This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
Called "the dean of Japan's arts critics" by Time magazine, Richie takes us from the inception of Japanese cinema at the end of the nineteenth century, through the achievements of Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, and Ozu, then on to the notable works of contemporary filmmakers. This revised edition includes analyses of the latest trends in Japanese cinema, such as the revival of the horror genre, and introduces today's up-and-coming directors and their works.
This list is from the 'Selective Guide to Dvds and Videos' included at the back of the book, where Richie provided capsule reviews of the major subtitled Japanese films commercially available in DVD and VHS formats.
A viewer's guide to accompany the book of the same name by Patrick Galloway. The list features every title reviewed in the book, in the order in which they appear.
Please note: Because Galloway includes a review of the American remake of Ringu, I have included it on the list, even though it is obviously not an Asian movie.
Each year, Kinema Junpo magazine publishes a list of the top 10 Japanese films of the year.
This is not the complete list because some of the films are missing from IMDb. You can see a longer list and rankings for each year at the [url=http://www.rinkworks.com/checklist/list.cgi?u=crimsong&U=crimsong&p=kinemajunpotop10s]list source[/url].
This list is from Philip Brophy's book [url=http://filmstore.bfi.org.uk/acatalog/info_178.html]100 Anime[/url] (2005).
"100 Anime is an exploration of the wonderfully complex and beautifully disorienting world of Japanese animation - anime. This expansive and mind-blowing book delves deep into the chaos of meaning gorged by anime's mutation of Eastern/Western themes, images and sounds."
This is not a list of the "100 Greatest Anime." Some of the titles were selected in order to analyze Japanese pop culture and to show how vast the world of anime is. The list is in alphabetical order.
Missing from IMDb:
SD Gundam (1988)
In 1998, Cinemaya asked 34 critics (mostly Asian critics) to list their 10 favorite Asian films. Cinemaya published all of these lists in issue #41 of the magazine. #1 Tokyo Story appeared on 20 of the lists. This is a list of films that appeared on at least 2 lists. See [url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdGNGLXJ5VmtlZl94R015NDNwWEgxbnc]this spreadsheet[/url] for vote counts.
6 of the critics listed "The Apu Trilogy" without specifying an individual film, so I counted each trilogy vote as a vote for all 3 films.
You can see some of the top 10 lists in this [url=http://books.google.com/books?id=lZZ-mxaqP6IC&pg=PT416]Google book preview[/url].
"Pinky Violence" refers to a genre of Japanese action cinema which began in the late 1960's and continued through the mid 1970's. Typically featuring a young female protagonist, these films often told stories of revenge or gangland violence.
Despite the word "pinky", these films were not usually softcore (although a couple of titles toe the line). While certainly characterized by considerable nudity as a means of luring in a waning cinema audience, sex scenes were limited, typically in furtherance of the plot, and extremely mild in comparison to the "Roman Porno" line being produced at Nikkatsu. Instead, the focus is on wild, outrageous action, colorful direction and a spirit of youthful energy.
The genre primarily refers to a line of films released by Toei (one of Japan's major studios), however two series from rival series mirror the sensibilities enough that they are often included: Toho's "Rica" series, and Nikkatsu's "Stray Cat Rock" films. This list is based on the list suggested by KamuiX in his article "The World of Pinky Violence, An Intro." It is grouped by series, rather than chronology, with stand-alone films appearing at the bottom of the list.
IMDB's coverage of Japanese films is not always great. The following films should be on this list, but lack an imdb entry:
Zubekô banchô: Tôkyô nagaremono (AKA Delinquent Girl Boss 2)
Terrifying Girls' High School 4: Animal Courage
All three films in "Joshi Gakuen" series
Hell's Angels: Crimson Roar
This list is from the book [url=http://www.amazon.com/Eros-Plus-Massacre-Introduction-Japanese/dp/0253204690]Eros Plus Massacre: An Introduction to the Japanese New Wave Cinema[/url] (1988) by David Desser
Art Theatre Guild (ATG) was a film production company in Japan that started in 1961 and ran through to the mid-1980s, releasing mostly Japanese New Wave films. ATG began as an independent agency which distributed foreign films in Japan. With the decline of the major Japanese film studios in the 1960s, an "art house" cinema group formed around ATG and the company moved into distributing Japanese works rejected by the major studios. By 1967 ATG was assisting with production costs for a number of new Japanese films. ([url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Theatre_Guild]Wikipedia)[/url]
Associated filmmakers: [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:susumu+hani]Susumu Hani[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:akio+jissoji]Akio Jissoji[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:kazuo+kuroki]Kazuo Kuroki[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:toshio+matsumoto]Toshio Matsumoto[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:nagisa+oshima]Nagisa Oshima[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:masahiro +shinoda]Masahiro Shinoda[/url], [url=https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/?tags=director:shuji+terayama]Shuji Terayama[/url]
See also: [url=http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/japanese+new+wave/zeppo/]Japanese New Wave[/url]
Below are the films that have won over five "industry awards," defined as those awards selected by professionals in the movie business. I limited the pool of film industry bodies to those from the following countries: Australia (AACTA, formerly AFI), China (Golden Horse & Golden Rooster), France (Cesar), Germany (Lola), Great Britain (BAFTA), Italy (Donatello), India (Lotus), Japan (Awards of the Japanese Academy), Mexico (Ariel), Russia (Nika), Sweden (Guldbagge), and the United States (Oscar).
All titles are sorted first by total, then by year of release. The leader (at 23) is "The Last Emperor" with 9 Oscars, 9 Donatellos, 3 BAFTAs, 1 Cesar, and an award from the Japanese Academy.
These are the films that have won more than one best picture award, usually by winning Best Picture in its country of origin, then Best Foreign Film in another. For the sake of this list, I limited the list of recognized industry bodies to those from Australia, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, India, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. In the interest of including all continents, I have made two exceptions to the industry award rule for the Gramado & Ouagadougou Film Festivals.
I included award categories for feature-length animation, but omitted shorts and documentaries. I also included variations on Best Film and Best Foreign Film, such as BAFTA's Outstanding British Film, the Hong Kong award for Best Asian Film, and the Donatello for Best European Film.
All titles are sorted first by number of honors, then year of release. The leader (with 7) is Pedro Almodovar's "All About My Mother", which won the Goya for Best Film plus the Oscar, BAFTA, Cesar, Lola, Donatello, and Guldbagge awards for Best Foreign Film.
This is my personal toplist of Japanese films.
The version presented here is the June 2017 update of my first toplist, which was exactly 2 years old. I originally made a list consisting of 300 titles and published that one on the toplist forum of the Dutch site www.moviemeter.nl.
The 2017 version is a Top 250 and contains 31 new entries: 17/ The Light Shines Only There ; 18/ Journey to the Shore ; 31/ Villain ; 56/ 0.5 mm ; 57/ Samurai ; 60/ That’s It ; 81/ After the Storm ; 87/ Love Hotel ; 89/ Wonderful World End ; 93/ Japanese Girls Never Die ; 104/ Fires on the Plain ; 108/ A Story of Yonosuke ; 134/ Revenge ; 139/ Being Good ; 157/ Yearning ; 158/ Scrap Heaven ; 161/ Petal Dance ; 167/ Hanezu ; 169/ Her Granddaughter ; 170/ The Projects ; 199/ Our Huff and Puff Journey ; 201/ Kabuchiko Love Hotel ; 208/ Au Revoir l’Été ; 209/ To All the Corners of the World ; 214/ The Clone Returns to Homeland ; 226/ Round Trip Heart ; 230 / Three Stories of Love ; 232/ 100-Yen Love ; 241/ Marebito ; 242/ Wild Geese ; 246/ A Bride for Rip Van Winkle 
All movies/series with Zatôichi, the famous blind samurai in the lead.
It includes the original 26 movies, the following tv-series, the Kitano remake/tribute and the latest reboot attempt.
I decided to leave out the American remake Blind Fury (1989).
This list is from Silvia Rins' book [url=http://www.amazon.com/cine-asiatico-Asian-Cinema-Espiritualiudad/dp/8489564523]El cine asiatico/ The Asian Cinema: Espiritualiudad, violencia y erotismo en el cine oriental/ Spirituality, Violence and Eroticism in the Eastern Films[/url] (2007).
At the end of the 2000s, the Midnight Eye crew and regular contributors (7 voters in total) each listed their 10 favorite Japanese films of the decade. This is a list of every film that appeared on at least 1 list.
#1-2: 5 votes
#3: 4 votes
#4-7: 3 votes
#8-18: 2 votes
#19-41: 1 vote
This list is a viewer's guide to Patrick Galloway's book of the same name:
"Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves is a critical guide to over 50 top samurai films, including such masterworks as the Oscar-winning Gate of Hell, Yojimbo (remade five times, including A Fistful of Dollars), the influential Lady Snowblood, and newly released hits like Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi."