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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, breathtaking and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with vengeance, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, culture clash, danger, brutality, death, childhood and rivalry plots mostly in Drama, Action and Animation genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
TOP 10 movies tagged as japan: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), The Forest (2016), Stray God (2014), Silence (2016), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Death Note (2006), Samurai Champloo (2004), Wolf Children (2012), Blue Exorcist (2011), Tokyo Ghoul (2014).
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Death Note
Animation, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Japan
24 min.
 9.0
Samurai Champloo
Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Japan
24 min.
 8.6
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Isle of Dogs
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Germany, USA
101 min.
 8.0
Pacific Rim: Uprising
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
UK, China, Japan, USA
111 min.
 5.7

List of movies set in japan

Memoirs of a Geisha
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: dramatic, serious, realistic, sentimental, romantic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: geisha, japanese culture, rise to the top, women, storytelling, rivalry, destiny, loneliness, love story, uninhibited rivalry, slavery, social differences ...
Time: 20s, 1930s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 4.8
 35K
The Forest
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: scary, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghosts, haunted house, twists & turns, suicide, sisters, maggot, violence, hallucination, american abroad, in the woods, sexualized violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, mount fuji
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 8.0
 6K
Stray God
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 625 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, tense, semi serious, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: deity, ghost, supernatural, friendship, magical sword, love and romance, sword fight, crimes, curses spells and rituals, high school, vengeance, hopes ...
Place: japan
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 7.2
 78K
Silence
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: stylized, serious, captivating, biblical, suspense ...
Plot: christianity, torture, betrayal, god, religion, clergy, catholicism, portuguese, jesus, islam, christian, mentor ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Kubo and the Two Strings
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, atmospheric, breathtaking, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: magic, adventure, storytelling, samurai, friendship, imagination, destiny, creativity, talking animals, plot twist, fight scenes, mythology ...
Place: japan
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 9.0
 165K
Death Note
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: serious, exciting, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: anti heroes, supernatural ability, fighting crime, supernatural, vigilante, intelligence, crimes, law enforcement, secret identity, crime, rivals, police detective ...
Place: japan
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Samurai Champloo
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, atmospheric, thought provoking, captivating, ethnic humor ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, on the road, road trip, danger, friendship, search for father, pride and honor, obsessive quest, master warrior, redemption ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 8.2
 28K
Wolf Children
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: sentimental, offbeat, semi serious, stylized, heartbreaking ...
Plot: children, coming of age, wilderness, love, school, parents and children, childhood, storytelling, loneliness, imagination, supernatural romance, small town ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Blue Exorcist
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Humans live in the world of Assiah, demons in Gehenna. The two dimensions are not meant to interfere with each other, but demons still possess creatures in Assiah in spite of this. The humans who can fight these demons are known as exorcists. Rin ...
Style: tense, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, not serious ...
Plot: supernatural, exorcism, demon, ghost, curses spells and rituals, exorcist, heroes, mind control, anger, flame, danger, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
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 8.0
 22K
Tokyo Ghoul
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, bloody
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: deadly creature, supernatural, danger, crimes, violence, secret identity, friends, murder, good versus evil, dark fantasy, blood, gunfight ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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One Missed Call 3: Final
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Emiri, a timid high school girl, is bullied mercilessly by her classmates, but when her friend, Asuka, stands up for her, Asuka becomes the target of the bullying instead. Emiri, not wanting to be bullied again, avoids Asuka. Worn down, Asuka ...
Style: serious, scary, suspenseful, tense, psychological
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, curses spells and rituals, woman in danger, mystery, scare, supernatural, mobile phone, supernatural ability, high school, crimes, danger, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 37K
Bleach
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: The show revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki, a good-hearted 15-year-old high school student who carries the undesired ability to see spirits. Others in his family (two sisters and his father) carry this ability to some extent as well. One evening, he ...
Style: exciting, comic, entertaining, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: adventure, heroic mission, ghost, martial arts, supernatural ability, heroes, life after death, destiny, danger, imaginary, teenage life, evil force ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 7.6
 57K
13 Assassins
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, assassination, violence, gory, assassin, death, sword fight, blood, massacre, suicide, warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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My Neighbor Totoro
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: touching, fairy tale, serious, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, friendship, hospital, family, children, mischievous children, happy ending, childhood, imagination, fantasy world, magic, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha
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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, war, tragedy, death, storytelling, culture clash, switching roles, dialogue, life & death, sacrifice, complex characters, doppelganger ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 6K
The Yakuza
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, melancholic, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crime, culture clash, kidnapping, mafia, friendship, violence, gangster, sword fight, love, neo noir, betrayal ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, california
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The Last Samurai
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: realistic, epic, stylized, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: samurai, war, culture clash, friendship, courage, sacrifice, sword fight, rebellion, destiny, civil war, redemption, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 39K
Perfect Blue
Genre: Animation, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, psychological, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, murder, serial killer, insanity, violence, rape, stalking, surrealism, singer, mentally unstable, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Secret World of Arrietty
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, serious, melancholic, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, family, coming of age, mysterious character, storytelling, childhood, imagination, fantasy world, children, kids and family, imaginary kingdom, adventure ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 57K
The Wind Rises
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: love, obsession, dreams, aviation, follow your dream, firefly, imagination, mentor, storytelling, fantasy world, love story, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, germany, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 25K
Sanjuro
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, tense, enigmatic, reflective ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, betrayal, sword fight, violence, brutality, anti heroes, storytelling, lone wolves, visceral, gunfight, small town ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Man in the High Castle
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
Style: serious, suspenseful, thought provoking, captivating, tense
Plot: secret identity, alternate reality, espionage, forgery, intrigue, working undercover, dishonesty, political intrigue, rivalry, disorder, betrayal, danger ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, japan
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin
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: epic, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, revenge, vengeance, magic, sword fight, witch, mentor, master warrior, mythology, fight scenes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
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 7.8
 16K
Kikujiro
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, road movie, semi serious ...
Plot: road trip, loneliness, redemption, surrealism, gangster, on the road, odd couple, childhood, violent, unlikely friendships, violence, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 2K
47 Samurai
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, storytelling, sacrifice, childhood, wartime, bollywood ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 23K
Harakiri
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, suicide, revenge, poverty, storytelling, death, life is a bitch, visceral, life & death, mentor, tragedy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Godzilla Resurgence
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: From the mind behind Evangelion comes a hit larger than life. When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red ...
Style: tense, suspense, serious, captivating, dark
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: godzilla, giant monster, destruction, scientist, military, radioactive, evolution, contamination, save the world, danger, japanese schoolgirl, tunnel ...
Place: japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 15K
Sonatine
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kitano plays Murakawa, a Tokyo yakuza tiring of gangster life. Along with a few of his henchmen, he is sent by his boss to Okinawa to help end a gang war, supposedly to mediate between two warring clans. He finds that the dispute between the clans ...
Style: stylized, dark humor, rough, serious, meditative ...
Plot: gangsters, gangster, beach, violence, organized crime, mafia, gunfight, betrayal, crime, violent, death, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
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Mothra vs. Godzilla
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The 4th film in the Godzilla franchise restores the serious tone of the original Godzilla film. A greedy developer has placed huge machines to suck dry a part of the ocean near Tokyo so he can build luxury condos. After a storm, a giant egg washes ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, epic, harsh, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, island, anti heroes, monsters, dangerous animal, greed, weapons, deadly creature, godzilla, rescue, save the world, brutality ...
Time: 80s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Last Hero Inuyashiki
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Inuyashiki Ichirou is down on his luck. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him and he’s constantly ignored and disrespected by his family despite all that he’s done ...
Style: serious, tense, captivating, exciting, suspense
Audience: teens
Plot: danger, humanoid robot, robot vs. robot, murder, heroes, family relations, twists & turns, chase, explosion, gunfight, destiny, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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