Kinema Jumpo’s Top 100 Japanese Movies of All Time!

In 1999, the famous magazine Kinema Jumpo elected the Top 100 best japanese movies ever made:

1. Seven Samurai (1954, Akira Kurosawa)
2. Floating Clouds (1955, Mikio Naruse)
3. A Fugitive from the Past (1965, Tomu Uchida)
4. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
5. The Sun Legend of the End of the Tokugawa Era (1957, Y. Kawashima)
6. Rashomon (1950, Akira Kurosawa)
7. Intentions of Murder (1964, Shohei Imamura)
8. Battles Without Honour & Humanity (1973, Kinji Fukasaku)
9. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954, Keisuke Kinoshita)
10. Tales of Ugetsu (1953, K. Mizoguchi)

11. To Live (1952, Akira Kurosawa)
12. The Life Of Oharu (1952, Kenji Mizoguchi)
13. Vacuum Zone (1952, Satsuo Yamamoto)
14. Harakiri (1962, Masaki Kobayashi)
15. The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979, Kazuhiko Hasegawa)
16. My Neighbor Totoro (1988, Hayao Miyazaki)
17. Muddy River (1981, Kohei Oguri)
18. Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937, Sadao Yamanaka)
19. The Rickshaw Man (1958, Hiroshi Inagaki)
20. Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)

21. Fall Guy (1982, Kinji Fukasaku)
22. Boy (1969, Nagisa Oshima)
23. All Under the Moon (1993, Yoichi Sai)
24. Early Summer (1951, Yasujiro Ozu)
25. Vengeance is mine (1979, Shohei Imamura)
26. Family game (1983, Yoshimitsu Morita)
27. The castle of sand (1974, Yoshitaro Nomura)
28. Cruel Story of Youth (1960, Nagisa Oshima)
29. The Human Condition (1959-61, Masaki Kobayashi)
30. Till We Meet Again (1950, Tadashi Imai)

31. Ichijo Sayuri (1972, Tatsumi Kumashiro)
32. Cupola (1962, Kiriro Urayama)
33. Fighting Elegy (1966, Seijun Suzuki)
34. The Yellow Handkerchief (1977, Yoji Yamada)
35. Shall we Dance? (1995, Masayuki Suo)
36. The Insect Woman (1963, Shohei Imamura)
37. Marital Relations (1955, Shiro Toyoda)
38. Begging for Love (1998, Hideyuki Hirayama)
39. A Woman With Red Hair (1979, Tatsumi Kumashiro)
40. Distant Thunder (1981, Negishi Kichitaro)

41. Graveyard of Honor (1975, Kinji Fukasaku)
42. Sonatine (1993, Takeshi Kitano)
43. High and Low (1963, Akira Kurosawa)
44. Japan’s Longest Day (1967, Kihachi Okamoto)
45. Night and Fog in Japan (1960, Nagisa Oshima)
46. Emperor’s Naked Army Marches on (1987, Kazuo Hara)
47. Ryuji (1983, Toru Kawashima)
48. Ball at the Anjo House (1947, Kozaburo Yoshimura)
49. Young Brother (1960, Kon Ichikawa)
50. The Hidden Fortress (1958, Akira Kurosawa)

51. The Thirteen Assassins (1963, Eiichi Kudo)
52. The Crucified Lovers (1952, Kenji Mizoguchi)
53. Princess Mononoke (1995, Hayao Miyazaki)
54. Beyond the Green Hills (1963, Katsumi Nishikawa)
55. The Profound Desire of the Gods (1968, Shohei Imamura)
56. Kids Return (1996, Takeshi Kitano)
57. The Cherry Orchard (1990, Shun Nakahara)
58. The Youth Killer (1976, Kazuhiko Hasegawa)
59. Typhoon Club (1984, Shinji Somai)
60. Tange Sazen and the Pot Worth a Million Ryo (1935, S. Yamanaka)

61. Angel Guts Red Classroom (1979, Chusei Sone)
62. Ballad of Narayama (1958, Keisuke Kinoshita)
63. She Was Like a Wild Chrysanthemum (1955, Keisuke Kinoshita)
64. Miyamoto Musashi (1961-65, Tomu Uchida)
65. Ryoma Assassination (1974, Kazuo Kuroki)
66. Street of Shame (1956, Kenji Mizoguchi)
67. Red Beard (1965, Akira Kurosawa)
68. Station (1981, Yasuo Furuhata)
69. Twisted Path of Youth (1973, Tatsumi Kumashiro)
70. Sado (1978, Yoichi Higashi)

71. The Makioka Sisters (1983, Kon Ichikawa)
72. Narita:Heta Village (1973, Shinsuke Ogawa)
73. Failed Youth (1974, Tatsumi Kumashiro)
74. A Japanese Tragedy (1953, Keisuke Kinoshita)
75. Something Like It (1981, Yoshimitsu Morita)
76. The Naked Island (1960, Kaneto Shindo)
77. Stake Out (1957, Yoshitaro Nomura)
78. Scattered Clouds (1967, Mikio Naruse)
79. The Rendezvou (1972, Koichi Saito)
80. The Beast to Die (1980, Toru Murakawa)

81. In the Realm of the Senses (1976, Nagisa Oshima)
82. Red Lantern (1974, Toshiya Fujita)
83. Capricious Young Man (1936, Mansaku Itami)
84. The Devil’s Ballad (1977, Kon Ichikawa)
85. Lightning (1952, Mikio Naruse)
86. Singing Lovebirds (1939, Masahiro Makino)
87. The Funeral (1984, Juzo Itami)
88. Kagemusha (1980, Akira Kurosawa)
89. House on Fire (1986, Kinji Fukasaku)
90. Carmen comes home (1951, Keisuke Kinoshita)

91. Listen to the roar of the ocean (1950, Hideo Sekigawa)
92. Cure (1997, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
93. One Man of the Gambler’s Code (1966, Tai Kato)
94. Throne of blood (1957, Akira Kurosawa)
95. Crazed Fruit (1956, Ko Nakahira)
96. A Last Note (1995, Kaneto Shindo)
97. An Autumn Afternoon (1962, Yasujiro Ozu)
98. Jirochô sangokushi (1953, Masahiro Makino)
99. Diary of a Shinjuku Thief (1969, Nagisa Oshima)
100. Woman in the Dunes (1964, Hiroshi Teshigahara)

And:
101. One Wonderful Sunday (1947, Akira Kurosawa)
102. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983, Nagisa Oshima)
103. W’s Tragedy (1984, Shinichiro Sawai)
104. A Diary of Chuji’s Travels (1927, Daisuke Ito)
105. Zigeunerweisen (1980, Seijun Suzuki)
106. Sanjuro (1962, Akira Kurosawa)
107. The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959, Nobuo Nakagawa)
108. Knockout (1989, Junji Sakamoto)
109. Nikudan (1969, Kihachi Okamoto)
110. A Treatise on Japanese Bawdy Songs (1967, N. Oshima)

111. A Man Vanishes (1967, Shohei Imamura)
112. Wet Sand in August (1971, Toshiya Fujita)
113. The River Fuefuki (1960, Keisuke Kinoshita)
114. Pigs and Battleships (1961, Shohei Imamura)
115. Darkness at Midnight (1956, Tadashi Imai)
116. Repast (1951, Mikio Naruse)
117. Drunken Angel (1948, Akira Kurosawa)
118. The Girl I Abandoned (1969, Kiriro Urayama)

You can continue with the annual Top 10 from 1926 to 1970 (Japanese inside).

What do you think of this ‘official’ top?
What films from the 2000’s would you include?

Thanks Martin



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