Most Popular Japanese-Language Feature Films
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 125 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.
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 castle. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 119 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 | Adventure | Drama 207 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.
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, Chika Sakamoto Animation | Family | Fantasy 86 mins.
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psychics can stop. Dir: Katsuhiro Ôtomo With: Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Mitsuo Iwata Animation | Action | Sci-Fi 124 mins.
Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster. Dir: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi With: Jun Kunimura, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Satomi Ishihara Action | Adventure | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
Ghost in the Shell
A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. Dir: Mamoru Oshii With: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka Animation | Action | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller 83 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 Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller 114 mins.