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UPDATE | December 03, 2020

"Kimetsu no Yaiba Infinite Train Edition" is a big hit! What are the 5 best Japanese movies you've ever seen?

What do you think of when you hear "Japanese movies"? Most people may think of anime movies. In fact, if you look at the box office revenue of movies in Japan, most of the movies produced in Japan are anime. And now, it is expected that the anime movie "Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Hen", which is currently being screened, will increase its box office revenue with great momentum and become the number one in history. What was popular about Japanese movies so far? I will explain while looking back.

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● 1st place Spirited Away

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Source: Studio Ghibli official website (https://www.ghibli.jp/works/chihiro/


"Spirited Away" is a movie produced by Studio Ghibli, directed by the world-famous Hayao Miyazaki. Studio Ghibli has a long history and has been popular for over 30 years, including "My Neighbor Totoro" (published in 1988) and "Kiki's Delivery Service" (1989), but the most people saw it in 2001. This work was released in the year.


Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl, enters a mysterious world through a tunnel. With the help of the boy Haku I met there, I soon started working at a bathhouse named "Aburaya".

Not only is the story interesting, but you can also learn about the ancient culture of Japan.

With box office revenue of 30.8 billion yen, it is still the number one in Japan's history, and it was a huge hit abroad and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.


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● 2nd place Devil's Blade Infinite Train Edition

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Source: Theatrical version "Kimetsu no Yaiba" Infinite Train Edition Official Website (https://kimetsu.com/anime/


Currently (as of November 2020), this work is open to the public in Japan and is said to "may be the number one box office revenue in history."


The time is set in the fictional world of the Taisho era (1912-1926) in Japan, where there are demons who eat people. The story begins when the hero is made a demon by his youngest sister and kills the rest of his family. The hero fights to return his sister to humans and defeat the demons. However, all the demons were originally humans.


Although the serialization of the original manga in Weekly Shonen Jump is over, the popularity has ignited with the broadcast of the anime in 2019. After becoming a social phenomenon, the box office revenue of this movie exceeded 25.9 billion yen 39 days after its release.


The final volume of the original will be released in December. You can watch it from the anime, or you can enjoy reading it from the original.


● 3rd place What is your name?

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Source: The official website of the movie "Your Name" (http://www.kiminona.com/)


In 2011, director Makoto Shinkai visited Yuriage, Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, which was the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and wanted to create a story in which his position changed, saying, "This may have been my town." In the anime movie that triggered it, the catch phrase is "I'm looking for you who I haven't met yet."


As you can see in the catch phrase, the story of men and women living in different places switching, and the beauty of the drawing that represented the scenery of the Japanese city and countryside also attracted attention. It was released in Japan in the summer of 2016, and the box office revenue was about 25 billion yen.


● 4th place is "Howl's Moving Castle", 5th place is "Princess Mononoke"

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Source: Studio Ghibli official website (https://www.ghibli.jp/


If you include foreign movies, the ranking will change, but if you only use Japanese movies, the box office revenue ranking will continue to be anime movies.


4th place "Howl's Moving Castle" (released in 2004) and 5th place "Princess Mononoke" (released in 1997) are both directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who is the same as 1st place "Spirited Away", and Studio Ghibli This is the result of showing the popularity of the works directed by Mr. Miyazaki.


If you include foreign movies, the ranking will change, but if you only use Japanese movies, the box office revenue ranking will continue to be anime movies.


4th place "Howl's Moving Castle" (released in 2004) and 5th place "Princess Mononoke" (released in 1997) are both directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who is the same as 1st place "Spirited Away", and Studio Ghibli Yamiya

Since all the movies have become a hot topic not only in Japan but all over the world, I think there were some movies that you all know. I introduced them in order of popular movies, but in a few months, "Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Edition" may move up in the ranking. All over Japan is paying attention.


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The person who wrote this article

Rio Wakabayashi

Free writer who likes reading. Born and raised in Osaka and moved to Tokyo in 2010. He writes articles, book reviews, and columns. Currently, while writing, she teaches Japanese to foreigners at a Japanese language school in Tokyo.

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