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The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix  

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Japanese culture has long pervaded American mainstream cinema. It's not all Harijuku girls and anime, however. Some of the best Japanese language movies are on Netflix, and each category is even more exciting than the last. This list includes many thrilling, horrific and action packed Japanese movies, some of which have been remade as American hits like Ju-on: The Grudge.

For those of you with more high-brow tastes, Netflix Japanese movies include Kurosawa’s Kagemusha, as well as Departures, which won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and indie film festival darling, Like Father Like Son. Some documentary films, like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, were produced in America, but carefully capture Japanese culture in their portrayal of what it's like to follow your dreams in Japan.

Though it hardly seems possible, there isn’t a single Godzilla movie on this list, but hopefully Netflix will add one someday! Feel free to add any movies that might be missing from this list, and be sure to vote up the best Japanese language films streaming on Netflix.

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Bleach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa
Bleach is a 2018 Japanese film directed by Shinsuke Sato, based on the manga by Tite Kubo. High school student Ichigo Kurosaki (Sota Fukushi) uses his newly discovered supernatural powers to ...more
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Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
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A Silent Voice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yūki
A Silent Voice: The Movie is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film directed by Naoko Yamada, based on the manga by Yoshitoki Ōima. Years after being ostracized by his classmates for bullying ...more
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Flavors of Youth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Flavors of Youth
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In This Corner of the World is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
In This Corner of the World

Suzu marries into a family living outside of Hiroshima and quickly settles into her new life, until World War II challenges her ability to survive.

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Godzilla Planet of the Monster... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Godzilla Planet of the Monsters

Finding their target planet uninhabitable, the humans aboard the Aratrum make a desperate journey back to Earth. But humanity's birthplace has changed.

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Blame! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa, Sora Amamiya
Blame! is a 2017 Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Hiroyuki Seshita, based on the manga series. In the distant future, humans are declared "illegal residents" ...more
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My Husband Won't Fit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
My Husband Won't Fit
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The Forest of Love is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
The Forest of Love
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Expelled from Paradise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Expelled from Paradise
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GODZILLA On the Edge of Battle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
GODZILLA On the Edge of Battle
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Golden Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Golden Time
Golden Time is a 2014 animation film directed by Takuya Inaba.
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Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing documentary in every sense, Jiro Dreams of Sushi follows 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono, ...more
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Gantz: O is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Gantz: O is a 2016 Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Yasushi Kawamura, based on the manga series Gantz, which was written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. Kei Kurono and ...more
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Fullmetal Alchemist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Ryosuke Yamada, Atomu Mizuishi, Tsubasa Honda
Fullmetal Alchemist is a 2017 Japanese dark fantasy science fiction adventure film directed by Fumihiko Sori, based on the manga series by Hiromu Arakawa, covering the first four volumes of the ...more
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Miss Hokusai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada, Kengo Kôra
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River's Edge is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Language Movies on Netflix
River's Edge Fumi Nikaido, Ryo Yoshizawa

High schooler Haruna befriends loner Yamada, then is drawn into the tangled relationship between him, a model and the girl who loves him unreasonably.