5 Most Underrated Japanese Movies, Must Watch!
Unknown to the mainstream audience, these underrated japanese movies turn out to be a pretty good watch.
15 Jun 2022 · By Ayurizka Purwadhania
Tokyo Fist Poster (1995)
Tokyo Fist Poster (1995)

Not only Anime, it turns out that Japan also has various genres and types of films that are fun and exciting to watch. Behind the various films that are already popular today, it turns out that some Japanese films are underrated but worth watching! Here are 5 lists of underrated Japanese films that you must watch!

1. Brother (2001)

Synopsis

Takeshi, a Yakuza gangster, is deported to the US. He also went to Los Angeles, where his distant sister lived. Together, they fight for control of the drug trafficking market there.

Why Underrated?

The difference in mindset between western and eastern criminals makes this film very exciting to watch. In this film, you will find a phenomenal and popular scene where Kitano shows off his crooked smile before shooting a room full of criminals.

2. The Emperor In August (2015)

Synopsis

In July 1945, Japan was forced to accept the Postdam declaration at the end of World War II. Cabinet meetings continue to be held for days, but the decision has not yet received a bright spot. As the atomic bombs fell on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945, General Korechika Anamu made a pretty right decision that concerned the emperor of Japan and his people.

Presided over by Prime Minister Kantaro Suzuki, Hisatsune Sakomizu served as secretary, unable to do anything but watch. At that time, Kenji Hatanaka, with the rank of major and other youth officers assigned to face the Japanese, surrendered and moved to the palace and radio station. The radio station had been set up to broadcast Emperor Hirohito reading about the revised Imperial Law.

Why Underrated?

This film contains many legendary Japanese actors and actresses who played all the important characters that became historical events in 20th century Japan.

3. Still Walking (2011)

Synopsis

The story of this film begins with the arrival of Ryota, played by Hiroshi Abe, along with his wife and children, Yukrai and Atsushi, played by Yui Natsukawa and Shohei Tanaka, Shuhei Tanaka. Ryota arrives at his parents' house with his young family on the anniversary of his brother Junpei's death.

Why Underrated?

Still, Walking makes us realize that while death is inevitable and can seem absurd, celebrating the life that exists is a beautiful thing in and of itself.

4. Tokyo Fist (1995)

Synopsis

A businessman, Tsuda, meets his childhood friend, Tazuki, on the subway. Tajuki works as a semi-professional boxer. Tsuda immediately begins to suspect that Tazuki might be having an affair with his fiancé Hizuru. After an argument, Tsuda begins to train hard on his own, leading to a bloody and violent confrontation.

Why Underrated?

Tsukamoto's work this time has many scenes that are very brutal and unforgettable for his fans and film lovers.

5. A Taxing Woman (1988)

Synopsis

Ryoko Itakura returns as a government tax agent willing to handle the toughest cases. This time he takes on a fanatical but lucrative religious cult run by a vile lecher.

Why Underrated?

Senior Japanese actress Nobuko Miyamoto, who plays Ryoko, shows a new thing in her era that makes everyone amazed by the actress' acting ability.

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