Best Japanese Thriller Movies

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Best Japanese Thriller Movies
Best Japanese Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Get Out (2017), Split (2016), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Fast & Furious (2009), Nobody (2021), Us (2019), Godzilla (2014), Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020), The Bourne Legacy (2012), The Hunt (2020), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Children of Men (2006), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Breaking In (2018), Safe House (2012), Furious 7 (2015), The Purge: Election Year (2016), Point Break (1991), The Grudge (2004), Ma (2019).

List of Best Movies

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, hypnosis, interracial romance, african american, cult, psycho, survival, friendship, secret society, human monster, interracial relations, missing person ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, brooklyn new york city
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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, surprise ending, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, mental illness, psycho, dissociative identity disorder, insanity, schizophrenia, split personality, serial killer, held captive, female victim, paranoia, violence ...
Time: 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, philadelphia
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
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: exciting, tense, non-linear, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, one man army, mentor, dark humor, tough girl, dark hero, revenge, female warrior, organized crime, warrior, hate, master warrior ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s, 90s, 2000s ...
Place: usa, asia, tokyo, japan, pasadena california
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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, exciting, tense, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough guy, secret organization, chase, car race, ex special forces, martial arts, car, cia agent, car chase, cia, on the run, corporation ...
Time: contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, tower bridge london, moscow russia, ukraine, los angeles ...
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Fast & Furious (2009)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Conner. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, chase, street racing, car race, chases and races, police officer, gang, friends, crimes, rivalry, loss of loved one, gunfight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, mexico, usa, latin america, panama ...
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Nobody (2021)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Hutch Mansell, a suburban dad, overlooked husband, nothing neighbor — a "nobody." When two thieves break into his home one night, Hutch's unknown long-simmering rage is ignited and propels him on a brutal path that will uncover dark ...
Style: twists and turns, brutal, suspenseful, suspense, neo noir
Plot: home invasion, vengeance, martial arts, crimes, russian mafia, assassin, gangsters, one man army, crime boss, drug lord, tough guy, double life ...
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Us (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.
Style: surprise ending, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Plot: murder, panic, home invasion, amusement park, chase, hall of mirrors, african american, childhood memory, family vacation, torment, survival, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 80s, year 1986
Place: usa
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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: boys' night, teens
Plot: giant monster, monster, giant, giant creature, godzilla, deadly creature, tsunami, destruction, dinosaur, prehistoric creature, military, creature ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1999, 2010s, year 2014 ...
Place: san francisco, japan, usa, hawaii, honolulu hawaii ...
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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, bleak, rough, emotional ...
Plot: strong sexual content, erotica, foreigner in japan, sexual relations, looking for sex, female friendship, identity crisis, interracial love, prostitution, changing lives, power relations, sex ...
Place: tokyo
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The Bourne Legacy (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: New CIA operative, Aaron Cross experiences life-or-death stakes that have been triggered by the previous actions of Jason Bourne.
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: espionage, chase, spy, cia, tough guy, government conspiracy, intelligence agency, cia agent, intelligence, off the grid, on the run, secret agents ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: maryland, manila philippines, the philippines, virginia, 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, tense, suspense, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: manhunt, murder, hunter, hunting, death, satire, throat slitting, adultery, trapped, danger, game of death, survival horror ...
Time: 2010s, 2020s
Place: vermont, arkansas, mississippi, croatia
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Alita: Battle Angel (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, Canada
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido, a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens, she has no memory of who she is, nor does ...
Style: captivating, exciting, suspense, enigmatic, tech noir ...
Plot: cyberpunk, cyborgs, female warrior, distopia, female protagonist, nanotechnology, martial arts, tough girl, woman fights a man, bounty hunter, adaptation, danger ...
Time: near future, future
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Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which humans can no longer procreate, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea, where her child's birth may help scientists save the future of humankind.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, neo noir, futuristic, rough ...
Plot: future dystopia, apocalypse, chaos, heroic mission, pandemic, distopia, survival, redemption, childlessness, birth, mission, protest ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: europe, london, england, seattle washington, seattle ...
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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A suburban family chooses seemingly sweet Peyton Flanders as their newborn's nanny. Only much later does the infant's mother, Claire Bartel, realize Peyton's true intentions -- to destroy Claire and replace her in the family. The ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: nanny, obsession, vengeance, asthma, family in danger, danger, psychopath, domestic disturbance, haunted by the past, loss of child, rivalry, manipulations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
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Breaking In (2018)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Shaun Russell takes her son and daughter on a weekend getaway to her late father's secluded, high-tech vacation home in the countryside. The family soon gets an unwelcome surprise when four men break into the house to find hidden money. After ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, intense, suspense ...
Plot: home invasion, protective parent, mother, hostage, security system, white male black female relationship, danger, crimes, heist, heist gone wrong, murder, black people ...
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Safe House (2012)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: South Africa, USA, Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A dangerous CIA renegade resurfaces after a decade on the run. When the safe house he's remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: cia, gunfight, espionage, on the run, secret agents, mercenary, cia agent, corruption, secret service, betrayal, who to trust, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: africa, south africa, cape town south africa, paris france, langley virginia
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Furious 7 (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan, Canada, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Deckard Shaw seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto and his family for his comatose brother.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: car chase, chases and races, car race, street racing, car, race, chase, danger, crimes, muscle car, bodyguard, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, los angeles, california, tokyo, dominican republic ...
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The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. On ...
Style: brutal, intense, bloody, suspense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: gunfight, class differences, distopia, fighting the system, survival, murder, violence, politics, death, social decay, rebellion, female politician ...
Time: near future
Place: florida, washington d.c.
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Point Break (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send ...
Style: exciting, surprise ending, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: extreme sport, bank robbery, special agents, extreme sports, surfer, surfing, working undercover, gang, undercover, fbi, ex athlete, wave ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, australia, hawaii
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The Grudge (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: American nurse, Karen Davis moves to Tokyo and encounters a vengeful supernatural spirit known as The Grudge that often possesses its victims. When a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths occur – with the spirit passing its curse onto each ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, psychological, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, curse, gory, mystery, murder, imaginary, suicide, vengeance, family curse, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
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Ma (2019)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sue Ann is a loner who keeps to herself in her quiet Ohio town. One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her ...
Style: twists and turns, slasher, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: female psychopath, underage drinking, mental health, party, basement, psychopath, danger, kidnapping, torture, murder, african american, social network ...
Time: 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
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The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: China, USA, Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, entertaining, stylized ...
Plot: street racing, computer cracker, car chase, chase, car race, car, betrayal, racing, mysterious woman, master criminal, bodyguard, fight scenes ...
Time: 2010s
Place: havana cuba, new york, berlin germany, manhattan new york city, russia ...
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Godzilla (1998)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: When a freighter is viciously attacked in the Pacific Ocean, a team of experts -- including biologist Niko Tatopoulos and scientists Elsie Chapman and Mendel Craven -- concludes that an oversized reptile is the culprit. Before long, the giant lizard ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, suspense, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: dinosaur, godzilla, danger, human versus monster, giant, save the world, chaos and mayhem, animal horror, experiment gone awry, demolished city, deadly creature, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, future
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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The Grudge 2 (2006)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Tokyo, a young woman is exposed to the same mysterious curse that afflicted her sister. The supernatural force, which fills a person with rage before spreading to its next victim, brings together a group of previously unrelated people who attempt ...
Style: scary, twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, curse, good versus evil, murder, supernatural, supernatural horror, serial killer, danger, deadly, investigation, crimes, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, chicago illinois, usa, asia ...
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Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Former cop Brian O'Conner partners with ex-con Dom Toretto on the opposite side of the law. Since Brian and Mia Toretto broke Dom out of custody, they've blown across many borders to elude authorities. Now backed into a corner in Rio de ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, entertaining, twists and turns, tense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: car chase, heist, chase, street racing, car race, on the run, car, tough heroes, fbi, favela, freedom, one last job ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil, latin america, south america, monaco ...
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Vampires (1998)
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The church enlists a team of vampire-hunters to hunt down and destroy a group of vampires searching for an ancient relic that will allow them to exist in sunlight.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, bloody, gothic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vampire, vampire hunter, vampire slayer, supernatural, duct tape over mouth, priest, gory, vengeance, telepathy, danger, obsessive quest, clergy ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new mexico, mexico
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Resident Evil: Damnation (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: U.S. federal agent Leon S. Kennedy sneaks into the "East Slavic Republic" to verify rumors that Bio-Organic Weapons (BOWs) are being used in the country's civil war, which the U.S. and Russia are making preparations to jointly ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, adult animation, scary, stylized ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: zombie, deadly creature, future dystopia, survival, bio weapon, genetic mutation, infection, mutant, lone hero, infected, deadly virus, danger ...
Time: future, 21st century, 80s
Place: europe
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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan, Spain, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets convoluted also facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: car chase, car race, street racing, chases and races, fbi, presumed dead, car theft, heist, teamwork, group of criminals, tough heroes, chase ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, spain, europe, germany, england ...
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Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tree Gelbman learns that dying over and over again was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Style: slasher, captivating, semi serious, bloody, brutal ...
Plot: time loop, repeated event, university, paradox, masked killer, blonde, serial killer, suicide, deja vu, mystery killer, slasher killer, characters killed one by one ...
Time: contemporary
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Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A zombie attack brings chaos to Harvardville Airport. Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield , who fought the sinister Umbrella Corporation during the Raccoon City tragedy 7 years ago, are back. In high-octane Resident Evil style, they're ready to ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, scary, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, chaos, monster, experiment gone awry, danger, apocalypse, supernatural, survival, chaos and mayhem, genetically altered, heroes, infection ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey
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