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1. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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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: 18,024

2. Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.9
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The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

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

Votes: 5,699

3. Black Cat (1968)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Horror

7.7
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Two women are raped and killed by samurai soldiers. Soon they reappear as vengeful ghosts who seduce and brutally murder the passing samurai.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satô, Rokkô Toura

Votes: 7,028

4. Pastoral: To Die in the Country (1974)

104 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A young boys' coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes the recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Keiko Niitaka, Masumi Harukawa, Kan Mikami

Votes: 1,754

5. Branded to Kill (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.3
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After a badly done assignment, a hitman finds himself in conflict with his organisation, and one mysterious and dangerous fellow-hitman in particular.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Mariko Ogawa, Annu Mari, Kôji Nanbara

Votes: 8,712

6. Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets (1971)

137 min | Drama, Music

7.8
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An angst-ridden teen dealing with his dysfunctional family hits the streets. The story is inter-cut with various psychedelic, energetic vignettes.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Eimei Sasaki, Masahiro Saito, Yukiko Kobayashi, Fudeko Tanaka

Votes: 1,809

7. This Transient Life (1970)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

7.7
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Near a remote Buddhist monastery, a young man falls in love with his sister and gets her pregnant. After a monk finds out, the young man becomes an assistant to a master sculptor, only to proceed to complicate matters with his affairs.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Michiko Tsukasa, Ryô Tamura, Eiji Okada, Isao Sasaki

Votes: 1,023

8. Gate of Flesh (1964)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

7.4
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An injured thief on the run finds sanctuary within a brothel of united, ruthless women.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Jô Shishido, Kôji Wada, Yumiko Nogawa, Tomiko Ishii

Votes: 2,967

9. The Naked Island (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

8.1
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A family of four are the sole inhabitants of a small island, where they struggle each day to irrigate their crops.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Shinji Tanaka, Masanori Horimoto

Votes: 5,352

10. Eros + Massacre (1969)

Not Rated | 216 min | Biography, Drama

7.7
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Two interwoven stories. The first is a biography of anarchist Sakae Osugi which follows his relationship with three women in the 1920s. The second centers around two 1960s' students researching Osugi's theories.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Toshiyuki Hosokawa, Yûko Kusunoki, Kazuko Inano

Votes: 2,077

11. Demons (1971)

134 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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After being robbed by a geisha, a ronin warrior carves a bloody path to seek revenge.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto | Stars: Katsuo Nakamura, Juro Kara, Yasuko Sanjo, Masao Imafuku

Votes: 2,086

12. Bitter End of a Sweet Night (1961)

85 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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An opportunistic department store clerk gets involved with three women and attempts to manipulate them so he can move up the social ladder.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Michiko Saga, Teruyo Yamagami, Sumiko Hidaka

Votes: 228

13. The Ceremony (1971)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya

Votes: 1,043

14. Death by Hanging (1968)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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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: 2,639

15. Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama

7.7
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An engineer from Tokyo arrives on a drought-ridden tropical island to drill a well to power a nearby sugar mill. He meets the inbred Futori family, hated by the locals for breaking religious customs.

Director: Shohei Imamura | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Hideko Okiyama, Kanjûrô Arashi

Votes: 1,604

16. Double Suicide (1969)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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A doomed love between a paper merchant and a courtesan.

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

Votes: 2,250

17. Go, Go, Second Time Virgin (1969)

65 min | Drama

7.4
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After being raped in an unknown rooftop, nineteen year-old girl Poppo meets a mysterious boy, and both share their sexual traumas and fears, with fatal consequences.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Mimi Kozakura, Michio Akiyama, Yôko Yamamoto, Hiroshi Imaizumi

Votes: 2,478

18. Gushing Prayer: A 15-Year-Old Prostitute (1971)

72 min | Drama

5.5
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A young girl, already a jaded sexual veteran, embarks on an odyssey of self-discovery to find out the true reasons for her dissatisfaction and total desensitization.

Directors: Masao Adachi, Haruhiko Arai | Stars: Aki Sasaki, Hiroshi Saitô, Makiko Kim, Yûji Aoki

Votes: 344

19. Cruel Story of Youth (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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A harsh young man seduces a freeloading young woman and eventually takes advantage of her knack for hitch-hiking to rob middle-class men.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Yûsuke Kawazu, Yoshiko Kuga, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 2,260

20. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (1968)

X | 87 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A teenage goldsmith with a dark past tragically falls in love with a young nude model.

Director: Susumu Hani | Stars: Haruo Asanu, Kazuko Fukuda, Kuniko Ishii, Ichirô Kimura

Votes: 803

21. Heroic Purgatory (1970)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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An engineer's wife returns home with a lost teenager. A man posing as her dad tries to get her back, causing the engineer to recall his youth as a revolutionary, obscured by dreamlike disruptions of time and space, fantasy and reality.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Kaizo Kamoda, Kazumi Tsutsui, Naho Kimura

Votes: 688

22. The Sun's Burial (1960)

87 min | Crime, Drama

7.0
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In Osaka's slum, capricious folks without futures engage in pilfering, assault and robbery, prostitution, and the trading of ID cards and blood.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kayoko Honoo, Kôji Nakahara, Masahiko Tsugawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 863

23. Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1971)

72 min | Drama

6.1
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A subversive short film from director Shuuji Terayama.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Goro Abashiri, Tarô Apollo, Shiro Demaemochi, Mitsufumi Hashimoto

Votes: 670

24. Good-for-Nothing (1960)

88 min | Action, Crime

6.9
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A bored young student falls for the young secretary of his rich friend's father. She senses some good in him and tries to make him discard his aimless lifestyle.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Masahiko Tsugawa, Hizuru Takachiho, Yûsuke Kawazu, Junichiro Yamashita

Votes: 358

25. Samurai Spy (1965)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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The legendary samurai Sasuke Sarutobi gets caught in a web of political intrigue, deception and espionage during the early 17th century.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Hiroshi Aoyama, Jun Hamamura, Osamu Hitomi, Minoru Hodaka

Votes: 1,672

26. Violated Angels (1967)

56 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

7.2
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A young man breaks into a nurse's rooming house and one-by-one kills off nurses.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Juro Kara, Keiko Koyanagi, Miki Hayashi, Ayako Kidowaki

Votes: 1,501

27. Mandara (1971)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama

6.7
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Two student couples stumble upon a cult dedicated to promoting the primordial human state through rape and agriculture.

Director: Akio Jissôji | Stars: Kôji Shimizu, Akiko Mori, Ryô Tamura, Hiroko Sakurai

Votes: 368

28. One Way Ticket to Love (1960)

82 min | Drama

6.7
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The backstage romances of an egotistical singer and his under-valued manager, a lovelorn bandman and a nude dancer.

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kazuya Kosaka, Noriko Maki, Hideo Asami, Yôji Doki

Votes: 129

29. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)

103 min | Drama

6.6
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Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with their inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Ichirô Araki, Kazuko Tajima, Jûzô Itami, Akiko Koyama

Votes: 743

30. Night and Fog in Japan (1960)

107 min | Drama

6.9
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Long takes and a highly theatrical visual approach combine to form a tense and confrontational look at the decline of a socialist student activists' movement in Japan.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Miyuki Kuwano, Fumio Watanabe, Masahiko Tsugawa, Hiroshi Akutagawa

Votes: 698

31. Boy (1969)

97 min | Drama

7.5
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A young boy reluctantly aids his swindling father in a threatening scam.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Fumio Watanabe, Akiko Koyama, Toshi Amatsu, Tsuyoshi Kinoshita

Votes: 1,564

32. A Wife Confesses (1961)

91 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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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: 547

33. Swastika (1964)

91 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A childless housewife falls in love with a beautiful model.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Kyôko Kishida, Eiji Funakoshi, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 936

34. Ecstasy of the Angels (1972)

89 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.4
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The movie focuses on the actions of a revolutionary movement.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Yoshizawa, Rie Yokoyama, Yuki Aresa, Masao Adachi

Votes: 978

35. Coup d'Etat (1973)

Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Yasuo Miyake, Akiko Kurano, Tadahiko Sugano

Votes: 456

36. Afraid to Die (1960)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

6.5
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Takeo is a young yakuza who renounces his former criminal activities after being released from prison. But sometimes escaping the past is not so easy.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Yukio Mishima, Ayako Wakao, Eiji Funakoshi, Takashi Shimura

Votes: 530

37. Woman of the Lake (1966)

102 min | Drama

7.3
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A married woman lets her lover take naked pictures of her. The photos end up in possession of a man who starts blackmailing the couple.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Tamotsu Hayakawa, Keiko Natsu

Votes: 631

38. The Man Who Put His Will on Film (1970)

94 min | Drama

7.0
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A metaphysical mystery involving a university student's camera getting stolen, and the thief then committing suicide. Looking back upon the event, the situation comes to be questioned if it happened at all.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kazuo Goto, Sukio Fukuoka, Kenichi Fukuda, Hiroshi Isogai

Votes: 653

39. A Man Vanishes (1967)

130 min | Documentary

7.2
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92 Metascore

Plastics salesman Oshima disappeared without a word to anyone, and has been missing for two years. Shohei Imamura and his crew follow Oshima's fiancé Yoshie and actor Shigeru Tsuyuguchi as they investigate the disappearance.

Director: Shohei Imamura | Stars: Yoshie Hayakawa, Shohei Imamura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Votes: 726

40. Blood Is Dry (1960)

87 min | Drama

7.1
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An insurance company employee threatens suicide after a massive layoff is announced by the management. The company takes advantage of his threat by turning it into an advertising campaign.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Keiji Sada, Kaneko Iwasaki, Shin'ichirô Mikami, Mari Yoshimura

Votes: 221

41. The Human Bullet (1968)

116 min | Drama, War

7.3
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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: 401

42. Clouds at Sunset (1967)

106 min | Drama

7.8
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Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Shima Iwashita, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kei Satô, Mayumi Ogawa

Votes: 24

43. Silence Has No Wings (1966)

100 min | Drama

7.2
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Following the journey of a caterpillar along the Japanese islands from Nagasaki to Hokkaido, this allegorical and oblique first feature film by Kuroki depicts in exquisite images a series of encounters and life's turning points.

Director: Kazuo Kuroki | Stars: Mariko Kaga, Hiroyuki Nagato, Shôichi Ozawa, Fumio Watanabe

Votes: 395

44. Affairs Within Walls (1965)

74 min | Drama

7.4
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Japan, 1960. In a housing complex, a young introverted student observes his neighbors through a telescope. The voyeurism of a young man isolated and gloomy, will cause an explosion of madness.

Director: Kôji Wakamatsu | Stars: Hiroko Fujino, Kazuko Kanô, Aya Mine, Michito Suzuki

Votes: 530

45. A Town of Love and Hope (1959)

62 min | Drama

7.1
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A young man runs a scam selling pigeons that always return to his home. A rich girl takes an interest in him and tries to help him find a good job.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Fumio Watanabe, Yuki Tominaga, Kakuko Chino, Yûko Mochizuki

Votes: 500

46. Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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Story of a bookstore thief named Birdey who is led through various adventures in Tokyo's Shinjuku district by salesgirl Umeko.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Tadanori Yokoo, Rie Yokoyama, Moichi Tanabe, Tetsu Takahashi

Votes: 724

47. Dear Summer Sister (1972)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

6.4
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Story is about a Tokyo girl looking round Okinawa island for her long-lost brother and finding he is the tourist guide with whom she has had an affair.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Hiromi Kurita, Shôji Ishibashi, Lily, Hôsei Komatsu

Votes: 178

48. With Beauty and Sorrow (1965)

106 min | Drama, Romance

6.8
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Long before the events of the movie Ôki, who was approaching middle age, had a relation to 16-year-old Otoko. She got pregnant, but the child was stillborn. Their relation stopped at the ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Kaoru Yachigusa, Mariko Kaga, Sô Yamamura, Kei Yamamoto

Votes: 268

49. Day-Dream (1964)

92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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While under sedation in a dentist's office, a young art student has sex fantasies about naked women, vampires and a beautiful patient he saw in the office.

Director: Tetsuji Takechi | Stars: Kanako Michi, Akira Ishihama, Chôjûrô Hanakawa, Yasuko Matsui

Votes: 216

50. A Story Written with Water (1965)

120 min | Drama

7.3
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A young man who's about to marry is torn between his fiancée and the love for his mother. His past, dreams and desires unfold simultaneously.

Director: Yoshishige Yoshida | Stars: Mariko Okada, Yasunori Irikawa, Ruriko Asaoka, Isao Yamagata

Votes: 355



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