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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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Whisper of the Heart ( Mimi wo sumaseba ) (1995)
Whisper of the Heart ( Mimi wo sumaseba ) (1995) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: G
Director: Yoshifumi Kondo
Actors: Youko Honna, Kazuo Takahashi, Takashi Tachibana
Plot: A young girl who reads a lot of fairy tales has a typical life, but something is missing. One day, on a whim, she follows a cat riding a train - this leads her to a chance meeting with a young boy who dreams of being a violin-maker and his grandfather's antique store where a statue of a cat gives her inspiration to follow her own dream: to write.

32.

High and Low ( Tengoku to jigoku ) (1963)
High and Low ( Tengoku to jigoku ) (1963) 3.12/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Thriller/Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Ky˘ko Kagawa
Plot: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

33.

Red Beard ( Akahige ) (1965)
Red Beard ( Akahige ) (1965) 3.13/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Yuzo Kayama, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Plot: In 19th-century Japan, a young doctor reluctantly goes to work at a rural hospital. There, he first rebels against, then comes to respect and learn from, "Red Beard," the head doctor.

34.

Ronin Gai ( R˘nin-gai ) (1990)
Ronin Gai ( R˘nin-gai ) (1990) 3.63/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA rating: NR
Director: Kazuo Kuroki
Actors: Yoshio Harada, Kanako Higuchi, Shintar˘ Katsu
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35.

Summer Wars ( SamÔ w˘zu ) (2010)
Summer Wars ( SamÔ w˘zu ) (2010) 3.11/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Adventure
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Actors: Ayumu Sait˘, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
Plot: A shy math genius agrees to to take a job of escorting Natuski, a girl he secretly has a crush on, as her "fiance" during the summer to celebrate the 90th birthday of the families matriarch. Yet the real job may be saving the world.

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In This Corner of the World ( Kono sekai no katasumi ni ) (2017)
In This Corner of the World ( Kono sekai no katasumi ni ) (2017) 3.50/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Drama
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Sunao Katabuchi
Actors: Non - Rena Nounen, Megumi Han, Yoshimasa Hosoya
Plot: In 1935 Suzu lives with her family in Eba, a town in Hiroshima, where her artistic talent is allowed to flourish. All that changes when she finds herself suddenly married as a teen, whisked off to Kure where she falls in to a daily routine of cleaning, mending and cooking. As war looms over Japan, Suzu finds living a normal life becomes more and more difficult as food rationing and air raids disrupt her life. Through hardships both physical and emotional, Suzu determinedly soldiers on.

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Ghost in the Shell ( K˘kaku kid˘tai ) (1996)
Ghost in the Shell ( K˘kaku kid˘tai ) (1996) 2.99/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Action
MPAA rating: R
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Actors: Mimi Woods, Richard Epcar (as George Richard), William Knight (as William Frederick)
Plot: In the year 2029 the world has become completely information oriented and the world's worst criminals are hackers. Section 9 is formed is formed to combat these criminals, made up of cyborgs with the ability to access any network. When a rogue virtual agent, The Puppet Master, is released it must be destroyed before it gets out into the real world.

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Paprika (2007)
Paprika (2007) 3.03/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Sci-Fi
MPAA rating: R
Director: Satoshi Kon
Actors: Megumi Hayashibara, T˘ru Furuya, K˘ichi Yamadera
Plot: A new device allows scientists to delve into a patient's dreams to help them analyze their problems, but when a techno-terrorist steals the new technology no one is safe, and soon the line between dreams and reality begin to blur.

39.

Perfect Blue (1999)
Perfect Blue (1999) 3.06/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Thriller
MPAA rating: R
Director: Satoshi Kon
Actors: Bridget Hoffman, Wendee Lee, R. Martin Klein
Plot: A retired pop idol begins a new career as a risque actress, but when she finds a website that has intimate details of her life, she begins to question her own life.

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Wind Rises, The ( Kaze tachinu ) (2014)
Wind Rises, The ( Kaze tachinu ) (2014) 3.14/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Biography
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Hideaki Anno, Jun Kunimura, Mirai Shida
Plot: Hayao Miyazaki's latest film focuses on the life of Jiro Horikoshi - the man responsible for the design of the Japanese Zero fighter that saw much use in WWII. It is also a reflection of life in Japan during the first half of the 20th century.

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