Everyone loves a movie filled with mind-blowing stunts and a fighting sequel. The adrenaline rush during the fight and the satisfaction when the protagonist comes out victoriously are indescribable. Action movies are produced across the world, and all have the same feelings and emotions in them, with just a different language. So, let’s see some of the action movies made in Japan.
1. Battle Royal
Battle Royal is a Japanese action thriller movie that got released in 2000. The film was the adaption of the novel Koushun Takami. Kinji Fukasaku directed the film, and his son Kenta wrote the storyline. The film’s plot revolves around a junior high school student named Shuya, who is still coping with his father’s loss. But, he is forced by the government to participate in a creepy game where the students must kill their opponents to win it.
Bleach is a fantasy-filled action movie that got released in 2018. The movie is an adaptation of the manga series called Tite Kubo, and Shinsuke Sato directed the movie. The film’s plot revolves around a high school student, Ichigo Kurosaki, who uses his recently discovered supernatural powers to protect his hometown.
3. High And Low
High and Low is a crime drama that got released in 1963. Akira Kurosawa directed the film, and it starred Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, and Kyoko Kagawa. The film’s plot revolves around a wealthy man who plans to buy a shoe company. However, when his driver’s son got kidnapped, he is forced to pay whooping ransom money to get him out safely.
4. Seven Samurai
Seven Samurai is a Japanese action drama that got released in 1954. Akira Kurosawa directed the film, and it starred Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Inaba, etc. The story revolves around a veteran samurai who collects six other samurais from different places and brings them together to protect a village from the bandits. They teach the villagers how to defend themselves.
5. Throne Of Blood
Throne of Blood is a Japanese action movie that got released in 1957. Akira Kurosawa directed the film, and it starred Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura, etc. The movie is based on the adaptation of the William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
6. The Hidden Fortress
The Hidden Fortress is a Japanese action film that got released in 1958. Akira Kurosawa directed the movie, and it starred Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, etc. The story revolves around two peasants who decide to escort a man and a woman to safer areas from the enemies in return for a gold reward. They didn’t realize that the man they were rescuing was a general and the woman was a princess.
7. 13 Assassins
13 Assassins is a Japanese action movie that got released in 2010. Takashi Miike directed the film, and it starred Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, etc. The film’s plot revolves around a samurai named, Shinzaemon who brings 11 assassins to kill and ambush an evil king, Matsudaira Naritsugu.
Zatoichi is an adventurous-action Japanese film that got released in 2003. Takeshi Kitano directed the film, and it starred Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Taka Gadarukanaru, Yuko Daike, etc. The film’s plot revolves around a former samurai who was a professional and skilled swordsman but now is a blind masseur. He arrives in a village captured by the rival gangs and helps the villagers fight the gangs back.
9. The Twilight Samurai
The Twilight Samurai is a Japanese action movie that got released in 2002. Yoji Yamada directed the film, and it starred Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Min Tanaka, Ren Osugi, etc. The film’s plot revolves around a Seibei, whose wife is no more. He has two daughters, and to fulfill their needs, he has to work in the fields throughout the day. His strict principles do not allow him to marry his divorced old flame.
Kagemusha is a Japanese action film that got released in 1980. Akira Kurosawa directed the film, and it starred Tatsuya Nakadai. The film’s plot revolves around a lower-class criminal who is taught to pretend like a dying warlord to distract the opposition from attacking the newly vulnerable clan.