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49 Best Movies From Japan

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Popular + Japan

49 Best Movies From Japan

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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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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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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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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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Only Yesterday (1991)
8.0

A quiet drama about nostalgia

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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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