Netflix is your one stop shop when looking for a streaming service with a massive library of movies, TV shows, documentaries and other viewing material. It is by far, the biggest service in the world with viewership numbers hitting close to 140 million accounts.
To satisfy the needs of such a big number of subscribers across the world, the service has created 27,000 subgenres.
The Japanese have been long known for their ability to produce genre-defining movies and TV shows. Be it Horror or Sci-fi, they have mastered it all and many of the top titles are available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.
Here are some of the top Japanese movies available on Netflix that are worth your time.
- 13 Assassins
This is one of the most epic movies from Japan. The new version is a remake of the 1963 classic by Takashi Miike. Be ready to be engulfed in the nail-biting soundtrack that won’t let you move away from the screen. This is a true masterpiece in cinematic history and is guaranteed to be memorable.
- Ghost in the Shell Arise: Ghost Tears
Ghost Tears is a part of the Ghost in the Shell franchise that tells the story of young Major Motoko Kusanagi as she climbs up the steps in public life. Motoko and her team are hunting ‘Scylla’, a mysterious body-jacking hacker.
- Battle Royale
If you liked Hunger Games, you will love Battle Royale. The movie tells the story of a government sanction battle to the death between teens on a mysterious island. Although it came out in 2000 and was very popular in Japan, it became famous in the outside world only after Hunger Games was released.
Produced in 1980 by the legendary Akira Kurosawa, Kagemusha tells us the story of a low-level criminal who is used as a decoy to avoid an attack from warring clans in the Sengoku period.
- Ju-on: The Grudge
No list of Japanese movies can be complete without at least one horror title. We recommend Ju-on: The Grudge because it has created a loyal fanbase around the world, has an English remake and it is also quite scary.
- Jiro Dreams Of Sushi
The last in our list is Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, a documentary about an 85-year-old master sushi chef Jiro Ono. People watch it because cinematically, it is considered to be a brilliant documentary. Rotten Tomatoes has a 99% recommendation on this and we suggest you watch it and find out why.