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Top 10 Japanese Movies You must Watch

Top 10 Japanese Movies You must Watch

The Japanese film industry has been known to bring some marvelous pieces of art to the world in the form of its movies s. Many of the Japanese movies have been very different from the regular Hollywood movies, but they have the capability to move the audience and touch their souls.

Here is a list of Top 10 Japanese Movies You must Watch

1. Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

This 1954 movie actually opened up the eyes of the world towards Japanese cinema, with a plot revolving about a village which hires these samurai warriors for seeking protection against bandits. Basically an action movie, this one has set the standards for such movies with its great action stunts, wonderful performances, brilliant photography and perfect editing.

2. Tokyo Story

Tokyo Story

Another all time favorite Japanese movie is Tokyo Story, the 1953 classic, which is the story of an elderly couple who visits their family who lives in Tokyo. This pragmatic film is about nothing but human emotions. You should not expect much drama, but this is a film to touch the core of your heart.

3. Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

Next among the top 10 Japanese movies is this tear jerker movie by Hirokazu Koreeda. This film is about the bonding between four siblings whose mother leaves them alone in a Tokyo apartment and how the eldest child takes care of the younger ones. The 2004 movies has some outstanding performances from the children enacting these roles.

4. Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies

Grave of the Fireflies is another film considered one of the best Japanese movies. This 1988 movie was directed by Isao Takahata and has Tsutomu Tatsumi and Ayano Shiraishi in the lead roles. Ser in the backdrop of World War II, this is the story of survival of a boy and his sister through difficult circumstances.

5. Time Traveler-The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Time Traveler-The Girl Who Leapt Through Time Movies

This 2010 science fiction is the story of a girl who goes back into time to save her mother from an accident, which leaves her in a coma in the present. This film is based on a novel and is a sequel of a 1983 movie. The movie also carries elements of romance and drama, besides fantasy.

6. Ju-on


Another movie in the best 10 Japanese movies list is the 2003 horror film, Ju-on, the story of a family who move into a haunted house and have to face an evil spirit, who kills anyone who comes there. This movie is considered to be a horror classic, despite being a low budget flick.

7. Dead ball


This 2011 movie is a psychotic thriller, narrating a story of a baseball player and a crook Jubeh Yakyu, who is sent to a juvenile home, where the Nazi headmistress forces him to join their baseball team. However, this team plays a deadly game of Deadball instead of baseball.

8. Sonatine


Sonatine isto Japanese cinema, what Godfather is to American cinema. This 1993 movie is considered as a classic and must watch film. Murakawa, a yakuza enforcer, goes to Okinawa to make two clans at peace, but ends up to know that people of his own clan are out to kill him.

9. Karate-Robo Zaborgar

Karate-Robot Zaborgar

Among the top 10 Japanese movies is this 2011 movie, which is adapted from a television show of the seventies, Denjin Zaborger. This action comedy film is about the fight between good and evil, with Yatuka Daimon taking on the villains with his part robot-part motorbike friend Zaborgar.



Another must watch Japanese movie is the action animated film, Akira which came in 1988. This popular film is based on the story of a young biker Tetsuo Shima who wants to release the imprisoned psychic Akira, but is stopped by the leader of his biker gang, Shotaro Kaneda. It is considered as one of the best Japanese animation films.

All these film are landmarks in the history of Japanese cinema and should be watched by all movie lovers.





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