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 good, thrilling, horrific, and action packed Japanese movies, some of which have even been remade as American hits.
For those of you with more high-brow tastes, some won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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.
Directed by: Shinsuke Sato
Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
Directed by: Naoko Yamada
Expelled from ParadiseRie Kugimiya, Shin-ichiro Miki
Directed by: Seiji Mizushima
Directed by: Hiroyuki Seshita
Directed by: Li Haoling, Jiaoshou Yi Xiaoxing, Yoshitaka Takeuchi
GODZILLA: City on the Edge of Battle
Directed by: Sunao Katabuchi
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.
Mary and the Witch's FlowerRuby Barnhill, Kate Winslet
Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Directed by: Makoto Shinkai
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda
Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Kazuya Tsurumaki
Directed by: Toshiyuki Kubooka, Michael Sinterniklaas
The Forest of Love
Directed by: Fumihiko Sori
River's EdgeFumi 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.