Movies and TV shows set in tokyo

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in tokyo ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric, visually appealing and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with storytelling, weird, catastrophe, loneliness, runaway, dialogue, mentor, death, danger and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Thriller and Animation genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tokyo: Lost in Translation (2003), Your Name (2016), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013), The Garden of Words (2013), The Grudge (2004), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Tokyo Sonata (2008), The Ramen Girl (2008), Black Kiss (2004).

List of movies set in tokyo

Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, unlikely friendships, photographer, advertising, marriage, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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 8.4
 169K
Your Name (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: romantic, touching, captivating, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: body swapping, school, time travel, romance, supernatural, destiny, memory loss, girl, friendship, star crossed lovers, death, race against time ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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 7.9
 31K
Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Ken Kaneki is a bookworm college student who meets a girl names Rize at a cafe he frequents. They're the same age and have the same interests, so they quickly become close. Little does Kaneki know that Rize is a ghoul - a kind of monster that ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: dark fantasy, supernatural, danger, murder, deadly creature, secret identity, youth, friends, supernatural ability, survival, hunt down, crimes ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint! To stall any further ...
Style: exciting, light, offbeat, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, imaginary, danger, rivalry, demon, workplace, workplace situations, hopes, curses spells and rituals, anti heroes, fish out of water, fast food ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, romantic, colourful, atmospheric, sweet ...
Plot: older woman younger man relationship, rain, chance meeting, unlikely couple, love and romance, grownups, shyness, age difference, coming of age, teen romance, chocolate, young lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 5.9
 136K
The Grudge (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: American nurse, Karen Davis moves to Tokyo and encounters a vengeful supernatural spirit known as The Grudge that often possesses its victims. When a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths occur – with the spirit passing its curse onto each ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, gory, murder, imaginary, ghosts, suicide, curse, vengeance, mystery, family curse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
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Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the year 2029, the barriers of our world have been broken down by the net and by cybernetics, but this brings new vulnerability to humans in the form of brain-hacking. When a highly-wanted hacker known as 'The Puppetmaster' begins ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, mind bending, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, hacker, policewoman, androids and robots, cyborgs, mind game, chase, technology gone awry, mind control, cyberspace ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.5
 8K
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, realistic, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, housewife, unemployment, job seeking, pianist, alienation, rebellion, family secret, hopes, dysfunctional family, youth, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, china, middle east
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The Ramen Girl (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: cooking, culture clash, restaurant, romance, fish out of water, american abroad, language barrier, breakup, mentor, japanese culture, broken heart, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, new jersey
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 6.1
 287
Black Kiss (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Asuka is an aspiring model who moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She moves into a small apartment with a friend of a friend, Kasumi. A bizarre murder occurs in the hotel across the street. The body was mutilated and repositioned into a lurid work ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, psychopath, police detective, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, rivalry, slasher, danger, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.1
 23K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: bleak, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids
Plot: childhood, dysfunctional family, poverty, innocence lost, survival, financial problem, journey, responsibility, young kid, greed, tragedy, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, saga ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space travel, chaos, pilot, angel, battles, androids and robots, adventure, supernatural, save the world, imaginary, heroes, danger ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.0
 156K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, serious, cult film, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, experiment, distopia, motorcycle gang, protest, mutation, government corruption, scientist, nuclear holocaust, save the world, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 5.1
 46K
The Grudge 2 (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Tokyo, a young woman is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister. The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of previously unrelated people who attempt ...
Style: scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, good versus evil, hospital, murder, high school, little boy, curse, supernatural, woman in danger, intern, imaginary, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, chicago illinois, usa, asia ...
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 6.5
 16K
Pulse (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After one of their friends commits suicide, strange things begin happening to a group of young Tokyo residents. One of them sees visions of his dead friend in the shadows on the wall, while another's computer keeps showing strange, ghostly ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: afterlife, ghost, internet, college student, supernatural, mystery, lifestyle, confined, isolation, suicide, missing person, supernatural power ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, asia, latin america, japan
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 457K
Pacific Rim (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: ...
Style: exciting, serious, futuristic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: giant monster, monster, save the world, creature, evil alien, giant, heroic mission, danger, destruction, survival, space and aliens, androids and robots ...
Time: future, year 2017, 2020s, near future
Place: pacific ocean, tokyo, hong kong, asia, alaska ...
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 2K
Nana (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 21 min.
Story: Nana is a 2006 anime series based upon the manga of the same name. It centers on two girls with the same name and of the same age, crossing paths and ending up living together in Tokyo.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic, not serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, musician, looking for love, friendship, twentysomething life, job seeking, broken heart, friendship between girls, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flatmate, group of friends, love triangle ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 9K
Tokyo! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Japan, South Korea, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by directors Michel Gondry (France), Leos Carax (France) and Joon-ho Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and transnatural/supernatural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.
Style: surreal, anthology, sentimental, melancholic, art house ...
Audience: student film
Plot: isolation, supernatural, freak, city life, fall in love, obsession, metamorphosis, transformation, imagination, translator, neurosis, destruction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new york ...
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 6.8
 2K
Oldman Z (1991)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old man is being treated specially by the Department of Health under the so-called Project Z, a special nursing bed with a 6th generation computer on board. When the pain and loneliness of the old man reaches his ex-private nurse, she decides to ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, stylized, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: satire, alien encounter, nursing, man versus machine, disorder, golden years, heroes, technology gone awry, experiment gone awry, future dystopia, life is a bitch, benign alien ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Forty-two years after her first visit in Tokyo, Mothra returns to warn mankind that they must return Mechagodzilla, along with Godzilla's bones, to the sea, for the dead must not be disturbed. If not, dire consequences will follow. However, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: godzilla, save the world, danger, disorder, survival, good versus evil, escapades, deadly creature, chaos, heroes, heroic mission, supernatural ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 67K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, touching, meditative, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, explicit sex, hallucination, afterlife, drug trip, stripper, supernatural, ghost, siblings relations, deadly, youth, strip club ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 923
Occult (2009)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Koji Shiraishi is interested in strange indiscriminate murder at a sightseeing resort. He goes behind the camera to investigate the circumstances surrounding strange occurrences and interview the survivors.
Style: psychological, tense, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Plot: investigation, supernatural, deadly, parallel world, mystery, murder, danger, camera, suspicion, found footage, paranormal phenomena, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 2K
Tokyo Family (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 146 min.
Story: In this film director Yoji Yamada bows down before his teacher and role model. Yamada was assistant director on Yazujirō Ozu’s Tōkyō monogatari, a moving family portrait set after the Second World War. In his remake, Yamada has made very few ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, psychological ...
Plot: family life, reunion, parents and children, beauty salon, aging, siblings relations, couple relations, elderly, family relations, golden years, estrangement, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
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 6.5
 3K
Tokyo Tribe (2014)
Genre: Action, Musical
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In an alternate Japan, territorial street gangs form opposing factions collectively known as the Tokyo Tribes. The simmering tension between them is about to boil over into all-out war.
Style: exciting, futuristic, captivating, tense, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, hip hop, yakuza, crimes, gangsters, escapades, profanity, urban ghetto life, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, chases and races ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Stratosphere Girl (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Italy, Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this imaginative independent drama, Angela (Chloé Winkel) is a French art student living in Germany who loves to draw comics and creates elaborate tales drawn in a soft and romantic style. One night, Angela meets Yamamoto (Jon Yang), a club DJ ...
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, stylized ...
Plot: nightclub, immigrants, crimes, love affair, danger, murder, innocence lost, love and romance, mystery, female protagonist, female nudity, teenage sex ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Godzilla returns to terrorize Japan! This time, however, Japan has two new weapons to defend themselves. The Gryphon, a high-tech ship, and the Dimension Tide, a device that creates artificial black holes! During a test of the Dimension Tide, eggs ...
Style: semi serious, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: save the world, survival, supernatural, chaos, disorder, deadly, danger, space travel, heroic mission, escapades, imaginary, dangerous animal ...
Time: 90s, 50s, 1950s, 1990s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.7
 24K
Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, childhood, marriage, village life, folk music, school, twentysomething life, introspection, coming of age, deadend life, world, urban ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Earthquake Bird (2019)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tokyo, Japan, 1989. Lucy Fly, a foreigner who works as a translator, begins a passionate relationship with Teiji, a mysterious man obsessed with photography.
Style: bleak, suspense, exciting, atmospheric
Plot: neo noir, love triangle, photographer, missing woman, female friendship, interracial romance, mysterious past, suspicion of murder, female protagonist, investigation, crimes, crime ...
Time: year 1989, 80s
Place: tokyo, japan
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Dawn of the Felines (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A glimpse into the lives of three prostitutes in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo and the clients who solicit them.
Style: disturbing, psychological, sincere, tense, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: prostitution, loneliness, friendship, prostitute, sexy woman, friend, money, social satire, female nudity, sex scene, youth, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 6K
Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, social differences, hopes, parents and children, youth, working class, human spirit, family problems, misfit, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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