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I'm sure I may be omitting some truly great films from my list, but these are the greatest Japanese films I've seen.
This is Kurosawa's masterpiece. All-star cast, epic story, truly amazing.
Possibly Mifune's most iconic role. Super badass!
Kurosawa and Shakespeare... Like chocolate and peanut butter.
The more thoughtful side of Kurosawa. Takashi Shimura's greatest role.
The only non-jidaigeki I've seen with Toshiro Mifune in it. Great crime drama!
This is my number one. Not just the greatest Japanese film ever, maybe one of the best films ever, period.
Holy cow! Possibly the most monumental achievement in the history of Japanese cinema. One of the best WWII era films ever made, no question.
Kurosawa's best color film. Amazing villainess too. Lady Kaede is a nightmare.
I can't believe Tatsuya Nakadai was Kurosawa's second choice for the lead role. He's always amazing in every role he plays. Great, colorful samurai epic!
The most beautiful horror movie ever made. Period.
Tatsuya Nakadai at his creepiest. Dark and chilling.
Super groovy yakuza thriller!
Some may not agree, but this has got to be one of the most underrated artistic achievements ever. This film blew me away!
This movie seems far too scary to have been made fifty years ago. Definitely holds up.
Mifune in color!
I had avoided this for a while, thinking it'd be a cheesy monster movie like its thousands of imitators. This film is surprisingly deep and well acted. Plus, Takashi Shimura is in it!
Extremely thought-provoking. Perhaps Kurosawa's most interesting film.