If you’re a fan of romantic films, Japanese romance is a must-see. While there are plenty of romantic films out there, Japanese culture has a distinct flavor that makes it stand out in a sea of them.
Even though Japanese horror and samurai films have made the country famous, you can find the same level of care and craftsmanship in Japanese romance films.
Check out the ten best Japanese romance movies by grabbing a cup of coffee, snuggling up on the couch, and under a warm blanket.
1. My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday (2016)
When it comes to a sci-fi concept, this romantic drama uses it in a novel way.
Takatoshi and Emi are a young couple who fall in love, despite the fact that their relationship has many unusual aspects.
A confused Takatoshi tries to understand why Emi cries when he does something nice for her when he tells him they can never spend time together after midnight. The truth is even more shocking and heartbreaking than he could have ever imagined.
2. Love Letter (1995)
After one of their number was killed in a tragic climbing accident, four young people find solace in this heartfelt drama.
This film, which has been praised for its stunning winter scenery, has a heavy focus on grief. The characters go through a lot as they try to get over their losses and the misunderstandings that come with them.
In South Korea, this was the first Japanese film to be shown since World War II, and it was hugely popular. Anyone who loves romantic comedies will enjoy this film’s twists and turns. This film can be viewed here.
3. Dolls (2002)
When it comes to this highly styled work of art, symbolism plays a major role. The film is made up of three distinct narratives.
Dolls, according to the film’s director, is a film adaptation of the Japanese art of bunraku — a highly artistic style of Japanese puppet theater.
Bunraku, like the film, relies heavily on symbolism. Additionally, the movie’s name is a tribute to the art form. This film is a wonderful study of Japanese romance and the fundamentals of the bunraku form.
4. From Me to You (2010)
You can’t go wrong with any of these teen romances. Because she looks like the eerie protagonist of Ring, Sawako’s classmates don’t want to be friends with her.
There is a new kid she befriends and a few more awkward pals, but she also falls out with a number of people.
During the twists and turns of the plot, viewers get to see these lovable characters in all their glory.
5. Let Me Eat Your Pancreas (2017)
This film is based after a web book and manga. It depicts the story of a young man who stumbles across the silent tragic sickness of one of the most popular girls in his school.
Lovely and tragic, this film and its story are such a hit across various nations that it has also been turned in a lovely anime that received multiple prizes.
6. Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)
Told in a mix of flashbacks and scenes set in the present, this movie tells the story of a guy who returns to his hometown and listens to the audio diaries recorded by his high school girlfriend before she died.
The anguish, wonder, and drama of young romance is coupled here with the problems of adulthood and loss.
Viewers will share in the thrill and misery of the characters as they find their way through the challenges they face.
7. My Rainy Days (2009)
One of My Rainy Days’ most well-known characters is a beautiful girl who covertly deals with her emotional pain by selling sexual favors for money in order to get through the day.
Even though she abandons her formerly jaded habits after meeting a college lecturer by chance, not everything is carefree.
In spite of its heavy subject matter, the film never comes across as cheesy or conceited.
8. Heavenly Forest (2006)
Seeing a young photographer stuck in a love triangle is a fascinating story of young love. The young man is caught between two ambitions, one of which is to become a world-renowned photographer, and the other.
The movie’s title forest serves as a magnificent background for a number of memorable scenes. Both a novel and manga were released at the same time as the film, which is based on it.
9. I Give My First Love to You (2009)
This is a narrative of a long-term love affair between two people who have known one other since they were infants.
In spite of the fact that the boy has a heart disease that will certainly cut his life short, they continue to adore each other.
This old-fashioned tearjerker of a romance film is certain to get you to your knees at the very least. This link will take you to the movie’s trailer.
10. Your Lie in April (2016)
This film depicts the story of a young male pianist with a tragic past and a young woman who plays the violin with her own unique style.
Their growing romance is tainted by the entanglements of their friendships as well as their personal histories.
If you’re searching for a romantic night in, this excellent romantic comedy is a must-see.