Most Popular Japanese-Language Feature Films
The Wind Rises
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War 126 mins.
In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 125 mins.
Howl's Moving Castle
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 119 mins.
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka Animation | Adventure | Fantasy 134 mins.
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. Dir: Ishirô Honda With: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller 96 mins.
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. Dir: Akira Kurosawa With: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima Action | Drama 207 mins.
My Neighbor Totoro
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Toshiyuki Amagasa Animation | Drama | Family | Fantasy 86 mins.
An animated adventure about a five-year-old boy and his relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become a human. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 101 mins.
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. Dir: Kinji Fukasaku With: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller 114 mins.
Grave of the Fireflies
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. Dir: Isao Takahata With: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi Animation | Drama | War 89 mins.