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Movies: Best Movies in Japanese(日本語)

Japanese (日本語, Nihongo, [ɲihoŋɡo]) is the principal language of the Japonic language family spoken by the Japanese people. It has around 120 million speakers, primarily in Japan, the only country where it is the national language, and within the Japanese diaspora worldwide. The Japonic family also includes the Ryukyuan languages and the variously classified Hachijō language. There have been many attempts to group the Japonic languages with other families such as the Ainu, Austroasiatic, Koreanic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals have gained any widespread acceptance. Little is known of the language's prehistory, or when it first appeared in Japan. Chinese documents from the 3rd century AD recorded a few Japanese words, but substantial Old Japanese texts did not appear until the 8th century. From the Heian period (794–1185), extensive waves of Sino-Japanese vocabulary entered the language, affecting the phonology of Early Middle Japanese. Late Middle Japanese (1185–1600) saw extensive grammatical changes and the first appearance of European loanwords. The basis of the standard dialect moved from the Kansai region to the Edo region (modern Tokyo) in the Early Modern Japanese period (early 17th century–mid 19th century). Following the en... ()

Japanese is spoken in Japan and 18,124 movies (between 1898 and 2024) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Japan (17,377). Popular genres for Japanese movies are Drama (6,882), Animation (3,219) and Action (3,045). 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 Suzume (2022) are among the best known & most successful Japanese movies.


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

4.1/5 (with 1,508 votes)

Tanjiro 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, Kyojuro 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)

3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

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 "Mega Man X". X, meanwhile, has joined the Maverick Hunters, and works with unit leader Zero under the command of Commander Sigma. It is their job to terminate reploids who have become violent.

Directed by Atsushi Ōtsuki

Your Name.(2016)

PG
| 1h 46min | Romance / Love, Animation, Drama
4.3/5 (with 4,822 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 114 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.

Suzume(2022)

PG
| 2h 2min | Animation, Drama, Adventure, Fantasy
4.0/5 (with 397 votes)

Suzume, 17, lost her mother as a little girl. On her way to school, she meets a mysterious young man. But her curiosity unleashes a calamity that endangers the entire population of Japan, and so Suzume embarks on a journey to set things right.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Spirited Away(2001)

4.3/5 (with 7,055 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

The First Slam Dunk(2022)

PG-13
| 2h 4min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
3.9/5 (with 99 votes)

Shohoku's “speedster” and point guard, Ryota Miyagi, always plays with brains and lightning speed, running circles around his opponents while feigning composure. In his second year of high school, Ryota plays with the Shohoku High School basketball team along with Sakuragi, Rukawa, Akagi, and Mitsui as they take the stage at the Inter-High School National Championship. And now, they are on the brink of challenging the reigning champions, Sannoh Kogyo High School.

Directed by Takehiko Inoue

Howl's Moving Castle(2004)

PG
| 1h 59min | Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
4.2/5 (with 4,230 votes)

From director Hayao Miyazaki and the legendary Studio Ghibli, Howl's Moving Castle is an Academy Award-nominated acclaimed fantasy based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a curse on Sophie and turns her into a 90-year-old woman. On a quest to break the spell, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent moving castle and into a new life of wonder and adventure. But as the true power of Howl's wizardry is revealed, Sophie finds herself fighting to protect them both from a dangerous war of sorcery that threatens their world. Featuring the voice talents of Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer and Jean Simmons.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo(2008)

3.9/5 (with 1,778 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

Jujutsu Kaisen 0(2021)

PG-13
| 1h 45min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 560 votes)

Yuta Okkotsu is a nervous high school student who is suffering from a serious problem—his childhood friend Rika has turned into a curse and won't leave him alone. Since Rika is no ordinary curse, his plight is noticed by Satoru Gojo, a teacher at Jujutsu High, a school where fledgling exorcists learn how to combat curses. Gojo convinces Yuta to enroll, but can he learn enough in time to confront the curse that haunts him?

Directed by Sunghoo Park

Weathering with You(2019)

PG-13
| 1h 52min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance / Love
4.0/5 (with 915 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
2.9/5 (with 5 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.

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Pokémon: The Movie 2000(1999)

3.3/5 (with 364 votes)

When Lawrence III's scheme to capture the Legendary Pokémon Lugia upsets the balance of nature, it is up to Ash Ketchum and his friends to save the world.

Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama

Pokémon: The First Movie(1998)

3.4/5 (with 633 votes)

Determined to prove its superiority, a bio-engineered Pokémon called Mewtwo lures Ash, Pikachu and others into a Pokemon match like none before.

Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama

Princess Mononoke(1997)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Adventure, Fantasy, Animation
4.2/5 (with 3,435 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 Boy and the Heron(2023)

PG-13
| 2h 5min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 425 votes)

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one.".

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

One Piece Film Red(2022)

PG-13
| 1h 55min | Animation, Adventure, Action, Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 389 votes)

Uta — the most beloved singer in the world. Her voice, which she sings with while concealing her true identity, has been described as “otherworldly.” She will appear in public for the first time at a live concert. As the venue fills with all kinds of Uta fans — excited pirates, the Navy watching closely, and the Straw Hats led by Luffy who simply came to enjoy her sonorous performance — the voice that the whole world has been waiting for is about to resound.

Directed by Gorō Taniguchi

The Secret World of Arrietty(2010)

3.8/5 (with 1,211 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 1,335 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 | Drama, Animation, War, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 1,289 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

Case Closed: The Fist of Blue Sapphire(2019)

3.1/5 (with 67 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

Case Closed: Zero the Enforcer(2018)

3.1/5 (with 66 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
3.2/5 (with 9 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.

Detective Conan: The Scarlet Bullet(2021)

3.4/5 (with 24 votes)

At the opening ceremony of the WSG (World Sports Games) Tokyo Games, a sports festival held once every four years, it is announced that the world's first vacuum superconducting maglev with a maximum speed of 1,000 kilometers per hour will open. While attracting attention from around the world, top executives of large companies are kidnapped from the party venue where WSG tournament sponsors gather. Conan moves toward a solution and eventually finds a connection with the WSG abduction case that occurred 15 years ago in Boston, USA.

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

4.1/5 (with 334 votes)

In the aftermath of the Fourth Impact, stranded without their Evangelions, Shinji, Asuka and Rei find refuge in one of the rare pockets of humanity that still exist on the ruined planet Earth. There, each lives a life far different from their days as an Evangelion pilot. However, 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

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

3.8/5 (with 3 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.

Directed by Kazuya Kamihoriuchi

Rookies the Movie: Graduation(2009)

2h 17min | Drama
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Futakotamagawa High School had a Baseball Club, but because of a fight during one of their games, they were suspended for a year from all games. Composed of student delinquents, Futakotamagawa High's new Literature teacher Kawato Koichi inspires the Baseball Club to believe in a dream goal once again. For them, it is to play at the Koshien - Japan's National High School Baseball Championship. But, Kawato Koichi and the newly reformed baseball team run into plenty of obstacles along the way...

The Fighter Pilot(2013)

2h 24min | War, Drama
3.5/5 (with 26 votes)

A brother and sister learn their biological grandfather was a kamikaze pilot who died during World War II. During their research into his life, they get conflicting accounts from his former comrades about his character and how he joined his squadron.

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

3.6/5 (with 20 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)

3.7/5 (with 204 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
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