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The Best Movies About Tokyo 

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List Rules Films about or set in the city of Tokyo, Japan. Vote up the best Tokyo movies.

Tokyo, also referred to as the “Eastern Capital” is the capital of Japan and the most populous metropolitan city in the entire world. It is the seat of the Imperial Palace which houses the Japanese government and is the most expensive city to live in if you’re an expatriate. It also happens to hold over fifty Fortune 500 companies, making it the leader among the entire world! It’s no wonder so many films have been set in this bustling, interesting city. What are the best movies about Tokyo? Vote up the best films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list are some of the most recognizable titles within the movie industry, and have had an extremely influential affect on the industry at large. Many science fiction films have featured Tokyo as their settings. Whether you’re looking for a comedy, a suspenseful thriller, an action packed adventure, a drama, or a romance film there’s sure to be the perfect movie for you on the list below.
 
This list features the best movies about Tokyo including, Tokyo Story, Godzilla, 2012, Babel, Kill Bill Volume 1, and The Wolverine. Vote up the best Tokyo movies below or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray, Anna Faris
Lost in Translation is a 2003 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, Anna Faris, and Fumihiro Hayashi. The ...more

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Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Kyōko Kagawa
Tokyo Story is a 1953 Japanese film directed by Yasujirō Ozu. It tells the story of an aging couple who travel to Tokyo to visit their grown children. The film contrasts the behavior of their ...more
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Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Quentin Tarantino
Kill Bill: Volume 1 is a 2003 American martial arts film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. the Bride, who swears revenge on a team of bad guys and their leader Bill after they try to ...more

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Joshua Jackson, Rachael Taylor, Daisy Betts
Shutter is a 2008 American remake of the 2004 Thai horror film of the same name. The remake was directed by Masayuki Ochiai, and was released on March 21, 2008.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, KaDee Strickland, Bill Pullman
The Grudge is a 2004 American horror film and the first installment in The Grudge franchise. It is a remake of the Japanese film Ju-on: The Grudge. The film was released in North America on ...more

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Aoi Nakamura, Noriko Aoyama
Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night is a 2010 Japanese independent supernatural horror film written and directed by Toshikazu Nagae. Commissioned by the Japanese distributor Presidio Corporation, ...more
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Takeshi Kusao, Mami Koyama, Tesshō Genda
Akira is a 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, written by Otomo and Izo Hashimoto, and featuring the voices of Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, and ...more

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Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
The Wolverine is a 2013 American superhero film directed by James Mangold, based on the Marvel Comics superhero. When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is ...more

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Billy Crystal, Fran Drescher, Anjelica Huston
This Is Spinal Tap is an American 1984 rock music mockumentary written, scored by, and starring Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The film portrays the fictional ...more

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Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman
Pacific Rim is a 2013 action sci-fi film directed by Guillermo del Toro.

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Takashi Shimura, Makatari Fujiwara, Minoru Chiaki
Ikiru is a 1952 Japanese film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the struggles of a minor Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. The script was partly ...more
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Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski
The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film directed by Hayao Miyazaki and based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi. The film follows the life and romance of Jiro Horikoshi, the ...more

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Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Michelle Rodriguez
Resident Evil: Retribution is a 2012 American-Canadian-German science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the fifth installment in the Resident Evil ...more

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Tokyo Olympiad is a 1965 documentary film directed by Kon Ichikawa which documents the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Like Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia, which documented the 1936 Summer Olympics ...more
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Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a 2009 American military science fiction action film based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise, with particular inspiration from the comic book and cartoon series G.I. ...more

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Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning
Babel is a 2006 American-Mexican-French drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The film portrays ...more

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Vin Diesel, Bow Wow, Amber West
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a 2006 American action film directed by Justin Lin, produced by Neal H. Moritz and written by Chris Morgan. It is the third installment of The Fast and ...more

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Kōji Yakusho, Teruyuki Kagawa, Kanji Tsuda
Tokyo Sonata is a 2008 film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It won the award for Best Film at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and received 2008 Asia Pacific Screen Awards nominations for Achievement in ...more
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Takashi Shimura, Akiko Wakabayashi, Akihiko Hirata
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, released in Japan as San Daikaijū: Chikyū Saidai no Kessen, is a 1964 Japanese crossover science fiction kaiju film produced by Toho. Directed by Ishirō ...more
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Setsuko Hara, Chishū Ryū, Isuzu Yamada
Tokyo Twilight is a 1957 Japanese drama film by Yasujirō Ozu. It is the story of two sisters who are reunited with a mother who left them as children. The film is considered amongst Ozu's ...more
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Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eitarō Shindō
Drunken Angel is a 1948 Japanese yakuza film directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is notable for being the first of sixteen film collaborations between director Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune.
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Eimei Esumi, Tamio Kawaji, Eiji Gō
Tokyo Drifter is a 1966 yakuza film directed by Seijun Suzuki. The story follows Tetsuya Watari as the reformed yakuza hitman "Phoenix" Tetsu who is forced to roam Japan avoiding ...more
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Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave
Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars and ...more

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P!nk, Rebecca Romijn, LL Cool J
Rollerball is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science-fiction film of the same name. This updated version stars Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, and Naveen Andrews. It was directed ...more