Japanuary Challenge 2021 🇯🇵

This list serves as a challenge for January, with the goal being to expose people to some of the most important and exciting Japanese directors and genre films.

There are 31 sections to choose from, and each section has several films listed, which are numbered below. The sections are either a specific director or a specific genre. 

Consider the challenge completed if you can watch a film from 10 of the 31 sections in January. If you want to be truly well-versed in Japanese cinema, you will have to watch at least one movie from each of the 31 sections. I would never expect someone to watch a movie a day, so watching 1 film from each of the 31 sections…

  • Audition

    1

  • Ichi the Killer

    2

  • The Happiness of the Katakuris

    3

  • Gozu

    4

  • 13 Assassins

    5

  • Bullet Ballet

    6

  • Tokyo Fist

    7

  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man

    8

  • Kotoko

    9

  • A Snake of June

    10

  • Suicide Club

    11

  • Love Exposure

    12

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    13

  • Antiporno

    14

  • Himizu

    15

  • Cure

    16

  • Creepy

    17

  • Pulse

    18

  • Tokyo Sonata

    19

  • To the Ends of the Earth

    20

  • Nobody Knows

    21

  • Shoplifters

    22

  • Still Walking

    23

  • Maborosi

    24

  • Air Doll

    25

  • Redline

    26

  • Fist of the North Star

    27

  • Vampire Hunter D

    28

  • Grave of the Fireflies

    29

  • Perfect Blue

    30

  • Ghost in the Shell

    31

  • Akira

    32

  • Royal Space Force - The Wings Of Honneamise

    33

  • Metropolis

    34

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    35

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    36

  • Good Morning

    37

  • Tokyo Story

    38

  • Late Spring

    39

  • An Autumn Afternoon

    40

  • Vengeance Is Mine

    41

  • Pigs and Battleships

    42

  • The Ballad of Narayama

    43

  • Black Rain

    44

  • The Eel

    45

  • Seven Samurai

    46

  • Dreams

    47

  • Ran

    48

  • Ikiru

    49

  • High and Low

    50

  • Woman in the Dunes

    51

  • Pitfall

    52

  • The Face of Another

    53

  • Rikyu

    54

  • The Man Without a Map

    55

  • Fireworks

    56

  • Sonatine

    57

  • Zatoichi

    58

  • Kikujiro

    59

  • A Scene at the Sea

    60

  • Go, Go Second Time Virgin

    61

  • Violated Angels

    62

  • Slave Widow

    63

  • Inflatable Sex Doll of The Wastelands

    64

  • Tokyo Decadence

    65

  • Harakiri

    66

  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

    67

  • Kwaidan

    68

  • Samurai Rebellion

    69

  • The Inheritance

    70

  • Onibaba

    71

  • Kuroneko

    72

  • The Naked Island

    73

  • Under the Flag of the Rising Sun

    74

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    75

  • Battle Royale

    76

  • Black Lizard

    77

  • Sympathy for the Underdog

    78

  • Death by Hanging

    79

  • In the Realm of the Senses

    80

  • Empire of Passion

    81

  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

    82

  • Taboo

    83

  • Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion

    84

  • Lady Snowblood

    85

  • Terrifying Girls' High School: Women's Violent Classroom

    86

  • Inferno of Torture

    87

  • Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss

    88

  • Sex and Fury

    89

  • Ugetsu

    90

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    91

  • The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum

    92

  • The Crucified Lovers

    93

  • The Life of Oharu

    94

  • Spirited Away

    95

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    96

  • My Neighbor Totoro

    97

  • Kiki's Delivery Service

    98

  • Princess Mononoke

    99

  • Ponyo

    100