Fantasy movies capture people's attention irrespective of age and cultural background. Every country has its diverse range of fantasy-related movies, dramas, and even books. Follow this list to know about some movies released in Japan that you must watch if you're into the fantasy genre.
1. Bakko Yokaiden Kibakichi
Set in the 'Youkai' era, "Bakko Yokaiden Kibakichi" is about a lone wanderer, Kibakichi, who possesses a shape-shifting ability. The wanderer can transform into a beast at will and feed on human flesh. The wanderer comes across a town where Boss Ozino turns humans into insects and enslaves them. Unaware of this, Kabakichi joins Ozino's clan. Upon discovering this secret, Kibakichi allows the darker side to come forth and fight the clan leader.
2. After Life
What happens to us when we die? Where do we go? Maybe to a comfortable place? "After Life" narrates the story of what could happen afterlife. It shows people in a building surrounded by greens. They are greeted by courteous people who inform them that they are dead. The people are then asked to select one memory from their lifetime, which they want to save for eternity. They have a week to choose this memory for themselves. They will be allowed to carry their memory with them.
The mythic Forest of Resurrection, the site of the 444th portal of the 666 gated, links this world to the netherworld. One particular survivor of a battle between the humans and the demons escapes into the forest with a young girl. They now must fight the demons to survive. But their biggest worry is a battle that started over 1000 years ago, between a lone warrior and a horde of zombie samurai, that has transcended into the modern-day.
Izo was killed while under the anti-shogun rebel, Hanpeita Takechi. Let's skip 15 decades now. Izo finds himself possessing the body of a street-sleeper in an alley in Tokyo. The assassin now goes on a killing rampage running through time and space. Everything slashed by his sword comes to an absolute end. Everything, except the emperor Matsuda Ryuhei.
5. The Bird People In China
Wada has been enlisted to go to China to investigate a potential Jade mine. He stumbles across a violent yet sentimental yakuza when he arrives in China. Discovering that they both are in search of the same place, they decide to tour together under the guidance of Shen. During their trip, they come across a village where the people believe that their ancestors were bird-people and that they possess the ability to fly.
6. Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster
A princess from Selgina becomes possessed by the spirit of a Venusian and manages to escape from the plane a few moments before it explodes. A meteorite containing King Ghidorah falls from the sky just as this happens. The monster was responsible for her planet's destruction. At the same time, misfortune amplifies as Godzilla and Rodan emerge from hibernation and wreak havoc everywhere. When trying to convince Godzilla and Rodan to team up against King Ghidorah failed, the princess took it upon herself to fight the monster.
7. The War Of Gargantuas
A Gargantua is an experimental lab animal. When one such animal manages to escape from the holding, he is suspected to be the creature going around killing people. But much to everyone's surprise, the Gargantua Annihilating human lives isn't the same as the one that recently escaped. With two Gargantuan on the loose and at war with each other. Their fight leads them to the ocean, where they meet their end due to an explosion of an underwater volcano.
8. The Miracles Of The Namiya General Store
Atsuya and his friends hide in a general store after doing something terrible. It is now the year 2012. They decide to stake out until dawn. In the middle of the night, Atsuya notices a letter appear in the mailbox. The letter was written by someone who wanted to consult about a particular worry. Much to their surprise, the letter was addressed to the Namiya General Store and was written 32 years ago. For some magical reason, the mailbox is connected to 1980. With nothing else to do in the dark of the night, Atsuya and his friends decide to post-back a reply to the mail.
9. Yakuza Apocalypse
Boss Kamuira is a fearsome yakuza leader. Probably one of the most feared. The reason for this is simple. He is a blood-sucking vampire. When a group of assassins comes into town, Kamuira is forced to defend his turf under all circumstances. The fight costs Kamuira his life, who bites Kageyama in his last moments. Kageyama, Kamuira's most devoted disciple, makes it his life's mission to avenge his master's death and take back the clan's turf.
Masuoka is obsessed with the feeling of fear. He keeps venturing around the city of Tokyo in hopes of finding something that could ignite this extreme emotion for him. With his camera, Masuoka keeps recording strange things that happen in the night; it all seems to be in vain until he records the suicide of a girl in the subway system. Wanting more of that sensation, Masuoka wanders into the night one more time. He comes across a series of caverns. Within one such cavern is a girl, chained to the wall. Masuoka rescues her and brings her back with him. He soon discovers that the girl, unlike most other humans, had an appetite for blood.