Japanese american movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant japanese american movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, entertaining, suspenseful, intense and clever films and TV shows about / with japanese american, culture clash, storytelling, chase, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, death, catastrophe, society and mother daughter relationship plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres shot in USA, Japan, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese american: Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Model Minority (2012), If Tomorrow Comes (1971), Above the Law (1988), Treasure Island (1999), Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006), Bionic Six (1987), The Wash (1988), Sneakers (1992), Challenger (1990).

List of japanese american movies

Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A Japanese-American fisherman may have killed his neighbor Carl at sea. In the 1950s, race figures in the trial. So does reporter Ishmael.
Style: emotional, sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, courtroom drama, forbidden love, jury, japanese american, fisherman, culture clash, crimes, life is a bitch, who done it, romance, couples ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 1930s, 1940s
Place: washington state, pearl harbor, seattle washington
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 7.5
 750
Model Minority (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kayla, an underprivileged Japanese American 16 year old, endangers her promising future as an aspiring artist when she becomes involved with a drug dealer.
Plot: japanese american, interracial romance, dysfunctional family, teenage sexuality, drug dealing, biracial, drug abuse, teen angst, minority, high school, coming of age, peer pressure
Place: los angeles, usa
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If Tomorrow Comes (1971)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: In California, a young Caucasian girl and a Japanese-American boy defy local prejudices and secretly marry--on Dec. 7, 1941, minutes before Pearl Harbor is attacked.
Plot: japanese american, interracial marriage, love, suicide pact, secret marriage, male female relationship, husband wife relationship, world war two
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 6.0
 26K
Above the Law (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Seagal is Nico Toscani, an Italian immigrant, American patriot, ex-CIA agent, aikido specialist, and unorthodox Chicago policeman. He is as committed to his job as he is to his personalized brand of justice: expert and thorough bone-crushing.
Style: realistic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, corruption, undercover, cia, drug dealing, lone hero, crimes, vengeance, law enforcement, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, usa, asia, japan, chicago illinois ...
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Treasure Island (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: This film has nothing to do with Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story, but rather a naval base of the same name located in San Francisco Bay. Set amid WWII, TREASURE ISLAND follows two American code specialists that are hard at work trying to ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: ocean or sea, infidelity, sexual relations, gays and lesbians, wartime life, against the rules, island, code breaking, exhibitionist, japanese american, male nudity, church ...
Time: 1940s
Place: san francisco, japan, asia, usa, california
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Life is Cheap... But Toilet Paper Is Expensive (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A man is hired by a group of people he believes to be gangsters to escort a briefcase from America to Hong Kong. When he arrives, however, his contact is nowhere to be found. With no further instructions, he decides to take in the sights of Hong ...
Style: dark humor, avant garde
Plot: briefcase, culture clash, east asian lead, anthropologist, mistress, cigarette smoking, blood, song, foot chase, chase, father daughter relationship, severed arm ...
Place: hong kong
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Big Dreams Little Tokyo (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Big Dreams Little Tokyo is the story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate Jerome, is a ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: human nature, misfit, racism, fish out of water, culture clash, teaching the ways of the world, follow your dream, immigrants, reluctant partners, romance, disorder, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, mexico
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 7.4
 581
Bionic Six (1987)
Genre: Animation, Action, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Bionic Six is an American/Japanese animated television series from 1987, produced by TMS Entertainment and distributed by MCA TV. Renowned Japanese animation director Osamu Dezaki was involved as chief supervising director, whose distinctive style ...
Plot: teenage superhero, mother daughter relationship, father daughter relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, good versus evil, surrealism, superhero, japanese american, armor, ring, multiculturalism ...
Time: future
Place: california
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 7.4
 67
The Wash (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Mako is a neglectful husband. Not the most loving man. His wife gradually encounters a widower who is a kind, gentle figure. She eventually makes the transition to leave her husband and go to this fellow.
Plot: east asian lead, dysfunctional marriage, intolerance, conservative, second wife, asian american, unhappy wife, wife leaves husband, widower, family drama, racism, haunted by the past ...
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 7.1
 49K
Sneakers (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: When shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail a reformed computer hacker and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking 'black box' from a Soviet-funded genius, they uncover a bigger conspiracy. Now, he and his ...
Style: clever, suspenseful, talky, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hacker, betrayal, partners, mathematics, top secret, mathematician, buddies, heroes, computer system, technophobia, code, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 90s, 20th century, year 1969, 1960s ...
Place: russia
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 5.9
 309
Challenger (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: A profile of the astronauts, crew, and civilians who were involved in the January 28, 1986 flight of the spaceship, Challenger, that resulted in its explosion upon takeoff. The center point of the film is the safety inspections and arguments ...
Style: realistic, sincere, bleak, emotional, serious
Plot: nasa, spacecraft, astronaut, heroes, danger, escapades, space and aliens, apple, accident, explosion, test pilot, celebrity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1986, year 1985
Place: texas, hawaii
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Dreams of Glass (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Dreams of Glass is a Drama starring Danny DeVito
Plot: interracial romance, skinny dipping, teen romance, fishing boat, fisherman, racial issues, class differences, japanese american, dock, teenage girl, teenage boy, teenager ...
Place: california
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Farewell to Manzanar (1976)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Fact based drama about one of the internment camps used by the American military during World War II to detain some 100,000 Japanese Americans (most of them U.S. born) following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.
Style: based on true events
Plot: japanese american, world war two, internment camp
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Immortal Combat (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two police officers discover an island laboratory where a madwoman is turning martial artists into superkillers.
Style: psychotronic
Plot: ninja warrior, kung fu, ninja, karate, buddy cop, roundhouse kick, black belt, immortality, karate kick, buddy, violence, ninja master ...
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 6.7
 168
Pearl (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 278 min.
Story: This miniseries presents a cross-section of life in Pearl Harbor leading up to the Japanese attack and its immediate aftermath. Among the stories: A colonel's bitter wife seeks extramarital attention; a female doctor with painful memories ...
Plot: world war two, military, prostitution, infidelity, japanese american, brothel, suicidal, loss of daughter
Time: 1940s
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii
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 6.2
 185
Cry for Happy (1961)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Army photographers on leave in Japan take over a geisha house.
Plot: navy, geisha, movie making, japanese american, love, adoption, shyness, orphan, tradition, military, elevator, bathing ...
Place: japan
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AWA SuperClash III (1988)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Story: The American Wrestling Association teams up with various other regional promotions to deliver the third SuperClash, live from Chicago on December 13, 1988.
Plot: wrestling, rookie, south african, samoan, professional wrestling, women's wrestling, native american, referee, racist, terrorist, lingerie, stupidity ...
Place: chicago illinois, dallas texas, minneapolis minnesota
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Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 155 min.
Story: The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt during their 12-year stay at the White House.
Plot: usa president, cigarette holder, supreme court, japanese american, polio, racism, u.s. president, marriage, mother daughter relationship, media manipulation, paraplegic, unemployment ...
Time: 1890s, 1940s, 1900s
Place: washington d.c., california, usa, pearl harbor
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 6.5
 77
Blunt Movie (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Sketch comedy anthology. TV commercials, movie and politics are parodied. Stars Pat Morita
Plot: karate, spring break, sensuality, sexuality, redhead, model, black belt, fighting style, karate chop, asian man, japanese american, karate kick ...
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 7.7
 397K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: psychological, twist ending, tense, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: hypnosis, racism, cult, survival, missing, interracial romance, friendship, plot twist, african american, human monster, brainwashing, violence ...
Place: new york
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Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The Yosemite Valley Railroad, which runs through the breathtaking scenery and stunning vistas of Yosemite National Park, is on the brink of failure. The grandson of a Chinese railroad laborer embarks on a romantic, but ultimately doomed, quest to ...
Style: captivating, realistic, sincere, serious, atmospheric
Plot: racism, train, obsession, ambition, society, against the odds, escapades, self discovery, obsessive quest, americana, friends, grandfather grandson relationship ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, california, paris france, pasadena california, washington d.c.
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American Pastime (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: American Pastime tells a poignant story set against the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Rounded up and uprooted from their everyday lives, they remained loyal to the United States and ironically turned to that most American ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Plot: americana, small town, jazz, immigrants, hopes, wartime life, interracial relations, human spirit, sport team, social relations, rivalry, society ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: utah, pearl harbor
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 5.9
 195
Yellow (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Eight friends in Los Angeles spend their last evening together as they face graduation from high school and the onset of their adult lives. One of them gets in unexpected trouble when he loses a large sum of his dad's money. The friends rally ...
Style: rough, tense, realistic, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, kids in trouble, friends, society, rally, teenage life, vigilantism, heist, crimes, cons and scams, high school ...
Time: 90s
Place: los angeles, usa, california
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 6.3
 80K
War (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: FBI agent Jack Crawford is out for revenge when his partner is killed and all clues point to the mysterious assassin Rogue. But when Rogue turns up years later to take care of some unfinished business, he triggers a violent clash of rival gangs. ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, surprise ending, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, presumed dead, hitman, loss of friend, fbi, criminal heroes, tough law enforcer, crime, martial arts, lone wolves, special agents, police investigation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: san francisco, usa
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Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a dynamic engineer and an enthusiastic showman who envisions the car of the future. Against mighty odds he manages to build a fleet of them - only to have his factory shut down by ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, feel good, futuristic ...
Plot: underdog, visionary, americana, car, fighting the system, friends, senator, designer, friendship, state affairs, courtroom drama, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, future, 1950s
Place: detroit, usa, chicago illinois, washington d.c., california ...
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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: betrayal, invention, mystery, investigation, workplace intrigue, crimes, intrigue, stranger, agent, mastermind, cons and scams, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: venezuela, caribbean, usa, manhattan new york city
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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, martial arts, rescue, samurai, gang, tough law enforcer, crime, partners against crime, partners, chases and races, interracial relations, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, japan, usa
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 5.4
 5K
Robot Jox (1989)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: 50 years after a nuclear war, the two superpowers handle territorial disputes in a different way. Each fields a giant robot to fight one-on-one battles in official matches, each piloted by a man inside, known as robot jockeys or jox. The contest for ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, serious, satirical ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, robot, laser, man versus machine, giant robot, mecha, future dystopia, heroic mission, survival, save the world, society, good versus evil ...
Time: future, 80s
Place: alaska, usa
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Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After his family is killed in Japan by ninjas, Cho and his son Kane come to America to start a new life. He opens a doll shop but is unwittingly importing heroin in the dolls. When he finds out that his friend has betrayed him, Cho must prepare for ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, kidnapping, sword fight, kung fu, ninja, sword duel, gangsters, tough law enforcer, lone wolves, adventure, escapades ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, asia, usa, los angeles, new york
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Picture Bride (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, scenic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, arranged marriage, friendship, immigrants, culture clash, self discovery, fish out of water, feminism, misfit, society, forbidden love, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, asia, usa, tokyo
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