Top Favourite Japanese Romance Movies

by - March 27, 2017

Top Japanese Romance Movies 

Watching cringey Asian romance movies and dramas are my guilty pleasures... heres the list for my fave Japanese romance movies 

No.1 - Heroine Disqualified /ヒロイン失格 (Hiroin Shikkaku) 2015

Starring: Mirei Kiritani, Kento Yamazaki, Kentaro Sakaguchi
One of my all time favourite movies (not because Kento is it) but it's a High School based romance drama where Hatori has a crush on her childhood friend, Rita. However things get complicated when Rita dates Mino this leads Hatori to feel jealous and upset by the couple. Due to her jealously she has attracted the school's most popular and handsome student Kosuke. 
This movie is overall funny yet deep at the same time, I'm in love with all the main characters. 

No.2 Say 'I Love You' 2014

Starring: Haruna Kawaguchi, Sota Fukushi.
This is probably one of the cutest films ever, although it's pretty much predictable there no doubt that Sota is so adorable and cute in this. Another High School based drama where high school student Mei is somewhat very anti-social and is unable to make friends, until one day she accidentally injures the most popular student in the school, Yamato. After the incident Yamato takes interest in Mei and wants to get closer to her. Unlike the other typical girls Mei's character stands up for what she believes in and she doesn't care about what anyone thinks. 

No.3 Love for Beginners /  今日、恋をはじめます (Kyo, Koi wo Hajimemasu) 2012

Starring: Emi Takei, Tori Matsuzaka
Another cute film, another high school themed romance where Tsubaki has a talent for making others look pretty but is unable to gain confidence from her own self-concept, therefore she suffers from a very low-self esteem. She has a very traditional/old mindset and she gets teased because of this. Until she gets closer to a popular male student, Kyota who targets Tsubaki and also teases her, he starts to grow interest in her and soon starts to fall in love with her. 
Both characters suffers from some type of issue yet they are able to come together, even if they have their ups and downs. 
No lie I loved the cute ending. 

No. 4 Close Range Love / 近キョリ恋愛 (Kinkyori Renai) 2014      

Starring: Tomoshia Yamashita, Nana Komatsu 
A high school romance between a student and her sensei, Yuni Kururugi is one of the smartest students in school she excels in all her classes except for English, her English teacher Sakurai gives her extra private lessons and they soon develop feelings for each other. 
When I first watched this, no lie it was really weird because of the teacher/student relationship but then again its cute at the same time.. but still weird. 

No. 5 Wolf Girl and Black Prince / オオカミ少女と黒王子 (Okami Shojo to Kuro Oji) 2016
Starring: Fumi Nikaido, Kento Yamazaki 
Another high school drama, Erika is very despicable student, she makes up a story of having a boyfriend where she has created this fictional world to which her friends believe. Sooner or later her friends begin to question her stories as Erika begins to run out of lies she the takes a picture of a handsome boy named Kyouya, she starts to use his picture to show her friends that she actually has a boyfriend. Little did she know that Kyouya actually attended the same high school as Erika. Erika tells the truth to Kyouya and they both start a fake relationship. 

No.7 Black Devil and The White Prince / 黒崎くんの言いなりになんてならない (Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai) 2016

 Starring: Nana Komatsu, Kento Nakajima, Yudai Chiba 
A love triangle between Yu, Takui and Haruto. When Yu moves into a new school she takes interest in Takumi (White prince) as he takes care of her, whereas Haruto (Black devil) forces Yu to do whatever he says to which Yu becomes somewhat of a slave to him. As the movie progress both male leads start to gain feelings for Yu and now she needs to choose between the white prince or the black devil. 

No.8 L-DK / L♡DK 2014 

Starring: Ayame Gouriki, Kento Yamazaki
When Aoi's parents move to another city for work Aoi begins to live by herself and Shusei, a popular male student, moves in the next apartment to her. Aoi accidentally makes the sprinkler go off in his room so until Shusei's room is fix he starts living with Aoi. The two quickly bonds and start to gain feelings for each other. 

No.9 Sky of Love / 恋空 (Koizora)
Starring: Yui Aragaki, Haruma Miura 
Mika is a shy, quiet and sweet girl, she has yet to find true love and when she looses her phone a mysterious boy picks it up and calls her every day in the summer. Mika then becomes interested with the mysterious boy and wants to meet him when school starts. Mika is shocked to learn the mysterious person calling her was Hiro, a rebellious student with white hair tries to overcome their differences and soon they both develop feelings for each other. While Mika and Hiro tries to bond Mika is threaten by Hiro's ex-girlfriend and other girls from their school.

No.10 君に届け (Kimi ni Todoke)
Starring: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura 
Socially awkward but self-less Sawako is teased and bullied by her school mates for being unapproachable and gloomly because she has a similar hair cut as the Ring, she meets  Shota a popular male student, unlike the typical popular stereotypical play boy Shota is actually down-to-earth and kind towards Sawako to which she respects and admires him Shota starts to gain feelings for Sawaka as he notice her little acts of kindness towards people and around the school, he tries to make her open up to others. 
One of the classics and one of my top Japanese movies it was probably one the first Japanese movies I've watched and I absolutely loved it.

As you can see my genre of movies are pretty much similar; high school, teen-romance films. I live for these types of movies. 
Hope that this list was helpful!!

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  1. I'm happy to see Heroine Disqualified on the top of your list! I enjoyed this movie immensely. This was the first film wherein I got see Mirei Kiritani's acting and I loved her since then! Thanks for writing this post, Erika! I've followed you on Bloglovin' :)