Kinema Junpo's Greatest Japanese Films

Kinema Junpo is Japan's oldest and premiere cinema magazine. Once a decade they poll Japanese critics to name the best Japanese films of all time. 2009 was their biggest poll yet, with just short of 200 films listed

Its interesting to see how a country's critics see their own cinema and how it contrasts with western tastes in Japanese moves (I.e, few samurai films and anime). Also notable how DVD companies like Criterion can shape Japanese "canon" in the west just by what they've made available.

The poll is broken into tiers of several ties. The last tie is a little odd, with films from almost every year being represented. I wish I could find more info on how the…

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  • Tokyo Story

    1

  • Seven Samurai

    2

  • Floating Clouds

    3

  • A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era

    4

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    5

  • Twenty-Four Eyes

    6

  • Rashomon

    7

  • Sazen Tange and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo

    8

  • The Man Who Stole the Sun

    9

  • The Family Game

    10

  • Stray Dog

    11

  • Typhoon Club

    12

  • Ikiru

    13

  • Suzaki Paradise: Red Light

    14

  • High and Low

    15

  • A Fugitive from the Past

    16

  • Harakiri

    17

  • Intentions of Murder

    18

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    19

  • The Castle of Sand

    20

  • Bitterness of Youth

    21

  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    22

  • Humanity and Paper Balloons

    23

  • Yojimbo

    24

  • Fighting Elegy

    25

  • Fall Guy

    26

  • Boiling Point

    27

  • Ugetsu

    28

  • The Crucified Lovers

    29

  • She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum

    30

  • Flowing

    31

  • Samurai Vendetta

    32

  • Branded to Kill

    33

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    34

  • Zigeunerweisen

    35

  • Here's to the Young Lady

    36

  • The Ball at the Anjo House

    37

  • Late Spring

    38

  • Till We Meet Again

    39

  • The Life of Oharu

    40

  • Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji

    41

  • The Lower Depths

    42

  • Stakeout

    43

  • Floating Weeds

    44

  • Good Morning

    45

  • Desperado Outpost

    46

  • Her Brother

    47

  • Cruel Story of Youth

    48

  • The Graceful Brute

    49

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War

    50

  • The Wanderers

    51

  • The Youth Killer

    52

  • Muddy River

    53

  • The Funeral

    54

  • Fire Festival

    55

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    56

  • Cure

    57

  • Noriko's Dinner Table

    58

  • I Was Born, But...

    59

  • What Did the Lady Forget?

    60

  • Singing Lovebirds

    61

  • The Life of Matsu the Untamed

    62

  • Carmen Comes Home

    63

  • The Human Condition

    64

  • The Human Vapor

    65

  • Sanjuro

    66

  • The Insect Woman

    67

  • Pale Flower

    68

  • Yearning

    69

  • Tokyo Drifter

    70

  • Japan's Longest Day

    71

  • Profound Desires of the Gods

    72

  • The Human Bullet

    73

  • Big Time Gambling Boss

    74

  • I, the Executioner

    75

  • Boy

    76

  • Double Suicide

    77

  • Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp

    78

  • Take Care, Red Riding Hood

    79

  • Red Peony Gambler

    80

  • Kaoyaku

    81

  • Wet Sand in August

    82

  • Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers

    83

  • Secret Chronicle: She Beast Market

    84

  • Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro

    85

  • Kagemusha

    86

  • Crazy Thunder Road

    87

  • Crazed Fruit

    88

  • Furuyashiki - A Japanese Village

    89

  • P. P. Rider

    90

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    91

  • The Little Girl Who Conquered Time

    92

  • Love Hotel

    93

  • Ran

    94

  • No More Comics!

    95

  • Castle in the Sky

    96

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    97

  • Moving

    98

  • Sonatine

    99

  • Kids Return

    100