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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    Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, Shohei Imamura, Yoshie Hayakawa

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    Ending Note: Death of a Japanese Salesman Han Ji-min

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    Abebe Bikila, Kon Ichikawa, ShuntarĊ Tanikawa

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    The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief

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

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    Minamata: The Victims and Their World

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    Suicide Forest in Japan

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    Japan, A Story Of Love And Hate

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    Torn Memories of Nanjing

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    Minka

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    Tendenko: Surviving the Tsunami

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    Dear Pyongyang

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    Baby Drain

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    Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story Teruaki Masumoto

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    Children Full of Life

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    Battling the Yakuza

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    A Trace of the Sun

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    Pray for Japan

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    The Morning Sun Shines

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    The Sword Maker

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    Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Stephen Dorff

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    Harry J. Quini

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    Wine Road of the Samurai Shin Koyamada

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    Yasukuni

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    Same Old Story: A Trip Back 20 Years

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    Interview with a Cannibal

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    Rokkasho Rhapsody

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    A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

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    The Japanese Version

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    Paul Watson

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