The Best Japanese Films Since 1927




1927 – The Woman Who Touched the Legs (Yutaka Abe, 1926)
1928 – A Diary of Chuji’s Travels (Daisuke Ito, 1927)
1929 – The Street of Masterless Samurai (Masahiro Makino, 1928)
1930 – Beheading Place (Masahiro Makino, 1929)
1931 – What made her do it? (Shigeyoshi Suzuki, 1930)
1932 – The Neighbor’s Wife and Mine (Heinosuke Gosho, 1931)
1933 – I was Born But… (Yasujiro Ozu, 1932)
1934 – Passing Fancy (Yasujiro Ozu, 1933)
1935 – A Story of Floating Weeds (Yasujiro Ozu, 1934)
1936 – Wife! Be Like a Rose! (Mikio Naruse, 1935)
1937 – The Sisters of the Gion (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1936)
1938 – Unending Advance (Tomu Uchida, 1937)
1939 – Five Scouts (Tomotaka Tasaka, 1938)
1940 – Earth (Tomu Uchida, 1939)
1941 – Spring on Lepers Island (Shiro Toyoda, 1940)
1942 – The Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family (Yasujiro Ozu, 1941)
1943 – The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malaya (Kajiro Yamamoto, 1942)
1947 – Morning for the Osone Family (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1946)
1948 – The Ball at the Anjo House (Kozaburo Yoshimura, 1947)
1949 – Drunken Angel (Akira Kurosawa, 1948)
1950 – Late Spring (Yasujiro Ozu, 1949)
1951 – Until We Meet Again (Tadashi Imai, 1950)
1952 – Early Summer (Yasujiro Ozu, 1951)
1953 – To Live (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
1954 – Muddy Waters (Tadashi Imai, 1953)
1955 – Twenty Four Eyes (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1954)
1956 – Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)
1957 – Darkness at Noon (Tadashi Imai, 1956)
1958 – Rice (Tadashi Imai, 1957)
1959 – The Ballad of Narayama (Keisuke Kinoshita, 1958)
1960 – Kiku and Isamu (Tadashi Imai, 1959)
1961 – Her Brother (Kon Ichikawa, 1960)
1962 – Bad Boys (Susumu Hani, 1961)
1963 – Being Two Isn’t Easy (Kon Ichikawa, 1962)
1964 – The Insect Woman (Shohei Imamura, 1963)
1965 – Woman in the Dunes (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1964)
1966 – Red Beard (Akira Kurosawa, 1965)
1967 – The Ivory Tower (Satsuo Yamamoto, 1966)
1968 – Samurai Rebellion (Masaki Kobayashi, 1967)
1969 – The Profound Desire of the Gods (Shohei Imamura, 1968) 
1970 – Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda, 1969)
1971 – Family (Yoji Yamada, 1970)
1972 – The Ceremony (Nagisa Oshima, 1971)
1973 – The Long Darkness (Kei Kumai, 1972) 
1974 – Tsugaru Folksong (Koichi Saito, 1973)
1975 – Sandakan No. 8 (Kei Kumai, 1974)
1976 – Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (Kaneto Shindo, 1975)
1977 – The Youth Killer (Kazuhiko Hasegawa, 1976)
1978 – The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada, 1977)
1979 – Third Base (Yoichi Higashi, 1978)
1980 – Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979)
1981 – Zigeunerweisen (Seijun Suzuki, 1980)
1982 – Muddy River (Kohei Oguri, 1981)
1983 – Fall Guy (Kinji Fukasaku, 1982)
1984 – The Family Game (Yoshimitsu Morita, 1983)
1985 – The Funeral (Juzo Itami, 1984)
1986 – And Then (Yoshimitsu Morita, 1985)
1987 – A The Sea and Poison (Kei Kumai, 1986)
1988 – A Taxing Woman (Juzo Itami, 1987)
1989 – My Neighbor Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
1990 – Black Rain (Shohei Imamura, 1989)
1991 – The Cherry Orchard (Shun Nakahara, 1990)
1992 – My Sons (Yoji Yamada, 1991)
1993 – Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Masayuki Suo, 1992)
1994 – Where is the Moon? (Yoichi Sai, 1993)
1995 – A Dedicated Life (Kazuo Hara, 1994)
1996 – A Last Note (Kaneto Shindo, 1995)
1997 – Shall We Dance? (Masayuki Suo, 1996)
1998 – The Eel (Shohei Imamura, 1997)
1999 – Hana-bi (Takeshi Kitano, 1997)
2000 – Wait and See (Shinji Somai, 1998)
2001 – Face (Junji Sakamoto, 2000)
2002 – Go (Isao Yukisada, 2001)
2003 – The Twilight Samurai (Yoji Yamada, 2002)
2004 – A Boy’s Summer in 1945 (Kazuo Kuroki, 2002)
2005 – Nobody Knows (Hirozaku Kore-eda, 2004)
2006 – We Shall Overcome Someday (Kazuyuki Izutsu, 2004)
2007 – Hula Girls (Sang-il Lee, 2006)
2008 – I Just Didn’t Do It (Masayuki Suo, 2006)
2009 – Departures (Yojiro Takita, 2008)

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