Japanese occupation movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant japanese occupation movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, emotional, tense and psychological films and TV shows about / with japanese occupation, world war two, life is a bitch, japanese occupation of china, sino japanese war, society, war, murder, heroes and danger plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in China, South Korea, Hong Kong and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese occupation: The Message (2009), Purple Butterfly (2003), Assassination (2015), The Disguiser (2015), Railroad Tigers (2016), Fighter in the Wind (2004), The Flowers of War (2011), The Strait Story (2005), The Last Princess (2016), Devils on the Doorstep (2000).

List of japanese occupation movies

The Message (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: japanese occupation, espionage, code breaking, world war two, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
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Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: japanese occupation, war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, tragic hero, hidden identity, love and romance, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
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Assassination (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Assassination is set in Korea and Shanghai in the 1930's during the Japanese occupation. The government resistance assigns a secret commando group with killing collaborators.
Style: captivating, tense, exciting, suspense
Plot: japanese occupation, assassination, resistance, revenge, hitman, nationalism, father daughter relationship, betrayal, friendship, impersonation, ambush, japanese occupation of korea ...
Time: 1930s
Place: korea, south korea
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The Disguiser (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 40 min.
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Story: Set in the Japanese occupation era, the rich yet naive young master Ming Tai is trained to become an agent, and is later sent to become an underground spy for the Communists. Together with his brother and double agent Ming Lou, they try and bring ...
Style: exciting, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: spy, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, brother brother relationship, secret organization, double agent, espionage, mind game, false identity, trust, disguise ...
Time: year 1940, year 1939
Place: china, shanghai
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Railroad Tigers (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, War
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.
Plot: sino japanese war, train crash, japanese occupation, world war two, railway, train, combat, japanese occupation of china
Time: 1940s, year 1941
Place: china
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Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after World War II to become a fighter pilot but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atrocity, martial arts, world war two, heroes, fight for supremacy, love and romance, fall in love, contests and competitions, ambition, liberation, fight, japanese occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: japan, korea, asia
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The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, atrocity, world war two, brothel, sino japanese war, rape, forced prostitution, prostitution, life is a bitch, suffering, student, japanese occupation of china ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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The Strait Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The year is 1943 and Taiwan is under Japanese colonization. After finishing his studies in Japan, famous Taiwanese sculptor and painter Ching-Cheng Huang receives an offer to teach in Beiping Art School. He decides to visit friends and family back ...
Style: touching, sincere, sentimental, captivating
Plot: painter, painting, historical event, sculptor, world war two, tragic event, death, japanese occupation, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, submarine, ship, pianist ...
Time: year 1943
Place: japan, taiwan, china
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The Last Princess (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Under the oppressive Japanese colonial rule, Deok-hye, the last Princess of the declining Joseon Dynasty, is forced to move to Japan. She spends her days missing home, while struggling to maintain dignity as a princess. After a series of failed ...
Style: psychological, emotional, heartbreaking, sad, realistic
Plot: princess, japanese occupation of korea, japanese occupation, arranged marriage, exile, mental institution, family bonds, family problems, terminal illness, husband wife relationship, family in crisis, erased memory ...
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Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 139 min.
Story: During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time they will be collected. The village leaders convene to ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, realistic, humorous, clever
Plot: world war two, resistance, military, village, wartime life, rebelliousness, captivity, rebellion, confined, fish out of water, comedy of errors, culture clash ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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2009: Lost Memories (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: There are breakpoints in the history, the result of a single event may change the whole course. In 1909, an assassination attempt of a Japanese governor fails. Now, in 2009, Korea is just another state of Japan's Empire & Seoul has become a ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, crimes, friendship, assassination, state affairs, obsessive quest, future dystopia, political unrest, political intrigue, gays and lesbians, politics, deadly ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, year 2009, 2000s
Place: japan, korea, asia
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation ...
Style: epic, emotional, non-linear, serious, realistic ...
Plot: emperor, suicide attempt, communism, world war two, arranged marriage, childhood, teacher, breast feeding, divorce, empress, arson, confession ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: china, asia, beijing china, japan
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The Age of Shadows (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Set in the late 1920s, The Age of Shadows follows the cat-and-mouse game that unfolds between a group of resistance fighters trying to bring in explosives from Shanghai to destroy key Japanese facilities in Seoul, and Japanese agents trying to stop ...
Plot: japanese occupation of korea, japanese occupation, independence movement, shack, antique shop, japanese flag, restaurant, train station, businessman, breakfast, chase, cafe ...
Time: 1920s
Place: korea, shanghai, south korea, japan
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Lust, Caution (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 157 min.
Story: During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.
Style: sexual, disturbing, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: lust, explicit sex, sexual relations, mistress, extramarital affair, resistance, seduction, strong sexual content, adultery, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, shanghai, hong kong ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, undisciplined, atrocity, strong violent content ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1946 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, emotional ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, japanese army, military, dehumanization, invasion, war atrocity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
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Invaders of the Lost Gold (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A group of Japanese WWII soldiers transporting a gold shipment are captured and fight against a savage cannibal tribe. Years later, an expedition heads back into the jungle to locate the lost gold.
Plot: cannibal, world war two, treasure, mercenary, treasure hunt, jungle, gold, cave, lost treasure, japanese occupation, female nudity, dismemberment ...
Place: the philippines
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Fist of Anger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Historical movie set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII. Jackie Chan is one of the good guys but has nothing much more than a supporting role.
Style: realistic, serious
Plot: martial arts, world war two, heroes, military, rivalry, escapades, life is a bitch, good versus evil, war, japanese occupation, rifle, violence ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan
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Air Strike (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An American pilot is sent to a Chinese province to teach a crew of would-be pilots how to fly war planes against the Japanese during World War II.
Style: epic, breathtaking, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, war, human nature, bombing, japanese occupation, bare breasts, fighter plane, aerial combat, panic ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china
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When Taekwondo Strikes (1973)
Genre: Action, War, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story is about the Japanese occupation of Korea during World War II. A Korean patriot played by Carter Wong gets into a fight with some Japanese people and is chased into a church. The priest there is captured and tortured. Trying to secure his ...
Plot: resistance, martial arts, japanese occupation, kung fu classic, invasion, atrocity, world war two, violence, liberation, imperial japan, priest, gun ...
Place: korea, japan
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, pow, innocence lost, young heroes, survival, prison, bravery, child protagonist, japanese army, stadium, japanese soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
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Shanghai (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own ...
Style: captivating, stylized, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, mystery, deadly, dishonesty, fall in love, political conspiracy, life is a bitch, love and romance, dark secret, mafia ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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Story of a Prostitute (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Disappointed by the marriage of her lover to a woman he does not love, prostitute Harumi drifts from the city to a remote Japanese outpost in Manchuria to work in a "comfort house," or brothel, during the Sino-Japanese war. The commanding ...
Style: serious, realistic, erotic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, prostitute, tragic love, sino japanese war, hand grenade, misogyny, desertion, colonialism, prostitution, desert, buddhism, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
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The Imperial Japanese Empire (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Story of three people, a barber, a Christian and a graduate of the Tokyo Military Academy during the 2nd World War.
Plot: hairdresser, husband wife relationship, beach, father son relationship, christian, chance meeting, world war two, japanese army, japanese occupation, military, mother son relationship
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, okinawa japan
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The Portrait (2017)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: Philippines
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A musical tale about two impoverished sisters' anguish over whether or not to sell the final masterpiece of their recluse father days before the second world war, in Manila.
Style: sincere, serious, captivating, touching, surprise ending ...
Plot: bourgeoisie, love interest, romantic obsession, intrigue, love, social issues, young man, betrayal, friendship, sister sister relationship, world war two, greed ...
Time: 1940s
Place: manila philippines
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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, China, Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: survival, orphan, rescue, selflessness, self discovery, society, danger, soldier, heroes, escapades, daring rescue, invasion ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 30s ...
Place: asia, china, east asia
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China Cry: A True Story (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new society", but soon becomes disenchanted by the ...
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: revolution, pregnancy, down on your luck, family life, survival, concentration camp, rich and poor, captivity, bittersweet, strong female presence, state affairs, life is a bitch ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, shanghai, shanghai china
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The Red Shoes (2005)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.
Style: psychological, serious, suspenseful, bleak, tense
Plot: supernatural, obsession, murder, ghost, losing-it hero, mystery, haunted by the past, gory, crimes, deadly, woman in danger, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 1940s, year 1944
Place: south korea
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Attack Force Z (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, Taiwan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Tim Burstall directs then-up-and-comers Mel Gibson and Sam Neill in this action-packed Cannes Film Festival selection about the grim realities of World War II, a gritty drama based on actual events. Sent to rescue survivors from the site of a plane ...
Style: serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, commando, anti war, battles, soldier, heroes, island, submarine, mission, chases and races, undercover, adventure ...
Time: 1940s, 60s, year 1945
Place: chicago illinois, usa, australia
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Hapkido (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, kung fu, crimes, society, hopes, against the odds, culture clash, uninhibited rivalry, vigilantism ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, korea, asia, hong kong, japan
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