Most Popular Japanese-Language Feature Films

1. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
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Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. Dir: Isao Takahata With: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen Animation | Drama | Fantasy 137 mins.
2. Spirited Away (2001) Spirited Away (2001)
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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 beasts. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise With: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino Animation | Adventure | Family | Fantasy 125 mins.
3. Princess Mononoke (1997) Princess Mononoke (1997)
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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.
4. Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
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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.
5. The Wind Rises (2013) The Wind Rises (2013)
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A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto Animation | Biography | Drama | Romance | War 126 mins.
6. Seven Samurai (1954) Seven Samurai (1954)
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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 Drama 207 mins.
7. Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
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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.
8. My Neighbor Totoro (1988) My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
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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.
9. Ghost in the Shell (1995) Ghost in the Shell (1995)
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A female cyborg cop 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.
10. Battle Royale (2000) Battle Royale (2000)
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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 | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller 114 mins.