Utilizing only the films available in MUBI’s title database, and limiting myself to 80 titles, here is a truncated list of my favorite Japanese Crime films.
There are so many more excellent Japanese crime and noir films that are not a part of MUBI’s database—it is a tragedy.
None of Toei’s great ANKOKUGAI films are listed on MUBI.
Only one of Toho’s great ANKOKUGAI films is available to select.
Most of the Toei “Gang” films by Teruo Ishii are missing, as well. My favorite among all of those is HANA TO ARASHI TO GANG (FLOWER, STORM, AND GANG); but, it isn’t in MUBI’s database.
And so on…
But, as MUBI’s database grows (hopefully!), so will this list.