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1. The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama

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: 6,398

2. Dead or Alive (1999)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

49 Metascore

A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi, Hitoshi Ozawa

Votes: 7,062 | Gross: $0.00M

3. Gozu (2003)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

58 Metascore

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Yûta Sone, Kimika Yoshino, Shôhei Hino, Keiko Tomita

Votes: 10,391 | Gross: $0.05M

4. Ichi the Killer (2001)

R | 129 min | Action, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of achieving.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Paulyn Sun

Votes: 49,013 | Gross: $0.02M

5. The Crazy Family (1984)

106 min | Comedy, Drama

The Kobayashi family finally get the chance to move out of their tiny, cramped Tokyo apartment in favour of the suburban house of their dreams. But all is not well: the house is infested by... See full summary »

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Katsuya Kobayashi, Mitsuko Baishô, Yoshiki Arizono, Yûki Kudô

Votes: 686

6. Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Adventure, Action

A yakuza gang targets the blind masseur Zatoichi after he defeats their group in a wrestling match. Meanwhile a long lost love of Zatoichi's returns to his life.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Miwa Takada, Masayo Banri, Jun'ichirô Narita

Votes: 1,343

7. Kumokiri Nizaemon (1978)

163 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Shima Iwashita, Keiko Matsuzaka

Votes: 285

8. Orochi (1925)

74 min | Action, Adventure

The story of a decent samurai who is widely considered a scum and a criminal. His bad luck and numerous misunderstandings drag him down the social ladder straight to the gutter.

Director: Buntarô Futagara | Stars: Tsumasaburô Bandô, Misao Seki, Utako Tamaki, Kensaku Haruji

Votes: 265

9. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 65,920

12. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)

90 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

Bus conductor Tomiko falls in love with driver Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being a serial killer who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii | Stars: Rena Komine, Tadanobu Asano, Kotomi Kyôno, Tomoka Kurotani

Votes: 557

13. Dogra Magra (1988)

109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A young man kills his bride on the day of his marriage and goes insane. He wakes up in an asylum with no memory, left in the hands of two mysterious doctors who relate his condition with his biological identity.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Shijaku Katsura, Hideo Murota, Eri Misawa

Votes: 247

14. Shara (2003)

100 min | Drama

The Aso family live in the old town of Nara. One Day, Kei, one of the Aso's twin boys suddenly disappears. Five years later seventeen-year old Shun, the remaining twin, is an art student. ... See full summary »

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kohei Fukungaga, Yuka Hyyoudo, Naomi Kawase, Katsuhisa Namase

Votes: 1,534

15. Goemon (2009)

128 min | Action, Drama, History

Based on a Japanese folk legend that echoes the tale of Robin Hood, this ninja thriller follows the exploits of Goemon Ishikawa (Yôsuke Eguchi), who leaves his fighting clan after its chief... See full summary »

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya | Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Takao Ohsawa, Ryôko Hirosue, Jun Kaname

Votes: 5,001

16. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,905

17. Aragami (2003)

78 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

A raging god of battle and a master samurai duke it out in a series of sword fights in a remote temple.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Takao Ohsawa, Masaya Katô, Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi

Votes: 2,010

18. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 59,067

19. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 15,884

20. 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: 25,136 | Gross: $0.23M

21. 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: 17,120 | Gross: $0.20M

22. Kids Return (1996)

107 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Dropping out of high school, two friends at first find success, one as a up-and-coming boxer and one as a low level gangster. Yet, their life decisions still find a way of catching up with them.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Ken Kaneko, Masanobu Andô, Leo Morimoto, Hatsuo Yamaya

Votes: 5,024

23. Sonatine (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Several yakuza from Tokyo are sent to Okinawa to help end a gang war. The war escalates and the Tokyo drifters decide to lay low at the beach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Aya Kokumai, Tetsu Watanabe, Masanobu Katsumura

Votes: 16,109

24. Violent Cop (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A violence prone police officer discovers that his colleague is trafficking drugs.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Maiko Kawakami, Makoto Ashikawa, Shirô Sano

Votes: 9,523 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Brother (I) (2000)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

47 Metascore

A Japanese gangster is exiled to Los Angeles where his brother lives with a small but respectable multi-racial gang, who he inspires to expand their influence.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Omar Epps, Masaya Katô

Votes: 20,701 | Gross: $0.45M

26. Dolls (2002)

114 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Three stories of never-ending love.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Miho Kanno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kyoko Fukada

Votes: 14,946 | Gross: $0.00M

27. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 45,180 | Gross: $0.85M

28. Takeshis' (2005)

108 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Beat Takeshi, a prominent actor, meets a lookalike named Kitano, who is a struggling actor, but after the meeting, Kitano's dreams take a violent, surreal turn.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Kotomi Kyôno, Kayoko Kishimoto, Ren Osugi

Votes: 3,346

29. 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: 1,794

30. Crows Zero II (2009)

133 min | Action

Tension escalates and violence ensues when a young student unwittingly breaks a non-aggression pact between two rival high schools.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Nobuaki Kaneko

Votes: 4,086

31. Crows Zero (2007)

130 min | Action, Thriller

A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 6,888

32. Like a Dragon (2007)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Cult Japanese director Takashi Miike draws inspiration from the popular Playstation 2 title Yakuza for this unhinged tale of underworld violence in Tokyo starring Goro Kishitani and Kazuki ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kazuki Kitamura, Gorô Kishitani, Shun Shioya, Saeko

Votes: 1,248

33. The Great Yokai War (2005)

PG-13 | 124 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

63 Metascore

A young boy is chosen as the defender of good and must team up with Japan's ancient spirits and creatures of lore to destroy the forces of evil.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Hiroyuki Miyasako, Chiaki Kuriyama, Bunta Sugawara

Votes: 2,175

34. Zebraman (2004)

115 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

A down-and-out school teacher receives the calling to become the real life personification of an old television superhero, Zebraman.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Atsuro Watabe, Yui Ichikawa

Votes: 3,062

35. Graveyard of Honor (2002)

131 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However his fear of nothing soon causes problems.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Amamiya, Narimi Arimori, Yoshiyuki Daichi, Hirotarô Honda

Votes: 1,733

36. Dead or Alive: Final (2002)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

34 Metascore

The ace cop of a totalitarian police force and a drifting android play their parts in a post-apocalyptic society. They are destined to fight. Their encounter will change them forever.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Maria Chen, Richard Chen, Jason Chu

Votes: 2,202

37. The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

R | 113 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

60 Metascore

A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kenji Sawada, Keiko Matsuzaka, Shinji Takeda, Naomi Nishida

Votes: 7,742

38. Visitor Q (2001)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe, Jun Mutô

Votes: 13,998

39. Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Noriko Aota, Edison Chen

Votes: 3,274

40. The Bird People in China (1998)

118 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A salaryman and yakuza are each sent by their bosses to a remote Chinese village but discover more then they expected.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Renji Ishibashi, Mako, Michiko Kichise

Votes: 4,254

41. Full Metal gokudô (1997 Video)

102 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

An inexperienced gangster is killed alongside his strong, respected boss and awakens to find a mad scientist has given him a new body made partly of his boss and partly of indestructible bionics.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Tomorô Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Kazuki Kitamura

Votes: 1,666

42. Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)

98 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Shôsuke Tanihara, Miho Nomoto, Tamaki Kenmochi, Marie Jinno

Votes: 3,388

43. Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

R | 121 min | Action, Western

55 Metascore

A nameless gunfighter arrives in a town ripped apart by rival gangs and, though courted by both to join, chooses his own path.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hideaki Itô, Kôichi Satô, Quentin Tarantino, Masanobu Andô

Votes: 14,074 | Gross: $0.05M

44. 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)

142 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world ... See full summary »

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Etsushi Toyokawa, Takako Tokiwa, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 2,299

46. Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 1,367

47. Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

Not Rated | 139 min | Crime, Drama

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

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

Votes: 5,250

48. Boiling Point (1990)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two disquieted junior baseball players seek revenge on the local yakuza for attacking their coach.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Yûrei Yanagi, Yuriko Ishida, Taka Guadalcanal

Votes: 5,478 | Gross: $0.00M

49. Perfect Blue (1997)

R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery