Japanese culture movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant japanese culture movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, exciting and melancholic films and TV shows about / with japanese culture, friendship, vengeance, betrayal, samurai, suicide, rivalry, love, sword and violence plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Action genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese culture: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Katanagatari (2010), Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014), Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015), Golden Kamuy (2018), The Great Passage (2013), Non Non Biyori Repeat (2013), Natsume's Book of Friends (2008), The Prophecy (2005), Liza the Fox-Fairy (2015).

List of japanese culture movies

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: sentimental, serious, sexy, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, rivalry, brothel, women, geisha, mentor, uninhibited rivalry, destiny, social differences, unfulfilled love, cinderella story, rise to the top ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.9
 931
Katanagatari (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
Story: The historical epic centers on Shichika Yasuri, the seventh generational head of the Kyotō-ryū school of martial arts in medieval Japan. He and his older sister Nanami live on an isolated island, until a military advisor named Togame tells him of ...
Style: humorous, light, captivating, exciting
Plot: martial arts, japanese culture, journey, sword, samurai, ninja, brother sister relationship, beauty, responsibility, swordsman, long hair
Place: feudal japan
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Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Abandoned by her mother, young Ichiko leaves her life in the city to live off the land in Komori, a small town nestled among the mountains in rural Japan. Despite the void left by her mother’s disappearance, Ichiko comes to enjoy her independence ...
Plot: japanese culture, nature, food, snow, abandoned by mother, farmer, japanese girl, japanese schoolgirl, solitude
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Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.
Plot: japanese culture, food, nature, abandoned by mother, snow, japanese girl, hut, solitude
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Golden Kamuy (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Saichi Sugimoto is a tough soldier who participates in the Russo-Japanese War and who earned the nickname "Sugimoto the Immortal." Honors in combat are of little use to him when he is expelled from the army for a certain incident, but he ...
Style: comic, entertaining, exciting, semi serious, semi documentary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: escapades, treasure hunt, violence, tough girl, adventure, gold, criminal, survival, japanese culture, gunfight, ex soldier, hunting
Time: 1910s
Place: japan
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The Great Passage (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, ‘The Great Passage.’ In the eclectic team, he becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries. But the team is ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere
Audience: date night
Plot: social misfits, obsession, japanese culture, workplace situations, romance, fall in love, love and romance, workplace, unsuccessful
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, japan
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Non Non Biyori Repeat (2013)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Story: Hotaru Ichijo, a fifth grader from Tokyo, transfers into Asahigaoka Branch School, far out at the countryside, and has to adjust to her new environment with her new friends.
Plot: school, slice of life, japanese culture, tomboy, candy, dawn, autumn, laziness, hare, room, summer, soup ...
Place: japan
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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Story: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.
Plot: supernatural, ghost, orphan, slice of life, japanese culture, healing, human animal relationship, train, transformation, monk, cat, devil ...
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The Most Beautiful Night In The World (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Betrayed and disgraced, big-city reporter Kazuya Mizuno is banished to a desk at Kaname's boring little town newspaper. But Kaname isn't as boring as it seems on the surface. Not with characters around like Shimeko, a girl genius with a ...
Plot: japanese culture, fisherman, suspicion, gossip, psychiatrist, guilt, coworker relationship, bar owner, corruption, mayor, journalist, schoolgirl ...
Place: japan
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 7.0
 2K
The Prophecy (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a Japanese city haunted by nature spirits and demons, a secret war is raging between the renegade demon Eko and a spectral warrior known as the Karas. Eko has mechanized himself and his followers to defend against the unearthly fury of the Karas; ...
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, adventure, master villain, japanese culture, superhero, supernatural ability, vampire, save the world, apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, curses spells and rituals, future dystopia ...
Place: asia, europe, tokyo, prague, czech republic ...
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Liza the Fox-Fairy (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hungary
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Liza's a nurse, seeking love. Her only company is a long-dead Japanese pop star, who turns her into a fox-fairy out of jealousy. Now, every men who desires Liza shall die horribly. Can she overcome the curse?
Plot: pop singer, curse, nurse, japanese culture, ghost, dating, love, hungarian, romance, demon, jealousy, accident ...
Place: japan
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Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: One evening, Princess Sakura (Kyoko Hinami) is attacked by a man. At that time, the Princess could not see his face. and only sees a tattoo on his body. Because of that that night, Princess Sakura falls in love with the man. In order to find the man ...
Plot: japanese culture, female full frontal nudity, princess, pill, tied up, popularity, resurrection, moaning, scroll, squid, sexual fantasy, flashback ...
Place: feudal japan
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Kenshin Samurai X (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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: serious, exciting, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, swordsman, heroes, one man army, escapades, drifter, mercenary, drug lord, japanese culture, poisoning, cooking ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia
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Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Near the end of the nineteenth century, as the balance of power shifts from Shogunate towards the Emperor, Japan restlessly awaits the dawning of a new age. But not all are content...The Shinsengumi, a small army of samurai, farmers and peasants, ...
Plot: samurai, japanese culture, samurai warrior, jidai geki, katana sword, warrior, japanese history, samurai era, sword fight
Time: 1860s, 19th century
Place: japan
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An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, suicide, performance, japanese culture, katana sword, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.7
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Edo Porn (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The world-famous woodblock artist Hokusai, a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.
Plot: nude model, father daughter relationship, single father, suicide, obsession, female nudity, manga, master apprentice relationship, suicide by hanging, jidai geki, japanese culture, lollipop ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, mount fuji
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Watching Fuckin’ TV All the Time Makes a Fool (2007)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Yuki hasn't stepped out of her one-room apartment for five years now and the place is piling high with garbage and clutter. Keiji has a "hidden" camera set in her room connected to the internet 24 hours a day. He drops by to sleep ...
Plot: agoraphobia, sex scene, jumping rope, rock paper scissors, mother daughter relationship, hiding in a closet, voyeurism, female nudity, depression, exhibitionism, goldfish, time lapse photography ...
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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, samurai, anti war, captivity, confined, military, life is a bitch, society, brutality, british ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942, year 1946, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, indonesia, australia, tokyo
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Rising Sun (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences ...
Style: twists and turns, serious, gloomy, realistic, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, fish out of water, whodunit, bulletproof vest, restaurant, wheelchair, party, journalist, police, crime, police investigation, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, los angeles, japan, tokyo, san francisco
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 6.6
 45K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: neo noir, culture clash, yakuza, police investigation, crime, gang war, fish out of water, gang, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, tokyo ...
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 6.5
 312
Lowlife Love (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tetsuo (Kiyohiko Shibukawa) is a lowlife. A film director with a small indie hit many years back, yet he has never gotten any further as he refuses to go against his 'artistic integrity'.
Plot: filmmaking, porn actress, pornography, female nudity, kiss, japanese woman, film festival, woman slaps man, premarital sex, casting couch, japanese culture, japanese man ...
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 6.2
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Topless (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The ever-lively and upbeat Natsuko tries to mend a broken heart by carrying on with a string of short-lived affairs after her break-up with Tomomi. But when Tomomi announces her plans to marry - a man - Natsuko becomes inconsolable. While all this ...
Plot: lesbian relationship, relationship problems, japanese culture, university student, activism, unrequited love, lesbian kiss, lesbianism, lesbian, heartache, abandonment, lesbian mother ...
Place: japan
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The World Sinks Except Japan (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the year 2011 the greatest tectonic disaster in the history of mankind has occurred. As a result of the catastrophic earthquakes North and South America, Eurasia, Africa and Australia have sunken underwater while the Japanese islands remain ...
Plot: power rangers, geologist, deportation, autograph, exploding building, godzilla, movie star, foreigner, japanese culture, post apocalypse, refugee, social satire ...
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Shinobi: The Law of Shinobi (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: In the world of the Ninja, fighting skills play a small role in one's rank in the Shinobi order. Kageru is the best in his class, but his birth predestines him to the lower class. His friend Aoi is dealt the same fate; together they'll ...
Plot: ninja, betrayal, violence, blood, martial arts, japanese culture
Place: japan
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 6.3
 134K
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, exciting, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, ronin, revenge, master warrior, heroes, martial arts, adventure, samurai sword, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Cherry Blossoms (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: After finding out that her husband, Rudi, has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier arranges a trip to Berlin so they can see their children. Of course, the kids don't know the real reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does ...
Style: emotional, serious, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: terminal illness, estrangement, dealing with death, self discovery, cancer, family, marriage, wife husband relationship, new love, romance, elderly, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, europe, germany, tokyo ...
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 7.3
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Love & Pop (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pretty Tokyo teen Hiromi Yoshii (Asumi Miwa) and her girlfriends struggle with rivalries, clothes and boyfriends, just like any other high school clique. But out for kicks and blind to the consequences, the girls of Love & Pop hide a dirty ...
Style: serious, offbeat, sexual, realistic, witty
Plot: prostitute, social decay, teenage girl, teenage life, society, youth, looking for love, looking for sex, street kid, eye candy, leg, promiscuity ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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The End of Summer (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu’s most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, witty, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, human nature, forbidden love, couples, parents and children, family business, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, family relations, uncontrollable, japanese culture ...
Place: asia, japan
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Listen to Me, Girls. I'm Your Father! (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Segawa Yuta is a freshman of a university. He lost his parents when he was small and was raised by his sister Yuri. Yuta has been living alone since Yuri got married to a middle aged man when Yuta was a junior high student.  One day, Yuri visited ...
Style: humorous, touching
Plot: orphan, life turned upside down, family relations, parents and children, romance, hopes, youth, separated, slice of life, sister sister relationship, college student, uncle niece relationship ...
Place: japan
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Grave Halloween (2013)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: After inadvertently unleashing an ancient curse, a documentary crew of American exchange students is haunted by angry spirits in Japan's infamous Suicide Forest.
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, forest, suicide, gory, vengeance, in the woods, evil spirit, college, danger, rivalry, supernatural, uncover truth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
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