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51 Best Movies From Japan

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Popular + Japan

51 Best Movies From Japan

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Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
7.3

A hypnotic series of conversations set in sumptuous 19th-century China

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After Life (1998)
7.8

A quiet and meditative fable that finds comfort in the simplest experiences

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Millennium Actress (2001)
7.9

An elderly actress recounts her life through films

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Asako I & II (2018)
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8.0

A quietly surreal meditation on love and the people it transforms us into

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One Cut of the Dead (2017)
7.8

A one-of-a-kind Japanese zombie comedy that takes the genre to another dimension

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A Silent Voice (2016)
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8.7

A coming-of-age movie that circles around friendship and the atonement of a boy

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Ran (1985)
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8.4

Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of King Lear is an epic historical drama set in sixteenth-century Japan, abundant with blood, betrayal, and battles for ultimate power.

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
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8.5

A watercolor, paradisal coming-of-age story about a teenage witch in training

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Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021)
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8.9

Three separate stories intertwined with themes of love and fate

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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
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8.3

Finds magic in the ordinary every day—and reminds us the most special art is that which comes from the heart

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In This Corner of the World (2016)
7.0

War-torn Hiroshima through the eyes of an everyday but spirited young woman

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Only Yesterday (1991)
8.0

A quiet drama about nostalgia

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