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Japan - top 100 if Ozu, Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Naruse excluded - SCFZ poll

At SCFZ, we conducted a poll to discover our community's favourite films from Japan, and the results of that poll are here:

letterboxd.com/fliptrotsky/list/top-100-japanese-films-scfz-poll/

The films of four directors - Akira Kurosawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Mikio Naruse and Kenji Mizoguchi - made up almost half of that list. So to highlight some more films by lesser-known directors, I thought it might be interesting to use the poll ballots to make another top 100 list, which purposely excluded Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Naruse. So here it is, SCFZ's favourite Japanese films when the country's four most famous directors are left out.

the top ten:
1. Woman of the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
2. Ornamental Hairpin (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1941)
3. Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi, 1962)…

  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Ornamental Hairpin
  • Harakiri
  • Humanity and Paper Balloons
  • An Inn at Osaka
  • Spirited Away
  • Mr. Thank You
  • The Sword of Doom
  • The Masseurs and a Woman
  • Onibaba
  • Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Red Angel
  • Fires on the Plain
  • Where Chimneys Are Seen
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • The Naked Island
  • A Fugitive from the Past
  • Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Fire Festival
  • Linda Linda Linda
  • Crazed Fruit
  • A.K.A. Serial Killer
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Kwaidan
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • The Burmese Harp
  • Children of the Beehive
  • Still Walking
  • Eureka
  • Maborosi
  • Pale Flower
  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era
  • A Page of Madness
  • Battle Royale
  • Kuroneko
  • Like Someone in Love
  • She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • The Pornographers
  • The Face of Another
  • Four Seasons of Children
  • Muddy River
  • Boy
  • Mr. Shosuke Ohara
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Elegy of the North
  • Death by Hanging
  • Assassination
  • The Heart
  • Pitfall
  • Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • Fireworks
  • Children in the Wind
  • Kisses
  • The Warped Ones
  • Love Exposure
  • Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Only Yesterday
  • Sonatine
  • Princess Mononoke
  • The Wind Rises
  • Home from the Sea
  • Conflagration
  • Blue Spring
  • Carmen Comes Home
  • Our Neighbor, Miss Yae
  • The Sun's Burial
  • Seisaku's Wife
  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
  • After Life
  • Audition
  • Pigs and Battleships
  • The Insect Woman
  • Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji
  • Giants and Toys
  • Pom Poko
  • The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman
  • The Dancing Girl of Izu
  • Notes of an Itinerant Performer
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • The Ball at the Anjo House
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Branded to Kill
  • This Transient Life
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • When Marnie Was There
  • Who's Camus Anyway?
  • Demons
  • Dr. Akagi
  • Japanese Girls at the Harbor
  • A Story Written with Water
  • Blind Beast
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • Intentions of Murder
  • Violence at Noon
  • Goyokin
  • The Man Who Left His Will on Film