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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. Japanese has been grouped with 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 in 1853 of Japan's self-imposed isolation, the flow of loanwords from European languages increased significantly. English loanwords, in particular, ha... ()

Japanese is spoken in Japan and 10,935 movies (between 1900 and 2022) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in Japan (9,740). Popular genres for Japanese movies are Drama (4,183), Action (2,099) and Animation (1,907). Your Name. (2016), Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker (2003), Spirited Away (2001), Kirie Eleison (1993) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004) are among the best known & most successful Japanese movies.


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Your Name.(2016)

PG
| 1h 46min | Romance / Love, Animation, Drama
4.3/5 (with 2,431 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)

3.2/5 (with 64 votes)

Satoshi, Haruka, Takeshi, and Masato come upon the festival of the Wishing Star of Seven Nights. During their enjoyment, the legendary Pokemon--Jirachi, descends from the heavens and befriends Masato. 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 4,172 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

Kirie Eleison(1993)

3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A medical researcher working with a blind, mute quadriplegic patient begins to experiment with hypnotherapy as a means to fix his seemingly non-physical ailments. Unfortunately, results are almost impossible to measure on the crippled subject, so she begins monitoring other, healthy text subjects... and even tries hypnosis on herself! What she's unlocking in the human brain may forever change medical science forever, but will she be remain sane enough - or even alive! - to present her findings?

Howl's Moving Castle(2004)

PG
| 1h 59min | Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
4.2/5 (with 2,230 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 974 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. The daughter of a masterful wizard and a sea goddess, Ponyo uses her father's magic to transform herself into a young girl and quickly falls in love with Sosuke, but the use of such powerful sorcery causes a dangerous imbalance in the world. As the moon steadily draws nearer to the earth and Ponyo's father sends the ocean's mighty waves to find his daughter, the two children embark on an adventure of a lifetime to save the world and fulfill Ponyo's dreams of becoming human.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

One Cut of the Dead(2017)

1h 36min | Comedy, Horror
4.0/5 (with 79 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)

4.0/5 (with 79 votes)

High school student Hodaka leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he immediately becomes broke. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. After he starts his job, the weather has been rainy day after day. In a corner of the crowded and busy city, Hodaka meets a young woman named Hina. Due to certain circumstances, Hina and her younger brother live together, but have a cheerful and sturdy life. Hina also has a certain power: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky.

Directed by Makoto Shinkai

Bayside Shakedown 2(2003)

2h 8min | Action, Comedy, Drama, Crime
2.8/5 (with 3 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 219 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)

G
| 1h 15min | Animation, Adventure, Action
3.4/5 (with 391 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

Princess Mononoke(1997)

PG-13
| 2h 14min | Adventure, Fantasy, Animation
4.2/5 (with 2,093 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
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The Secret World of Arrietty(2010)

3.8/5 (with 687 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, Animation, Science Fiction
3.7/5 (with 465 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
3.9/5 (with 713 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

Bayside Shakedown(1998)

1h 59min | Comedy, Drama, Crime, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 5 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...

Metropolis(2001)

PG-13
| 1h 48min | Animation, Science Fiction
3.5/5 (with 105 votes)

Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches in a laboratory fire, she meets and befriends Kenichi, a boy who's traveled to Metropolis with his detective uncle in search of a scientist wanted for organ trafficking. Will her relationship with Kenichi, and the realization of the truth of her existence, change her destiny?

Directed by Rintaro

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

5.0/5 (with 1 vote)

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 12 votes)

A young man Kentaro Saeki (Haruma Miura) 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 (Junichi Okada) 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)

3.2/5 (with 3 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

Doraemon: Stand by Me Doraemon(2014)

3.6/5 (with 79 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

Shin Godzilla(2016)

3.4/5 (with 201 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

Departures(2008)

PG-13
| 2h 10min | Drama
4.0/5 (with 179 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.

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

3.2/5 (with 167 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!

Tales from Earthsea(2006)

3.3/5 (with 283 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

One Piece Film: GOLD(2016)

3.6/5 (with 90 votes)

The Straw Hat Pirates are taking on Gild Tesoro, one of the richest men in the world.

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'(2015)

NR
| 1h 33min | Action, Adventure, Animation, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 367 votes)

One peaceful day on Earth, two remnants of Frieza's army named Sorbet and Tagoma arrive searching for the Dragon Balls with the aim of reviving Frieza. They succeed, and Frieza subsequently seeks revenge on the Saiyans.

Directed by Tadayoshi Yamamuro

Rurouni Kenshin: Origins(2012)

2h 14min | Action, Drama, History
3.8/5 (with 135 votes)

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 across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past...

From Up on Poppy Hill(2011)

PG
| 1h 31min | Animation, Drama
3.8/5 (with 353 votes)

A group of Yokohama students fight to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball during preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. While working there, Umi and Shun gradually attract each other, but face a sudden trial. Even so, they keep going without fleeing the difficulties of reality.

Directed by Gorō Miyazaki
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