20 Great Contemporary Japanese Crime Movies

Although not as frequently as the Koreans, Japanese still manage to turn up a number of crime films, mostly based on the plethora of novels of the genre that are published in the country, as much as on actual stories. The Yakuza theme, that was so common in Japanese cinema during the previous decades, is no longer at large and organized crime has given its place to the individual one; however, the quality has not deteriorated at the least, and as we are about to see in the list below, a number of masterpieces of the category are still being shot.

With a focus on diversity, here are 10 great Japanese films, in chronological order, where crime is the main element of the story. Some of the movies use crime (and/or violence) as a base to present various social comments, but I think these too have a place in this list.
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