Best Japanese Thriller Movies

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Best Japanese Thriller Movies
Best Japanese Thriller Movies
TOP Movies: Confessions (2010), Cold Fish (2010), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), Bullet Train (2022), Shoplifters (2018), Godzilla (2014), The Devil's Path (2013), Us (2019), Shutter (2008), Lost Girls and Love Hotels (2020), Fast & Furious (2009), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Solomon's Perjury 1: Suspicion (2015), Shield of Straw (2013), The Scythian Lamb (2017), Piranha 3DD (2012), Children of Men (2006), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Safe House (2012), Fast Five (2011).

List of Best Movies

 7.7
 40K
Confessions (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: thought provoking, unusual plot structure, disturbing, visually appealing, dark ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: vengeance, revenge, teachers and students, grief, twists and turns, character study, mystery, japanese schoolgirl, dead daughter, bullying, child murder, teenage murderer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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 7.1
 13K
Cold Fish (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Shamoto runs a small tropical fish shop. When his daughter Mitsuko is caught shoplifting at a grocery store a man named Murata steps in to settle things between the girl and the store manager. Murata also runs a tropical fish shop and he and Shamoto ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, rough, serious, sexy ...
Plot: serial killer, sexual pleasure, sexual promiscuity, fish, slutty wife, crimes, psychopath, female nudity, milf, molestation, dysfunctional family, woman on top ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspense, tense, serious, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: obsession, nanny, vengeance, twists and turns, female psychopath, psychopath, domestic disturbance, home invasion, suicide, asthma, sexual abuse, manipulation ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: seattle, washington state, san francisco, new york, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 187K
Bullet Train (2022)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Unlucky assassin Ladybug is determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs gone off the rails. Fate, however, may have other plans, as Ladybug's latest mission puts him on a collision course with lethal adversaries from around the ...
Style: tense, disturbing, captivating, suspense, satirical ...
Plot: train, assassin, mission, crimes, hitman, russian, tough guy, fight, passenger, crew, assignment, luck ...
Time: 2020s
Place: japan, kyoto japan, bolivia, johannesburg south africa, tokyo ...
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 7.9
 77K
Shoplifters (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
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, art house, thought provoking, compassionate, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: poverty, shoplifting, poor family, father son relationship, theft, husband wife relationship, social realism, secret, child abduction, beach, shoplifter, orphan ...
Time: 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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 6.4
 415K
Godzilla (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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: exciting, suspense, intense, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: monster, giant monster, dinosaur, godzilla, disaster, creature, mutant, giant, military, deadly creature, giant creature, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 90s, 2010s, year 1999 ...
Place: japan, hawaii, san francisco, tokyo, usa ...
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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, captivating, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough guy, car, terrorism, chase, brother and sister, secret organization, espionage, father daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, car chase, scientist, super computer ...
Time: contemporary, future, 2010s
Place: usa, ukraine, tower bridge london, moscow russia, london ...
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Demon Slayer the Movie: Mugen Train (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
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: manga, captivating, futuristic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: master warrior, demon, supernatural, magic, fight, demon hunter, mutilation, family, superhuman powers, violence, martial arts, uninhibited rivalry ...
Place: japan, asia
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The Devil's Path (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Death-row inmate Sudo (Pierre Taki) sends a letter to magazine reporter Fujii (Takayuki Yamada). In his letter, he states that a man named Kimura (Lily Franky), also known as "teacher," committed numerous murders for insurance money. While ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: killings, investigative reporter, murder, journalist, hitman, prison visit, murder mystery, serial murder, investigative journalism, fighting crime, serial killer, killing spree ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 299K
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: scary, surprise ending, twist ending, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: home invasion, murder, doppelganger, amusement park, panic, traumatic childhood, evil twin, black family, torment, family vacation, childhood memory, beach ...
Time: year 1986, 80s, 2010s, year 2019
Place: usa
Is relevant ?
 5.2
 35K
Shutter (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.
Style: scary, suspense, atmospheric, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: ghost, death, spirit, supernatural, revenge, police investigation, car accident, obsession, uncover truth, haunted by the past, photographer, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, new york, asia, mount fuji ...
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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: erotica, foreigner in japan, strong sexual content, sex with a stranger, s&m, female nudity, looking for sex, identity crisis, interracial love, sex, changing lives, power relations ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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 6.5
 288K
Fast & Furious (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, entertaining, suspense, realistic, sexy ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: car chase, chase, car, street racing, car race, gang, friendship, race, undercover cop, vengeance, friends, tough law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, mexico, usa, dominican republic ...
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: tense, non-linear, bloody, suspense, visually appealing ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: revenge, martial arts, vengeance, female protagonist, mentor, dark hero, katana, organized crime, one man army, gangsters, hate, samurai ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 2000s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: japan, tokyo, austin texas, asia, usa ...
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Solomon's Perjury 1: Suspicion (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A group of junior high school must find out the truth of their classmate's death is he was killed by someone or committed suicide.
Plot: teenager, golf, japanese teenager, asian school, japanese schoolgirl, schoolgirl, japanese school, live action, long haired girl, sailor uniform, schoolgirl uniform, brunette ...
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Shield of Straw (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Ninagawa is a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections.His granddaughter is then murdered. The suspect is Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Kunihide Kiyomaru has a prior conviction for assaulting and killing a girl 8 ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mole, manhunt, crimes, law enforcement, criminal heroes, swat team, husband wife relationship, protection, criminal, nypd, serial killer, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Scythian Lamb (2017)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Based on a manga written by Tatsuhiko Yamagami, the story is set in a former seaport town Uobuka, where 6 former criminals were sent to live there by the government, with the intention of re-socialising them. Aside from the few who know about the ...
Plot: ex convict, small town, festival, employee, police officer, supernatural power, drummer, hometown, girlfriend, criminal, japanese police, boss ...
Is relevant ?
 3.8
 43K
Piranha 3DD (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: After the events at Lake Victoria, the prehistoric school of blood-thirsty piranhas make their way into swimming pools, plumbing, and a newly opened water park.
Style: scary, suspense, twist ending, humorous, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), piranha, vulgarity, death, youth, killer fish, party, dark humor, brutality, animal attack, creature, blonde ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: arizona, usa
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 7.9
 501K
Children of Men (2006)
Genre: Action, 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, neo noir, depressing, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: apocalypse, distopia, end of the world, future dystopia, chaos, heroic mission, pandemic, redemption, fertility, childlessness, on the run, betrayal ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: england, london, europe, washington state, poland ...
Is relevant ?
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: exciting, captivating, futuristic, enigmatic, suspense ...
Plot: cyberpunk, female protagonist, distopia, cyborgs, female warrior, post apocalypse, tough girl, woman fights a man, martial arts, strong female lead, nanotechnology, bounty hunter ...
Time: future, near future
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 224K
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, suspense, intense, tense ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, secret service, gunfight, on the run, cia agent, spy, secret agents, mercenary, betrayal, corruption, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: cape town south africa, africa, south africa, paris france, langley virginia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 382K
Fast Five (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
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, suspense, suspenseful, sexy, captivating ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: heist, car chase, car, chase, car race, street racing, favela, organized crime, on the run, freedom, twists and turns, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: brazil, tokyo, latin america, rio de janeiro, south america ...
Is relevant ?
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, China, 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, stylized, entertaining, sexy, captivating ...
Plot: car, chase, car race, betrayal, car chase, fast car, kidnapping, spy, street racing, prison escape, fight, redemption ...
Time: 2010s
Place: new york, tokyo, havana cuba, manhattan new york city, russia ...
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Snakes and Earrings (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: While alone in a nightclub, straight-laced Lui meets sensitive but troubled punk kid Ama. Mesmerized by his split tongue, she becomes obsessed with body modification and soon wants the same treatment. After Ama's heavily-tattooed friend Shiba ...
Style: psychological, captivating, psychological thriller
Plot: boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love triangle, star crossed lovers, violence, unfulfilled love, male female relationship, love story, life is a bitch, unrequited love, love interest, relationships, sadism ...
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Bride of Re-Animator (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Herbert West once again revives the dead. This time, he brings Dan's ex-girlfriend's heart back inside a 'perfect' body. Dr. Hill returns as the evil nemesis who lost his head.
Style: macabre, slasher, scary, humorous, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: zombie, laboratory, reanimation, reanimated corpse, monster, mad scientist, exploitation, police detective, civil war, serum, body horror, insanity ...
Time: 80s
Place: massachusetts, peru, usa, south america
Is relevant ?
 6.8
 3K
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, suspense, entertaining
Plot: mother son relationship, mother and son, sexpot, money problems, lust, life is a bitch, family problems, dysfunctional family, family, family relations, single mother, family tragedy ...
Is relevant ?
 6.1
 70K
Ambulance (2022)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Decorated veteran Will Sharp, desperate for money to cover his wife's medical bills, asks for help from his adoptive brother Danny. A charismatic career criminal, Danny instead offers him a score: the biggest bank heist in Los Angeles history: ...
Style: suspense, captivating, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: heist gone wrong, bank robbery, crimes, ambulance, heist, mob boss, woman in danger, criminal, hostage situation, burglar, robbery, hostage ...
Time: future, 2020s
Place: los angeles
Is relevant ?
 5.9
 22K
Piranha (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, rough, macabre, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: piranha, killer fish, race against time, resort, summer camp, monster, rescue, experiment, deadly creature, disaster, animal attack, fish ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: asia, vietnam
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 164K
Nope (2022)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Plot unknown.
Style: disturbing, scary, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Plot: alien, alien invasion, horse, eaten alive, monster, escape, massacre, brother sister relationship, chimpanzee, ranch, threat, problem ...
Time: year 1998
Place: los angeles
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 249K
Battleship (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When mankind beams a radio signal into space, a reply comes from ‘Planet G’, in the form of several alien crafts that splash down in the waters off Hawaii. Lieutenant Alex Hopper is a weapons officer assigned to the USS John Paul Jones, part of ...
Style: exciting, serious, entertaining, futuristic, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: alien invasion, alien, u.s. navy, military, battleship, evil alien, navy, warship, alien encounter, ship, space and aliens, ocean ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, year 2012, 2010s ...
Place: hawaii, london, tokyo, new york, pacific ocean ...
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