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The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019  

Jason Bancroft
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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.

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Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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
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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12 Suicidal Teens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
12 Suicidal Teens Hana Sugisaki, Mackenyu

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

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Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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Whistleblower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Whistleblower Aki Askura, Shingo Fujimori

Whistleblower is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa. 

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The Confidence Man JP: The Mov... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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The Kids' Diner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
The Kids' Diner Kanata Fujimoto, Rin Furukawa

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

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Fly Me to the Saitama is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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You Shine in the Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Masquerade Hotel Takuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa

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

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Detective Conan: The Fist of B... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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
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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Fortuna's Eye is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Fortuna's Eye Ryunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura

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

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Touken Ranbu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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A Girl Missing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
A Girl Missing Mariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa

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

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School-Live! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
School-Live! Midori Nagatsuki, Nanami Abe

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

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First Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani
First Love (a.k.a. Hatsukoi) is a 2019 British-Japanese drama film directed by Takashi Miike. A young boxer, Leo (Masataka Kubota) and a call girl, Monica (Sakurako Konishi) meet one night in ...more
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Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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Love Live! Sunshine!! The Scho... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow Rikako Aida, Ai Furihata

Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie Over The Rainbow is a 2019 Japanese animated film directed by Kazuo Sakai. When Kanan and Dia disappear while visiting Mari on Italy, Chika and the rest of the Aqours have no choice but to reach the "Belpaese" themselves and search for them.

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Samurai Marathon 1855 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Samurai Marathon 1855 Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu

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

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Dance With Me is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle o... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
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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A Gambler's Odyssey 2020 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
A Gambler's Odyssey 2020 Becky, Yota Kawase

A Gambler's Odyssey 2020 is a 2019 Japanese fantasy film directed by Kazuya Shiraishi.

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Makuko is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Movies Of 2019
Makuko Atsushi Hasimoto, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi

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