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, melancholic, serious, visually appealing, realistic and complex films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, catastrophe, runaway, mentor, vengeance, weird, life philosophy, transformation and danger plots mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres shot in Japan, USA, Germany 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), Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013), The Grudge (2004), Nana (2006), The Wolverine (2013), Tokyo Sonata (2008).

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, photographer, advertising, marriage, friendship, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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 8.4
 184K
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, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, supernatural, destiny, memory loss, friendship, girl, beautiful scenery, love, death ...
Place: tokyo, japan
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 33K
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, suspenseful, serious, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: dark fantasy, supernatural, danger, murder, supernatural ability, youth, deadly creature, secret identity, friends, survival, good versus evil, crimes ...
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: rain, older woman younger man relationship, chance meeting, unlikely couple, love and romance, teen romance, grownups, shyness, age difference, coming of age, chocolate, teen angst ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, 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, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric, philosophical ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, hacker, androids and robots, policewoman, cyborgs, technology gone awry, mind game, chase, cyberspace, mind control ...
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, offbeat, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, demon, workplace, imaginary, rivalry, danger, workplace situations, hopes, fast food, curses spells and rituals, disorder, anti heroes ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 5.9
 138K
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, supernatural, ghost, gory, murder, imaginary, suicide, curse, vengeance, ghosts, mystery, family curse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
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 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, touching, emotional, realistic, josei ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rock band, broken heart, looking for love, friendship, musician, twentysomething life, job seeking, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, flatmate, group of friends, friendship between girls, punk rock ...
Time: 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan
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 6.7
 425K
The Wolverine (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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, bleak, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: immortality, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, superhero, mutant, samurai, good versus evil, martial arts, chase, haunted by the past, forbidden love, transformation ...
Time: 2010s, year 1945, future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, canada
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 7.5
 9K
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, job seeking, housewife, unemployment, pianist, layoff, alienation, rebellion, hopes, family secret, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, american abroad, culture clash, restaurant, romance, fish out of water, language barrier, interracial romance, breakup, mentor, japanese culture, broken heart ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, new jersey
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 294
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: disturbing, suspenseful, rough, scary, suspense ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, police investigation, psychopath, police detective, crimes, who done it, mystery, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 8.1
 24K
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: serious, bleak, touching, gloomy, contemplative ...
Audience: kids
Plot: dysfunctional family, childhood, poverty, innocence lost, financial problem, survival, young kid, journey, responsibility, 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, angel, pilot, battles, androids and robots, supernatural, save the world, adventure, future dystopia, danger, heroes ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 162K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, 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, cult film, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, protest, mutation, government corruption, distopia, scientist, nuclear holocaust, save the world, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 5.1
 47K
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, curse, little boy, supernatural, investigation, crimes, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, chicago illinois, asia, usa ...
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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, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, car race, car, mechanic, troublemaker, youth, street racing, friendship, rebel, crimes, young heroes, newcomer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 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: teens, boys' night
Plot: afterlife, ghost, internet, college student, supernatural, mystery, lifestyle, confined, isolation, suicide, missing person, supernatural power ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: tokyo, asia, latin america, japan
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 6.9
 462K
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, creature, monster, save the world, evil alien, heroic mission, danger, survival, giant, battles, chaos and mayhem, heroes ...
Time: future, near future, year 2017, 2020s
Place: pacific ocean, tokyo, hong kong, asia, alaska ...
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 6.7
 37K
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: humorous, realistic, exciting, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: inheritance, investigation, police detective, culture clash, father daughter relationship, disorder, family relations, fish out of water, parents and children, crimes, violence, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, paris france, kyoto japan ...
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, city life, fall in love, obsession, metamorphosis, transformation, imagination, translator, destruction, neurosis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2007
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new york ...
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: satire, rivalry, escapades, imaginary, space wars, apocalypse, future dystopia, alien encounter, danger, mad scientist, man versus machine, 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, chaos, disorder, survival, deadly creature, escapades, danger, good versus evil, alien encounter, heroic mission, battles ...
Time: 2000s
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, hacker, technology, distopia, terrorism, investigation, artificial intelligence, evolution, network ...
Time: future, near future
Place: tokyo, japan
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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, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, danger, gangsters, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, 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: breathtaking, touching, interesting, stylized, intense ...
Plot: training, beast, mentor, destiny, friendship, orphan, good versus evil, martial arts, father son relationship, transformation, loneliness, fantasy world ...
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 24K
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: humorous, stylized, semi serious, allegory, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: animals, transformation, environmentalism, deforestation, anthropomorphism, animal, testicles, environment, rivalry, good versus evil, legends and myths, suburban life ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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 7.3
 69K
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, meditative, touching, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, explicit sex, hallucination, drug trip, afterlife, neon light, stripper, supernatural, ghost, youth, deadly, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, hip hop, yakuza, crimes, escapades, gangsters, profanity, urban ghetto life, murder, nudity (full frontal - brief), violence, urban ghetto ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Adrift in Tokyo (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Leading a lazy life, Fumiya has been a university student for 8 years and owes money to loan sharks. One day, a man named Fukuhara comes to collect the loan, which Fumiya cannot pay. So Fukuhara makes a proposition: He will cancel the debt as long ...
Style: humorous, realistic, captivating, light, psychological ...
Plot: confession, on the road, walking, city life, gangsters, regret, crimes, loan, friendship, yakuza, teenager, murder of wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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