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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KingdomKento 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.
Weathering with YouKotaro 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.
Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets BoyMiona 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.
12 Suicidal TeensHana Sugisaki, Mackenyu
12 Suicidal Teens is a 2019 Japanese mystery horror thriller directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi.
You Shine in the MoonlightTakumi Kitamura, Mei Nagano
You Shine in the Moonlight is a 2019 Japanese romantic drama directed by Shô Tsukikawa.
Masquerade HotelTakuya Kimura, Masami Nagasawa
Masquerade Hotel is a 2019 Japanese crime mystery directed by Masayuki Suzuki.
The Confidence Man JP: The MovieYosuke 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.
Until I Meet September's LoveMickey Curtis, Yutaro Furutachi
Until I Meet September's Love is a 2019 Japanese romance directed by Toru Yamamoto.
WhistleblowerAki Askura, Shingo Fujimori
Whistleblower is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa.
The Kids' DinerKanata Fujimoto, Rin Furukawa
The Kids' Diner is a 2019 Japanese family drama directed by Tarô Hyûgaji.
Detective Conan: The Fist of Blue SapphireMinami 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.
Prince of LegendSei Shiraishi, Ryota Katayose
Prince of Legend is a 2019 Japanese action film directed by Hayato Kawai and Kentarô Moriya.
Touken RanbuHiroki 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.
Fortuna's EyeRyunosuke Kamiki, Kasumi Arimura
Fortuna's Eye is a 2019 Japanese romance directed by Takahiro Miki.
A Girl MissingMariko Tsutsui, Mikako Ichikawa
A Girl Missing is a 2019 Japanese drama directed by Kôji Fukada.
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Fly Me to the SaitamaFumi 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.
School-Live!Midori Nagatsuki, Nanami Abe
School-Live! is a 2019 Japanese horror film directed by Issei Shibata.
MakukoAtsushi Hasimoto, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Makuko is a 2019 Japanese science-fiction film directed by Keiko Tsuruoka.
Fate/stay night: Heaven's Feel II. lost butterflyNoriaki 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.
Doraemon: Nobita's Chronicle of the Moon ExplorationWasabi 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.
Samurai Marathon 1855Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu
Samurai Marathon 1855 is a 2019 Japanese historical drama directed by Bernard Rose.
Back Street Girls: GokudolsNana Asakawa, Masato Hanazawa
Mewtwo Strikes Back: EvolutionRica 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.
Dance With MeAyaka 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.