Most Popular Japanese-Language Feature Films
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.
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.
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
The Z-Fighters must contend with Bills, the God of Destruction. But it takes a god to fight a god, and none of them are gods... not even the Saiyans. Dir: Masahiro Hosoda With: Masako Nozawa, Shigeru Chiba, Hiroko Emori Animation 85 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 | Action | Adventure | Family | Fantasy | Romance 119 mins.
Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
50 years ago, Inuyasha was marked with a blood scar on his back, and as of yet, he hasn't gotten revenge... Dir: Toshiya Shinohara With: Kappei Yamaguchi, Satsuki Yukino, Kôji Tsujitani Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy
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.
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 Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller 114 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 | Family | Fantasy 86 mins.
A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food. Dir: Jûzô Itami With: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto Comedy 114 mins.
The Secret World of Arrietty
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their daughter, Arrietty, is discovered. Dir: Hiromasa Yonebayashi With: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 94 mins.