The Best Documentaries About Japan

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List Criteria: Documentaries about Japan and all things Japanese.

This list of the best documentaries about Japan has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with independent films. What is the best documentary about Japan? Vote up your favorites below.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about Japan comes out on top. If you do not see your favorite on the list, add it to the titles below so that others can vote on it, as well. This list currently includes titles such as Tokyo Olympiad, The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On, and The Great Happiness Space.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    The Great Happiness Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    The Great Happiness Space

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    The Emperor's Naked Army March... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Japan, A Story Of Love And Hat... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    The Tsunami and the Cherry Blo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    The Sword Maker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    The Sword Maker

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    Suicide Forest in Japan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Suicide Forest in Japan

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    God Speed You! Black Emperor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Tokyo Olympiad is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Ending Note: Death of a Japane... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    A Man Vanishes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    ANPO: Art X War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    ANPO: Art X War Setsu Asakura, Hiroshi Nakamura, Miyako Ishiuchi

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    Tendenko: Surviving the Tsunam... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Tendenko: Surviving the Tsunami

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    Dear Pyongyang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Dear Pyongyang

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    Baby Drain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Baby Drain

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    Pray for Japan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Torn Memories of Nanjing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Torn Memories of Nanjing

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    Minka is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Minka

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    Budo: The Art of Killing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Fast Future Generation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story Teruaki Masumoto

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    Minamata: The Victims and Thei... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Minamata: The Victims and Their World

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    Rokkasho Rhapsody is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Rokkasho Rhapsody

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    A Trace of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    A Trace of the Sun

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    Battling the Yakuza is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Battling the Yakuza

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    Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Stephen Dorff

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    Wine Road of the Samurai is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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    Yasukuni is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Yasukuni

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    The Morning Sun Shines is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    The Morning Sun Shines

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    Children Full of Life is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Children Full of Life

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    The Japanese Version is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    The Japanese Version

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    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a ... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

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    Interview with a Cannibal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan

    Interview with a Cannibal

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    At the Edge of the World is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Documentaries About Japan
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