Best Japanese Movies of 2021

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Best Japanese Movies of 2021
Best Japanese Movies of 2021
TOP Movies: Sing 2 (2021), Belle (2021), Drive My Car (2021), Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021), Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021), Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021), Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021), Gintama: The Final (2021), Old (2021), Free Guy (2021), Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021), Sing a Bit of Harmony (2021), Asakusa Kid (2021), Tokyo Revengers (2021), The Deer King (2021), Ride or Die (2021), Child of Kamiari Month (2021), Last of the Wolves (2021), Dear Evan Hansen (2021), Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021).

List of Best Movies

 7.4
 69K
Sing 2 (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The film follows Buster and his new cast who now have their sights set on debuting a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in glamorous Redshore City. But with no connections, he and his singers must sneak into the Crystal Entertainment offices, run ...
Style: inspirational, sweet, humorous, visually appealing, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: anthropomorphic animal, anthropomorphism, gorilla, creativity, pig, koala, dancing, porcupine, elephant, iguana, animals, destiny ...
Time: future
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Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: The fourth and final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series.
Style: mecha, futuristic, disturbing, captivating, entertaining
Plot: fight, violence, battles, technology, hi-tech, adventure, space shuttle, showdown, space station, spacecraft, fantasy world, dream world ...
Place: paris france, south pole, france
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 7.1
 12K
Belle (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Musical, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Suzu is a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural town with her father. Wounded by the loss of her mother at a young age, Suzu one day discovers the massive online world "U" and dives into this alternate reality as her avatar, ...
Style: captivating, disturbing
Audience: kids, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, virtual world, magic, fictional reality, fantasy world, friendship, teenager, virtual reality, social media, slice of life, adventure, alternate reality ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan
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My Hero Academia: World Heroes' Mission (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A mysterious group called Humarize strongly believes in the Quirk Singularity Doomsday theory which states that when quirks get mixed further in with future generations, that power will bring forth the end of humanity. In order to save everyone, the ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating
Plot: heroes, superhero, fight, super strength, supernatural power, save the world, battles, good versus evil, showdown, fighting crime, terrorist, supernatural ability ...
Place: japan
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 7.6
 51K
Drive My Car (2021)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 179 min.
Story: Yusuke Kafuku, a stage actor and director, still unable, after two years, to cope with the loss of his beloved wife, accepts to direct Uncle Vanja at a theater festival in Hiroshima. There he meets Misaki, an introverted young woman, appointed to ...
Style: art house, inspirational, bilingual
Plot: japanese wife, driver, audition, infidelity, car, love, childhood trauma, journey, disability, city life, existentialism, time travel ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, hiroshima japan
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Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem—his childhood friend Rika has turned into a curse and won't leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary curse, his plight is noticed by Satoru Gojo, a ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense
Plot: supernatural, demon, spirit, high school life, paranormal, curse, supernatural power, evil spirit, warrior, supernatural ability, magical creature, supernatural being ...
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Asakusa Arc (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Tanjiro ventures to Asakusa, Tokyo for his second mission with the Demon Slayer Corps.
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: adventure, battles, demon, demon hunter, supernatural, mission, teamwork
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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: An unexpected love triangle, a failed seduction trap, and an encounter that results from a misunderstanding are the three episodes, told in three movements to depict three female characters and trace the trajectories between their choices and ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, suspense, psychological, weird ...
Plot: lgbt, lesbian, coincidence, encounter, revenge, life is a bitch, female protagonist, love triangle, women, lifestyle, love story, destiny ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Kenshin Himura goes up against mysterious weapons dealer Enishi. He controls the underworld of China. The secret of Kenshin Himura’s "Jujishou" is also revealed.
Style: captivating, tense, epic
Plot: samurai, one man army, fight, crime boss, secret, medieval, fight for supremacy, battles, gang leader, crimes, smuggling, outlaw gang ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, kyoto japan, china
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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - Tsuzumi Mansion Arc (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Tanjiro ventures to the south-southeast where he encounters a cowardly young man named Zenitsu Agatsuma. He is a fellow survivor from Final Selection and his sparrow asks Tanjiro to help keep him in line.
Style: captivating, exciting, tense
Plot: demonic possession, supernatural power, supernatural, teamwork, adventure, fight, warrior, demon, martial arts, supernatural ability, battles
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, Kenshin and his allies face their strongest enemy yet: his former brother-in-law Enishi Yukishiro and his minions, who've vowed their revenge.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, epic
Plot: master warrior, swordsman, katana, fight, destruction, medieval, combat, character change, warrior, changing lives, showdown, adventure ...
Place: japan
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Gintama: The Final (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The concluding film to the Gintama anime series, adapting the final chapters of the manga series of the same name written by Hideaki Sorachi. The film covers chapters 699-704 of the original manga, with original material added in.
Style: parody, disturbing, tense, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: culture clash, friendship, violence, adventure, rivalry, heroes, crimes, society, law enforcement, rebelliousness, fight, investigation ...
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 5.8
 120K
Old (2021)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A group of families on a tropical holiday discover that the secluded beach where they are staying is somehow causing them to age rapidly – reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Style: suspense, mysterious, macabre, tense, psychological ...
Plot: time, vacation, medical experiment, race against time, island prison, island, aging, rapid aging, human experiment, ocean, escape, climbing ...
Time: 2020s
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Sword Art Online: Progressive Aria of a Starless Night (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: One month after Kayaba Akihiko's game of death began, the death toll continues to rise, two thousand players having already lost their lives to the ultra-difficult VRMMO world of Sword Art Online. On the day of the strategy meeting to plan out ...
Style: entertaining, captivating
Plot: sword fight, virtual world, fantasy world, combat, video game, virtual reality, adventure, technology, dream world, battles, virtuality, fight ...
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 7.1
 368K
Free Guy (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A bank teller realizes he's a background character in an open world action game.
Style: entertaining, feel good, humorous, heroic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: virtual reality, game, video game, internet, gamer, changing lives, heroes, fantasy world, character change, career change, bank teller, programmer ...
Time: future, 2020s, 21st century
Place: tokyo
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The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: With the help of the "Dragon Sin of Wrath" Meliodas and the worst rebels in history, the Seven Deadly Sins, the "Holy War", in which four races, including Humans, Goddesses, Fairies and Giants fought against the Demons, is ...
Style: captivating, tense, entertaining
Plot: magic, magical power, good versus evil, fight, friends, battles, wizards and magicians, group of friends, wizards, teamwork, friendship, showdown ...
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Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After Char's rebellion, Hathaway Noa leads an insurgency against Earth Federation, but meeting an enemy officer and a mysterious woman alters his fate.
Style: mecha, exciting, tense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: military, space colony, terrorism, fight, robot, terrorist, showdown, uninhibited rivalry, terrorist attack, power struggle, fight for supremacy, against humanity ...
Place: the philippines
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Sing a Bit of Harmony (2021)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Satomi is fine being alone until an AI named Shion joins her class with a song and a promise to make her happy. While Shion’s musical numbers and princess gowns don’t quite pass as human, her antics bring Satomi closer to four other classmates. ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, entertaining, captivating
Plot: slice of life, school, classmate, new student, lifestyle, schoolgirl, new school, music, friends, relationships, high school life
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 7.1
 1K
Asakusa Kid (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In 1965, Takeshi Kitano drops out of a university and enters the Asakusa France Za, which is a performance theater. He becomes an apprentice to Senzaburo Fukami, who is a legendary entertainer. Senzaburo Fukami demands that Takeshi Kitano keep the ...
Style: psychological, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing
Plot: teacher student relationship, popularity, life, theater, rising to stardom, theatre play, desire for fame, training, entertainment industry, stage actor, comedian, friendship ...
Time: year 1965, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan
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Tokyo Revengers (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An unemployed man learns that his ex-girlfriend was murdered. He suddenly finds himself travelling through time to his middle school years and has chance to change the future and save the girl. He aims to rise to the top of the most brutal ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: time travel, gang leader, revenge, school, gang, gangsters, changing the past or future, back in time, sent to the past, changing lives, time traveler, time paradox ...
Time: future
Place: tokyo
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 6.4
 411
The Deer King (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Following a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named ...
Plot: epidemic, deer, illness, wolf attack, survival, tragedy, disease, feudal japan, slavery, medieval, customs, mine ...
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 5.6
 2K
Ride or Die (2021)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Rei helps the woman she's been in love with for years escape her abusive husband. While on the run, their feelings for each other catch fire.
Style: tense, captivating, suspense, romantic, sexy ...
Plot: lesbian, lgbt, lesbian love, lesbian friend, lesbian romance, lesbianism, lesbian couple, domestic violence, lesbian cunnilingus, class differences, infidelity, road trip ...
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Child of Kamiari Month (2021)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A year after losing her mother, a young girl learns that she must journey across Japan to the annual gathering of gods in the sacred land of Izumo.
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing
Plot: god, folklore, supernatural, slice of life, family relations, child, mother daughter relationship, child protagonist, teenage girl, teenager, mission, demon
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Last of the Wolves (2021)
Genre: Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: After Shogo Ogami’s death in Hiroshima, Detective Shuichi Hioka successfully implemented Shogo Ogami’s plan, which was to control the yakuza to prevent further gang wars and save innocent people from getting harmed. Shuichi Hioka manages the ...
Plot: yakuza, swashbuckler
Place: japan
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The Fable: The Killer Who Doesn't Kill (2021)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Akira is the legendary killer known as The Fable. Following the order of his boss and due to being overworked, he lives peacefully with his partner Yoko as ordinary siblings. Akira still works part-time at design company Octopus with CEO Takoda and ...
Style: exciting, satirical, captivating, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: hitman, mystery, battles, criminal, satire, investigation, workplace, murder, murderer, fight, one against many, one man army ...
Place: japan
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Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The Chaldea Organization must deal with the Grand Temple of Solomon, the King of Magic, which has come to destroy the world.
Style: exciting, disturbing, captivating
Plot: battles, save the world, good versus evil, fate of humanity, heroes, magical, god, magic, fantasy world, rescue, fight
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Dear Evan Hansen (2021)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA, Japan, China
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. The story follows Hansen, a high schooler with social anxiety. He unintentionally gets caught up in a lie after the family of a classmate who committed suicide mistakes one of Hansen’s ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing
Audience: teen drama
Plot: suicide, mental illness, teenager, high school, letter, mental health, social media, community, forest, love, laptop, social problems ...
Time: future
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Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by wealthy warlord The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter Bernice has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for ...
Style: suspense, exciting, disturbing, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: curse, investigation, rescue, criminal, disappearance, inheritance, samurai, escapades, heroic mission, heroes, justice, tough guy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, japan
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Fate/Grand Order: The Movie – Divine Realm of the Round Table: Camelot – Paladin; Agateram (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Part two of Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot - Wandering; Agateram; an adaptation of the the Sixth Holy Grail War, The Sacred Round Table Realm Camelot Singularity of Fate/Grand Order.
Style: captivating, disturbing, entertaining
Plot: adventure, battles, wizards, wizards and magicians, supernatural power, warrior, magical power, supernatural ability, save the world, fight, magical
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Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet (2021)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: At the opening ceremony of the WSG (World Sports Games) Tokyo Games, a sports festival held once every four years, it is announced that the world's first vacuum superconducting maglev with a maximum speed of 1,000 kilometers per hour will open. ...
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing, manga
Plot: technology, uncover truth, cold case, unsolved crime, secret revealed, advanced technology, hi-tech, sleuth, mysterious disappearance, crime solving, sabotage, investigation ...
Place: japan
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