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The 11 Best Japanese Movies of 2018


Cinema Escapist reveals the top Japanese films from 2018 across genres like animation, family dramas, zombies, and more!

Review: Your Name (Japan, 2016)


Makoto Shinkai's 2016 film "Your Name" is a vibrantly-animated meditation on memory in Japanese culture, told through the story of a teenage body swap.

Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Japan, 2006)


Imagine if one day, while carrying papers into a chemistry classroom, you fall upon a walnut that grants you the ability to–literally–jump through time. This...

Review: Paprika (Japan, 2006)


When Inception came out in 2010, it seemed like a novel film with a novel concept. With its mind-blowing story about dream thieves, it provided–and...

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Japan, 2004)


Oftentimes compared to Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai is among Japan’s most acclaimed anime directors. Although he isn’t a member of the popularly known...


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