Japanese Film

by manfromplanetx | created - 25 May 2017 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

An evolving passion, the seemingly never ending discovery of diverse, wonderfully unique Classic & contemporary Japanese Cinema... films with eng.subs in MY DVD Collection

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1. A Chain of Islands (1965)

116 min | Mystery, Thriller

The appearance of the corpse of a U.S. Army sergeant triggers a series of unexpected events.

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Jûkichi Uno, Izumi Ashikawa, Hideaki Nitani, Mizuho Suzuki

Votes: 17

2. The Graceful Brute (1962)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

A greedy, materialistic family attempts to cover-up the embezzlement committed by the son while keeping their other schemes active. They discover there are other, equally conniving players involved.

Director: Yûzô Kawashima | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Yûnosuke Itô, Hisano Yamaoka, Yûko Hamada

Votes: 138

3. Hitokiri (1969)

140 min | Action, Drama, History

A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Shintarô Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima, Yûjirô Ishihara

Votes: 892

4. Bamboo Doll of Echizen (1963)

103 min | Drama, Romance

Haunting melodrama focuses on a young bamboo worker who takes his father's prostitute as his wife.

Director: Kôzaburô Yoshimura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Junichiro Yamashita, Tamao Nakamura, Ganjirô Nakamura

Votes: 84

5. The Conquest (1965)

119 min | Drama, History

A morally-suspect and self-serving retainer rashly baits her high-ranking employer, a regional governor, with a salacious story of a former acquaintance and catastrophe ensues.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Kyôko Kishida, Eitarô Ozawa, Isao Kimura

Votes: 60

6. The Human Bullet (1968)

116 min | Drama, War

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: 295

7. Diary of a Mad Old Man (1962)

98 min | Drama, Comedy

A wealthy old man, Utsugi has recently suffered a stroke which has paralyzed his right hand and significantly reduced his quality of life. He currently operates a large household with a ... See full summary »

Director: Keigo Kimura | Stars: Sô Yamamura, Ayako Wakao, Keizô Kawasaki, Chieko Higashiyama

Votes: 41

8. Poem (1972)

Not Rated | 119 min | Drama

As a faithful young houseboy fully devotes himself to his spiritual duty, his teacher plans turning over his grandfather's mountain property to realtors for profit.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Shin Kishida, Hiroko Sakurai, Saburô Shinoda, Ryô Tamura

Votes: 152

9. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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: 1,972

11. Jongara (1973)

103 min | Drama

The newcomers to a fishing village are a man who is escaping the gangsters after him and his girlfriend who is returning to her hometown. This may be as safe a place as any to lie low. ... See full summary »

Director: Kôichi Saitô | Stars: Kyôko Enami, Akira Oda, Mihoko Nakagawa, Kô Nishimura

Votes: 48

13. Giants and Toys (1958)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

In the middle of a fierce commercial competition between three caramel companies, an executive builds up a ditsy teenage girl as a mascot while simultaneously trying to uncover the rival companies' plans.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Osamu Abe, Kôichi Fujiyama

Votes: 720

14. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 4,006

15. Seisaku's Wife (1965)

93 min | Drama, Romance, War

On the eve of the Russo-Japanese war at the beginning of the 20th century, small-town girl Okane has married an old wealthy man to escape a life of poverty.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Takahiro Tamura, Nobuo Chiba, Yûzô Hayakawa

Votes: 397

16. 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: 676

17. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 710

18. The Long Darkness (1972)

120 min | Drama, Romance

Shinobugawa depicts the emerging love of a student, identified only as "I", for a young waitress named Shino.

Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Gô Katô, Komaki Kurihara, Yasushi Nagata, Kinzô Shin

Votes: 104

19. Yoru no tsuzumi (1958)

95 min | Drama

When a married woman has an affair with a young musician, feudal Japanese law requires that both offenders pay with their lives. However, the woman's husband blames himself for his wife's ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Ineko Arima, Masayuki Mori, Sumiko Hidaka

Votes: 98

20. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 30,892 | Gross: $1.51M

21. The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka (1967)

99 min | Drama, History

The Wife of Seishû Hanaoka is set in feudal Japan. Its two central characters are based on the wife and mother of Japanese physician Seishû Hanaoka (1760-1835). Hanaoka developed a herbal ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Hideko Takamine, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 134

23. Tengu-tô (1969)

102 min | Drama, War

Recounts the events that the Mito Tengu Group undertook when they attempted to overthrow the Shogunate during the Bakumatsu Period.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Ayako Wakao, Gô Katô, Yukiyo Toake

Votes: 56

24. Kiku to Isamu (1959)

117 min | Drama

Immediately after the Second World War, sister Kiku and brother Isamu, whose mother was a prostitute and the father was a GI, live with their grandmother in the country. Because their ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Emiko Takahashi, Tanie Kitabayashi, George Okunoyama, Aiko Asahina

Votes: 51

25. Bushido (1963)

122 min | Action, Drama

After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes.

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eijirô Tôno, Kyôko Kishida, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 288

26. Ryoma ansatsu (1974)

118 min | Action, Drama, History

The last three days in the life of Ryoma Sakamoto, an imperial loyalist who tried to unite the warring Choshu and Satsuma clans in order to overthrow the Shogunate.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Renji Ishibashi, Rie Nakagawa, Yûsaku Matsuda

Votes: 104

27. Daisan no kagemusha (1963)

104 min | Action, Drama

A warlords' retainer offers a farmer the chance to become a samurai, but he is instead forced to serve as a double of the warlord at expense of his freedom.

Director: Umetsugu Inoue | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Hizuru Takachiho, Masayo Banri, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 153

28. A Fugitive from the Past (1965)

183 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Three thieves escape from a heist, one of them killing the other two. He is sheltered by a prostitute and sought after by the police, but only after ten years his true motivation unravels.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Sachiko Hidari, Kôji Mitsui, Yoshi Katô

Votes: 719

30. Hymn (1972)

112 min | Drama

The story tells of the adoration of Sasuke for his mistress, the blind Shamisen teacher Shunkin, who treats him imperiously and subjects him to cruel beatings.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Tokuko Watanabe, Jiro Kawarazaki, Daijirô Harada

Votes: 55

31. I Hate But Love (1962)

106 min | Drama, Romance

A celebrity impulsively leaves face-paced Tokyo to deliver a much-needed jeep to a remote village. When his controlling manager, the woman he loves, follows, the two must reconcile while dodging reporters.

Director: Koreyoshi Kurahara | Stars: Yûjirô Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Hiroyuki Nagato, Izumi Ashikawa

Votes: 215

32. A Wife Confesses (1961)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

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: 401

33. At This Late Date, the Charleston (1981)

116 min | Comedy

A young man gets thrown into detention after an episode of sexual assault; he soon meets several impostors in the same situation.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Gô Rijû, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Zaitsu, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 23

34. Dokufu Takahashi Oden (1958)

74 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Atmospheric and full of great performances.

Director: Nobuo Nakagawa | Stars: Katsuko Wakasugi, Jûzaburô Akechi, Tetsurô Tanba, Akira Nakamura

Votes: 79

35. Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable (1973)

Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Matsu is sheltered by an incestuous prostitute on her run from the police, her ex-prison mate and a cop whose arm she hacked off.

Director: Shun'ya Itô | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Reisen Ri, Yayoi Watanabe

Votes: 1,260

36. 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: 235

38. Tsuchi (1939)

142 min | Drama

The setting is that of a farming family in Ibaraki from where also the originating writers hailed. The film depicts the events of a year during the Meiji era and occurrences and actualities... See full summary »

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Isamu Kosugi, Akiko Kazami, Donguriboya, Kaichi Yamamoto

Votes: 54

39. Nippon dorobô monogatari (1965)

117 min | Comedy

Gisuke is an illegal dentist by day and a thief by night. One night during an attempted robbery he witnesses a derailment. Later communists are found guilty of the incident, but he knows it was not them.

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yûnosuke Itô, Shin'ichi Chiba, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 26

40. 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: 14,350

41. Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Drama

A samurai travels to Edo with his two servants. On their way, they meet many people and encounter great injustice.

Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa, Yuriko Tashiro

Votes: 592

43. Afraid to Die (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime