Movies about Japan

Movies about Japan
List of the best movies about Japan, selected by visitors to our site: Silk, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai, Silence, 47 Ronin, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wasabi, The Twilight Samurai, Zatoichi, 13 Assassins.

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

Genre
Country
Silk (2007)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCanada, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, USA
Duration01:47

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.

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, Japan, France
Duration02:25

A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration02:34

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Silence (2016)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration02:19

Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

47 Ronin (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, Hungary
Duration01:59

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.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:44

In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military father. In a low-rent section of the city, Shaun gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing

Wasabi (2001)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Japan
Duration01:34

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his girlfriend who left him shortly after marriage without a trace.

The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:09

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?

Zatoichi (2003)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:56

Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatôichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

13 Assassins (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:21

A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.

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Goemon (2009)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:08

Follow the infamous ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) in an epic story. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past containing untold powers.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:08

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Suicide Forest Village (2021)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, detective
CountryJapan

One day a mysterious box arrived and a curse began to spread all over. The source of the box is 'Jukai Village'. The village is hidden in Jukai Forest, a suicide spot that once you enter it, you can never come out.

Survival Family (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrefantastic, comedy, drama
CountryJapan

A world wide electrical outage occurs. Everything that requires electricity comes to a stop. Tokyo is nearly ruined. Yoshiyuki Suzuki decides to escape from Tokyo with his family.

Robotropolis (2011)
Markimdb: 3
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountrySingapore, USA
Duration01:21

A group of reporters are covering the unveiling of a new facility that is completely maintained by robot prototypes. When one of the robots goes haywire, the reporters find themselves not just reporting on the malfunction, but fighting for their lives.

Cut (2011)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, drama
CountryJapan, France, USA, South Korea, Turkey
Duration02:13

Shuji is an uncompromising young filmmaker at odds with Japanese society. One day he learns that his loan shark brother, who had helped to finance his films, has been executed by his own yakuza gang for failing to repay his debts. Described as a love poem to Japanese films of the past, as well as a protest at the present, CUT is an exploration of one man’s obsessive relationship with cinema.

Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)
Markimdb: 5
Genrehorror, fantastic, thriller, detective
CountryJapan, USA

A group visits Saipan to search for locations for their company's newest resort. As they find what they think is the perfect spot, they discover a hidden bunker on the property which they decide to explore. However, they soon find out that curiosity can kill. As each member faces their most private secrets and the secrets of the bunker itself, the results lead to a most shocking conclusion.

The ABCs of Death (2013)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genrehorror, comedy
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Japan
Duration02:09

An ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational ABC books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and ultimately confrontational; THE ABC's OF DEATH is the definitive snapshot of the diversity of modern horror.

Share (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genredrama, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:05

After discovering a disturbing video from a night she doesn’t remember, sixteen-year-old Mandy must try to figure out what happened and how to navigate the escalating fallout.

We Are X (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredocumentary, music
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:23

As glam rock's most flamboyant survivors, X Japan ignited a musical revolution in Japan during the late '80s with their melodic metal. Twenty years after their tragic dissolution, X Japan’s leader, Yoshiki, battles with physical and spiritual demons alongside prejudices of the West to bring their music to the world.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021)
Markimdb: 5.4
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA

After saving the life of their heir apparent, tenacious loner Snake Eyes is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage where he is taught the ways of the ninja warrior. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes' honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.

Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter (2014)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45

Frustrated with her mundane life, a Tokyo office worker becomes obsessed with a fictional movie that she mistakes for a documentary. Fixating on a scene where stolen cash is buried in North Dakota, she travels to America to find it.

Gaycation (2016)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA

Ellen and her best friend Ian set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica to America, they discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph. Gaycation celebrates the state of LGBTQ identities across the globe.

The Forest (2011)
Markimdb: 3.1
Genrehorror, thriller
CountryUSA
Duration01:38

By taking her own life in the infamous Suicide Forest of Mount Fuji, a sexy American cover-girl supernaturally transforms into a demonic spirit to wreak a violent revenge, one by one, upon those who helped her ex-boyfriend leave her. .

Midway (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, China, Canada, Hong Kong

The story of the soldiers and aviators who helped turn the tide of the Second World War during the iconic Battle of Midway in June 1942.

Little Boy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryMexico, USA
Duration02:16

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

The Forest (2016)
Markimdb: 4.8
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:26

Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.

3 Ninjas Kick Back (1994)
Markimdb: 4.6
Genreaction, comedy, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:33

During a championship baseball match, the three brothers hear that their grandfather in Japan is in trouble, and head out to help him, conceding the match. When they arrive in Japan, they must use all their powers to defend him against his ancient enemy, who has returned to exact revenge.

Black Rain (1989)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Japan he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game—the Japanese way.

Minamata (2020)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, United Arab Emirates, Japan

A movie about reporter W. Eugene Smith and his research on mercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan, resulting in severe neurological symptoms.




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