What are the best Japanese movies?

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    #1Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name

    Kimi no Na Wa: Your Name is a Japanese drama animated movie directed by Makoto Shinkai. It was released in 2016. It starred Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryunosuke Kamiki for the Japanese voice and Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh for the English voice.


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    Arthur Baker
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This has a very nice cover to it and the plot seems pretty solid, a good coming of age story that spans many years and follow two people."
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    #2Rurouni Kenshin: Origins

    Rurouni Kenshin: Origins

    Kenshin Himura was a relentless killer for the empire during the Shogunate, he promised never to kill again. This promise will be tested ten years later. Rurouni Kenshin is a 2012 Japanese film adaptation of the manga of the same name originally written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. 


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    Rubén Arriaga
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I was working 8am to 7pm shifts for the past few years and I wanted to make sure I spend time in the evening with my 18 year old twin sons. I was looking for an exciting and thrilling movie to share with them while they resting at night. I found this amazing Japanese movie called "Rurouni Kenshin: Origins" which is an amazing story filled with history, tests of loyalty, and thrilling subplots written by Nobuhiro Watsuki who describes the griping account of a relentless killer serving the imperial dynasty during the reign of the Shogunate in Japan. This was a manga series was turned into an award winning movie. My sons absolutely love this cinematic and dramatic tale. Thank you!"
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    #3Noroi: The Curse

    Noroi: The Curse

    Noroi: The Curse is a Japanese horror and thriller film directed by Koji Shiraishi. It was released in the year 2005 following an indie documentary setting. It starred Jin Muraki, Rio Kanno and Tomono Kuga.


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    Patricia Hawkins
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "Noroi: The Curse is one of the best Japaneses movies out there . It's a Japanese horror film about ghosts/mythology in a documentary type style. Noroi: The Curse will leave you on the edge of your seats. While it starts what some would say boring, but as the movie progresses your mind will be changed very quickly."
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    #4Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha

    Memoirs of a Geisha is a Japanese historical biography movie directed by Rob Marshall. It was released December 9, 2005. It starred Gong Li, Koji Yakusho, Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe and Michelle Yeoh.


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    Sandra Wells
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A Cinderella story set in a mysterious and exotic world, this stunning romantic epic shows how a house servant blossoms, against all odds, to become the most captivating geisha of her day. Genres Drama Director Rob Marshall Starring Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh"
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    Ju-on, also known as The Grudge, is a Japanese horror and thriller movie directed by Takashi Shimizu. It was released January 1, 2003. It starred Megumi Okina, Misaki Ito, Misa Uehara, Yui Ichikawa, and Kanji Tsuda.


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    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is an interesting horror movie. I wouldn't say it is the best of all Japanese movies, but it is thrilling."
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    #6Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    Spirited Away is a Japanese movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of yokai and the spirit world and mythology of Japan. Chihiro and her parents are traveling to their new home when they enter a magical world.


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    Shaurya Tambe
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Spirited Away (Japanese: 千と千尋の神隠し Hepburn: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, "Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away") is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film and Mitsubishi and distributed by Toho. [6] The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara, and tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a sullen 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world."
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    #7Battle of Gods (Dragon Ball Z)

    Battle of Gods (Dragon Ball Z)

    Battle of Gods is the 18th animated film on the Dragon Ball series and the first to have a theatrical release following the 10th-anniversary movie in 1996. This is also the first-ever Japanese film to be screened at IMAX Digital Theaters.


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    Rakesh Khan
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Battle of Gods - the Dragon Ball Z film - is not worth the watch. The DBZ franchise has done too much and has become too formulaic and stale. There are far better Japanese movies."
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    Ringu, also known as Ring, is a Japanese horror and thriller movie directed by Hideo Nakata released in 1998. It centers on journalist Reiko Asakawa and her ex-husband Ryuji Takayama's investigation on a cursed videotape. 


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    Matthew Gonzalez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is classic horror movie. If you haven't seen it yet you really should. "


Best What are the best Japanese movies
1Kimi no Na Wa: Your NameMovies 15 Paid
2Rurouni Kenshin: OriginsMovies 11 Paid
3Noroi: The CurseMovies 10 Free
4Memoirs of a GeishaMovies 8 Paid
5Ju-onMovies 6 Paid
6Spirited AwayMovies 5 Paid
7Battle of Gods (Dragon Ball Z)Movies 2 Paid
8RinguMovies 1 Paid

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