Kinema Junpo Awards Winners

The winners of the annual Kinema Junpo Award for best film.

The purpose of this list is to give a spotlight to domestically acclaimed films and thus an alternative way for you to explore japanese cinema, differing mostly from the films best known to western audiences.

Note: In 1931 the award was broken down in two categories: contemporary drama and period drama. Both can be found here, although some lists only include the former.

The notes show the year each film received the award.

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  • The Woman Who Touched The Legs
  • Chuji's Travel Diary III: The Chuji Patrol Episode
  • Samurai Town Story Part II
  • Beheading Place
  • What Made Her Do It?
  • Ōoka Cases Devil's Image - Part One
  • The Neighbor's Wife and Mine
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Passing Fancy
  • A Story of Floating Weeds
  • Wife! Be Like a Rose!
  • Sisters of the Gion
  • Unending Advance
  • Five Scouts
  • Earth
  • Spring on Leper's Island
  • Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family
  • Battle of Hawaii
  • Morning for the Osone Family
  • The Ball at the Anjo House
  • Drunken Angel
  • Late Spring
  • Till We Meet Again
  • Early Summer
  • Ikiru
  • An Inlet of Muddy Water
  • Twenty-Four Eyes
  • Floating Clouds
  • Darkness at Noon
  • Rice
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Kiku and Isamu: Two Siblings Born in Japan
  • Her Brother
  • Bad Boys
  • Being Two Isn't Easy
  • The Insect Woman
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Red Beard
  • The Great White Tower
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • Profound Desires of the Gods
  • Double Suicide
  • Where Spring Comes Late
  • The Ceremony
  • The Long Darkness
  • Tsugaru Folksong
  • Sandakan No. 8
  • Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director
  • The Youth Killer
  • The Yellow Handkerchief
  • Third Base
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Zigeunerweisen
  • Muddy River
  • Fall Guy
  • The Family Game
  • The Funeral
  • And Then
  • The Sea and Poison
  • A Taxing Woman
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Black Rain
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • My Sons
  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don't
  • All Under the Moon
  • A Dedicated Life
  • A Last Note
  • Shall We Dance?
  • The Eel
  • Fireworks
  • Wait and See
  • Face
  • Go
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • A Boy's Summer in 1945
  • Nobody Knows
  • Pacchigi!
  • Hula Girls
  • I Just Didn't Do It
  • Departures
  • Dear Doctor
  • Villain
  • Postcard
  • Our Homeland
  • Pecoross' Mother and Her Days
  • The Light Shines Only There
  • Three Stories of Love
  • In This Corner of the World
  • The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue
  • Shoplifters
  • It Feels So Good
  • Wife of a Spy