Your Ultimate Pre-PCS Movie List: Japan

Here’s our must-watch movie list for military spouses moving to Japan

Are you prepping for a PCS to Okinawa, Misawa or Yokosuka? Need a break from your OCONUS checklist? Looking for movies to watch during your 14-hour flight to Tokyo?

What better way to prepare for a PCS to Japan than to immerse yourself in movies that reveal a bit of the complex history, cultural differences and cinematic beauty of your new host country.

15 Movies Every Military Spouse Should Watch Before Moving to Japan

Here’s our must-watch movie list for military spouses moving to Japan (in no particular order):

1. Lost In Translation (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

2. The Last Samurai (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

3. Memoirs of a Geisha If you have time, read the book first and then watch the movie. It’s worth it. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

4. The Karate Kid Skip the 2010 remake and watch the 1984 original. Then immediately watch The Karate Kid Part II. It’s the one where Daniel goes with Mr. Miyagi to Okinawa, the birthplace of karate. You won’t regret it. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix)

5. Godzilla Again we recommend the original, so watch the 1954 version. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

6. Spirited Away It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2001.

7. Kill Bill: Volume 1 (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

8. The Ramen Girl (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

9. Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift On the streets of Tokyo, speed needs no translation. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

10. Hachi: A Dog’s Tale Based on a true story, this is a great family film. After you watch the movie, visit the Shibuya train station. The exact spot where Hachikō waited is permanently marked with bronze paw-prints. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix)

11. The Cove A documentary about a secluded cove in Japan where dolphins are corralled, either to be sold alive to aquariums and marine parks, or slaughtered for meat. It was awarded the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010. (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

12. Ponyo

13. Letters from Iwo Jima (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime)

14. You Only Live Twice You Only Live Twice…and “TWICE” is the only way to live! (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix)

15. Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix)

What do you think? Did we skip any must-see Japanese movies? What movies would you add to this list?

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