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Essential Japanese Movies of All Time

The Japanese cinema industry is one of the few industries that still has a huge impact on the world cinema, keeping its own brand and characteristics while adding several other genres and features that enrich their cinema even more. They didn't show contentment and conformation to the classic; they maintain a very respectful in-view to the classic directors, actors, genres and movies, but they also added to that list a series of new directors and actors that become more and more famous, nationally and internationally.
This list tries to show the essential films of the Japanese industry, both classics and modern. I call your attention that there are NO ANIMES, I have to admit my ignorance towards that type of industry. I'm not a fan of Animes, although they are a big part of Japanese industry nowadays. I rather prefer to watch real actors with real emotions and real speeches, thus I decided not to include any Animes in this list.
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Seven Samurai (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
2
Rashomon (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
3
Harakiri (1962)
Harakiri (1962)
4
Tokyo Story (1953)
Tokyo Story (1953)
5
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
6
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (1959)
7
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959)
8
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
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9
Nobody Knows (2004)
Nobody Knows (2004)
10
Ugetsu (1953)
Ugetsu (1953)
11
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
12
Pitfall (1962)
Pitfall (1962)
13
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
Funeral Parade of Roses (1969)
14
Fires on the Plain (1959)
Fires on the Plain (1959)
15
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
16
The Sword of Doom (1966)
The Sword of Doom (1966)
17
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
18
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (1973)
19
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 4: Police Tactics (1974)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 4: Police Tactics (1974)
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The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode (1974)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode (1974)
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21
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
22
The Face of Another (1966)
The Face of Another (1966)
23
Intentions of Murder (1964)
Intentions of Murder (1964)
24
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
25
Departures (2008)
Departures (2008)
26
A Fugitive From the Past (1965)
A Fugitive From the Past (1965)
27
Floating Clouds (1955)
Floating Clouds (1955)
28
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
29
The Taste of Tea (2004)
The Taste of Tea (2004)
30
Goyokin (1969)
Goyokin (1969)
31
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
32
High and Low (1963)
High and Low (1963)
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33
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
34
Children of Hiroshima (1952)
Children of Hiroshima (1952)
35
Fireworks (1997)
Fireworks (1997)
36
Love and Honor (2007)
Love and Honor (2007)
37
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)
38
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)
39
Onibaba (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
40
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
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