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Movies about World War II Japan fascinate audiences, and with good reason. This period in history is marked by drama and bloodshed, from the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the Battle of Iwo Jima. Many great films have been made about this era, and the very best lend depth and shading to figures that are often misunderstood. This is a list of the greatest movies about WWII Japan including everything from Empire of the Sun to Grave of the Fireflies to Midway.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about WW2 Japan? Clint Eastwood seems especially fascinated by the subject, and even directed two features about Iwo Jima. In Flags of Our Fathers, he follows the Marines and Navy Corpsman who famously raised the American flag on the site. Letters from Iwo Jima shifts the perspective to that of the Japanese soldiers fighting the same battle. Hayao Miyazaki 's The Wind Rises may be animated, but grapples with adult concepts of responsibility as it tells the real-life story of a designer of war planes. Other good films featured on this list include Unbroken and To End All Wars.

Do you have a favorite WWII movie about Japan? Vote the best films up to number one, and please add any great films that are missing.

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Letters from Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American war film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from ...more

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Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten Tora! Tora! Tora! is a 1970 American–Japanese war film that dramatizes the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including ...more

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Empire of the Sun Christian Bale, Ben Stiller, John Malkovich Empire of the Sun is a 1987 American coming of age war film based on J. G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel of the same name. Steven Spielberg directed the film, which stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Flags of Our Fathers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Flags of Our Fathers Paul Walker, Ryan Phillippe, Jamie Bell Flags of Our Fathers is a 2006 American war film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood and written by William Broyles, Jr. and Paul Haggis. It is based on the book of the same name ...more

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Midway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Midway Tom Selleck, Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda Midway, released in the United Kingdom as Battle of Midway and in the US on video as The Battle of Midway, is a 1976 Technicolor war film directed by Jack Smight and produced by Walter Mirisch ...more

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Unbroken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Unbroken Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical war drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of ...more

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Emperor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Emperor Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Masatō Ibu Emperor is a 2012 American-Japanese post-World War II film directed by Peter Webber, marking his first film in five years. Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star in lead roles as General Douglas ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Grave of the Fireflies Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi, Ayano Shiraishi Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated drama film written and directed by Isao Takahata and animated by Studio Ghibli. It is based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical novel Grave of ...more

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The Human Condition is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
The Human Condition Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama The Human Condition is a Japanese epic film trilogy made between 1959 and 1961, based on the six-volume novel published from 1956 to 1958 by Junpei Gomikawa 五味川純平. It was directed by Masaki ...more

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The Wind Rises is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
The Wind Rises Emily Blunt, Martin Short, John Krasinski The Wind Rises is a 2013 Japanese animated historical drama film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. It was released by Toho on July 20, 2013 in Japan, and by ...more

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Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence David Bowie, Beat Kitano, Ryuichi Sakamoto Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is a 1983 Japanese-British film directed by Nagisa Oshima, produced by Jeremy Thomas and starring David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano and Jack ...more

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A Pay by the Wayside is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
A Pay by the Wayside Isamu Kosugi, Bontarô Miyake, Ichirô Izawa Five Scouts is a 1938 war film directed by Tomotaka Tasaka.

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The Most Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
The Most Beautiful Takashi Shimura, Takako Irie, Yōko Yaguchi The Most Beautiful is a 1944 Japanese propaganda drama film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film is set in an optics factory during the Second World War.

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To End All Wars is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
To End All Wars Kiefer Sutherland, Mark Strong, Robert Carlyle To End All Wars is a 2001 war film starring Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland and Sakae Kimura and directed by David L. Cunningham.

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Yamato is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Yamato Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōka Suzuki, Yū Aoi Yamato is a 2005 Japanese war film. It was directed by Junya Satō and is based on a book by Jun Henmi. With a framing story set in the present day, by flashbacks it tells the story of the crew ...more

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Rhapsody in August is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Rhapsody in August Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Hidetaka Yoshioka Rhapsody in August is a 1991 Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four ...more

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No Regrets for Our Youth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
No Regrets for Our Youth Takashi Shimura, Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita No Regrets for Our Youth is a 1946 film written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is based on the Takigawa incident of 1933. The film stars Setsuko Hara, Susumu Fujita, Takashi Shimura and ...more

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Chocolate and Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan

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The Burmese Harp is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
The Burmese Harp Taketoshi Naitô, Rentarō Mikuni, Jun Hamamura Biruma no tategoto is a 1956 film directed by Kon Ichikawa.

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Paradise Road is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Paradise Road Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Julianna Margulies Paradise Road is a 1997 war film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned by the Japanese in Sumatra during World War II. It was ...more

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Fires on the Plain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Fires on the Plain Eiji Funakoshi, Mickey Curtis, Osamu Takizawa Fires on the Plain is a 1959 Japanese war film directed by Kon Ichikawa, starring Eiji Funakoshi. The screenplay, written by Natto Wada, is based on the novel Nobi by Shōhei Ōoka, translated as ...more

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Fighter in the Wind is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Fighter in the Wind Jung Tae-woo, Yang Dong-geun, Masaya Kato Fighter in the Wind is a 2004 South Korean film. It is based on the Japanese book Karate Baka Ichidai which is a fictionalized account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after ...more

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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Ip Man Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Caterpillar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Caterpillar Arata Iura, Shinobu Terajima, Ichirô Ogura "Lieutenant Kurokawa returns highly decorated from the second Sino-Japanese war. He has lost both his arms and his legs during the conflict. Before long, the attentions of everyone in his ...more

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Eagle of the Pacific is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan

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South Pacific is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
South Pacific France Nuyen, Doug McClure, Mitzi Gaynor South Pacific is a 1958 American romantic musical film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific, and based on James A. Michener's Tales of the South Pacific. The film, ...more

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Barefoot Gen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Barefoot Gen Takeshi Aono, Katsuji Mori, Kōichi Kitamura Barefoot Gen is a war drama anime loosely based on the Japanese manga series by Keiji Nakazawa. Directed by Mori Masaki and released in 1983, it depicts World War II in Japan from a child's ...more

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Lust, Caution is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Lust, Caution Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story is mostly set in ...more

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Legend of the Fist: The Return... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About World War II Japan
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Shu Qi, Donnie Yen, Anthony Wong Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is a 2010 Hong Kong martial arts film directed and produced by Andrew Lau, and starring Donnie Yen as Chen Zhen, a role made famous by Bruce Lee in ...more