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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    The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

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    Abebe Bikila, Kon Ichikawa, ShuntarĊ Tanikawa

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    Suicide Forest in Japan

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    Baby Drain

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    Pray for Japan

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    Minamata: The Victims and Their World

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    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story Teruaki Masumoto

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

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    Children Full of Life

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    A Trace of the Sun

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    Wine Road of the Samurai Shin Koyamada

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    Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years

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    Battling the Yakuza

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    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

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