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Okay, here's a list of all the Japanese movies (live action and animated) that I've seen so far. I'm open to suggestions of any kind, although that will depend a little bit on availability here in Brazil. I'll try to do this as legitimate as I can, as far as watching original copies is concerned. So, take a gander and let me know what you think is missing.

1. Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
2. Gojira (1954)
3. Seven Samurai (1954)
4. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
5. Half-Human (1955)
6. Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji (1955)
7. Rodan (1956)
8. Warning from Space (1956)
9. The Mysterians (1957)
10. H-Man (1958)
11. Varan the Unbelievable (1959)
12. Battle in Outer Space (1960)
13. Secret of the Telegian (1960)
14. Gorath (1961)
15. The Last War (1961)
16. Mothra (1962)
17. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
18. Matango (1963)
19. 13 Assassins (1963)
20. Atragon (1963)
21. Godzilla vs the Thing (1964)
22. Ghidrah the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
23. Starman – Attack from Space (1964)
24. Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
25. Assassination (1964)
26. Dogora, Space Monster (1964)
27. Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
28. Giant Monster Gamera (1965)
29. Monster Zero (1965)
30. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
31. Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (1966)
32. Gamera vs Barugon (1966)
33. Daimajin (1966)
34. Return of the Daimajin (1966)
35. Wrath of the Daimajin (1966)
36. War of the Gargantuas (1966)
37. The Magic Serpent (1966)
38. Son of Godzilla (1967)
39. Gamera vs Gyaos (1967)
40. King Kong Escapes (1967)
41. X From Outer Space (1967)
42. Destroy All Monsters! (1968)
43. Green Slime (1968)
44. Gamera vs Viras (1968)
45. Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
46. Gamera vs Guiron (1969)
47. Latitude Zero (1969)
48. Yog, Monster from Space (1970)
49. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
50. Gamera vs Jiger (1970)
51. Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (1971)
52. Gamera vs Zigra (1971)
53. Godzilla vs Gigan (1972)
54. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Hades/Lightning Swords of Death/Lupine Wolf (1972)
55. Daigoro vs Goliath (1972)
56. Godzilla vs Megalon (1973)
57. Street Fighter (1974)
58. Sister Street Fighter (1974)
59. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974)
60. Street Fighter's Last Revenge (1974)
61. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
62. Legend of the Dinosaurs (1977)
63. The Last Dinosaur (1977)
64. Shogun's Ninja (1982)
65. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
66. Godzilla 1985 (1984)
67. Ran (1985)
68. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)
69. Project A-Ko (1986)
70. Project A-Ko 2: The Plot of the Daitokoji Financial Group (1987)
71. Project A-Ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (1988)
72. The Silk Road (1988)
73. Bloodfight (1989)
74. Project A-Ko 4: Final (1989)
75. Peacock King: Spirit Warrior – Castle of Illusion (1989)
76. Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
77. Godzilla vs Biollante (1989)
78. Devil Hunter Yohko (1990)
79. Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might (1990)
80. Zeiram (1991)
81. Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge (1991)
82. Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug (1991)
83. Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991)
84. Godzilla vs Mothra (1992)
85. Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler (1992)
86. Sonatine (1993)
87. Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle (1993)
88. Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1993)
89. Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994)
90. Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly (1994)
91. Samurai Showdown: The Motion Picture (1994)
92. Grappler Baki: The Ultimate Fighter (1994)
93. Iria: Zeiram the Animation (1994)
94. Godzilla vs Space Godzilla (1994)
95. Kamen Rider J (1994)
96. Yamato Takeru/Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994)
97. Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn (1995)
98. Street Fighter 2: The Animated Movie (1995)
99. Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995)
100. Gamera, Guardian of the Universe (1995)
101. Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
102. Zeiram 2 (1996)
103. Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
104. Princess Monoke (1997)
105. Rebirth of Mothra 2 (1997)
106. Ultraman Tiga and Ultraman Gaia: Warriors of the Star of Light (1998)
107. Rebirth of Mothra 3 (1999)
108. Kikujiro (1999)
109. Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys (1999)
110. Godzilla 2000 (1999)
111. Street Figher Alpha (2000)
112. Godzilla x Megaguiras (2000)
113. Versus (2001)
114. Spirited Away (2001)
115. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
116. Muscle Heat/Blood Heat (2002)
117. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
118. Azumi (2003)
119. Sky High (2003)
120. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
121. Ultraman: The Next (2004)
122. Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
123. Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)
124. Deep Sea Monster Reigo (2005)
125. Death Trance (2005)
126. Black Belt (2007)
127. Ponyo (2008)
128. Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers (2008)
129. Ichi (2008)
130. Deep Sea Monster Raiga (2009)
131. Ultra Galaxy Legend (2009)
132. KG: Karate Girl (2011)

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I can't quite tell what all you might be missing. One thing that sticks out is just one Lone Wolf and Cub movie. If its possible for you to rent them or stream them (they should be appearing some time on Criterion's new streaming channel) that's five additional movies.
There's craploads of Zaitochi movies that could easily earn you some additional real estate on Japanese movies.
If you have not seen Wild Zero with Guitar Wolf, get it now.

You've apparently seen a bunch of Kurosawa. But there is a lot more and most of them are worth it - Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Hidden Fortress, Ikiru, Throne of Blood, Kagemusha, Dreams, Red Beard, High and Low, Rashomon, The Bad Sleep Well, etc.

Three movies from early in Japanese folk horror that I like quite a bit: Kwaidan, Kuroneko, Onibaba and then there's Hausu which is really quite out there. I mean, really out there.

If you are into horror, you have all the J-Horror from the 90s and 2000s - Battle Royale, Ringu, Ringu 2, Juon: The Grudge, Evil Dead Trap.

I also note some Takashi Miike in your list. I assume Ichi is Ichi the Killer You will be rewarded with Happiness of the Katakuris, Audition, Sukiyaki Western Django, The Great Yokai War, Zebraman etc.... ad infintum. Dude is almost the Jess Franco of Japanese cinema, except that many of his movies are good and a few are great. And many are just bat crap insane.

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One thing that sticks out is just one Lone Wolf and Cub movie. If its possible for you to rent them or stream them (they should be appearing some time on Criterion's new streaming channel) that's five additional movies.


I actually own the series on DVD (it was released officially over here by a company focusing on foreign arthouse flicks). I just haven't gotten around to watching it yet.

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If you are into horror, you have all the J-Horror from the 90s and 2000s - Battle Royale, Ringu, Ringu 2, Juon: The Grudge, Evil Dead Trap.


All of the Ringu and Juon movies have gotten official releases here, so I'll be watching those. Probably a few other recent J-horror offerings, too.

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I also note some Takashi Miike in your list. I assume Ichi is Ichi the Killer


I've honestly never seen a Miike film. The Ichi on my list is a re-imagining of sorts of the Zatoichi tale, but with a young, attractive female in the lead role.

I also plan on watching a small handful of the recent Troma-esque fan service films made in the last 10 years, plus a couple of animes, such as Totoro, Akira and the first Fatal Fury movie (for completist's sake).

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My main suggestions for obvious gaps are Yojimbo and Rashomon.

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I also note some Takashi Miike in your list. I assume Ichi is Ichi the Killer


I've honestly never seen a Miike film. The Ichi on my list is a re-imagining of sorts of the Zatoichi tale, but with a young, attractive female in the lead role.


Oh. I saw that you had listed 13 Assassins but did not notice the date. Miike made a movie entitled 13 Assassins that, according to reviewers, is not really a remake of the 1963 movie of the same name. I have not seen that one, though word of mouth is very good. Apparently it ends with a 30 to 40 minute long battle that others have compared to the Crazy 88s scene in Kill Bill 1 to the power of 10.
I've seen Audition, Ichi the Killer, Sukiyaki Western Django and Happiness of the Katakuris. Miike doesn't want to limit himself in terms of genre. He will do anything - action, drama, horror, musical, kids movies, anime, outrageous comedy, black comedy, slasher, samurai....if you hate one, you may yet find one of his that you like. Prolific is an understatement when it comes to Miike.

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My main suggestions for obvious gaps are Yojimbo and Rashomon.


Both are available here in Brazil, so I'll track them down when I can.

Oh. I saw that you had listed 13 Assassins but did not notice the date. Miike made a movie entitled 13 Assassins that, according to reviewers, is not really a remake of the 1963 movie of the same name. I have not seen that one, though word of mouth is very good. Apparently it ends with a 30 to 40 minute long battle that others have compared to the Crazy 88s scene in Kill Bill 1 to the power of 10.

That one had a theatrical release here, and I almost bought a used copy at Blockbuster video. When I get paid on Wednesday, I'll stop by there and pick it up!

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Hman wrote:
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I also note some Takashi Miike in your list. I assume Ichi is Ichi the Killer


I've honestly never seen a Miike film. The Ichi on my list is a re-imagining of sorts of the Zatoichi tale, but with a young, attractive female in the lead role.


More than that - if what I've run into on TV Tropes is right, the lead character is Zatoichi's daughter.

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Hman wrote:
supersonic man wrote:
My main suggestions for obvious gaps are Yojimbo and Rashomon.


Both are available here in Brazil, so I'll track them down when I can.

Oh. I saw that you had listed 13 Assassins but did not notice the date. Miike made a movie entitled 13 Assassins that, according to reviewers, is not really a remake of the 1963 movie of the same name. I have not seen that one, though word of mouth is very good. Apparently it ends with a 30 to 40 minute long battle that others have compared to the Crazy 88s scene in Kill Bill 1 to the power of 10.

That one had a theatrical release here, and I almost bought a used copy at Blockbuster video. When I get paid on Wednesday, I'll stop by there and pick it up!


I cannot recommend the 13 Assassins not-quite-remake enough. It's amazing. I still don't quite know what's up with one of the characters (can't get into it without spoilers), but it's just great watching all those middle-aged actors making and carrying out their plan. More movies need to star grownups.

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Another source for great Japanese movies: Shochiku studios.
I am only familiar with them because of the Eclipse boxed set of their foray into horror. You've seen their most famous contribution to kaiju with X From Outer Space. One of my favorite from that set is Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell with the alien vagina forehead of evil!

There is also a tale of the apocalypse: Genocide..

https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/928-e ... o-shochiku

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Another source for great Japanese movies: Shochiku studios.
I am only familiar with them because of the Eclipse boxed set of their foray into horror. You've seen their most famous contribution to kaiju with X From Outer Space. One of my favorite from that set is Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell with the alien vagina forehead of evil!

There is also a tale of the apocalypse: Genocide..

https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/928-e ... o-shochiku

The last two Samurai movies I've watched and reviewed in the mini-review section were from that Studio. They had some good filmmakers working for them.

And I just found that Versátil, the company who has released all the Samurai movie collections I've been buying, also released "Masterpieces of Horror Vol. 5" (Obras Primas de Terror vol. 5), which is dedicated to Japanese movies:

House
Audition
Onibaba
Cure
Jigoku
Black Cat (1968)

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Hman wrote:
Bergerjacques wrote:
Another source for great Japanese movies: Shochiku studios.
I am only familiar with them because of the Eclipse boxed set of their foray into horror. You've seen their most famous contribution to kaiju with X From Outer Space. One of my favorite from that set is Goke: Body Snatcher from Hell with the alien vagina forehead of evil!

There is also a tale of the apocalypse: Genocide..

https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/928-e ... o-shochiku

The last two Samurai movies I've watched and reviewed in the mini-review section were from that Studio. They had some good filmmakers working for them.

And I just found that Versátil, the company who has released all the Samurai movie collections I've been buying, also released "Masterpieces of Horror Vol. 5" (Obras Primas de Terror vol. 5), which is dedicated to Japanese movies:

House
Audition
Onibaba
Cure
Jigoku
Black Cat (1968)


That's an excellent collection. Black Cat is Kuroneko, made by the same guy as who did Onibaba.

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That is a long list and I might have missed these two....

The Sword of Doom
The Twilight Samurai

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That is a long list and I might have missed these two....

The Sword of Doom
The Twilight Samurai


The former is available on the "Cinema Samurai" collection volume 2 and the later on volume 5. I own volumes 1,3 and 4. I'll see about getting those.

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If you can get a copy of After Life, you need to wrap things up with that one. It's lovely.

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So, how's the countdown going? Any reviews/impressions to share?

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