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, visually appealing, atmospheric and weird films and TV shows about / with friendship, vengeance, storytelling, mentor, fantasy world, rivalry, dialogue, violence, tragedy and danger 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), 47 Ronin (2013), Ghost in the Shell (1995), Battle Royale (2000), Spirited Away (2001), The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), Whisper of the Heart (1995).

List of movies set in japan

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, 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: captivating, dramatic, sentimental, stylized, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, japanese culture, mentor, older man younger woman relationship, love story, love and romance, loss of virginity, loss of sister, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 20th century
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: captivating, exciting, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, self discovery, human spirit, pride and honor, courage, katana, honor, loyalty, emperor, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
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 8.2
 18K
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, serious, bleak, futuristic, suspenseful ...
Plot: cyberpunk, partners against crime, human nature, police investigation, graphic violence, master criminal, mastermind, future dystopia, crimes, chase, society, criminal ...
Time: future, near future
Place: japan
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Princess Mononoke (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, 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, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: wolf, adventure, mythology, princess, demon, talking animals, heroic mission, human spirit, master warrior, hopes, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages, 15th century, 16th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.2
 158K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 128 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, stylized, epic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, shogun, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, samurai sword, rivalry, half breed ...
Time: 18th 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, mind bending, exciting, atmospheric, surreal ...
Plot: cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, future dystopia, cyberspace, hacker, cyborgs, policewoman, androids and robots, chase, mind game, technology gone awry, distopia ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.6
 180K
Battle Royale (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, 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, contests and competitions, death, cruelty, captivity, future dystopia, desperation, island, massacre, teacher, survival, school class ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.6
 730K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
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, stylized, colourful, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, witch, fantasy world, ghost, adventure, dragon, friendship, rescue, surrealism, creature, philosophy, supernatural ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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, colourful, scenic, emotional, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, mysterious character, midget, adventure, magical, friends, daring rescue, little people, parallel world, childhood, maid ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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: feel good, touching, uplifting, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, love, fall in love, first love, cat, love and romance, high school life, teenage life, self discovery, youth, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
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 7.8
 49K
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: dark fantasy, exciting, suspenseful, serious, bloody ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: murder, supernatural, supernatural ability, secret identity, deadly creature, youth, survival, graphic violence, friends, crimes, good versus evil, genetically altered ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, east asia
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 8.1
 44K
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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, sentimental, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, single mother, parents and children, social relations, school, supernatural, love, female werewolf, breast feeding ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 9.0
 300K
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: suspenseful, exciting, serious, disturbing, bleak ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: mind game, secret identity, intelligence, battle of wits, crimes, supernatural ability, law enforcement, vigilante, rivals, fighting crime, serial killer, supernatural ...
Place: 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, colourful, atmospheric, sweet, serious ...
Plot: rain, older woman younger man relationship, unlikely couple, teen angst, chance meeting, age difference, shyness, love and romance, grownups, youth, overcoming, teen romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.4
 249K
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, surprise ending, emotional ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, star crossed lovers, beautiful scenery, boy, love, girl, schoolgirl, race against time, destiny ...
Place: japan, 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: rough, stylized, suspenseful, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rebellion, mind control, young heroes, battles, civil rights, military, youth, resistance, peril, leader, emperor, rebelliousness ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
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 7.9
 15K
Noragami (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, humorous, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: deity, ghost, supernatural, friendship, god, love and romance, spirit, curses spells and rituals, supernatural romance, drastic change of life, sword fight, goddess ...
Place: japan
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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, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, pride and honor, master warrior, friendship, hip hop, obsessive quest, on the road, katana, sword fight, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, okinawa japan
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 8.0
 181K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, 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, serious, psychotronic, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, hallucination, protest, military, post apocalypse, mutation, scientist, gang, distopia, destruction ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, China
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, magic, fall in love, love, friendship, climate change, magical power, teenager, couples, magical girl, girl, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 74K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama
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: inspirational, sincere, touching, romantic, biting ...
Plot: bullying, deaf, sign language, friendship, high school, disability, japanese school, redemption, deafness, suicide attempt, coming of age, single mother ...
Place: 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: shoujo, romantic, exciting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: romance, love and romance, supernatural romance, master and servant, life turned upside down, magic, school, supernatural, youth, friendship, parallel world, spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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 7.8
 37K
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, serious, bloody, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, heroes, demon, master warrior, graphic violence, supernatural, good versus evil, duel, megalomaniac, monster ...
Time: middle ages, ancient times
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Sword Art Online (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, 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, serious, mind bending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: virtual reality, adventure, trapped, determination, master warrior, survival, monster, swords and armor, struggle, rivalry, warrior, heroes ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, 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, hentai, exciting, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: harem, high school, romance, demon, erotica, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, angel, magic, god, female nudity, dragon ...
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, adventure, friends, life is a bitch, parents and children, homeless, family relations, baby, female impersonator, eccentric family, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.8
 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: feel good, captivating, sentimental, shoujo, emotional ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: rivalry, showbiz, teenage love, love and romance, rising to stardom, breakup, artists and showbiz, relationship vs career, betrayal, teenage life, couple relations, vengeance ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, drifter, martial arts, heroes, one man army, swordsman, katana, drug lord, mercenary, massacre, shogun ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Terror in Resonance (2014)
Genre: Animation, Crime, 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: tragic ending, psychological, touching, bleak, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, terrorism, orphan, hacker, human experiment, terrorist bombing, tragic hero, childhood friend, tragedy, police, terrorist, death of protagonist ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, hunger, survival, world war two, death of child, war, homelessness, bomb, desperation, hiding place, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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