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46 Best Japan Movies to Watch

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46 Best Japan Movies to Watch

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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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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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Drive My Car (2021)
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8.9

A poignant, meandering tale of art, love, and loss

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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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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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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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The Wind Rises (2013)
7.9

An illuminative interpretation of the life of Jiro Horikoshi, a Japanese aviation engineer responsible for many World War II fighter designs, including the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter

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Only Yesterday (1991)
8.0

A quiet drama about nostalgia

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Ilo Ilo (2013)
7.8

A Singaporean family struggles to live through the Asian financial crisis

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Yi Yi (2000)
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9.0

Life goes on, beautifully and tragically, in Edward Yang’s magnum opus

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Perfect Blue (1997)
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8.2

A nightmarish psychological thriller from an anime master

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