Road. One student is Zhao Xingde, who ... See full summary »

Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Anna Nakagawa, Tsunehiko Watase

Votes: 154 | Gross: $0.12M

13. Kuroi ame (1989)

Not Rated | 123 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 2,468

14. Childhood Days (1990)

119 min | Drama

7.1
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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: 151

15. Musuko (1991)

121 min | Comedy, Romance

7.3
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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: 162

16. Shiko funjatta (1992)

105 min | Comedy, Sport

7.3
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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: 582

17. A Class to Remember (1993)

128 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 141

18. Chûshingura gaiden: Yotsuya kaidan (1994)

106 min | Action, Drama, Horror

6.5
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Saki Takaoka, Keiko Oginome, Renji Ishibashi

Votes: 132

19. Gogo no Yuigon-jo (1995)

110 min | Drama

7.0
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Yoko is a famous actress who goes to a mountain chalet for a few days rest. There, she learns a secret from her companion Toyoko.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Haruko Sugimura, Nobuko Otowa, Hideo Kanze, Kyôko Asagiri

Votes: 140

20. Shall We Dance? (1996)

PG | 136 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.8
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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: 9,678 | Gross: $9.68M

21. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 259,735 | Gross: $2.38M

22. Ai o kou hito (1998)

135 min | Drama

7.6
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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: 65

23. Railroad Man (1999)

112 min | Drama

7.3
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A solitary middle-aged station manager is haunted by troubling memories of his past when he learns the line his station is on will be decommissioned for lack of profitability. He is visited... See full summary »

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

Votes: 670

24. Ame agaru (1999)

91 min | Drama

7.8
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During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

Votes: 3,250

25. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 490,632 | Gross: $10.06M

26. Tasogare Seibei (2002)

129 min | Drama, History

8.1
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82 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 19,396

27. Mibu gishi den (2002)

143 min | Drama

7.6
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A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

Director: Yôjirô Takita | Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kôichi Satô, Yui Natsukawa, Takehiro Murata

Votes: 4,250

28. Han-ochi (2004)

121 min | Drama, Mystery

6.6
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Soichiro Kaji killed his wife who suffers from Parkinson's disease, he surrenders to police two days later. Tops of the police wish an early settlement of the affair by fair means or foul ... See full summary »

Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Akira Terao, Mieko Harada, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Mayu Tsuruta

Votes: 115

29. Always san-chôme no yûhi (2005)

133 min | Drama, Family

7.8
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Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Maki Horikita, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki

Votes: 1,830

30. Hura gâru (2006)

108 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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: 1,648

31. Tôkyô tawâ: Okan to boku to, tokidoki, oton (2007)

142 min | Drama

7.5
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Leaving her alcoholic husband, Eiko takes their son Masaya away from Tokyo and back to her hometown in a Kyushu rural mining community. She toils to support him though many years of ... See full summary »

Director: Joji Matsuoka | Stars: Joe Odagiri, Kirin Kiki, Yayako Uchida, Takako Matsu

Votes: 714

32. Departures (2008)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Music

8.1
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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: 42,025 | Gross: $1.54M

33. Shizumanu taiyô (2009)

202 min | Drama

6.9
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A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.

Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Erika Toda, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yasuko Matsuyuki

Votes: 157

34. Kokuhaku (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Thriller

7.8
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A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima | Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada, Yukito Nishii

Votes: 29,526

35. Chikuzan hitori tabi (1977)

119 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Ryûzô Hayashi, Nobuko Otowa, Mitsuko Baishô, Dai Kanai

Votes: 56

36. Ballad of Orin (1977)

109 min | Drama

7.5
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A blind traveling musician is abused and oppressed while she tours the country, even though the modern world imposes changes on people's behavior.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tomoko Naraoka, Kirin Kiki, Rie Yokoyama

Votes: 323

37. Seishun no mon: Jiritsu hen (1977)

161 min | Drama

7.5
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Director: Kirio Urayama | Stars: Ken Tanaka, Shinobu Ôtake, Ayumi Ishida, Tatsuo Umemiya

Votes: 6

38. Hakkodasan (1977)

169 min | Drama

7.1
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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Shôgo Shimada, Ken Takakura, Hideji Ôtaki, Kin'ya Kitaôji

Votes: 95

39. The Shogun's Samurai (1978)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 1,301

40. The Demon (1978)

110 min | Drama, Mystery

7.4
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When Sokichi stops providing his long-time lover Kikuyo enough money to pay for the care of their three young children, Kikuyo leaves the children with Sokichi - and his very surprised and angry wife Oume - and disappears.

Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Ken Ogata, Hiroki Iwase, Miyuki Yoshizawa

Votes: 558

41. Third Base (1978)

102 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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Third (Toshiyuki Nagashima) is an aimless young man who hangs around with a couple of girls who are amateur hookers. One day, while acting as their pimp, he gets into a conflict with a young gangster and winds up killing him.

Director: Yôichi Higashi | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Tsugiaki Yoshida, Aiko Morishita, Akiko Shikata

Votes: 89

42. Empire of Passion (1978)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

7.0
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A married woman and her lover murder her husband and dump his body into a well. After a while, his ghost comes to haunt them while the local gossip grows stronger.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tatsuya Fuji, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Takahiro Tamura, Takuzô Kawatani

Votes: 2,866

43. My Son! My Son! (1979)

131 min | Drama

6.7
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Parents campaign to change the law for families who have suffered from violent crime, after their son is murdered.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Hideko Takamine, Ken Tanaka, Shinobu Ôtake

Votes: 51

44. The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

147 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

7.7
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A high school science teacher builds an atomic bomb and uses it to extort the nation, but cannot decide what he wants. Meanwhile, a determined cop is catching up to him, as is radiation poisoning.

Director: Kazuhiko Hasegawa | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kenji Sawada, Kimiko Ikegami, Kazuo Kitamura

Votes: 574

45. Mo hozue wa tsukanai (1979)

103 min | Drama

7.2
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A wistful slice-of-life drama about a college student's attempts to manage her relations with two men.

Director: Yôichi Higashi | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Eiji Okuda, Leo Morimoto, Jûzô Itami

Votes: 49

46. Oh! The Nomugi Pass (1979)

154 min | Drama, History

7.0
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The story of the silk industry and the young girls who worked as silk spinners in the early 1900's in Japan. The silk mills were located in Okaya which lies just beyond the Nomugi Pass. The... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Shinobu Ôtake, Mieko Harada, Chikako Yuri, Yûko Kotegawa

Votes: 28

47. A Distant Cry from Spring (1980)

95 min | Drama

7.9
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A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 305

48. Chichi yo haha yo! (1980)

132 min | Drama

5.8
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A newspaper reporter investigates the lives of juvenile delinquents.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Kaneko Iwasaki, Gô Katô, Kunitarô Kawarazaki, Junko Mihara

Votes: 23

49. Dôran (1980)

150 min | Drama, History, War

7.2
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Director: Shirô Moritani | Stars: Ken Takakura, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Masakane Yonekura, Junko Sakurada

Votes: 20

50. 203 kochi (1980)

185 min | Drama, History, War

6.9
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Depicts the bloody siege of the fortress Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War 1904 - 1905. In the story dominated the character Lt Takeshi Kogyo (Teruhiko Aoi), teachers, and a reserve... See full summary »

Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Teruhiko Aoi, Toshirô Mifune, Hisaya Morishige

Votes: 143

51. Nihon no atsui hibi bôsatsu: Shimoyama jiken (1981)

132 min | Drama

8.1
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Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Ichirô Nakatani, Yôko Asaji, Takashi Ebata

Votes: 21

52. Muddy River (1981)

105 min | Drama

8.0
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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: 540

53. Eijanaika (1981)

151 min | Drama

7.0
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Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Shigeru Izumiya, Kaori Momoi, Masao Kusakari, Ken Ogata

Votes: 441

54. Enrai (1981)

135 min | Drama

6.9
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Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Toshiyuki Nagashima, Johnny Ohkura, Eri Ishida, Rie Yokoyama

Votes: 61

55. Giwaku (1982)

127 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

7.4
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Director: Yoshitarô Nomura | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Shima Iwashita, Akira Emoto, Akihiko Hanyû

Votes: 64

56. Onimasa (1982)

146 min | Drama

7.0
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A yakuza melodrama, covering decades in the lives of Boss Onimasa, his adopted daughter Matsue, and his biological daughter Hanako.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Masako Natsume, Akiko Nakamura, Akiko Kana

Votes: 266

57. Mikan no taikyoku (1982)

123 min | Drama

7.1
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Ten years before the outbreak of the Second World War in Asia, a Japanese Go master and his Chinese rival meet in China to play a game of Go (loosely described as an Asian version of chess)... See full summary »

Directors: Ji-shun Duan, Jun'ya Satô, Shu'an Liu | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Misako Konno, Nobuko Otowa, Hideji Ôtaki

Votes: 144

58. Yûkai hôdô (1982)

134 min | Crime

6.5
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Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Rumiko Koyanagi, Kaori Takahashi, Kumiko Akiyoshi

Votes: 11

59. Kazoku gêmu (1983)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.4
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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: 639

60. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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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: 12,133 | Gross: $2.31M

61. Nankyoku monogatari (1983)

G | 112 min | Adventure, Drama

7.8
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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: 1,189

62. The Makioka Sisters (1983)

Not Rated | 140 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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This sensuously beautiful film chronicles the activities of four sisters who gather in Kyoto every year to view the cherry blossoms. It paints a vivid portrait of the pre-war lifestyle of ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Yoshiko Sakuma, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûko Kotegawa, Jûzô Itami

Votes: 1,051

63. Mâjan hourouki (1984)

109 min

7.1
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Director: Makoto Wada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Shinobu Ôtake, Takeshi Kaga, Mariko Kaga

Votes: 57

64. Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (1984)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.9
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In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation's defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Takaya Yamauchi, Yoshiyuki Omori, Shiori Sakura, Masako Natsume

Votes: 146

65. Station to Heaven (1984)

133 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Masanobu Deme | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Toshiyuki Nishida, Tomokazu Miura, Kimie Shingyôji

Votes: 44

66. Ohan (1984)

112 min

7.1
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kôji Ishizaka, Reiko Ôhara, Michi Kagawa

Votes: 23

67. Biruma no tategoto (1985)

133 min | Drama, War

6.6
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Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Kôji Ishizaka, Kiichi Nakai, Takuzô Kawatani, Atsushi Watanabe

Votes: 129

68. Love Letter (1985)

108 min

7.5
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Director: Tatsumi Kumashiro | Stars: Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Mitsuko Baishô, Keiko Takahashi, Kaoru Kobayashi

Votes: 37

69. Sorekara (1985)

130 min | Drama

7.1
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Daisuke (Yusaku Matsuda) is supposed to be out looking for a respectable job and equally respectable wife. He is 30 years old and devotes his attention to music and literature; his family ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûsaku Matsuda, Miwako Fujitani, Kaoru Kobayashi, Morio Kazama

Votes: 212

70. W no higeki (1984)

108 min | Drama

7.1
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Young college student Shizuka is given the opportunity to act in a stage play with professionals. Shizuka is willing to go to great lengths to master this role of a lifetime, but as the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Shin'ichirô Sawai | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Yoshiko Mita, Masanori Sera, Yumi Kusaka

Votes: 148

71. Kinema no tenchi (1986)

135 min | Drama

7.1
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This is Japanese melo-dramatist director Yoji Yamada's ode to 1930s film production during the transition from silent film to talkies. With many loose associations we can see the rise of a ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kiichi Nakai, Narimi Arimori, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 108

72. A Promise (1986)

123 min | Drama

7.5
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An old woman has died and her widower with dementia confesses to killing her. After this, the story goes back in time to show the events leading up to her death.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Orie Satô, Sachiko Murase

Votes: 103

73. Big Joys, Small Sorrows (1986)

130 min | Drama

6.2
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A lighthouse keeper and his family follow work from town to town, each time making new friends and receiving a visit from his troublesome father.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Gô Katô, Hitoshi Ueki, Reiko Ôhara, Yoko Shinoyama

Votes: 46

74. Lost in the Wilderness (1986)

G | 140 min | Adventure, Drama

7.5
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Director: Jun'ya Satô | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Chieko Baishô, Masato Furuoya, Gô Wakabayashi

Votes: 23

75. Taketori monogatari (1987)

121 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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Based on a centuries-old traditional Japanese fairy tale, a country couple finds a baby girl in some bamboo and raises her as their own daughter. Not the same as the original tale, though, ... See full summary »

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Ayako Wakao, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Kôji Ishizaka

Votes: 320

76. Yogisha (1987)

137 min

6.4
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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Yukiyo Toake, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Masahiko Tsugawa

Votes: 14

77. Yoshiwara enjô (1987)

133 min

6.8
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A young woman is sold into the famous red light district brothel in Yoshiwara by her bankrupt father.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Yûko Natori, Rino Katase, Jinpachi Nezu, Sayoko Ninomiya

Votes: 106

78. Hachi-ko (1987)

107 min | Drama, Family

8.1
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The true story about a dog's loyalty to its master, even after his death.

Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kaoru Yachigusa, Toshinori Omi, Toshirô Yanagiba

Votes: 3,579

79. Hana no ran (1988)

139 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Keiko Matsuzaka, Ken Ogata, Kimiko Ikegami

Votes: 60

80. The Discarnates (1988)

115 min | Horror, Mystery

7.0
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Harada is a successful scenario writer, and his best buddy has just announced an intention to propose to Harada's ex-wife. Recovering from the shock, Harada indulges in melancholy, mainly ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Morio Kazama, Kumiko Akiyoshi, Tsurutarô Kataoka, Atsuko Kawata

Votes: 162

81. Oracion (1988)

128 min

7.0
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Director: Shigemichi Sugita | Stars: Yuki Saitô, Naoto Ogata, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tatsuya Nakadai

Votes: 8

82. Hope and Pain (1988)

120 min

7.0
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Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hashinosuke Nakamura, Toshirô Yanagiba, Toshinori Omi

Votes: 20

83. Rikyu (1989)

135 min | Drama, History

7.3
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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: 480

84. Sen no Rikyu: Honkakubô ibun (1989)

107 min | Drama, History

7.1
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Years after the death of legendary tea master Rikyu, his disciple Honkakubo attempts to resolve the mystery of the master's death. Years before: Sen Rikyu is a ceremonial tea master who ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Eiji Okuda, Toshirô Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Gô Katô

Votes: 219

85. Shaso (1989)

129 min

6.9
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Director: Toshio Masuda | Stars: Ken Ogata, Yukiyo Toake, Tôru Emori, Kôichi Satô

Votes: 17

86. Buddies (1989)

114 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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Director: Yasuo Furuhata | Stars: Ken Takakura, Eiji Bandô, Junko Fuji, Yasuko Tomita

Votes: 44

87. The Sting of Death (1990)

115 min | Drama

7.0
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Period drama set in the 1950's about a couple isolating themselves from the outside world as they attempt to salvage their faltering marriage, no matter what the costs, after the husband has an affair.

Director: Kôhei Oguri | Stars: Keiko Matsuzaka, Ittoku Kishibe, Midori Kiuchi, Takenori Matsumura

Votes: 175

88. Shiroi te (1990)

100 min | Drama, Family

6.8
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Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Yôko Minamino, Shô Aikawa, Ken Ishiguro, Masao Ishiguro

Votes: 6

89. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 20,005 | Gross: $1.96M

90. Sakura no sono (1990)

96 min | Drama

6.9
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The film offers a glimpse at a group of school girls who are very flexible in terms of gender roles, playing males both in the school play and in real life. A modern-day all girls high ... See full summary »

Director: Shun Nakahara | Stars: Hiroko Nakajima, Miho Tsumiki, Yasuyo Shirashima, Miho Miyazawa

Votes: 144

91. Dai yûkai (1991)

120 min | Comedy, Crime

7.2
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A wealthy matriarch is kidnapped by a gang of three. She is insulted by the amount of money they propose to demand as ransom, and a strange interchange of roles takes place between captors ... See full summary »

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Tôru Kazama, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Katsuyasu Uchida, Shigeru Kôyama

Votes: 99

92. Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991)

PG | 98 min | Drama

7.3
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Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima

Votes: 5,268 | Gross: $0.52M

93. Muno no hito (1991)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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Sukezo, a farmer manga comic artist, takes up the art rock business by setting up a shop in a shed by the river. He tries hard to be successful, but business does not go well and the family... See full summary »

Director: Naoto Takenaka | Stars: Naoto Takenaka, Jun Fubuki, Kotaro Santo, Miyako Yamaguchi

Votes: 64

94. A Scene at the Sea (1991)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.6
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The lives of a young, hearing-impaired and gloomy couple are fulfilled after the boy holds interest in surfboarding.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Claude Maki, Hiroko Ôshima, Sabu Kawahara, Toshizo Fujiwara

Votes: 4,047

95. Minbô no onna (1992)

123 min | Comedy

7.4
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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: 644

96. The Rocking Horsemen (1992)

135 min | Comedy

7.2
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It is 1965. High-school student Takeyoshi Fujiwara Yasufumi Hayashi) hears "Pipeline" by the Ventures, and is mesmerized by their unique sound. With three friends, he forms a band called "... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiko Ôbayashi | Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Aiko Asano, Tadanobu Asano, Toshiki Ayata

Votes: 43

97. Toki rakujitsu (1992)

119 min | Drama

6.3
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Director: Seijirô Kôyama | Stars: Yoshiko Mita, Hiroshi Mikami, Tatsuya Nakadai, Riho Makise

Votes: 19

98. Double Cross (1992)

108 min | Drama, Action, Crime

6.5
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Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Ken'ichi Hagiwara, Kazuya Kimura, Keiko Oginome, Shin'ichi Chiba

Votes: 233

99. Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru (1993)

109 min | Comedy

7.2
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Story of everyday life and romance of a taxi driver who is a Korean resident in Japan.

Director: Yôichi Sai | Stars: Gorô Kishitani, Ruby Moreno, Moeko Ezawa, Masato Furuoya

Votes: 85

100. Waga ai no uta - Taki Rentaro monogatari (1993)

125 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.3
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This is the biography of pianist/composer Rentaro Taki, the "Mozart" of Japan.

Director: Shin'ichirô Sawai | Stars: Tôru Kazama, Isako Washio, Ryo Amamiya, Gô Katô

Votes: 11