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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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Tekken is listed (or ranked) 2 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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21 8
Shoplifters is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 4 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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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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Love Exposure is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Ju-on: The Grudge is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 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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Betrayed is listed (or ranked) 9 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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13 Assassins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
2010
This film 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 of ...more

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Battle Royale is listed (or ranked) 12 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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8 2
Reversal of Fortune is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

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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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7 2
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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8 3
Returner is listed (or ranked) 16 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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9 4
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samu... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Japanese Movies
1999
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. Forest Whitaker stars as the title character, the mysterious "Ghost Dog" who ...more

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The Neighbor No. Thirteen is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Another Heaven is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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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Sukiyaki Western Django is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Outrage is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Ju-on: The Curse 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Grudge 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Why Don't You Play in Hell? is listed (or ranked) 25 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