Movies about Japan

List of the best movies about Japan, selected by visitors to our site: Suicide Forest Village, Emperor, Sadako 3D 2, Rent-a-Cat, Cult, The Wolverine, The Liar and His Lover, Mr. Long, Kotsutsubo, Unbroken.

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

Suicide Forest Village (2021)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, detective
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Curses
PlaceForest, Japan
StyleAction, Tense, Depressive, Disturbing

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.

Emperor (2012)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, military, history
CountryJapan, USA
CharactersMilitary, Soldier, Emperors
PlotWar, On real events, Investigation, Political, Missing people
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, Soulful, By books, Fascinating, Makes me think

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Sadako 3D 2 (2013)
Markimdb: 4.3
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleDepressive, Serious, Disturbing

Five years have passed since the events of Sadako 3D. Akane is pregnant with a child with her boyfriend Takenori. However, Akane dies after giving birth to her daughter. When Takenori's sister Fuko takes up the task of caring for Akane's daughter, the infamous cursed video resurfaces. During her investigation, Fuko learns about the legend of Sadako's daughter...

Rent-a-Cat (2012)
Markimdb: 6.9
PlotLoneliness, Dreams
StyleLight, To cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating

A single woman runs an unconventional service that rents housecats to lonely people.

Cult (2013)
Markimdb: 5.4
CountryJapan, Hong Kong
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, USA, Asia
StylePsychological problems, Action, Fascinating, Tense, Serious

Three female idols appear on a television show to investigate an exorcism. An exorcist with psychic powers named Unsui claims that the show’s subjects, the Kaneda family, are cursed by a demon that’s too powerful for him to banish on his own, so he calls in a fellow exorcist to help. Soon, a reckless ghost hunter enters the fray as the three idols witness a series of terrifying events.

The Wolverine (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CharactersSuperhero, Samurai, Mutant, Heroes, Immortals
PlotMartial Arts, Superpowers, Supernatural, Chase, Dreams
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleMarvel, Exciting, Action, Gloomy, Depressive

Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.

The Liar and His Lover (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersTeens, Musicians, Fathers
PlotLove, Love with age difference
StyleLight, To cry, Soulful, By manga

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.

Mr. Long (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, crime
CountryJapan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany
CharactersHired assassins, Killers
PlaceVillage, Japan, China

Long is a Taiwanese killer known for his sword skills. After Long fails a Tokyo mission, he moves to a small town where no one knows about him.

Kotsutsubo (2012)
Markimdb: 4.8
PlotSupernatural, Ghosts
StyleHeavy, Serious, Disturbing

Eri (Matsubara) is a high school student who is anonymous unlike her friend Mitsuko (Yokoyama) who is the target of amorous advances from their teacher, Ichida (Tsubouchi). Eri comes across a novel way to protect Mitsuko: find a cursed funerary urn that contains ashes reputed to cause death and give said ashes to teacher.

Unbroken (2014)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CharactersSharks, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlacePrison, Islands, Japan, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Epic, Depressive

A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.

Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)
Markimdb: 7.7
PlaceNature, Japan
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Makes me think, By manga

Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.

The Outsider (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, crime
PlotWeapon, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Japan
StyleNetflix, Action, Tense, Serious, Disturbing

A former American G.I. joins a yakuza family after his release from prison in post-World War II Osaka.

Radiance (2017)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan, France
CharactersThieves, Photographers
PlaceSchool, Trains, Forest, Japan
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Makes me think

The story follows the social intercourse between a cameraman, Masaya, with a visual impairment, and Misako who disconnects from the world.

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

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.

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersGay, Samurai, Mafia, Yakuza, Criminals
PlotRacing, Revenge, Money, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Office
TimeDark ones
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Vital signs, Tense

Ryuzo and his 7 former henchmen are all retired yakuza, but they now live as regular old men. One day, Ryuzo becomes the victim of a phishing fraud. He calls his 7 men together to reform their society.

Child's Play (2019)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror, fantastic
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersChildrens, Cats, Single mothers, Revived toys
PlotArtificial Intelligence, Friendship, Technology, Conspiracies, Toys
PlaceVietnam, Japan
StyleTense, Creepy, Serious, Disturbing

Karen, a single mother, gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic.

Cold Fish (2010)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
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.

Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (2011)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CharactersMilitary, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Aviation, Death
PlaceAircraft, Ships, Warships, Japan, Pearl Harbor
TimeWorld War II

Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto (1884-1943) was the Japanese Naval commander who was given the order to attack Pearl Harbour, an order he was duty bound to obey which went against his own personal beliefs. While this infamous attack is a low point in Japanese and US history it wouldn’t have happened if the Japanese government had listened to Yamamoto in 1939 and searched for a more peaceful way to end their war campaign, proving his many ominous presages of the outcomes of the attack to come true.

Guilty of Romance (2011)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, comedy, melodrama, drama
PlotOn real events, Passion, Mystery
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Fascinating, Heavy, Explicit scenes, Depressive

A detective probes the brutal murder of a woman in a red light district while a housewife hides her double life as a prostitute from her husband.

The Third Murder (2017)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, crime, detective
CharactersTeens, Killers, Lawyers, Judge, Fathers
PlotInvestigation, Computers, Mystery, Snow, Mystery
PlacePrison, School, Trains, Japan, Kitchen
StyleAction, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Tense

Shigemori is a lawyer tasked with defending Misumi in a murder trial. Misumi has previous convictions for murder and has confessed to the crime, but evidence in the case leads to Shigemori having doubts about what really happened.