Japanese or "About The Japan" Movies To Get

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1. The Great Killing (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama

A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Kôtarô Satomi, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 267

2. Eleven Samurai (1967)

100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The lord of the Oshi fief is killed by his trespassing neighbor, Nariatsu. But when the Oshi clan is blamed for the incident, eleven of their best warriors decide to trade their lives for justice.

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Isao Natsuyagi, Kôtarô Satomi, Kôji Nanbara, Junko Miyazono

Votes: 280

3. The Wolves (1971)

131 min | Crime, Drama

After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, a gangster gets released early - only to find that his ex-gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, bloodshed is bound to begin anew.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Rumi Aiki, Hideyo Amamoto, Noboru Andô, Mitsuko Aoi

Votes: 421

4. Gohiki no shinshi (1966)

92 min | Action, Crime

Fresh out of prison, a broken man reluctantly takes a job to kill three men, but changes his mind when some gangsters target the same men. He then tries to find out why the men are being targeted in the first place.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Ichirô Nakatani, Hisashi Igawa, Kunie Tanaka

Votes: 230

5. Yagyû bugeichô (1957)

106 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yoshiko Kuga, Kyôko Kagawa, Mariko Okada

Votes: 101

6. Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958)

105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Toshirô Mifune, Nobuko Otowa, Yoshiko Kuga

Votes: 68

7. Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama

Confident that he has destroyed the Iga Ninja, the evil Oda Nobunaga continues his quest to conquer Japan. Meanwhile, Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo) has settled down with his wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Sô Yamamura, Shiho Fujimura, Mikiko Tsubouchi

Votes: 274

8. Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Crime, Action

When we last saw the intrepid ninja Ishikawa Goemon (Raizo Ichikawa), he was about to be boiled alive. But a good ninja is both hard to find, and even harder to kill. With the help of the ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Saburô Date, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 172

9. Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of all Japan. But one last loose thread must be tied up before his domination is complete -- the destruction of the Toyotomi clan, now beseiged in Osaka castle.... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Saburô Date, Midori Isomura, Ganjirô Nakamura

Votes: 181

10. Shinobi no mono: Zoku Kirigakure Saizô (1964)

91 min | Action, Drama

In part five of the 8-part Shinobi No Mono Ninja film series the heroic ninja Kirigakure Saizo (Raizo Ichikawa, of Sleepy Eyes of Death fame) serves the daimyo Sanada, played by Lone Wolf ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yukiko Fuji, Shiho Fujimura, Saburô Date

Votes: 103

11. Shinobi no mono: Iga-yashiki (1965)

89 min | Action, Drama

The story of Saizo's son, Kirigakure Saisuke, who after seeing his father die at the Battle Of Shimabara, grows up to be an expert ninja.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Isao Yamagata, Kenji Imai

Votes: 88

12. Shinobi no mono: Shin kirigakure Saizô (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

The dream of Tokugawa Ieyasu has come true: together with his son Hidetada he rules all over Japan.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûko Kusunoki, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 88

13. Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966)

91 min | Action, Drama

It is the 1570's in Japan. Ninja Kasumi Kanbey specializes in making gunpowder. He lives with his young son Kojiro, who witnesses his assassination by five skilled ninjas. Kanbey manages to... See full synopsis »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Manami Fuji, Michiyo Yasuda, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 85

14. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,830

15. Kozure ôkami (1973– )

Action, Adventure, Drama

The adventures of a samurai and his young son.

Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Kazutaka Nishikawa, Takumi Satô, Taketoshi Naitô

Votes: 206

16. Tsubaki Sanjûrô (2007)

119 min | Action, Drama, History

A scruffy master-less samurai decides to help a group of young warriors whose leader was taken captive by a gang of ambitious officers.

Director: Yoshimitsu Morita | Stars: Yûji Oda, Makoto Fujita, Shin'yû Fujiwara, Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Votes: 174

17. The Floating Castle (2012)

144 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the year 1590, powerful daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi nears his plan to unify all of Japan, but he comes across a floating fortress known as Oshi Castle. Narita Nagachika must use his army to defend the castle.

Directors: Shinji Higuchi, Isshin Inudô | Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Mana Ashida, Takehiro Hira, Nana Eikura

Votes: 375

18. Hymn to a Tired Man (1968)

130 min | Drama

During WWII a soldier is beaten so badly by a superior officer he is left deaf. After the war he is an inventor and meets this officer at the patent office. The man is still the bully he was.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Michiyo Aratama, Makoto Fujita, Toshio Kurosawa, Tomoko Naraoka

Votes: 61

19. I Want To (1979)

85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A squadron of Japanese Self-Defense Force soldiers find themselves transported through time to their country's warring states era, when rival samurai clans were battling to become the ... See full summary »

Director: Kôsei Saitô | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Jun Etô, Moeko Ezawa, Ryô Hayami

Votes: 824

21. New Female Prisoner Scorpion: Special Cellblock X (1977)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A nurse is framed for her involvement in the hospital murder of a politician who was threatening to expose corrupt practices. She escapes from jail but is captured and sent back.

Director: Yu Kohira | Stars: Yôko Natsuki, Takeo Chii, Masashi Ishibashi, Junkichi Orimoto

Votes: 81

22. Shin joshû Sasori: 701-gô (1976)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Nami Matsushima's sister goes missing and after getting too caught up in doing something about it, Nami is given a fifteen year sentence for a murder she didn't commit. She's sent to an all women prison where she's not exactly welcome.

Director: Yu Kohira | Stars: Yumi Takigawa, Yûsuke Natsu, Yoko Konno, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 113

23. Female Prisoner No. 701: Sasori (2011)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Based on the movie series of the same name from 1972 and on, the updated film is the story of a betrayed Nami Matsushima, prisoner #701, who is sent to a women's prison for attempted murder... See full summary »

Director: Ken'ichi Fujiwara | Stars: Kirara Asuka, Sana, Suwaru Ryû, Jun'ichi Kawamoto

Votes: 26

24. Sasori (2008)

Not Rated | 101 min | Action

A ruthless pack of thugs force mild-mannered, caught-in-the-middle-of-something-bigger Nami to murder her fiance's sister, decidedly ruining her pending marriage and landing the poor girl ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Ma | Stars: Miki Mizuno, Dylan Kuo, Emme Wong, Nana Natsume

Votes: 332

25. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Death Threat (1991 Video)

91 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A woman, disguised as a beggar, turns out to be a formidable assassin.

Director: Toshiharu Ikeda | Stars: Naoko Amihama, Dump Matsumoto, Junko Miyashita, Yûko Mizushima

Votes: 7

26. Female Prisoner: Cage (1983)

68 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

An inmate attempts to escape from prison and is confronted by the guard.

Director: Masaru Konuma | Stars: Mina Asami, Ryoko Watanabe, Nami Matsukawa, Shigeru Muroi

Votes: 119

27. Kyôfu joshikôkô: Bôkô rinchi kyôshitsu (1973)

88 min | Action, Crime

Three new students at a super strict girls' school face off against the oppressive administration, a corrupt politician and a sadistic student discipline brigade.

Director: Norifumi Suzuki | Stars: Miki Sugimoto, Reiko Ike, Seiko Saburi, Misuzu Ôta

Votes: 653

28. Pale Flower (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

A gangster gets released from prison and has to cope with the recent shifts of power between the gangs, while taking care of a thrill-seeking young woman, who got in bad company while gambling.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Kaga, Takashi Fujiki, Naoki Sugiura

Votes: 2,621

29. Double Suicide (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

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

Votes: 1,914

30. Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (1975)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

A mountain man captures a beautiful, but a manipulative city woman and goes to excessive lengths to please her every whim.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Shima Iwashita, Hiroko Isayama, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 653

31. A Night in Nude: Salvation (2010)

127 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Jiro (Naoto Takenaka) is a man who can do anything for you for a price. Part odd jobs man and part private eye he takes on tasks as simple as clearing out storage lockers to tracking down ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Ishii | Stars: Daisuke Iijima, Harumi Inoue, Machiko Kochi, Kura

Votes: 177

32. Nemuri Kyoshiro engetsu sappo (1969)

82 min

Nemuri Kyoshiro this time gets involved in a plot to replace the shogun successor.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomomi Satô, Sanae Nakahara, Machiko Hasegawa

Votes: 36

33. Kunoichi ninpô-chô: Yagyû gaiden (1998)

106 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven women are determined to exact revenge on the evil lord Akinari Katou and "The 7 Spears", the band of soldiers he commands.

Director: Hitoshi Ozawa | Stars: Yûko Moriyama, Kazuki Takeda, Momoka Saeki, Non

Votes: 186

34. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)

146 min | Crime, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

The problematic lives of teenager students for whom the singer Lily Chou-Chou's dreamy music is the only way to escape an alienating, violent and insensitive society.

Director: Shunji Iwai | Stars: Hayato Ichihara, Shûgo Oshinari, Ayumi Itô, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 7,357 | Gross: $0.02M

35. Miyamoto Musashi (1961)

Not Rated | 110 min | Action, Drama, History

The film begins when the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi is still named Shinmen Takezo. After being on the losing side of the Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo and his friend manage to escape and come across a young woman and her mother.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Akiko Kazami, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura

Votes: 194

36. Miyamoto Musashi II: Duel at Hannya Hill (1962)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama

The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura, Chieko Naniwa

Votes: 139

37. Miyamoto Musashi III: Birth of the Nito-ryu Style (1963)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of ... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura, Chieko Naniwa

Votes: 124

38. Miyamoto Musashi IV: Duel at Ichijyo-ji Temple (1964)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Drama

In the fourth installment, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent Kojiro jumps in and out of the story at the oddest and most coincidental moments. As his great love Otsu has succumbed to ... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura, Chieko Naniwa

Votes: 146

39. Miyamoto Musashi V: Duel at Ganryu Island (1965)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Drama

The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi. With all the familiar characters making appearances: Otsu (Musashi's great ... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura, Wakaba Irie, Chieko Naniwa

Votes: 128

40. Miyamoto Musashi VI (1971)

Not Rated | 75 min | Action, Drama

In the retelling of the story of the legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, the story takes the wanderer into a conflict with a chain and sickle wielding adversary who cannot be ... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Rentarô Mikuni, Teruo Matsuyama, Hideko Okiyama

Votes: 73

41. Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009)

72 min | Animation, Action

An animated chronicle of the life of legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645).

Director: Mizuho Nishikubo

Votes: 181

43. Negotiator (2003 TV Movie)

107 min | Crime

After a convenience store robbery, three unidentified men hold a group of people hostage in a hospital. Inspector Ishida and Captain Tohno handle the negotiations while one of their ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Hiroshi Mikami, Mayu Tsuruta, Shirô Sano, Ken'ichi Endô

Votes: 333

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