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top foreign-language films, 1-50

top films of China, 1-20

top films of Bollywood

top films of Japan, 1-50

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more hit films, 51-100
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Top Foreign-Language Films
Analysis of the Top 110 Foreign-Language Films (as posted here): years run from 1979 to 2011 {inflation bias?}; top countries are France with 22 hits listed here, China ten, Spain 7, Mexico 6, Germany 5, Sweden 5, Italy four, India & Japan 3 each, 2 each for Argentina & Canada, and one each for Brasil, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, and Thailand; these also include five films by Pedro Almodóvar, three movies starring Audrey Tautou, all three films based on the posthumous mystery novels of Stieg Larsson, and two films by Akira Kurosawa — also, fourteen of these films won major Academy Awards (Oscars).

Magic Lantern's Foreign Cinema Index Page

number 1!   "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Wo Hu Cang Long)"
[Sony Pictures Classics Taiwan 12/2000] by Ang Lee $128,078,872 gross /tt0190332/

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film  won Oscar for Best Cinematography  won Oscar for Best Art Direction  won Oscar for Best Music Score
won 4 Academy Awards, 3 B.A.F.T.A. Awards, D.G.A. Award, 5 Golden Horse Awards, Grammy
Award, 8 Hong Kong Film Awards, Hugo Award, 3 Independent Spirit Awards, Nebula Award


number 2!   "Life Is Beautiful (La Vita è Bella)" [Miramax Italy 10/1998]
directed by & starring Roberto Benigni $57,563,264 gross

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film   Roberto Benigni won Oscar for Best Actor   won Oscar for Best Original Score   won César Award for Best Foreign Film
won 3 Academy Awards, BAFTA Award, Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival, César Award in France, 9 David
di Donatello Awards, German Film Award, Goya Award, Lumiere Award in France, S.A.G. Award


number 3!   Jet Li's "Hero (Ying Xiong)" [Beijing New Picture Film Co. 8/2004]
by Zhang Yimou $53,710,019 gross
also listed as #1 in China box office {below} but with $177,352,140 worldwide gross
won Alfred Bauer Award in Berlin, 4 Golden Rooster Awards,
7 Hong Kong Film Awards, tied for Hundred Flowers Award


number 4!   "Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)" [PictureHouse Mexico 2006]
by Guillermo del Toro $37,634,615 gross

won Oscar for Best Cinematography     won Oscar for Best Art Direction     won Oscar for Best Makeup
won 3 Academy Awards, Award of the Argentinean Academy, 2 Saturn Awards, Golden Ariel &
8 Silver Ariel Awards in Mexico, 3 BAFTA Awards, 7 Goya Awards, Hugo Award,
3 Imagen Awards, Independent Spirit Award, Sant Jordi Award


number 5!   "Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain)"
[U.F.D. France 4/2001, Miramax USA 11/2001] $33,225,499 gross

won César Award for Best Film   won César Award for Best Director   won César Award for Best Production Design   won César Award for Best Original Music Score
starring Audrey Tautou; won 2 BAFTA Awards, Czech Lion Award, 4 César Awards in France,
4 European Film Awards, Golden Screen Award in Germany, Goya Award, Independent Spirit Award,
Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary, 3 Lumiere Awards in France, Sant Jordi Award


number 6!   Jet Li's "Fearless (Huo Yuan Jia)" [China Film Group 1/2006,
Rogue Pictures USA 9/2006] $24,633,730 gross
won Hong Kong Film Award & Hundred Flowers Award


won Oscar for Best Original Score    number 7!   "Il Postino"  [Cecchi Gori Group Italy 9/1994, Miramax USA 6/1995]
at end of 2011, holds #7 box office ranking, at $21,848,932 worldwide gross
won Oscar for Best Original Score, Japanese Academy Award, 3 BAFTA Awards,
David di Donatello Awards, Kinema Junpo Award, Lumiere Award of France,
2 Sant Jordi Awards • full credits from IMDb


number 8!   "Like Water For Chocolate" [Miramax Mexico 2/1993]
by Alfonso Arau $21,665,468 gross /tt0103994/
won Golden Ariel & 9 Silver Ariel Awards in Mexico, Independent Spirit Award


Michel Serrault won César Award for Best Actor    number 9!   "La Cage aux Folles" [United Artists France 3/1979]
at end of 2011, holds #9 box office ranking, at $20,424,259 worldwide gross
won César Award of France & David di Donatello Award • /tt0077288/

the 1980 sequel is at #36 box office ranking below

"La Cage aux Folles" Broadway musical [1983-87]
http://www.ibdb.com/show.php?id=5126

"La Cage aux Folles 3: The Wedding" [1985] /tt0088873/

"The Birdcage" Hollywood remake [United Artists March 1996] /tt0115685/
Directed by Mike Nichols; adaptation by Elaine May; starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane,
Gene Hackman, Dianne Wiest, Dan Futterman & Calista Flockhart


number 10!   "Kung Fu Hustle" [China Film Group 12/2004, Sony Pictures Classics USA 4/2005]
by Stephen Chow $17,108,591 gross won 5 Golden Horse Awards of Taiwan,
6 Hong Kong Film Awards, Hundred Flowers Award of China


11 "The Motorcycle Diaries" [Argentina 7/2004,
Focus Features USA 9/2004] $16,781,387 gross; won 3 Silver Condor Awards in Argentina,
2 BAFTA Awards, 2 awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Directors Guild of Great Britain Award,
Goya Award, 3 Imagen Awards, 2 Independent Spirit Awards, 2 Golden Satellite Awards

"The Making of The Motorcycle Diaries" [2004 TV] /tt0480765/


12 "Iron Monkey" [Miramax Hong Kong 10/2001] /tt0108148/
Co-produced by Quentin Tarantino & Tsui Hark; starring Donnie Yen $14,694,904 gross


13 "Monsoon Wedding" [India 2/2002] by Mira Nair /tt0265343/
$13,885,966 gross; won British Independent Film Award, Independent Spirit
Producers Award, 2 awards at Venice Film Festival


14 "Y Tu Mamá También" [Mexico 6/2001, I.F.C. USA 3/2002] /tt0245574/
by Alfonso Cuarón $13,839,658 gross; won 2 Glitter Awards, FIPRESCI Prize at Havana Film
Festival, Independent Spirit Award, 3 MTV Movie Awards, 2 awards at Venice Film Festival


15 "Volver" [Spain 3/2006, Sony Pictures Classics 11/2006] /tt0441909/
by Pedro Almodóvar $12,899,867 gross; won 2 awards at Cannes Film Festival, Czech Lion Award,
Empire Award of U.K., 5 European Film Awards, Golden Pegasus Award, 2 Fotogramas de Plata Awards,
4 Goya Awards, Eagle Award of Poland, Satellite Award, 3 Spanish Actors Union Awards


16 "Under The Same Moon (La Misma Luna)" [Weinstein 3/2008] /tt0796307/
starring Kate del Castillo $12,590,147 gross


17 "Nuovo  Cinema  Paradiso"
[Italy Nov 1988, Miramax USA 2/1990]
at end of 2011, holds #17 box office ranking, at $12,397,210 worldwide gross

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990  Cinema Paradiso video  Written & directed by Giuseppe Tornatore; starring Philippe Noiret, Marco Leonardi, Salvatore Cascio, Jacques Perrin, Antonella Attili, Pupella Maggio & Brigitte Fossey (director's cut only); won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, 5 BAFTAs, Jury Grand Prize at Cannes & other awards; these DVDs are generally the 155-minute release
Miramax widescreen color Blu-ray [10/2011] for $9.49
LionsGate widescreen color DVD [4/2011] for $9.49
HBO widescreen color DVD [3/2001] for $29.57
HBO color VHS [3/2001] for $7.80
HBO color VHS [12/94] for $9.99
Ennio Morricone soundtrack CD [6/91] for $14.99
DRG 'Extra Tracks' CD [6/2001] for $17.99
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
June 2002 Director's Cut [3 hour release]
info on different versions from IMDb


18 "The Protector (Tom yum Goong)" [Thailand 8/2005,
Weinstein USA 9/2006] $12,044,087 gross


19 "Das Boot" [West Germany 9/1981, Triumph USA 2/1982]
by Wolfgang Petersen $11,487,676 gross; won Bavarian Film Award, 2 German Film Awards - Gold & Silver,
4 Golden Camera Awards of Germany, Golden Screen Award of Germany, Golden Reel Award


20 "The Lives of Others" [Germany 3/2006, Sony Pictures Classics USA 2/2007]
$11,286,112 gross won Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar, Argentina Academy Award, BAFTA Award,
4 Bavarian Film Awards, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, César Award of France, David di Donatello Award,
3 European Film Awards 7 German Film Gold Awards, Independent Spirit Award, Kinema Junpo Readers'
Choice Award, Bernhard Wicki Film Award of Germany, Eagle Award of Poland, many film festival awards


21 "Brotherhood of The Wolf" [Canal+ France 1/2001,
Universal USA 1/2002] $11,260,096 gross


22 "House of Flying Daggers" [China 7/2004, Sony Pictures Classics USA 12/2004]
by Zhang Yimou $11,050,094 gross /tt0385004/
http://www.amazon.com/House-Flying-Daggers-Takeshi-Kaneshiro/dp/B0007Q6VXC/


23 "La Vie en Rose (La Môme)" [France 2/2007, Picturehouse USA 6/2007]
at end of 2011, holds #23 box office ranking, at $10,301,706 worldwide gross

Marion Cotillard won Oscar for Best Actress   won Oscar for Best Makeup   Marion Cotillard won César Award for Best Actress   Tetsuo Nagata won César Award for Best Cinematography   won César Award for Best Production Design   won César Award for Best Costume Design   won César Award for Best Sound
starring Marion Cotillard {won Oscar}; won 2 Academy Awards, 4 BAFTA Awards, 3 Czech Lion Awards,
5 César Awards of France, 2 Lumiere Awards of France, Satellite Award, Étoile d'Or Award of France


24 "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" [Sweden 2/2009, Music Box Films USA 3/2010]
$10,095,170 gross; based on the mystery novel by Stieg Larsson

"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" Hollywood remake  
[Sony/Columbia 12/2011] /tt1568346/


25 "Shall We Dance?" [Toho Japan 1/1996, Miramax USA 7/1997] $9,499,091 gross
won 14 Japanese Academy Awards, 2 Blue Ribbon Awards, 3 Hochi Film Awards, 6 Kinema Junpo Awards,
6 Mainichi Film Concours Awards, Golden Satellite Award, 4 Yokohama Film Festival Awards

"Shall We Dance" Hollywood remake [Miramax 10/2004]
/tt0358135/ starring Richard Gere & Jennifer Lopez


won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay  won César Award for Best European Union Film    26 "Talk To Her (Hable con Ella)"
[Spain 3/2002, Sony Pictures Classics USA 11/2002]
by Pedro Almodóvar $9,285,469 gross; won Oscar for Best Original Screenplay,
2 BAFTA Awards, Czech Lion Award, César Award of France, 5 European Film
Awards, Goya Award of Spain, 2 Golden Satellite Awards


Lasse Hallström won Oscar for Best Director    27 "My Life As A Dog" [Sweden 12/1985, Skouras Pictures USA 3/1987] /tt0089606/
by Lasse Hallström $8,345,266 gross; won Oscar for Best Director, Independent Spirit
Award, Golden Space Needle Award, 3 Young Artist Special Awards


won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film  won César Award for Best Foreign Film    28 "All About My Mother" [Spain 4/1999, Sony Pictures Classics USA 11/1999]
/tt0185125/ by Pedro Almodóvar $8,272,296 gross
won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, 2 BAFTA Awards, British Independent Film Award,
Butaca Award of Spain, 2 awards at Cannes Film Festival, Cinema Brazil Grand Prize, César
Award of France, David di Donatello Award, 3 European Film Awards, Fotogramas de Plata
Award, German Film Award, 7 Goya Awards, Lumiere Award of France, Ondas Award,
Golden Satellite Award, Spanish Actors Union Award, Spanish Music Award


29 "Sarah's Key" [France 10/2010, Weinstein USA 7/2011] $7,692,705 gross


30 "The Girl Who Played With Fire" [Sweden 9/2009, Music Box Films USA 7/2010]
/tt1216487/ $7,638,241 gross; based on the mystery novel by Stieg Larsson

"The Girl Who Played With Fire" Hollywood remake  
[Sony/Columbia 2013?] /tt1703246/


31 "City of God (Cidade de Deus)" [Brasil 8/2002, Miramax USA 1/2003] /tt0317248/
$7,564,459 gross; won 3 A.B.C. Cinematography Awards, Audience Award at A.F.I. Fest, BAFTA
Award, Black Reel Award, British Independent Film Award, Golden Frog Award at Camerimage,
6 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize Awards, 9 awards at Havana Film Festival, Golden Reel
Award, Prism Award, 6 Prêmio Qualidade Awards of Brasil, Golden Satellite Award


32 "Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin Shi Nan Nu)"
[Taiwan 1994, Samuel Goldwyn 8/1994] by Ang Lee $7,294,403 gross


33 "Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt)" [Germany 8/1998, Sony Pictures Classics USA 6/1999]
/tt0130827/ $7,267,585 gross; won Bavarian Film Award, Bogey Award of Germany, Ernst Lubitsch
Award of Germany, 7 German Film Awards, Independent Spirit Award, Golden Space Needle Award,
Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival


34 "Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios)"
[Spain 3/1988, Orion Classics USA 11/1988] by Pedro Almodóvar $7,179,298 gross; won David di Donatello
Award, 2 European Film Awards, 2 Fotogramas de Plata Awards, 5 Goya Awards, 2 Sant Jordi Awards


35 "The Orphanage (El Orfanato)" [Spain 10/2007, Picturehouse USA 12/2007]
$7,161,284 gross; won 7 Barcelona Film Awards, Butaca Award of Spain, Fotogramas de Plata
Award, 7 Goya Awards, Golden Reel Award, Sant Jordi Audience Award, Spanish Actors Union
Award, Spanish Music Award


36 "La Cage aux Folles 2" [France 12/1980, United Artists USA 2/1981] $6,950,125 gross
the 1979 prequel is at #9 box office ranking above


37 "The Wedding Banquet" [Samuel Goldwyn USA 8/1993]
by Ang Lee Taiwanese co-production; $6,933,459 gross; won Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award,
Golden Berlin Bear, Deauville Film Festival Critics, Award, GLAAD Media Award,
5 Golden Horse Awards, 2 Golden Space Needle Awards


38 "Fanny and Alexander" [Sweden 12/1982, Embassy Pictures USA 6/1983]
by Ingmar Bergman $6,783,304 gross

won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film   Sven Nykvist won Oscar for Best Cinematography   won Oscar for Best Art Direction   won Oscar for Best Costume Design   won César Award for Best Foreign Film
won 4 Academy Awards, BAFTA Award, British Society of Cinematographers Award, César Award
of France, 3 David di Donatello Awards, FIPRESCI Prize at Venice Film Festival


39 "The Closet (Le Placard)" [Gaumont France 1/2001, Miramax USA 6/2001]
by Francis Veber $6,678,894 gross /tt0243493/ /B00005OSLQ/


40 "3 Idiots" [India Dec 2009]
set a new India box-office record of India rupee symbol202,570,000 and is the current record holder; is also
listed #40 on this foreign movie box office list, at $6,532,874 worldwide gross


41 "Maria Full of Grace"
[Colombia 4/2004, Fine Line Features USA 7/2004]
/tt0390221/ starring Catalina Sandino Moreno {Oscar nom} $6,529,624 gross; won Silver Condor of
Argentina, 2 awards at Berlin International Film Festival, 2 awards at Cartagena Film Festival, 3 awards at
Deauville Film Festival, 2 Gotham Awards, Imagen Award, 2 Independent Spirit Awards, Golden Satellite
Award, Golden Space Needle Award, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival


42 "A Very Long Engagement (Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles)"
[Warner Bros. France 10/2004, USA 11/2004]

Marion Cotillard won César Award for Best Supporting Actress   Gaspard Ulliel won César Award for Most Promising Actor   Bruno Delbonnel won César Award for Best Cinematography   won César Award for Best Production Design   won César Award for Best Costume Design
starring Audrey Tautou $6,524,389 gross; won A.S.C. Award, 5 César Awards of France,
Edgar Allan Poe Award, European Film Award, Lumiere Award of France


won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film  won César Award for Best Foreign Film    43 "The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)"
[Argentina 9/2009, Sony Pictures Classics USA 4/2010] /tt1305806/ $6,391,436 gross;
won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 13 Argentina Academy Awards,
11 Silver Condor Awards of Argentina, Silver Ariel Award of Mexico, Cinema Brazil Grand
Prize, César Award of France, 2 Goya Awards, 5 awards at Havana Film Festival, Sant Jordi
Audience Award, Turia Award of Spain

"The Secret In Their Eyes" Hollywood remake [2012?] /tt1741273/  


won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film    44 "Nowhere In Africa (Nirgendwo in Afrika)"
[Germany 12/2001, Zeitgeist Films USA 3/2003]
/tt0161860/ $6,180,200 gross; won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film,
2 Bavarian Film Awards, 2 Golden Wave Awards, Euregio Film Award,
5 German Film Awards in Gold, 2 awards at Karlovy Vary


45 "Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne)"
[EuropaCorp France 11/2006, Music Box Films USA 7/2008]

Guillaume Canet won César Award for Best Director   François Cluzet won César Award for Best Actor   won César Award for Best Editing   won César Award for Best Original Music Score  
/tt0362225/ $6,177,192 gross; won 4 César Awards of France, 2 Lumiere Awards
of France, 2 Étoile d'Or Awards of France

"Tell No One" Hollywood remake [2014?] /tt1430632/  


46 "Coco Before Chanel" /tt1035736/
[Warner Bros. France 4/2009, Sony Pictures Classics USA 9/2009]
starring Audrey Tautou $6,113,834 gross; won Étoile d'Or Award, minor César Award of France


47 "Cyrano de Bergerac" [France 3/1990, Orion Classics 11/1990]

won Oscar for Best Costume Design   Jean-Paul Rappeneau won César des Césars Award   won César Award for Best Film   Jean-Paul Rappeneau won César Award for Best Director   Gérard Depardieu won César Award for Best Actor   Jacques Weber won César Award for Best Supporting Actor   won César Award for Best Cinematography   won César Award for Best Costume Design   won César Award for Best Editing   won César Award for Best Original Music Score   won César Award for Best Production Design   won César Award for Best Sound
/tt0099334/ $5,820,020 gross; starring Gérard Depardieu; won Oscar for Best Costume Design,
4 BAFTA Awards, British Society of Cinematographers Award, 2 awards at Cannes Film Festival,
11 César Awards of France, David di Donatello Awards, European Film Award, France National
Academy of Cinema Award


won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film    48 "Kolya/Kolja" [Czech Republic 5/1996, Miramax USA 1/1997]
by Jan Sverák $5,770,254 gross; won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film,
Bogey Award of Germany, 7 Czech Lion Awards, 3 awards at Pilsen Film Festival,
2 awards at Tokyo International Film Festival, Honorable Mention at
Venice Film Festival, 2 Young Artist Awards


49 "El Crimen del Padre Amaro (The Crime of Father Amaro)"
[Mexico 8/2002, Samuel Goldwyn Films USA 2003]
/tt0313196/ $5,717,044 gross; won Golden Ariel & 8 Silver Ariel Awards of Mexico, 2 awards at
Guadalajara Film Festival, Best Screenplay Award at Havana Film Festival, MTV Movie Award,
4 Silver Goddess Awards of Mexico


50 "Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan"
[Russia 9/2007, Picturehouse USA 6/2008]
/tt0416044/ by Sergey Bodrov $5,705,761 gross; won Asian Film Award,
2 Golden Eagle Awards of Russia, 6 Nika Awards of Russia

Selected Box Office Hit Foreign Films from 51 to 110


54 "Water"
[Fox Searchlight/Téléfilm Canada April 2006]
Water movie  Set in India in 1938, the film reveals the still-existing Hindu traditions that force lower-caste widows into literal imprisonment. Production was started in 1999 in Benares, India, and quickly shut down by politically motivated attacks; production was restarted 3 years later in Sri Lanka. Written & directed by Deepa Mehta; starring Sarala, Lisa Ray, John Abraham, Seema Biswas, Manorama, Raghuvir Yadav & Khulbushan Kharbanda; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film {a film of Canada}; at end of 2011, holds #54 box office ranking, at $5,529,144 worldwide gross
Fox widescreen color DVD [8/2006] for $10.99
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [12/2005] for $14.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie sitedistributor's movie site


won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film    57 "Belle Epoque (The Age of Beauty)"
[Spain 12/1992, Sony Pictures Classics 2/1994] $5,418,216
Directed by Fernando Trueba; featuring Penelope Cruz; won Academy Award for Best Foreign
Language Film, BAFTA Award, 3 Fotogramas de Plata Awards, 9 Goya Awards, 3 awards at
Gramado Film Festival, 4 awards at Peñíscola Comedy Film Festival, Sant Jordi Award,
Spanish Actors Union Award, Turia Award of Spain


59 "Bread and Tulips (Pane e Tulipani)" [Italy 2/2000, First Look Intl. USA 7/2001]
$5,318,679; won 9 David di Donatello Awards, 3 Golden Pegasus Awards, 2 awards at
Pula Film Festival, Swiss Film Prize, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Jury Award


60 "Farewell My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji)"
[Hong Kong 1/1993, Miramax USA 10/1993]
Farewell My Concubine movie from China  The friendship of two orphans, raised as brothers and trained to be performers in the Peking Opera, evolves into a passionate love triangle with the wife of one; the background includes the historic changes in China, from 1920s democracy to Mao's communism to the repressive post-Mao regimes. Directed by Kaige Chen, based on a novel by Pik Wah Li {Lilian Lee}; starring Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong; won BAFTA Award, Camerimage Silver Frog, Mainichi Film Concours Award; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005); at end of 2011, holds #60 box office ranking, at $5,216,888 worldwide gross
Guangzhu Beauty Film Audio & Video Press color subtitled DVD [12/2007] for $15.50
Miramax letterboxed color w/English subtitles DVD [12/99] out of prodn/used
Walt Disney Video color subtitled VHS [1/96] for $3.71
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


62 "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest"
[Sweden 11/2009, Music Box Films USA 10/2010]
$5,190,196; based on the mystery novel by Stieg Larsson


63 "Biutiful" [Mexico 1/2010, Roadside Attractions USA 12/2010]
/tt1164999/ by Alejandro González Iñárritu $5,101,237; won Silver Ariel Award of Mexico,
Fotogramas de Plata Award, Goya Award, Image Award, 2 Spanish Actors Union Awards


Daniel Auteuil won César Award for Best Actor    67 "Jean de Florette" [France 8/1986, Orion Classics USA 6/1987]
/tt0091288/ $4,940,939; directed by Claude Berri; starring Yves Montand, Gérard Depardieu
& Daniel Auteuil {won César}; won 7 d'Or Night Award, 4 BAFTA Awards, César Award
of France, France National Academy of Cinema Award

sequel "Manon of The Spring" [1986] is at box office #85 ranking below


68 "Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)" [Taiwan 9/2007, Focus Features USA 9/2007]
/tt0808357/ by Ang Lee $4,604,982; won Asian Film Award, 9 Golden Horse Awards,
Hong Kong Film Award, Satellite Award, 2 awards at Venice Film Festival; also listed below
as #4 in China, with a supposed $65,696,051 worldwide gross


won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film    73 "Babette's Feast" [Denmark 8/87, Orion Classics 3/1988]
/tt0092603/ $4,398,938; Adapted & directed by Gabriel Axel, based on the novel by Karen Blixen;
won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Silver Condor of Argentina, BAFTA Award,
Special Mention at Cannes Film Festival, 2 awards at Rouen Nordic Film Festival


74 "Black Book" [Netherlands 9/2006, Sony Pictures Classics USA 4/2007]
/tt0389557/ $4,398,532 Co-written & directed by Paul Verhoeven; won 3 Golden & Platin Film Awards
of Netherlands, 3 Golden Calf Awards at Nederlands Film Festival, 3 Rembrandt Awards,
Young Cinema Award at Venice Film Festival


77 "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (Átame !)" [Spain 1/1990, Miramax USA 5/1990]
/tt0101026/ $4,087,361 Written & directed by Pedro Almodóvar; won Golden India Catalina Award at
Cartagena Film Festival, 2 Fotogramas de Plata Awards, 15 Goya Awards, Sant Jordi Audience Award


79 "Ran  (Chaos)"
[Toho Japan 6/1985, Orion Classics 12/1985]
Kurosawa's Ran  
poster for Kurosawa's 'Ran' no longer available  
Based on Wm. Shakespeare's King Lear. An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. Co-written & directed by Akira Kurosawa; starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada & Yoshiko Miyazaki; nominated for Best Director, Best Cinematography & Best Art Direction Oscars, won Oscar for Best Costumes; won BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film; at end of 2011, holds #79 box office ranking, at $4,069,653 worldwide gross
LionsGate widescreen color Blu-ray w/subtitles [2/2010] for $26.99
Criterion color DVD w/subtitles [11/2005] 2 discs - out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber color DVD w/subtitles [4/2003] out of prodn/used
Fox Lorber color DVD w/subtitles [8/98] out of prodn/many used
Fox Lorber letterbox VHS w/subtitles [3/98] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Ran" art book [1986] by Akira Kurosawa
the paintings used to design the epic film
Shambhala pb [9/86] out of print/many used


82 "Kagemusha"  [Toho Japan 4/1980, Fox USA 10/1980]
/tt0080979/ $4,000,000 gross; directed by Akira Kurosawa; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign
Language Film, won 2 BAFTA Awards, 7 Mainichi Film Concours Awards • full credits at IMDb


83 "Entre Nous" or "Coup de Foudre" [France 4/1983, USA 1/1984]
/tt0085370/ $3,974,975 Co-written & directed by Diane Kurys; starring Miou-Miou &
Isabelle Huppert; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, won France National
Academy of Cinema Award, FIPRESCI Prize at San Sebastián


won César Award for Best Film  Michael Lonsdalewon César Award for Best Supporting Actor    84 "Of Gods and Men (Des Hommes et des Dieux)"
[France 7/2010, Sony Pictures Classics USA 2/2011]
/tt1588337/ $3,954,651; won 2 awards at Cannes Film Festival, 2 César Awards
of France, FIPRESCI Prize at Palm Springs


Emmanuelle Béartwon César Award for Best Actress    85 "Manon of The Spring" [France 11/1986, Orion Classics USA 11/1987]
/tt0091480/ $3,940,542 Co-adapted & directed by Claude Berri; starring Emmanuelle Béart,
Yves Montand & Daniel Auteuil; won César Award of France

sequel to "Jean de Florette" [1986], which ia at foreign box office #67 ranking above


Cécile De France won César Award for Most Promising Actress    86 "L'Auberge Espagnole" [France 6/2002, Fox Searchlight USA 5/2003]
/tt0283900/ $3,897,799 starring Audrey Tautou & Cécile De France; won Audience Award
at Brisbane and at Karlovy Vary, César Award of France, 2 Lumiere Awards of France,
2 awards at Sydney Film Festival, Étoile d'Or Award of France


88 "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner)" [Canada 4/2002, Lot 47 Films USA 6/2002]
/tt0285441/ $3,789,952; won Golden Camera at Cannes Film Festival, tied for Lino Brocka Award
at Cinemanila, New Director's Award at Edinburgh, 6 Genie Awards of Canada, 2 awards at Ghent
Film Festival, Audience Award at Newport, Festival Award at San Diego, Luminaria Award at
Santa Fe, Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Toronto International Film Festival


won shared César Award for Best Script Adaptation    90 "The Class (Entre Les Murs)" docudrama
[France 9/2008, Sony Pictures Classics USA 12/2008]
/tt1068646/ $3,766,810; Co-written & directed by Laurent Cantet; co-adapted (from his book)
by & starring François Bégaudeau; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film; won Academy
Award of Argentina, Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival, César Award of France, Image Award,
Independent Spirit Award, 2 Lumiere Awards of France, Étoile d'Or Award of France


won César Award for Best Original Script  won César Award for Best Production Design  won César Award for Best Original Music Score    91 "The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre)"
[France 5/1982, European Intl. USA 6/1983] /tt0084589 $3,704,433
starring Gérard Depardieu & Nathalie Baye; won 3 César Awards of France


won César Award for Best Original Music  won César Award for Best Sound    94 "The Chorus (Les Choristes)" /tt0372824/
[Pathé France 3/2004, Miramax Films USA 12/2004]
Co-written & directed by Christophe Barratier; adapted from a 1945 film; starring Gérard Jugnot, François Berléand, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Maxence Perrin & Grégory Gatignol; won Audience Award at Austin Film Festival and at Ljubljana and at Sant Jordi, Golden Kinnaree Award at Bangkok, 2 César Awards of France, European Film Award, Jury Award at Ft. Lauderdale, Crystal Heart Award, Lumiere Award of France, Étoile d'Or Award of France; #1 movie in France in 2004, with more than 8.6 million admissions; at end of 2011, holds #94 box office ranking, at $3,635,164 worldwide gross


95 "Om Shanti Om" [Red Chillies Ent. India & Eros Intl. USA 11/2007]
/tt1024943/ $1,764,131 Co-written & directed by Farah Khan; starring Shah Rukh Khan &
Deepika Padukone; won Asian Film Award, Popular Award of the International Indian Film
Academy, Best Asian Film Award at Neuchâtel, Zee Cine Popular Award


won César Award for Best Original Music Score    96 "Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)"
[France & Poland 5/1994, Miramax Films USA 12/1994]
$3,581,969; the third film of Krzysztof Kie?lowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, preceded by "Blue"
in 1993 & "White" in 1994; won Camerimage Silver Frog, César Award of France, Independent
Spirit Award, Turia of Spain Audience Award, Most Popular Film Award at Vancouver
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Colors_Trilogy


100 "Camille Claudel" [Gaumont France 12/1988, Orion Classics USA 12/1989]

won César Award for Best Film   Isabelle Adjani won César Award for Best Actress   won César Award for Best Cinematography   won César Award for Best Editing   won César Award for Best Production Design   won César Award for Best Costume Design   won César Award for Best Original Music
/tt0094828/ $3,331,297 Co-written & directed by Bruno Nuytten; based on the book by Reine-Marie Paris;
starring Isabelle Adjani & Gérard Depardieu; won Silver Berlin Bear, 7 César Awards of France (and 7 more noms)


102 "Wings of Desire" [Germany) 1987, OrionC 4/29/88]
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders  A brilliant, stunning, gorgeous subjective look at what it means to be human. "Luminously optimistic." Directed by Wim Wenders; German title "Der Himmel über Berlin" (Heaven Above Berlin); starring Bruno Ganz, Otto Sander & Peter Falk; many awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinema-tography & more; listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (10/2005); at end of 2011, holds 102 box office ranking, at $3,210,139 worldwide gross
Criterion Collection Blu-ray [11/2009] for $22.76
MGM/UA widescreen DVD w/English subtitles [7/2003] out of prodn/many used
MGM/UA color VHS w/English subtitles [6/2000] for $9.98
Orion color VHS w/English subtitles [5/93] for $7.99
Fine Line import soundtrack CD [5/90] for $18.04
Nonesuch soundtrack CD [10/90] out of prodn/many used
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


110 "Russian Ark" [France 5/2002, Pandora/Wellspring USA 10/2002]
/tt0318034/ $3,011,013 Filmed in one 99-minute take {the fourth try went fine} inside the State Hermitage
Museum and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia; co-written & directed by Aleksandr Sokurov; won Silver
Condor of Argentina, German Camera Award, 3 awards at Málaga, Nika Award, Visions Award at Toronto



Top Films of China

Magic Lantern's Cinema of Asia Page

number 1!   Jet Li's "Hero (Ying Xiong)" [Beijing New Picture Film Co. 8/2004]
$177,352,140 worldwide gross


number 2!   "Red Cliff (Chi Bi)" [China 7/2008, USA 11/2009]
by John Woo $119,627,047 worldwide gross


number 3!   "Man Cheng Jin Dai Huang Jin Jia (Curse of The Golden Flower)"
[Beijing New Picture Film Co. 12/2006, SPC USA 12/2006]
by Zhang Yimou $75,566,773 worldwide gross


number 4!   "Se, Jie (Lust, Caution)" [Taiwan 9/2007, Focus Features USA 9/2007]
/tt0808357/ by Ang Lee $65,696,051 worldwide gross; won Asian Film Award, 9 Golden Horse
Awards, Hong Kong Film Award, Satellite Award, 2 awards at Venice Film Festival; also listed above
as #68 in foreign box office receipts, with a supposed $4,604,982 U.S. gross


number 5!   "Jiàn Gúo Dà Yè (The Founding of A Republic)" [China Film Group 9/2009]
$62,995,096 worldwide gross


number 6!   "CJ7 (Cheung Gong 7 hou)" comedy [China Film Group 1/2008, SPC USA 3/2008]
by Stephen Chow $47,300,771 worldwide gross


number 7!   "Shi Yue Wei Cheng (Bodyguards and Assassins)"
[China Film Group 12/2009] $44,195,779 worldwide gross


number 8!   "The Warlords (Tau ming chong)"
[China Film Group 12/2007, Magnolia USA 4/2010]
$38,899,792 worldwide gross {against budget of $40M}


number 9!   "Red Cliff II (Chi Bi Xia: Jue zhan tian xia)" [China Film Group
1/2009, USA 11/2009] by John Woo $30,500,000 worldwide gross


number 10!   "Hua Pei (Painted Skin)" [IFD Hong Kong 9/2008] $29,338,195 worldwide gross


11 "Ji Jie Hao (Assembly)" [China 12/2007] $27,455,208 worldwide gross

12 "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of The Dragon (Saam gwok dzi gin lung se gap)"
[China Film Group 4/2008] $22,139,590 worldwide gross {against budget of $20M}

13 Kar Wai Wong's "2046" [Hong Kong 9/2004, USA 8/2005]
$113,074 $19,202,856 worldwide gross

14 Jackie Chan's "Robin-B-Hood (Bo bui gai wak)"
[Emperor Motion Pictures China 9/2006] $8,839,526 worldwide gross

15 "Bao Chi Tong Hua (Connected)" [China Film Group 9/2008]
$7,635,579 worldwide gross

16 "Shi Quan Jiu Mei" comedy [8/2008] $6,282,049 worldwide gross

17 "Kwong saan mei yan (An Empress and The Warriors)"
[Hong Kong 3/2008] $4,991,819 worldwide gross

18 "Flash Point (Duo Fo Sin)" [Asia 8/2007, USA 3/2008]) $4,318,042 worldwide gross

19 "The Missing" [6/2008] $3,964,925 worldwide gross

20 "The Storm Rider" [7/18/2008] $3,651,400 worldwide gross



Top Films of Bollywood (India)
The data as found shows the historic top-grossing Hindi (Bollywood) films, in order from 1943;
the 'India rupee symbol' symbol indicates estimated domestic box-office revenue in rupees.

Magic Lantern's Cinema of India Page

"Kismet" [Bombay Talkies 1943] held the record for 6 years India rupee symbol10 million

"Barsaat" [R.K. Films 1949] held the record for 2 years India rupee symbol11 million

"Awaara" [R.K. Films 1951] held the record for 1 year India rupee symbol12.5 million

"Aan" [Mehboob Prodns 1952] held the record for 3 years India rupee symbol15 million

"Shree 420" [R.K. Films 1955] held the record for 2 years India rupee symbol20 million


"Mother India (Bharat Mata)"
[Mehboob Prodns India Feb 1957]
set India rupee symbol40 million box office record that held for 3 years
Mother India poster  Considered 'The Gone With The Wind of India'. When a peasant couple are married, the mother-in-law borrows 500 rupees to pay for the wedding, thinking she is agreeing to one-fourth of future crops from their farm as payment. But the crooked village money-lender gets her to sign a mortgage on the land agreeing to three-quarters of the crops. Unable to bear the hardship, the husband disappears, and Radha raises her two sons, working the farm with them. Upon reaching adulthood, one son attacks the evil money-lender, is banished from the village, and becomes a bandit. Avoiding spoilers: The ending is tragic. Produced & directed by Mehboob Khan; starring Nargis, Kanhaiyalal, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar & Raaj Kumar; Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
Eros Ent. color DVD [9/2006] for $8.99
Eros Ent. color DVD [2/2003] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb


"Mughal-e-Azam" [Sterling Investment 1960] held the record for 15 years India rupee symbol55 million


"Sholay"  aka  "Embers" or "Flames"
[G.P. Sippy Prodns India August 1975]
number 2!   set India rupee symbol60 million box office record that held for 19 years
Bollywood classic Sholay  A handless retired policeman exacts revenge for the murder of his family by a dacoit (bandit) chief with the help of two convicts. Directed by Ramesh Sippy; starring Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Hema Malini, Jaya Bhaduri & Amjad Khan
Eros color DVD [6/2003] for $6.54
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


"Hum Aapke Hain Kaun ..."
[Rajshri Prodns 1994] held the record for 7 years India rupee symbol69,750,000

"Gadar: Ek Prem Katha"
[Zee Telefilms 2001] held the record for 5 years India rupee symbol73,750,000

"Dhoom 2" [Yash Raj Films 2006] held the record for 2 years India rupee symbol80,250,000

"Ghajini" [Reliance / Geetha Arts 2008] held the record for 1 year India rupee symbol114,670,000


"3 Idiots"
[Vinod Chopra Prodns / Reliance Big Pictures Dec 2009]
number 1!   set a new India box-office record of India rupee symbol202,570,000 and is the current record holder
"3 Idiots" is also listed above as #40 on the foreign movie box office list, at $6,532,874 worldwide gross

record-breaking 3 Idiots film from India  Broke many India box office records and became the highest-grossing movie in India film history (in just two months). Three brilliant students at an engineering university in Delhi go against the nasty college dean. Co-written & directed by Rajkumar Hirani; co-written by Abhijit Joshi & Vidhu Vinod Chopra, loosely based on novel by Chetan Bhagat {below}; starring Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni & Boman Irani; won 6 India Filmfare Awards & 10 India Star Screen Awards
Reliance subtitled widescreen color Blu-ray [12/2010] for $20.89
Fox Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [4/2011] for $18.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site



Top Films of Japan

Magic Lantern's Cinema of Japan Page

Animator Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli made FIVE of the top 10 Japanese films on this list;
another three in the top 10 are 'Pokemon' movies.
Original data slightly corrupted with non-Japanese films, which were removed here.


"Spirited Away"  [USA release Sept 2002]
original title "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi" [Studio Ghibli/N.T.V. Japan release July 2001]
number 1!   remains the highest-grossing non-US-produced film in the world (2009); at end of 2011,
holds Japan #1 box office ranking, at $274,949,886 worldwide gross

won Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2003  Spirited Away animated feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki  A family driving to their new home in a small village get lost and wander into a deserted theme park. Unhappy daughter Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs, and she has to beg for a job at the bathhouse of the spirits who live there. Written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki; music by Joe Hisaishi; English voices include Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette, David Ogden Stiers, Bob Bergen, Susan Egan & Tara Strong; Japanese voices include Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Bunta Sugawara, Tatsuya Gashuin, Yumi Tamai & Ry?nosuke Kamiki; won Oscar for Best Animated Feature, won 4 Annie Awards, Best Film Award of the Japanese Academy, Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Award, Kinema Junpo Readers' Choice Best Film Award, 5 Mainichi Film Concours Awards
Walt Disney Video widescreen color DVD [4/2003] 2 disks for $23.48
Walt Disney Video color VHS [4/2003] out of prodn/many used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia


"Howl's Moving Castle"  [USA release June 2005]
original title "Hauru no ugoku shiro" [Studio Ghibli/N.T.V. Japan release November 2004]
number 2!   at end of 2011, holds Japan #2 box office ranking, at $234,710,455 worldwide gross

Howl's Moving Castle animated feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki  "visually breathtaking" — Los Angeles Times Calendar
An unhappy young woman is transformed by a witch into a 90-year-old crone; seeking a cure, she discovers the sorcerer Howl and his magic castle. Co-produced, written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki; based on the 1986 novel by Diana Wynne Jones; English voices include Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Josh Hutcherson & Jena Malone; Japanese voices include Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Tatsuya Gashuin, Haruko Kato, Ryûnosuke Kamiki & Yayoi Kazuki; Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature (2006), won Mainichi Film Concours Readers' Choice Best Film Award
Disney Home Ent. color DVD [3/2006] 2 disks for $16.99
Zima Ent. Japanese w/Spanish subtitles Regions 1 & 4 VHS [undated] for $14.43
full credits from IMDbDisney's official 'Howl' websitemovie entry at Wikipedia
17"x11" poster from Amazon for $14.99


"Gake no Ue no Ponyo" [Studio Ghibli/N.T.V. Japan July 2008]
aka "Ponyo" and "Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea" [Disney USA Aug 2009]
number 3!   at end of 2011, holds Japan #3 box office ranking, at $199,090,399 worldwide gross

Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea animated feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki  A five-year-old boy saves a goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach; the fish is daughter of a wizard and a sea goddess, so she uses her magical powers to become a human child, then falls in love with the boy; but that change causes an imbalance in the Universe, and her parents in the sea seek to find her before more harm is done. Co-produced, written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki; music by Joe Hisaishi; English voices include Noah Cyrus, Frankie Jonas, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson & Cate Blanchett; Japanese voices include Yuria Nara, Hiroki Doi, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Kazushige Nagashima, George Tokoro & Yuki Amami; won two Japanese Academy Awards, won five awards at the Tokyo Anime Festival
Disney/Ghibli color Blu-ray/DVD combo [3/2010] 2 disks for $25.99
Disney/Ghibli color DVD [3/2010] 2 disks for $19.99
full credits from IMDbofficial site (in Japanese)Disney movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


number 4!   "Pokemon: The First Movie" [11/10/1999] $163,644,662 worldwide gross


"Mononoke-hime" aka "The Princess Mononoke"
[Studio Ghibli/N.T.V. July 1997, USA release Oct 1999]
number 5!    at end of 2011, holds Japan #5 box office ranking, at $150,350,000 worldwide gross

French poster for "Princesse Mononoke" 1997 animated feature film directed by Hayao Miyazaki  "The fate of the world rests on the courage of one warrior" Prince Ashitaka is wounded in battle and set out to obtain a magical cure from the deer god; he meets Princess San, who defends the forest from humans. Written & directed by Hayao Miyazaki; music by Joe Hisaishi; English voices include Billy Crudup, Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gillian Anderson & Billy Bob Thornton; Japanese voices include Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Kaoru Kobayashi, Akihiro Miwa & Sumi Shimamoto; won Best Film Award of the Japanese Academy, won Kinema Junpo Readers' Choice Best Film Award; won Mainichi Film Concours Best Film, Best Animated Film & Readers' Choice awards
Miramax color DVD [12/2000] for $34.97
Miramax color VHS [3/2001] out of prodn/many used
Studio Ghibli color VHS [undated] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


number 6!   "Pokemon 2000" [7/21/2000] $133,946,923 worldwide gross


number 7!   "Rookies The Movie: Graduation (Rookies: Sotsugyô)" /tt1446151/
[Toho Japan 5/2009] $85,405,510 worldwide gross; based on the manga by Masanori Morita


number 8!   "Hana Yori Dango: Fainaru (Boys Over Flowers: Final)" [6/28/2008]
$73,000,000 worldwide gross; based on the manga of Yoko Kamio; seems to be a summary of
the entire two-year TV series; number one-grossing live action Japanese movie for the year


number 9!   "Pokemon 3: The Movie" [4/6/2001] $68,452,128 worldwide gross


"Gedo Senki (Tales From Earthsea)"
[Studio Ghibli/N.T.V. Japan July 2006, Disney USA Aug 2010]
number 10!   at end of 2011, holds Japan #10 all-time box office ranking, at $68,048,658 worldwide gross

Japanese-language poster for "Tales From Earthsea" [2006] by Goro Miyazaki  The reckless youth Sparrowhawk tampers with long-held secrets and looses a terrible shadow upon the world; he is tested, he masters the mighty words of power, he tames an ancient dragon, he crosses death's threshold to restore the balance – and becomes Ged, the greatest sorcerer in all Earthsea.
'Concept' by Hayao Myazaki; written & directed by {Hayao's son} Goro Miyazaki; adapted from parts of Ursula K. Le Guin's award-winning Earthsea Cycle; English voices by Timothy Dalton, Mariska Hargitay, Willem Dafoe, Cheech Marin, Matt Levin & Blaire Restaneo
Disney Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [3/2011] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


11 "Okuribito (Departures)" [Shochiku Japan 9/2008, Regent USA 5/2009] /tt1069238/
$1,543,346 worldwide gross; won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Asia Pacific Screen Award,
Asian Film Award, 10 Japanese Academy Awards, Blue Ribbon Award, Hochi Film Award, Hong Kong
Film Award, 4 Kinema Junpo Awards, 2 Mainichi Film Concours Awards, Grand Prix des Amériques
at Montréal, 4 awards at Yokohama Film Festival


12 "Suspect X (Yôgisha X no Kenshin)" [Toho Japan 10/2008] /tt1160629/
$53,000,000 worldwide gross; won Japanese Academy Popularity Award, Hochi Film Award


13 "The Sinking of Japan (Nihon Chinbotsu)" [Toho Japan 7/2006]
based on Sakyo Komatsu's novel; $53,000,000 worldwide gross


14 "Pokemon 2008" [7/19/2008] $42,563,360 -


15 "Pokemon 2007" [7/13/2007] Diamond & Pearl - - $39,739,776 -


16 "Twentieth Century Boys 1" [Toho Japan 8/2008, Viz Pictures USA 8/2009]
based on the manga series by Naoki Urasawa; $34,571,688 worldwide gross

sequel "Twentieth Century Boys 2: The Last Hope"
[Toho Japan 1/2009, Viz Pictures USA 8/2009]


17 "Monkey Magic (Saiyûki)" [Toho Japan 7/2007] $33,824,181 -


18 "Always: Sunset On Third Street 2 (Zoku San-chôme no Yûhi"
[Toho Japan 11/2007] /tt0953981/ $33,755,260; based on the manga series by
Ryôhei Saigan; won 2 Japanese Academy Awards, Kinema Junpo Award


19 "The Magic Hour (Za Majikku Awâ)" [Toho Japan 6/2008]
/tt1077089/ $32,813,807; ominated for 8 Japanese Academy Awards


20 "April Bride (Yomei Ikkagetsu no Hanayome)" [Toho Japan 5/2009]
/tt1435613/ $31,510,715; won Japanese Academy Award, Hochi Film Award


21 "Sky of Love (Koizora)" [Toho Japan 11/2007]
/tt1194664/ $31,311,079; won Blue Ribbon Award, Mainichi Film Concours Readers' Choice Award,
Nikkan Sports Film Award, Festival Prize at Yokohama Film Festival

TV remake "Koizora" 6-episode mini-series [Tokyo Broadcasting 2008] /tt1257542/


22 "Zatôichi: The Blind Swordsman"
[Asahi/Shochiku Japan 9/2003, Miramax USA 6/2004]
at end of 2011, holds Japan #22 box office ranking, at $30,874,550 worldwide gross
Takeshi Kitano's Zatôichi poster  Script by, directed by & starring Takeshi Kitano; co-starring Tadanobu Asano, Michiyo Ookusu, Yui Natsukawa, Daigoro Tachibana, Yuuko Daike, Gadarukanaru Taka, Ittoku Kishibe, Saburo Ishikura & Kohji Miura; won 5 of 9 nominations for Japanese Academy Award; won Kinema Junpo People's Choice Best Film Award
Miramax Films widescreen color subtitled Blu-ray [9/2009] out of prodn/used
P.I.D. import soundtrack CD [5/2006] for $25.28
available on DVD for Region 1 only as a double feature with "Sonatine" [1993]
Miramax color DVD [11/2004] 2 disks - out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie website
white 27"x40" poster from Amazon via third party for $17.99

more details (Shintarô Katsu film series, synopses, books, posters, links) on
Magic Lantern's Zatô-Ichi Samurai Film Series Page


23 "Doraemon: Nobita & The Green Giant Legend (Nobita to Midori no Kyojinden)"
[Toho Japan 3/2008, Columbia Pictures USA 2008]
$29,397,231; animated film based on the manga of F. Fujio Fujiko
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site


24 "Pokemon 4Ever" [10/11/2002] $28,032,301


25 "Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure Into The Underworld"
[Toho Japan 3/2007] $26,872,950; animated film based on the manga of F. Fujio Fujiko
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site


26 "A Tale of Mari & Three Puppies" [Toho Japan 12/2007]
/tt1921012/ $25,513,520 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tale_of_Mari_and_Three_Puppies


27 "Bushi no Ichibun (Love and Honor)" [Shochiku Japan 10/2006, USA 11/2007]
/tt0483578/ $24,723,732 co-written 7 directed by Yôji Yamada; won 3 Japanese Academy Awards,
Blue Ribbon Award, 3 Kinema Junpo Awards, 2 awards at Mainichi Film Concours,
3 Nikkan Sports Film Awards, Golden Goblet at Shanghai Film Festival


28 "Death Note 3: L, Change The World (Desu Noto 3)"
[Shochiku Japan 1/2008, Viz Pictures USA 2/9/2008]
/tt0912597/ - $22,730,665; live action spinoff starring Ken'ichi Matsuyama


29 "Meitantei Conan: Senritsu no Furu Sukoa (Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear)"
animated film [Toho Japan 4/2008] /tt1155696/ $21,997,163 see also #32 ranked film


30 "Death Note (Desu Noto)" animated film [Japan 6/2006, Viz Pictures USA 2007]
/tt0758742/ $21,497,802; won Hochi Film Award, Mainichi Film Concours Readers' Choice
Award, Yokohama Film Festival Prize

based on manga comics series; follows animé TV series; followed by 2 feature sequels


31 "Pokemon: Advanced Generation 2006" [7/22/2006] $21,011,389

32 "Meitantei Conan: Konpeki no Hitsugi (Detective Conan: Jolly Roger In Deep Azure)"
animated film [Toho Japan 4/2007] /tt1155696/ $19,139,455 see also #29 ranked film

33 "Detroit Metal City" [Toho Japan 7/2008] /tt1142972/ $18,569,470

34 "Paco to Maho no Ehon (Paco and The Magical Book)"
[Toho Japan 9/2008] /tt1056435/ $18,508,052

35 "Unfair: The Movie" [Toho Japan 3/2007] /tt0906671/ $17,657,692

36 "Gegege No Kitarô" [Shochiku Eizo Japan 4/2007]
/tt0879812/ $17,369,625

37 "Kurôzu Zero" [Toho Japan 10/2007]
/tt1016290/ $16,699,857 Directed by Takashi Miike

38 "Kitarô and The Millennium Curse (Gegege No Kitarô Sennen Noroi Uta)"
[Shochiku Japan 7/2008] /tt1169147/ $16,224,319

39 "Maiko Haaaan !!!" [Toho Japan 6/2007, Viz Pictures USA 2008]
/tt0907652/ $15,287,683

40 "Trick: The Movie 2" [Toho Japan 6/2006] /tt0872026/ $15,016,774


41 "Koneko Monogatari (Milo and Otis)" [Toho Japan 6/1986,
Columbia Pictures USA 8/1989] /tt0097050/ $13,349,107

42 "Shaolin Girl (Shôrin Shôjo)" [Toho Japan 4/2008] /tt1133594/ $12,380,512

43 "Crayon Shinchan 15: The Singing Buttocks Bomb" animated film
[Toho Japan 4/2007] not listed on IMDb; $11,777,171
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crayon_Shin-chan:_The_Storm_Called:_The_Singing_Buttocks_Bomb

44 "Drop" [Kadokawa Pictures Japan 3/2009] /tt1237958/ $11,528,993

45 "Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (Okan to Oku to,
Tokidoki, Oton)"
[Shochiku Japan 4/2007] /tt0820158/ $11,061,179
won 5 Japanese Academy Awards, Nikkan Sports Film Award

46 "Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara (Life: Tears In Heaven)"
[Toho Japan 7/2007] /tt0997182/ $10,625,731

47 "Crayon Shin-chan 16" animated film [Toho Japan 4/2008]
/tt1220673/ $10,536,987

48 "Flowers In The Shadow (Kagehinata ni Saku)"
[Toho Japan 1/2008] /tt1167845/ $10,188,284

49 "Chîmu Bachisuta no Eikô (The Glory of Team Batista)"
[Toho Japan 2/2008] /tt1167825/ $9,710,761

50 "Brave Story" animated film [Japan 7/2006] /tt0778631/ $9,069,428


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