Japanese soldier movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant japanese soldier movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, bleak, sincere, emotional and tense films and TV shows about / with japanese soldier, world war two, soldier, military, war, battles, death, japanese army, life is a bitch and fight plots mostly in Drama, War and History genres shot in USA, Japan, China and other countries.
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japanese soldier movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as japanese soldier: I'll Remember April (2000), The Eight Hundred (2020), Caterpillar (2010), The Battleship Island (2017), Midway (2019), Windtalkers (2002), Fires on the Plain (2014), The Pacific (2010), The Thin Red Line (1998), The Railway Man (2013).

List of japanese soldier movies

I'll Remember April (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four young boys find a shipwrecked Japanese sailor during World War II and struggle with the decision to save him.
Style: realistic, serious, melancholic, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: japanese soldier, world war two, wartime life, coming of age, friendship between boys, soldier, war, military, friends, racism, youth, boy ...
Place: usa, california, hawaii
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The Eight Hundred (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 149 min.
Story: In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
Style: suspense, bleak, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: sino japanese war, chinese history, japanese soldier, siege, military, warehouse, warlord, military life, military officer, war, world war two, chinese army ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937
Place: shanghai, china
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 6.7
 1K
Caterpillar (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: During the Second Sino-Japanese War, in 1940, Lieutenant Kurokawa returns home as a honored and decorated soldier but deprived of his arms and legs lost in battle. All hopes, from the villagers and women to close family members, turn to Shigeko, the ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: world war two, japanese soldier, quadriplegic, disability, family problems, life is a bitch, marital abuse, military, soldier, state affairs, political unrest, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan
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The Battleship Island (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: During the Japanese colonial era, roughly 400 Korean people, who were forced onto Battleship Island (‘Hashima Island’) to mine for coal, attempt to escape.
Style: tense, realistic, suspense, suspenseful, captivating
Plot: japanese soldier, korean, escape, freedom, mine, rescue, soldier, betrayal, father daughter relationship, torture, island, japanese occupation of korea ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, year 1945
Place: japan, east asia, asia
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 6.7
 84K
Midway (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The story of the soldiers and aviators who helped turn the tide of the Second World War during the iconic Battle of Midway in June 1942.
Style: exciting, bleak, suspense, scary, sad ...
Plot: naval battle, sea battle, warship, aerial combat, world war two, aircraft carrier, fighter plane, u.s. navy, fighter pilot, air battle, navy, battleship ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 1930s, year 1941, year 1937 ...
Place: pearl harbor, pacific ocean, tokyo, washington d.c., hawaii ...
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 6.1
 69K
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, factual, brutal, intense, stylized ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, native american, artillery, survival, code, marines, friendship, military life, courage, violence ...
Time: year 1944, 1940s, year 1943, 20th century
Place: japan, arizona, asia
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Fires on the Plain (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, occupying Japanese forces in the Philippines face resistance from the local population and the American offensive. The dwindling Japanese soldiers attempt to survive through the horrors of war.
Style: tense, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: japanese soldier, war, survival, military life, confined, isolation, escapades, world war two, rivalry, graphic violence, life is a bitch, wartime life ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: the philippines
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 8.3
 111K
The Pacific (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 530 min.
TV show
Story: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, emotional, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, war, battlefield, military, battles, soldier, squad, marines, navy, american soldier, u.s. military, imperial japan ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: pacific ocean, japan, alabama, okinawa, asia ...
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The Thin Red Line (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, 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: epic, atmospheric, philosophical, bleak, rough ...
Plot: war, world war two, jungle, sergeant, anti war, infantry, soldier, military, survival, army, pacific island, invasion ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean
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The Railway Man (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Switzerland, UK, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.
Style: intense, emotional, captivating, epic, inspirational ...
Plot: world war two, torture, war, revenge, autobiography, war criminal, human spirit, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, introspection, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1980, year 1942
Place: thailand, burma, england, japan, asia
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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 ...
Style: political
Plot: world war two, japanese soldier, japanese army, soldier, atomic bomb, imperial japan, emperor, general, japanese military, british empire, officer, revolt ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, usa, china
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On Wings of Eagles (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Eric Liddell - China's first gold medalist and one of Scotland's greatest athletes - returns to war-torn China.
Style: thought provoking, suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: japanese occupation of china, pow, race, japanese occupation, japanese soldier, social problems, athlete's life, life is a bitch, historical character, historical figure, sport, world war two ...
Place: china
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Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: France, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Cambodia
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Japan, 1944. Trained for intelligence work, Hiroo Onoda, 22 years old, discovers a philosophy contrary to the official line: no suicide, stay alive whatever happens, the mission is more important than anything else. Sent to Lubang, a small island in ...
Style: weird
Plot: world war two, japanese soldier, jungle, boat, beach, flashback, newspaper, death, radio, helicopter, fire, illness ...
Time: year 1944, year 1950, year 1969, year 1976, year 1973 ...
Place: the philippines
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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: world war two, japanese army, japanese soldier, japanese military, u.s. navy, japanese navy, young soldier, american soldier, u.s. army, brutality, japanese history, military uniform
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: okinawa japan, tokyo, japan, usa
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 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: disturbing, rough, bleak, epic, captivating ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, world war two, japanese army, war crime, war atrocity, atrocity, life is a bitch, japanese occupation of china, japanese occupation, mass murder, massacre ...
Time: 1930s, year 1938, 20th century, year 1937
Place: china, asia, 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, bleak, psychological, realistic, reflective ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, anti war, war, christmas, prison, samurai, imperial japan, japanese occupation, british, prisoner of war camp ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, australia, indonesia
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Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: sincere, emotional, realistic, factual, epic ...
Plot: war, world war two, military, guilt, survival, propaganda, imperial japan, fame, political intrigue, wartime, loss of friend, battles ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean, iraq, asia, usa ...
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 7.6
 182K
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: disturbing, bleak, bloody, dark, psychological ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: survival, game of death, death, island, contests and competitions, teacher, future dystopia, cruelty, desperation, suicide, teenager, japanese schoolgirl ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, 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: epic, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: world war two, coming of age, child protagonist, prison, childhood, war, japanese army, pow, survival, children in wartime, captivity, young heroes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: china, japan, tokyo, shanghai, hong kong ...
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Operation Bikini (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The film takes place aboard an American submarine in the Pacific during World War II. The sub's commander is ordered to stop and pick up an underwater demolition team led by Lt. Hayes, whose mission is to locate and destroy a US submarine ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: submarine, world war two, fistfight, love interest, scuba diving, japanese soldier, island, ocean, battleship, adventure, soldier, heroes ...
Time: 20th century
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 6.7
 18K
Restless (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A powerful and emotional coming of age story, this remarkable tale is told with honesty and originality that will leave audiences moved. In the film, two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, atmospheric, social ...
Audience: teens
Plot: terminal illness, teenage love, romance, ghost, sadness, cancer, fighting illness, hospital, funeral, coming of age, death, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Hell in the Pacific (1968)
Genre: Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, harsh, serious ...
Plot: world war two, war, island, survival, pilot, friendship, friendship between men, betrayal, adventure, human spirit, u.s. air force, stranded on an island ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, pacific ocean
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Yuki – The Snow Fairy (1981)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Up in Heaven, Yuki’s grandparents decide that, having turned thirteen years old, she must go down to Earth to a village that is torn by bandits and intervene to save its people. However if she does not succeed within one year she will become as ...
Plot: japanese soldier, samurai, snow, medieval, female protagonist, good versus evil, feudal japan, deity
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: realistic, erotic, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: world war two, prostitute, prostitution, soldier, female nudity, misogyny, colonialism, desertion, buddhism, desert, tragic love, romance ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, japan
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, philosophical, mind bending ...
Plot: suicide, friendship, rebellion, nationalism, emperor, radical, political unrest, tragic hero, state affairs, writer's life, coup d'etat, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: japan, kyoto japan, tokyo, mount fuji
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 6.7
 20K
Midway (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.
Style: realistic, factual, tense, epic, intense ...
Plot: world war two, sea battle, military, u.s. navy, war, naval battle, aviation, navy, ethnic conflict, fascism, prejudice, against the odds ...
Time: 1940s, year 1942, 70s, 20th century
Place: poland, hawaii, germany, japan, tokyo ...
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The Five People You Meet in Heaven (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: On his 83rd birthday, Eddie (Voight), a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, dies while trying to save a girl who is sitting under a falling ride. When he awakens in the afterlife, he encounters five people with ties to ...
Style: christian film, emotional, touching, serious, spiritual ...
Plot: afterlife, heaven, heaven and hell, amusement park, self discovery, life is a bitch, redemption, hopes, religious, death, golden years, elderly ...
Time: 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 20th century
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 4.3
 703
Fist of Anger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Historical movie set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII. Jackie Chan is one of the good guys but has nothing much more than a supporting role.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, world war two, heroes, japanese occupation of china, escapades, war, good versus evil, military, life is a bitch, rivalry, soldier, asian ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia, hong kong
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 7.2
 3K
Painted Fire (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: painter, politics, power relations, hopes, actor's life, ambition, rise to the top, human spirit, life is a bitch, love and romance, artists and showbiz, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 1870s, 1860s, 1890s ...
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea, seoul ...
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 6.2
 1K
Beach Red (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: American troops storm ashore on a Japanese-held island and push inland while their enemies plan a counterattack in this look at warfare. Soldiers on both sides are haunted by memories of home and the horrifying, sickening images they find in combat.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak
Plot: world war two, island, war, flashback, marine, japanese army, battles, soldier, anti war, pacific island, army, jungle ...
Place: asia, japan
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