Here are some of my favourite Japanese-language films in two categories. You’ll notice that I haven’t been that adventurous yet, but they’re all excellent films, and must-watches for Japanophiles. They are in a very rough order. I’ll update this over time and add a few words of explanation about each in the future!


Kagemusha – Kurosawa Akira

Seven Samurai – Kurosawa Akira

Ran – Kurosawa Akira

Throne of Blood – Kurosawa Akira

The Hidden Fortress – Kurosawa Akira


Howl’s Moving Castle – Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke – Studio Ghibli

Grave of the Fireflies – Studio Ghibli

Spirited Away – Studio Ghibli

My Neighbour Totoro – Studio Ghibli

Kiki’s Delivery Service – Studio Ghibli

Laputa: Castle in the Sky – Studio Ghibli

The Wind Rises – Studio Ghibli

Kimi no na wa – CoMix

5 Centimetres per Second – CoMix

The Garden of Words – CoMix