What are the best movies set in Japan?

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    #1Lost In Translation

    Lost In Translation

    Lost In Translation is a drama movie which follows a faded movie star as he and an interesting young woman form an unlikely bond after accidentally crossing paths in Tokyo. It was directed and written by Sofia Coppola in 2003.


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    Danielle Fowler
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "This movie is so heartbreaking but it's still my favorite film to watch when I just want to appreciate the aesthetic of modern Japan. It's gorgeously shot and really displays the beauty of modern Japan!"
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    #2Memoirs 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 Freeman
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "Memoirs of a Geisha is what got me interested in the history of Japan. I don't know much about how historically accurate this film is but I do know that the culture and fashion shown in this film is so interesting and vibrant and I'd love to be a part of it!"
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    #3Spirited 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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    Harry Freeman
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "The spirit world is infinitely more interesting but hey, as long as it's Ghibli it's all beautiful. The Japanese styled bathhouse is so highly detailed that it feels almost real!"
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    Godzilla (Gojira) is a Japanese kaiju (giant monster) film directed by Ishirō Honda. It is the first in the Godzilla franchise. Released in 1954, Godzilla was distributed by Toho and features Akira Takarada and Momoko Kochi in the lead roles.


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    Mark Reid
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "The great godzilla classic! I love watching this huge monstrosity destroy everything in its sight! Amazing movie!"
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    #5Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima is a historical war, and drama movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Released on February 2, 2007, this tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese point of view.


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    Susan Barrett
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "I cry everytime I watch this movie. We're all fed this narrative that Americans are the good guys and the Axis powers were villains but seeing this perspective flip really makes you think whether either side could be considered truly villainous. Of course, that doesn't mean atrocities shouldn't be condemned!"
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    Babel is a film by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu released last November 10, 2006, in the U.S.A. It is a 2 hour and 23-minute film starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal. 


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    Keith Walsh
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu is a true master of our generation. I love watching his films but Babel is my favorite because he gets to work with a large cast and in so may locations. Well done!"
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    #7The Last Samurai

    The Last Samurai

    The Last Samurai is an action-drama movie set in Japan during the 1870s. It is directed by Edward Zwick and it stars Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, and Ken Watanabe.


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    Christina Mendoza
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "The Last Samurai is an amazing historical film. I have a thing for Samurai-themed media and hey, Tom Cruise in his prime doesn't hurt! hahahaha"
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    Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Hayao Miyazaki tells us the story of Sosuke that rescues a little goldfish named Ponyo. But the father of Ponyo, a powerful sea sorcerer, forces her to return home to the sea. Ponyo wants to be human and her mother, a sea goddess will try to restore balance between nature making her wishes come true.


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    Phillip Webb
    Written on July 4, 2018
    "This is kind of a stretch but it IS set in Japan. It's more of a fairy tale tho so I guess if you wanna watch fairy tales set in Japan then this is for you!"


Best What are the best movies set in Japan
1Lost In TranslationMovies 13 Paid
2Memoirs of a GeishaMovies 11 Paid
3Spirited AwayMovies 11 Paid
4GodzillaMovies 9 Paid
5Letters From Iwo JimaMovies 6 Paid
6BabelMovies 4 Paid
7The Last SamuraiMovies 3 Paid
8PonyoMovies 2 Paid

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