These are the films of history (historical) of Japan which released in 2019. In this list there are 13 best movies that are highly recommended for you to watch this year. The films are: Long Journey, Love’s Twisting Path, This Old Road, MUSASHI, Kessan! Chushingura, The Great War of Archimedes, Touken Ranbu, The Nikaidos’ Fall, The Day’s Organ, Samurai Marathon 1855, Kingdom, Inemuri Iwane, and Say What Our Butlers Said. Please read the storyline of each of these films and don’t forget the schedule can change at any time!
Musashi is Japanese Action Drama History Romance movie based on historical facts, follows the life and battles of 2 legendary swordsmen Musashi Miyamoto (Yoshihiko Hosoda) and Kojiro Sasaki (Ken Matsudaira). In this film we will find an apprentice, an instructor and the account of a famous battle in Japan of the Middle Ages where many questions will be answered.
Musashi is produced by Yasuo Masashi Office, and distributed by Ark Entertainment (Japan) and Toei. Written and directed by Yasuo Mikami. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Yoshihiko Hosoda, Ken Matsudaira, Koji Shimizu, Ryuji Harada, Ryo Kinomoto, and Yuki Meguro. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki)
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki) is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie that tells about sword fighting, called “Chambara.” The film centered on a penniless samurai named Tajuro Kiyokawa, who has left the world of violence behind and only wants to practice painting while leading a life of peace and quiet. But the battling factions loyal to the Shogun and the deposed Emperor, including his brother, force him to pick up his sword again. This leads up to a climatic sword fight in a bamboo forest.
Love’s Twisting Path (Tajuro Jun Aiki) is produced by Teruro Momo Aiki Production Committee, and distributed by Toei. Directed by Sadao Nakajima, with Keiko Tani and Sadao Nakajima was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ryô Kimura, Kengo Kôra, and Mikako Tabe. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Kessan! Chushingura (The Chushingura Settlements!)
Kessan! Chushingura is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on the Hirofumi Yamamoto’s nonfiction novel, Chushingura no Kessansho published in 2012 by Shinchosha. The film tells the story of Takuminokami Asano, a lord who is ordered commit harakiri (suicide) due to a scheme by Kozukenosuke Kira.
Having no time to mourn his lord’s death, Kuranosuke Oishi decides to take revenge on Kozukenosuke Kira. He plans an attack with the help of accountant Chosuke Yato, but they don’t have enough in their budget.
Kessan! Chushingura is distributed by Shochiku. Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura, with Hirofumi Yamamoto and Yoshihiro Nakamura was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Shinichi Tsutsumi and Takashi Okamura. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
The Great War of Archimedes (Arukimedesu no taisen)
The Great War of Archimedes (Archimedes no Taisen) is Japanese Action Drama Historical Mystery War movie based on the Norifusa Mita’s manga series of the same name, first published in 2015 in manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine. The story is set in the 1930’s, when the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese Navy sets out to build the world’s biggest battleship Yamato.
Rear Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is opposed to that plan. Then he attracts Tadashi Kai (Masaki Suda) who is a genius mathematician. Tadashi Kai discovers discrepancies related to the estimated cost to build the battleship. He tries to uncover a conspiracy in the military.
The Great War of Archimedes (Archimedes no Taisen) is distributed by Toho. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, with Norifusa Mita and Takashi Yamazaki was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Masaki Suda, Isao Hashizume, Min Tanaka, Minami Hamabe, Hiroshi Tachi, and Tasuku Emoto. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo)
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is Japanese Action Drama Historical Samurai movie adaptation of the Akihiro Dobashi’s novel, Hikkoshi Daimyo Sanzenri published in 2016 by Haruki Bunko. The film is centered on Harunosuke Katagiri (Gen Hoshino), a samurai and a bookworm. He receives a mission to help a daimyo move. With the assistance of Genemon Takamura (Issey Takahashi) and Oran (Mitsuki Takahata), Harunosuke Katagiri carries out his mission.
Long Journey (Hikkoshi Daimyo) is produced by Shochiku. Directed by Isshin Inudo, with Akihiro Dobashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Gen Hoshino, Issei Takahashi, and Mitsuki Takahata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan in 2019.
This Old Road – Konomichi
This Old Road – Konomichi is Japanese Historical Fantasy Drama Action Romance movie based on a children’s novel, This is a New Year’s Eve (Coming of Age Day) film. This film tells the story of Hakushu Kitahara is a genius poet and lives his life with reckless abandon. He often drinks excessively and has affairs with married women. Meanwhile, Kosaku Yamada is a hard working musician.
They are asked by Miekichi Suzuki, who runs a magazine on children literature, to write children’s songs together. Even though these two men have totally different personalities and argue frequently, they are able to make lots of songs to cheer up the children. They are then ordered to write a war song to send children into the battlefield.
This Old Road – Konomichi is directed by Kiyoshi Sasabe, with Riko Sakaguchi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Nao Omori, Akira, Shihori Kanjiya, Wakana Matsumoto, Fujiko Kojima, and Saori Yuki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 11, 2019.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is Japanese Fantasy Drama Action Spy History film based on a video game series of the same name published by DMM Games and Nitroplus. The cast from Stage: Touken Ranbu will be reprising their roles in this movie. Tells a story of A sage travels to the past and collects a set of legendary swords, which he brings to life as a gang of talented but dysfunctional young men, to fight a battle against evil.
They came from 8 great swords morph that turned into 8 handsome warriors including Munechika Mikazuki (Hiroki Suzuki). The warriors know that Nobunaga Oda was supposed to die at the Honno-ji incident in 1582, but he did not die. To revert back to the original history, they go back in time to assassinate Nobunaga Oda and protect the history.
Touken Ranbu: The Movie is produced by Tohokushinsha Film, BBC Films, Working Title Films, and distributed by Toho (Japan) and Universal Pictures. Directed by Saiji Yakumo, with Yoshihiro Furusawa and Takeshi Date as producers. Meanwhile, Yasuko Kobayashi was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Hiroki Suzuki, Yoshihiko Aramaki, Ryo Kitamura, Masanari Wada, Hiroaki Iwanaga, and Sadamoto Fuma. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 18, 2019.
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido Family Story)
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido-ke Monogatari) is Japanese Historical Drama Comedy Romance movie based on a children’s novel. Tells the story of Tatsuya Nikaido, a middle-aged divorcee who runs an agricultural company and lives in a suburb with his daughter and mother. After his only son’s death, he has been pressured by his fate to save his family name and ancestral line as a only male in the family. Tatsuya’s daughter Yuko can’t help feeling responsible for her family’s survival despite her resistance against the traditional mind.
The film is centers in Sasazawa City (Yutaro Furutachi) who works in a frozen food factory. When he was a middle school student, he became friends with a boy named Shinji. They love and admire Sennichi Amano (Shizuka Ishibashi). One day, Shinji died in a car accident, protecting Sennichi Amano from the accident. 10 years later, Sasazawa City met Sennichi Amano again.
The Nikaidos’ Fall (Nikaido-ke Monogatari) is produced by Wild Bunch, and distributed by High Brow Cinema. Directed by Ida Panahandeh, with Arsalan Amiri and Ida Panahandeh was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Masaya Kato, Shizuka Ishibashi, Keita Machida, Yoji Tanaka, Kazuko Shirakawa, and Hana Hizuki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on January 25, 2019.
The Day’s Organ (Ano Hi no Orugan)
The Day’s Organ (Ano Hi no Orugan) is Japanese Drama Family Historical War movie inspired by a true occurrence and set at the end of World War II, the American military is bombing Japan and its cities at a frightening pace leading to many civilian and innocent casualties.
Revolves around Kaede Itakura (Erika Toda) who leads kindergartners, and Mitsue Nonomiya (Sakurako Ohara) together persuades the parents at the school to take their children out of Tokyo. They seek shelter at an abandoned temple in Saitama while Tokyo is bombed.
The Day’s Organ (Ano Hi no Orugan) is produced by Asahi Shimbun, Chuo Eigaboeki Co., Cinema Tohoku, Japn Slow-Cinema Network (JSN), Mancy’s Entertainment, and distributed by Mancy’s Entertainment (Japan) and Shochiku Co. (Japan). Directed by Emiko Hiramatsu, with Harue Miyake as producer. Meanwhile, Emiko Hiramatsu was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Erika Toda, Sakurako Ohara, Yui Sakuma, Toko Miura, Mayu Hotta, and Momoko Fukuchi. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason)
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Akihiro Dobashi’s novel Bakumatsu Marason Samurai published 2014 by Kadokawa Haruki Corporation. This film is set at the end of Edo period. Annaka lord’s Katsuaki Itakura predicts the potential attacks from foreign invaders, and decides to train the samurais by traveling through ten Gosato (about 58 km) along the mountain road.
However, this movement is mistaken for treason by the shogunate, and decide to assassinate Katsuaki staying in the castle during the absence of samurais. Then assassins are sent to the hanshu’s castle.
Jinnai Karasawa also came to the castle which was sent as a spy. But he realizes that assassins are sent to the hanshu castle. To stop the assassins and clear up the misunderstanding, he is in order to stop the plan. But it won’t be easy, he starts running.
Samurai Marathon 1855 (Samurai Marason) is produced by Sedic International, Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Sedic Deux, and distributed by GAGA (Japan). Directed by Bernard Rose, with Takashi Iguchi, Tsutakasa Ikegami, Toshiaki Nakazawa, Takahiro Ohno, Motoi Sasaki, Jeremy Thomas, Seiji Yagi, and Kensuke Zushi as producers. Meanwhile, Akihiro Dobashi, Bernard Rose, Hiroshi Saitô, and Kikumi Yamagishi was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Mirai Moriyama, Shota Sometani, Munetaka Aoki, and Ryu Kohata. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on February 22, 2019.
Kingdom is Japanese Action History War movie adapted from 2006’s manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara. The film tells the story of a war orphan young boy named Shin (Kento Yamazaki), who had a dream to become the greatest general of the Qin Kingdom. Set in the Qin Dynasty during the Warring States Period in ancient China, Shin met the young King Eisei Ryo Yoshizawa who had a goal to unify all of China. The encounter will determine Shin’s subsequent fate, and the history of the Qin Dynasty.
Kingdom is produced by Pathé, Square Enix Co., Ltd., Constantin Film, and distributed by Toho (Japan). Directed by Shinsuke Sato, with Yasuhisa Hara, Tsutomu Kuroiwa, and Shinsuke Sato was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Kento Yamazaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Masami Nagasawa, Kanna Hashimoto, Tony Jaa, and Hayden Christensen. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on April 19, 2019.
Inemuri Iwane is Japanese Action Drama Historical movie based on Yasuhide Saeki’s novel series “Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi” published from 2002 to 2016 by Futaba Bunko. Previously this novel had been adapted into a TV series titled Kagero no Tsuji, consisted of 3 series series and aired from 2007 – 2009 by NHK. The story revolves around of Iwane Sakazaki (Tori Matsuzaka) who has two childhood friends: Kinpei Kobayashi (Tasuku Emoto) and Shinnosuke Kawade (Yosuke Sugino).
They received training at the same dojo. Kinpei Kobayashi’s younger sister Mai is married to Shinnosuke Kawade. Also Iwane Sakazaki will marry Nao (Kyoko Yoshine) who is the younger sister of Kinpei Kobayashi and Mai. The three friends are like brothers.
Shinnosuke Kawade then hears a rumor that his wife Mai is having an affair and he kills her. Kinpei Kobayashi becomes enraged that his younger sister is murdered and kills Shinnosuke Kawade. To punish Kinpei Kobayashi, Iwane Sakazaki is ordered to kill his friend.
Inemuri Iwane is distributed by Shochiku (Japan). Directed by Katsuhide Motoki, with Fujimoto was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Tori Matsuzaka, Fumino Kimura, Kyoko Yoshine, Tasuku Emoto, Yosuke Sugino, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 17, 2019.
Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa (Say What Our Butlers Said)
Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa is Japanese Comedy Drama Historical movie based on the Shiina Takasato’s novel series of the same name, first published on March 25, 2014 by Kadokawa Bunko. The film’s story is centered on Kaei (Ren Nagase), a successor to the prestigious Karasuma family. After studying in the U.K., he returns to Japan. But instead he had to face the strange young man called Soma Kisaragi, who is now Kaei’s new butler. With the help of Soma Kisaragi, Kaei protects his family from a conspiracy.
Uchi no Shitsuji ga Iu Koto niwa is distributed by Toei. Directed by Shinji Kuma, with Shiina Takasato and Takeshi Aoshima was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film include: Ren Nagase, Sho Kiyohara, Yuta Jinguji, Mio Yuki, Kamio Fuju, and Toshihiro Yashiba. Reportedly this film aired in Japan on May 17, 2019.