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 stylized, visually appealing, weird, melancholic, reflective and allegory films and TV shows about / with dialogue, storytelling, runaway, mentor, transformation, catastrophe, vengeance, life philosophy, fantasy world and loneliness plots mostly in Drama, Animation and Action genres shot in Japan, USA, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tokyo: Lost in Translation (2003), Your Name. (2016), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), The Garden of Words (2013), Wasabi (2001), The Wolverine (2013), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Tokyo! (2008), Ghost in the Shell (2017), The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013).

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, depressing, cerebral ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, age difference, midlife crisis, older man younger woman relationship, friendship, unlikely friendships, adultery, fish out of water, culture clash, unlikely couple, actor, character study ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university, kyoto japan
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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: touching, romantic, emotional, captivating, surprise ending ...
Audience: family outing, teen drama
Plot: time travel, body swapping, romance, love, girl, beautiful scenery, school, schoolgirl, boy, destiny, friendship, memory loss ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Tokyo Ghoul (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, dark fantasy, suspenseful, bloody, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, murder, supernatural ability, secret identity, deadly creature, youth, friends, survival, graphic violence, genetically altered, heroes, crimes ...
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
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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, atmospheric, colourful, sweet, melancholic ...
Plot: rain, unlikely couple, age difference, teen angst, grownups, shoemaker, shyness, youth, love and romance, overcoming, older woman younger man relationship, chance meeting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Wasabi (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his ...
Style: light, funny, realistic, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: father daughter relationship, yakuza, tough guy, inheritance, tough cop, police brutality, hitman, bank robbery, justice, secret service, police detective, culture clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, paris france, kyoto japan, france ...
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The Wolverine (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.
Style: tense, exciting, intense, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, samurai, mutant, sword fight, martial arts, loner, chase, good versus evil, fistfight ...
Time: future, year 1945, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, canada
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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: philosophical, atmospheric, mind bending, surreal, exciting ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, androids and robots, future dystopia, distopia, hacker, policewoman, cyborgs, technology gone awry, female spy, cyberspace, female protagonist ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, art house, absurd, melancholic, sentimental ...
Plot: bdsm, obsession, isolation, imagination, depression, loneliness, freak, creativity, drugs, fall in love, city life, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, paris france, asia, new jersey ...
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Ghost in the Shell (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, India, Hong Kong, China, Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: a human saved from a terrible crash, then cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world's most dangerous criminals.
Style: futuristic, philosophical, suspense, stylized, cerebral ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, female protagonist, technology, distopia, robot, artificial intelligence, one woman army, corporate corruption, strong female lead, tough girl, terrorism ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, humorous, romantic, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, parallel world, demon, workplace situations, fast food, workplace, hopes, curses spells and rituals, disorder, redemption, fish out of water, romance ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, 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, adult animation, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, post apocalypse, distopia, experiment, motorcycle gang, military, hallucination, protest, post thermonuclear war, mutation, psychic, gang ...
Time: future, 2010s, 21st century, 80s, year 2019
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That ...
Style: touching, breathtaking, stylized, intense, feel good ...
Plot: training, mentor, beast, martial arts, destiny, friendship, childhood, father son relationship, loneliness, orphan, fantasy world, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Pacific Rim (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
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: futuristic, exciting, serious, stylized, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens
Plot: giant monster, monster, robot, creature, androids and robots, save the world, destruction, chaos and mayhem, giant, giant robots, heroic mission, battles ...
Time: future, 2020s, near future, 2010s, 21st century ...
Place: tokyo, pacific ocean, asia, alaska, hong kong ...
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (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: mecha, atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, pilot, chaos, angel, battles, supernatural, adventure, save the world, space travel, parent child relationship, future dystopia, man versus machine ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Alice in Borderland (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: With his two friends, a video-game-obsessed young man finds himself in a strange version of Tokyo where they must compete in dangerous games to survive.
Style: suspense, psychotronic, witty, philosophical, light ...
Plot: survival, game, quest, psychology, supernatural, mercilessness, mission, video game, wonderland, locked room, game of death, violence ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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Nana (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 21 min.
TV show
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, realistic, not serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: looking for love, rock band, friendship, broken heart, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flatmate, musician, group of friends, friendship between girls, twentysomething life, punk rock, job seeking ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan
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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, gothic, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, curse, murder, mystery, vengeance, suicide, family curse, paranormal activity, hospital, medical ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, east asia
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military father. In a low-rent section of the city, Shaun gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing
Style: serious, suspense, entertaining, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: car race, car chase, car, street racing, high school, newcomer, automobile racing, race, troublemaker, showdown, fight scenes, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Hodaka, a high school boy who moves from his isolated island home to the city of Tokyo, who immediately becomes broke! After finally finding work at a shady occult magazine, the sky rains every day until amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city, ...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating, feel good, light
Audience: kids
Plot: weather, friendship, teenager, love, fall in love, magic, magical power, climate change, magical girl, couples, girl, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Searching for escape in Tokyo's back alleys, a haunted English teacher explores love and lust with a dashing Yakuza, as their tumultuous affair takes her on a journey through the city's dive bars and three-hour love hotels.
Style: erotic, depressing, emotional, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: erotica, strong sexual content, foreigner in japan, s&m, sex with a stranger, interracial love, sexual relations, looking for sex, female nudity, identity crisis, sex, loneliness ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, atmospheric, witty, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: christmas, holiday, homeless, baby, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, parents and children, friendship, gay, family relations, eccentric family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Only Yesterday (1991)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 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, atmospheric, sentimental, melancholic, poignant ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, countryside, friendship, self discovery, adolescence, introspection, coming of age, school, village life, deadend life, twentysomething life, dreams ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: depressing, touching, gloomy, serious, heartbreaking ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: childhood, poverty, innocence lost, dysfunctional family, young kid, child abandonment, malnutrition, tragedy, survival, children, family relations, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
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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: inspirational, touching, semi serious, humorous, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: cooking, interracial romance, culture clash, romance, american abroad, mentor, restaurant, food, cooking and food, language barrier, teenager, unlikely friendships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, new jersey, asia
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past ...
Style: touching, feel good, twists and turns, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, friendship, high school, changing the past or future, teenage love, supernatural ability, school, teenage girl, classmate, love, fantasy world, kids and family ...
Time: future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: compassionate, meditative, depressing, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, social differences, life is a bitch, working class, slum, character study, unlikely friendships, tragedy, hopes, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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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: slasher, scary, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, police investigation, police detective, psychopath, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, mystery, who done it, stalking, actor's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang, crimes, vengeance, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, video game, samurai ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, art house, atmospheric, philosophical, meditative ...
Plot: surrealism, hallucination, afterlife, drug trip, drugs, stripper, sex, explicit sex, drug use, incest, lesbian sex, trippy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, allegory, visually appealing, poignant ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: raccoon, japanese mythology, environmental, transformation, animals, environment, anthropomorphism, firefly, humanity, imagination, life & death, mentor ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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