Japanese pre-1960s Films Available Online With English Subtitles

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List of Japanese pre-1960s films available online with subtitles (includes KG, CG, and various online sites).

A large collection of early anime missing from this list: https://animation.filmarchives.jp/en/works

Kono futari ni sachi are (1957): https://archive.org/details/1957-0219
Kinuyo no hatsukoi AKA Kinuyo's First Love (1940): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30PDj20GnUA
Wagahai wa neko de aru AKA I am a Cat (1936): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1DTW4EN4lQ
Kagoya hangan AKA The Palanquin Carrier Magistrate (1935): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVBlVg5fshI
Musashibo Benkei (1942): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yruXdki160o

Lots of fansubbed 30s-40s Japanese movies: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFP7OJp_RJM7HU_0H54GRfQ/videos

In Queue:
Missing from IMDb:
Masanao Abe - Fujisan kumo no ugoki AKA Mount Fuji – The Movement of Clouds (1929) (KG)
Not listed:
Nihon Art Animation Eiga Senshuu (1924-1979)
Kanjincho Onoe Kikugoro VI - Kabuki (1943)
Otello (TV 1959)
Japanese Performance Art, 1956-1970 (Outdoor Gutai Art Exhibition (1956), 2nd Gutai Art Exhibition (1956), Gutai Art on Stage (1957), Gutai Art on Stage (1956))
Ebizo Ichikawa - Narukami (1956) (English commentary)
Sublime Performance Collection of Nohgaku: Kyogen Edition (1959/1969/1974)
Narukami The Priest (1956) (Kabuki play) (English commentary)

Note: First part of Chuji Tabi Nikki is not listed because it is 100% lost. The restoration only has parts 2&3.

2016-09-02 - Finished adding all remaining missing films to IMDb (!). Only some animations shorts remain.
2016-05-19 - Added Japanese Anime Classic Collection (1928 - 1950) (end of list)
Added The Roots of Japanese Anime until the End of WWII (1930 - 1942) (end of list)
2015-07-09 - Removed films without subtitles (too many to keep track of)
2014-09-28 - Removed animation shorts

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    une rue à Tokyo, I

    1898, in 0 top lists Check
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    Katsudô shashin

    1907 — a.k.a. Matsumoto Fragment, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hanasaka-jijii

    1917, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hanawa Hekonai meitô no maki

    1917 — a.k.a. Namakura Gatana, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gôketsu Jiraiya

    1921, in 0 top lists Check
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    Rojô no reikion

    1921 — a.k.a. Souls on the Road, in 1 top list Check
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    Narikin

    1921 — a.k.a. Sanji Goto - The Story of Japanese Enoch Arden, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shibukawa Bangorô

    1922, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kosuzume tôge

    1923, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kemurigusa monogatari

    1924, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kyoiku otogi manga: Usagi to kame

    1924, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gyakuryû

    1924, in 0 top lists Check
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    Pot Luck

    1925, in 0 top lists
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    Kyoiku senga: Ubasute yama

    1925, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shônen bidan: Kiyoki kokoro

    1925, in 0 top lists Check
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    Furusato no uta

    1925 — a.k.a. The Song of Home, in 0 top lists Check
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    Orochi

    1925, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chokon

    1926 — a.k.a. An Unforgettable Grudge, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kirigami zaiku Saiyuki: Songoku monogatari

    1926 — a.k.a. The Story of the Monkey King, in 0 top lists Check
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    Byodoku no denpa

    1926 — a.k.a. Diseases Spread, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bagudajo no tozoku

    1926 — a.k.a. Burglars of 'Baghdad' Castle, in 0 top lists Check
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    Eiga enzetsu: Seiji no rinrika

    1926, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kurutta ippêji

    1926 — a.k.a. A Page of Madness, in 12 top lists Check
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    Sotei-o

    1927, in 0 top lists
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    Mikan-bune

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sarukani-gassen

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chuji Tabinikki Daisanbu Goyohen

    1927, in 2 top lists Check
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    Chuji tabi nikki: Shinshu kessho hen

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dokuro

    1927, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yajikita son'nô no maki

    1927 — a.k.a. Yaji and Kita: Chapter on Royalism, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dobutsu olympic taikai

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Nihonichi Momotarô

    1928 — a.k.a. Momotaro the Undefeated, in 0 top lists Check
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    Chûkon giretsu - Jitsuroku Chûshingura

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Rônin-gai - Dai-ichi-wa: Utsukushiki emono

    1928 — a.k.a. Samurai Town Story Part I, in 1 top list Check
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    Jûjiro

    1928 — a.k.a. Crossroads, in 3 top lists Check
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    Kurama Tengu

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Kurama tengu - Kyôfu jidai

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Raiden

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Sôzenji baba

    1928, in 0 top lists Check
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    Yajikita Toba Fushimi no maki

    1928 — a.k.a. Yaji and Kita: The Battle of Toba Fushimi, in 0 top lists Check
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    Zanjin zanbaken

    1929, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tokkan kozô

    1929 — a.k.a. Straightforward Boy, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gakusei romansu: Wakaki hi

    1929 — a.k.a. Days of Youth, in 0 top lists Check
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    Fue no shiratama

    1929 — a.k.a. Eternal Heart, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wasei kenka tomodachi

    1929 — a.k.a. Fighting Friends, in 0 top lists Check
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    Daigaku wa detakeredo

    1929 — a.k.a. I Graduated, But..., in 0 top lists Check
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    Rônin-gai - Dai-ni-wa: Gakuya-buro - Dai-ippen

    1929, in 0 top lists Check
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    Akeyuku sora

    1929 — a.k.a. The Dawning Sky, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tôkyô kôshinkyoku

    1929 — a.k.a. Tokyo March, in 0 top lists Check
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    Deko-bô no jitensha ryokô

    1930, in 0 top lists Check