• Gabe Powers

Grinding the Stream August 2021 UPDATES: Japanese Cult Cinema

Welcome to the end of summer on the stream! As per usual, I'm including as many movies as I can per each category as I scour Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Criterion Channel, HBO Max, Peacock, Fandor, Shudder, Arrow Video, Tubi, Midnight Pulp (a "+" will be included wherever subscription fees apply), VUDU’s free selections, The Roku Channel, Popcorn Flix, Crackle, Dark Matter TV, Night Flight, Shout Factory TV (though most of their titles can also be watched via Amazon Prime). This month I've also added Paramount+ and AMC+.


Again, be warned – all of the free apps have ad breaks (I know, it sucks) and the video quality is inconsistent from app to app. Sometimes it's genuine HD, other times, it's sub-VHS. I've also included links to my own reviews of some of these films.



Kinji Fukasaku Movies

  • Street Mobster (1972) – Arrow

  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity/Yakuza Papers Series: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973), Hiroshima Death Match (aka: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima, 1973), Proxy War (1973), Police Tactics (1974), Final Episode (1974) – Tubi, Arrow, and Midnight Pulp +

  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity Series: New Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1974), Head of the Boss (1975), Last Days of the Boss (1976) – Arrow

  • Graveyard of Honor (1975) – Arrow

  • Cops vs. Thugs (1975) – Arrow, Night Flight, and Midnight Pulp +

  • Doberman Cop (1977) – Arrow

  • Message from Space (1978) Paramount+

  • Virus (1980) Popcorn Flix and Tubi

  • Samurai Reincarnation (1981) – The Roku Channel and Tubi

  • Fall Guy (1982) – Criterion Channel

  • Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983) – Tubi

  • Battle Royale (2000) – Amazon Prime (via imdbTV), VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Plato TV, and Tubi


Seijun Suzuki Movies

  • The Madness of Youth (1960) Criterion Channel

  • Take Aim at the Police Van (1960) Criterion Channel

  • Teenage Yakuza (1962) – Arrow

  • Youth of the Beast (1963) – Criterion Channel

  • Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards (1963) – Arrow

  • Gate of Flesh (1964) – Criterion Channel

  • Born Under Crossed Stars (1965) – Tubi

  • Story of a Prostitute (1965) – Criterion Channel

  • Fighting Elegy (1966) – Criterion Channel

  • Tokyo Drifter (1966) – Criterion Channel

  • Branded to Kill (1967) – Criterion Channel

  • Zigeunerweisen (1980) – Arrow

  • Kagero-za (1981) – Arrow

  • Yumeji (1991) – Arrow


Takashi Miike Movies

  • Shinjuku Triad Society (1995) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp

  • Rainy Dog (1997) – Arrow, Tubi, and Midnight Pulp

  • Ley Lines (1999) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp

  • Audition (1999) – Shudder, Arrow, AMC+, and Tubi

  • Dead or Alive Series: Dead or Alive (1999), Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000), Dead or Alive: Final (2002) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp +

  • Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) – Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Ichi the Killer (2001) – Shudder, VUDU Free, and Tubi

  • Graveyard of Honor (2002) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp

  • One Missed Call (2003) – Shudder, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, AMC+, and Tubi

  • Gozu (2003) – Midnight Pulp

  • Three… Extremes (anthology co-directed with Fruit Chan and Park Chan-wook, 2004) – AMC+ and Tubi

  • Zebraman (2004) – Tubi

  • Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) – Peacock, VUDU Free, The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (2007) – Fandor

  • Thirteen Assassins (2010) – HULU and Tubi

  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Over Your Dead Body (2014) Tubi

  • Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) – VUDU Free, Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, and Tubi

  • Terra Formars (2016) – Arrow and Tubi

  • Blade of the Immortal (2017) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • First Love (2019) – Amazon Prime and Tubi


Meiko Kaji Movies

  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 (Keiichi Ozawa, 1968) Arrow

  • Stray Cat Rock Series: Delinquent Girl Boss (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1970), Wild Jumbo (Toshiya Fujita, 1970), Sex Hunter (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1970), Machine Animal (Yasuharu Hasebe. 1970), and Beat ’71 (Toshiya Fujita, 1971) Arrow

  • Blind Woman’s Curse (Teruo Ishii, 1970) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp

  • Female Prisoner Scorpion Series: #701: Scorpion (Shunya Ito, 1972), Jailhouse 41 (Shunya Ito, 1972), Beast Stable (Shunya Ito, 1973), Grudge Song (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1973) – Amazon Prime (missing the first movie), Shudder, AMC+, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi (missing Jailhouse 41)

  • Lady Snowblood Series: Lady Snowblood (1973) and Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974, both directed by Toshiya Fujita) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • (She also appears in Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima)


Toshio Masuda Movies

  • Rusty Knife (1958) – Criterion Channel

  • The Tragedy of Today (1958) – Criterion Channel

  • Outlaw: Gangster VIP (1968) – Arrow


Shinya Tsukamoto Movies

  • Tetsuo the Iron Man (1989) – Arrow

  • Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992) – Arrow

  • Tokyo Fist (1995) – Arrow

  • Bullet Ballet (1999) – Arrow

  • A Snake of June (2003) – Arrow

  • Vital (2004) – Arrow

  • Nightmare Detective (2007) – VUDU Free and Tubi

  • Kotoko (2011) – Arrow


Hideo Nakata Movies

  • Ringu (1998) – Shudder, AMC+, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Ringu 2 (1999) – Shudder, AMC+, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • Dark Water (2002) – AMC+, Arrow, Night Flight, and Tubi

  • BONUS: Spiral (George Iida, 1998) – Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi

  • BONUS: Ringu 0 (Norio Tsuruta, 2000) – Shudder, AMC+, Arrow, Midnight Pulp, and Tubi


Kiyoshi Kurosawa Movies

  • The Guard from the Underground (1992) – Fandor

  • Cure (1997) Criterion Channel

  • Pulse (2001) – Tubi, Crackle, and VUDU Free

  • Creepy (2016) – The Roku Channel and Tubi


Samurai Franchises

  • Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (Kenji Misumi, 1972), The Snare (Yasuzō Masumura, 1973), and Who’s Got the Gold (Yoshio Inoue, 1974) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (Kenji Misumi, 1972), Baby Cart on the River Styx (Kenji Misumi, 1972), Baby Cart to Hades (Kenji Misumi, 1972), Baby Cary in Peril (Buichi Saito, 1972), Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (Kenji Misumi, 1973), White Heaven in Hell (Yoshiyuki Kuroda, 1974) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max (the re-edited American release, Shogun Assassin, is also available via Criterion Channel)

  • All 25 original Zatoichi movies are on Criterion Channel exclusively.


Bloodthirsty Trilogy

  • The Vampire Doll (Michio Yamamoto, 1970) – Arrow and Tubi

  • Lake of Dracula (Michio Yamamoto, 1971) – Arrow and Tubi

  • Evil of Dracula (Michio Yamamoto, 1974) – Arrow and Tubi



Japanese Horror, Ghost Stories, Other Weirdo Genre Stuff

This is a quite large and quite broad category, so take this as recommended movies that I assume haven’t been as widely seen as, say Ringu (1998) or Ju-on (2002).

  • Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Tokaido Yotsuya kaidan (Nobuo Nakagawa, 1959) – Criterion Channel

  • Jigoku (Nobuo Nakagawa, 1960) – Criterion Channel

  • Matango (Ishirō Honda, 1963) – Tubi

  • Kwaidan (Masaki Kobayashi, 1964) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Onibaba (Kaneto Shindō, 1964) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • The Face of Another (Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1966) – Criterion Channel

  • Kuroneko (Kaneto Shindō, 1968) – Criterion Channel

  • The Living Skeleton (Hiroshi Matsuno, 1968) – Criterion Channel

  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (Hajime Sato, 1968) – Criterion Channel

  • Wolf Guy (Kazuhiko Yamaguchi, 1975) – Arrow and Midnight Pulp

  • Hausu (aka: House; Nobuhiko Ōbayashi, 1977) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Rubber's Lover (Shozin Fukui, 1996) – Midnight Pulp +

  • Versus (Ryûhei Kitamura, 2000) – Fandor

  • Marebito (Takashi Shimizu, 2004) VUDU Free

  • One Cut of the Dead (Shinichiro Ueda, 2017) – Shudder and AMC+


Other Crime/Yakuza Movies

  • The Sun’s Burial (Nagisa Oshima, 1960) – Criterion Channel

  • Danger Pays (Kô Nakahira, 1962) – Midnight Pulp and Tubi

  • Black Lizard (Umetsugu Inoue, 1962) – Criterion Channel

  • Cruel Gun Story (Takumi Furukawa, 1964) – Criterion Channel

  • Iron Finger (Jun Fukuda, 1965) – Criterion Channel

  • A Colt Is My Passport (Takashi Nomura, 1967) – Criterion Channel

  • Violence at Noon (Nagisa Oshima, 1966) – Criterion Channel

  • Massacre Gun (Yasuharu Hasebe, 1967) – Arrow

  • Golden Eyes (Jun Fukuda, 1968) – Criterion Channel

  • Vengeance is Mine (Shohei Imamura, 1979) – Criterion Channel and Fandor

  • Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather (Hideo Gosha, 1982) – Midnight Pulp



Godzilla Series

  • Godzilla (Japanese: Gojira; Ishirō Honda, 1954) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Godzilla Raids Again (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Mothra vs. Godzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1964) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Ishirō Honda, 1964) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Invasion of the Astro-Monster (Ishirō Honda, 1965) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (Jun Fukuda, 1966) – Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Son of Godzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1967) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Destroy All Monsters (Ishirō Honda, 1968) Criterion Channel, HBO Max, and Tubi

  • All Monsters Attack (Ishirō Honda, 1969) Criterion Channel

  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Godzilla vs. Gigan (Jun Fukuda, 1972) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Godzilla vs. Megalon (Jun Fukuda, 1973) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Jun Fukuda, 1974) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Terror of Mechagodzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1975) Criterion Channel, and HBO Max

  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Takao Okawara, 1993) – The Roku Channel

  • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (Kensho Yamashita, 1994) – The Roku Channel

  • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (Masaaki Tezuka, 2000) – The Roku Channel

  • Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002) – The Roku Channel


Gamera Series

  • Gamera (Noriaki Yuasa, 1965) – Amazon Prime and Arrow

  • Gamera the Invincible (American re-edit; Noriaki Yuasa & Sandy Howard, 1965) – Amazon Prime, Pluto TV, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Barugon (Shigeo Tanaka, 1966) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Gyaos (Noriaki Yuasa, 1967) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, Pluto TV, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Viras (Noriaki Yuasa, 1968) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Guiron (Noriaki Yuasa, 1969) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Jiger (Noriaki Yuasa, 1970) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera vs. Zigra (Noriaki Yuasa, 1971) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera: Super Monster (Noriaki Yuasa, 1980) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, Shout Factory TV, and Tubi

  • Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (Shusuke Kaneko, 1995) – Amazon Prime and Arrow

  • Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (Shusuke Kaneko, 1996) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (Shusuke Kaneko, 1999) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi

  • Gamera the Brave (Ryuta Tasaki, 2006) – Arrow, Amazon Prime, and Tubi


Other Kaiju Movies

  • Rodan (Ishirō Honda, 1956) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • War of the Gargantuas (Ishirō Honda, 1966) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

  • Daimajin (Kimiyoshi Yasuda, 1966) – Arrow

  • Return of Daimajin (Kenji Misumi, 1966) – Arrow

  • Daimajin Strikes Again (Issei Mori, 1966) – Arrow

  • The X from Outer Space (Kazui Nihonmatsu, 1967) Criterion Channel and HBO Max

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