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, exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful and captivating films and TV shows about / with friendship, vengeance, mentor, storytelling, violence, supernatural, rivalry, danger, youth and transformation plots mostly in Animation, Drama 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), Princess Mononoke (1997), Kamisama Kiss (2012), The Last Samurai (2003), The Garden of Words (2013), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Ghost in the Shell (1995), 47 Ronin (2013), Battle Royale (2000), Wolf Children (2012).

List of movies set in japan

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
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: sexy, serious, dramatic, sentimental, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, rivalry, women, brothel, love and romance, mentor, loss of virginity, cinderella story, unfulfilled love, social differences, uninhibited rivalry, destiny ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 20s, 40s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: captivating, exciting, stylized, emotional, epic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, wolf, princess, mythology, heroic mission, danger, in the woods, demon, curses spells and rituals, master warrior, wilderness, prince ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
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: romantic, humorous, captivating, exciting, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: master and servant, love and romance, supernatural, life turned upside down, school, youth, imaginary, supernatural romance, spirit, teenage life, friendship, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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, pride and honor, self discovery, courage, battles, master warrior, human spirit, friendship, dignity, military life, swords and armor ...
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: older woman younger man relationship, love and romance, chance meeting, unlikely couple, grownups, shyness, rainy, young lovers, coming of age, chocolate, shoemaker, age difference ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: touching, uplifting, feel good, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, self discovery, first love, teenage life, high school life, cat, love, imagination, education, romance, fall in love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, 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, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, artificial intelligence, hacker, mind game, androids and robots, cyberspace, chase, policewoman, technology gone awry, mind control, self discovery ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.2
 138K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, 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: stylized, exciting, epic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, shogun, battles, adventure, heroes, exile, half breed, martial arts, danger, imaginary, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 7.6
 161K
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, death, captivity, survival, survivor, island, desperation, future dystopia, game of death, teacher, trap, school class ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.1
 33K
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, family relations, parents and children, wolf, human becomes animal, childhood, social relations, single mother, school, supernatural, love, supernatural romance ...
Place: japan, 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, sweet, scenic, colourful, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, miniature person, family, magical, adventure, childhood, maid, secret, friends, daring rescue, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.0
 8K
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: exciting, captivating, offbeat, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, love and romance, ghost, deity, high school, friendship, supernatural romance, magical sword, curses spells and rituals, sword fight, hopes, crimes ...
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, master warrior, on the road, pride and honor, search for father, hip hop, swearing ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 9.0
 192K
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, anti heroes, secret identity, intelligence, supernatural ability, supernatural, outsmarting, teenage life, crimes, rivals, law enforcement, police detective ...
Place: japan
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Fruits Basket (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Tohru Honda is 16 year old orphaned girl who gets invited to live in the house of her classmate, the handsome boy Sohma Yuki, and his cousins, 16 year old Kyo and 27 year old Shigure. However, these young men and parts of the rest of their family ...
Style: exciting, feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: love and romance, friendship, youth, loss of family member, secret, everyday life, friends, loss of parent, transformation, curses spells and rituals, accident, teenage love ...
Place: japan, asia
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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, captivating, stylized, humorous
Plot: high school, demon, supernatural, harem, danger, curses spells and rituals, dragon, romance, angel, magic, war, satan ...
Place: japan
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 7.7
 9K
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: atmospheric, twists and turns, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, classmates, mysterious character, death, school, curse, danger, teenage life, curses spells and rituals, school life, accidental death, imaginary ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1998
Place: japan, asia
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 8.4
 143K
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, body swapping, time travel, memory loss, destiny, death, race against time, supernatural, schoolgirl, star crossed lovers, romance, friendship ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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 8.1
 144K
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, serious, talky, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, protest, scientist, mutation, hallucinations, government, chaos, nuclear holocaust, nihilism ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.7
 35K
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
Plot: inheritance, investigation, police detective, culture clash, father daughter relationship, family relations, fish out of water, parents and children, disorder, crimes, violence, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, paris france, france
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 7.9
 27K
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: supernatural, danger, murder, deadly creature, secret identity, dark fantasy, youth, survival, friends, supernatural ability, hunt down, crimes ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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Vampire Knight (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: Cross Academy is an elite boarding school with two separate, isolated classes: the Day Class and the Night Class. On the surface, Yuuki Cross and Zero Kiryuu are prefects of the academy, and attempt to keep order between the students as classes ...
Style: captivating, serious, surreal, offbeat, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, school, forbidden love, love, imaginary, rivalry, male female relationship, memory loss, protecting from truth, deadly, academy ...
Place: japan, asia
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Japan has been invaded and conquered by the Britannian Empire. Japan is now known as Area 11 and its citizens known as Elevens. The Britannian Empire takes away Japan's autonomous power and imposes its rule through the use of Knightmares. The ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, supernatural ability, vengeance, battles, military, imaginary, rebelliousness, young heroes, siblings relations, prince, mind control, civil rights ...
Time: future
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: exciting, serious, touching, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Plot: survival, adventure, virtual reality, danger, master warrior, fictional reality, trapped, computers and web, swords and armor, monster, rivalry, determination ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 8.2
 13K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Psycho-Pass is a Japanese anime television series that takes place in the future where it is possible to instantaneously measure a person's mental state, personality, and the probability that a person will commit crimes with a device installed ...
Style: futuristic, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, master criminal, police investigation, mastermind, human nature, future dystopia, partners against crime, chase, anarchist, criminal, police, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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Yuri!!! on Ice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
Story: Yūri Katsuki carried all of Japan's hopes on his shoulders to win at the Gran Prix Finale ice skating competition, but suffered a crushing defeat. He returns home to Kyushu and half feels like he wants to retire, and half feels like he wants ...
Style: exciting, captivating, humorous, feel good, light
Plot: figure skating, sport, training, rivalry, coach, russian, friendship, competition, romance, tournament, skating, teenager ...
Time: 21st century
Place: 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, emotional, feel good, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, eccentric family, adventure, family relations, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, friends, suicide attempt, wedding, baby ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: parasite, alien, violence, danger, survival, murder, rivalry, humanity, gore, family relations, body horror, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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 8.0
 1K
Skip Beat! (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: The girl Kyoko Mogami lives alone in an apartment with her big love the childhood friend Sho Fuwa. He is a big music star and has many fans. One day he breaks up with her telling her she is a plain woman, and the only reason he stayed with her all ...
Style: captivating, feel good, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: love and romance, showbiz, rising to stardom, rivalry, breakup, teenage love, teenage life, relationship vs career, betrayal, artists and showbiz, couple relations, vengeance ...
Place: japan, asia
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 7.2
 66K
Audition (1999)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Style: scary, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, surreal ...
Plot: femme fatale, perversion, psychopath, murder, ballet, mentally unstable, gory, sadism, violence, obsession, torture, child abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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