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The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies

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Vote up your favorite R-rated Japanese movies.

This list takes the best R-rated Japanese movies and compares them to determine, once and for all, the greatest R-rated Japanese movies movie of all time. While good Japanese movies are obviously popular in Japan, many have won acclaim abroad too. Japan has won the Academy Award for the Best Foreign Language Film four times, more than any other Asian country. 

This list of popular R-rated Japanese movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-rated Japanese movie isn't as high as it should be, vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great Japanese R-15 and R-18 movies on this list.

If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Japanese film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for. This list includes Letters from Iwo Jima, Ran, Akira and other classics. If you're trying to find out "What are the best Japanese R-rated movies?" and "What are the most famous R-rated Japanese movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you.

You can also use this list if you're looking for some new Japanese movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great Japanese movies rated R, so get out there and start watching. Re-rank this bad boy then share it with your best friends to see what you guys think really belongs at the top.

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    • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Isao Natsuyagi, Akemi Negishi, Yōko Mihara, Yayoi Watanabe
    • Directed by: Shunya Itō
  • First Love
    2
    • Actors: Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    • Actors: Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda
    • Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
  • Audition
    4
    • Actors: Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
  • Paprika
    5
    • Actors: Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera
    • Directed by: Satoshi Kon
    • Actors: Naoto Takenaka, Kōji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Hirofumi Arai, Ayumu Saito
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
  • Ran
    7
    1985
    • Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu
    • Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
  • Cold Fish
    8
    • Actors: Taro Suwa, Denden, Megumi Kagurazaka, Tetsu Watanabe, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
    • Directed by: Sion Sono
  • 13 Assassins
    9
    • Actors: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Mikijirō Hira
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    • Actors: Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda
    • Directed by: Takashi Shimizu
    • Actors: Renji Ishibashi, Asaka Seto, Peter Ho, Mimura
    • Directed by: Renpei Tsukamoto
  • Visitor Q
    12
    • Actors: Fujiko, Kenichi Endō, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Mikio Narita, Kōji Nanbara, Yayoi Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama
    • Directed by: Shunya Itō
    • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Fumio Watanabe, Kayoko Shiraishi
    • Directed by: Shunya Itō
  • Love Exposure
    15
    • Actors: Hikari Mitsushima, Atsuro Watabe, Itsuji Itao, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe
    • Directed by: Sion Sono
  • Shoplifters
    16
    • Actors: Lily Franky, Sakura Andô, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi
    • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Akira
    17
    1988
    • Actors: Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda, Taro Ishida, Kōichi Kitamura
    • Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Air Doll
    18
    • Actors: Bae Doona, Susumu Terajima, Kimiko Yo, Joe Odagiri, Arata Iura
    • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Maborosi
    19
    • Actors: Tadanobu Asano, Makiko Esumi, Akira Emoto, Ren Osugi, Midori Kinouchi
    • Directed by: Hirokazu Koreeda
    • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Akemi Negishi, Masakazu Tamura, Yayoi Watanabe, Yumi Kanei
    • Directed by: Yasuharu Hasebe
    • Actors: Steve Blum, Beau Billingslea, Wendee Lee, Melissa Fahn, Daran Norris
    • Directed by: Shinichirô Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Takei
  • Suicide Club
    22
    • Actors: Kimiko Yo, Ryo Ishibashi, Akaji Maro, Rolly Teranishi, Masatoshi Nagase
    • Directed by: Sion Sono
    • Actors: Kanji Tsuda, Ryo Iwamatsu, Miki Mizuno, Megumi Kagurazaka, Motoki Fukami
    • Directed by: Sion Sono
    • Actors: Sonny Chiba, Shingo Yamashiro, Masafumi Suzuki, Yoko Ichiji, Katsuya Yamashita
    • Directed by: Shigehiro Ozawa
  • Yurigokoro
    25
    • Actors: Yuriko Yoshitaka, Tae Kimura, Kaya Kiyohara
    • Directed by: Naoto Kumazawa