Best Five Japanese Suspense Thrillers to Watch

When it comes to movies with unique concepts and thrilling stories, people always look to the English movies or the Western movies. But, in reality, I think the Japanese are way ahead of the Western entertainment industry when it comes to suspense, and thrilling climaxes and movie plots. The Japanese are well known for their Anime all over the world. But they are also equally capable of presenting their innovative ideas when it comes to their cinema. If you are a mystery, suspense, thriller lover like me, you can check out this list of some exciting, adrenaline rushing mystery movies and thrillers, which will amaze you and take you to a different world. And, at last, you will be thrilled and shocked by knowing its unimaginable climax. 

But if you are not comfortable with the violence on the screen, and can’t watch the bloodbath and extreme parts in the movies, then these movies are not for you. Likewise, if you are a minor and you like watching movies with your family, it is highly recommended not to watch because of some of its sexual and brutal scenes. But the twists and thrills which are provided by the Japanese directors and the writers are one of the greatest creations, which you will ever experience in your life and will want to watch them again. 


Confessions (2010) is one of the mind-blowing movies which I have watched till now. The movie starts with a slow drama and unfolds the twists part by part. This psychological thriller movie is based on the murder of the child of the homeroom teacher of the nineth grade students in a school, and how she found and exposed the murderer of her child. The movie is really indulging and you won’t stop watching it till the end after you start. The movie was directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, which was based on the 2008 debut mystery novel by Kanae Minato. The film was both a commercial and critical success. 

Cold Fish:

I think Japanese are the most innovative and critical thinkers, and they have a unique way of presenting their cinema and Cold Fish is one of them. The movie begins with a slow drama and builds up the story gradually. The storyline is all about the simple fish store owner, who gets entangled with a serial killer couple. The movie carries psychologically disturbing characters with some of the sexual content, which might, to some extent, affect your mind. This suspense thriller was released in 2010 and directed by the well known Japanese director, Sion Sono. 

Lesson of The Evil:

Lesson of The Evil is an adaptation of Yusuke Kishi’s 2010 novel which was directed by Takashi Miike and released in 2012. The storyline contains many references from German culture, which revolves around the main character, Seiji Hasumi. Hasumi is an English teacher, who is a sociopath with antisocial personality disorder and likes to kill people. The movie is all about survival. 

Battle Royale(2000):

Battle Royale is a Japanese action-thriller movie which was directed by Kinji Fukasaku. Battle Royale was the last film directed by Fukasaku, which is based on one of the best-selling novels of Japan with the same name. This survival movie is based on the Japanese totalitarian government which forces 42 school students to fight and kill each other. The movie shows brutal killings, chaos, bloodbath and lots of violence. So, the movie got banned in several countries upon its release. 


Audition is a 1999 Japanese horror thriller directed by Takashi Milke based on the 1997 novel by Ryu Murakami. The movie gathered a good audience and was quite popular across the world as the best horror thriller of all time. The storyline is about the story of a widower and how he got involved with a potential partner, whom he found on an audition for a potential partner held by his friend for him.

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