10 Japanese Movies You Must See!

You want to discover great japanese movies but you don’t know where to begin?

Here we go!

#10 – Tetsuo / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: Tetsuo (1988, Shinya Tsukamoto)

# Bottom line: The kind-of live version of Otomo’s animated masterpiece Akira, a cyberpunk manifesto full of crazy ideas you’d have never thought about. That’s pure indie-undeground movie.

# Review: MidnightEye
# From the same director: Tokyo Fist
# Trailer:

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#09 – Funeral Parade of Roses / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: Funeral Parade of Roses (1969, Toshio Matsumoto)

# Bottom line: Just so you know, A Clockwork Orange “borrowed” some ideas from Funeral Parade of Roses. Yep, even Kubrick was inspired by Japanese movies! And especially by this is gay version of Oedipus Rex set in Tokyo, 1960s.

# Review: MidnightEye
# From the same director: Shura
# Trailer – NSFW:

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#08 – Graveyard of Honor / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: Graveyard of Honor (1975, Kinji Fukasaku)

# Bottom line: Before Battle Royale, there was this nihilistic-violent-bloody yakuza movie where hope, honor and dream are just dead. One of the best japanese crime movie ever made!

# Review: DVDVerdict
# From the same director: Under the flag of the rising sun
# Trailer

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#07 – The Great Killing / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: The Great Killing (1964, Eiichi Kudo)

# Bottom line: Imagine a violent samurai showdown shoot like French Connection, a story a la The Battle of Algiers, and that should give you a glimpse of what you’ll experience with The Great Killing!

# Review: MidnightEye
# From the same director: 13 Assassins (Takashi Miike directed the remake)

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#06 – The Man Who Stole The Sun / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: The Man Who Stole The Sun (1979, Kazuhiko Hasegawa)

# Bottom line: The Japanese Taxi Driver, except here, it’s about a young teacher who is building his homemade A-Bomb in order to threaten his government & his society. Quite amazing.

# Review: MidnightEye
# From the same director: The Youth Killer
# Trailer:

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#05 – Branded to Kill / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: Branded to Kill (1967, Seijun Suzuki)

# Bottom line: Remember Ghost Dog? Well, Jarmusch was deeply influenced by Branded to Kill, an abstract and insane yakuza movie with a killer who wants to be number 1! The film was so strange, the director got fired!

# Review: KFC Cinema
# From the same director: Tattooed Life
# Trailer:

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#04 – The Streetfighter / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: The Streetfighter (1974, Shigehiro Ozawa)

# Bottom line: In True Romance, the main character met his soulmate at the movie theater, watching The Streetfighter! A pure badass movie with no limits in violence! One might say, the crazy japanese version of Bruce Lee.

# Review: KFC Cinema
# With the same actor: The Shogun’s Samurai
# Trailer:

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#03 – Female Prisoner Scorpion / IMDB Rating:

Top Japanese Movies: Female Prisoner Scorpion (1972, Shunya Ito)

# Bottom line: One of the best women in prison film! It’s violent, visually astonishing, even anarchistic. With Meiko Kaji, the Lady Snowblood actress, as a cold-blood prisoner.

# Review: Sarudama
# From the same director: Female Convict Scorpion Jailhouse 41
# Trailer:

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#02 – Red Angel / IMDB Rating :

Top Japanese Movies: Red Angel (1966, Yazuso Masumura)

# Bottom line: The cruelty of war seen through the eyes of a beautiful, naive and dedicated nurse. Don’t expect a tear-jerking drama or pathos, it’s a very pessimistic, dry and sad story! With some real shocking scenes…

# Review: MidnightEye
# From the same director: The Blind Beast
# Trailer:

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#01 – Hitokiri (Tenchu!) / IMDB Rating :

Top Japanese Movies: Hitokiri - Tenchu ! (1969, Hideo Gosha)

# Bottom line: This is how the samurai film genre ends. Fights without honor or humanity, blood everywhere… Best known for Yukio Mishima harakiri scene. But also one of the most underrated classics from Japan!

# Review : MidnightEye
# From the same director: The Wolves
# Clip:

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So, what would you recommend?



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