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Top Japanese Movies of All Time

The Best Japanese Movies are calculated by overall Japanese movie ratings. The Top Japanese Movies List is compiled daily.

 

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Yojimbo (1961)
Yojimbo (1961) 3.20/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Daisuke Kat˘
Plot: A samurai enters a town where two families are feuding, as he develops plan to play them against each other.

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Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind ( Kaze no tani no Naushika ) (1984)
Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind ( Kaze no tani no Naushika ) (1984) 3.18/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Family
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Alison Lohman, Mark Hamill
Plot: Far in the future the Earth has been devastated by the "Seven Days of Fire." Now only pockets of humanity survive and in one are, Princess Nausica? works to understand the toxic jungle while preventing war.

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Your Name. ( Kimi no na wa ) (2017)
Your Name. ( Kimi no na wa ) (2017) 3.35/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Actors: Ryűnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraish, Ry˘ Narita
Plot: Two souls who couldn't be any further apart: Mitsuha Miyamizu is a girl living in a small mountain town where she yearns to get away from her small life, her father's electoral campaign and the superstitions that drive the community. Taki Tachiban lives a fast and busy life in Tokyo where he works part time at an Italian restaurant and strives for his dreams of becoming an artist or architect. When the two dream, a celestial bond causes them to switch bodies - and the possibilities and adventure it opens up will change their lives forever.

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Castle in the Sky ( Tenkű no shiro Rapyuta ) (1986)
Castle in the Sky ( Tenkű no shiro Rapyuta ) (1986) 3.12/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Adventure
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: James Van Der Beek, Anna Paquin, Cloris Leachman
Plot: A young girl floats from the sky after a shady government agency and a band of pirates clash over a crystal she possesses. A young boy finds her and together they begin an exciting adventure that leads them to a Laputa - the castle in the sky.

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Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The ( Toki o kakeru sh˘jo ) (2007)
Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The ( Toki o kakeru sh˘jo ) (2007) 3.18/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Actors: Riisa Naka, Emily Hirst, Takuya Ishida
Plot: A young girl finds she has the ability to go back in time and at first uses this ability to her advantage. But as she soon finds out, altering fate has its own consequences and as she realizes this ability is only temporary she races to fix everything she has altered.

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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 3.08/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: War/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hiroshi Watanabe
Plot: The battle of Iwo Jima as taught from the Japanese point of view using culture as the difference between Americans and Japanese.

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Secret World of Arrietty, The ( Kari-gurashi no Arietti ) (2012)
Secret World of Arrietty, The ( Kari-gurashi no Arietti ) (2012) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Fantasy
MPAA rating: G
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Actors: Will Arnett, Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie
Plot: Studio Ghibli takes on the classic tale of The Borrowers: The 4-inch tall Clock family live in secret, borrowing items from human residences to make their home. However, things change when daughter Arrietty is discovered.

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Tokyo Story ( T˘ky˘ monogatari ) (1953)
Tokyo Story ( T˘ky˘ monogatari ) (1953) 3.16/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Actors: Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura
Plot: An older couple head to Tokyo to visit their children and grandchildren, but are greeted with indifference and shipped off to a resort in this touching meditation on the sorrows of growing older.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) 3.23/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Documentary
MPAA rating: PG
Director: David Gelb
Actors: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono
Plot: 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono works in the basement of a Tokyo office building, meticulously crafting the perfect pieces to present at his restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro. The documentary explores the relationship between him and his son (and sushi heir) Yoshikazu, as well as his life-long quest to develop the perfect piece of sushi.

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Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, The ( Ningen no joken II ) (1961)
Human Condition II: Road to Eternity, The ( Ningen no joken II ) (1961) 3.44/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Actors: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Minoru Chiaki
Plot: Continuing the story of Kaji - the soldier finds himself in a unit where the veterans berate him and mistreatment leads one man to suicide and another to defect. With cruelty the order of the day, it ends at the front where his unit is pitted against a Russian tank division - with no hope of winning.

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