Best Japanese Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Japanese Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: exciting, stylized, touching, visually appealing, cult film and surprise ending. Plot: friendship, danger, heroes, mentor, violence, vengeance, fight, storytelling, good versus evil and death. Genre: Animation, Adventure and Fantasy. Country: Japan and USA.
Best Japanese Movies
Best Japanese Movies
TOP Movies: Your Name (2016), A Silent Voice (2016), Big Hero 6 (2014), Shrek (2001), Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015), Spirited Away (2001), The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Split (2016), My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018), Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018), Godzilla (2014), I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018), First Man (2018), Get Out (2017), Shrek 2 (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Wolf Children (2012), Howl's Moving Castle (2004).

List of Best Movies

 8.4
 198K
Your Name (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: romantic, touching, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, time travel, school, girl, love, star crossed lovers, supernatural, boy, schoolgirl, destiny, race against time ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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 8.1
 49K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: inspirational, touching, sincere, romantic, biting ...
Plot: sign language, deaf, friendship, high school, bullying, redemption, deafness, suicide thoughts, single mother, japanese girl, disability, coming of age ...
Place: japan
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Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Tanjirō Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Hashira, ...
Style: futuristic, captivating, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: demon, violence, magic, fight, supernatural, dark fantasy, survival, mutilation, family, superhuman powers, master warrior, danger ...
Place: japan, asia
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My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it's more like a vacation … until they're attacked by a villain with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it ...
Style: entertaining, humorous, captivating, light, exciting
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: fight, super strength, teamwork, heroes, superhero, friendship, tournament, training, super villain, child, super powers, high school ...
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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson's US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham's Deckard Shaw.
Style: buddy comedy, tense, exciting, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough guy, secret organization, chase, martial arts, car, cia agent, car chase, cia, on the run, ex special forces, corporation, government agent ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, london, tower bridge london, ukraine ...
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 7.8
 412K
Big Hero 6 (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.
Style: exciting, touching, feel good, sweet, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, disney, robot, heroes, young heroes, superhero, androids and robots, adventure, boy genius, imaginary, child prodigy, friends ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: san francisco, tokyo
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 7.8
 616K
Shrek (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: It ain't easy bein' green -- especially if you're a likable (albeit smelly) ogre named Shrek. On a mission to retrieve a gorgeous princess from the clutches of a fire-breathing dragon, Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot -- a ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, humorous, witty, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: princess, talking animals, dragon, adventure, friendship, love and romance, opposites attract, swamp, imaginary kingdom, magical, ogre, save the princess ...
Time: 2000s
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Boruto: Naruto the Movie (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Boruto is the son of the 7th Hokage Naruto who completely rejects his father. Behind this, he has feelings of wanting to surpass Naruto, who is respected as a hero. He ends up meeting his father's friend Sasuke, and requests to become... his ...
Style: humorous, exciting, captivating
Plot: ninja, teacher, trap, training, heroes, battles, friendship, teamwork, father son relationship, competition, contest, interview ...
Place: japan
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 8.6
 656K
Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, offbeat, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, witch, ghost, imaginary, adventure, dragon, friendship, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, rescue, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Last: Naruto the Movie (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Two years after the events of the Fourth Great Ninja War, the moon that Hagoromo Otsutsuki created long ago to seal away the Gedo Statue begins to descend towards the world, threatening to become a meteor that would destroy everything on impact. ...
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, stylized, serious, exciting
Audience: pre-teens
Plot: danger, ninja, supernatural ability, good versus evil, adventure, save the world, heroes, master warrior, imaginary, young lovers, heroic mission, master villain ...
Time: future
Place: japan
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
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: breathtaking, stylized, atmospheric, touching, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, creativity, magic, storytelling, sword, talking animals, origami, adventure, strong female character, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, feudal japan
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 7.3
 428K
Split (2016)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, suspenseful, disturbing, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, split personality, serial killer, schizophrenia, insanity, held captive, paranoia, violence, murder ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F' (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, absurd ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, danger, rivalry, adventure, master warrior, heroes, supernatural ability, supernatural, good versus evil, escapades, imaginary ...
Time: future
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My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: All Might and Deku accept an invitation to go abroad to a floating and mobile manmade city, called 'I Island', where they research quirks as well as hero supplemental items at the special 'I Expo' convention that is currently ...
Style: exciting, feel good, suspense, humorous
Plot: academy, school, love hate relationship, super strength, heroes, teamwork, superhero, hostage situation, fight, adventure, supernatural ability, goofy hero ...
Place: japan
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Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The theme for this remarkable new film will be "Saiyan", the strongest race in the universe. Since "Battle of Gods", Goku has undergone new forms from Super Saiyan God to Super Saiyan Blue to other evolved forms that have gone up ...
Style: ironic, funny, exciting, reboot, twists and turns
Plot: transformation, resurrection, power, attack, alien race, villain, dating show, mysticism, manga, martial arts, tyranny, space battle ...
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 6.4
 379K
Godzilla (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Ford Brody, a Navy bomb expert, has just reunited with his family in San Francisco when he is forced to go to Japan to help his estranged father, Joe. Soon, both men are swept up in an escalating crisis when Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises ...
Style: disaster movie, exciting, suspenseful, suspense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: giant monster, monster, giant, giant creature, deadly creature, tsunami, godzilla, destruction, prehistoric creature, dinosaur, nuclear, military ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, quarry, year 1999 ...
Place: san francisco, japan, usa, hawaii, honolulu hawaii ...
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I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: "Living with Dying." ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, atmospheric, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tragedy, high school, friendship, teenage girl, fall in love, teenage boy, hospital, romance, teenage life, fireworks, family relations, family problems ...
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 7.3
 170K
First Man (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Style: based on true events, suspense, disturbing, factual, exciting ...
Plot: moon landing, space exploration, test pilot, space mission, space travel, astronaut, moon, nasa, historical event, husband wife relationship, human in outer space, male protagonist ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1964 ...
Place: mojave desert, houston texas, florida, california, usa
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 7.7
 496K
Get Out (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend ...
Style: twist ending, psychological, surprise ending, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: racism, interracial romance, hypnosis, cult, african american, human monster, survival, psycho, friendship, missing person, brainwashing, missing ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york
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Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai The Movie (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In Fujisawa, Sakuta Azusagawa is in his second year of high school. Blissful days with his girlfriend and upperclassman, Mai Sakurajima, are interrupted by the appearance of his first crush, Shoko Makinohara.
Style: weird, touching, emotional, psychological, seinen ...
Plot: love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, memory, altering history, teenage boy, destiny, teenage girl, time travel, changing the past or future, tragedy, urban fantasy, afterlife ...
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 7.2
 421K
Shrek 2 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Shrek, Fiona and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. The fairy godmother discovers that Shrek has ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, witty, not serious, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids, date night
Plot: princess, dragon, transformation, prince, talking animals, adventure, kingdom, cat, ogre, imaginary kingdom, true love, heroes ...
Time: 2000s
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must ...
Style: captivating, exciting, feel good, touching, humorous
Audience: kids
Plot: dragon, adventure, friends, flying, love interest, overpopulation, love, viking, fantasy world, fight, team, sword and fantasy ...
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Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Eren Yeager and others of the 104th Training Corps have just begun to become full members of the Survey Corps. As they ready themselves to face the Titans once again, their preparations are interrupted by the invasion of Wall Rose—but all is not ...
Plot: giant, manga, violence, female writer, wall, adaptation, dark fantasy, compilation, post apocalypse, violent, sword, fight ...
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: dark humor, exciting, tense, non-linear, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, mentor, tough girl, female warrior, dark hero, organized crime, revenge, hate, warrior, master warrior, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, asia, tokyo, japan, pasadena california
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My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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: feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, sweet, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: countryside, magical, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, family, supernatural, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 39K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, parents and children, human becomes animal, single mother, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.
Style: touching, fairy tale, atmospheric, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: witch, self discovery, adventure, imaginary, magical, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, wizards and magicians, fantasy world, love and romance, fall in love, demon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
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Attack on Titan: Chronicle (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the fourth recap movie, episodes 1-59 of the anime are retold, compiling the first three seasons of the anime into one two hour event.
Style: bleak, bloody, cynical, macabre, suspenseful
Plot: post apocalypse, giant, extinction, monster, vengeance, friendship, destiny, fictional war, catastrophe, violent, life philosophy, danger ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 166K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cult film, serious, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, military, motorcycle gang, experiment, protest, mutation, government corruption, distopia, scientist, nuclear holocaust, save the world, hallucination ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s, year 2019, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 64K
Shoplifters (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the ...
Style: sexual, social realism, rough, disturbing, enigmatic ...
Plot: poor family, poverty, shoplifting, child abduction, family drama, secret, orphan, money, father daughter relationship, chase, criminal, theft ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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