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The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in tokyo ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out melancholic, stylized, serious, talky, reflective and enigmatic films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, brutality, transformation, life philosophy, fantasy world and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Action and Sci-Fi genres shot in Japan, USA, France and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as tokyo: The Grudge (2004), Tokyo Ghoul (2014), Lost in Translation (2003), Tokyo! (2008), Akira (1988), Tokyo Sonata (2008), Dodes'ka-den (1970), Nobody Knows (2004), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Only Yesterday (1991).
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Akira
Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Japan
124 min.
 8.1
Nobody Knows
Drama
Japan
141 min.
 8.1
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Shoplifters
Crime, Drama
Japan
121 min.
 8.1
The Crimes That Bind
Mystery, Thriller
Japan
119 min.
 7.1

List of movies set in tokyo

 5.9
 128K
The Grudge
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, twists and turns, gothic, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, gory, vengeance, murder, ghost, mystery, suicide, family curse, hospital, death, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.0
 22K
Tokyo Ghoul
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, bloody
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, supernatural, danger, crimes, violence, secret identity, friends, murder, good versus evil, dark fantasy, blood, gunfight ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Lost in Translation
Genre: 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: atmospheric, realistic, touching, stylized, clever ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, culture clash, hotel, friendship, romance, depression, isolation, fish out of water, rock, photographer, actor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, yale university
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 7.1
 8K
Tokyo!
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, stylized, semi serious, atmospheric, melancholic ...
Plot: obsession, city life, male nudity, loneliness, imagination, lawyer, surrealism, homeless, pornography, creativity, art, deadly creature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france
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 8.1
 130K
Akira
Genre: Animation, Action, 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: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, violence, brutality, blood, motorcycle, gore, gang, distopia, anti heroes, violent, storytelling, experiment ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.6
 8K
Tokyo Sonata
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: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, enigmatic, psychological ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, rebellion, death, suicide, family drama, workplace, tragedy, greed, dishonesty, pornography, mentor, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, middle east
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 7.5
 5K
Dodes'ka-den
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: semi serious, gloomy, reflective, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, mentally challenged, childhood, samurai, human nature, life philosophy, human spirit, dreams, loneliness, homeless, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.1
 20K
Nobody Knows
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, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, childhood, loneliness, realism, family life, children, siblings relations, mentor, greed, runaway, crime gone awry, family in crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Whisper of the Heart
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, surreal, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: coming of age, self discovery, imagination, love, friendship, romance, school, teenager, follow your dream, cat, love story, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, italy, europe
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 7.7
 18K
Only Yesterday
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, serious, sentimental, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, childhood, school, countryside, world, introspection, firefly, life, twentysomething life, loneliness, mentor, adolescence ...
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.4
 4K
Not Yet
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, teacher, death, family relations, fascism, golden years, mentor, life & death, loneliness, relationships, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, futuristic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, loneliness, man versus machine, end of the world, storytelling, vengeance, save the world, dark hero, violent, future dystopia, fantasy world, dialogue ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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The Ramen Girl
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: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, light ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: culture clash, romance, destiny, relationships, fish out of water, cooking, odd couple, breakup, runaway, loneliness, happy ending, fantasy world ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, new jersey
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Walk Don't Run
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: British industrialist Sir William Rutland - "Bill" to his friends - is in Tokyo on a business trip during the time of the Summer Olympic Games there in 1964. Having actually arrived in Tokyo two days before his original planned arrival, he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, witty ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, hotel, olympics, athlete's life, mentor, wartime, opposites attract, runaway, love and romance, brutality, love story, spy ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, asia, japan, england
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Godzilla 1985
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Originally released in Japan as "The Return of Godzilla" in 1984, this is the heavily re-edited, re-titled "Godzilla 1985". Adding in new footage of Raymond Burr, this 16th Godzilla film ignores all previous sequels and serves ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, melancholic, tricky, suspense ...
Plot: monster, submarine, anti heroes, monsters, deadly creature, island, weapons, save the day, natural disaster, chaos and mayhem, adventure, experiment gone awry ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, soviet union
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 7.3
 56K
Enter the Void
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada
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, serious, art house, light ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, drugs, death, hotel, ghost, sex, male nudity, pornography, life & death, existentialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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Mothra vs. Godzilla
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The 4th film in the Godzilla franchise restores the serious tone of the original Godzilla film. A greedy developer has placed huge machines to suck dry a part of the ocean near Tokyo so he can build luxury condos. After a storm, a giant egg washes ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, epic, harsh, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, island, anti heroes, monsters, dangerous animal, greed, weapons, deadly creature, godzilla, rescue, save the world, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.4
 18K
Pom Poko
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: humorous, stylized, semi serious, colourful, talky ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: transformation, environment, master villain, firefly, ecology, environmental, talking animals, humanity, rescue, heroic mission, animals, mythology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Evangelion: 1.0 You Are
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, serious, exciting, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: a.i., death, mentor, male nudity, loneliness, violence, giant robots, androids and robots, adventure, man versus machine, vengeance, psychology ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Tetsuo II: Body Hammer is a 1992 Japanese science fiction/horror film directed by Shinya Tsukamoto. It is a bigger-budget reworking of the same director's 1989 movie Tetsuo: The Iron Man, utilizing similar themes and ideas to the earlier film ...
Style: surreal, serious, rough, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, vengeance, surrealism, cyberpunk, violence, androids and robots, life philosophy, gang, master villain, visceral, brutality, insanity ...
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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 6.7
 33K
Wasabi
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: humorous, stylized, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: culture clash, hitman, father daughter relationship, french, golf, investigation, gunfight, violence, bank robbery, police, brutality, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, france, asia, paris france
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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, humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, friendship, coming of age, high school, school, supernatural ability, student, changing the past or future, storytelling, childhood, coming-of-age, fantasy world ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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Shall We Dance?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A bored Japanese accountant sees a beautiful woman in the window of a ballroom dance studio. He secretly starts taking dancing lessons to be near her, and then over time discovers how much he loves ballroom dancing. His wife, meanwhile, has hired a ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: self discovery, dance, dancing, follow your dream, loneliness, life philosophy, couples, dancer's life, culture clash, mentor, love story, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Godzilla 2000
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, adventure, anti heroes, alien, monsters, deadly creature, evil alien, ocean or sea, dialogue, aliens, clones, godzilla ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Ghost in the Shell
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, atmospheric, stylized, philosophical, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, philosophy, violence, existentialism, conspiracy, a.i., cyborgs, technology, storytelling, androids and robots, urban ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 5.0
 43K
The Grudge 2
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, suspenseful, serious, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, hospital, haunted house, murder, ghost, death, ghosts, curses spells and rituals, goth, revenge, woman in danger, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, usa, pasadena california ...
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 7.1
 3K
Tokyo Fist
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: surreal, stylized, disturbing, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: obsession, vengeance, violence, loneliness, gory, surrealism, revenge, brutality, visceral, athlete's life, cyberpunk, destructive relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.9
 432K
Pacific Rim
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: futuristic, stylized, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: apocalypse, monster, robot, survival, alien invasion, nuclear bomb, redemption, giant robots, a.i., monsters, cloning, aliens ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: tokyo, asia, pacific ocean, australia, seattle washington ...
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The Bad News Bears Go to Japan
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this third film version of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promotor/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, culture clash, sport, athlete and trainer, sport team, rivalry, adventure, greed, mentor, athlete's life, family, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Toxic Avenger Part II
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The Toxic Avenger is lured to Tokyo, Japan by the evil corporation Apocalypse Inc. So while the Toxic Avenger is fighting crime in Tokyo, Apocalypse Inc. spread evil in Tromaville.
Style: humorous, futuristic, not serious, dark humor, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gory, superhero, gore, apocalypse, vengeance, violence, splatter, anti heroes, master villain, brutality, social misfits, parody ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, japan, tokyo, asia, usa
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