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.

Clint Eastwood and Sean Penn are among the directors that have worked on a R Japanese Movies film.

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  • First Love
    12 votes
    • Actors: Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) and a call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi) meet one night in Tokyo ...more
    • Actors: Naoto Takenaka, Kōji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Hirofumi Arai, Ayumu Saito
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a 2011 Japanese 3D drama film directed by Takashi Miike. It was produced by Jeremy Thomas and Toshiaki Nakazawa, who previously teamed with Miike on 2010's 13 ...more
  • Battle Royale
    42 votes
    • Actors: Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda
    • Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku
    Battle Royale is a 2000 Japanese action thriller film adapted from the 1999 novel of the same name by Koushun Takami. It is the final film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, the screenplay written by his ...more
    • Actors: Meiko Kaji, Isao Natsuyagi, Akemi Negishi, Yōko Mihara, Yayoi Watanabe
    • Directed by: Shunya Itō
    Female Convict 701: Scorpion is a film made by Toei Company in 1972. It stars Meiko Kaji and was Shunya Itō's first film as a director. The film is based on a comic by Tōru Shinohara. It is a Women ...more
  • Audition
    53 votes
    • Actors: Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    Audition is a 1999 Japanese psychological horror-drama film, directed by Takashi Miike and starring Ryo Ishibashi and Eihi Shiina. It is based on a Ryu Murakami novel of the same title, from a ...more
  • Ran
    37 votes
    • Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Mieko Harada, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu
    • Directed by: Akira Kurosawa
    At the age of seventy, after years of consolidating his empire, the Great Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to abdicate and divide his domain amongst his three sons. Taro (Akira ...more

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