Top 10 awesome movies like Ballad of Orin that you will enjoy watching

You just finished watching Ballad of Orin and you can't get over how good this movie was. Now you want to watch more of such masterpieces. We have curated a list of similar movies which are created by the likes of Masahiro Shinoda, Shima Iwashita and Yoshio Harada . Here goes the list -

  1. Gonza the Spearman
  2. Nyokei kazoku
  3. Jigokuhen
  4. Samurai Rebellion
  5. The Face of Jizo
  6. Afternoon When Flowers Fell
  7. Brother
  8. Moonlight Serenade
  9. The Fossil
  10. Bonchi
  1. Gonza the Spearman

    Gonza the Spearman

    The tragic story of Gonza, a handsome ladies man, set in the Tokagawa Period, a time in which appearences are very important. Gonza competes with Bannojo for the honor to perform the tea ceremony to celebrate the birth of an heir to the lord of their clan. To see the sacred tea scrolls Gonza promises to marry the daughter of the family which possesses them, even though he is unofficially engaged to another. When studying the scrolls with Osai, the mother of the house, Bannajo sneaks into the house and steals their obis and runs through the town proclaiming the two as adulterers.

    This movie, created by Masahiro Shinoda, Hiromi Gô and Shima Iwashita, scores 7.0 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  2. Nyokei kazoku

    Nyokei kazoku

    This movie, created by Kenji Misumi, Ayako Wakao and Machiko Kyô, scores 7.4 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  3. Jigokuhen

    Jigokuhen

    A rebellious Korean artist tests the limits of his sadistic patron, an omnipotent feudal Japanese lord. Yoshihide demands a commission to paint screens of the Hell which he sees the egotistical lord's peasants suffer. Such a public display will challenge the uncaring upper class' obsession with their own personal beauty. With Chinese and Buddhist influences at a peak in 11th century Japan, the daimyo Horikawa wanted a mural of Buddhist paradise. As Yoshihide's ghastly artworks appear to come to life, the painter and his patron's mutual racism also take their toll.

    This movie, created by Shirô Toyoda, Hideyo Amamoto and Yôko Naitô, scores 7.1 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  4. Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion

    The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

    This movie, created by Masaki Kobayashi, Toshirô Mifune and Yôko Tsukasa, scores 8.4 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

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  5. The Face of Jizo

    The Face of Jizo

    Based on a play by Hisashi Inoue, it focuses on the sufferings of the survivors of Hiroshima. The film takes place during 4 days in the summer of 1948, as the ghost of her father visits Mitsué (Rié Miyama). He had somehow learned that she has fallen in love, and tries to convince her to start her new life. But Mitsué obstinately refuses his warm and humorous encouragements : « People were killed in my place. I do not have the right to find happiness », she says.

    This movie, created by Kazuo Kuroki, Rie Miyazawa and Yoshio Harada, scores 7.0 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  6. Afternoon When Flowers Fell

    Afternoon When Flowers Fell

    This movie, created by Kazuki Ohmori, Yûko Kotegawa and Junko Sakurada, scores 7.6 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  7. Brother

    Brother

    Set in 1926 when Japanese tradition was much stronger, this standard drama looks at the inner workings of a small family, especially the relationship between a sister and brother.

    This movie, created by Kon Ichikawa, Keiko Kishi and Hiroshi Kawaguchi, scores 6.9 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  8. Moonlight Serenade

    Moonlight Serenade

    Opens with a journalist reporting on the 1997 Kobe earthquake, as he remembers a trip made as a young boy. Then, he and family took a boat trip from Awaji to Beppu in order to bury the ashes of his elder brother, killed in the just-ended WWII. The lad spends much of the trip trying to talk his elder brother out of running away. They encounter an array of characters on the journey. Most prominent among them a black marketeer who, like the elder brother, feels that the "new ways" can only benefit him, and work against the boys' father, who is strict and traditional.

    This movie, created by Masahiro Shinoda, Kyôzô Nagatsuka and Hideyuki Kasahara, scores 7.0 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  9. The Fossil

    The Fossil

    This movie, created by Masaki Kobayashi, Shin Saburi and Mayumi Ogawa, scores 7.0 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

  10. Bonchi

    Bonchi

    Kikuji is the scion of an Osaka merchant family whose traditional power is matrilineal. Instructed by his overbearing mother and grandmother to give them an heiress for the family business, he stands by helplessly as his wife is thrown out of the house for producing a son. Driven to a life of dissipation - his mistresses also fail to produce daughters - in the end he is just too tired to care. The film presages Ichikawa's The Makioka Sisters in its World War II nostalgia and visual sophistication.

    This movie, created by Kon Ichikawa, Raizô Ichikawa and Tamao Nakamura, scores 7.5 on IMDb.

    Genres - Drama

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