Japanese movies

List of the best Japanese movies selected by visitors to our site: Spirited Away, Your Name., Sonatine, Kingdom, Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, Howl's Moving Castle, Rashomon, Sing, Fukushima 50.

In the top there are new films of 2022, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:05
CharactersWitch
StylePopular

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, melodrama, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersMafia, Gangsters, Gangsters
PlotDancing, Martial Arts, Skirmishes, Death, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Beach, Asia
StyleHeavy, Black humor, Serious, Disturbing

Kitano plays Murakawa, a Tokyo yakuza tiring of gangster life. Along with a few of his henchmen, he is sent by his boss to Okinawa to help end a gang war, supposedly to mediate between two warring clans. He finds that the dispute between the clans is insignificant and whilst wondering why he was sent to Okinawa at all, Murakawa's headquarters are bombed and he and his gang are ambushed in a bar.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryJapan
Duration01:15
CharactersKings, Hired assassins, Slaves
PlotPursuit, Sword Battles
PlaceJapan, China
StyleExciting, Fascinating

Set in Qin Dynasty during the warring states period in ancient China. Shin was a war orphan. He has a dream of becoming a great general Shin has a fateful encounter with young King Eisei. King Eisei aims to unify all of China.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:14
CharactersSamurai, Rabbits, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotMartial Arts, Cheating
PlaceJapan, Mansions, Office, Asia
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past...

Markimdb: 7
Genrefantastic, action, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:46
CharactersRobots, Angels, Giants, Heroes
PlotApocalypse, Saving the World
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimeFuture, Post apocalypse
StyleExciting, Psychological problems, Twisted plot, Atmospheric, Depressive

Fourteen years after Third Impact, Shinji Ikari awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, NERV has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic Kaworu Nagisa, Shinji continues the fight against the angels and realizes the fighting is far from over, even when it could be against his former allies. The characters' struggles continue amidst the battles against the angels and each other, spiraling down to what could inevitably be the end of the world.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:59
CharactersWitch, Wizards
PlotAdventure, Magic, Superpowers
PlaceJapan
StylePopular, Steampunk, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Touching

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Duration01:28
CharactersSamurai
PlaceJapan
StyleBlack and White

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, musical, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryFrance, Japan, USA
Duration01:25
CharactersDogs, Animals, Gangsters, Strong women, Monkeys
PlotDancing, Prison Break, Music, Friendship, Water
PlacePrison
StyleFor children, Light, Inspirational

A koala named Buster recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryJapan, Hong Kong
PlotTsunami, Earthquake
PlaceJapan

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan risk their lives and stay at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region is devastated by an earthquake an tsunami in 2011.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:26
PlotMagic

Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.

Markimdb: 8.4
Genrefantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:14
CharactersWolves, Demons, Heroes, Princesses, Warriors
PlotLove, War, Adventure, Travel, Betrayal
PlaceNature, Forest, Japan
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:03
CharactersDogs
PlotLove, Friendship, Loneliness
PlaceSchool, Trains

Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance slowly pulls them apart. When Takaki finds out that he is moving further away, he decides to visit Akari one last time.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:48
CharactersThieves, Family, Criminals, Orphans, Poor
PlotLove, Robbery, Passion, Money, Loneliness
PlacePrison, Trains, Ocean, Japan, Kitchen
StyleHeavy, Disturbing

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 family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:03
CharactersTeens, Yakuza
PlotLove, Friendship, Flooding
PlaceJapan
TimeSummer
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Light, Fascinating, Touching

High school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration02:32
CharactersTeens, Autistic, Disabled people, Photographers, Friends
PlotFriendship, Hatred
PlaceSchool, Trains, Japan
StyleCute, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching, By manga

Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya do not speak to each other again... until an older, wiser Shouya, tormented by his past behaviour, decides he must see Shouko once more. He wants to atone for his sins, but is it already too late...?

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.

Duration01:54
CharactersTeachers
PlotSurvival, Skirmishes, Death, Competitions, Self-sacrifice
PlaceIslands, Japan
StyleExciting, Dystopian, Depressive

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama
CountryJapan
PlotObsession
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Serious

Majime, an eccentric man in publishing company, who has unique ability of words, joins the team that will compile a new dictionary, ‘The Great Passage.’ In the eclectic team, he becomes immersed in the world of dictionaries. But the team is overwhelmed with problems. Will ‘The Great Passage’ ever be completed?

Markimdb: 7.9
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:43
CharactersDogs, Witch, Teens, Family, Friends
PlotAdventure, Magic, Superpowers, Friendship, Supernatural
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTwisted plot, Touching

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genremelodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:46
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Friendship, Love with age difference, Growing up
PlaceJapan
StyleCute, Atmospheric, Touching, Serious

Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and again, but only on rainy days. They deepen their relationship and open up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches...

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, music
CountryJapan
Duration02:10
CharactersMusicians
PlotFuneral
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
StylePsychological problems, Soulful, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Daigo, a cellist, is laid off from his orchestra and moves with his wife back to his small hometown where the living is cheaper. Thinking he’s applying for a job at a travel agency he finds he’s being interviewed for work with departures of a more permanent nature – as an undertaker’s assistant.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens
PlotLove triangle, True love, Living together
StyleRomantic

Aoi Nishimori and Shusei Kugayama are in love and they begin to live together secretly. Suddenly, Shusei's cousin Reon Kugayama comes to them. Their secret is discovered by Reon. Now, Aoi, Shusei and Reon begin to live together.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Students, Friends
PlotLove, Time travel, Adventure, Magic, Superpowers
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleTouching

When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past isn't as simple as it seems, and eventually, will have to rely on her new powers to shape the future of herself and her friends.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, family
CountryJapan
Duration01:30
CharactersTeens, Family, Terminally ill, Sisters, Fish
PlotSoccer, Friendship, Death, Debts, Funeral
PlaceTrains, Japan, Beach, Cemetery, Small cities
TimeSummer, Winter
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching

A story that revolves around three sisters who live in their grandmother's home and the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy, drama, detective
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersTeachers, Scientists, Journalists
PlotInvestigation, Obsession, Supernatural, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Creepy, Disturbing

A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
PlotLife after death
StyleTo cry

When two souls find one another, nothing can tear them apart. Widower Takumi lives a quiet life with his six-year-old son Yuji after the loss of wife and mother Mio. Yuji unfailingly remembers her promise to him: "I'll be with you again in a year's time, when the rains come." On the first anniversary of her passing, Takumi and Yuji are taking a walk in the woods when they come across a woman sheltering from a monsoon downpour.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:00
CharactersLawyers
PlotLove triangle, Love with age difference
PlaceHotels, New York
StyleLight, For girls

Ten years after their divorce, Jane and Jake Adler unite for their son's college graduation and unexpectedly end up sleeping together. But Jake is married, and Jane is embarking on a new romance with her architect. Now, she has to sort out her life – just when she thought she had it all figured out.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:09
CharactersSamurai, Poor
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts, Sword Battles
PlaceJapan
Time19th century
StyleAction

Seibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the beautiful Tomoe, a childhood friend, comes back into he and his daughters' life, but as the Japanese feudal system unravels, Seibei is still bound by the code of honor of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedence. How can he find a way to do what is best for those he loves?

Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:41
CharactersMermaids, Heroes, Family, Friends, Fish
PlotAdventure, Magic, Friendship, Fulfillment of desires
PlaceVillage, Ocean, Japan
StyleTo cry, Cute, Atmospheric, Gloomy, Touching

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.





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