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, serious, visually appealing, melancholic, weird and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with storytelling, catastrophe, mentor, runaway, dialogue, transformation, danger, life philosophy, loneliness and flashback plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in Japan, USA, Hong Kong and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as tokyo: Lost in Translation (2003), Your Name. (2016), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), Wasabi (2001), The Garden of Words (2013), The Wolverine (2013), Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013), Tokyo! (2008), The Grudge (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, psychological, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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 8.4
 220K
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, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, beautiful scenery, love, girl, race against time, schoolgirl, boy, star crossed lovers, destiny ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.8
 42K
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: dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, murder, danger, supernatural ability, deadly creature, secret identity, youth, friends, survival, good versus evil, crimes, hunt down ...
Place: japan, tokyo, east asia, asia
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 6.7
 39K
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: realistic, exciting, semi serious, light, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, shopping, hitman, father daughter relationship, youth, investigation, police detective, yakuza, culture clash, police brutality, teenage daughter, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, kyoto 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, colourful, romantic, atmospheric, sweet ...
Plot: rain, older woman younger man relationship, unlikely couple, shyness, teen angst, chance meeting, age difference, love and romance, youth, grownups, coming of age, shoemaker ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 442K
The Wolverine (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
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: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, superhero, samurai, good versus evil, mutant, sword fight, chase, haunted by the past, fistfight, martial arts ...
Time: year 1945, 2010s, future
Place: tokyo, japan, 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, mind bending, futuristic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyborgs, hacker, cyberspace, policewoman, androids and robots, distopia, mind game, chase, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, workplace, demon, rivalry, imaginary, hopes, workplace situations, fast food, danger, curses spells and rituals, redemption, disorder ...
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 10K
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, fall in love, city life, obsession, transformation, metamorphosis, imagination, translator, death sentence, neurosis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new york ...
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 5.9
 141K
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: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, curse, gory, mystery, murder, imaginary, suicide, vengeance, family curse, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 3K
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: sentimental, emotional, touching, josei, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, broken heart, looking for love, punk rock, friendship, musician, group of friends, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flatmate, job seeking, twentysomething life, friendship between girls ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 478K
Pacific Rim (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico, Hong Kong
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, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: giant monster, monster, creature, save the world, evil alien, robot, heroic mission, chaos and mayhem, giant, battles, danger, destruction ...
Time: future, year 2017, near future, 2020s
Place: pacific ocean, tokyo, hong kong, asia, alaska ...
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 7.5
 10K
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, job seeking, unemployment, pianist, alienation, layoff, rebellion, hopes, family secret, dysfunctional family, social problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, china, middle east
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 10K
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, american abroad, culture clash, restaurant, romance, fish out of water, language barrier, interracial romance, breakup, mentor, broken heart, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 6.0
 313
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, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, scary ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, police detective, crimes, who done it, mystery, deadly, law enforcement, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 26K
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: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, bleak ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, poverty, survival, young kid, innocence lost, responsibility, financial problem, journey, 12 year old, tragedy, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, california
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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: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, saga ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, space travel, chaos, angel, battles, pilot, save the world, adventure, supernatural, future dystopia, danger, heroes ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 173K
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: atmospheric, surreal, cult film, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, military, hallucination, protest, suprisingly clever, mutation, government corruption, distopia, scientist, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 80s, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.6
 29K
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, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: childhood, countryside, introspection, friendship, folk music, village life, deadend life, adolescence, childhood memory, self discovery, twentysomething life, flowers ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 5.1
 48K
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, curse, good versus evil, murder, supernatural, supernatural horror, serial killer, danger, deadly, investigation, crimes, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, chicago illinois, usa, asia ...
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Genre: Action, 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, realistic, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, street racing, car race, car, troublemaker, high school, newcomer, car racing, youth, rebel, friendship, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, China, USA
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
Plot: weather, magic, fall in love, love, friendship, magical power, magical girl, teenager, girl, couples, climate change, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, interesting, stylized, intense ...
Plot: training, beast, mentor, orphan, destiny, father son relationship, transformation, friendship, loneliness, martial arts, fantasy world, good versus evil ...
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, bleak, rough, emotional ...
Plot: strong sexual content, erotica, foreigner in japan, sexual relations, looking for sex, female friendship, identity crisis, interracial love, prostitution, changing lives, power relations, sex ...
Place: tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 18K
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, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, dark ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, internet, college student, supernatural, mystery, lifestyle, confined, isolation, suicide, supernatural power, missing person ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: tokyo, asia, latin america, japan
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Gantz: Perfect Answer (2011)
Genre: Action, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Perfect Answer begins several months after the events of the first film. Kurono is still fighting aliens under the order of Gantz, a mysterious giant black orb, and he is close to reaching the score he needs to resurrect his friend Kato. Outside his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: game of death, evil alien, survival, against the rules, chases and races, space and aliens, escapades, danger, urban, ball, sphere, regeneration ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan
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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: rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: satire, danger, imaginary, society, disorder, nursing, chaos, space wars, a.i., benign alien, heroes, life is a bitch ...
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, survival, disorder, chaos, deadly creature, escapades, danger, good versus evil, battles, deadly, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A hibernating species of giant carnivorous bird is awakened on a Japanese island shortly after the Japanese military encounters an unidentified mass moving beneath the water off-shore.
Style: semi serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: space and aliens, plutonium, baseball stadium, giant bird, monster, giant monster, experiment gone awry, survival, heroic mission, race against time, master villain, heroes ...
Time: prehistory
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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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, melancholic ...
Plot: cyberpunk, female protagonist, cyborgs, strong female lead, one woman army, technology, distopia, female spy, hacker, female agent, philosophy, androids ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
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