History -- Japan

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1. Japanology Plus (2014– )

Documentary

Host Peter Barakan delves into various aspects of Japanese culture; exploring practices, history, and modern innovations in such areas as ramen, rice, sushi, geisha, bonsai, and so much ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Barakan, Kanako Sachno, Matt Alt, Yoshihiro Akiyama

Votes: 62

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4. Journeys in Japan (2010– )

Documentary

English-speaking visitors travel the length of Japan, exploring the local culture, meeting the people and offering travel hints rarely found in guidebooks.

Stars: Kit Pancoast Nagamura, Charles Glover, Dean Newcombe, Vincent Giry

Votes: 44

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5. Begin Japanology (2007– )

29 min | Documentary

Join on a fascinating exploration of Japan, a country brimming with culture and history, as we immerse ourselves into a plethora of diverse topics and aspects of both traditional and contemporary Japan.

Stars: Peter Barakan, Stuart Varnam-Atkin, Ivan Orkin, Hiroaki Sakata

Votes: 224

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6. Matsuchiyo - Life of a Geisha (2018)

69 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

The trials and tribulations of the ultimate Japanese cultural enigma that is - The Life of a Geisha.

Director: Ken Nishikawa | Stars: Chizuko Nishikawa, Ken Nishikawa, Mike 'in Tokyo' Rogers, Sheena Rogers

7. L'aventure humaine (1997– )
Episode: Tokyo Phoenix, the Rise of Modern Japan (2017)

90 min | Documentary

In 150 years, Tokyo has become the largest and most futuristic capital in the world. Marked by total destruction and spectacular rebirth, its epic story is brought back to life using exceptional colorized and restored footage.

Director: Olivier Julien | Stars: Peter Hudson, Éric Chantelauze, Geoffrey Bateman, Mathieu Buscatto

Votes: 28

8. Handmade in Japan (2017)

90 min | Documentary

A look at traditional Japanese crafts and craftspeople. Each edition of the series follows the work of those making a culturally important product in the time-honoured way.

Votes: 36

9. Souls of Zen (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

This documentary presents perspectives on Buddhism as practiced by clergy and millions of families in Japan today by drawing on ethnographic fieldwork about prayer practice and mortuary ... See full summary »

Directors: Tim Graf, Jakob Montrasio | Stars: Tomonori Abe, The Dalai Lama, Taio Kaneta, Toshiaki Kimura

Votes: 30

10. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

PG | 81 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

A documentary on 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono, his renowned Tokyo restaurant, and his relationship with his son and eventual heir, Yoshikazu.

Director: David Gelb | Stars: Jiro Ono, Yoshikazu Ono, Masuhiro Yamamoto, Daisuke Nakazama

Votes: 31,822 | Gross: $2.55M

11. Land of the Rising Fastball (2010)

73 min | Documentary

A history of baseball in Japan told by three Journalists from different parts of the world .

Director: Lance Miccio | Stars: Miwako Atarashi, Randy Bass, Doug DeCinces, Orestes Destrade

Votes: 5

13. Samurai: The Last Warrior (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 67 min | Documentary, History

International Samurai expert, Dr. Stephen Turnbull, provides historical insights into these legendary warriors in this documentary program described as "powerful and intriguing" by the Los Angeles Times.

Director: Charlie Shepard | Stars: Barry Robbins, Stephen Turnbull

Votes: 42

14. Portrait of Japan (1992– )

180 min | Documentary

4-hour feature documentary hosted by Richard Chamberlain looks at modern Japan and its people, focusing on individuals in Japan's diverse culture and economy. Segments include Salaryman, Comedian, Filmmaker, Priest & Samurai, among others.

Star: Richard Chamberlain

19. History of Postwar Japan as Told by a Bar Hostess (1970)

105 min | Documentary

A documentary film showcasing life in postwar Japan as seen through the eyes of a bar hostess.

Director: Shôhei Imamura | Stars: Chieko Akaza, Etsuko Akaza, Tami Akaza, Fukumi Kuroda

Votes: 190

20. Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Not Rated | 170 min | Documentary, Sport

Kon Ichikawa examines the beauty and rich drama on display at the 1964 Summer Games in Tokyo, creating a record of observations that range from the expansive to the intimate.

Director: Kon Ichikawa | Stars: Abebe Bikila, Jack Douglas, Joe Frazier, Hirohito

Votes: 1,435

21. Defending Japan (2018– )

Action, History

How does Japan deal with the risks that threaten its national security in East Asia? Defending Japan delves into the issues that Japan faces now and going forward from the perspective of ... See full summary »

Stars: Kurt Common, Lance Gatling, Yoji Koda, Narushige Michishita

23. Japanland (2006– )

225 min | Documentary, Biography

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Star: Karin Muller

Votes: 35

24. A Life in Japan (2013)

80 min | Documentary

See Japan through foreign eyes. Nineteen foreigners tell about their personal experiences and opinions of the country. Both the positive and negative aspects.

Director: Petri Storlöpare | Stars: John Frederick Ashburne, Stefano Bandini, Tom Brown, Robert Condon

Votes: 68

25. Empire builders (2018)
Episode: Japan (2018)

52 min | Documentary, History

We explore the remarkable history of one of the world's most unique and diverse ancient cultures, Japan, travelling through time to explore the past 1500 years of Japan's history through 10 of its most famous and spectacular buildings.



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