At the Movies in Japan: The Eighties

The top ten domestic movies at the box office in Japan each year from 1980-1989. It's a fun mix! A few, mostly the anime, are known to overseas audiences, but a lot of have yet to be seen by even 10 people on Letterboxd, let alone 100.

Enjoy this trip back to the movie theaters of Japan in the eighties!

  • Kagemusha
  • Virus
  • Port Arthur
  • Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur
  • G.I. Samurai
  • Be Forever Yamato
  • Tora-san's Tropical Fever
  • Tora-san's Dream of Spring
  • An Ocean to Cross
  • The Revolt
  • The Imperial Navy
  • Doraemon: The Record of Nobita, Spaceblazer
  • This Is Noriko
  • Foster Daddy Tora-san
  • Tora-san's Love in Osaka
  • Blue Jeans Memory
  • Station
  • Adieu Galaxy Express 999
  • Graffiti Youth: Sneaker Blues
  • Samurai Reincarnation
  • Sailor Suit and Machine Gun
  • Highteen Boogie
  • The Imperial Japanese Empire
  • Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space
  • Doraemon:大魔境
  • Tora-san's Promise
  • Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
  • Good Luck Love
  • Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
  • Queen Millennia
  • Antarctica
  • Detective Story
  • The Last Hero
  • Tora-san, the Expert
  • Karate Cop 2
  • The Mysterious Gemini • Y&S
  • How To Enjoy Watching Baseball 10 Times More
  • Harmagedon: Genma Wars
  • The Ballad of Narayama
  • Kabamaru the Ninja Boy
  • Legend of the Eight Samurai
  • Curtain Call
  • Doraemon: Nobita's Great Adventure Into the Underworld
  • Kukai
  • Tora-san Goes Religious?
  • Marriage Counselor Tora-san
  • Winners & Sinners
  • Kinnikuman: Stolen Championship Belt
  • Shanghai Vance King
  • Karate Cop 3
  • The Burmese Harp
  • The Return of Godzilla
  • Ran
  • The Tragedy of
  • Tora-san's Forbidden Love
  • Love: Starting on a Journey
  • Early Spring Story
  • Checkers in Tan Tan tanuki
  • Kinnikuman: Counterattack! Hidden Space Superman
  • Tora-san, the Go-Between
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • Like a Savage
  • Lost in the Wilderness
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Steel Troops
  • Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies
  • Be-Bop High School 2
  • Captain Tsubasa Movie 02 : Danger All Japan Junior Team
  • Tora-san's Island Encounter
  • House on Fire
  • Cabaret
  • Hachi-ko
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Knights on Dinosaurs
  • Princess from the Moon
  • Tora-san: Longing for Mt. Shiretoko
  • A Taxing Woman
  • Tora-san's Bluebird of Happiness
  • Jiro's Story
  • Be-Bop High School: A Delinquent Student March
  • The Gentlemen’s Alliance
  • Young Girls in Love
  • The Silk Road
  • 優駿 ORACION
  • Stay or go?
  • Dangerous Cops
  • Doraemon: The Record of Nobita's Parallel Journey to the West
  • A Taxing Woman's Return
  • Be-Bop High School: A Dunce Rhapsody
  • Shiro and Marilyn
  • Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis
  • The Tale of Torajiro
  • Kiki's Delivery Service
  • Doraemon: Nobita and the Birth of Japan
  • Orugoru
  • Rikyu
  • Tora-san's Salad-Day Memorial
  • Four Days of Snow and Blood
  • Zatoichi
  • Korekara monogatari - Shonen tachi no buruusu
  • Daireikai: Shindara dou naru
  • Tora-san Goes to Vienna