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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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Akira is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1988

Actors: Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda, Taro Ishida, Kōichi Kitamura, + more

Directed by: Katsuhiro Otomo

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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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2009

Actors: Mircea Monroe, Tamlyn Tomita, Cung Le, Jon Foo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, + more

Directed by: Dwight H. Little

Tekken is a 2009 American martial arts film directed by Dwight H. Little, based on the fighting game series of the same name. The film follows Jin Kazama in his attempts to enter the Iron Fist ...more

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Ran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1985

Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Susumu Terajima, Jinpachi Nezu, Peter, Hisashi Igawa, + more

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa

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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006

Actors: Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase, + more

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

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

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Shoplifters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2018

Actors: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kairi Jō, Miyu Sasaki, + more

Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Shoplifters is a 2018 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. A poor, shoplifting family adopts a homeless girl after noticing signs of abuse, integrating her into the family by ...more
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Audition is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Actors: Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ren Osugi, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, + more

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

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Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2002

Actors: Itou Misaki, Megumi Okina, Takashi Matsuyama, Yui Ichikawa, Kanji Tsuda, + more

Directed by: Takashi Shimizu

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Betrayed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1988

Actors: Tom Berenger, Debra Winger, Timothy Hutton, John Mahoney, Ted Levine, + more

Directed by: Costa-Gavras

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Actors: Beat Kitano, Chiaki Kuriyama, Kou Shibasaki, Aki Maeda, Ai Maeda, + more

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 ...more

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13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2010

Actors: Tsuyoshi Ihara, Kōji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki, Ikki Sawamura, Ittoku Kishibe, + more

Directed by: Takashi Miike

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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006

Actors: Satoshi Kon, Megumi Hayashibara, Hideyuki Tanaka, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera, + more

Directed by: Satoshi Kon

Paprika is a 2006 Japanese animated film co-written and directed by Satoshi Kon, based on Yasutaka Tsutsui's 1993 novel of the same name, about a research psychologist who uses a device that ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2001

Actors: Jennifer Hale, Megumi Hayashibara, Daran Norris, Dave Wittenberg, Renji Ishibashi, + more

Directed by: Shinichirō Watanabe

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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Love Exposure is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Actors: Hikari Mitsushima, Atsuro Watabe, Itsuji Itao, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe, + more

Directed by: Sion Sono

Love Exposure is a 2008 Japanese film written and directed by Sion Sono. The film gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its four-hour duration and ...more
14
Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1990

Actors: Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Felicity Huffman, Annabella Sciorra, Christine Baranski, + more

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

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1975

Actors: Sonny Chiba, Asao Koike, Kei Sato, Etsuko Shihomi, Yutaka Nakajima

Directed by: Norifumi Suzuki

16
Ghost Dog: The Way of th... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1999

Actors: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva, Victor Argo, Richard Portnow, Jamie Hector, + more

Directed by: Jim Jarmusch

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Returner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2002

Actors: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Anne Suzuki, Kirin Kiki, Gorô Kishitani, Chiharu Kawai, + more

Directed by: Takashi Yamazaki

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18
Tekkonkinkreet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006

Actors: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yū Aoi, Masahiro Motoki, Rokurō Naya, Tomomichi Nishimura, + more

Directed by: Michael Arias

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19
Why Don't You Play in He... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Actors: Fumi Nikaido, Tak Sakaguchi, Jun Kunimura, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Akihiro Kitamura, + more

Directed by: Sion Sono

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20
One Missed Call is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2004

Actors: Kou Shibasaki, Anna Nagata, Renji Ishibashi, Yutaka Matsushige, Shinichi Tsutsumi, + more

Directed by: Takashi Miike

One Missed Call is a 2003 Japanese horror film directed by Takashi Miike and written by Minako Daira. The film is based on the novel Chakushin Ari by Yasushi Akimoto. The plot revolves around ...more

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All Night Long 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
All Night Long 3 2002

Actors: Ryōka Yuzuki, Tomorowo Taguchi, Katsuya Matsumura

Directed by: Katsuya Matsumura

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The Neighbor No. Thirtee... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2005

Actors: Takashi Miike, Shun Oguri, Nakamura Shidō II, Minoru Matsumoto, Yumi Yoshimura, + more

Directed by: Yasuo Inoue

The Neighbour No. Thirteen is a dark psychological drama, released in December 2005, directed by Yasuo Inoue and written by Hajime Kado, based on Santa Inoue's manga Rinjin 13-gô, with ...more
23
Another Heaven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2000

Actors: Yoshio Harada, Yōsuke Eguchi, Takashi Kashiwabara, Miwako Ichikawa, Yukiko Okamoto

Directed by: Jôji Iida

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Sukiyaki Western Django ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2007

Actors: Quentin Tarantino, Renji Ishibashi, Shun Oguri, Kaori Momoi, Hideaki Ito, + more

Directed by: Takashi Miike

Sukiyaki Western Django is a 2007 Japanese Western film directed by Takashi Miike. The title of this English language western refers to the Japanese dish sukiyaki, as well as Sergio Corbucci's ...more

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Outrage is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2010

Actors: Beat Kitano, Eihi Shiina, Renji Ishibashi, Ryo Kase, Jun Kunimura, + more

Directed by: Beat Kitano

Outrage is a 2010 Japanese crime drama film directed by Takeshi Kitano. The boss of a major crime syndicate orders his lieutenant to bring a rogue gang of drug traffickers in line, a job that ...more

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