The best documentaries about Japan really make you feel like you're visiting the country. 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 documentary movies about Japanese history, culture, art, and food. So if you're curious about Japan, these docs are a great place to start, some of these documentaries are even available on Netflix.
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.
Suicide Forest in Japan
Abduction: The Megumi Yokota StoryChris Sheridan, Patty Kim
The Sword Maker
ANPO: Art X WarLinda Hoaglund
Dear PyongyangYang Yonghi
The Great Happiness SpaceJake Clennell
Torn Memories of NanjingTamaki Matsuoka
Minamata: The Victims and Their WorldNoriaki Tsuchimoto
Children Full of LifeNoboru Kaetsu
Wine Road of the SamuraiEiji Sone
A Trace of the Sun
A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler