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.
- 1Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki
Directed by: Shinsuke SatoBleach is a 2018 Japanese film directed by Shinsuke Sato, based on the manga by Tite Kubo.... more
Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse
- 3Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami
Directed by: Naoko YamadaA Silent Voice: The Movie is a 2016 Japanese animated teen drama film directed by Naoko... more
- 4Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa
Directed by: Hiroyuki SeshitaBlame! is a 2017 Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Hiroyuki Seshita,... more
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.
Expelled from Paradise
Flavors of Youth
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.
GODZILLA On the Edge of Battle
- 10Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa
Directed by: Makoto ShinkaiThe Garden of Words is a 2013 Japanese anime drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A... more
Mary and the Witch's FlowerRuby Barnhill, Kate Winslet
Directed by: Hiromasa YonebayashiMary and the Witch's Flower is a 2017 Japanese anime fantasy film directed by Hiromasa... more
My Husband Won't Fit
The Forest of Love
- 15Golden Time is a 2014 animation film directed by Takuya Inaba.
- 16Takumi Saito, Jeanette Aw
Directed by: Eric KhooRamen Shop (a.k.a. Ramen Teh) is a 2018 Singaporean-Japanese-French drama film directed by... more
- 17Gantz: O is a 2016 Japanese CGI anime science fiction action film directed by Yasushi... more
- 18Ryosuke Yamada, Atomu Mizuishi
Directed by: Fumihiko SoriFullmetal Alchemist is a 2017 Japanese dark fantasy science fiction adventure film directed by... more
- 19Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is a a 2011 documentary film directed by David Gelb. "An appetizing... more
- 20Kumiko Asô, Gaku Hamada
Directed by: Keiichi HaraMiss Hokusai is a 2015 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Keiichi Hara, based... more
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.