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.
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].
In 1989, Bunshun Bunko asked 372 people to vote for their favorite Japanese films. They used a point system to compile a list of the top 150 films, which they published in a [url=http://www.amazon.co.jp/大アンケートによる日本映画ベスト150-文春文庫―ビジュアル版-文芸春秋/dp/4168116093]book[/url]. See the [url=http://homepage1.nifty.com/cw/eiga-besuto150.htm]list source[/url] for an extended list and the point totals for each film.
Missing from IMDb:
A list of all animated movies nominated for an Award of the Japanese Academy. All five nominees receive the recognition "Excellent Animation of the Year", of which one is awarded "Best Animation of the Year".
1–9: Award winners ("Best Animation of the Year")
10–45: Other nominees ("Excellent Animation of the Year")
The Japanese New Wave is the term for a group of Japanese filmmakers emerging from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. The term also refers to their work, in a loose creative movement within Japanese film, from a similar time period.—Wikipedia
List created by arsaib
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].
Pink film (ピンク映画 Pinku eiga or Pink eiga?) is a style of Japanese softcore pornographic theatrical film. Films of this genre first appeared in the early 1960s, and dominated the Japanese domestic cinema from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s. In the 1960s, the pink films were largely the product of small, independent studios. In the 1970s, some of Japan’s major studios, facing the loss of their theatrical audience, took over the pink film. With their access to higher production-values and talent, some of these films became critical and popular successes. Though the appearance of the AV (adult video) took away most of the pink film audience in the 1980s, films in this genre are still being produced.”—Wikipedia
List created by Erdiawan Putra
These are the 100 most voted movies with Japanese language listed on IMDb that also has Japan as country of origin. The list shows which movies have generated the most votes on IMDb and therefore can be said to be the most "popular", but not necessarily the best. An essential list for any fan of Japanese cinema. Last updated 14.10.13.
List of Japanese pre-1960s films available online with and without subtitles.
[b]With subtitles:[/b] 1-407
[b]Missing from IMDb:[/b]
Japanese Anime Classic Collection (1928 - 1933)
The Roots of Japanese Anime until the End of WWII (1930 - 1942)
Kanjincho Onoe Kikugoro VI - Kabuki (1943)
[b]Not listed (debatable):[/b]
Reginald Barker - The Wrath of the Gods (1914)
William Worthington - The Dragon Painter (1919)
Joseonhaehyeob AKA Straits of Chosun (1943)
Jiweonbyeong AKA Volunteer (1941)
[url=http://www.imdb.com/list/mhLmvY1_Xb8/]See 1950s films with subtitles missing from IMDb / not listed here.[/url]
[b]Without subtitles:[/b] 408-
[b]Missing from IMDb:[/b]
Minoru Shibuya - Haha to ko AKA Mother and Child (1938)
Hiroshi Shimizu - Joi no kiroku AKA Record of a Woman Doctor (1941)
Tomiyasu Ikeda - Iga no suigetsu (1942)
Abe Yutaka - Moyuru Ozora (1940)
Watanabe Kunio - Kessen No Oozora e (1943)
Daisuke Ito - Miyamoto Mushashi: Duel at Kongo-in Temple (1943)
Saeki Kiyoshi - Zenigata Heiji Covers All of Edo (1949)
Saeki Kiyoshi - Zenigata Heiji: 808 Street (1949)
Special Attack Army Squadron 18 (1945) (Allied and Japanese newsreel footage)
Akira Nobuchi - Yurei Ressha AKA Ghost Train (1949)
Noburo Ofuji Film Works (1926 - 1956)
Kenzo Masaoka Works (1934-1950)
[b]Not listed (debatable):[/b]
Our Job in Japan (1945)
[url=http://www.imdb.com/list/dpV7JvvgQDw/]See 1950s films without subtitles missing from IMDb / not listed here.[/url]
2014-09-28 - Removed animation shorts
A list of films which include monsters as the main plot, these films include such creatures as extraterrestrial aliens, giant animals, Kaiju (the Japanese counterpart of giant animals, but they can also be machines and plants), mutants, supernatural creatures, or creatures from folklore, such as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. These movies usually fall into the science fiction, fantasy and/or horror genres.
May not include all films which feature monsters as some are lost or just to obscure to be known.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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]
A(n eventually) complete list of films featuring giant monsters, most notably of the "kaiju" variety.
The list is a work in progress. If you do not see a film that should appear on it, please comment and it will be added ASAP.
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. #1s Love Exposure and United Red Army appeared on 5 lists each. This is a list of every film that appeared on at least 1 list.
The Ōfuji Noburō Award is one of the awards at the Mainichi Film Concours, and it honor excellence in Japanese animation.
In the 1980s, big budget films started to dominate the award. In 1989, they established the Animation Grand Award to reward big budget films, which allowed the Ōfuji Noburō Award to focus on lower budget independent films.
Missing from IMDb:
The Chair (1964)
Two Pikes (1961)
The Ugly Duckling (1968)
The Kindly Lion (1970)
The Flower and the Mole (1970)
Home, My Home (1970)
Tenma no Torayan (1971)
Praise be to Small Ills (1973)
The Water Seed (1975)
Towards the Rainbow (1977)
The Magic Fox (1982)
Mizu no Sei Kappa Hyakuzu (1998)
The Moon that Fell into the Sea (2013)
Crazy Little Thing (2014)
Keisuke Kinoshita (木下 惠介 Kinoshita Keisuke, December 5, 1912 – December 30, 1998) was a Japanese film director.
Although lesser known internationally than his fellow filmmakers such as Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Yasujirō Ozu, Keisuke Kinoshita was nonetheless a household figure at home beloved by audience and critics alike, especially in the forties through the sixties. He was also prolific, turning out some 42 films in the first 23 years of his career.