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56 Best Movies In Japanese

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Popular + Japanese

Find the best Japanese-language movies to watch. These movies in Japanese are: highly-rated by critics, highly-rated by viewers, and handpicked by our staff.

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Topsy-Turvy (1999)
7.4

A meticulous and whimsical account of the making of the influential comic opera The Mikado

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The Woman Who Left (2016)
7.4

A Golden Lion-winning moralistic tale from slow cinema master Lav Diaz

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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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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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Lady Vengeance (2005)
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8.1

Truth-seeking and revenge fuel this Korean classic

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