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The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019

Updated September 27, 2019 1.2k votes 444 voters 26.0k views36 items

What are the best Japanese movies of 2019? You will get to help decide by voting on them. Japanese cinema has proven wildly popular around the world, thanks to the vivid imagination present in many of the country's most memorable productions. Comedies, dramas, horror flicks, romances -- all are presented in a manner that is specific to Japan in the little details, but universal in terms of the themes explored. That's what makes them resonate with viewers in any country and thanks to services like Netflix, they are more accessible than ever.

One of the most interesting facets of film production in Japan is that animated movies are, in many ways, predominant. Every year brings more than a dozen animated features based on best-selling manga or popular anime series. Among the best 2019 Japanese movies is Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution, the latest of the Pokemon films. Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire and City Hunter The Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes are two other examples. Japanese films are also known for colorful titles, as When My Mom Died, I Wanted to Eat Her Ashes and Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly prove.

Vote for the greatest Japanese movies of 2019 from the list below, regardless of genre. If you don't see one of your favorites listed, please add it so other users can weigh in. Don't forget to check back later to see how your additions fare.

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    Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Kingdom

    Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa

    Kingdom is a Japanese action adventure film directed by Shinsuke Sato. The film portrays the life of Li Xin, a former general of Qin, from his childhood as an orphan through his military career during the Warring States period of ancient China.

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    Weathering with You is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Weathering with You

    Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori

    Weathering with You is a 2019 Japanese animated romantic fantasy drama film film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. It follows a high-school teenager who has run away to Tokyo and befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather. 

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    Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

    Miona Hori, Mizuki Itagaki

    Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Yûki Yamato. Hatsumi and her family live normal lives until she is used by Ryoki who begins to bully and intimidate her.

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    12 Suicidal Teens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    12 Suicidal Teens

    Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu

    12 Suicidal Teens is a 2019 Japanese mystery horror thriller directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. 

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    You Shine in the Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    You Shine in the Moonlight

    Takumi Kitamura, Mei Nagano

    You Shine in the Moonlight is a 2019 Japanese romantic drama directed by Shô Tsukikawa. 

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    Masquerade Hotel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Masquerade Hotel

    Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa

    Masquerade Hotel is a 2019 Japanese crime mystery directed by Masayuki Suzuki. 

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    The Confidence Man JP: The Mov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    The Confidence Man JP: The Movie

    Yosuke Eguchi, Masahiro Higashide

    The Confidence Man JP: The Movie is a 2019 Japanese crime movie directed by Ryô Tanaka. Con men and con women Dako, Boku-chan and Lichard are professionals who know the angles, vulnerabilities, disguise and planning.

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    Until I Meet September's Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Until I Meet September's Love

    Mickey Curtis, Yutaro Furutachi

    Until I Meet September's Love is a 2019 Japanese romance directed by Toru Yamamoto. 

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    Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Whistleblower

    Aki Askura, Shingo Fujimori

    Whistleblower is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa. 

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    The Kids' Diner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    The Kids' Diner

    Kanata Fujimoto, Rin Furukawa

    The Kids' Diner is a 2019 Japanese family drama directed by Tarô Hyûgaji. 

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    Detective Conan: The Fist of B is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire

    Minami Takayama. Wakana Yamazaki

    Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue Sapphire is a 2019 Japanese animated film Directed byTomoka Nagaoka. It is the twenty-third installment of the Case Closed film series based on the manga series of the same name by Gosho Aoyama, following the 2018 film Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer.

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    Prince of Legend is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Prince of Legend

    Sei Shiraishi, Ryota Katayose

    Prince of Legend is a 2019 Japanese action film directed by Hayato Kawai and Kentarô Moriya. 

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    Touken Ranbu is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Touken Ranbu

    Hiroki Suzuki, Yoshihiko Aramaki

    Touken Ranbu is a 2019 Japanese fantasy film directed by Saiji Yakumo. A sage travels to the past and collects a set of legendary swords, which he brings to life as a gang of talented but dysfunctional young men, to fight a battle against evil.

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    Fortuna's Eye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Fortuna's Eye

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura

    Fortuna's Eye is a 2019 Japanese romance directed by Takahiro Miki. 

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    A Girl Missing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    A Girl Missing

    Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa

    A Girl Missing is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Kôji Fukada.

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    First Love is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    First Love

    Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori

    Released2019

    Directed byTakashi Miike

    First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike.... more on Wikipedia
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    Fly Me to the Saitama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Fly Me to the Saitama

    Fumi Nikaidō, GACKT

    Fly Me to the Saitama is a 2019 Japanese comedy film directed by Hideki Takeuchi. In a world where people are discriminated based on their birthplace, a resident of the much-reviled Saitama Prefecture embarks on a revolutionary campaign to improve things for his home.

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    School-Live! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    School-Live!

    Midori Nagatsuki, Nanami Abe

    School-Live! is a 2019 Japanese horror film  directed by Issei Shibata. 

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    Makuko is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Makuko

    Atsushi Hasimoto, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi

    Makuko is a 2019 Japanese science-fiction film directed by Keiko Tsuruoka. 

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    Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly

    Noriaki Sugiyama, Noriko Shitaya

    Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterfly is a Japanese anime film directed by Tomonori Sudō. The story focuses on the Holy Grail War and explores the relationship between Shirou Emiya and Sakura Matou, two teenagers participating in this conflict.

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    Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle o is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration

    Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Ōhara

    Doraemon the Movie 2019: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon Exploration is a Japanese science-fiction anime film directed by Shinnosuke Yakuwa. 

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    Samurai Marathon 1855 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Samurai Marathon 1855

    Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu

    Samurai Marathon 1855 is a 2019 Japanese historical drama directed by Bernard Rose. 

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    Back Street Girls: Gokudols is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Back Street Girls: Gokudols

    Nana Asakawa, Masato Hanazawa

    Back Street Girls: Gokudols is a 2019 Japanese action film directed by Keinosuke Hara. Three male gangsters are forced by their boss into becoming a trio of female pop singers.

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    Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution

    Rica Matsumoto, Mayumi Iizuka

    Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is a Japanese computer-animated film directed by Kunihiko Yuyama. After a scientific experiment leads to the creation of a clone of Mewtwo, he sets out to destroy the world. Ash and his friends then decide to thwart Mewtwo's evil plans.

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    Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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    Dance With Me

    Ayaka Miyoshi, Yuu Yashiro

    Dance with Me is a 2019 Japanese musical film directed by Shinobu Yaguchi. After she is hypnotized, Shizuka Suzuki sings and dances every time she hears music. 

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