ByZuleika Boekhoudt, writer at
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Zuleika Boekhoudt

Any anime fan knows that the source material of Japanese movies comes from anime or manga. If an anime is an international hit or becomes part of the pop culture, it's immediately into a live-action film or series, for example, Ghost In The Shell and Great Teacher Onizuka. While, this is perfect for the studios some of us are not pleased. Because either the studios deviate from the anime or do not accurately represent the characters - Attack on Titan, Asian characters instead of European.

Although fans make their opinions heard through social media channels, many studios still continue with this trend. But, what if this role was reversed and anime studios got their source material from Japanese movies. Here's a list of Japanese movies that need an anime adaptation.

Sadako vs. Kayako (The Ring vs. The Grudge)

Hitting Japanese theaters this summer is Sadako vs. Kayako a crossover film of The Ring and Ju-on (a.k.a. The Grudge). The film follows university student Yuri Kurahashi as she watches the cursed video with her friend, and as we all know they are destined to die within a few days by Sadako Yamamura’s curse.

Meanwhile, a high school girl named Suzuka Takagi is inexplicably drawn towards the Saeki house (me screaming at the TV-screen "hasn't she seen any horror movies! Get AWAY from that House!") and without thinking it through she becomes on of Kayako Saeki’s victims. The two girls later meet through a psychic Keizo Tokiwa, who has a crazy plan to expunge both curse by pitting the two malevolent spirits against each other.

Currently, there is no news on a Western release date.

Alien vs. Ninja

What is better than ninjas fighting bad guys? Ninjas fighting aliens from the movie Aliens. Although the comedy genre is overflowing one more wouldn't hurt. Alien vs. Ninja, a.k.a. AvN is a 2010 martial arts science-fiction comedy film set in ancient Japan. The name of the Iga clan ninja strikes fears in their enemies hearts. But, there may be one enemy that is not afraid of them - aliens. Although the ninja's weapons are no match for these unearthly hooligans, there's one thing that could stop them - their super awesome ninja skills. Although they have skills on their side you never what are in alien’s sleeve, or better yet their mouth. Who will win this battle of epic proportions? The Ninjas or The Aliens?

Hana-bi (Fireworks)

Directed by one of Japan's most respected film-makers - Takeshi Kitano - Hana-bi follows disgraced former detective Nishi. Despite his unfortunate professional circumstances, he spends his time taking care of his terminally ill wife. The film starts slowly so that the audience can focus on this conflicted individual - who shows tenderness and anger at the same time. The premise of this Japanese movie is whether the choices that we've made in our life are the correct ones

Ugetsu Monogatari

Ugetsu takes place in the 16th century - Azuchi-Momoyama Period - where ongoing civil wars plague the nation of Japan. The film follows two men - Genjuro and Tobei - whose dreams are larger than their abilities. As a result, their wives suffer the brunt of their unreachable ambitions. Genjuro, who works as a potter, only thinks about living in the lap of luxury, while Tobei - a farmer - dreams of becoming a samurai. Even though the nation is in chaos, they venture into town to sell their goods. However, their journey takes a turn, not only for them but their wives as well.

This B&W period drama is a masterpiece of Japanese cinema. Set in a chaotic area, the theme of aspiration - which is deeply rooted in many Asian cultures - is central in this Japanese movie.

Nobody Knows

Based on the 1988 event of the Sugamo child abandonment case. The film tells the story of four children: Akira, Kyōko, Shigeru and Yuki, who are between five and twelve years old. Owing that three of the children live illegally in the apartment the government cannot know that they are there. To make matters worse their mother - the person who’s supposed to care for them - abandons them. As a result, the children were forced to survive on their own. Slowly they realize that they can only rely on each other to face the multiple challenges in front of them.


Fans of Umineko and Higurashi will fall in love with the anime if it ever gets adapted. The story recounts the brutal murder and discovery of a samurai. However, the viewer sees several versions of this murder as the story is retold from different points of view - a commoner, woodcutter, a bandit, and the murdered samurai's wife.

These movies have not only revolutionized the Japanese movie industry but also has popularized Japanese cinema in the West, a trend which continues to grow today.

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