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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 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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006 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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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Ran is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Audition is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added 1999 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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13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2010 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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Betrayed is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1988 Betrayed is a 1988 motion picture drama directed by Costa-Gavras, written by Joe Eszterhas and starring Tom Berenger and Debra Winger. The film is roughly based upon the White separatist ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2001 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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Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1990 Reversal of Fortune is a 1990 film adapted from the 1985 book Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bülow Case, written by law professor Alan Dershowitz. It recounts the true story of the ...more

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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added 2000 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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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samu... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American crime action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog", a ...more

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Returner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2002 Returner is a 2002 Japanese science fiction film, directed by Takashi Yamazaki and starring Anne Suzuki and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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Paprika is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2006 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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One Missed Call is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2004 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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Another Heaven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2000 Another Heaven is a 2000 crime, horror and sci-fi film written and directed by Jôji Iida.

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The Neighbor No. Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2005 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

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Love Exposure is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added 2008 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

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Sukiyaki Western Django is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2007 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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Why Don't You Play in Hell? is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added Why Don't You Play in Hell? 2013 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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Ju-on: The Curse 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 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) 22 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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The Grudge 3 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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All Night Long 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
All Night Long 3 2002 All Night Long 3 is a 1996 Japanese original video horror film directed by Katsuya Matsumura. It was released on August 9, 1996.

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Zero Woman: The Accused is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies

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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1995 Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Billy Bob Thornton, Iggy Pop, Crispin Glover, John Hurt, Michael Wincott, Lance ...more

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The Street Fighter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1974 The Street Fighter, literally Clash, Killer Fist!, is a Japanese martial arts film released in 1974 and produced by Toei Company Ltd. It was released in the US by New Line Cinema and became one ...more

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Sonatine is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Outrage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2010 Outrage is a 2010 crime drama film written and directed by Takeshi Kitano. "In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese ...more

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3-Iron is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2004 3-Iron is a 2004 South Korean romantic drama film directed by Kim Ki-duk. The plot revolves around the relationship between a young drifter and an abused housewife. The film is notable for the ...more

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Terminatrix is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies

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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) 33 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added 2010 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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Vital is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2004 Vital is a Japanese film made in 2004. It was directed by Shinya Tsukamoto and stars Tadanobu Asano as Hiroshi Takagi, a man whose girlfriend dies and who loses his memory in a car accident. The ...more

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Shogun's Ninja is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
Shogun's Ninja 1980 Shogun's Ninja is an action adventure drama film directed by Noribumi Suzuki.

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Appleseed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2004 Appleseed is a 2004 Japanese computer animated anime science fiction action film directed by Shinji Aramaki and based on the Appleseed manga created by Masamune Shirow. It features the voice ...more

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The Princess Blade is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2001 The Princess Blade is a 2001 Japanese action film directed by Shinsuke Sato. It is a reimagining of the manga Lady Snowblood by Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura.

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Isn't She Great is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2000 Isn't She Great is a 2000 American film, that presents a fictionalized biography of best-selling author Jacqueline Susann, played by Bette Midler. The film was directed by Andrew Bergman, with a ...more

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The Emperor and the Assassin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1998 The Emperor and the Assassin, also known as The First Emperor, is a 1998 - 1999 Chinese historical romance film based primarily on Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin, as ...more

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levalex88 added Guilty of Romance 2011 Guilty of Romance is a drama film written and directed by Sion Sono. "Izumi is married to a famous romantic novelist but their life seems just a simple repetition without romance. One day, ...more

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Night on Earth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1991 Night on Earth is a 1991 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It is a collection of five vignettes, taking place during the same night, concerning the temporary bond formed between taxi ...more

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Sleepy Heads is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
Sleepy Heads 1997

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Last Life in the Universe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2003 Last Life in the Universe is a 2003 Thai film directed by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. The film is notable for being trilingual; the two main characters flit from Thai to Japanese to English as their ...more

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1974 The Street Fighter's Last Revenge is a 1974 martial arts film and the third in a series starting with The Street Fighter starring Sonny Chiba. The film is currently in public domain.

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2003 It's All About Love is a 2003 romance-drama film written and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Its narrative can be classified as apocalyptic science fiction, but Vinterberg prefers to call it ...more

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Suicide Club is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
levalex88 added 2001 Suicide Club, known in Japan as Suicide Circle is a 2002 Japanese independent horror film that gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its controversial ...more

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1995 The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The story focuses on "The Lady", a ...more

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1987 Fatal Beauty is a 1987 American comedic action thriller film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sam Elliott, directed by Tom Holland. The screenplay was written by Hilary Henkin and Dean Riesner. The ...more

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2000 Wonder Boys is an American 2000 comedy film directed by Curtis Hanson and written by Steve Kloves. The film was based on the novel of the same title by Michael Chabon. Michael Douglas stars as ...more

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1994 The Getaway is a 1994 crime thriller directed by Roger Donaldson. It is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name and is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The film stars Alec ...more