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

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Why Don't You Play in Hell? is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a 2013 Japanese film directed by Sion Sono. The film is an action film based on a 15-year old screen play written by Sono, and has been described by him as having ...more
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Akira is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1988
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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Ju-on: The Curse 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2000
Ju-on: The Curse 2, also known as simply Ju-on 2, is a 2000 Japanese V-Cinema horror film and the second installment in the Ju-on series. The film was released in Japan on March 25, 2000 and was ...more
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Tekkonkinkreet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006
TEKKONKINKREET combines the imaginative fantasy and action elements of the best Japanimation with a dark and modern children’s story. A hybrid of cutting-edge 3D CGI technology and traditional ...more
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Ran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1985
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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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2009
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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2004
Premonition is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Tsuruta Norio. Yogen is based on the manga Kyoufu Shinbun by Jiro Tsunoda, published in "Shonen Champion" in 1973.
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Cold Fish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Cold Fish is a 2010 Japanese serial killer film directed by Sion Sono. The film is about a quiet and unambitious owner of a tropical fish shop whose life and family are taken over by a fellow ...more
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Sonatine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1993
Sonatine is a 1993 Japanese film directed by Takeshi Kitano. It won numerous awards and became one of Kitano's most successful and praised films, garnering him a sizable international fan base.
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The Grudge 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2009
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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Terminatrix is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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Shoplifters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2018
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.
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Audition is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
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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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006
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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Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2002
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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1993
Crimebroker is a 1993 Australian-Japanese TV movie starring Jacqueline Bisset as a housewife who masquerades as a crime broker. It was also known as Corrupt Justice.
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1994
Blue Tiger is a 1994 action/thriller film directed by Norberto Barba.
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2005
Pray is a 2005 Japanese film directed by Yuichi Sato, starring Tetsuji Tamayama and Asami Mizukawa.
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2000
Brother is a 2000 film starring, written, directed, and edited by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano. It is also his fifth collaboration with Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi. This was also ...more
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2005
One Missed Call 2 is a Japanese horror film, and the sequel to the J-Horror film One Missed Call.
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1997
Chinese Box is a 1997 movie directed by Wayne Wang and starring Jeremy Irons, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung and Michael Hui. The movie is set and was made at the time of Hong Kong's handover to the ...more
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Exte is a 2007 Japanese horror film written and directed by Sion Sono, and stars Chiaki Kuriyama, Ren Osugi, and Megumi Satō. The title is a Japanese slang shortening Romanization of the English ...more
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1992
In the Soup is a 1992 independent film comedy directed by Alexandre Rockwell. It stars Steve Buscemi as a self-conscious screenwriter who has written an unfilmable 500-page screenplay and is ...more
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2009
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is a 2009 French film directed by Jan Kounen. It was chosen as the Closing Film of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and was shown on 24 May 2009. Coco Chanel ...more