5 Most Promising Japanese Film Releases Coming In 2022

From anime box office hits to Golden Globe nominees, 2021 has obviously been a big year for Japanese theaters. But there’s no slowing down for 2022. A handful of films coming up next year have been unveiled, and among them are some must-see monster productions – you’ll see what we mean in a minute.

A gripping documentary on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, due to premiere in Japan in the coming months, is a kaiju comedy and a new anime from Makoto Shinkai, to name a few. Mark those release dates in your calendar now.

Suzume no Tojimari

Revered host Makoto Shinkai has faithfully released a feature film every three years since his 2013 masterpiece “Garden of Words.” This was followed by “Your Name” in 2016 and “Weathering with You” in 2019. Despite production schedules being pushed back everywhere due to the Covid-19 compilations, Shinkai is on track to release a new animated film in 2022 entitled ‘Suzume no Tojimari’.

The story follows a 17-year-old teenager in Kyushu named Suzume, who comes across a mysterious time traveler looking for a particular door. While the film has yet to release a trailer, the poster, which features a familiar image of the blue sky characteristic of Makoto Shinkai, promises that it will be another jaw-dropping visual treat for the crowd.

Coming in fall 2022.


Dai Kaiju no Ato Shimatsu

We all know the classic kaiju film formula, where a colossal monster terrorizes a city until it is finally defeated by the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (“Godzilla”) or an equally evil superhero like Ultraman. But what happens after the monster tips over and is dead? Who cleans up the mess? That’s what this larger-than-life comedy seeks to answer.

Directed by Satoshi Miki, the film stars Ryosuke Yamda, Tao Tsuchiya and Gaku Hamada, who are part of an unconventional specialist. Fall clearing team kaiju streets of the city after the superheroes are done with them. Do you think your job is difficult? You should see what this lot has to put up with.

Premiere on February 4, 2022.


Hell dogs in the bamboo house

Up next by director Masato Harada (‘The Last Samurai’) is a hybrid film that is both a live-action adaptation of a manga as well as a modern remake of the 1955 American film noir ‘House of Bamboo’.

The film stars Junichi Okada as former policeman Shogo Kanetaka who turned his back on the justice system after a series of tragic events. Kanetaka decides the only way to win is to infiltrate the yakuza and embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse in his quest for revenge.

Coming in fall 2022.

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Photo: Naomi Kawase © 2016 Photographed by Leslie Kee, Courtesy of the IOC

Tokyo Olympics 2020

In the summer of 2021, Japan hosted one of the most important and yet the most controversial sporting events in history. Next summer, director Naomi Kawase will release the official documentary “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”, which chronicles the amazing sporting moments that took place behind closed doors. The film will also reveal the obstacles faced by athletes and event organizers leading up to the Games.

The documentary will bring sports fans closer to the Tokyo Games, which took place without spectators. It is also an opportunity to learn more about the involvement and history of Japan in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, with filmed images of the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Coming in June 2022.


Shin Ultraman 2022

After its initial 2021 release was delayed, Hideaki Anno’s “Shin Ultraman” is now slated for release in May 2022. Anno, who is also the creator of the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” franchise, expressed the great sense of responsibility that he felt while directing the film because he has been a fan of Ultraman since he was a child. He promised fans that he would do justice to the latest installment. Expect awesome, never-before-seen special effects kaiju battles – this one is worth the wait any longer.

Premiere on May 13, 2022.

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Marie A. Evans