Movies about Japan

List of the best Japan melodrama movies selected by visitors to our site: Weathering with You, Dream Team, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, Flavors of Youth, Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?, Because I Love You, One Week Friends, Daytime Shooting Star, Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart., My Teacher
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Weathering with You (2019)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrefantasy, melodrama
CountryJapan
Duration02:03
CharactersTeens
PlotLove
PlaceJapan

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.

Dream Team (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 4)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, adventure, family
CountryRussia
Duration01:54
CharactersFamily
PlotLove, Basketball
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleExciting

The amazing story of sports commentator Stepan Vershinin, which loses its prestigious place on television. In search of a new job, he becomes part of unusual competitions.

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:00
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotRelationship
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleTouching

Spring time in April and the last of the cherry blossoms are still in bloom. The usually aloof bookworm with no interest in others comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. Handwritten on the cover are the words: "Living with Dying." He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular and genuinely cheerful classmate, Sakura Yamauchi, who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a pancreatic illness and only has a limited time left. It is at this moment that she gains just one more person to share her secret. Trying to maintain a normal life as much as possible, Sakura is determined to live her life to the fullest until the very last day. As her free spirit and unpredictable actions throw him for a loop, his heart begins to gradually change.

Flavors of Youth (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.6)
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan, China
Duration01:31
CharactersFamily, Sisters, Models
PlotLove
PlaceChina, Japan
TimeSummer
StyleNetflix, Light, Atmospheric, Cute

Three different stories of youth set in different cities of China. 1 Shanghai Love. 2 Sunny Breakfast. 3 Small Fashion Show. Directed by Zhenxing Yi, the plot revolves around a young man working in Beijing. He used to live with his grandma in his less developed hometown Hunan. While he is drown in his childhood reminiscence, he receives an unexpected call – Grandma is in critical condition.

Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? (2017)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrefantasy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:32
CharactersTeens, Pupils
PlotAdventure, The escape
PlaceJapan

One summer day, a group of sixth-grade boys have an argument about whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from different angles and embark on a journey for the answer during the annual firework festival. Meanwhile, one of their classmates, Nazuna, is troubled by her parents' separation and decides to choose one of the boys – Norimichi or Yūsuke – to run away with, depending on who wins a race at the pool.

Because I Love You (2017)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantasy, melodrama
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:26
PlotLove, Body exchange, Ghosts
PlaceJapan

Lee Hyeong is a talented songwriter. He happens to connect people who are not good with love. Those include Hyeong-Gyeong who wants to become a singer, but she suffers from stage fright. Scully is a high school student. She helps Lee Hyeong's spirit. Chan-Young is a colleague of Lee Hyeong and he likes Hyeong-Gyeong, but in vain.

One Week Friends (2017)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:03
CharactersFriends, Teachers, Teens
PlotLove, Fate, Lost memory
PlaceSchool, Japan, Hospitals
StyleTouching, Soulful, Fascinating, For men

High school student Yuki Hase (Kento Yamazaki) wants to become close with classmate Kaori Fujimiya (Haruna Kawaguchi) who is alway by herself. Kaori Fujimiya refuses to become close with Yuki Hase, because she forgets her friends every new Monday. Even though Kaori tells Yuki why she doesn't want to become friends, Yuki still wants to become close to her.

Daytime Shooting Star (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:38
CharactersDogs, Ninja, Students, Teachers
PlotLove, Moving, First love, Jealousy, Shopping, Art
PlaceJapan, School, Mountains, Trains
TimeNew Year

Fifteen-year-old country girl Suzume Yosano has to move to Tokyo to live with her uncle due to her father's transfer. She bumps into a mysterious man who ends up taking her to her uncle's place after she gets lost. Turns out, Suzume will be seeing him a lot more often once she starts school because... he's her homeroom teacher?!

Our Love Has Always Been 10 Centimeters Apart. (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersFriends
PlotLove
PlaceSchool, Japan

Miou Aida and Haruki Serizawa might seem like polar opposites to those around them, but as the two third-years prepare to end their high school experience, they couldn't have been been closer. While Miou is a shy and reserved member of the school art club that prefers to stay out of the limelight, Haruki is the boisterous and confident ace of the movie club, already winning awards for his directing prowess. However, after a previous chance encounter during their school entrance ceremony, they quickly become friends despite their stark differences in personality. But although their closeness might be growing, they've never become anything more than just that, much to the bewilderment of their friends.As their time in high school draws to a close, Miou and Haruki, along with their friends in the art and movie clubs, have just one year left to face their hidden feelings and the daunting task of deciding their future careers. The two might always be only an arm's reach away, but as Haruki chases his dream of becoming a professional movie director and Miou struggles with choosing a path for herself, they'll learn just how hard it is to get past those last 10 centimeters.

My Teacher (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersTeachers
PlotLove
PlaceSchool, Japan

Hibiki Shimada, a normal 17-year-old high school student, still does not know how to fall in love—although surrounded by love "experts"—until one day she realizes that she's fallen in love with her hot and nice 26-year-old teacher, Itou. She then takes a path to make her teacher understand how she feels for him.

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The Irregular at Magic High School: The Girl Who Summons the Stars (2017)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersFamily, Brothers, Wizards
PlotThe escape, Supernatural, Superpowers, Fulfillment of desires
PlaceSchool, Japan, Estate
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Romantic

In the story, the seasons have changed and it will soon be the second spring. Tatsuya and Miyuki have finished their first year at First Magic High School and are on their spring break. The two go to their villa on the Ogasawara Island archipelago. After only a small moment of peace a lone young woman named Kokoa appears before them. She has abandoned the Naval base and she tells Tatsuya her one wish.

Before We Vanish (2017)
Markimdb: 6
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:00
CharactersKillers, Police, Doctors, Reporters, Dogs, Aliens, Soldier, Sisters, Journalists, Criminals
PlotInvestigation, Martial Arts, Religious, Computers, Cars
PlaceJapan, Hospitals, Aircraft

Narumi is on bad terms with her husband Shinji when one day, Shinji goes missing. He comes back a couple of days later, but seems like a totally different person, and is now gentle and tender. He goes for a walk every day. Meanwhile, Journalist Sakurai covers the story of a family that was brutally murdered, when an unexplained phenomenon takes place. Shinji Kase tells his wife that he came to Earth to invade.

Masamune-kun's Revenge (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration02:23
CharactersPupils
PlaceJapan

As a child, Masamune Makabe once suffered greatly at the hands of a wealthy and beautiful girl named Aki Adagaki, who nicknamed him "Piggy" due to his chubby appearance. Seeking revenge against his tormentor, Masamune works hard to improve himself and returns as an incredibly handsome, albeit narcissistic, high school student. When he encounters Aki once again, he is prepared to exact vengeance. With the aid of the rich girl's maid, Yoshino Koiwai, Masamune slowly begins to build his relationship with Aki, intending to break her heart when the time is right. However, as his friendship with Aki begins to grow, Masamune starts to question the objectives of his devious plans, and if bringing them to fruition is what his heart truly desires.

Rodin (2017)
Mark5 (imdb: 4.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:26
CharactersHorses, Artists, Models, Photographers, Singers
PlotLove, Betrayal, Dancing, Obsession, Death, Jealousy, Art, Fear, On real events
PlaceFrance, Japan

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor - the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation.

Mars: Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru (2016)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
CharactersFriends, Pupils
PlotLove, Adventure
PlaceJapan, Space, Spaceships, Mars
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Smart

Based on the manga series "Mars" by Fuyumi Soryo (published from February, 1996 to December, 2000 in Japanese shojo manga magazine Bessatsu Friend).

Rainbow Days (2016)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersFriends
PlotLove, Relationship
PlaceJapan

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Love Catharsis (2016)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
PlotLove, Happiness, Relationship, Intrigue
PlaceJapan

Mia Kurihara works in the public relations department of a company. She falls in love with Kairi Miyoshi. He is the vice president of the company, but he is also married.

Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2016)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration00:30
CharactersTeens, Girlfriends
PlotCheating
PlaceJapan

Erika Shinohara (Fumi Nikaido) is a first year of high school student. While talking to friends, she makes up a story about her "boyfriend." In reality, Erika Shinohara doesn't have a boyfriend. Erika's friends soon begin to doubt her story and Erika is also running out of lies. Erika then sees a pretty boy on the street and takes his picture discreetly. She later shows his picture to her friends as her boyfriend. The boy in the picture is Kyouya Sata (Kento Yamazaki) and happens to attend the same school as Erika. She tells Kyouya about her situation and asks him to be her pretend boyfriend. Even though Kyouya has a pretty appearance, he has a dark side.

I'm Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki kun Says (2016)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.3)
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:33
CharactersStudents, Teachers, Girlfriends, Teens
PlotRelationship, Moving, Jealousy, Love, Basketball, Love triangle
PlaceSchool, Japan, Hostel
StyleHeavy, Soulful, Fascinating, Romantic

Yu Akahane (Nana Komatsu) moves to a dormitory room after her father's transfer from work. She is excited that she will live in the same dorm as Takumi Shirakawa (Yudai Chiba) aka "White Prince." Yet, Haruto Kurosaki (Kento Nakajima) aka "Black Devil" kisses her as punishment for going against him. It is Yu Akahane’s first kiss. Since then, she becomes obedient to Haruto Kurosaki.

Hundred (2016)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrefantastic, action, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersKings
PlotWeapon
PlaceJapan

"Hundred"—that is the only weapon that can oppose the mysterious life form "Savage" from visiting the earth. The protagonist, Kisaragi Hayato, aims to become a Martial Arts Master using this Hundred. He managed to get into the battleship university Little Garden. However— "I wanted to see you, Hayato!!!" "H-How do you know my name?" Around the roommate, Emil Crossford, who somehow knows him well (?), Hayato gets an uneasy feeling. What's more, just after the entrance ceremony, he gets asked for a duel by the campus' strongest martial arts master "Queen" Claire Harvey...!? The ultimate academy battle begins here!

A Girl & Three Sweethearts (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
PlotLoneliness, First love
PlaceJapan

Sakurai Misaki has not dated in a long time. She has focused on her work as a pâtissier to eventually run her own business. One day, she gets fired from work. She then meets her first love from high school Shibasaki Chiaki. Misaki works part-time at Chiaki's restaurant and also stays there. While she lives with Chiaki at his restaurant, she realizes that Chiaki's two younger brothers Touma and Kanata also live there.

Dagashi Kashi (2016)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersFriends
PlotDreams
PlaceJapan, Village

Shikada Kokonotsu's father owns a rural sweets shop, and his plan is for Kokonotsu to take it over one day. However, Kokonotsu wants to be a manga author instead! One day in summer, the cute but weird girl Shidare Hotaru, from the famous sweets company, comes to pay a visit. Apparently, Kokonotsu's father is famous and she wants him to join her family's company. However, he will only agree if she can convince Kokonotsu to take over the family business!

And you thought there is never a girl online? (2016)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
PlaceJapan

Our naïve protagonist proposes to a female character in an online game, only to find out that the player is actually a guy. Traumatized by that, he decides to never trust a girl online, but now, two years later, a female player is proposing to him. What will happen?

Orange (2016)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:53
CharactersPupils
PlotSupernatural, Time travel, Death
PlaceJapan, School
TimeFuture
StyleExciting, Fascinating

One day, Naho Takamiya receives a letter written to herself from ten years in the future. As Naho reads on, the letter recites the exact events of the day, including the transfer of a new student into her class named Kakeru Naruse. The Naho from ten years later repeatedly states that she has many regrets, and she wants to fix these by making sure the Naho from the past can make the right decisions—especially regarding Kakeru. What's more shocking is that she discovers that ten years later, Kakeru will no longer be with them. Future Naho asks her to watch over him closely.

Your Name. (2016)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 8.4)
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:35
PlotLove, Body exchange, Time travel, Supernatural, Death, Snow, Fate, Lost memory
PlaceSchool, Japan, Caves
StyleTouching, Fascinating, To cry, Unexpected ending

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.

Dou kyu sei – Classmates (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:37
CharactersFriends, Gay
PlaceSchool, Japan
StyleTouching

Rihito Sajo, an honor student with a perfect score on the entrance exam and Hikaru Kusakabe, in a band and popular among girls, would have never crossed paths. Until one day they started talking at the practice for their school’s upcoming chorus festival. After school, the two meet regularly, as Hikaru helps Rihito to improve his singing skills. While they listen to each other’s voice and harmonize, their hearts start to beat together.

The Handmaiden (2016)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 8.1)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, detective, history
CountrySouth Korea
Duration01:01
CharactersFriends, Lesbians, Orphans, Maids
PlotBetrayal, Cheating, Seduction, Revenge, Jealousy, Love
PlaceKorea, Mansions, Japan
StyleAtmospheric, Action, Disturbing

1930s Korea, in the period of Japanese occupation, a new girl (Sookee) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress (Hideko) who lives a secluded life on a large countryside estate with her domineering Uncle (Kouzuki). But the maid has a secret. She is a pickpocket recruited by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count to help him seduce the Lady to elope with him, rob her of her fortune, and lock her up in a madhouse. The plan seems to proceed according to plan until Sookee and Hideko discover some unexpected emotions.

A Silent Voice (2016)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 8.1)
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration02:32
CharactersTeens, Friends, Disabled people, Cats, Sisters, Single mothers, Photographers, Autistic
PlotHatred
PlaceSchool, Trains, Japan
StyleTouching, Inspirational, Soulful, Cute

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...?

Liza, the Fox-Fairy (2015)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.6)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryHungary
Duration02:07
CharactersDemons, Singers, Nurses
PlotCurses, Love, Jealousy, Ghosts
PlaceJapan

Liza's a nurse, seeking love. Her only company is a long-dead Japanese pop star, who turns her into a fox-fairy out of jealousy. Now, every men who desires Liza shall die horribly. Can she overcome the curse?

Still the Water (2014)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Japan, Spain
CharactersTeens, Pupils
PlotInvestigation, Death, Love
PlaceIslands, Japan, Nature, Sea, Beach, Moon
StyleTouching, Atmospheric

Taking place during the full-moon night of traditional dances in August and set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, the drama centers on a 14-year-old boy who finds a dead body floating in the sea. The young man enlists the help of his girlfriend to solve the mystery. The pair will learn to become adults by experiencing the interwoven cycles of life, death and love.

Tokyo Fiancée (2014)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genremelodrama
CountryFrance, Canada, Belgium
Duration01:41
CharactersStudents, Teachers
PlotLove, Earthquake, Tsunami, Cars, On real events
PlaceJapan, Asia, Party, Nature, Village
StyleTouching

A Japanophile young Belgian woman in Tokyo falls into a whirlwind romance with a Francophile Japanese student, in this charming and tender tale of young love and cultural discovery.

Close Range Love (2014)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:58
CharactersDogs
PlotLove, Shopping
PlaceJapan

A smart high school student falls in love with her English teacher after she receives one-on-one tutoring from him.

Kick-Heart (2013)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, cartoon, short
CountryJapan
Duration00:12
CharactersNuns
PlotSports, Relationship
PlaceJapan

A love story between two people that each have a secret to hide. One a pro-wrestler, the other a Nun. Losing never felt so good.

The Garden of Words (2013)
Mark9.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genremelodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration00:46
CharactersTeens, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Growing up, Love with age difference
PlaceJapan
StyleTouching, Atmospheric, Cute

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...

The Garden of Sinners: Future Gospel (2013)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrehorror, fantasy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
CharactersDogs
PlotSnow
PlaceJapan, Hotels
TimeFuture

Mirai Fukuin (lit. The Future's Gospel) is a side story of Kara no Kyoukai novel series. It is divided into two parts, Möbius ring, and Möbius Link.

The Liar and His Lover (2013)
Mark4 (imdb: 7)
Genremelodrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:57
CharactersMusicians, Fathers
PlotLove
PlaceJapan

Set within music field, this film depicts a love story between a 25-year-old sound engineer and 16-year-old high school student Riko, who posessess a gifted voice. 25-year-old sound engineer Aki is a member of popular band "Crude Play," but right after the band decides to make their major record debut Aki quits the band. But, Aki provides his music to Crude Play under the name of producer Soichiro. Aki begins to date Riko, whose father runs a fruit and vegetable shop. Riko doesn't know about Aki's background, but she likes to listen to him hum. Riko is in a band herself, with childhood friend Yuichi and Sota. One day she is scouted by producer Soichiro.

Aura: Koga Maryuin's Last War (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:25
PlotSupernatural
PlaceSchool, Japan

Satou Ichirou once called himself 'Maryuuin Kouga' and behaved as if he were a hero in a fantasy world. His strange behavior caused his classmates to bully him and he left the school. At his new school, he tries to behave like a normal boy, but one day he meets a girl who cosplays with a blue cape. She calls herself "a researcher traveling from the outer world to search for the 'Dragon Terminal'". At first, Ichirou rejects the girl, Satou Ryouko, because her behavior reminds him of his embarrassing past, but he changes his mind after seeing her getting bullied. In order to bring Ryouko back to real life, Ichirou accepts her and his past and begins the final battle as Maryuuin Kouga.

Don't Worry, I'm a Ghost (2012)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrefantastic, melodrama, drama
CountrySouth Korea
PlotLove, Cars, Ghosts, Death
PlaceJapan, Hospitals

After an accident, Mun-Gi wakes up to find that he’s forgotten who he is. Searching for clues about his life, he meets Yeon-Hwa, who introduces herself as a ghost.

Key of Life (2012)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration02:08
CharactersHired assassins, Actors
PlotLost memory, Weapon, Love, Money
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTouching

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.

Hotarubi no Mori e (2011)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon, short
CountryJapan
Duration00:45
PlotSupernatural
PlaceJapan
StyleTouching

One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...

Goodbye, Someday (2010)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan, South Korea
Duration02:13
CharactersBrides, Lovers
PlotLove, Relationship, Wedding
PlaceJapan

Higashigaito Yutaka is transferred to the Bangkok branch of Eastern Airlines. In three months, he will marry Michiko, a relative of the airline's founder, and though he doesn't love her, he knows he could be CEO one day if they wed. In Thailand, Yutaka meets Touko at a bar and is instantly drawn to her. His relationship with her only intensifies as the wedding date approaches. Eventually, he decides to break up with her and calls Michiko in front of her. Touko is disappointed, and the next day she leaves for New York. Yutaka and Michiko reunite in Thailand and proceed with their wedding. Twenty-five years later, Yutaka and Michiko are married with two sons. But Yutaka still harbors memories of Touko in his heart. Yutaka visits Bangkok on business and goes to the Oriental Hotel where he had stayed with Touko-and finds she is now in charge of VIP guests there. They realize their love for each other remains, but reality pulls them apart once again.

Norwegian Wood (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:13
CharactersStudents
PlotDeath, Love triangle
PlaceCollege, Japan, Sea, Asia, Nature
StyleTo cry, Gloomy

Set in the 1960s, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko in the university. They grow close because they both share the same loss. As Toru and Naoko grow even closer, Naoko's sense of loss also grows. After Naoko's 20th birthday, she leaves for a sanitarium in Kyoto. Watanabe, devastated by the situation, meets pure-hearted Midori during the spring semester. Midori looks like a small animal that just came into the world ...

I Give My First Love to You (2009)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:02
PlotLove
PlaceSchool, Japan, Asia
StyleDorama, Touching

As a child Takuma is diagnosed with a heart condition that requires care from a cardiologist. He soon becomes friends with his doctors young daughter Mayu while being treated at the hospital. One day Mayu overhears her father saying that Takumas condition is serious enough that he most likely wont live beyond the age of 20. Takuma isn't aware of this himself, however, so at 8-years-old he makes a promise to marry Mayu when they turn 20. Later in life, Takuma becomes aware that he wont be able to keep this promise and he begins distancing himself from Mayu in hopes of protecting her.

Love Exposure (2009)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration03:57
CharactersTeens
PlotLove, Uprising, On real events
PlaceJapan
StyleAtmospheric

The story of a teenage boy named Yu, who falls for Yoko, a girl he runs into while working as an "up-skirt" photographer in an offshoot of the porn industry. His attempts to woo her are complicated by a spot of cross-dressing - which convinces Yoko that she is lesbian - dalliances with kung-fu and crime, and a constant struggle with the guilt that's a legacy of his Catholic upbringing.

Cherry Blossoms (2008)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.6)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryGermany
Duration02:07
CharactersTerminally ill
PlotLove with age difference
PlaceJapan, Asia, Germany
StyleTouching, Gloomy

After finding out that her husband, Rudi, has a fatal illness, Trudi Angermeier arranges a trip to Berlin so they can see their children. Of course, the kids don't know the real reason they're visiting -- and the catch is, neither does Rudi...

The Ramen Girl (2008)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:42
CharactersFriends, Losers, Cooks
PlaceJapan, Asia

An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.

Clannad (2007)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.5)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersTeens, Friends, Pupils, Students, Teachers, Musicians, Terminally ill
PlotLove, Magic, Depression, Dreams, Basketball, Soccer, Cars
PlaceSchool, Japan, Sea
StyleSoulful, Touching

Tomoya Okazaki is a third year high school student resentful of his life. His mother passed away from a car accident when he was younger, causing his father to resort to alcohol and cigarettes. This results in fights between the two until Tomoya's shoulder is injured in a fight. Since then, Tomoya has had distant relationships with his father, causing him to become a delinquent over time. While on a walk to school, he meets a strange girl named Nagisa Furukawa who is a year older, but is repeating due to illness. Due to this, she is often alone as most of her friends have moved on. The two begin hanging out and slowly, as time goes by, Tomoya finds his life shifting in a new direction. Anime based on a popular visual novel game.

Silk (2007)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 5.9)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCanada, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan
Duration01:47
CharactersTerminally ill
PlaceJapan, France, Asia, Village, Parallel worlds
StyleTo cry, Touching

Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.

Love and Honor (2006)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.7)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:01
CharactersSamurai, Warriors, Heroes, Fish, Blind
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, By books

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Mark8 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Friends, Students
PlotTime travel, Magic, Adventure, Supernatural, Superpowers, Love, Dreams
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.

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