List of Japanese films of the 1940s

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A list of films produced in Japan ordered by year in the 1940s. For an A-Z of films see Category:Japanese films. Also see cinema of Japan.

Title Director Cast Genre Notes
1940
Kaze no Matasaburo Koji Shima Akikhiko Katayama Drama
Nobuko Hiroshi Shimizu Drama
Travelling Actors Mikio Naruse Kamatari Fujiwara, Kan Yanagiya Comedy [1]
1941
The 47 Ronin Kenji Mizoguchi Chojuro Kawarasaki Samurai film
Brothers and Sisters of the Toda Family Yasujirō Ozu Mieko Takamine Drama
Hideko the Bus-Conductor Mikio Naruse Hideko Takamine, Kamatari Fujiwara Drama
Ornamental Hairpin Hiroshi Shimizu Saito Tatsuo, Tanaka Kinuyo Drama [2]
1942
Hawai Mare oki kaisen Kajiro Yamamoto Susumu Fujita, Setsuko Hara Propaganda
Momotarō no Umiwashi Mitsuyo Seo Propaganda Animation
There Was a Father Yasujiro Ozu Mitsuko Mito, Chishu Ryu Drama
1943
Sanshiro Sugata Akira Kurosawa Denjiro Okochi, Susumu Fujita Drama
Martial arts
Akira Kurosawa's first film
1944
Army Keisuke Kinoshita Chishū Ryū, Kinuyo Tanaka Drama
Miyamoto Musashi Kenji Mizoguchi Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kinuyo Tanaka Jidaigeki [3]
The Most Beautiful Akira Kurosawa Ichirō Sugai Propaganda drama
1945
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail Akira Kurosawa Susumu Fujita Samurai film
Momotarō: Umi no Shinpei Mitsuyo Seo Propaganda Animation
Sanshiro Sugata Part II Akira Kurosawa Denjiro Okochi Martial arts film
1946
Aru yo no Tonosama Teinosuke Kinugasa
A Descendant of Taro Urashima Mikio Naruse Susumu Fujita, Nobuo Nakamura Drama [4]
Josei no Shori Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka, Michiko Kuwano Drama [5]
Minshū no Teki Tadashi Imai Susumu Fujita, Akitake Kōno Drama
No Regrets for Our Youth Akira Kurosawa Masao Shimizu Drama
Those Who Make Tomorrow Akira Kurosawa Kenji Susukida
Utamaro and His Five Women Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka Biopic
1947
Ima Hitotabi no Heinosuke Gosho
The Love of Sumako, the Actress Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka, So Yamamura Drama [6]
One Wonderful Sunday Akira Kurosawa Isao Numasaki Romantic comedy
The Record of a Tenement Gentleman Yasujirō Ozu Chouko Iida, Hohi Aoki Drama
Snow Trail Senkichi Taniguchi Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura
These Foolish Times Kajiro Yamamoto Roppa Furukawa, Kenichi Enomoto Comedy [7]
1948
Drunken Angel Akira Kurosawa Toshirō Mifune Crime drama
A Hen in the Wind Yasujirō Ozu Kinuyo Tanaka Drama
1949
Aoi sanmyaku Tadashi Imai Setsuko Hara, Ryo Ikebe Comedy drama
Jakoman and Tetsu Senkichi Taniguchi Toshiro Mifune [8]
Kane no naru oka: Dai san hen, kuro no maki Keisuki Sasaki Keiji Sada, Masao Inoue
Late Spring Yasujirō Ozu Haruko Sugimura Drama
The Quiet Duel Akira Kurosawa Toshirō Mifune
Stray Dog Akira Kurosawa Toshirō Mifune Crime drama
Zoku aoi sanmyaku Tadashi Imai Setsuko Hara, Ryo Ikebe Comedy drama [9]

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