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Movies: Best Movies in Japanese(日本語)

Japanese (日本語, Nihongo [ɲihoŋɡo] (listen)) is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic (or Japanese-Ryukyuan) language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japonic languages have been grouped with other language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance. Little is known of the language's prehistory, or when it first appeared in Japan. Chinese documents from the 3rd century recorded a few Japanese words, but substantial texts did not appear until the 8th century. During the Heian period (794–1185), Chinese had considerable influence on the vocabulary and phonology of Old Japanese. Late Middle Japanese (1185–1600) included changes in features that brought it closer to the modern language, and the first appearance of European loanwords. The standard dialect moved from the Kansai region to the Edo (modern Tokyo) region in the Early Modern Japanese period (early 17th century–mid-19th century). Following the end of Japan's self-imposed isolation in 1853, the flow of loanwords from European languages increased significantly. English loanwords, i... ()

Japanese is spoken in Japan and 13,541 movies (between 1900 and 2022) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Japan (12,478). Popular genres for Japanese movies are Drama (5,216), Action (2,462) and Animation (2,390). Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2020), Mega Man X: The Day of Sigma (2005), Your Name. (2016), Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker (2003) and Spirited Away (2001) are among the best known & most successful Japanese movies.


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Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train(2020)

4.2/5 (with 453 votes)

Tanjirō Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, boards the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Hashira, Kyōjurō Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!

Directed by Haruo Sotozaki

Mega Man X: The Day of Sigma(2005)

4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

The year is 21XX. Reploids are commonplace now, after Dr. Cain rediscovered Dr. Light's old lab and based several designs off of Dr.Light's original, called "Megaman X." X, meanwhile, has joined the Maverick Hunters, and works with unit leader Zero under the command of General Sigma. It is their job to terminate rogue reploids, those who have become violent.

Your Name.(2016)

PG
| 1h 46min | Romance / Love, Animation, Drama
4.3/5 (with 3,714 votes)

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.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker(2003)

3.3/5 (with 91 votes)

Ash, May, Brock, and Max come upon the festival of the Wishing Star of Seven Nights. During their enjoyment, the legendary Pokemon--Jirachi, descends from the heavens and befriends Max. Jirachi, with the power to grant any wish, is sought after by many people wanting to claim its power. One man seeks to use its legendary power to revive an ancient Pokemon known as Groudon, unaware of the dangers hidden within Jirachi's powers.

Spirited Away(2001)

4.3/5 (with 5,648 votes)

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Howl's Moving Castle(2004)

PG
| 1h 59min | Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
4.2/5 (with 3,176 votes)

When Sophie, a shy young woman, is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo(2008)

G
| 1h 40min | Animation, Kids & Family
3.9/5 (with 1,386 votes)

The son of a sailor, 5-year old Sosuke, lives a quiet life on an oceanside cliff with his mother Lisa. One fateful day, he finds a beautiful goldfish trapped in a bottle on the beach and upon rescuing her, names her Ponyo. But she is no ordinary goldfish.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

One Cut of the Dead(2017)

1h 36min | Comedy, Horror
3.9/5 (with 171 votes)

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned Second World War Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

Directed by Shinichiro Ueda - With Yuzuki Akiyama, Shin'ichirō Ōsawa, Kazuaki Nagaya, Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Yoshiko Takehara, ...

Weathering with You(2019)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Animation, Romance / Love, Fantasy, Drama
4.1/5 (with 497 votes)

The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if taking its cue from his life. After many days of solitude, he finally finds work as a freelance writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then, one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Bayside Shakedown 2(2003)

2h 8min | Action, Comedy, Drama, Crime
2.7/5 (with 4 votes)

The movie takes place again in the fictional Wangan Station of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department the once empty space within Wangan's jurisdiction has become a popular tourist attraction. When a string of murders of company execs begins taking place, Aoshima jumps at the opportunity to pursue something other than his current case, which he finds less than inspiring. However the powers that be have other ideas, and Wangan again plays host to a special investigation team from headquarters. Aoshima's friend Superintendent Shinji Muroi, assigned by headquarters to assist Okita, is again powerless to help the local officers as decisions are made by the higher ups.

Pokémon: The Movie 2000(1999)

3.3/5 (with 301 votes)

Satoshi must put his skill to the test when he attempts to save the world from destruction. The Greedy Pokemon collector Gelardan throws the universe into chaos after disrupting the balance of nature by capturing one of the Pokemon birds that rule the elements of fire, lightning and ice. Will Satoshi have what it takes to save the world?

Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama

Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back(1998)

3.5/5 (with 524 votes)

The adventure explodes into action with the debut of Mewtwo, a bio-engineered Pokemon created from the DNA of Mew, the rarest of all Pokemon. Determined to prove its superiority, Mewtwo lures Satoshi, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none before. Mewtwo vs. Mew. Super-clones vs. Pokemon. It's the ultimate showdown ... with the very future of the world at stake!

Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama
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Princess Mononoke(1997)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Adventure, Fantasy, Animation
4.2/5 (with 2,788 votes)

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Emishi people, is cursed by a demonized boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

The Secret World of Arrietty(2010)

3.8/5 (with 961 votes)

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly(2018)

PG
| 1h 41min | Action, Science Fiction, Animation
3.9/5 (with 970 votes)

Earth is peaceful following the Tournament of Power. Realizing that the universes still hold many more strong people yet to see, Goku spends all his days training to reach even greater heights. Then one day, Goku and Vegeta are faced by a Saiyan called 'Broly' who they've never seen before. The Saiyans were supposed to have been almost completely wiped out in the destruction of Planet Vegeta, so what's this one doing on Earth? This encounter between the three Saiyans who have followed completely different destinies turns into a stupendous battle, with even Frieza (back from Hell) getting caught up in the mix.

Directed by Tatsuya Nagamine

The Wind Rises(2013)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Animation, War, History, Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 983 votes)

A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire(2019)

3.0/5 (with 41 votes)

The world's greatest blue sapphire, the "blue lapis fist", said to have sunk in a pirate ship in the late 19th century, on the coasts of Singapore. A local millionaire plots to retrieve it, and when it's exhibited in an exhibition at the Singaporean Marina Sands hotel, a murder takes place.

Directed by Chika Nagaoka

Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer(2018)

3.0/5 (with 46 votes)

After a sudden explosion at Edge of Ocean island in Tokyo, Tōru Amuro, codename Zero, begins to investigate. Meanwhile, private eye Kogorō is arrested as a suspect, so Conan Edogawa conducts his own investigation to prove his innocence, but Amuro stands in his way.

Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa

Bayside Shakedown(1998)

1h 59min | Comedy, Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.0/5 (with 6 votes)

Aoshima, a police detective working in the Bayside Precinct, is continually frustrated by the hierarchy and red tape that plague the system. His friend Muroi is climbing the ladder of the police bureaucracy. Muroi has made a pact with Aoshima that while Aoshima looks after the streets, Muroi would make life easier for the cops on the beat. One day in Bayside, a series of events turns the small station upside down. A corpse is found in the river, then the Police Commissioner is kidnapped, leading to the Metropolitian Police Department to take over the investigation which is led by Murai. Will he be true to his pact with Aoshima and co-operate with the local police? In the meantime, the murder investigation leads to a morbid web page and a deadly chat room in cyberspace...

Kamen Rider Build the Movie: Be The One(2018)

4.9/5 (with 2 votes)

After the end of the civil war that tore apart Japan, the new governors of Touto, Hokuto and Seito work together to reunify the country. However, they are actually members of an extraterrestrial race called the "Blood Tribe" (the same species as Evolto), who assumed their government positions as part of a plan to destroy Earth as they have done to Mars and other planets before. Considering Sento Kiryū (Kamen Rider Build) a major threat to their plans, the Blood Tribe manipulates his friends and other civilians into attacking him. With even his close ally Ryūga Banjō (Kamen Rider Cross-Z) now against him, Sento must fight to survive and stop the Blood Tribe's plan from succeeding.

The Eternal Zero(2013)

2h 24min | War, Drama
3.6/5 (with 16 votes)

A young man Kentaro Saeki keeps failing his bar test and does not know what to do any more. His older sister Keiko is a freelance writer. Kentaro and Keiko begin to search for information on their grandfather Kyuzo Miyabe who dead in the special forces during World War II. Their grandfather Kyuzo Miyabe was terrified of death and obsessed with life. Why did he join the special forces? According to his fellow navy soldiers, Kyuzo Miyabe was a genius and also a coward. Kentaro and Keiko then discovers the shocking truth which has been sealed for 60 years.

Doraemon: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King(2010)

3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

When Nobita feels like diving in his hometown, Doraemon uses a Underwater Pump Simulator to pump all the water out of Tokyo, causing the entire city to go underwater. That night, Doraemon and Nobita use a Diving Mask Simulator to dive underwater. Later on, lots of fish, and a shark attack Doraemon and Nobita. So, Doraemon puts a stop on the Underwater Pump Simulator, but there is a girl named Sophia, lying down on the bushes in his neighborhood.

Directed by Kōzō Kusuba

Stand by Me Doraemon(2014)

3.6/5 (with 144 votes)

In the suburbs of Tokyo some time ago, there lived a clumsy boy about 10 years old. There appeared in front of him named Sewashi, Nobita's descendant of four generations later from the 22nd century, and Doraemon, a 22nd century cat-type caretaker robot who helps people with its secret gadgets. Sewashi claims that his family is suffering from the debts Nobita made even to his generation, so in order to change this disastrous future, he brought along Doraemon as Nobita's caretaker to bring happiness to his future, although Doraemon is not happy about this. And so Sewashi installed an accomplishment program into Doraemon forcing him to take care of Nobita. Unless he makes Nobita happy, Doraemon can no longer go back to the 22nd century. This is how the life of Doraemon and Nobita begins. Will Doraemon succeed this mission and return to the 22nd century?

Directed by Takashi Yamazaki

One Piece: Stampede(2019)

4.0/5 (with 171 votes)

One Piece: Stampede is a stand-alone film that celebrates the anime's 20th Anniversary and takes place outside the canon of the "One Piece" TV series. Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat pirate crew are invited to a massive Pirate Festival that brings many of the most iconic characters from throughout the franchise to participate in competition with the Straw Hats to find Roger's treasure. It also pits the Straw Hats against a new enemy named Bullet, a former member of Roger's crew.

Directed by Takashi Ōtsuka

Shin Godzilla(2016)

3.5/5 (with 315 votes)

When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side - the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

Bayside Shakedown 3: Set the Guys Loose(2010)

2h 21min | Action, Drama, Comedy
2.2/5 (with 2 votes)

After Detective Shunsaku Aoshima is promoted to section chief he has the daunting task of dealing with eight cases at the same time, which includes a murder case, bomb threat, and a bus hijacking. Complications also arise between Detective Aoshima and his juniors.

Directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro

Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time(2021)

3.3/5 (with 3 votes)

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka, and Rei search for refuge in the desolate red remains of Tokyo-3. But the danger to the world is far from over. A new impact is looming on the horizon—one that will prove to be the true end of Evangelion.

Directed by Hideaki Anno, Mahiro Maeda, Katsuichi Nakayama, Kazuya Tsurumaki

Departures(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama
3.9/5 (with 244 votes)

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.

Tales from Earthsea(2006)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 460 votes)

Something bizarre has come over the land. The kingdom is deteriorating. People are beginning to act strange... What's even more strange is that people are beginning to see dragons, which shouldn't enter the world of humans. Due to all these bizarre events, Ged, a wandering wizard, is investigating the cause. During his journey, he meets Prince Arren, a young distraught teenage boy. While Arren may look like a shy young teen, he has a severe dark side, which grants him strength, hatred, ruthlessness and has no mercy, especially when it comes to protecting Teru. For the witch Kumo this is a perfect opportunity. She can use the boy's "fears" against the very one who would help him, Ged.

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki

Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown(2000)

3.2/5 (with 221 votes)

When Me Snowdon's sadness of her father's disappearance get to her, she unknowingly uses the Unknown to create her own dream world along with Entei, who she believes to be her father. When Entei kidnaps Satoshi's mother, Satoshi along with Kasumi & Takeshi invade the mansion looking for his mom and trying to stop the mysteries of Me's Dream World and Entei!

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