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, touching, captivating and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with friendship, vengeance, rivalry, storytelling, mentor, tragedy, violence, fantasy world, danger and transformation plots mostly in Animation, Drama and Action genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japan: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), The Last Samurai (2003), Psycho-Pass (2012), Princess Mononoke (1997), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Battle Royale (2000), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Whisper of the Heart (1995), Wolf Children (2012), The Garden of Words (2013).

List of movies set in japan

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan, France
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: captivating, sentimental, dramatic, sexy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, mentor, japanese culture, love and romance, loss of virginity, older man younger woman relationship, unfulfilled love, secret love, orphan ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
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, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, friendship, japanese history, honor, loyalty, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
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 8.2
 16K
Psycho-Pass (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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: atmospheric, futuristic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, graphic violence, master criminal, human nature, police investigation, partners against crime, mastermind, crimes, chase, society, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
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, emotional, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, mythology, adventure, demon, talking animals, princess, heroic mission, danger, in the woods, human spirit, curses spells and rituals, master warrior ...
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: philosophical, futuristic, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyborgs, hacker, technology gone awry, policewoman, androids and robots, distopia, mind game, chase, cyberspace ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.6
 171K
Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, 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, twist ending, exciting, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: game of death, death, cruelty, contests and competitions, desperation, survival, island, future dystopia, captivity, survivor, massacre, teacher ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
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, colourful, scenic, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, miniature person, family, midget, adventure, parallel world, childhood, friends, maid, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, feel good, uplifting, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, love and romance, fall in love, love, cat, teenage life, self discovery, youth, high school life, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
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 8.1
 40K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, parents and children, single mother, human becomes animal, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, 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, colourful, romantic, atmospheric, sweet ...
Plot: rain, older woman younger man relationship, unlikely couple, grownups, love and romance, chance meeting, shyness, youth, age difference, teen angst, coming of age, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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High School DxD (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
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: ecchi, exciting, captivating, stylized, hentai ...
Plot: harem, high school, erotica, romance, demon, supernatural, magic, curses spells and rituals, angel, dragon, god, danger ...
Place: japan
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 7.8
 38K
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, murder, danger, supernatural ability, deadly creature, youth, secret identity, friends, survival, hunt down, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, tokyo, east asia, asia
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 7.9
 11K
Stray God (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, suspense, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, deity, ghost, friendship, love and romance, god, high school, curses spells and rituals, supernatural romance, sword fight, magical sword, exorcist ...
Place: japan
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 9.0
 248K
Death Note (2006)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti hero, mind game, secret identity, anti heroes, intelligence, supernatural, vigilante, law enforcement, rivals, crimes, supernatural ability, artifact ...
Place: japan
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 8.4
 208K
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: romantic, touching, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, love, girl, supernatural, race against time, schoolgirl, beautiful scenery, boy, star crossed lovers ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Samurai Champloo (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, captivating, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, danger, pride and honor, katana, friendship, master warrior, obsessive quest, on the road, hip hop, journey ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, okinawa japan
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 6.3
 150K
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, epic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, martial arts, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, samurai sword, rivalry, chosen one ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, battles, imaginary, siblings relations, rebelliousness, young heroes, youth, mind control, prince, supernatural ability, civil rights, military ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
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Kamisama Kiss (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
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, shoujo, exciting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, master and servant, supernatural, supernatural romance, life turned upside down, youth, imaginary, friendship, magic, school, parallel world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
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Sword Art Online (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, stylized, touching, mind bending, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: virtual reality, adventure, survival, danger, swords and armor, monster, master warrior, determination, warrior, trapped, rivalry, struggle ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 8.0
 168K
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, 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, 2010s, year 2019, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.9
 1K
Skip Beat! (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: teens, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, rivalry, showbiz, teenage love, breakup, rising to stardom, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, betrayal, teenage life, couple relations, vengeance ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 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, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, adventure, homeless, life is a bitch, parents and children, friends, family relations, female impersonator, baby, eccentric family, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.1
 52K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: touching, inspirational, sincere, romantic, biting ...
Plot: sign language, deaf, friendship, bullying, high school, redemption, deafness, suicide thoughts, japanese school, disability, single mother, japanese girl ...
Place: japan
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 8.6
 670K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, offbeat, stylized, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, imaginary, witch, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, supernatural, rescue, surrealism, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Terror in Resonance (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to ...
Style: psychological, touching, tragic ending, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, orphan, terrorism, hacker, human experiment, tragic hero, anti hero, tragedy, anti heroes, terrorist, childhood friend, police ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, fall in love, magical power, teenager, love, magic, friendship, magical girl, climate change, girl, couples, falling in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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Fruits Basket (2001)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, touching, feel good, shoujo, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: love and romance, friendship, friends, youth, transformation, curses spells and rituals, loss of family member, high school life, teenage love, everyday life, teenage life, first love ...
Place: japan, asia
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Yuri!!! on Ice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
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, feel good, light, humorous ...
Plot: figure skating, russian, training, rivalry, friendship, competition, skating, coach, sport, romance, teenager, tournament ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Parasyte: The Maxim (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
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, serious, captivating, tense, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: violence, alien, fight scenes, parasite, body horror, danger, massacre, humanity, murder, rivalry, survival, high school ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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