Japanese fantasy movies

List of the best Japanese fantasy movies selected by visitors to our site: Death Note, Warcraft, Welcome to Marwen, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade, Ugetsu, Dreams, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1, Survive Style 5+, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, Air Doll.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, drama, crime, detective
CountryJapan
Duration02:06
CharactersTeens, Gods, Serial killers, Students, FBI
PlotSuperpowers, Investigation, Death, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Twisted plot, By comics, Heavy, Depressive

Light Yagami finds the "Death Note," a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world's criminals, and soon the world's greatest detective, "L," is hired to find the mysterious murderer. An all out battle between the two greatest minds on earth begins and the winner will control the world.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada, China, Japan
Duration02:12
CharactersKings, Monsters, Demons, Giants, Elves
PlotWar, Adventure, Magic, Betrayal, Self-sacrifice
PlaceFantastic worlds
TimeFuture
StyleInteresting, Popular, Exciting, By games

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, biography
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersWitch, Spy, Artists, Lawyers, Photographers
PlotOn real events, Dancing, Time machine, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceVillage, Aircraft, Court, Hotels
StyleInteresting, Kind, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, fantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:47
CharactersSamurai, Ninja
PlotEnd of the world, Superpowers, Space wars
PlaceSpace, Mars

Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each village. Gennosuke and Oboro's love is made even more impossible when they each got picked as the leader of the five to represent their respective villages.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, drama, military
CountryJapan

In 16th century Japan, peasants Genjuro and Tobei sell their earthenware pots to a group of soldiers in a nearby village, in defiance of a local sage's warning against seeking to profit from warfare. Genjuro's pursuit of both riches and the mysterious Lady Wakasa, as well as Tobei's desire to become a samurai, run the risk of destroying both themselves and their wives, Miyagi and Ohama.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:59
CharactersArtists
PlotApocalypse, Dreams
PlaceJapan
StyleAtmospheric

A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, fantasy
CountryJapan
Duration01:30
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Supernatural, Rivalry
PlaceForest, Japan
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, By manga

Morioh, 1999—a normally quiet and peaceful town has recently become a hotbed of strange activity. Joutarou Kuujou, now a marine biologist, heads to the mysterious town to meet Jousuke Higashikata. While the two may seem like strangers at first, Jousuke is actually the illegitimate child of Joutarou's grandfather, Joseph Joestar. When they meet, Joutarou realizes that he may have more in common with Jousuke than just a blood relation. Along with the mild-mannered Kouichi Hirose and the boisterous Okuyasu Nijimura, the group dedicates themselves to investigating recent disappearances and other suspicious occurrences within Morioh. Aided by the power of Stands, the four men will encounter danger at every street corner, as it is up to them to unravel the town's secrets, before another occurs.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrethriller, fantasy, melodrama, detective
CountryJapan
Duration02:00
CharactersGay, Hired assassins
PlotHypnosis
PlaceAircraft, Japan, Asia
TimeNew Year
StyleBlack humor

A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkably inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, fantasy, adventure, family, detective
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:25
CharactersDragons, Heroes, Pokemon, Partners, Detectives
PlotAdventure, Travel, Investigation, Friendship, Pursuit
StyleFor children, Exciting, By games, Touching, For a group of friends

In a world where people collect pocket-size monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent monster who seeks to be a detective.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:05
CharactersOld man
PlotDolls, Birthday, Toys
PlaceJapan, Asia
StylePhilosophical, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching, Depressive

A life-size, inflatable sex doll suddenly comes to life one day. Without her owner knowing, she goes for a walk around town and falls in love with Junichi. She starts to date Junichi and gets a job at the same store where he works. Everything seems to be going perfect for her until something unexpected happens.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, short
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan
Duration01:52
CharactersDragons, Musicians, Friends
PlotLove, Adventure, Martial Arts, Fight, Jealousy
PlaceParty, USA
StyleExciting, By comics

Scott Pilgrim is a 23 year old Canadian slacker and wannabe rockstar who falls in love with an American delivery girl, Ramona V. Flowers, and must defeat her seven "evil exes" to be able to date her.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryJapan
CharactersOld man
PlotLove, Death, Supernatural, Life after death, Fate
PlaceAircraft
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fancy, Touching, Serious

After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryJapan
Duration00:35
CharactersCats, Couriers
PlotRelationship
PlaceJapan
StyleFascinating

A postman learns that he doesn't have much time left to live due to a terminal illness. A devil then appears in front of him and offers to extend his life if he picks something in the world that will disappear. The man thinks about his relationships with ex-friends, ex-lovers, relatives and colleagues who will be sincerely sad when he dies.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, Hungary
Duration01:59
CharactersWitch, Samurai, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Chase, Sword Battles, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious, Numbers in the title

Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom, South Korea
Duration01:33
CharactersSamurai, Demons, Blonde girls, Immortals, Bodyguards
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Water, Hunger
PlaceShips, Forest, Japan, Cemetery
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy
CountryJapan
Duration01:39
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Angels, Heroes, Students
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Superpowers, Death, Supernatural
PlaceSchool, Parallel worlds, Japan
StyleExciting, By manga

High school student Ichigo Kurosaki lives an ordinary life, besides being able to see ghosts and the blurry memories of his mother death under strange circumstances when he was a kid. His peaceful world suddenly breaks as he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a God of Death.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, fantasy, comedy, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:31
PlotMystery
PlaceJapan

Western Restaurant Nekoya is a popular eatery located on a street corner in a Tokyo shopping district. Serving both traditional Japanese fare as well as Western dishes, this eating establishment is popular among Tokyo's residents. But this seemingly ordinary restaurant is also popular with another type of clientele...While the restaurant is thought to be closed on Saturdays, the truth is that on this special day each week, its doors are instead opened to the inhabitants of other worlds. From dragons and elves to fairies and mages, this restaurant has no shortage of strange customers. Nevertheless, the enigmatic chef known only as "Master" will be waiting to serve up their favorite dishes with a kind smile and keep them coming back for many more Saturdays to come.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama
CountryFrance, Japan, South Korea, Germany
Duration01:47
PlotObsession, Loneliness, Supernatural, Depression
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Fancy

Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by Gondry (France), Carax (France) and Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and trans-/super- natural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.

Markimdb: 5.4
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, China, Japan, United Kingdom
Duration02:28
CharactersZombie, Dogs, Kings, Horses, Gods
PlotDisasters, Adventure, Martial Arts, Revenge, Mummies
PlaceAircraft, Egypt, Pyramid, London, Tomb
StyleUnexpected ending

Though safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan
Duration02:20
CharactersMonsters, Dragons, Wolves, Giants, Military
PlotSurvival, Disasters, Apocalypse, End of the world, Earthquake
PlaceJungle
StyleFascinating

Follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species - thought to be mere myths - rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity's very existence hanging in the balance.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration02:41
PlotDrug addict, Death, Supernatural, Life after death, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, First person, Explicit scenes, Psychedelic, Touching

This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by police during a bust gone bad, his spirit journeys from the past -- where he sees his parents before their deaths -- to the present -- where he witnesses his own autopsy -- and then to the future, where he looks out for his sister from beyond the grave.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, fantasy, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:47

A year has passed since Guts parted ways with the Band of the Hawks. Meanwhile, his former mercenary group is plotting a rescue mission to save an imprisoned Griffith.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantasy, drama, detective
CountryRussia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, USA, United Kingdom
Duration02:20
PlotDeath, Hunger
PlaceRussia, Germany
TimeMiddle Ages, 19th century, 18th century
StyleBy books, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Depressive, Serious

Faust inhabits an earthy, 19th-century world of primitive autopsies and medical rituals. He becomes obsessed with the beautiful Margarete and desperately turns to a physically grotesque moneylender to conjure their union.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, drama, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:43
CharactersKings, Heroes, Warriors
PlotWar, Adventure, Magic, Martial Arts, Superpowers
StyleExciting, Fascinating

The magical kingdom of Lucis is home to the world’s last remaining Crystal, and the menacing empire of Niflheim is determined to steal it. King Regis of Lucis commands an elite force of soldiers called the Kingsglaive. Wielding their king’s magic, they fight to protect Lucis. As the overwhelming military might of the empire bears down, King Regis is faced with an impossible ultimatum – to marry his son, Prince Noctis to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, captive of Niflheim, and surrender his lands to Niflheim rule. Although the king concedes, it becomes clear that the empire will stop at nothing to achieve their devious goals, with only the Kingsglaive standing between them and world domination.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, fantasy, comedy, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:49
CharactersTeens, Ninja, Heroes, Warriors
PlotLove, Adventure, Martial Arts, Fight, Friendship
PlaceVillage, Japan
StyleExciting, Light, Fascinating, Disturbing

Sixteen years ago, a mysterious masked ninja unleashes a powerful creature known as the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox on the Hidden Leaf Village Konoha, killing many people. In response, the Fourth Hokage Minato Namikaze and his wife Kushina Uzumaki, the Demon Fox's living prison or Jinchūriki, manage to seal the creature inside their newborn son Naruto Uzumaki. With the Tailed Beast sealed, things continued as normal. However, in the present day, peace ended when a group of ninja called the Akatsuki attack Konoha under the guidance of Tobi, the mysterious masked man behind Fox's rampage years ago who intends on executing his plan to rule the world by shrouding it in illusions.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:57
CharactersWerewolf, Wolves, Single mothers
PlotLove, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSchool, Japan, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Cute, Atmospheric, Heartbreaking

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.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersAnimals, Students, Orphans
PlotMartial Arts, Friendship, Loneliness, Fate
PlaceParallel worlds, Japan, Metro
StyleInteresting, Touching

Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That encounter leads them to many adventures.

Markimdb: 5.1
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:53
CharactersSuperhero, Teens, Heroes, Scientists, Partners
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Friendship, Alien invasion, Chase
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious, Disturbing

By the year 2050 AD, a mysterious organization called Galactor has occupied half of the Earth and threatens to exterminate the human race. Around the same time, the International Science Organization had uncovered mysterious stones that bear unusual powers. It is said that one person out of approximately eight million is able to harness the power of the stones; they are known as a "Receptor". Dr. Kozaburo Nambu gathers a team of these five lucky Receptors together. Known as the "Gatchaman" team, it is their mission to defeat Galactor.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, western
CountryUSA, Germany, Japan
Duration02:01
CharactersCowboys, Heroes, Friends, Losers, Hunters
PlotTravel, Skirmishes
PlaceWild West, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Smart

On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens, Pupils
PlotLove, Time travel, True love, Friendship, Body exchange
PlaceParallel worlds, School, Caves, Japan
StyleRomantic, Unexpected ending, To cry, Fascinating, Touching

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 adjust their lives around each other.





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