Japanese movies to watch: J-Movie or Japanese movie has a familiar and straightforward story with social life in Japan. Because of that, Japanese films, especially those in the comedy-drama genre, are very popular with film fans who want to get to know the Samurai Country. Japan produces a lot of comedy films that make you laugh all day long. We recommend these 10 Comedy Japanese movies to watch:

10 Comedy Japanese movies to watch

1. LOVE★COM: The Movie (2006)

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Date of release: July 15, 2006

Cast: Ema Fujisawa, Teppei Koike, Shosuke Tanihara, Nami Tamaki, Risa Kudo, Yusuke Yamazaki, Hiro Mizushima.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Based on a top-rated manga series, Love.Com: The Movie tells Risa and Atsushi’s story, who have problems with their height. The towering Risa has to deal with Atsushi, whose size is way below the average male teenager of his age. A unique and funny friendship begins between the two of them.

2. No More Cry (2009)

Comedy Japanese movies to watch
Comedy Japanese movies to watch

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Date of release: November 14, 2009

Cast: Sadao Abe, Eita, Yuko Takeuchi, Takashi Tsukamoto, Sarutoki Minagawa, Hairi Katagiri, Sawa Suzuki, Takanori Takeyama, George Takahashi

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: It tells about Yuta and Yusuke, two siblings who had to be separated when they were both young. Luck also came to the two of them when they get reunited as adults. No More Cry will follow the adventures of the two who meet again. Seasoned with laughter and laughter, No More Cry provides exciting entertainment.

3. Maiko Haaaan !!! (2007)

Genre: Comedy

Date of release: June 16, 2007

Cast: Sadao Abe, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Kou Shibasaki, Kou Shibasaki, Kotomi Kyono, Wakana Sakai.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: An actor named Onizuka fell in love with Maiko, a geisha he had just met. Onizuka did whatever he could to get close to his idol girl. He has a good reason for getting Maiko.

4. A Ghost of a Chance (2011)

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Date of release: October 29, 2011

Cast: Eri Fukatsu, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hiroshi Abe, Kiichi Nakai, KAN, Yuko Takeuchi, Yuko Takeuchi.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Starting from a lawyer who is not very well known and he needs help to solve his client’s case. A Ghost of a Chance will follow the attorney’s actions in solving the issue, relying on an unusual witness from a witness.

5. The Apology King (2013)

Genre: Comedy

Date of release: August 4, 2013 (Fantasia Film Festival)

Cast: Sadao Abe, Mao Inoue, Masaki Okada, Machiko Ono, Katsumi Takahashi, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Yutaka Takenouchi.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Kuroshima, a man who offered his services to help people, apologized. One time a young girl crashed into one of the yakuza members’ car because she couldn’t apologize correctly and adequately. Then the girl told Kuroshima to visit the yakuza. The story becomes complicated when the yakuza demand an agreement from the girl, the action of apologizing, which doesn’t go smoothly, makes this film even more exciting.

6. University of Laughs (2004)

Comedy Japanese movies to watch
Comedy Japanese movies to watch

Genre: Comedy, Drama.

Date of release: October 30, 2004

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki, Tae Kimura, Masao Komatsu, Masaya Takahashi, Shima Ise, Megumi Kobashi, Tai Kageyama, Noritake Kinashi.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Set in 1940, a writer named Tsubaki Hajime must face off against the government. The government was looking for an excuse for the drama not to perform; they claimed that Tsubaki rewrote the screenplay. Tsubaki’s persistence is the moral value behind his characters’ humorous nature, the criticism he faces for the sake of his drama design being watched by many people.

7. Tampopo (1985)

Genre: Comedy

Date of release: November 23, 1985

Cast: Juzo, Itami, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka, Kinzō Sakura, Yoshi Katō, Hideji Ōtaki.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Tampopo tells the story of Goro, a truck driver who stops by a ramen shop. His meeting with the shop owner made Goro interested in helping him run the business. Tampopo will highlight Goro’s daily life at the ramen shop.

8. Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport

Date of release: January 15, 1992

Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Misa Shimizu, Naoto Takenaka, Akira Emoto, Kaori Mizushima, Hiromasa Taguchi.

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Set with a story about the sumo club at the University, all members are famous for being excellent in every competition. But behind the success of their members, they always act funny like comedians. The audience will be laughing in every scene. 

9. Fancy Dance (1989)

Comedy Japanese movies to watch
Comedy Japanese movies to watch

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Date of release: December 23, 1989

Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Honami Suzuki, Ken Osawa, Maro Hiko, Hiromasa Taguchi, Kazuo Chikada, Yu Tokui, Yoshikazu Ebisu, Akira Emoto

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: You, a young boy with a punk rock soul flowing through his body; unfortunately, Yohei had to accept the fact when he was appointed to become a Buddhist monk to inherit the mountain temple. Despite his initial rebellion, Yohei gave up and started learning how to become a monk. Conflict arises when Yohei’s lover appears and asks him to come back.

10. Chihayafuru (2016)

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Date of release: March 19, 2016

Cast: Suzu Hirose, Shuhei Nomura, Mackenyu, Mone Kamishiraishi, Yuma Yamoto, Yuki Morinaga, Hiroya Shimizu

Comedy Japanese movies to watch: Chihayafuru is a Japanese anime film adaptation. Tells of Chihaya, a girl who finds interest in Karuta, a traditional Japanese card game. Not only Chihaya, her childhood friend who just returned also likes Karuta. Chihayafuru highlights the Karuta card game where there is a comedy in it, buddy. The exciting storyline will not make you bored when watching Chihayafuru.

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