100 Favorite Japanese Films

It is very difficult to decide which ones to include and which ones to exclude, and as preferences change over time and new films are seen this list will also change. A ranking would be too difficult, so the list is in chronological order. As this is a very limited selection, I of course consider all the listed films to be masterpieces of the highest order.


Not (yet) in the database:

Chika hiroba "Underground Square" (Keiya Ouchida, 1969)

  • Police Officer
  • The 47 Ronin
  • Rashomon
  • The Lady of Musashino
  • Floating Clouds
  • Kisses
  • Roningai
  • Times of Joy and Sorrow
  • The Blue Sky Maiden
  • The Traveling Ruffian
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • A Wicked Woman
  • Love Letter
  • Endless Desire
  • Age of Nudity
  • A Secret Rendezvous
  • The Warped Ones
  • The Naked Island
  • That Guy and I
  • Sen-hime to Hideyori
  • Sanjuro
  • The Great Wall
  • An Autumn Afternoon
  • When the Snows Fill
  • She and He
  • Samurai Pirate
  • Flora on the Sand
  • Woman in the Dunes
  • Story of a Prostitute
  • Intentions of Murder
  • Manji
  • A Fugitive from the Past
  • Red Angel
  • Tokyo Drifter
  • Seisaku's Wife
  • The Sword of Doom
  • Carmen from Kawachi
  • Fancy Footwork
  • Two in the Shadow
  • Love for an Idiot
  • Samurai Rebellion
  • Nanami: The Inferno of First Love
  • Go, Go Second Time Virgin
  • Kuroneko
  • Aido: Slave of Love
  • Running in Madness, Dying in Love
  • The Girl I Abandoned
  • Horrors of Malformed Men
  • The Wonderful World of Puss 'n Boots
  • Ecstasy of the Angels
  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Beast Stable
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Akumyo: Notorious Dragon
  • Secret Chronicle: She Beast Market
  • Wife to Be Sacrificed
  • A Tale of Labyrinth
  • The Watcher in the Attic
  • Angel Guts: Red Classroom
  • Zoom In: Rape Apartments
  • Shuffle
  • Burst City
  • Golgo 13: The Professional
  • Night on the Galactic Railroad
  • Angel's Egg
  • Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon
  • The Red Spectacles
  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise
  • Grave of the Fireflies
  • Hope and Pain
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • The Master of Shiatsu
  • Violent Cop
  • Tokyo Decadence
  • Basara: Princess Goh
  • Sonatine
  • 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Maborosi
  • Suzaku
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Labyrinth of Dreams
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death and Rebirth
  • Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
  • Charisma
  • Dead or Alive
  • Battle Royale
  • Avalon
  • Spirited Away
  • The Cat Returns
  • Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
  • Blessing Bell
  • Nobody Knows
  • The Hidden Blade
  • Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
  • The Sky Crawlers
  • Love Exposure
  • Cold Fish
  • BAD FILM
  • The Wind Rises