Japanese movies

List of the best Japanese movies selected by visitors to our site: Do You Trust this Computer?, Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker, Magic Tree House, Kong: Skull Island, Arve Rezzle: Mechanized Fairies, Hunter x Hunter, Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse, GARO and the Wailing Dragon, Inuyashiki, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Do You Trust this Computer? (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredocumentary
CountryJapan, USA

Science fiction has long anticipated the rise of machine intelligence, and today a new generation of self-learning computers has begun to reshape every aspect of our lives. Will A.I. usher in an age of unprecedented potential, or prove to be our final invention?

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (2012)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:30
CharactersHorses, Dragons, Knights, Demons, Heroes
PlotSuperpowers, Supernatural, Conspiracies, Pads
PlaceForest
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Gloomy, Serious, Disturbing

In the land of Orlais, a brash young Seeker—Cassandra—fights to stop a blood-soaked conspiracy. Hidden hands seek to tear apart the realm's most powerful religious order, and as the sinister plot unfolds, Cassandra is accused of treason and murder. Hunted by friend and foe alike, the impulsive beauty must clear her name while clashing with corrupt templars and rogue blood mages. Should she fail, the executioner’s blade awaits. Should she overcome her rage and expose the unseen forces threatening the rule of the Divine, Cassandra will take her place in legend.

Magic Tree House (2012)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreadventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:45
CharactersPirates, Heroes, Family
PlotAdventure, Friendship

Magic Tree House is a 2011 Japanese anime drama film based on the American children fantasy series of the same name. The film is directed by Hiroshi Nishikiori, and the film's screenplay was adapted from the Japanese version of the novel series Magic Tree House by Ichiro Okouchi. The film stars actress Keiko Kitagawa as Jack, and also stars child actress Mana Ashida as Annie. Magic Tree House debuted at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival on 23 October 2011. It was subsequently released in Japanese cinemas on 7 January 2012.

Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration02:17
CharactersMonsters, Monkeys, Military
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Death, Chase, Expeditions
PlaceJungle, Islands, Helicopters
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting

Explore the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

Arve Rezzle: Mechanized Fairies (2013)
Mark
Genreadventure, short, anime
CountryJapan
Duration00:20

Set in 2022, technology has advanced to the point where the human nervous system can be seamlessly integrated into external networks thanks to nanomachines. People leave their bodies behind in water tanks while traversing through cyberspace. However, a crisis known as "Early Rapture" occurs where the system becomes overloaded, resulting in thousands of consciousnesses being lost in the network. Remu Mikage's sister Shiki is one of them, and in an attempt to look for her he visits her apartment. He encounters Shiki there, who informs him that the person he is speaking to isn't his sister, and has somehow taken over her body.

Hunter x Hunter (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan

Twelve-year-old Gon Freecss one day discovers that the father he had always been told was dead was alive. His Father, Ging, is a Hunter — a member of society's elite with a license to go anywhere or do almost anything. Gon, determined to follow in his father's footsteps, decides to take the Hunter Examination and eventually find his father to prove himself as a Hunter in his own right. But on the way, he learns that there is more to becoming a Hunter than previously thought, and the challenges that he must face are considered the toughest in the world.

Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (2010)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:44
CharactersHeroes, Family, Friends
PlotTime travel, Adventure, Supernatural, Hostage, Rivalry
StyleExciting

Hell – A place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. When a group of vicious Sinners plot to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo's younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

GARO and the Wailing Dragon (2013)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrehorror, action, fantasy
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersHeroes
PlotSupernatural
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Garo: Soukoku no Maryu (lit. Blue Cries of the Demon Dragon) is the second film to the Garo series. The film serves as an epilogue after Makai Senki and leads up to The One Who Shines in the Darkness. The story continues after the events of Makai Senki. Having made a contract with Gajari, Kouga Saejima honors his end of the deal by traveling to the Promised Land to retrieve a part of Gajari: the Fang of Sorrow. After Kouga defeated Sigma, Gajari transported him to the Promised Land, however, his quest had unexpected results.

Inuyashiki (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:32
CharactersKillers, Difficult teens, Androids, Terminally ill, Grandparents

A middle-aged office worker encounters aliens and is gifted with alien technology and limitless powers.

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:26
CharactersFriends, Trainers, Pokemon
PlotFight, Friendship
PlaceJapan
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating

This is the story of how Satoshi and Pikachu first met. At first, Pikachu was disobedient towards Satoshi, but Satoshi only wanted to be friends with Pikachu. On the day they set out from Masara Town, both of them saw a Ho-Oh flying and they made a vow to meet it.

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Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, action, comedy, crime
CountryJapan, France
CharactersVampire, Gangsters, Yakuza, Frogs
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Death
PlaceJapan

Akira (Hayato Ichihara) admires Genyo Kamiura, the most powerful yakuza. Genyo Kamiura has been targeted numerous times, but he has never been killed. He is called the invincible person. Because of Genyo Kamiura, Akira enters the world of the yakuza. His yakuza colleagues treat him like an idiot, and Akira can't even get tattoos because of his sensitive skin. An assassin is sent to take out Genyo Kamiura. The killers know that Genyo Kamiura is a vampire. Thus begins the apocalypse.

Annette (2021)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama, musical
CountryFrance, Belgium, Germany, USA, Japan, Mexico, Luxembourg
PlotLove, Motorcycles, Death, Ghosts
PlacePrison, Aircraft, Forest

The story of Henry, a stand-up comedian with a fierce sense of humor and Ann, a singer of international renown. In the spotlight, they are the perfect couple, healthy, happy, and glamourous. The birth of their first child, Annette, a mysterious girl with an exceptional destiny, will change their lives.

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (2021)
Markimdb: 8.2
Genrefantastic, action, drama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
CharactersRobots
PlotMulti-part
TimeFuture
StyleCyberpunk

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei search for refuge in the desolate red remains of Tokyo-3. But the danger to the world is far from over. A new impact is looming on the horizon—one that will prove to be the true end of Evangelion.

Cold Fish (2010)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:26
CharactersSerial killers, Thieves, Fish
PlotOn real events
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleHeavy, Fancy, Explicit scenes, Serious

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 soon become friendly. However Murata hides many dark secrets behind his friendly face.

Time of Eve: The Movie (2010)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, melodrama, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:46
CharactersMaids
PlotArtificial Intelligence
TimeFuture
StyleCyberpunk

In the not-too-distant future, androids have come into common usage. However, treating androids on the same level as humans is frowned upon, and there is constant paranoia surrounding the possibility of robots defying humans, their masters. Those who appear too trustworthy of their androids are chided and labeled as "android-holics." Rikuo Sakisaka, who has taken robots for granted for his entire life, one day discovers that Sammy, his home android, has been acting independently and coming and going on her own. He finds a strange phrase recorded in her activity log, "Are you enjoying the Time of Eve?". He, along with his friend Masakazu Masaki, traces Sammy's movements and finds an unusual cafe. Nagi, the barista, informs them that the cafe's main rule is to not discriminate between humans and androids. While Rikuo tries to reveal Sammy's intentions, he begins to question the legitimacy of the fear that drives humans to regard androids as nothing more than mere tools.

No Game No Life: Zero (2017)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrefantasy, adventure, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:30
PlotLove, War
PlaceParallel worlds

In ancient Disboard, Riku is an angry, young warrior intent on saving humanity from the warring Exceed, the sixteen sentient species, fighting to establish the "One True God" amongst the Old Deus. In a lawless land, humanity's lack of magic and weak bodies have made them easy targets, leaving them on the brink of extinction. One day, hope returns to humanity when Riku finds a powerful female Ex-machina, whom he names Schwi. Exiled from her Cluster because of her research into human emotions, Schwi is convinced that humanity has only survived due to the power of these feelings. Forming an unlikely partnership in the midst of the overwhelming chaos, Riku and Schwi must now find the answers to their individual shortcomings in each other, and discover for themselves what it truly means to be human as they fight for their lives against all odds. Each with a powerful new ally in tow, it is now up to them to prevent the extinction of the human race and establish peace throughout Disboard!

Blame! (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, cartoon, anime
CountryJapan
Duration01:06
CharactersRobots, Scientists, Friends
PlotFight, Weapon, Chase
PlaceVillage
TimeFuture
StyleSerious, By manga

In the distant technological future, civilization has reached its ultimate Net-based form. An "infection" in the past caused the automated systems to spiral out of order, resulting in a multi-leveled city structure that replicates itself infinitely in all directions. Now humanity has lost access to the city's controls, and is hunted down and purged by the defense system known as the Safeguard. In a tiny corner of the city, a little enclave known as the Electro-Fishers is facing eventual extinction, trapped between the threat of the Safeguard and dwindling food supplies. A girl named Zuru goes on a journey to find food for her village, only to inadvertently cause doom when an observation tower senses her and summons a Safeguard pack to eliminate the threat. With her companions dead and all escape routes blocked, the only thing that can save her now is the sudden arrival of Killy the Wanderer, on his quest for the Net Terminal Genes, the key to restoring order to the world.

Assassination Classroom (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantastic, action, comedy
CountryJapan
Duration01:32
CharactersAliens, Monsters, Teachers
PlotFriendship
PlaceSchool, Moon
StyleExciting, Fascinating, By manga

A mysterious creature destroys 70% of the moon. The creature then warns that if he is not destroyed by March of next year, Earth will be next. The creature also demands that he becomes the homeroom teacher for 3rd grade E class at Kunugigaoka Junior High School. The government is powerless to say no. The creature then becomes the homeroom teacher of 3rd grade E class which consists of failed students including Nagisa Shiota (Ryosuke Yamada). The creature is called Teacher Koro. Meanwhile, the government requests that the students try to kill Teacher Koro even though he possesses super powers. The government offers a 10 billion yen reward for whomever successfully kills him. The students are confused by the situation, but decide to kill Teacher Koro. When their class begins with Teacher Koro, the students finds themselves having a good time with their new teacher.

Key of Life (2012)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration02:08
CharactersHired assassins, Actors
PlotLove, Money, Weapon, Lost memory
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, Action, Light, Fascinating, Touching

Unemployed 35 year old Sakurai aspired to become an actor, but failed miserably. He decides to end his own life, but first he goes to purify himself at a public bathhouse. While there, he meets the very prosperous Kondo, who subsequently suffers a fall, erasing his memory. On a whim, Sakurai switches locker keys, steals the man's belongings, and decides to pass himself off as Kondo. What Sakurai does not know is that Kondo runs an illegal business, which brings him into contact with ornery Yakuza members. Meanwhile, Kondo has been convinced that he is actually the failed actor Sakurai and he faces the dismal reality of that life with increasing bewilderment. Fortunately, at the hospital he meets the lovely Kanae who, while yearning for marriage, goes out of her way to help "Sakurai" pull himself together. Eventually Kondo regains his memory, but before he can make a new life with Kanae, he has to solve the many problems caused by the theft of his identity.

Honey (2018)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
CharactersTeens
PlotLove
StyleRomantic

Kogure Nao is a shy and cute high school student. One day, Onise Taiga asks her "would you like to date with me on the promise that we will get married?" Nao is unable to turn down his proposal because she is scared of him. Taiga has red hair and piercing eyes. His appearance gives off the impression that he is a bad boy, but he is actually considerate to others and good at cooking. After getting to know Taiga, Nao begins to have feelings for him.




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