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Japanuary Challenge 2022 🇯🇵

Hello, friends! The Japanuary challenge is back! The primary purpose of the challenge is to guide people through the world of Japanese cinema. This list presents many of the most significant Japanese directors and captivating genres as individual categories, with the hope that anyone who participates in the challenge watches a film from a different category each day.

Now, the structure of Japanuary 2022 mirrors that of the 2021 challenge; however, I have made one significant adjustment. Last year, a mix of genres and directors rounded out the 31 categories. This year, there are 31 "main" categories, all of which are directors. I made this change because many extraordinarily influential and exciting directors I feel the list should highlight are…

  • Seven Samurai

    1

  • Rashomon

    2

  • Yojimbo

    3

  • Ikiru

    4

  • High and Low

    5

  • Spirited Away

    6

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    7

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    8

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    9

  • Princess Mononoke

    10

  • Shoplifters

    11

  • Still Walking

    12

  • Nobody Knows

    13

  • Like Father, Like Son

    14

  • Maborosi

    15

  • The Naked Island

    16

  • Onibaba

    17

  • Kuroneko

    18

  • Children of Hiroshima

    19

  • Tree Without Leaves

    20

  • Cure

    21

  • Pulse

    22

  • Tokyo Sonata

    23

  • Before We Vanish

    24

  • Wife of a Spy

    25

  • Ichi the Killer

    26

  • Audition

    27

  • Gozu

    28

  • Dead or Alive

    29

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris

    30

  • Tokyo Story

    31

  • Late Spring

    32

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    33

  • Early Summer

    34

  • Tokyo Twilight

    35

  • An Actor's Revenge

    36

  • Fires on the Plain

    37

  • The Burmese Harp

    38

  • The Makioka Sisters

    39

  • Conflagration

    40

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    41

  • Tokyo Fist

    42

  • Bullet Ballet

    43

  • Kotoko

    44

  • A Snake of June

    45

  • House

    46

  • Labyrinth of Cinema

    47

  • Hanagatami

    48

  • The Rocking Horsemen

    49

  • His Motorbike, Her Island

    50

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    51

  • Boy

    52

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    53

  • Death by Hanging

    54

  • The Ceremony

    55

  • Woman in the Dunes

    56

  • The Face of Another

    57

  • Pitfall

    58

  • The Man Without a Map

    59

  • Ako

    60

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    61

  • Love Exposure

    62

  • Suicide Club

    63

  • Antiporno

    64

  • Tokyo Tribe

    65

  • Branded to Kill

    66

  • Tokyo Drifter

    67

  • Story of a Prostitute

    68

  • Gate of Flesh

    69

  • Youth of the Beast

    70

  • Harakiri

    71

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    72

  • Samurai Rebellion

    73

  • Kwaidan

    74

  • The Inheritance

    75

  • Profound Desires of the Gods

    76

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    77

  • Pigs and Battleships

    78

  • Black Rain

    79

  • The Ballad of Narayama

    80

  • Fireworks

    81

  • Sonatine

    82

  • Kikujiro

    83

  • A Scene at the Sea

    84

  • Kids Return

    85

  • Battle Royale

    86

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    87

  • Cops vs. Thugs

    88

  • Graveyard of Honor

    89

  • Street Mobster

    90

  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

    91

  • Yearning

    92

  • Two in the Shadow

    93

  • Sound of the Mountain

    94

  • Floating Clouds

    95

  • Mr. Thank You

    96

  • Ornamental Hairpin

    97

  • Japanese Girls at the Harbor

    98

  • The Masseurs and a Woman

    99

  • Children of the Beehive

    100