Best Japanese Movies of 2020

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Japanese Movies of 2020" contains films with the following parameters. Style: captivating, manga, exciting, humorous, dark fantasy and suspenseful. Plot: friendship, love, fight, violence, slice of life, adventure, flashback, relationships, bespectacled male and supernatural power. Genre: Animation, Drama and Fantasy. Country: Japan, USA and UK.
Best Japanese Movies of 2020
Best Japanese Movies of 2020
TOP Movies: The King of Staten Island (2020), The Hunt (2020), Attack on Titan: Chronicle (2020), Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020), Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), Given (2020), A Whisker Away (2020), Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2020), Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (2020), Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown (2020), Mother (2020), Yes, No, or Maybe Half? (2020), Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020), Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2020), The Stranger by the Beach (2020), Dolittle (2020), Earwig and the Witch (2020), Minamata (2020), Your eyes tell (2020), Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020).

List of Best Movies

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: dark fantasy, manga, suspenseful, captivating, futuristic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: demon, magic, fight, master warrior, supernatural, family, mutilation, superhuman powers, danger, martial arts, violence, gore ...
Place: japan, asia
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The King of Staten Island (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Scott has been a case of arrested development ever since his firefighter father died when he was seven. He’s now reached his mid-20s having achieved little, chasing a dream of becoming a tattoo artist that seems far out of reach. As his ambitious ...
Style: psychological, humorous, ironic, touching
Plot: slacker, smoking pot, stoner, arrested development, tattoo artist, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother sister relationship, tattoo, family drama, re-education, mother son relationship, firefighter ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, new york yankees, manhattan new york city, usa
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The Hunt (2020)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are—or how they got there. In the shadow of a dark internet conspiracy theory, ruthless elitists gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport. But their master plan is ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, tense, exciting, disturbing ...
Plot: manhunt, murder, game of death, hunter, hunting, death, satire, throat slitting, adultery, trapped, danger, survival horror ...
Time: 2010s, 2020s
Place: vermont, arkansas, mississippi, croatia
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mt. Natagumo Arc (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Tanjiro, now a registered Demon Slayer, teams up with fellow slayers Zenitsu and Inosuke to investigate missing person cases on the mountain Natagumo. After the group is split up during a fight with possessed swordfighters, they slowly begin to ...
Style: suspense, exciting, tense, captivating
Plot: demon hunter, good versus evil, supernatural power, demon, teamwork, mysterious disappearance, supernatural, disappearance, fight, investigation, mysticism, supernatural ability ...
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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: cynical, macabre, dark fantasy, bleak, bloody ...
Plot: post apocalypse, extinction, monster, giant, brutality, danger, compilation, vengeance, catastrophe, mutation, violent, alternate reality ...
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Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The official website of the "Violet Evergarden" animated TV series announced an all-new animated film for the series on Monday that will have a simultaneous worldwide release in January 2020. Plot details are unknown.
Style: touching, serious, melancholic, non-linear
Plot: girlfriend girlfriend relationship, alternate world, slice of life, love, letter, fictional war, confronting the past, tragic love, sister sister relationship, female protagonist, orphan, romance ...
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Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sonic and the gang must team up to fight Dr. Eggman.
Style: comic, exciting, feel good, light, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, date night
Plot: hedgehog, on the run, friendship, chase, super speed, friend, superhero, one man army, road trip, mad scientist, monster, portal ...
Time: contemporary, 2020s, 2010s
Place: san francisco, america, france, paris france, usa ...
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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After SpongeBob's beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home.
Style: feel good, funny, humorous, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: talking animals, friendship, starfish, snail, underwater scene, computer animation, underwater, search and rescue, friends, sea voyage, adventure, journey ...
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Given (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 59 min.
Story: The film centers on the love relationship among the band's bassist Haruki Nakayama, drummer Akihiko Kaji, and Akihiko's roommate and ex-boyfriend Ugetsu Murata.
Style: yaoi, captivating, touching, sexy, psychological ...
Plot: high school, slice of life, lgbt, relationships, gay, gay couple, music band, friendship, gay protagonist, gay lead character, couple relations, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The new film's story is set in Okoya Forest, a Pokémon paradise protected by strict rules that forbid outsiders from setting foot inside. The film centers on Coco, a boy who was raised by Pokémon and also considers himself as one, treating ...
Style: semi serious, witty, feel good, atmospheric, captivating
Plot: pokemon, supportive friend, friendship, adventure, fight, teamwork, fantasy world, partners, rescue, ambition, travel, characters in danger ...
Time: 2020s
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A Whisker Away (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Miyo "Muge" Sasaki is a peculiar second-year junior high student who has fallen in love with her classmate Kento Hinode. Muge resolutely pursues Kento every day, but he takes no notice of her. Nevertheless, while carrying a secret she can ...
Style: unusual plot structure, captivating, feel good, visually appealing
Plot: secret love, unrequited love, mask, love, transformation, school, magic, supernatural, teenager, classmate, love letter, animals ...
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Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A youth romantic drama with themes of growing up, the story focuses on college student Tsuneo and dreamer Josee, who lives her life stuck in a wheelchair. Josee—named after the heroine in Françoise Sagan’s Wonderful Clouds—spends most of her ...
Style: sincere, captivating
Plot: disability, paraplegic, relationships, physical disability, wheelchair bound, disabled child, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, handicapped, woman in a wheelchair, male female relationship, teenage life, teenager ...
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Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A continuation of the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss' treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White ...
Style: dark fantasy, seinen, manga
Plot: exploration, gore, adventurer, robot, child abuse, mature, journey, survival, underground, mutilation, brutality, psychological drama ...
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Psycho-Pass 3: First Inspector (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Inspector Kei Mikhail Ignatov finds himself involved with an organization named Bifrost with the possibility of freeing his wife if he betrays Unit One. Koichi Azusawa coordinates an assault on the Public Safety Bureau tower using his hacker Obata, ...
Style: seinen, rough, futuristic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, police, cyberpunk, criminal, law and order, fighting crime, crimes, rivalry, team, uncover truth, danger, chases and races ...
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Goblin Slayer: Goblin's Crown (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Goblin Slayer and his party head up to the snowy mountains in the north after receiving that request from the Sword Maiden to find any information on the Noble Fencer that disappeared after leaving to slay some goblins. A small village gets ...
Style: dark fantasy, seinen, brutal, suspenseful
Plot: elf, adventurer, magic, murder, massacre, rape, goblin, violence, good versus evil, dungeon, fantasy world, dark humor ...
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Mother (2020)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Shuhei is leading a tough life. His alcoholic mother Akiko can only hook up with bad guys and order Shuhei to go get money from his disapproving grandparents instead of going to school. Except raising the little half-sister, his rock-bottom life ...
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: mother son relationship, money problems, mother and son, lust, life is a bitch, family problems, dysfunctional family, gambling addiction, unemployment, family, single mother, family relations ...
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Yes, No, or Maybe Half? (2020)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 53 min.
Story: Kunieda Kei is a popular, young TV announcer whose public and private personas are so different, they might be called extreme. On the outside, he is the picture of perfection, affectionately nicknamed "The Prince," while on the inside he ...
Style: yaoi, sexy, sincere, touching, humorous ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, secret, gay relationship, gay couple, love, gay lead character, love and romance, youth, fall in love, love story, romance ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
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Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tai is now a university student, living alone, working hard at school, and working every day, but with his future still undecided. Meanwhile, Matt and others continue to work on Digimon incidents and activities that help people with their partner ...
Style: exciting, captivating, humorous, manga
Plot: heroes, adventure, fight, fantasy world, friendship, teenager, youth, escapades, good versus evil, creature, fight scenes, team
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Altered Carbon: Resleeved (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: On the planet Latimer, Takeshi Kovacs must protect a tattooist while investigating the death of a yakuza boss alongside a no-nonsense CTAC.
Style: neo noir, tech noir, captivating, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: cyberpunk, yakuza, murder investigation, male female partnership, tattooed man, virtual reality, weapons fire, massacre, firearm, artificial intelligence, hologram, katana ...
Time: distant future
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Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: After meeting one bright, sunny day, a shy boy who expresses himself through haiku and a bubbly but self-conscious girl share a brief, magical summer.
Style: manga
Plot: love, overcoming, perseverance, poem, slice of life, house, friend, girl, woman, summer, young, night ...
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The Stranger by the Beach (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 59 min.
Story: On an island off the coast of Okinawa, two young men meet on a beach: Shun Hashimoto, a gay novelist and Mio Chibana, a somber high school student. Day by day, the two of them grow closer, but then, suddenly, Mio decides to leave the island. They ...
Style: yaoi, scenic, romantic, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: love, lgbt, slice of life, reunion, old friend, love and romance, lovers apart, life philosophy, encounter, best friends, youth, human nature ...
Place: japan, okinawa
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Dolittle (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, China, UK, Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A physician discovers that he can talk to animals.
Style: light, funny, humorous, not serious, entertaining
Audience: kids
Plot: animals, veterinarian, victorian england, animal human communication, journey, family, doctor, talking animals, adventure, male protagonist, ship, island ...
Time: victorian era, 2020s
Place: buckingham palace, usa
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Earwig and the Witch (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A headstrong orphan discovers a world of spells and potions while living with a selfish witch.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, whimsical, visually appealing, dark fantasy
Plot: witch, magic, orphanage, abandoned by mother, magic spell, orphan, talking animals, black cat, talking cat, adoption, sorcerer, youth ...
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Minamata (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA, United Arab Emirates, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A movie about reporter W. Eugene Smith and his research on mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan, resulting in severe neurological symptoms.
Style: art house, psychological, disturbing, realistic
Plot: war photographer, poisoning, american abroad, corruption, lifestyle, true crime, breaking point, social misfits, frustration, art, catastrophe, hypocrisy ...
Place: japan
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Twittering Birds Never Fly: The Clouds Gather (2020)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The sexually masochistic yakuza boss, Yashiro, isn't the type to warm up to others easily. But when Chikara Doumeki, his newly hired bodyguard, catches his interest, he reconsiders his "hands-off" policy with subordinates. As ...
Style: yaoi, manga, intense, controversial, enigmatic ...
Plot: gay, lgbt, bodyguard, yakuza, introspection, gay sex, lovers, friendship, homosexuality, gay romance, character study, star crossed lovers ...
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Your eyes tell (2020)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A tragic accident lead to Kaori's blindness, but she clings to life and the smaller pleasures it can still afford her. She meets Rui and begins to talk to him. Rui was once a promising kickboxer, but something happened in his past. Kaori's ...
Plot: beating, burning man, salute, classroom, boxing ring, walking in the rain, japanese girl, burning a photograph, angry man, van, violinist, truck ...
Place: tokyo, xian
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Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Searching for escape in Tokyo's back alleys, a haunted English teacher explores love and lust with a dashing Yakuza, as their tumultuous affair takes her on a journey through the city's dive bars and three-hour love hotels.
Style: erotic, depressing, rough, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: erotica, strong sexual content, foreigner in japan, interracial love, sexual relations, looking for sex, female friendship, identity crisis, prostitution, meaning of life, power relations, loneliness ...
Place: tokyo
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Last Letter (2020)
Genre: Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: It is only at their sister's and mother's funeral when a woman meets her niece after many years. The niece is now a grown girl. The sister takes on the task of informing the deceased's friends of the death while the daughter cannot ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, captivating, adaptation directed by original author
Plot: love, aunt niece relationship, aunt, niece, family problems, family relations, relationships, love story, schoolgirl, japanese girl, letter, illustrator ...
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Burn the Witch (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Historically 72% of all the deaths in London are related to dragons, fantastical beings invisible to the majority of the people. While unknown to most, some people have been standing up to these dragons. Only inhabitants of Reverse London who live ...
Style: captivating, unusual plot structure, exciting
Plot: magic, witch, dragon, creature, pop singer, alternate dimension, paparazzi, supervisor, super strength, schoolgirl, wizards
Place: london
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Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Live action film based on the popular webcomic.
Style: manga, humorous, entertaining, sincere, sweet ...
Plot: office romance, japanese woman, girlfriend boyfriend relationship, nerd, workplace situations, love affair, love and romance, office worker, love interest, classmate classmate relationship, ex classmate, workplace ...
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