Most Popular "Japanese Culture" Titles
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1. The Last Samurai (2003)
R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
Votes: 326,416 | Gross: $111.11M
4. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
R | 123 min | Drama, War
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.
5. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)
PG | 81 min | Documentary
A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.
Votes: 26,353 | Gross: $2.55M
6. The Pillow Book (1996)
Not Rated | 126 min | Drama
As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, ... See full summary »
Votes: 10,788 | Gross: $2.29M
8. The Ramen Girl (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.
9. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
After Gilbert and Sullivan's latest play is critically panned, the frustrated team threatens to disband until it is inspired to write the masterpiece "The Mikado".
Votes: 10,206 | Gross: $6.20M
10. Le hérisson (2009)
100 min | Drama
Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents ... See full summary »
11. Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013)
118 min | Documentary
Follows the routines of those employed at Studio Ghibli, including filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio Suzuki as they work to release two films simultaneously, The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.
12. Banshun (1949)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama
Noriko is twenty-seven years old and still living with her widowed father. Everybody tries to talk her into marrying, but Noriko wants to stay at home caring for her father.
14. The Hunted (1995)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Paul is on one of his many business trips to Tokyo, as a computer-chip executive from New York, when he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman. Later, he finds himself in the wrong place at... See full summary »
Votes: 3,828 | Gross: $6.61M
15. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Approved | 123 min | Comedy
This comedy-drama is partially a gentle satire on America's drive to change the world in the post-war years. One year after World War II, Captain Fisby is sent to the village of Tobiki in ... See full summary »
18. Edo Porn (1981)
119 min | Biography, Drama, History
(Japanese with English subtitles) Widowed woodblock artist Hokusai meets Onao and falls madly in love with her, but she disappears suddenly. One day, his daughter brings home a young girl ... See full summary »
19. Stupeur et tremblements (2003)
Unrated | 107 min | Comedy, Drama
A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »
20. Kohayagawa-ke no aki (1961)
103 min | Drama
The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.
22. Sing a Song of Sex (1967)
Four high school students preparing for their university entrance exam fantasize about a classmate, and meet up with thier inebriated teacher, while singing bawdy drinking songs.
26. Toppuresu (2008)
108 min | Comedy, Drama
The ever-lively and upbeat Natsuko tries to mend a broken heart by carrying on with a string of short-lived affairs after her break-up with Tomomi. But when Tomomi announces her plans to ... See full summary »
76 min | Documentary
Welcome to The Great Happiness Space: Rakkyo Café. The club's owner, Issei (22), has a staff of twenty boys all under his training to become the top escorts of Osaka's underground love ... See full summary »
Director: Jake Clennell
30. I Survived a Japanese Game Show (2008– )
60 min | Adventure, Game-Show, Reality-TV
Ten Americans, many of whom have never traveled beyond the borders of the United States, head to Japan to compete in the ultimate Japanese game show. Hilarity presumably ensues. The final winner will take home $250,000.
31. Afro Samurai (2009 Video Game)
M | Action, Adventure, Drama
In this video game adaption of the already popular anime. You can now control the emotionless Afro Samurai as he kills various cyborgs, assassins, and ninjas to become Number 1.
32. The Geisha House (1998)
113 min | Drama
Young Tokiko works at a geisha house as a maid, waiting for her maiko practice (apprenticeship of geisha) to begin. The movie depicts detailed lifestyle of geishas at that time, showing their rules, loves, beauties and humanities.
33. Gatekeeper (I) (2016)
39 min | Documentary, Short
Patrolling a popular tourist destination of steep cliffs that plummet into the Sea of Japan, a retired police officer vigilantly intercepts troubled souls looking to jump, his count of lives saved now over 500.
35. Nihon igai zenbu chinbotsu (2006)
98 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Due to global warming and the shifting of tectonic plates, most of the Earth's land has sunk beneath the surface of the ocean. Only Japan remains and refugees from all nations try to incorporate themselves into Japanese society:
36. Maria sama ga miteru (2004– )
Animation, Drama, Romance
Sachiko has offered to be Yumi's soeur, the most popular girl at the school as her "sister" and guide for all her years at the academy. The whole idea has Yumi completely flustered because they hardly know each other.
37. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience (2012)
68 min | Documentary
100 Yen is a historical documentary about the evolution of arcades and the culture surrounding it - from the birth of arcades to the game centers that still thrive today.
38. Terebi bakari mi teruto baka ni naru? (2007 Video)
85 min | Comedy
This erotically tinged psychological drama from Japan follows the story of Yuki, a shut-in whose entire life takes place within the four walls of her small apartment - which she hasn't left in years.
41. Shinobi: The Law of Shinobi (2004)
80 min | Action
In the world of the Ninja, skill plays only a small role in determining one's rank. Kageru is strong, fast and extremely intelligent-the best in his class. However, his birth predestines ... See full summary »
72 min | Documentary
48. Shinobi: Runaway (2005)
75 min | Action
Former shinobi Kagerou and Aoi have become fugitives. Not only are they being pursued by the Shinobi of Shiroyama, they must also escape brutal and ruthless assassins hailing from all the ... See full summary »
49. Uchuujin from Outer Space (2007)
165 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
The earth is about to be exterminated by a huge army of aliens so deadly that you would Poo Poo ya pants if you saw then. The plant's only hope lies with a Super Being known as The Geisha, ... See full summary »
50. Moshi Moshi Nippon (2014– )
The TV show "Moshi Moshi Nippon", hosted by Japanese Kawaii/J-pop icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and US-born musician/artist Rei Mastrogiovanni (who resides in Japan), is an educational program ... See full summary »