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 realistic, captivating, serious, humorous, light and stylized films and TV shows about / with japanese culture, friendship, culture clash, society, romance, vengeance, sword, death, samurai and japanese girl plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres shot in Japan, USA, France and other countries.
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japanese culture movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese culture: Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Natsume's Book of Friends (2008), Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015), Harakiri (1962), Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014), Fear and Trembling (2003), Golden Kamuy (2018), Non Non Biyori (2013), Katanagatari (2010), Saudade (2011).

List of japanese culture movies

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, sentimental, dramatic, serious, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: geisha, women, brothel, rivalry, japanese culture, mentor, love and romance, older man younger woman relationship, loss of virginity, unfulfilled love, secret love, orphan ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 1920s, 30s, 20s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Natsume's Book of Friends (2008)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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.
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, shoujo
Plot: friendship, spirit, ghost, orphan, exorcist, supernatural, japanese culture, human animal relationship, afterlife, supernatural power, japanese mythology, folklore ...
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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.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: japanese culture, food, japanese girl, nature, farming, solitude, abandoned by mother, hut, countryside, isolation, society, village life ...
Place: japan
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 8.6
 46K
Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, one against many, standoff ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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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 ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, thought provoking, contemplative, visually appealing
Plot: food, farming, countryside, nature, japanese culture, solitude, farmer, abandoned by mother, botany, mother issues, japanese food, provincial life ...
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Listen to Me, Girls. I'm Your Father! (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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, captivating, sincere, light ...
Plot: orphan, family relations, romance, youth, life turned upside down, hopes, friendship, japanese culture, sister sister relationship, uncle niece relationship, family life, uncle ...
Place: japan
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Fear and Trembling (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: France, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Amélie, a young Belgian woman, having spent her childhood in Japan, decides to return to live there and tries to integrate in the Japanese society. She is determined to be a "real Japanese" before her year contract runs out, though it ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, witty, humorous, clever ...
Plot: translator, fish out of water, workplace, culture clash, employer employee relationship, power relations, boss and employee, workplace intrigue, demotion, friendship, cultural difference, japanese culture ...
Time: contemporary, year 1993, 1990s, year 1991, year 1990 ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, belgium
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 8.0
 1K
Golden Kamuy (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Western
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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: entertaining, exciting, semi serious, semi documentary, comic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gold, japanese culture, escapades, tough girl, violence, adventure, treasure hunt, criminal, gunfight, hunting, ex soldier, survival
Time: 1910s
Place: japan, hokkaido
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 7.7
 735
Non Non Biyori (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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.
Style: seinen, feel good, humorous, light, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, school life, high school life, pretty girl, mother daughter relationship, teenage girl, everyday life, school, adventure, japanese culture, society, fish ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.9
 1K
Katanagatari (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
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: captivating, humorous, light, exciting, seinen ...
Plot: ninja, martial arts, samurai, sword, journey, brother sister relationship, beauty, japanese culture, responsibility, tragedy, anti war, fencing ...
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Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, drifter, heroes, swordsman, one man army, katana, drug lord, mercenary, massacre, shogun ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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 6.4
 95
Saudade (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A film that explores the true meaning of a word by medical professionals, feelings of real people and the images that represent the word to the filmmaker. The viewer will get into a journey through true stories and feelings, chasing the true meaning ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, light, captivating ...
Plot: hip hop, misfit, social misfits, cause and meaning, friendship, stabbing, rap, bar, hip hop culture, pop culture, japanese culture, friends ...
Place: japan, asia
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Father of Four: In Japanese Mode (2010)
Genre: Family
Country: Denmark
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a Japanese family moves in next door, Per and Shin, the same age, instantly become friends. But after the boys cut school, each set of parents' blames the other, causing a rift between neighbors. What will it take for the two families to ...
Style: humorous, sincere, light, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, culture clash, family, family relations, youth, friends, mischievous children, disorder, parents and children, cross cultural relations, best friend, father son relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: europe, denmark
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Love Live! The School Idol Movie (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Although μ's, the defending champions of the school idol tournament, plans to dissolve their group after the graduation of their senior members, they receive news that leads them to holding a concert event! The 9 girls continue to learn and ...
Style: captivating, feel good, sweet, light
Plot: idol, female friendship, adolescence vs adulthood, music, talent, slice of life, sibling relationship, studying, pop music, graduation, japanese culture, training ...
Place: tokyo, united states, japan, new york, usa
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Blue Spring Ride (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: When she was a middle school student, Futaba Yoshioka liked Kou Tanaka who was unlike the other boys and quite gentle. Kou Tanaka then moved away and they lost contact. At the end of Futaba Yoshioka's first year as a high school student she ...
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, light
Plot: high school hunk, love and romance, reunited friends, japanese schoolgirl, teenage love, unrequited love, crush, friends in love, high school life, true love, school life, japanese culture ...
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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: sincere, sentimental, serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: date night
Plot: workplace, fall in love, romance, love and romance, obsession, social misfits, workplace situations, japanese culture, unsuccessful, socially awkward, dictionary, teamwork ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
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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 ...
Style: fable
Plot: japanese culture, village, corruption, psychiatrist, secret, adultery, news reporter, priest, bar owner, paranormal phenomena, fisherman, bar ...
Place: japan
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Maria Watches Over Us (2004)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: Sachiko has offered to be Yumi's soeur, the most popular girl at the school as her "sister" and guide for all her years at the academy. The whole idea has Yumi completely flustered because they hardly know each other.
Style: captivating, humorous, sentimental, light
Plot: love, friendship, schoolgirl, classmate, romance, friends, couples, high school life, school life, rivalry, society, youth ...
Place: japan
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 6.5
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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'.
Style: romantic, captivating, entertaining
Plot: filmmaking, casting couch, misfit, relationships, love and romance, woman slaps man, female nudity, masturbation, man smoking, man slaps a woman, porn actress, pornography ...
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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, exhibitionism, sex scene, japanese culture, female nudity, mother daughter relationship, therapist, goldfish, depression, voyeurism, rock paper scissors, reality tv ...
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 6.2
 82
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, ex girlfriend, lesbian kiss, abandonment, lesbian, break up, university student, gay parent, lesbian friend, heartache, activism ...
Place: japan
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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: touching, stylized, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, couple relations, couples, family reunited, age difference, romance, family, friendship, death in the family, parents and children, life is a bitch, elderly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, europe, asia, germany ...
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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, bleak
Plot: ghost, forest, suicide, uncover truth, evil spirit, haunted by the past, vengeance, supernatural, danger, isolation, gory, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.1
 655
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: stylized, captivating, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, society, politics, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, military, heroes, ambition, war, battles, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
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 6.3
 10K
The Ramen Girl (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: cooking, american abroad, culture clash, restaurant, romance, fish out of water, language barrier, interracial romance, breakup, mentor, broken heart, teacher student relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, new jersey
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: erotic, art house, enigmatic, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: writing, calligraphy, translator, model, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, body painting, publisher, male nudity, legends and myths, lovers, skin ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, shanghai ...
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
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, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, undisciplined, atrocity, strong violent content ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1942 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, 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, war, loyalty, friendship, japanese history, honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
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The Ping-Pong Club (1995)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A school's ping pong club tries to take back their ping pong practice room from rivals despite their differences.
Style: absurd, parody
Plot: immaturity, pervert, penis joke, ping pong, japanese culture, japanese american, junior high school, surrealism, sexual humor, profanity, male nudity, adult humor ...
Place: japan
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 6.0
 5K
The Hunted (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A businessman on a trip to Tokyo ends up in the middle of a centuries old feud between a criminal Ninja cult and a Samurai when he witnesses a assassination performed by the Ninja-cult leader.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, good versus evil, murder, ninja, danger, master warrior, hitman, vengeance, crimes, mysterious character, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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