Article: Top 10 Japanese Films That Have A Franchise

Many films have stories that can not be put together under one movie, and many movies have such fascinating stories that people want to see their coming part. A film Franchise means a particular film that has several sequels. And the more the sequels, the more attached people are to the movie. Because in Franchise movies, they release the first sequel and keep on releasing the coming parts over years. It helps them engage the audience in their content throughout the years.

1. Death Note

Death Note is a Japanese thrill film that got released in 2006. The Japanese film series is based on the manga series called Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata wrote the manga series. The film’s plot revolves around a teenage guy, Light Yagami, who found a super mysterious book, Death Note. Shinigami Ryuk was the rightful owner of the book. The book was not ordinary like any other. It allows its user the ability to kill anyone. Light decides to kill each and every person who is not worthy enough to be alive, like criminals. On this journey, the Japanese Police Force and a detective helped him. Death Note has eight live-action film series released from 2006 to 2017.

2. Ju-on: The Curse

Ju-On The Curse is a horror film that got released in 2000. Ju-On: The Curse is the first sequel film of the Ju-On Franchise. Takashi Shimizu wrote and directed the film. The film’s plot revolves around a man who kills his wife and son in the rage of his anger. After the incident, anyone who visits the home has to go through a horrifying curse. Ju-On has released eight-film series under its franchise from 2000 to 2015.

3. Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin is a Japanese action film that got released in 2012. The film story is based on the manga series called Rurouni Kenshin. Nobuhiro Watsuki wrote the manga series, and Keishi Otomo directed the film. The movie’s plot is set up in 1868. After the end of the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin Himura, an ex-assassin comes to Japan with a mysterious sword that helps him protect the needy without shedding blood. Rurouni Kenshin has five-film series released from 2012 to 2021.

4. The Godzilla

Godzilla is a Japanese film franchise that revolves around a kaiju fictional character Godzilla. The film series is the longest-running film franchise ever. The first sequel of which got released in 1954. Ishiro Honda directed the first-ever Godzilla, and Toho released the films. The series has 37 movies under its franchise from 1954 to 2021.

5. Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is a Japan-based dark fantasy film, an action-filled movie that got released in 2017. The film is based on the manga series of the same name. Shui Ishida wrote the manga series, and Kentaro Hagiwara directed the film version. The film’s plot unfurls around a college student. He is attacked by a flesh-eating being called Ghoul. But later, he received an organ from the ghoul itself, that makes him a part monster. The series has two films under its sequel from 2017 to 2019.

6. Parasyte

Parasyte is a Japanese sci-fi action-horror film that got released in 2014. The film is based on the manga series called Parasyte. Hitoshi Iwaaki wrote the manga series, and Takashi Yamazaki directed the film. The movie’s plot revolves around aliens. They are named Parasites. When they invade earth, they start infecting human beings by entering their brains. But, when they tried to enter the brain of a high school student Shinichi Izumi, they infected his right hand instead of his brain. It helped the boy to remain conscious as a human, and after some time, he made Parasite his friend and named him Migi. The series has two films under his franchise from 2014 to 2015.

7. Otoko Wa Tsurai Yo

Otoko wa Tsurai yo is a Japanese film series that was released in 1969. The film’s plot revolves around a generous and kind man who is never lucky in his love life. The series has released 49 films under its franchise from 1969 to 1997. Yoji Yamada directed the entire film series except few of them.

 

8. Torakku Yaro

Torakku Yaro is a Japanese action-comedy film that got released in the year 1975. Norifumi Suzuki directed every film in the series. The film’s plot revolves around two guys who own heavily decorated trucks. The story is about their adventurous journey across Japan. The series has ten films under its franchise from 1975 to 1979, and Toei produced the ten films in the series.

9. Tomie

Tomie is a Japanese supernatural film series. It is based on the manga series. Junji Ito wrote the manga series and Ataru Oikawa, Takashi Shimizu, Shun Nakahara, Noboru Iguchi, etc directed the films. The film’s plot revolves around a pretty young girl Kawakami, she is known for the mole on her face under the left eye. But, whoever tries to admire her, she turns them insane, because of which she also died. However, she has the power to come back to life. She came back to life and started torturing people. The series has nine films under its franchise from 1998 to 2011.

10. Megalopolis Expressway Trial

Megalopolis Expressway Trial is a Japanese film series that got released in 1988. The film’s plot revolves around the illegal highway racing taking place on the Shuto Expressway. Yoshihiro Tsukada, Shuji Kataoka, and Katsuji Kanazawa directed the film. The series has six movies under its franchise from 1988 to 1996.