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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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Akira Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American war film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from ...more

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Ran Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu Ran is a 1985 Japanese-French jidaigeki epic film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film stars Tatsuya Nakadai as Hidetora Ichimonji, an aging Sengoku-era warlord who decides to ...more

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Ju-on: The Grudge Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama Ju-on: The Grudge is a 2002 Japanese horror film written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. This film is the third installment in the Ju-on series and the first film to be theatrically released. ...more

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13 Assassins Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki 13 Assassins is a 2010 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Takashi Miike. The screenplay was written by Daisuke Tengan. The film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s 1963 black-and-white Japanese film ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, known in Japan as Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, is a 2001 Japanese animated Space Western action film based on the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop created by ...more

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Audition is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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The Grudge 3 Shawnee Smith, Marina Sirtis, Beau Mirchoff The Grudge 3 is a 2009 American horror film and the third installment in The Grudge franchise. Toby Wilkins, who had previously directed the successful film Splinter and the short films Tales ...more

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