Kinji Fukasaku

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1. Ôkami to buta to ningen (1964)

95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lonely gangster tries recruiting men to plunder a respected and powerful gang.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Ken Takakura, Rentarô Mikuni, Kin'ya Kitaôji, Shinjirô Ebara

Votes: 107

2. Blackmail Is My Life (1968)

90 min | Action, Crime

A pungent, extremely entertaining tale of hedonistic, amoral blackmailer Matsukata.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Tomomi Satô, Hideo Murota, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 318

4. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

46 Metascore

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

Directors: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Jason Robards, Joseph Cotten

Votes: 29,864 | Gross: $29.55M

5. Sympathy for the Underdog (1971)

93 min | Crime, Drama

A yakuza gang gets driven out of Yokohama by a big gang from Tokyo. They relocate to Okinawa to violently start over.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Tsunehiko Watase, Akiko Kudô

Votes: 737

6. Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)

96 min | Drama, Mystery, War

One woman's search to find the truth about her husband's death in World War II.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsurô Tanba, Sachiko Hidari, Shinjirô Ebara, Isao Natsuyagi

Votes: 781

7. Street Mobster (1972)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Crime

A yakuza, who has an untamed rage and lack of respect for authority, finds himself leading the remnants of the gang he once belonged to in order to secure an area of their own.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Noboru Andô, Mayumi Nagisa, Asao Koike

Votes: 823

8. Hito-kiri Yota: Kyoken San-kyodai (1972)

86 min | Action, Crime

The great Bunta stars as a gangster who is sent to jail for the sake of his gang, but when he's released he finds everything completely changed and his gang has swept him aside for being too violent.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Kunie Tanaka, Mayumi Nagisa, Yôko Mihara

Votes: 119

9. Graveyard of Honor (1975)

94 min | Action, Crime

A self-destructive man becomes a powerful member of the Japanese mafia but quickly loses his self control. Based on the true story of Rikio Ishikawa.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Tatsuo Umemiya, Yumi Takigawa, Eiji Gô

Votes: 1,259

10. Cops vs Thugs (1975)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Crime

Acting boss Hirotani of the Ohara gang uses his friendship with corrupt cop Kuno to usurp a staged land deal that rival yakuza gang Kawade had arranged through local politicians. Open warfare erupts between the two gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikio Narita

Votes: 556

11. Cross the Rubicon! (1975)

92 min | Crime

After eight years in prison, Takeshi's mission is a big heist from his own clan's gambling parlor.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Kiwako Taichi, Yayoi Watanabe

Votes: 39

12. Violent Panic: The Big Crash (1976)

85 min | Action, Crime

Takashi, a bank robber, dreams of his final heist and escaping to Brazil. But in his way, stands a woman that loves him, his dead partner's brother, a corrupt cop, a motorcycle gang and every police officer in the Kanto region.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tsunehiko Watase, Miki Sugimoto, Yayoi Watanabe, Hideo Murota

Votes: 76

13. Yakuza Graveyard (1976)

Not Rated | 97 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When a cop is transferred to a new precinct it is obvious that the area's yakuza mob are not dealing with just another policeman. The cop is bent on results and is not immune to becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tetsuya Watari, Meiko Kaji, Tatsuo Umemiya, Hideo Murota

Votes: 608

14. Hokuriku dairi sensô (1977)

98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A Yakuza group from Osaka with dreams of national dominance moves into the snowy Hokuriku region, sparking a bloody turf war with local gangs.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Yumiko Nogawa, Shin'ichi Chiba, Mikio Narita

Votes: 113

15. Doberman Cop (1977)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Crime

A tough-as-nails cop from Okinawa investigates a savage murder in Tokyo's nightlife district. Originally dismissed as a bumpkin, he soon proves more savvy than the local police.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Janet Hatta, Eiko Matsuda, Masaru Shiga

Votes: 304

16. Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978)

130 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and ... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Shin'ichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Teruhiko Saigô

Votes: 1,375

17. Message from Space (1978)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In this Star Wars take-off, the peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the Gavanas, whose leader takes orders from his mother (played by a comic actor in drag) rather than... See full summary »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Vic Morrow, Shin'ichi Chiba, Philip Casnoff, Peggy Lee Brennan

Votes: 1,109

18. Akô-jô danzetsu (1978)

159 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

This is the story of "The Forty-Seven Ronin." Based on historical events in 1701 -- 1702, the movie tells the tale of the Asano clan's downfall and the revenge of its former samurai on the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tsunehiko Watase, Masaomi Kondô

Votes: 304

19. Day of Resurrection (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

After a virus devastates the global human population, survivors in Antarctica desperately try to find a cure and save the human race.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Masao Kusakari, Tsunehiko Watase, Isao Natsuyagi, Shin'ichi Chiba

Votes: 1,914

20. Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

The villain is called Amakusa Shiro Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling)

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Kenji Sawada, Akiko Kana, Ken Ogata

Votes: 735

21. Legend of Eight Samurai (1983)

133 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Princess Shizu's family is wiped out by an family of undead seeking revenge. The eight samurai can save her, but who and where are they?

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shin'ichi Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi

Votes: 964

23. Battle Royale (2000)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 161,483

24. Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

Not Rated | 99 min | Crime, Drama

During the violent chaos of post-War Japanese black market, a young gangster called Shozo Hirono has to keep up with the rapid shifts of power between unscrupulous bosses.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Bunta Sugawara, Hiroki Matsukata, Kunie Tanaka, Eiko Nakamura

Votes: 2,936



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