Top 30 Best Japanese Directors of All Time

  1. Akira Kurosawa (Ran, 7 Samurai, Ikiru, …)
  2. Yasujiro Ozu (Tokyo Monogatari)
  3. Hayao Miyazaki (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)
  4. Nagisa Oshima (Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence)
  5. Shohei Imamura (Kuroi Ame, The Ballad of Narayama)
  6. Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi)
  7. Osamu Tezuka (Jangaru Taitei)
  8. Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Dare mo shiranai, Manbiki Kazoku)
  9. Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata)
  10. Naomi Kawase (Suzaku, The Mourning Forest)
  11. Hideo Nakata (Ringu)
  12. Ishiro Honda (Godzilla)
  13. Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira)
  14. Hiroshi Teshigahara (Sunna no Onna)
  15. Miwa Nishikawa (Sway)
  16. Iwai Shunji (Love Letter)
  17. Sion Sono (Tokyo Tribe, Love Exposure)
  18. Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition)
  19. Tetsuya Nakashima (Kamikaze Girls, Memories of Matsuko)
  20. Isao Yukisada (Crying Out Love in the Centre of the World)
  21. Nobuhiro Yamashita (Linda Linda Linda, A Gentle Breeze in the Village)
  22. Yoji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai)
  23. Naoko Ogigami (Glasses, Rent-a Cat)
  24. Satoko Yokohama (Bare Essence of Life)
  25. Toshiaki Toyoda (Hanging Garden)
  26. Mami Sunada (Death of a Japanese Salesman)
  27. Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Happy Hour)
  28. Isao Takahata (The Tale of the Princess Kaguya)
  29. Masayuki Suo (Shall We Dance?)
  30. Yuki Tanada (Moon and Cherry)