Most Popular Japanese Military Movies and TV Shows
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1. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
Votes: 391,658 | Gross: $67.21M
2. Unbroken (I) (2014)
PG-13 | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
After a near-fatal plane crash in WWII, Olympian Louis Zamperini spends a harrowing 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he's caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.
Votes: 135,144 | Gross: $115.64M
3. Pearl Harbor (2001)
PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History
A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.
Votes: 299,884 | Gross: $198.54M
7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
PG | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, War
British POWs build a railway bridge across the river Kwai for their Japanese captors, oblivious of the Allies' plans to destroy it.
Votes: 191,924 | Gross: $44.91M
8. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 148,806 | Gross: $13.76M
9. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
R | 123 min | Drama, War
During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.
Votes: 13,985 | Gross: $2.31M
10. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
G | 144 min | Action, Drama, History
In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a surprise attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.
Votes: 30,218 | Gross: $29.55M
11. In Harm's Way (1965)
Approved | 165 min | Drama, War
A Naval officer, reprimanded after Pearl Harbor, is later promoted to Rear Admiral and gets a second chance to prove himself against the Japanese.
Votes: 7,580 | Gross: $4.20M
12. Emperor (2012)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, History, War
As the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II, General Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Votes: 12,647 | Gross: $3.35M
13. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
Unrated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Time travelers use Godzilla in their scheme to destroy Japan to prevent the country's future economic reign.
14. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Unrated | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.
15. Destination Tokyo (1943)
Approved | 135 min | Adventure, History, War
In order to provide information for the first air raid over Tokyo, a U.S. submarine sneaks into Tokyo Bay and places a spy team ashore.
140 min | Biography, Drama, War
The life of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto from the early 1930's to his death at the hands of the US military in 1943.
19. The Land of Hope (2012)
Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
An earth-quake causes a nuclear crisis in a fictive Japanese prefecture. In wake of the disaster, the members of the Ono family who reside just outside the border of the mandatory ... See full summary »
20. Atragon (1963)
TV-Y7 | 94 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi
When an ancient underground civilization and their snake-like guardian plots to reclaim the surface world, those of the surface fights back.
21. Flat Top (1952)
Approved | 83 min | Drama, War
During the Korean War, aboard the U.S.S. Princeton, Navy Commander Dan Collier reminisces about his first assignment on the same aircraft carrier in the war against Japan.
23. Ajin Part 1: Shoudou (2015)
106 min | Animation, Adventure, Horror
For high schooler Kei - and for at least forty-six others - immortality comes as the nastiest surprise ever. Sadly for Kei, such a feat doesn't make him a superhero. In the eyes of both the... See full summary »
24. Know Your Enemy - Japan (1945)
Not Rated | 63 min | Documentary, History, War
A comprehensive look at the war in the Pacific during World War II. Shot as a propaganda film by acclaimed Hollywood director Frank Capra
26. Spy Sorge (2003)
182 min | Action, Thriller, War
A foreign spy using the Sorge alias is assigned to Tokyo the capital of Japan just prior to the outbreak of World War II and in the midst of the Japanese imperial ambitions in Eastern Asia.... See full summary »
28. The Hundred Regiments Offensive (2015)
111 min | War
The Japanese has invaded far into china, defeating the Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers many times and pushing them back into Central China. There was a general sentiment among anti-Japanese ... See full summary »
29. A Place in Hell (1969)
107 min | War
After the U.S. defeat in the Philippines, Madison leads a rag-tag group of U.S. soldiers against the Japanese occupiers. In this WW II drama, the Japanese set an island trap for the American troops.
31. Tômei ningen (1954)
70 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A car strikes an unseen object; blood spreads from an invisible source which becomes visible as the bleeding man dies. He carries with him a suicide note dedicated to his only friend, who ... See full summary »
32. Hiroshima: Why the Bomb Was Dropped (1995 TV Movie)
Documentary addressing controversial questions surrounding the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan at the end of World War II. Includes interviews with historians and analysis of records left by participants in the decision.
33. Not Forgotten (2000)
121 min | Drama, War
The story of 3 Men who served together in the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. The story is told in flashbacks from modern day Japan to scenes on the island they are defending. In modern... See full summary »
34. Kessen no ôzora e (1943)
89 min | Action, Adventure, War
A local family' house also serves as a gathering place for air force cadets. The family's boy is weak and often unhealthy. The boy wants to become a pilot as well given how he is exposed to... See full summary »
38. Walang kamatayan (1946)
Action, Drama, War
AT LAST it is...HERE... this mighty picture of courage and valor of our own guerrillas. A human document of the beastly atrocities committed during the Japanese regime. A picture dedicated to those who have not died in vain.
40. Reeds That Rustle in the Wind (1951)
It is 1941 and World War II is in full swing. The Japanese military is enlisting all the men in the land. A newlywed lawyer, whose marriage is a mere couple of months' long, is informed by ... See full summary »
42. Kaigun (1963)
101 min | Drama, War
A tale of two best friends in the WWII era Japan. Takao is a young man enthusiastic about joining the navy to fight for his country. He convinces his best friend Shinji to join him.
43. Summer of the Moonlight Sonata (1993)
A fictional film that is nonetheless inspired by an account of two Japanese soon-to-be kamikaze pilots has the two stop by a local school near their base one last time to play the piano ... See full summary »
44. Koi no fuunjî (1945)
It is 1868 Japan and the dawn of the new Meiji era. A military officer from Kyushu, who is honest, monk-like, stoic, straight-edge and does not consort with women lest he becomes weak, ... See full summary »
History Specials (2010– )
Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After
TV-PG | 88 min | Documentary, History, War
Discover the untold story of the events that occurred immediately after President Roosevelt received the call that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. New evidence from the FDR Library reveals ... See full summary »
Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy
Fred regales young Roger with tall tales of his World war II exploits that draw more from the late movie than the history books.
Battlefield (1995– )
The Battle of Midway
Documentary, History, War
A documentary look at the WWII battle of midway. The events leading up to the battle, the national and war leaders involved, and the critical events that lead to the outcome.