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The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies

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List of R-rated Japanese movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best R-rated Japanese movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-rated Japanese movies movie of all time is. 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 then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great Japanese R-rated 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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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    ActorsKen Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase

    Directed byClint Eastwood

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    Betrayed
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    ActorsTom Berenger, Debra Winger, Timothy Hutton, John Mahoney, Ted Levine

    Directed byCosta-Gavras

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    Akira
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    Akira

    1988

    ActorsTakeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda, Taro Ishida, Kōichi Kitamura

    Directed byKatsuhiro Otomo

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  • 4
    13 Assassins

    ActorsTsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki, Ikki Sawamura, Ittoku Kishibe

    Directed byTakashi Miike

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  • 5
    Shoplifters
    36
    18

    ActorsLily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kairi Jō, Miyu Sasaki

    Directed byHirokazu Kore-eda

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    Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

    ActorsJennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris, Dave Wittenberg, Renji Ishibashi

    Directed byShinichirō Watanabe

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  • 7
    Tekken
    38
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    Tekken

    2009

    ActorsMircea Monroe, Tamlyn Tomita, Cung Le, Jon Foo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    Directed byDwight H. Little

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  • 8
    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ActorsForest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo, Richard Portnow, Jamie Hector

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

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  • 9
    Reversal of Fortune

    ActorsGlenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman, Annabella Sciorra, Christine Baranski

    Directed byBarbet Schroeder

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  • 10
    All Night Long 3
    21
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    All Night Long 3

    2002

    ActorsRyōka Yuzuki, Tomorowo Taguchi, Katsuya Matsumura

    Directed byKatsuya Matsumura

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  • 11
    Ran
    23
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    Ran

    1985

    ActorsTatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu, Peter, Hisashi Igawa

    Directed byAkira Kurosawa

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  • 12
    Battle Royale

    ActorsBeat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda

    Directed byKinji Fukasaku

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  • 13
    Returner
    17
    5

    ActorsTakeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Kirin Kiki, Gorô Kishitani, Chiharu Kawai

    Directed byTakashi Yamazaki

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  • 14
    Why Don't You Play in Hell?
    12
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    2013

    ActorsFumi Nikaido, Tak Sakaguchi, Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Akihiro Kitamura

    Directed bySion Sono

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  • 15
    Guilty of Romance
    18
    9

    Guilty of Romance

    2011

    ActorsKanji Tsuda, Ryo Iwamatsu, Miki Mizuno, Megumi Kagurazaka, Motoki Fukami

    Directed bySion Sono

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  • 16
    Another Heaven

    ActorsYoshio Harada, Yōsuke Eguchi, Takashi Kashiwabara, Miwako Ichikawa, Yukiko Okamoto

    Directed byJôji Iida

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  • 17
    The Neighbor No. Thirteen

    ActorsTakashi Miike, Shun Oguri, Nakamura Shidō II, Minoru Matsumoto, Yumi Yoshimura

    Directed byYasuo Inoue

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    Sukiyaki Western Django

    ActorsQuentin Tarantino, Renji Ishibashi, Shun Oguri, Kaori Momoi, Hideaki Ito

    Directed byTakashi Miike

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  • 19
    Outrage
    9
    2

    ActorsBeat Kitano, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ryo Kase, Jun Kunimura

    Directed byBeat Kitano

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  • 20
    Love Exposure

    ActorsHikari Mitsushima, Atsuro Watabe, Itsuji Itao, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe

    Directed bySion Sono

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  • 21
    Zero Woman: The Accused

    ActorsMai Tachihara, Daisuke Yamazaki, Ayana Inoue, Eiji Daijiro

    Directed byDaisuke Gotô

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  • 22
    Paprika
    9
    4

    ActorsSatoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

    Directed bySatoshi Kon

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  • 23
    The Street Fighter

    ActorsSonny Chiba, Yutaka Nakajima, Tony Cetera, Teijo Shikeharo, Waichi Yamada

    Directed byShigehiro Ozawa

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  • 24
    Killing Machine

    ActorsSonny Chiba, Asao Koike, Kei Sato, Etsuko Shihomi, Yutaka Nakajima

    Directed byNorifumi Suzuki

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    Dead Man
    8
    2

    ActorsJohnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop

    Directed byJim Jarmusch

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