As the new year approaches, many people start to think about their resolutions. For some, that means finally getting around to watching all those Japanese movies they’ve been meaning to see. If you’re one of those people, here’s a list of the best Japanese movies released in 2022.
1. “Your Name” – One of the most popular anime movies of all time, “Your Name” is a must-watch for any fan of the genre. The story follows two teenagers who switch bodies and have to figure out how to return to their own lives.
2. “Spirited Away” – Another highly acclaimed anime movie, “Spirited Away” follows a young girl who gets lost in a spirit world and has to find her way back home.
3. “The Wind Rises” – This historical drama tells the best Japanese movies story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter plane during World War II.
4. “The Tale of The Princess Kaguya” – This beautiful animated movie is based on a Japanese folktale and follows a princess who is discovered inside a bamboo stalk and must choose between her life in the palace or returning to her true home in the moon.
5. “Snow White with the Red Hair” – This fantasy romance tells the story of Shirayuki, a herbalist who becomes embroiled in a love triangle with two princes.
6. “Your Lie in April” – This coming-of-age drama follows a talented but troubled pianist who is helped by a free-spirited violinist.
7. “A Silent Voice” – A popular manga series gets adapted to the big screen in this movie about a boy who bullying a deaf girl in elementary school and then tries to make amends years later.
8. “In This Corner of the World” – Set during World War II, this award-winning film tells the story of a young woman who moves to Hiroshima and experiences the devastation of the atomic bomb.
9. “Your Name Engraved Herein” – This LGBTQ+ romance is set in Taiwan during the 1990s and follows two boys who develop feelings for each other despite the homophobia of the time.
10. “Weathering with You” – The latest movie from Makoto Shinkai, the director of “Your Name,” this romance follows a high school boy who meets a girl with the power to control the weather.
Whether you’re a fan of anime, drama, or romance, there’s sure to be a Japanese movie on this list that you’ll enjoy. So make 2020 the year you finally watch all those Japanese films you’ve been meaning to see.