Charts: Lists

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.


  1. Japanese Cyberpunk Cinema's icon

    Japanese Cyberpunk Cinema

    Favs/dislikes: 7:0. A work in progress list of Japanese Cyberpunk films.
  2. Hideo Gosha filmography's icon

    Hideo Gosha filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. The filmography of director Hideo Gosha, the largely unsung hero of samurai cinema. This list includes his entire filmography, from the samurai films early in his career, to the yakuza and geisha films in the latter half of his career.
  3. Ofuji Noburo Award for Best Animated Film's icon

    Ofuji Noburo Award for Best Animated Film

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. 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: Murder (1964) 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)
  4. Paste's 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time's icon

    Paste's 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. What is it about the samurai that captivates Westerners? The armor and swords, the reverent attitude and the reputation for supreme competence in warfare are all pretty impressive, but they don’t get to the heart of it. I believe it might be that at the core of every samurai is the code of bushido, the feudal Japanese equivalent of chivalry, with its one edict above all else: If the time should call for it, protect your lord with your life. That self-abnegation in service of something greater than oneself is the question at the heart of the works of generation after generation of directors as they revisit the samurai film. And it’s why we’re so excited to present Paste’s list of the 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time. This is a broad genre, just from a the standpoint of how much history falls within it. The American Western falls more or less within the bounds of the 19th Century, yet samurai films offer centuries of warfare, palace intrigue and a drawn-out end of an era for the history and film buff to chew on. Samurai flicks really have something for everyone. Fans of period pieces will love the intricate set design, costuming and portrayals of towering historical figures in the midst of epic conflict. If operatic drama is more your speed, you can sit back and watch committed actors dine upon lavish scenery. Action junkies get to watch riveting combat with cool-looking swords. And fans of film history in general will delight in tracing the lineage of some of the West’s cinematic touchstones to their forebears in the East, as well as some stellar Eastern adaptations of Western canon. It is with solemn bushido reverence that I invite you to join us as we dive into 50 films that exemplify this mightiest of genres. We’ve formed this list with a careful eye toward the classic jidaigeki (Age of Civil War period piece) and chambara (swordfighting) films that typify the genre in Japan, but also to some of the weird and subversive outliers that challenge audience expectations or the mythic idea of the samurai code. And because this genre is so deeply steeped in the history of its homeland, we’ve also arranged this list in a loose sort of historical chronological order and added some context that might help clarify the settings of some of the movies. In the interest of keeping things tight, we’ve excluded anime entries, but for a definitive list that includes some animated samurai action, check out Paste’s 100 Best Anime Films. Published August 2017
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    Samurai Films

    Favs/dislikes: 6:0. A list featuring samurai themed films.
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    Available online with English subtitles: Japan

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Movies released until 2000. Movies released from 2000 onward: Unsubbed:
  7. Essential Japanese New Wave Movies's icon

    Essential Japanese New Wave Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Out of all the “new waves” that sprung up around the world in the wake of France’s revolutionary Nouvelle Vague in the 1960s, perhaps none was as explosive — politically, morally and aesthetically — and offered such a thorough repudiation of what had come before, as Japan’s Nuberu Bagu. While Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura remain far and away the best-known directors associated with this movement, many other filmmakers have been unfairly lurking in their shadows for too long. I therefore limited myself to one title per director in this list of what I consider a dozen essential Japanese New Wave movies.
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    Japanese Top 101 Films

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Personal favorites from Japan. Not in ranking, chronological or alphabetical order. They just are in this order for now.
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    Samurai Films

    Favs/dislikes: 5:0. Films from the book "Samurai Films" by Roland Thorne (2008). ISBN: 9781842432556. This list contains the movies analyzed in Roland Thorne's book.
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    Akio Jissoji

    Favs/dislikes: 4:0. Movies made by Akio Jissoji.
  11. Anidb 50 all time best Anime series's icon

    Anidb 50 all time best Anime series

    Favs/dislikes: 4:1. Best Anime TV series as for Anidb rating (includes OVA) - not my personal opinion.
  12. J-Horror: An Alternative Guide's icon

    J-Horror: An Alternative Guide

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. There's a lot more to Japanese horror than the vengeful, lank-haired spook-girls of Ring, Ju-on and their legion of imitators. Sure, the West may have only recently woken up to its charms, but J-horror has been around for a mighty long time. The first Japanese novel, The Tale of Genji – now nearly a millennium old – is positively packed with ghosts and gruesome revenge. Noh and Kabuki are some of the most haunted theatrical traditions on Earth, and Edo period playwrights were constantly fighting to outdo one another in the gore, murder and supernatural vengeance stakes. Pretty much as soon as the first motion picture camera came off the boat here, someone picked it up and started making horror movies. Jizo the Spook [Bake Jizo] and Resurrection of a Corpse [Shinin no Sosei], both filmed in 1898, predate Nosferatu (1922) by decades. Since then, Japanese horror has come to us in a number of guises: sometimes grotesque, sometimes scary, sometimes erotic, funny or even beautiful. Let's take a look at a few examples...
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    Studio Ghibli

    Favs/dislikes: 3:0. Filmography of the Studio Ghibli
  14. Animeland's Top 100 Japanese Anime Movies's icon

    Animeland's Top 100 Japanese Anime Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. AnimeLand is the first magazine, both historically and in circulation, specializing in the field of manga and animation in France. First a fanzine, made by fans for fans, AnimeLand has become in 25 years a magazine sold throughout France and in French-speaking countries. He is today the reference in terms of treatment of manga and animation news thanks to his freedom of tone and his expert analysis. This collection brings together the 100 Japanese animated films that have made history by specifying its qualities and numerous production anecdotes. Written by a team of experts, in partnership with AnimeLand, this ideal animathèque is as essential for the novice who will be able to discover films according to his tastes as for the die-hard fan who will hasten to take up the challenge of watching the 100 films of the selection.
  15. Contemporary Japanese Movies to watch's icon

    Contemporary Japanese Movies to watch

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0.
  16. Time Out's The 50 Best Japanese Movies of All Time's icon

    Time Out's The 50 Best Japanese Movies of All Time

    Favs/dislikes: 2:0. "Thanks to the likes of Hirokazu Kore-eda, Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Mamoru Hosoda, Japanese cinema is in rude health. It’s the home of one of the greatest filmmakers to ever stride the planet in Akira Kurosawa, but he’s not the only GOAT candidate Japan has produced – heck, there’s a whole field’s worth of them. Yasujirō Ozu, Hayao Miyazaki, Kenji Mizoguchi and the chin-stroking cineaste’s pick, Kon Ichikawa, all deserve a place in the firmament too. Between them, they’ve made a vast contribution to the movie canon and bridged the gap between east and west with classics as varied as Tokyo Story, Seven Samurai and My Neighbor Totoro. The country’s booming silent era gave way to a post-war golden age, which in turn spawned a punky, provocative ’60s New Wave and an explosion in anime. Masterpieces abound, many of them vastly influential in the US and Europe, and a cultural osmosis has seen ideas exchanged between like-minded creators like Kurosawa and John Ford and Studio Ghibli and Pixar. Tarantino and Scorsese are apostles of this remarkable national cinema, and Godzilla continues to roar in Hollywood blockbusters. But there’s so much to get stuck into, it’s not always easy to know where to begin. To coincide with a special Akira Kurosawa season at London’s BFI Southbank, we’ve taken a deep dive into the best of this god-level national cinema. Allow us to take you on a tour of the ultimate Nihon gold nuggets." --Time Out
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    All Time Box Office of Japan

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. This list only accounts for the films' theatrical box office earning and not their ancillary revenues (i.e. home video rental and sales and television broadcast). The following films all have grossed over ¥10 billion in Japan.
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    Asian Movies I Have Watched

    Favs/dislikes: 1:2.
  19. It's Asia time's icon

    It's Asia time

    Favs/dislikes: 1:2.
  20. Ken'ichi Matsuyama Filmography's icon

    Ken'ichi Matsuyama Filmography

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0.
  21. Mamoru Oshii Movies's icon

    Mamoru Oshii Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 1:0. A filmography of eclectic Japanese director Mamoru Oshii, either as director or screenwriter.
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    Favs/dislikes: 0:0. Anime Movies
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    Anime Movies

    Favs/dislikes: 0:0.
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    Favs/dislikes: 0:0.
  25. Hideo Kojima's Closet Picks's icon

    Hideo Kojima's Closet Picks

    Favs/dislikes: 0:0. The pioneering video game designer throws a spotlight on treasures of 1950s and ’60s Japanese cinema. 2023 Criterion Collection feature.
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