The Best Documentaries About Japan Films
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The Best Documentaries About Japan

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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    Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman 2011

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    The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief 2006

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    ANPO: Art X War 2010

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    Minamata: The Victims and Their World 1971

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    Suicide Forest in Japan 2012

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    Japan, A Story Of Love And Hate 2008

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    Torn Memories of Nanjing 2010

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    Minka 2010

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    Tendenko: Surviving the Tsunami 2012

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    Dear Pyongyang 2006

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    Baby Drain 2013

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    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story 2006

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    Children Full of Life 2003

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    Battling the Yakuza 2012

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    A Trace of the Sun 2012

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    Pray for Japan 2012

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    The Morning Sun Shines 1929

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    The Sword Maker 2011

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    Wine Road of the Samurai 2006

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    Yasukuni 2007

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    Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years 2008

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    Interview with a Cannibal 2007

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    Rokkasho Rhapsody 2006

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    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler 2009

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    The Japanese Version 1991

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