Top Japanese Movies


The Top Japanese Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Japanese List". Lists are calculated daily.

1. Spirited Away ( Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi )

Year of Release: 2002
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise
Actors: Daveigh Chase, Lauren Holly, Suzanne Pleshette, Michael Chiklis
Plot: A young girl is whisked away to a world of witches, dragons, gods and spirits when her parents stop at a seemingly abandoned amusement park. When her parents are transformed into pigs, it's up to Chihiro to make new friends and believe in herself in order to find the way back to her own world.

2. Seven Samurai, The ( Shichinin no samurai )

Year of Release: 1954
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Adventure/Action
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi
Plot: A village under attack recruits seven warriors to try and protect their village.

3. Rash˘mon

Year of Release: 1950
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama/Crime
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Machiko Ky˘, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura
Plot: A crime is told from four different points of view, through different people - but which version is the truth?

4. Princess Mononoke ( Mononoke-hime )

Year of Release: 1997
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Action
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver
Plot: A prince leaves his country to find a cure for a disease that was passed onto him by a possessed boar god. He goes east to find a cure and put a stop to what is angering the gods of the forest.

5. Howl's Moving Castle ( Hauru no ugoku shiro )

Year of Release: 2005
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Hayao Miyazaki, Rick Dempsey
Actors: Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Billy Crystal, Lauren Bacall
Plot: A young woman finds herself the receipient of a curse and seeks out the secretive wizard Howl in order to break the spell.

6. Grave of the Fireflies ( Hotaru no haka )

Year of Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/War
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Isao Takahata
Actors: Rhoda Chrosite, J. Robert Spencer, Veronica Taylor, Amy Jones
Plot: During WWII, a brother and his young sister are forced to survive on their own after their mother is killed in an air raid and they shun their other relatives.

7. My Neighbor Totoro ( Tonari no Totoro )

Year of Release: 1988
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Fantasy
MPAA Rating: G
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Evan Sabara, Frank Welker
Plot: Two young sisters move to the country to be closer to their sick mother. In the forest by their house they discover Totoro, a forest spirit, and the adventure begins.

8. Ikiru

Year of Release: 1952
Overall Rating: 3.3 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Takashi Shimura, Shinichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka, Minoru Chiaki
Plot: A dedicated old man is an official in the Public Affair division. For the very first time in 30 years of service he skips work to check on a health condition. His distant relationship with his son, along with that of a waiter and also a colleague, will change his perception of life and priorities.

9. Yojimbo

Year of Release: 1961
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Action/Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Actors: Toshir˘ Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Daisuke Kat˘, Y˘ko Tsukasa
Plot: A samurai enters a town where two families are feuding, as he develops plan to play them against each other.

10. Nausicań of the Valley of the Wind ( Kaze no tani no Naushika )

Year of Release: 1984
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Japanese
Genre: Anime/Family
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Alison Lohman, Mark Hamill, Mark Silverman
Plot: Far in the future the Earth has been devastated by the "Seven Days of Fire." Now only pockets of humanity survive and in one are, Princess Nausica? works to understand the toxic jungle while preventing war.

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