Ranking of 25 Western Films that take place in Japanby JoshE117 | created - 12 Apr 2016 | updated - 04 Sep 2017 | Public
A list of 25 films that take place in Japan, from best to worst. A few other films, Jumper (2008), Ninja Assassin (2009), and Inception (2010) have a couple scenes that feature Japan in a cool way but it is not the primary setting of those movies.
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2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
After awakening from a four-year coma, a former assassin wreaks vengeance on the team of assassins who betrayed her.
Votes: 923,160 | Gross: $70.10M
5. Tokyo Pop (1988)
R | 99 min | Comedy
Young female rock singer is not appreciated by her band, gets postcard from Japan saying "wish you were here". Takes what little money she has including ex-boyfriend's rent money and goes ... See full summary »
Votes: 201 | Gross: $0.13M
6. Flags of our Fathers (2006)
R | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II.
Votes: 112,272 | Gross: $33.60M
7. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance
Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.
Votes: 66,692 | Gross: $115.10M
9. Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
A French actress filming an anti-war film in Hiroshima has an affair with a married Japanese architect as they share their differing perspectives on war.
Votes: 25,277 | Gross: $0.09M
10. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.
Votes: 186,074 | Gross: $213.31M
12. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A teenager becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.
Votes: 223,335 | Gross: $62.51M
13. Mr. Baseball (1992)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.
Votes: 9,461 | Gross: $20.88M
14. Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999)
109 min | Drama, Comedy
Two very different brothers get together for a temporary stay in a Japanese zen monastry. The trip from Germany to Japan brings up some unexpected quests they have to manage. Soon both ... See full summary »
17. Big in Japan (2014)
Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Music
A struggling Seattle Rock band, Tennis Pro, take one last shot at making it big as they embark on a comical musical odyssey in Tokyo with hopes to prevent their day jobs from becoming their careers.
18. Sayonara (1957)
Not Rated | 147 min | Drama, Romance
A US Air Force major in Kobe confronts his own opposition to marriages between American servicemen and Japanese women when he falls for a beautiful performer.
Votes: 5,484 | Gross: $26.30M
19. You Only Live Twice (1967)
PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Agent 007 and the Japanese Secret Service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
Votes: 89,492 | Gross: $43.08M
20. The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
TV-G | 105 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1856, the first U.S. Consul General to Japan encounters the hostility of the local authorities and the love of a young geisha.
21. The Wolverine (2013)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Wolverine comes to Japan to meet an old friend whose life he saved years ago, and gets embroiled in a conspiracy involving yakuza and mutants.
Votes: 406,919 | Gross: $132.56M
22. The Bushido Blade (1981)
R | 104 min | Action, Drama, History
A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
24. The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sport
In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,525 | Gross: $14.00M
25. The Ramen Girl (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
An American woman is stranded in Tokyo after breaking up with her boyfriend. Searching for direction in life, she trains to be a râmen chef under a tyrannical Japanese master.