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 serious, stylized, melancholic, atmospheric, exciting and breathtaking films and TV shows about / with storytelling, dialogue, mentor, brutality, blood, vengeance, violence, death, danger and culture clash plots mostly in Drama, Animation 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), Kamisama Kiss (2012), Death Note (2006), Naruto (2002), Princess Mononoke (1997), In the Realm of the Senses (1976), The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013), Silence (2016), Sword Art Online (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: serious, sentimental, sexy, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: rivalry, love and romance, mentor, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, social differences, unfulfilled love, cinderella story, geisha, rise to the top, women, japanese culture ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, epic ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, friendship, courage, battles, warrior, war, emperor, leader, master warrior, dignity, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, 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, exciting, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: love and romance, master and servant, school, imaginary, parallel world, life turned upside down, supernatural, youth, teenage life, disorder, power relations, supernatural romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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 9.0
 165K
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, anti heroes, supernatural ability, fighting crime, supernatural, teenage life, secret identity, god or devil, crimes, law enforcement, rivals ...
Place: japan
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 8.2
 52K
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, friends, training, good versus evil, warrior, young heroes, supernatural ability, creature, heroes, supernatural, danger, imaginary ...
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: emotional, exciting, atmospheric, captivating, epic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, in the woods, adventure, master warrior, curses spells and rituals, heroes, heroic mission, danger, imaginary, obsessive quest, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 16th century, 15th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, erotic, sexy, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: obsession, sexual relations, prostitute, urination, gays and lesbians, master and servant, passion, jealousy, geisha, fondling, lust, tragic love ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, serious, stylized, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, battles, rebellion, supernatural ability, prince, young heroes, heroes, parents and children, military, imaginary, rebelliousness, siblings relations ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
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: humorous, offbeat, exciting, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: parallel world, fish out of water, workplace, anti heroes, imaginary, rivalry, redemption, curses spells and rituals, workplace situations, danger, hopes, demon ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.2
 80K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Mexico, Taiwan, UK, USA, Japan, 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: bleak, philosophical, suspense, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, religious persecution, crisis of faith, torture, culture clash, clergy, betrayal, religion, japanese history, doubt, fish out of water ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, exciting, mind bending, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: danger, adventure, master warrior, computers and web, swords and armor, love and romance, survival, fall in love, hi-tech, monster, death, heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, 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, atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious ...
Plot: cyberpunk, future dystopia, a.i., mind game, computers and web, artificial intelligence, computer virus, technology gone awry, chase, terrorism, hacker, policewoman ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: offbeat, feel good, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural ability, legends and myths, friendship, family, hospital, imaginary kingdom, magical, fantasy world, countryside ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
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, fairy tale, emotional, atmospheric, scenic ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, magical, imaginary kingdom, culture clash, childhood, miniature person, adventure, maid, dwarf, runaway ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.7
 155K
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, realistic, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, island, captivity, kids in trouble, future dystopia, survivor, death, survival, antisocial behavior, game of death, gory, school class ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.3
 131K
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: serious, epic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, master warrior, revenge, heroes, ronin, shogun, impossible love, half breed, suicide, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal 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, serious, realistic, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, friendship, romance, social misfits, anti heroes, misfit, youth, friends, mysterious character, unlikely couple, follow your dream ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.9
 30K
Ninja Scroll (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold... or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, serious, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, ninja, violence, supernatural, transformation, demon, good versus evil, vengeance, megalomaniac, gold ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, New Zealand
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, psychological, serious ...
Plot: soldier, pow, war, anti war, captivity, samurai, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
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Shogun Assassin (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, ninja, martial arts, revenge, samurai, female ninja, gory, cult, vengeance, adventure, lone wolves, shogun ...
Time: 19th century, 15th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: exciting, stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, violence, revenge, blood, heroes, village, geisha, sword, gory, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, captivating, surreal, art house ...
Plot: isolation, love affair, desert, love and romance, sand dune, entomologist, human nature, japanese new wave, captivity, confined, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.7
 33K
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, semi serious, stylized, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: inheritance, investigation, youth, hitman, golf club, handcuffs, golf, culture clash, teenage life, shopping, birthday, police detective ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, paris france, france
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, war, hunger, theft, radiation, wartime, firefly, bomb, loss of parent, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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 7.3
 57K
Ring (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, investigation, family in danger, obsession, good versus evil, urban legend, loss of daughter, psychic, teacher, scientist, supernatural, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 4.8
 35K
The Forest (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, missing person, in the woods, family relations, suicide, twins, maggot, hallucination, violence, american abroad, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo
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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: atmospheric, psychological, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: age difference, loneliness, culture clash, midlife crisis, unlikely couple, friendship, fish out of water, couple relations, dull life, photographer, actor, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, yale university
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The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
Genre: Action, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi's dying father. After arriving Mr. Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival who he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, village, karate, romance, family, youth, sport, self esteem, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, village life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hawaii
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 8.0
 22K
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, serious, suspenseful, stylized, bloody
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: danger, secret identity, supernatural, good versus evil, friends, supernatural ability, survival, deadly creature, gunfight, violence, dark fantasy, explosion ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
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, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, friendship, school, teenage love, high school, supernatural ability, supernatural, student, adventure, love, teenage girl ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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