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.