Imperial japan movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant imperial japan movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, tense, captivating, bleak and harsh films and TV shows about / with imperial japan, world war two, soldier, military, war, japanese army, survival, battles, japanese soldier and heroes plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in Japan, USA, China and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as imperial japan: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Assassination (2015), City of Life and Death (2009), Red Lion (1969), Yamato (2005), Unbroken (2014), Black Belt (2007), The Pacific (2010).

List of imperial japan movies

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, epic, factual ...
Plot: world war two, military life, battleship, military, navy, war, political unrest, state affairs, imperial japan, rebellion, danger, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 70s
Place: hawaii, japan, pearl harbor, washington d.c., europe ...
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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: realistic, bleak, contemplative, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, world war two, battles, military, war, chaos, japanese history, danger, chaos and mayhem, selflessness, brutality, japanese army ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A drama set during World War II where a submarine carrying a secret weapon attempts to stop a planned third atomic bombing of Japan. Based on Harutoshi Fukui's novel Shuusen no Lorelei.
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: submarine, secret weapon, danger, military, war, escapades, heroic mission, military life, underwater, soldier, chaos and mayhem, save the world ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, hiroshima japan, asia, pacific ocean
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: war, world war two, military, fame, battles, loss of friend, survival, homecoming, selflessness, danger, propaganda, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, usa, asia, okinawa japan ...
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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: tense, captivating, exciting, suspense
Plot: japanese occupation, assassination, hitman, revenge, resistance, nationalism, ambush, friendship, betrayal, father daughter relationship, impersonation, japanese occupation of korea ...
Time: 1930s
Place: korea, south korea
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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, political unrest ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
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 6.9
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Red Lion (1969)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen. Written by Alex ...
Style: semi serious, humorous
Plot: samurai, imperial japan, leadership, revolution, disorder, political unrest, rebelliousness, mistaken identity, village, village life, switching roles, dishonesty ...
Place: japan, asia
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 6.5
 2K
Yamato (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Directed by Junya Sato and based on a book by Jun Henmi, "Yamato" has a framing story set in the present day and uses flashbacks to tell the story of the crew of the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato. The film was never released in ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: navy, world war two, battleship, japanese history, ship, military, survival, war, battles, danger, heroes, lost love ...
Time: 1940s, 2000s, 21st century, 20th century, year 2005 ...
Place: japan
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 7.2
 148K
Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: uplifting, emotional, bleak, rough, epic ...
Plot: war, soldier, u.s. air force, captivity, world war two, island, survival, life is a bitch, athlete's life, human spirit, hopes, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, germany, asia, berlin germany ...
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 7.0
 1K
Black Belt (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in 1932, amid the rise of militarism after the establishment of the Manchukuo colony in Northeast China, the story centers on a trio of karateka. Studying under their aging master in a small dojo in the woods of central Kyushu, Choei, Taikan and ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: karate, martial arts, heroes, soldier, martial arts tournament, vengeance, rivalry, battles, military, tragic hero, samurai, betrayal ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: japan, asia
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 8.3
 99K
The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
TV show
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, battles, war, military, battlefield, soldier, navy, squad, marines, battle zone, selflessness, behind enemy lines ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, okinawa, korea
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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: pow, world war two, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, strong violent content, military, confined, atrocity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1942 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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Great Battle of the Japan Sea (1969)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Japan and Russia clash in what comes to be known as the Russo-Japanese War. An attempt by the Japanese fleet and army to take Port Arthur fails, and a Russian fleet bears down on the Sea of Japan. Admiral Heihachiro Togo sends his fleet to confront ...
Plot: imperial japan, admiral, emperor, english, russian empire, naval uniform, japanese navy, japanese military, russian army, navy, sea battle, japanese army ...
Time: 1900s
Place: russia, japan, usa, tokyo
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 4.8
 984
Canopy (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Australia, Singapore
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An unlikely friendship between 2 young men becomes everything, when an Australian soldier takes refuge under the canopied jungles of Singapore, during the violent Japanese invasion in World War II. Jim is lost, injured and defenseless in a hostile, ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: jungle, world war two, survival, war, soldier, danger, communication problem, military, escape, chase, very little dialogue, escapades ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: singapore, asia, australia
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: siblings relations, orphan, survival, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Insect Woman (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
Style: witty, clever, biting, dark humor, cynical ...
Plot: breast feeding, prostitute, incest, incestuous relationship, adultery, lust, family relations, forced sex, world war two, countryside, confession, greed ...
Time: 1910s, 1950s, 1940s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.5
 22K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: tense, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, kung fu classic, folk hero, humiliation, good versus evil, rage, occupation, duel, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
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Bring 'Em Back Alive (1982)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Bring 'Em Back Alive is an adventure television series starring Bruce Boxleitner, Cindy Morgan and Ron O'Neal. The series was shown in the United States from September 1982 to May 1983. Set in Singapore, it was one of several shows like ...
Style: wild
Plot: wild animal, jungle, hotel manager, spy, love interest, adventurer, animal lover, world war two, sultan, imperial japan, smuggler, big game hunter ...
Time: 1930s, year 1939
Place: southeast asia, asia, singapore
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 6.9
 376
Coup d'Etat (1973)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A freestyle biopic of Ikki Kita, the ultranationalist intellectual whose ideas inspired the failed military coup in 1936.
Plot: coup d'etat, death sentence, capital punishment, spy, prayer, female nudity, knife, japanese new wave, crucifix, husband wife relationship, assassination, martial law ...
Time: year 1936
Place: japan
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Japan's Longest Day (1967)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to ...
Plot: japanese army, world war two, japanese soldier, revolt, atomic bomb, funeral, british, soldier, officer, general, japanese history, british empire ...
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, china, tokyo
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Pacific Inferno (1979)
Genre: War
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After the fall of the Philippines in World War II, the Japanese discover that Gen. MacArthur ordered millions of dollars in silver dumped in Manila Bay in order that it not fall into enemy hands. Among the prisoners the Japanese have taken are two ...
Plot: machine gun, fistfight, imperial japan, behind enemy lines, tank, american soldier, military, water, japanese soldier, world war two, judo throw, diver ...
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pacific ocean, the philippines
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 5.7
 255
The Anarchists (2000)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A group of Korean anarchists in 1920s China are determined to overthrow the military and government.
Plot: anarchism, japanese occupation of korea, anarchy, anarchist, imperial japan, japanese occupation
Time: 1920s
Place: shanghai, japan, korea, china
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 8.2
 364
Changi (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Australia
TV show
Story: Changi is a six-part Australian television miniseries broadcast by ABC TV in 2001. It originally aired from 14 October 2001 to 18 November 2001.
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: pow, world war two, war crime, prisoner of war camp, survival, wartime life, military, prison life, friendship, buddies, against humanity, confined ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: singapore, australia, japan
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Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the spring of 1945, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic young doctor , Morishima, is horrified by the experiments ...
Style: rough, bleak, disturbing, serious, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, murder, prisoner, blood, doctor, autopsy, cruelty, gore, dismemberment, decapitation, sino japanese war, coldhearted ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: asia, china, japan
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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, rough, bleak
Plot: world war two, atomic bomb, military, danger, nuclear holocaust, super weapon, secret place, battles, state affairs, heroes, against humanity, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, usa, asia, hiroshima japan, pacific ocean
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War and Remembrance (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 620 min.
TV show
Story: War and Remembrance is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Herman Wouk. It is the sequel to highly successful The Winds of War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, saga ...
Plot: war, world war two, massacre, battleship, german, behind enemy lines, soldier, d day, patriotism, fascism, dictatorship, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, europe, usa, pacific ocean ...
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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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Under the Rainbow (1981)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In World War II era Los Angeles, the manager of the Culver Hotel leaves his nephew in charge for a weekend. The nephew changes the name to the Hotel Rainbow and overbooks with royalty, assassins, secret agents, Japanese tourists, and munchkins (from ...
Style: realistic, feel good, not serious, light, funny ...
Plot: hotel, farce, espionage, disorder, secret agents, showbiz, artists and showbiz, nothing goes right, spy, secret service, mistaken identity, assassin ...
Time: 80s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: los angeles, california, usa, kansas
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Return from the River Kwai (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that ...
Plot: train, world war two, british empire, british soldier, pow, british, submarine, japanese army, decapitation, imperial japan
Time: 1940s
Place: asia, japan, burma
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: erotic, art house, enigmatic, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: writing, calligraphy, translator, model, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, publisher, skin, body painting, legends and myths, lovers, japanese girl ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, shanghai ...
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