The Best Documentaries About Japan Films

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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    The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
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    The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom
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    Japan, A Story Of Love And Hate
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    God Speed You! Black Emperor
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    The Great Happiness Space

    The Great Happiness Space

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    Tokyo Olympiad
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    Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman
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    Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
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    Suicide Forest in Japan

    Suicide Forest in Japan

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    Tendenko: Surviving the Tsunami

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    A Man Vanishes
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    The Sword Maker

    The Sword Maker

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    Baby Drain

    Baby Drain

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    Dear Pyongyang

    Dear Pyongyang

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    Pray for Japan
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    Torn Memories of Nanjing

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    Minka

    Minka

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    Budo: The Art of Killing
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    Minamata: The Victims and Their World

    Minamata: The Victims and Their World

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    Fast Future Generation
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    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story

    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story Teruaki Masumoto

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    ANPO: Art X War

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

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    Rokkasho Rhapsody

    Rokkasho Rhapsody

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    Interview with a Cannibal

    Interview with a Cannibal

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    Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years

    Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years

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    A Trace of the Sun

    A Trace of the Sun

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    Battling the Yakuza

    Battling the Yakuza

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    Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Stephen Dorff

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    Wine Road of the Samurai
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    Yasukuni

    Yasukuni

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    The Morning Sun Shines

    The Morning Sun Shines

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    Children Full of Life

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    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

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    The Japanese Version

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    At the Edge of the World
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