Bunshun Bunko's Top 150 Japanese Films

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In 1989, Bunshun Bunko asked 372 celebrities 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 book. See the list source for an extended list and the point totals for each film.

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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    Ikiru

    1952, in 22 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    Ukigumo

    1955 — a.k.a. Floating Clouds, in 6 top lists Check
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    Kiga kaikyô

    1965 — a.k.a. A Fugitive from the Past, in 4 top lists Check
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    Nijûshi no hitomi

    1954 — a.k.a. Twenty-Four Eyes, in 3 top lists Check
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    Muhomatsu no issho

    1943, in 1 top list Check
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    Bakumatsu taiyôden

    1957 — a.k.a. A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ninjô kami fûsen

    1937 — a.k.a. Humanity and Paper Balloons, in 4 top lists Check
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    Mata au hi made

    1950 — a.k.a. Till We Meet Again, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
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    Suna no utsuwa

    1974 — a.k.a. The Castle of Sand, in 1 top list Check
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    Saikaku ichidai onna

    1952 — a.k.a. The Life of Oharu, in 11 top lists Check
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    Doro no kawa

    1981 — a.k.a. Muddy River, in 5 top lists Check
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    Shiawase no kiiroi hankachi

    1977 — a.k.a. The Yellow Handkerchief, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yôjinbô

    1961 — a.k.a. Yojimbo, in 18 top lists Check
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    Yoidore tenshi

    1948 — a.k.a. Drunken Angel, in 5 top lists Check
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    Banshun

    1949 — a.k.a. Late Spring, in 13 top lists Check
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    Aoi sanmyaku

    1949, in 1 top list Check
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    Jingi naki tatakai

    1973 — a.k.a. Battles Without Honor and Humanity, in 2 top lists Check
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    Bakushû

    1951 — a.k.a. Early Summer, in 7 top lists Check
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    Tengoku to jigoku

    1963 — a.k.a. High and Low, in 14 top lists Check
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    Biruma no tategoto

    1956 — a.k.a. The Burmese Harp, in 10 top lists Check
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    Tsigoineruwaizen

    1980 — a.k.a. Zigeunerweisen, in 4 top lists Check
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    Osôshiki

    1984 — a.k.a. The Funeral, in 2 top lists Check
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    Gojira

    1954 — a.k.a. Godzilla, in 10 top lists Check
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    Otôto

    1960 — a.k.a. Brother, in 2 top lists Check
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    Nippon konchûki

    1963 — a.k.a. The Insect Woman, in 7 top lists Check
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    Chikamatsu monogatari

    1954 — a.k.a. A Story from Chikamatsu, in 8 top lists Check
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    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
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    Buta to gunkan

    1961 — a.k.a. Pigs and Battleships, in 3 top lists Check
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    Otoko wa tsurai yo

    1969 — a.k.a. Am I Trying, in 1 top list Check
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    Anjô-ke no butôkai

    1947, in 3 top lists Check
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    Hadaka no shima

    1960 — a.k.a. The Naked Island, in 5 top lists Check
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    Gion no shimai

    1936 — a.k.a. Sisters of the Gion, in 4 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition I: No Greater Love, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1959 — a.k.a. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, in 7 top lists Check
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    Ningen no jôken

    1961 — a.k.a. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer, in 7 top lists Check
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    Nogiku no gotoki kimi nariki

    1955 — a.k.a. She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kazoku gêmu

    1983 — a.k.a. The Family Game, in 2 top lists Check
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    Kenka erejî

    1966 — a.k.a. Fighting Elegy, in 2 top lists Check
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    Yuki yukite, shingun

    1987 — a.k.a. The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, in 7 top lists Check
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    Chuji tabi nikki: Koshu tate hen

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chuji tabi nikki: Shinshu kessho hen

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chuji Tabinikki Daisanbu Goyohen

    1927, in 1 top list Check
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    Kyûpora no aru machi

    1962 — a.k.a. Foundry Town, in 1 top list Check
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    Seppuku

    1962 — a.k.a. Harakiri, in 13 top lists Check
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    Akanishi Kakita

    1936 — a.k.a. Capricious Young Man, in 2 top lists Check
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    Seishun zankoku monogatari

    1960 — a.k.a. Naked Youth, in 3 top lists Check
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Last updated on Jan 16, 2012; source