Best Japanese Movies

Godzilla Minus One Godzilla Minus One 2h 5min
Godzilla Minus One
2h 5min

In postwar Japan, a new terror rises. Will the devastated people be able to survive… let alone fight back?

Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part 2 – The Beginning Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part 2 – The Beginning 7.4 2h 18min
Rurouni Kenshin: Final Chapter Part 2 – The Beginning
IMDb: 7.4
2h 18min

In 1879, Kenshin and his allies face their strongest enemy yet: his former brother-in-law Enishi Yukishiro and his minions, who’ve vowed their revenge.

Minamata Minamata 7.2 1h 55min
IMDb: 7.2
1h 55min

War photographer W. Eugene Smith travels back to Japan where he documents the devastating effect of mercury poisoning in coastal communities.

Shoplifters Shoplifters 7.9 2h
IMDb: 7.9

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.

Isle Of Dogs Isle Of Dogs 7.8 1h 41min
Isle Of Dogs
IMDb: 7.8
1h 41min

In the future, an outbreak of canine flu leads the mayor of a Japanese city to banish all dogs to an island that’s a garbage dump. The outcasts must soon embark on an epic journey when a 12-year-old boy arrives on the island to find his beloved pet.

Antiporno Antiporno 6.4 1h 16min
IMDb: 6.4
1h 16min

Japan’s oldest major movie studio asks a batch of venerable filmmakers to revive its high-brow soft-core Roman Porno series.

Our Little Sister Our Little Sister 7.5 2h 7min
Our Little Sister
IMDb: 7.5
2h 7min

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

Like Father, Like Son Like Father, Like Son 7.8 2h
Like Father, Like Son
IMDb: 7.8

Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose…

Beyond Outrage Beyond Outrage 6.7 1h 50min
Beyond Outrage
IMDb: 6.7
1h 50min

As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as…

Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin 7.4 2h 14min
Rurouni Kenshin
IMDb: 7.4
2h 14min

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…

13 Assassins 13 Assassins 7.5 2h 21min
13 Assassins
IMDb: 7.5
2h 21min

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.

Love Exposure Love Exposure 8.0 3h 57min
Love Exposure
IMDb: 8
3h 57min

After Yu’s mother dies his father, a priest, only seems to take solace in the confessions of his sons sins causing Yu to partake in various ’sinful’ activities to appease…

Departures Departures 8.0 2h 10min
IMDb: 8
2h 10min

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.

Death Note Death Note 7.5 2h 6min
Death Note
IMDb: 7.5
2h 6min

Light Yagami finds the ”Death Note,” a notebook with the power to kill, and decides to create a Utopia by killing the world’s criminals, and soon the world’s greatest detective,…

Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha 7.3 2h 26min
Memoirs of a Geisha
IMDb: 7.3
2h 26min

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…

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 7.5 1h 51min
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
IMDb: 7.5
1h 51min

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…

The Twilight Samurai The Twilight Samurai 2h 9min
The Twilight Samurai
2h 9min

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…

Suicide Club Suicide Club 6.5 1h 39min
Suicide Club
IMDb: 6.5
1h 39min

When 54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train it appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the…

Battle Royale Battle Royale 7.5 2h 2min
Battle Royale
IMDb: 7.5
2h 2min

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.

Brother Brother 7.1 1h 54min
IMDb: 7.1
1h 54min

A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This…

Kikujiro Kikujiro 7.7 1h 57min
IMDb: 7.7
1h 57min

Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which…

Fireworks Fireworks 7.7 1h 43min
IMDb: 7.7
1h 43min

A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.

Sonatine Sonatine 7.5 1h 34min
IMDb: 7.5
1h 34min

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…

Dreams Dreams 7.7 1h 59min
IMDb: 7.7
1h 59min

A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Mitsugetsu Mitsugetsu 5.7 1h 53min
IMDb: 5.7
1h 53min

Tetsuaki’s struggling to write a novel while his mother fades; Mitsuko’s engagement has been forced upon her unwillingly; the two individuals run away to share their grief.

Tora! Tora! Tora! Tora! Tora! Tora! 2h 24min
Tora! Tora! Tora!
2h 24min

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. “Tora! Tora! Tora!”, named…

Red Beard Red Beard 3h 5min
Red Beard
3h 5min

Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic…

Onibaba Onibaba 7.9 1h 45min
IMDb: 7.9
1h 45min

While her son, Kichi, is away at war, a woman and her daughter-in-law survive by killing samurai who stray into their swamp, then selling whatever valuables they find. Both are…

Woman in the Dunes Woman in the Dunes 8.5 2h 27min
Woman in the Dunes
IMDb: 8.5
2h 27min

An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.

High and Low High and Low 8.4 2h 22min
High and Low
IMDb: 8.4
2h 22min

An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur’s son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Harakiri Harakiri 8.6 2h 15min
IMDb: 8.6
2h 15min

Down-on-his-luck veteran Tsugumo Hanshirō enters the courtyard of the prosperous House of Iyi. Unemployed, and with no family, he hopes to find a place to commit seppuku—and a worthy second to deliver the coup de grâce in his suicide ritual. The senior counselor for the Iyi clan questions the ronin’s resolve and integrity, suspecting Hanshirō of seeking charity rather than an honorable end. What follows is a pair of interlocking stories which lay bare the difference between honor and respect, and promises to examine the legendary foundations of the Samurai code.

Sanjuro Sanjuro 8.0 1h 36min
IMDb: 8
1h 36min

Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa’s tightly paced, beautifully composed “Sanjuro.” In this companion piece and sequel to “Yojimbo,” jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic…

Yojimbo Yojimbo 8.2 1h 50min
IMDb: 8.2
1h 50min

A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the…

The Bad Sleep Well The Bad Sleep Well 2h 30min
The Bad Sleep Well
2h 30min

In this loose adaptation of “Hamlet,” illegitimate son Kôichi Nishi climbs to a high position within a Japanese corporation and marries the crippled daughter of company vice president Iwabuchi. At…

Hiroshima Mon Amour Hiroshima Mon Amour 1h 32min
Hiroshima Mon Amour
1h 32min

The deep conversation between a Japanese architect and a French actress forms the basis of this celebrated French film, considered one of the vanguard productions of the French New Wave….

The Hidden Fortress The Hidden Fortress 8.1 2h 19min
The Hidden Fortress
IMDb: 8.1
2h 19min

Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding…

Throne of Blood Throne of Blood 1h 48min
Throne of Blood
1h 48min

Returning to their lord’s castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit’s prophecy comes true, Washizu’s…

Godzilla Godzilla 7.5 1h 36min
IMDb: 7.5
1h 36min

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something…

Seven Samurai Seven Samurai 8.6 3h 27min
Seven Samurai
IMDb: 8.6
3h 27min

A samurai answers a village’s request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach…

Sansho the Bailiff Sansho the Bailiff 2h 4min
Sansho the Bailiff
2h 4min

In medieval Japan, a woman and his children journey to find the family’s patriarch, who was exiled years before.

Tokyo Story Tokyo Story 8.1 2h 17min
Tokyo Story
IMDb: 8.1
2h 17min

An old couple visit their children and grandchildren in the city, but the children have little time for them.

Rashomon Rashomon 8.2 1h 28min
IMDb: 8.2
1h 28min

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…

Late Spring Late Spring 1h 50min
Late Spring
1h 50min

Noriko is perfectly happy living at home with her widowed father, Shukichi, and has no plans to marry — that is, until her aunt Masa convinces Shukichi that unless he…

Drunken Angel Drunken Angel 1h 38min
Drunken Angel
1h 38min

Doctor Sanada treats gangster Matsunaga after he is wounded in a gunfight, and discovers that he is suffering from tuberculosis. Sanada tries to convince Matsunaga to stay for treatment, which…