Japanese army movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant japanese army movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, dramatic, intense and harsh films and TV shows about / with japanese army, world war two, soldier, japanese soldier, brutality, death, war, blood, culture clash and military plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in Japan, USA, Hong Kong and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese army: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Japan's Longest Day (1967), The Battle of Okinawa (1971), City of Life and Death (2009), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), The Last Samurai (2003), Empire of the Sun (1987), Windtalkers (2002), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), The Thin Red Line (1998).

List of japanese army movies

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, hunger, war, theft, firefly, loss of parent, danger, navy, fighting illness, hospital ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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Japan's Longest Day (1967)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to ...
Plot: japanese army, japanese soldier, emperor, atomic bomb, world war two, soldier, imperial japan, revolt, british empire, funeral, gore, british ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, china, usa
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The Battle of Okinawa (1971)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 149 min.
Story: The Americans are swiftly closing on Okinawa, an island just south of the Japanese mainland. The Imperial command sends top generals and several army divisions to defend it at all costs. The mission quickly degenerates as vital resources and troops ...
Plot: u.s. navy, japanese army, world war two, japanese history, young soldier, u.s. army, brutality
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, usa
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, survival, russian, japanese army, chinese, captivity, anti war, war, wartime life, estrangement, confined, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: bleak, serious, emotional, epic, realistic ...
Plot: sexual abuse, massacre, mass murder, japanese army, sino japanese war, life is a bitch, atrocity, german, war, imperial japan, military, war crime ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: asia, china, shanghai china
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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
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: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, master warrior, war, dignity, pride and honor, swords and armor, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: emotional, epic, realistic, touching, serious ...
Plot: young heroes, innocence lost, survival, prison, pow, coming of age, peasant, japanese soldier, japanese army, bravery, stadium, chinese ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, japan, hiroshima japan ...
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Windtalkers (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, rough, sincere ...
Plot: code, island, war, military, survival, mexican standoff, behind enemy lines, gory, soldier, native americans, battle zone, u.s. army ...
Time: 20th century, year 1944, year 1943, 1940s
Place: asia, japan, arizona
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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: touching, inspirational, based on true events, brutal, suspense ...
Plot: war, bible, conscientious objector, courage, violence, survival, world war two, father son relationship, life & death, prejudice, soldier, pacifism ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: japan, usa
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Based on the graphic novel by James Jones, The Thin Red Line tells the story of a group of men, an Army Rifle company called C-for-Charlie, who change, suffer, and ultimately make essential discoveries about themselves during the fierce World War II ...
Style: bleak, rough, surreal, captivating, epic ...
Plot: war, jungle, sergeant, invasion, commander, battle, survival, military, soldier, infantry, pacific island, battle zone ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
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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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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: military, island, war, torture, loss of friend, fame, corpse, survival, danger, gory, battle zone, guilt ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa, manhattan new york city, pacific ocean ...
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Before We Vanish (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Narumi is on bad terms with her husband Shinji when one day, Shinji goes missing. He comes back a couple of days later, but seems like a totally different person, and is now gentle and tender. He goes for a walk every day. Meanwhile, Journalist ...
Plot: mini skirt, girl wearing a miniskirt, murder, japanese schoolgirl, short skirt, skirt, gps, kill, employee, long brown hair, humanity, japanese girl ...
Place: japan
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Story of a Prostitute (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Disappointed by the marriage of her lover to a woman he does not love, prostitute Harumi drifts from the city to a remote Japanese outpost in Manchuria to work in a "comfort house," or brothel, during the Sino-Japanese war. The commanding ...
Style: serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, soldier, colonialism, sino japanese war, buddhism, prostitution, hand grenade, desert, desertion, misogyny, tragic love, war ...
Time: 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
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The Imperial Japanese Empire (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Story of three people, a barber, a Christian and a graduate of the Tokyo Military Academy during the 2nd World War.
Plot: japanese occupation, chance meeting, christian, beach, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, military, world war two, japanese army, mother son relationship
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan
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Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, exciting, factual, epic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, war, love and romance, tragic event, friends, love, aerial combats, navy, military, childhood friend, airplane, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, 1920s, year 1942 ...
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor, asia, england, japan ...
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Emperor (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Style: serious, talky, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: emperor, investigation, atomic bomb, military, translator, war crime, occupation, politics, war, state affairs, soldier, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1945, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, russia, china
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Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: epic, rough, captivating, bleak, tense ...
Plot: captivity, u.s. air force, war, survival, soldier, island, shark, life is a bitch, military, human spirit, sport, athlete ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: pacific ocean, japan, germany, asia, tokyo
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Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, good versus evil, rivalry, folk hero, heroes, society, kung fu, sword fight, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: apocalypse, legends and myths, artist, tunnel, painting, hopes, volcano, child, chaos, dreams, surrealism, wise man ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji, 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, jealousy, passion, geisha, prostitute, tragic love, prostitution, gays and lesbians, master and servant, femme fatale, brothel ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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My Way (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, tense
Plot: wartime life, war, military, life is a bitch, soldier, uninhibited rivalry, captivity, military life, battles, confined, rivalry, occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1944
Place: korea, russia, mongolia, france, normandy
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Everlasting Glory (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Chinese national policy film
Plot: sino japanese war, chinese army, japanese army, japanese soldier, flag, tank, world war two
Time: 1930s, 1940s
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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, assassination, undercover, resistance, master warrior, assassin, vigilantism, danger, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, pre world war two
Place: asia, china, shanghai
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The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Western
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of three Korean outlaws in 1930s Manchuria and their dealings with the Japanese army and Chinese and Russian bandits. The Good (a Bounty hunter), the Bad (a hitman), and the Weird (a thief) battle the army and the bandits in a race to use ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, offbeat, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: treasure hunt, bounty hunter, gunfight, gun, chase, map, mexican standoff, occupation, reward, robbery, drugs/alcohol, adventure ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, asia
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The Highest Honor (1982)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Japan, Australia
Duration: 144 min.
Story: On 11 September 1944, a squad of 23 Australian and British soldiers lead by Lieutanant-Colonel Ivan Lyon leave Fremantle bound for Indonesia as part of Operation Rimau, an attempted repeat of the highly-successful Operation Jaywick the previous year ...
Plot: captain, warship, beating, invasion, torture, chinese, harbor, saving a life, commando, japanese army, mushroom cloud, blade ...
Time: 1940s
Place: singapore, indonesia, sydney australia, australia
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Eight Hundred Heroes (1976)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film is based on the true story of a regiment of nationalist troop fighting Japanese forces several times of their strength. Due to the political reasons, such historical topic is avoided in China, and even after the reform, the cautious ...
Plot: sino japanese war, chinese army, japanese army, japanese soldier, flag, victory, tank, american soldier
Time: 1930s
Place: shanghai
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Cry of Battle (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: During World War II, the spoiled son of a wealthy businessman finds himself involved in the guerrilla movement fighting against the Japanese, and finds romance and adventure.
Plot: explosion, hand grenade, interracial love, rebel, war violence, bayonet, battle, machine gun, truck, rifle, violence, world war two ...
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Little Superman (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: World War II Japan...the Japanese military learn that the Chinese government has stolen some secret military plans and that they will attempt to send them to Hong Kong via Macau. When a respected Chinese officer is ambushed, he must rely on his old ...
Plot: kung fu fighting, beaten to death, japanese occupation, plane crash, japanese army, secret plan, world war two, martial arts
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