Donald Richie's 100 Years of Japanese Film - A List

This is a list of films that Donald Richie included in the back of his book, A Hundred Years of Japanese Film. Richie was a pioneering writer on Japan, as well as one of the earliest and staunchest supporters of now renowned filmmakers Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, among others. He tailored this list to focus mostly on that which are available on VHS and DVD, although some of these are still a little difficult to track down.

Instead of making my own list when I admittedly have my blind spots regarding Japan's output, I've included another 20 films of my own choosing, to accommodate the recent influx of Japanese films available online and on disc since this book was…

  • An Actor's Revenge
  • Afraid To Die
  • After Life
  • Akira
  • Angel Dust
  • Antonio Gaudí
  • Audition
  • An Autumn Afternoon
  • Avalon
  • Bad Company
  • The Bad Sleep Well
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Battle Royale
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity
  • Being Two Isn't Easy
  • Black Lizard
  • Black Rain
  • Boiling Point
  • Boy
  • Branded to Kill
  • The Burmese Harp
  • Café Lumière
  • Charisma
  • Children of Hiroshima
  • Conflagration
  • Crazed Fruit
  • The Crucified Lovers
  • Cruel Story of Youth
  • Cure
  • Death by Hanging
  • Dersu Uzala
  • Chuji's Travel Diary III: The Chuji Patrol Episode
  • Distance
  • Dodes'ka-den
  • Double Suicide
  • Dreams
  • Drunken Angel
  • Early Spring
  • Early Summer
  • Why Not?
  • Empire of Passion
  • The End of Summer
  • Eros + Massacre
  • Eureka
  • The Face of Another
  • The Family Game
  • Fighting Elegy
  • Fire Festival
  • Fires on the Plain
  • Fireworks
  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice
  • Floating Clouds
  • Floating Weeds
  • Flowing
  • Focus
  • The 47 Ronin
  • 47 Ronin
  • The Funeral
  • Gate of Flesh
  • Gate of Hell
  • A Geisha
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Giants and Toys
  • Godzilla
  • Gonin
  • Gonza the Spearman
  • Good Morning
  • Harakiri
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • High and Low
  • History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess
  • House
  • The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
  • Humanity and Paper Balloons
  • The Idiot
  • Ikiru
  • I Live in Fear
  • Intentions of Murder
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • An Inn in Tokyo
  • The Insect Woman
  • I Was Born, But...
  • Japanese Girls at the Harbor
  • A Japanese Tragedy
  • Kagemusha
  • Kwaidan
  • The Lady of Musashino
  • Late Autumn
  • Late Chrysanthemums
  • Late Spring
  • The Life of Oharu
  • Lightning
  • The Lower Depths
  • Maborosi
  • Madadayo
  • The Masseurs and a Woman
  • The Makioka Sisters