10 Best Japanese Movies on Netflix 2022 - Japan Truly (2022)

We curated a list of the best Japanese movies on Netflix for you to watch on your movie night!

The Japanese world of cinema has been around for a long time. It is one of the oldest film industries in the world. It dates back to 1899, when the first Japanese movie was released. Kenji Mizoguchi is the first recognized master of Japanese cinema.

Japanese movies are known for their fantastic storylines and for maintaining a blend of Japanese traditions and folklore along with modern culture.

J-cinema is known for anime, manga adaptation and horror flicks. But besides this, Japanese movies also include thrillers, crime, romantic comedies, Samurai movies and so much more. Netflix is home to many hidden gems from the world of Japanese cinema.

Besides being an amazing choice for Netflix and chill, Japanese movies are also a great way to pick up the Japanese language.

We have put together this list of some of the best Japanese movies available on Netflix for you to watch. So grab your popcorn and settle in!

Best Japanese Movies on Netflix: Quick Summary

Best Japanese Movies on NetflixDirectorEditor’s Rating
The Forest of LoveSion Sono7/10
Rurouni Kenshin: The BeginningKeishi Ōtomo8/10
A Silent VoiceNaoko Yamada8.5/10
Battle RoyaleKinji Fukasaku8.5/10
A Whisker AwayJunichi SatoTomotaka Shibayama7/10
Rurouni Kenshin: The FinalKeishi Otomo8/10
Spirited AwayHayao Miyazaki9/10
Blade of the ImmortalTakashi Miike7/10
37 SecondsHikari8/10
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How did we choose the best Japanese movies on Netflix?

After thoroughly browsing through Netflix, our team went over 20 different Japanese movies and rated them based on storyline, direction, and characters. After sitting through hours of Japanese cinema, we have hand picked and put together this list of the best Japanese Movies on Netflix.

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Starring: Masami Nagasawa, Daiken Okudaira | Director: Tatsushi Omori | Editor’s Rating: 8/10

Mother‘ is a tragic story that depicts the harshness of life of a single mother named Akiko who struggles to lead a stable life. Akiko has a son named Shuhei and she does little to nothing to raise him well.

This movie is based on a true story of an abusive mother who cares less about her son’s welfare.

Akiko has casual sex with men and she spends most of her time playing pachinko machines. She uses her son to beg for money from their relatives to fend for herself. She even motivates her son to steal and kill people for her crazy desires.

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Shuhei is often present when Akiko talks about sex and even doing it in front of him.

This movie isn’t definitely for the faint-hearted as it contains intense emotional and physical violence scenes. Watching this movie will definitely bring tears down your eyes and some scenes will still linger in your memory.

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Key features:

  • Run time: 2h 6m
  • Release Year: 2020

Ride Or Die

Starring: Kiko Mizuhara, Hona Ikoka | Director: Ryuichi Hiroki | Editor’s Rating: 6/10

This Japanese movie is a pro LGBTQ+ movie that depicts the lives of two young women. Rei Nagasawa is a woman in her late 20s who realizes that she’s a lesbian.

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She learns that her former friend Nanae Shinoda is married and is being brutally abused by her husband. To save her from the constant abuse and to profess her love to Nanae, Rei decides to end Nanae’s husband’s life by murdering him.

Although Nanae is saved from the abuse she had endured, she still feels remorse for what Rei has done and has conflicting thoughts. Meanwhile, Rei accepts what she’s done and moves on regardless.

They both start developing feelings for each other eventually and start a romantic relationship. However, things take a wild turn when their seemingly loving relationship turns into a toxic drama.

Key Features:

  • Run time: 2h 22m
  • Release Year: 2021

The Forest of Love

Starring: Kippei Shiina, Kyoko Hinami | Director: Sion Sono | Editor’s rating: 7/10

First up on our list is a tale inspired by the series of murders and other crimes that rocked Kyushu, Japan in the mid 1990s to the early 2000s.

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The Forest of Love is a gripping crime thriller that stars Kippei Shiina as Joe Murata. The movie is based on the true story of Futoshi Matsunaga who was a serial killer.

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Definitely not for the faint of heart, this psychosexual and violent movie is a must watch for all crime and thriller movie buffs.

Key features:

  • Run time: 151 minutes
  • Release Year: 2019

Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Kasumi Arimura | Director: Keishi Ōtomo | Editor’s rating: 8/10

The fifth and final movie from the Rurouni Kenshin film series, this movie is a live action movie.

Based on Nobuhiro Watsuki’s manga, the Rurouni Kenshin film series consists of 5 parts- Rurouni Kenshin, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, Rurouni Kenshin: The Final, and Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning.

This part of the film series is a prequel to the other movies and gives viewers the story behind how Himura Kenshin received his cross-shaped scar.

If assassins and action are your kinda movie content, this movie should definitely be placed on your movie list.

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Key features:

  • Run time: 137 minutes
  • Release Year: 2021

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A Silent Voice

Starring: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami | Director: Naoka Yamada | Editor’s rating: 8.5/10

Would this list be complete without mentioning a few anime movies?

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Anime movies will always be one of my favourite genres because besides the animations, there is always a beautiful moral to take away.

A silent voice is based on the manga by Yoshitoki Oima of the same name. The film is about a bully who ends up as a social outcast. While contemplating suicide, he decides to mend things from his past. The movie follows him as he befriends one of his victims who is a deaf girl.

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The movie ends on a happy note with lessons to be learned. To say that this movie touched my heart would do it no justice.

Key features:

  • Run time: 130 minutes
  • Release Year: 2016

Battle Royale

Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda | Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Editor’s rating: 8.5/10

Based on the 1999 novel by Koushan Takami, Battle Royale is a treat for all you action thriller movie buffs.

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The movie revolves around a group of young high school students who have to fight to the death by the Japanese government. The film was initially banned in many countries and was the cause for much controversy.

Even after 20 decades since its initial release, Battle Royale continues to be named as one the most influential and best Japanese movies ever made.

Key features:

  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • Release Year: 2000

A Whisker Away

Starring: Mirai Shida, Natsuki Hanae | Director: Junichi Sato, Tomotaka Shibayama | Editor’s rating: 7/10

Another animated movie on our list is “A Whisker Away” which was produced by Studio Colorido, Toho Animation, and Twin Engine.

This movie is a beautiful story of magic and sweet puppy love. The movie follows Miyo as she tries to woo her crush, Hinode, even after multiple rejections. She gets her hands on a magical mask that lets her turn into a cat. As a cat, she spends time with Hinode and they both grow close.

This sweet movie is popular among children and adults alike. This sweet and charming movie is sure to put a smile on viewers’ faces.

Key features:

  • Run time: 104 minutes
  • Release Year: 2020

Rurouni Kenshin: The Final

Starring: Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei | Director: Keishi Ōtomo | Editor’s rating: 8/10

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The Rurouni Kenshin film series is truly a piece of art.

Rurouni Kenshin: The final is a live action film that is inspired by the last bit of the manga series with the same name. It is the fourth film of the series.

The action packed film follows the revenge fueled battle between Himura Kenshin and Yukishiro Enishi.

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The movie series was the first Japanese live action film invited to be screened at the Movie Franchise Section at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Key features:

  • Run time: 138 minutes
  • Release Year: 2021

Spirited Away

Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki | Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Editor’s rating: 9/10

Spirited Away will always be one of my favourite movies of all time. This movie has emerged from the creative energies of mastermind Hayao Miyazaki and is the only Japanese animated movie to have won the Best Animated Feature Oscar.

The movie is a story about Chihiro Ogino who enters the spirit world of Kami. Her parents are turned into pigs and she crosses paths with many mythical creatures as she figures out a way to change them back.

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The movie is a brilliant blend of Japanese folklore and modern culture. If you haven’t watched it already, you don’t know what you are missing out on.

Key features:

  • Run time: 125 minutes
  • Release Year: 2001

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Blade of the Immortal

Starring: Takuya Kimura | Director: Takashi Miike | Editor’s rating: 7/10

Based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal is an action packed samurai film.

This movie tells the story of an immortal samurai, Manji, and his journey with a young boy, Rin Asano, as they seek revenge against the people who killed the boy’s parents.

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For those of you who like a good fight scene and the concept of a dark hero, this film will be an absolute treat.

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Key features:

  • Run time: 141 minutes
  • Release Year: 2017

37 Seconds

Starring: Mei Kayama | Director: Hikari | Editor’s rating: 8/10

37 Seconds is a heartwarming story of Yuma Takada who is a 23 year old artist with cerebral palsy. This movie explores Yuma’s journey to sexual freedom and personal discovery.

This movie is a great eye opener to how society treats people with disabilities. It is well paced, and mixes anime with live action, making it a great choice for movie night.

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Key features:

  • Run time: 115 minutes
  • Release Year: 2019

In This Corner Of The World

Starring: Natsuki Inaba, Yoshimasa Hosoya | Director: Sunao Katabuchi | Editor’s rating: 8/10

The movie ‘In This Corner Of The World’ is a masterpiece directed by Sunao Katabuchi. I absolutely loved watching this movie. And it, honestly, bought tears to my eyes.

The movie shows the story of Hiroshima Japan through a little girl’s, Suzu’s, life 10 years before and after the atomic bomb explosion. The struggles that the city goes through is as the effects of the war is shown through Suzu’s perspective.

A heart-breaking story that will definitely give you some perspective about wars and the level of destruction it can bring to not just the city but its people too.

Key features:

  • Run time: 168 minutes
  • Release Year: 2017

Best Japanese Movies on Netflix: FAQs

Who is the best Japanese director?

Since it first began, Japanese cinema has come across many brilliant directors. Some of the best directors in Japanese cinema are:
Hayao Miyazaki
Akira Kurosawa
Yasujiro Ozu
Seijun Suzuki
Takashi Miike
Shin’ya Tsukamoto
Kenji Mizoguchi
Isao Takahata

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If you want to relax and have an enjoyable night-in, these Japanese dramas will keep you fascinated the whole night. Japanese dramas are easy to watch due to their length, intricate and interesting storylines. Unlike movies, you will learn to slowly love the characters as the story unfolds. Japanese dramas truly are a league of its own. Light-hearted or heart-wrenching, you name it, Japanese series got you covered.             Today, we want to introduce you to the Best 15 Japanese Drama in 2021, enjoy it at the comfort of your own home. You’re bound to pick up a few aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle by the end of any series!     1. Hanzawa Naoki     Hanzawa Naoki is a huge Japanese hit with a incredible number of 42.2% in audience rating. The story is about Naoki Hanzawa, who works as a loan manager at the Osaka Nishi branch of Tokyo Central Bank. One day, Naoki approved 500-million-yen bank loan to Nishi Osaka Steel Company because of the branch manager's order. Nishi Osaka Steel Company seems financially stable, but the truth unfolds that they are hiding a massive amount of debts. After the truth was revealed, Asano, the bank’s branch manager tries shifting the blame to Naoki. He denies the blame and promises to retrieve the 500-million-yen loan.     2. Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu     A romantic comedy that involves the life of Mikuri Moriyama, a 25-year-old single woman living an ordinary live. She doesn't have a boyfriend or a job even with her graduate degree. Every day, Mikuri Moriyama has a feeling that she is not needed and that her life is useless. Her father, unable to see her suffering anymore, arranges for her to work as a housekeeper. Her employer is 36-year-old Hiramasa Tsuzaki, a single man  that works for a successful company. A series of events leads them to marry under several conditions. A great rom com that will enlighten your heart!     3. Rich Man Poor Woman                 Another amazing Japanese rom com that will make you laugh throughout the series! Rich Man Poor Women is about a 29-year-old Toru Hyuga a wealthy man, who runs an internet website from his small room and this little hobby became successful and Toru started earning a lot of money. His company, Next Innovation became very successful and gaining a lot of public attention. One another hand, Makoto Natsui a 4th year university student saw a magazine featuring an interview with Toru Hyuga. She became interested and attends his presentation for new recruits at Next Innovation where she met Toru for the first time. Their first impression did not go well, and the story of the love hate relationship unfolds.     4. Boys Over Flowers   Photo: amazon   An all-time Japanese favourite drama that is worth a watch. Boys Over Flowers has also gained popularity in other countries around Asia, with various adapted version. Set at a famous high school for wealthy kids. It is a puppy love story centred on a poor girl and the F4 gang of rich kids headed by the rough and fearless Doumyoji Tsukasa.  Makino Tsukushi, a girl from a poor family with an unrivalled sense of optimism and drive, and by chance got admitted into a prestigious private high school. There she meets the infamous group of four astonishingly good looking and rich boys who are known as F4. A classic Japanese drama that can be watched repeatedly without getting bored!     5. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima kara Mina-san wa, Hitojichi Desu   Photo: amazon   A Japanese drama about a school mystery involving the death of a student. This is a must for suspense/psychological drama lovers. The plot is quite intriguing with an incredible group of actors. The death of Reina remains a mystery and will have viewers on the edge seeking for the truth. Was the death really an accident or did someone plant it? This series is highly entertaining, and it was easy to watch.     6. Nodame Cantabile   Photo: amazon   Nodame Cantabile is about an elite meticulous musical genius and an out-of-control pianist. This unlike pair somehow matches up and together with a group of colourful young classical musicians and an eccentric world-famous conductor, they start to create the most unique wonderful world of music. Each character has a special (or weird) story to tell, and they unite strongly. Based on a popular comic, this is a hilarious comedy with brilliant young ensemble cast and full of great classical music.     7. Dragon Zakura     The drama involves cartoon-like setting with Kenji Sakuragi, a destitute lawyer and one-time member of a motorcycle gang. Failure to become a successful lawyer, he takes a position as a high school teacher and takes on the challenge of preparing a special advanced class for entrance to the prestigious Tokyo university.     8. Nobuta wo Produce   Photo: amazon   Nobuta wo Produce is about Shuji Kiritani one of the most popular guys in his school. He is pretending to care for all his classmates, but deep down, he is an introvert that prefer to live an ordinary life. His true self only comes out when he is around Akira Kusano, his classmate. Nobuko Kotani, a new girl who got bullied for her gloomy and quiet appearance, Akira and Nobuta decide to give Nobuko a makeover to make her the most popular girl in the school. A light-hearted drama that portrays the social life of Japanese teenagers.     9. Code Blue                 This drama is a famous Japanese series that has been broadcast for 3 seasons, there is also a movie version that has been produced. The drama involves a medical team that transports to their patients on a helicopter to provide immediate medical care in the field. The doctors experience traumatic medical situations, deal with personal ambitions, witness the fragility of life, and they grow personally and professionally. This drama sheds lights on the reality of saving people’s lives and the trauma that comes with it.     10. Kounodori   Photo: amazon   This is a medical drama that has several seasons, The drama revolves around Kounotori Sakura, an Ob-Gyn doctor working at the Persona General Medical Centre who is also a gifted jazz pianist. His mother had died in childbirth, and he was brought up in an orphanage, which is what fuelled his ambition to be an ob-gyn. He hopes to deliver every baby to this world with success, congratulating them on the gift of life given to their little bodies. The story combines a series of events including both happy and sad moments.     11. Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon     The drama is about a desperate university hospital that hired Michiko Daimon, a freelancer surgeon from doctor placement agency. Due to the hospital's harsh working conditions several doctors have quit. Michiko doesn't appear as your typical doctor. She wears shorts and high heels to the hospital, despite what people think, Michiko is an excellent surgeon. Michiko's outspoken personality made her second guess and doubt the decision of the director of the university hospital, which resulted in multiple conflicts.     12. Shita Machi Rocket   Photo: amazon   Shita Machi Rocket, Kohei Tsukuda who worked as a researcher at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. He now runs a family-owned factory that manufactures small engines. Kohei attempts to develop a rocket engine, which is a lifelong dream of his, but it causes his factory to suffer financially. Kohei’s company suffered terribly after his main client stopped ordering from him. A large company offers a deal to Kohei to buy the company’s patent, will he sell the company's patent or follow his dream?     13. Legal High   Photo: amazon   The comedy is about the two completely different lawyers. Machiko Mayuzumi, a new lawyer who has a mission to rescue the vulnerable and holds a strong sense of justice for the weak. On another hand, Kensuke Komikado, a lawyer who loves money and aims to win the case with any sneaky hand. One day, due to unforeseen circumstances, Machiko Mayuzumi begins to work at Kensuke Komikado's law office. The two attorneys constantly clash, but in the courtroom, they cooperate to fight as one.     14. Unnatural   Photo: amazon   Unnatural is about Mikoto, who works at the Institute for the Investigation of Unnatural Deaths (UID). She dissects the corpse of unnatural deaths, investigates in the strange cause of death, and find the truth behind each case. The story reveals several absurd events such as Mikoto's upbringing and the murder of his colleague Nakado's lover.     15. 1 Litre of Tears   Photo: amazon   1 Litre of Tears is based on a true story, and the diary it was based on sold more than a million copies nationwide. Aya Kitō was a cheerful girl who fought to remain alive. She was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a crippling disease that will rob her of any movement till she’s completely unable to move. The drama slowly reveals how she loses control of herself, and how her strength and optimism inspired Asou-kun, the son of a doctor, to become a neurologist. A truly heart-warming series that is loved by many.         Source Mottainaihonpo To-investigate-thoroughyl Ranking   Photo amazon

Unlike movies, you will learn to slowly love the characters as the story unfolds.. Japanese dramas truly are a league of its own.. A romantic comedy that involves the life of Mikuri Moriyama, a 25-year-old single woman living an ordinary live.. A Japanese drama about a school mystery involving the death of a student.. Based on a popular comic, this is a hilarious comedy with brilliant young ensemble cast and full of great classical music.. This drama is a famous Japanese series that has been broadcast for 3 seasons, there is also a movie version that has been produced.. Kohei attempts to develop a rocket engine, which is a lifelong dream of his, but it causes his factory to suffer financially.. The comedy is about the two completely different lawyers.. A truly heart-warming series that is loved by many.

From slow burn reality shows to time-traveling murder mysteries, find the 10 best Japanese shows on Netflix here.

From slow burn reality shows to time-traveling murder mysteries, here are the 10 Best Japanese Shows on Netflix .. The show is silly, but it’s short and easy to watch.. But if you’re fine with a bit of animated grossness, DEVILMAN crybaby is visually stunning, has a killer soundtrack, and makes a good point about the dangers of mass hysteria.. In the world of Japanese TV shows, we can’t very well ignore the romantic comedy genre.. It’s probably not for you if you’re looking for intense drama.. It’s a show that’s easy to binge-watch as you try to solve the mystery of these women alongside Shin.. It revolves around a small drinking establishment and its cast of regulars.. Despite being about comedy, Hibana: Spark isn’t really funny at all.

There is no doubt that anime is one of the most popular genres of movie amongst both Japanese and foreigners. Not only for its excellence animations, but anime carries an interesting plot that is not like your regular cartoons. It can be a long series that extend for several years, or just one movie. Nevertheless, if you have not seen a single anime movie, we suggest you start now, you’ll be opened to a world of amazing plots and storylines that will touch your heart and connect you to the characters. We have compiled a list of the Best Japanese Anime movies for your cozy winter nights!       1. Your Name     Your Name is a light novel film about Mitsuha, a daughter of a mayor in a small town. She is a high school girl who lives in a peaceful rural town with her sister and grandmother. Mitsuha dreams of leaving the boring town and experience a life in the busy city of Tokyo. Her dream is to live in the beautiful town surrounded by the city lights. On the other hand, Taki a high school boy in Tokyo who aspires to become an architect, every night he has a strange dream where he becomes a high school girl living the life of Mitsuha. Their strange interaction was the start of their strange love story.       2. Summer Wars   Photo: amazon.co.jp   Summer Wars is involved around the life of Kenji Koiso, a second-year high school boy who is a genius is mathematics and a part-time OZ moderator who is invited by his crush Natsuki Shinohara on a summer trip. Unknowingly, this short summer trip leads to a stronger bond between Kenji and Natsuki, and he was required to act as her finance to fool her family. When he arrived at Natsuki’s family house, he finds that her family have reunited to celebrate the 90th birthday of Natsuki’s grandfather. Meanwhile, Kenji received a strange code to solve a math equation that would cause a parallel world’s collision with earth.       3. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time   Photo: kadokawa   This anime film follows the life of Makoto who acquires a strange power to travel back and forward in time. Using her power, Makoto attempts to make things right for everyone by travelling back in time to prevent undesirable events from happening including an awkward love confession of her best friend. But little does Makoto knows that her strange power will cause a major chaos for those around her.       4. Spirited Away   Photo: ghibli.jp   Spirited Away is one of the most well-known Japanese animations among foreigners, its excellence animations from the incredible work of the producer Toshio Suzuki, makes Spirited Away a favourite to many. The story is about Chihiro, a girl who got lost in a mysterious city that were visited by eight million gods. Chihiro’s parents turned into pigs after consuming food from a strange stall in the amusement park. It was then when Chihiro met Haku, who explains to her that this amusement park is a place for supernatural beings, and Chihiro must work there to free herself and her parents from this strange spell. In this supernatural realm, Chihiro encounters a variety of characters as she awaits a reunion with her parents.       5. A Silent Voice     A beautifully crafted animation with an in-depth and meaningful storyline. A Silent Voice reveals a harsh truth of bullying in the schooling system. The story is about Shoko, a deaf girl who recently moved to a new high school, she endures bullying from Shoya due to her disability. But as the teasing continues, Shoya’s friends start to go against him due to his lack of compassion for the poor girl. The story continues as both characters got older. Tormented by his past, Shoya lives with constant regret due to his past action towards Shoko. He attempts to meet up with Shoko one last time to make things right. This movie reveals one of the deepest communication issues in every society, bullying and disability. A truly beautiful plot that must be watched.       6. Lupin III The Castle of Cagliostro   Photo: モンキー・パンチ (c)TMS   A film directed by Hayao Miyazaki with incredible storyline and unique animations. Cagliostro features a thief Lupin III, grandson to the master heist artist, Arsène Lupin. In this version, Lupin III is described as a thief with a heart of gold. A criminal who pretends to be motivated by money and glory, but in reality, he uses this as an opportunity to help a young woman in trouble. Miyazaki’s work is not the typical action animation you would see with Studio Ghibli, it is definitely a worthwhile film especially if you have been a fan of Lupin novel.       7. Wolf Children     Wolf Children follows the story of Hana, a college student who fell in love with a werewolf that was living in disguise as a human. With their romantic but strange love story, Hana birthed two kids named “Yuki” and “Ame”, and the four of them live quietly in a peaceful town. But Hana’s life soon turned sour after facing the sudden death of her husband. Hana’s life as a single mother is rather difficult, her kids must constantly switch between their human and wolf forms to hide from the rest of the world. Their life became more difficult as people starting to notice their strange behaviours.        8. Weathering with You     Weathering with You is a romantic love story following the adventure of Hodaka and Hina. Hodaka a boy who was tired of living in the ordinary town. He ran away from his hometown to peruse his own journey. At the same time, the orphaned Hina also struggles to find work to support herself and her younger brother. Both fates intertwine when Hodaka saved Hina from suspicious men, and they both decided to run away together. On the journey, Hina discovered her strange power to call for the sun to appeal at her wishes, with the miserable rainy weather in Tokyo, Hodaka suggests for Hina to become the “sunshine girl” who calls for the sun for those who needs it.       9. Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called: The Adult Empire Strikes Back   Photo: amazon.co.jp   This film is a part of Shin-chan many series, it is a quick film about Shinnosuke and his family. They attend a 20th century theme park expo which is popular amongst adults to reminisce on their childhood. While the adults are enjoying the expo, Shin and Himawari are disinterested and concerned for their parents’ nostalgia. The story follows Shin-chan mission to rescue the adults when they mysteriously abandon their responsibilities to relive their youth at the new 20th-century expo.       10. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind   Photo: movies.yahoo.co.jp   This anime is based in the valley of the wind, the only village that lives peacefully without being invaded by the rotten sea after the “Seven Days of Fire”, when God Warriors burned everything on the surface of Earth. The rest of the world is covered in rotten sea, and human beings were threatened by giant bugs that lived in the rotten sea. Nausicaa, a kind-hearted girl who can communicate with the giant bugs attempts to rescue the world.       11. Detective Conan: Zero Enforcer   Photo: eiga.com    Detective Conan is a Japanese detective manga series that was later adapted into anime series and movies, it is about a high school detective, Shinichi Kudo. Shinichi witnesses two suspicious men and decides to follow them, he inadvertently becomes a witness to a disturbing illegal activity. When the men catch Shinichi, they dose him with an experimental drug formulated by the Black Organisation and abandon him to die. To his surprise he was alive and transformed into a child, he investigates a mysterious organization and solves a multitude of cases while impersonating his childhood best friend's father and other characters. In Detective Conan: Zero Enforcer, Conan investigates an explosion that occurs and killed multiple officers.       12. My Neighbor Totoro     Photo: rakuten   My Neighbor Totoro has undeniably become an iconic symbol of Japan and the movie itself is seen as a national animation. It is a work of art from “Studio Ghibli” which has also produced many amazing films such as Spirited Away, The Red Turtle and many more. It might come as a surprise to many of you that it was actually back in 1988, when My Neighbor Totoro was released, which is why, the film has a nostalgic feeling when you watch it. It is a story about Mei and Satsuki, who befriended a strange but friendly creature Totoro. The film captures a heart-warming and simple grace of childhood combining with the nostalgic feels of the rural Japanese lifestyle.       13. 5 Centimeters per Second   Photo: amazon.co.jp   5 Centimeters per Second captures the sweet love story between Takaki and Akari, where they have made a promise to watch the cherry blossom together every year. As they grew old, Takaki found a job as a programmer in Tokyo, while Akari is preparing to get married to another man. Takaki still longs for Akari, while his current relationship with his girlfriend is fading into thin air. One day, Akari goes through a box of her old possessions and finds the letter she had written to Takaki many years ago. Then, their memories of each other begin to resurface.       14. AKIRA   Photo: animatetimes.com   AKIRA depicts a dystopian version of Tokyo in the year 2019, with cyberpunk tones. The story explores on the relationship between Tetsuo Shima and his long-term friend Shotaro Kaneda. The plot begins 31 years after World War III, when Tokyo was engulfed in a massive explosion that obliterates the city and starts the war. The film features government corruption as well as gangs and multiple societal issues. The plot is interesting with incredible character development.       15. Kiki's Delivery Service     Photo: amazon.co.jp   Kiki’s Delivery Service is another incredible film by Studio Ghibli, it is about a life of a young witch, who wishes to practice her craft on the night of a full moon. Kiki follows her dream and embarks on the experience of a lifetime. With a black cat accompanying her, Jiji, she flies off to find the perfect location to practice her spells in a faraway city. At this location, she befriends a bakery owner and starts her business of flying delivery service.       16. The Garden of Words     The Garden of Words is about Takao Akizuki, an aspiring shoemaker. On a rainy morning in Tokyo, he decides to skip class to sketch designs in a beautiful garden. Where he meets Yukari Yukino, a beautiful mysterious woman, who he offers to make her a new pair of shoes. In the garden, Takao continues to have multiple interactions with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without noticing it, the two are slowly falling in love with each other. However, as the end of the rainy season approaches, their relationship will be put to the test.       17. Demon Slayer: Mugen Train     Demon Slayer is inspired by the Japanese manga fo the same name by Koyoharu Gotouge, the anime is set in the Taisho period in Japan. In the anime, Taisho is the time where demons exist with human beings. Tanjiro Kamado, the main character finds that his family is killed by the attack of demons and his only survived sister has turned into a demon. The demons are former humans who sold their humanity in exchange for power, they feed on humans and possess supernatural abilities such as super strength, magic and regeneration. In the Mugen Train movie, Tanjiro and the group have completed their rehabilitation training and they arrive to the next mission on the

She is a high school girl who lives in a peaceful rural town with her sister and grandmother.. Her dream is to live in the beautiful town surrounded by the city lights.. Their strange interaction was the start of their strange love story.. The story is about Shoko, a deaf girl who recently moved to a new high school, she endures bullying from Shoya due to her disability.. A truly beautiful plot that must be watched.. Miyazaki’s work is not the typical action animation you would see with Studio Ghibli, it is definitely a worthwhile film especially if you have been a fan of Lupin novel.. Hana’s life as a single mother is rather difficult, her kids must constantly switch between their human and wolf forms to hide from the rest of the world.. Detective Conan is a Japanese detective manga series that was later adapted into anime series and movies, it is about a high school detective, Shinichi Kudo.. In the garden, Takao continues to have multiple interactions with Yukari throughout the rainy season, and without noticing it, the two are slowly falling in love with each other.. The animation was released in 1997, produced by director Hayao Miyazaki after 16 years of crafting the plot and 3 years to produce.. Another incredible film produced by Studio Ghibli; Miyazaki portrays a lot of his personal views through Castle in the Sky.

What better way to immerse yourself in Japanese culture aside from its tantalizing food? Movies of course. This year we’ve compiled a list of JOC readers’ Japanese movie recommendations that promise some cultural enrichment, fun, laughter, heartfelt tears and more. 

Movies of course.. As the first animated film to win the best picture at the Japanese Academy Awards, Princess Mononoke is being described as an entrancing animated epic with brilliant visuals, characters and poignancy.. If you’re looking for an easy and light hearted movie, A Tale of Samarai Cooking: A True Love Story may be your choice.. You will learn about the world of our canine friends and how they work with people who need them.. Born in Sacramento and raised in Hiroshima, Mirikitani moved to New York later in his life and lived on the streets by creating arts.

Add these to your watch-list in preparation for Japan’s upcoming humid summer.

Genre(s) : Comedy, drama, romance Good For : People learning Japanese and those who want to know more about Japanese culture Languages Audio: Japanese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Genre(s): Comedy, drama, romance Good For: People who want to know more about Japanese life and dating culture Languages Audio: Japanese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. A short and sweet series with a surprisingly deep story, Gosick is perfect for fans of murder mysteries and classic whodunit stories.. Genre(s) : Anime, alternate history, gothic fiction, mystery Good For : Those who enjoy murder mysteries and anime like Death Note Languages Audio: Japanese. Subtitles: English, Japanese. Genre(s) : Comedy, drama, romance Good For : Those who like rom-coms and those interested in Korean culture and pop culture Languages Audio: Korean. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Genre(s) : Action, historical period, horror, political drama Good For : Those looking for a unique take on the zombie genre Languages Audio: English, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Mandarin. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Genre(s) : Apocalypse, horror, zombie-horror Good For : People interested in Japanese horror and zombie films Languages Audio: Japanese. Subtitles: English. Genre(s) : Crime drama, mystery Good For : People who like stories about the Yakuza and the Japanese criminal underworld Languages Audio: English, Brazilian Portuguese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Love Death + Robots is a sci-fi anthology of live-action, CGI, and animated shorts, all featuring stories of love, death, and futuristic robots.. Genre(s) : Action, adult animation, anthology, comedy, sci-fi Good For : Those who like animation, dark comedies, and stories about parallel worlds Languages Audio: English, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Make no mistake, while the anime looks like a cute title reminiscent of Animal Crossing , Beastars is a mature anime for older audiences only.. Genre(s) : Coming-of-age, drama, fantasy Good For : People looking for an artful and mature anime with serious themes and undertones Languages Audio: English, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese. Genre(s) : Anime, coming-of-age story, drama Good For : Anime lovers and those looking for a good cry Languages Audio: English, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese. Subtitles: English, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and simplified Chinese

Ready to face the undead on Netflix? Then keep on reading to see the best zombie movies the site has to offer.

There truly is a zombie film for everyone.. There's a zombie film for that.. There's a zombie film for that.. You know a zombie when you see it.. So enjoy and read on for our picks of the best zombie movies currently streaming on Netflix.. A spiritual successor to director Zack Snyder's debut film "Dawn of the Dead," "Army of the Dead" is what happens when a heist thriller and a zombie flick get in a car crash.. While not a "zombie film" in the strictest sense, director Mati Diop offers a mysterious examination of unquiet dead that more than secures it a spot on this list.. Just when Andy and his wife, Kay, appear to have figured out this whole "surviving the zombie apocalypse" thing, Kay is attacked during a supply run.. Set during Korea's Joseon Dynasty, this feature-length prequel to the hit Netflix series explores the backstory of the mysterious tribal heir Ashin and the origin of the odd plant that triggered an unprecedented cascade of tragic events throughout the kingdom, including an unnatural plague that resurrects the dead.. Soon, the looters learn that the Cordero sisters' primary defense against looters isn't guns but zombies.

Netflix has some surprisingly great Japanese comedies and drama series available. We take the best of them and rank them for you.

In particular, manga anime and Japanese dramas which boasted unique stories as well as universally relatable characters.. Even TV shows have made this premise work, including anime such as Danganronpa (which is based on a video game franchise of the same name).. So it doesn’t seem far-fetched to have a live-action Japanese show take on the concept with Re:Mind .. Just like the live-action shows based on comic books in America, Japan has its equivalent with manga-based live-action shows.. The 2018 live-action Kakegurui show, on the other hand, tries to be faithful to the manga both in its look and the exaggerated reactions of its actors.. But that hasn’t stopped Japanese comedy series like Jimmy: The True Story of a True Idiot from premiering on Netflix.. The show particularly focuses on scammers who make phone calls to the elderly and trick them into transferring large sums of money.. That is the essence of REA(L)OVE , a Japanese reality show where several contestants of both sexes are brought to one place who each use fake names and have dark secrets to hide.. Only the manga itself doesn’t have the same title as the live-action show, being called Sora wo Kakeru Yodaka .. From there, the series follows Ayumi (now trapped in Umine’s body) trying to get her original body back while Umine tries to keep it.. A common trope among Japanese comedies is having a character whom everyone perceives as perfect but in reality, has a secret obsession or habit that is perceived as funny.. Using a combination of surreal imagery and exaggerated gestures, this show works as both a comedy and travel series since the sweetshops he visits are real places.. Based on a manga of the same name, this live-action show is about a high school girl who rents an apartment.. So the show examines the different foods that Japan has to offer and tells a lighthearted tale of a man learning to enjoy life after working for so long.

Looking to check out some great South Korean cinema? Here are some perfect picks to watch on Netflix.

The country keeps churning out hits, and while Korean creators clearly have a knack for specific genres like psychological thrillers and zombie films, there are many fantastic Korean movies of all genres.. So if you are looking for a film to watch while browsing Netflix , check out these great Korean movies that the streaming platform has on offer.. Directed by Yoon Sung-hyun , the movie stars Choi Woo-shik , who you might recognize as the son from Parasite , Lee Je-hoon , Ahn Jae-hong , Park Jung-min , and Park Hae-soo .. The film stars Song Joong-ki as Kim Tae-ho, a former soldier who now works with Captain Jang, played by Kim Tae-ri of The Handmaiden , on her ship, alongside Jin Seon-kyu as Tiger Park and their robot friend Bubs, voiced by Yoo Hae-jin .. Starring Jung Hae-in as Hyun-woo and Kim Go-eun , who some might know from the popular Korean drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God , as Mi-soo, Tune in for Love is a sweet love story that takes place over years, following star-crossed lovers Hyun-woo and Mi-soo through the many ups and downs of their relationship.. Directed by Bong Joon Ho and co-written by him and Jon Ronson , Okja is the story of a young girl named Mija ( Ahn Seo-hyun ) who makes it her mission to rescue the “super pig” she raised, named “Okja.” The animal is part of a major experiment for the meat industry, led by a power-hungry American company, with the end goal being Okja’s consumption.. The movie is Bong’s second English-language film after 2013’s Snowpiercer , and although he will definitely continue to focus on Korean films like the Oscar-winning Parasite , Okja represents his increasing presence in Hollywood and the American film industry.. The psychological thriller Forgotten focuses on a young man named Jin-seok, played by Kang Ha-neul , who lives a humble life with his parents and older brother Yoo-seok ( Kim Mu-yeol ).. The film is directed by Chang You-jeong and stars Ma Dong-seok , who Marvel fans will see as Gilgamesh in Eternals , as Lee Seok-bong and Lee Dong-hwi as Lee Joo-bong, the two brothers in question.. Written and directed by Yeon Sang-ho , who also directed the 2016 hit zombie film Train to Busan , Psychokinesis is one of Korea’s first superhero movies.. The Netflix Original crime drama The Drug King stars two of Korea’s best actors, Song Kang-ho , Bong Joon Ho’s most frequent collaborator who appears in hits like Snowpiercer and Parasite , and Bae Doona , who starred in Netflix hit shows Sense8 and Kingdom .. Written and directed by Woo Min-ho , the film depicts the life of Lee Doo-sam, played by Song, a low-level drug dealer who rises up to become an infamous drug kingpin.. The 2020 film is directed by Lee Chung-hyeon , starring Park Shin-hye as a young woman named Kim Seo-yeon who finds an old phone at her childhood home that she starts getting calls on.. Written and directed by Seong Do-joon , Wish You is a straightforward movie, but the love story between Sang-yi and In-soo is very charming and cute, and it’s a great film to watch if you need a quick pick-me-up.

Reading Time: 9 minutes Netflix is near and dear to many of us. From binge-watching TV shows, cozy nights in, movie marathons, and more, we’ve all found it to be useful for something. But did you know that you can totally use Netflix for Language Learning? That it’s actually one of the best platforms out there for finding popular […]

But did you know that you can totally use Netflix for Language Learning?. Now, on to the list of the top 20 Netflix TV shows and movies available in Japanese!. Seasons: 2 Genre: Dark Comedy Description: This thrilling Netflix original drama stars Golden Globe-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences.. Seasons: 2 Genre: Thriller Description: What would you do for love?. Seasons: 6 Genre: Music Description: Optimistic teacher Will Schuester heads up McKinley High School’s glee club — New Directions — a place where ambitious and talented students can find strength, acceptance and their voice.. As Schuester and the glee club pursue their goal, they face opposition from a conniving cheerleading coach, Sue Sylvester, who tries to sabotage the group at every turn.. Seasons: 4 Genre: Sitcom Description: When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she’s both relieved and surprised that she’s made it into the Good Place.. Aside from that fun, if you’re still here then I want to make sure you don’t miss out on your free language learning toolkit.. Keep learning languages my friend!

Here's a fun list of Japanese dramas to stream and watch on Netflix. From drool-worthy drama series to anime to romantic comedy, you want to keep them on your Netflix watchlist right now.  Binge-watching is totally ok. 

Here, we bring you a list of Japanese dramas to stream and watch on Netflix right now.. An adaptation of a best-selling manga, Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories centers around a small diner tucked in the alleyway of Shinjuku that operates only in the wee hours.. A miscellany of stories on human connections and ruminations of life, Midnight Diner is as soul-comforting as the dishes that each episode presents.. I have to warn you: it’s too easy to ‘work up’ an appetite while watching the tantalizing close-ups of the dishes on each episode.. In Samurai Gourmet , the art is on eating.. If you have a fixation for any food shows, Samurai Gourmet should be on your watch-list.. Debuted on Netflix in 2017, Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman presents a fantasy land for those who love anything sweet.. He takes a bite of the dessert, reflects on every little detail, makes an exaggerated manga-ish face, and then transports himself to some out-of-body sphere that illustrates his absolute pleasure.. Let me start off stating that Good Morning Call is a high school romance comedy.. We hope you enjoy the list we’ve put together.. If you’ve watched any of these Japanese dramas, what do you like (or not like) about them?. We’d love to hear from you.. Reese loves spending time with her family, dancing, listening to podcasts, and reading up on art & design.

Don't let COVID-19 kill your vibe. We've compiled 20 Japanese movies to watch while you're stuck at home during this difficult period.

This film won the Jury Award at the2013 Cannes Film Festival , and for good reason – it’s an intense tearjerker and will have you questioning even your most deep-seated morals.. Death Note took the world by storm when the manga and film adaptation were first released.. There are two sequels: Death Note 2: The Last Name and Death Note: Light Up the New World .. Battle Royale Official Blu-Ray Trailer - Cult Classic Movie (2000). Parasyte Part 1 Live Action Film - Official Trailer. Check out the trailer for its sequel – Parasyte: Part 2 .. The horror film kick starts with a paranormal investigator who loses his life while uncovering the truth about a supernatural demon.. Tomie Unlimited ischock full of bizarre scenes spliced throughout the 1-hour 25-minute film – from sudden death scenes to an unfiltered act of cannibalism, the scenes in this movie have the potential to gross you out.. Stare (2020) Japanese Movie Trailer English Subtitles (シライサン 本予告 英語字幕). The film shares a similar plot with Ring , albeit with more gimmicks.Fans of the 1998 hit film Ring should include Stare on their to-watch list.

With family dramas, comedy, manga adaptations, horror, both an Oscar winner and a Palme d'Or winner, the Japanese cinema collection at SBS On Demand has something for every cinephile.

MJapan, 2008Genre: Music, Drama Language: Japanese Director: Yojiro Takita Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue What's it about?. MJapan, 2004Genre: Drama Language: Japanese Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Yûya Yagira, Hanae Kan, Momoko Shimizu, Hiei Kimura, Ayu Kitaura What's it about?. Suzu eagerly agrees, and a new life of joyful discovery begins for the four siblings.. MJapan, 2008Genre: Crime, Adventure, Action Language: Japanese Director: Shimako Sato Starring: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takako Matsu, Tôru Nakamura What's it about?. After the death of his father, his ageing mother and beautiful ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives.. Kore-eda is racking up the films on this list and the nominations at the Cannes Film Festival.. But he needs money for that, as well as for sending gifts to his ex-partner (who takes up painting) and the widow of a colleague.. Tokyo, summer of 2015.

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This week’s question: What is the best Japanese film of the 21st century?. But if a person ever wanted a “one-stop shop” for everything that’s exquisite about Japanese cinema, I can’t pick a better example than Hirokazu Kore-eda’s resilient yet devastating 2008 grief drama “Still Walking.” It’s basically all the feelings of Yokoyama family over 24 hours, as they continue to grapple with the ripped-out loss of their son, Junpei, 15 years after his accidental death by drowning.. “Like Father, Like Son” is such a moving portrait of fatherhood and familial love that has somehow flown under the radar.. Make sure you watch this original film before there is an American remake.. “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”. One film from among the recent Japanese films that I’ve seen stands out as a truly exalted experience: Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s “Happy Hour,” from 2015, which, I learned to my surprise, is his eighth feature in a career that only began in 2007.


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