Movies and TV shows set in japan

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in japan ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, serious, atmospheric, exciting, melancholic and interesting films and TV shows about / with friendship, vengeance, storytelling, mentor, dialogue, danger, loneliness, death, culture clash and transformation plots mostly in Drama, Animation and Fantasy genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japan: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Kamisama Kiss (2012), Princess Mononoke (1997), Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Last Samurai (2003), The Garden of Words (2013), Wolf Children (2012), Battle Royale (2000), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), High School DxD (2012).

List of movies set in japan

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 145 min.
Story: A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.
Style: sentimental, serious, dramatic, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: rivalry, love and romance, brothel, geisha, mentor, women, cinderella story, unfulfilled love, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, orphan ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Kamisama Kiss (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who ...
Style: humorous, romantic, exciting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: master and servant, love and romance, supernatural, life turned upside down, school, supernatural romance, imaginary, spirit, teenage life, youth, friendship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, adventure, wolf, heroic mission, danger, curses spells and rituals, in the woods, master warrior, demon, prince, mythology, wilderness ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, surreal, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, hacker, mind game, androids and robots, cyberspace, mind control, chase, policewoman, technology gone awry, self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, courage, self discovery, battles, friendship, human spirit, dignity, pride and honor, military life, war, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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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: rainy, love and romance, grownups, shyness, unlikely couple, young lovers, chance meeting, gossip, coming of age, shoemaker, chocolate, rain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.2
 31K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, family relations, childhood, social relations, love, single mother, school, human becomes animal, supernatural, supernatural romance, children ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.7
 158K
Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.
Style: bleak, disturbing, exciting, futuristic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, captivity, survival, survivor, death, island, teacher, desperation, future dystopia, game of death, trap, battle ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, scenic, emotional, atmospheric, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, family, miniature person, adventure, childhood, maid, friends, secret, daring rescue, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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High School DxD (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The story follows Issei Hyōdō, a dim-witted, lecherous second-year high school student who is killed by a girl on his first date ever. Issei is reincarnated as a devil, and from that day forward, he serves as an underling of Riasu, a high-level ...
Style: exciting, stylized, captivating, humorous
Plot: high school, demon, angel, supernatural, harem, god, danger, curses spells and rituals, romance, magic, dragon, war ...
Place: japan
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Samurai Champloo (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Mugen is a ferocious, animalistic warrior with a fighting style inspired by break-dancing. Jin is a ronin samurai who wanders the countryside alone. They may not be friends, but their paths continually cross. And when ditzy waitress Fuu gets ...
Style: exciting, thought provoking, atmospheric, captivating, ethnic humor ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, friendship, obsessive quest, danger, on the road, master warrior, pride and honor, search for father, hip hop, road trip ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 9.0
 177K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects—and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, disturbing, bleak
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mind game, intelligence, secret identity, anti heroes, supernatural ability, supernatural, god or devil, teenage life, law enforcement, rivals, crimes, police detective ...
Place: japan
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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: uplifting, touching, realistic, sentimental, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, first love, follow your dream, cat, self discovery, imagination, love, coming of age, library, dream, violin, writing ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, asia, tokyo, europe
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 6.3
 134K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, heroes, ronin, chosen one, master warrior, shogun, exile, martial arts, samurai sword, danger, revenge ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 7.7
 8K
Another (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 300 min.
Story: When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her ...
Style: twists and turns, disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, mysterious character, classmates, curse, death, teenage life, school, danger, accidental death, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, junior high school ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
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Sword Art Online (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: The players of a virtual reality MMORPG, Sword Art Online, are trapped and fighting for their very lives. After it is announced that the only way to leave the game is by beating it, Kirito—a very powerful swordsman—and his friends take on a ...
Style: touching, mind bending, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Plot: danger, swords and armor, master warrior, survival, computers and web, monster, fall in love, virtual reality, adventure, love and romance, death, trapped ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 8.0
 25K
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: danger, supernatural, dark fantasy, secret identity, survival, friends, murder, supernatural ability, deadly creature, hunt down, youth, crimes ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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 7.9
 7K
Stray God (2014)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: The world consists of two parts: the near shore and far shore. The near shore is the place where people reside, while the far shore is the place for deities and ayakashi, which are emotional fragments that can posses humans and cause trouble. So it ...
Style: captivating, semi serious, exciting, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, love and romance, ghost, deity, high school, magical sword, friendship, sword fight, curses spells and rituals, crimes, hopes, vengeance ...
Place: japan
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 8.4
 136K
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, scenic, emotional ...
Plot: school, time travel, memory loss, body swapping, destiny, death, race against time, romance, supernatural, schoolgirl, evacuation, friendship ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, teenage life, high school life, longing, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
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Lost in Translation (2003)
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: melancholic, atmospheric, touching, realistic, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: age difference, loneliness, midlife crisis, culture clash, actor, couple relations, dull life, photographer, hotel, marriage, advertising, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
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 8.1
 136K
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: atmospheric, surreal, stylized, exciting, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, scientist, military, protest, destruction, experiment, mutation, motorcycle gang, interrogation, rescue, nightmare, chaos ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Shinichi Izumi is a normal high school boy whose right hand has become infected with an alien parasite that names itself "Migi" ("right"). Migi is the first parasite to develop a symbiotic relationship with its host, as he and ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, captivating, macabre
Audience: teens
Plot: alien, violence, parasite, danger, humanity, survival, murder, rivalry, gore, body horror, fight scenes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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 5.2
 31K
Shutter (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.
Style: atmospheric, scary, serious, suspenseful, road movie ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: honeymoon, ghost, supernatural, obsession, death, car accident, haunted by the past, uncover truth, danger, revenge, photographer, road accident ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, mount fuji
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In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexual, pre war, erotic, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: obsession, sexual relations, tragic love, geisha, passion, jealousy, master and servant, gays and lesbians, prostitute, severed penis, prostitution, couples ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.2
 86K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: philosophical, bleak, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, torture, culture clash, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt, portuguese, martyrdom ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.3
 55K
Naruto (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Many years ago, in the hidden village of Konoha, lived a great demon fox. When it swung one of it's nine tails, a tsunami occurred. The fourth hokage sealed this demon fox inside a boy in exchange for his own life. Naruto was that boy, and he ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, semi serious, humorous
Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, warrior, friends, danger, ninja, young heroes, heroes, village, supernatural ability, training, creature, master warrior ...
Place: japan
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 8.0
 28K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battle, lookalikes, war, state affairs, switching roles, disorder, mistaken identity, emperor, military, ruler, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
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5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, scenic, sad, romantic, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: teenage love, train, young lovers, love and romance, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, letter, life philosophy, surf, dreaming, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.8
 107K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: tense, disturbing, serious, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: giant, survival, future dystopia, friendship, life turned upside down, danger, loss of parent, army, transformation, attack, military life, desperation ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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