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50 Essential Japanese Films

It should be noted that since I assume the majority of those reading this list are English speakers, I am using many of the film's English titles. So unless you can translate 上意討ち 拝領妻始末, you are unfortunately left with the often lazy and hackneyed names that are provided as substitutes.
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13 Assassins (2010)
13 Assassins (2010)
2
Afraid to Die (1960)
Afraid to Die (1960)
3
Blind Beast (1969)
Blind Beast (1969)
4
Blood End (1969)
Blood End (1969)
5
BRANDED TO KILL (1967)
BRANDED TO KILL (1967)
6
Drunken Angel (1948)
Drunken Angel (1948)
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Face of Another
Face of Another
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Fighting Elegy
Fighting Elegy
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9
Good Morning (1959)
Good Morning (1959)
10
Goyokin
Goyokin
11
Graveyard of Honor (1975)
Graveyard of Honor (1975)
12
Hara-Kiri
Hara-Kiri
13
High and Low (1963)
High and Low (1963)
14
Hitokiri
Hitokiri
15
Ikiru (1952)
Ikiru (1952)
16
Kagemusha (1980)
Kagemusha (1980)
17
Kill!
Kill!
18
KWAIDAN (1964)
KWAIDAN (1964)
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Lone Wolf and Cub
Lone Wolf and Cub
20
Manji (2006)
Manji (2006)
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21
Nobody Knows (2004)
Nobody Knows (2004)
22
Onibaba (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
23
Onimasa
Onimasa
24
Pitfall (1962)
Pitfall (1962)
26
Red Beard (1965)
Red Beard (1965)
27
Samurai Assassin (1965)
Samurai Assassin (1965)
28
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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Samurai Spy (1965)
Samurai Spy (1965)
30
Sansho the Balif
Sansho the Balif
31
Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
32
Shinobi No Mono
Shinobi No Mono
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33
Shinsengumi Chronicles (1963)
Shinsengumi Chronicles (1963)
34
Sword of Doom
Sword of Doom
35
Taboo
Taboo
36
Tampopo (1985)
Tampopo (1985)
37
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
39
The Devil'S Temple
The Devil'S Temple
40
The Human Condition (Film Trilogy)
The Human Condition (Film Trilogy)
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