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6 Awesome Japanese thriller movies and shows on Netflix that you can’t afford to miss

Vaibhavi

Vaibhavi
Jul 07, 2021

The Japanese industry is famous globally for its amazing thriller content. Not only is the Japanese thriller content loved across the world, but they have also become a major source of inspiration for several Hollywood movies. With the rising popularity of Asian content in India, all thanks to Netflix's constantly expanding Asian catalogue, Japanese movies and shows are gathering a lot of eyeballs.

Moving past the popularity of the Japanese horror genre with the popularity of The Grudge, there is much more that the industry has to offer. With Netflix ramping up its Japanese content, now is the time to foray into the world of Japanese entertainment. Here are some of the best Japanese thriller movies and shows you should check out for your first Japanese outing:

1
The Forest of Love
6.5OTTplay Rating
The spooky film based on real-life incidents, The Forest of Love is one of the most popular Japanese thriller movies. The movie revolves around the cases of murders, extortion and torture committed in the small town of Kyushu in Japan between the time from mid-1990s to the early 2000s. The gory crimes committed by serial killer Futoshi Matsunaga is sure to send chills down your spine.
2
Scams
6.5OTTplay Rating
The emotional story fuelled by desperation and helplessness revolves around a young man who is sacked from his job after the economy is shaken by the Lehman Shock. Unemployed, with a sick father to look after, the young man is dragged down into the underworld that leads him to get involved in a telephone scam surrounding illegal activities. The series will make you experience a range of emotions throughout, but one thing is sure, it'll keep you hooked!
3
Million Yen Women
7.9OTTplay Rating
Inspired by a popular Japanese manga by the same name, the series captures the story of five successful yet mysterious women, who move into the house of a frustrated and unsuccessful novelist. Setting up an arrangement to pay him one million yen each month as rent and payment for managing their household, there is a lot hidden beneath the surface.
4
Alice in Borderland
8OTTplay Rating
The sci-fi thriller series focuses on an obsessed gamer young man who suddenly finds himself trapped in a mysterious version of Tokyo. Caught amidst a game-like version of Tokyo, the man and the other visitors need to compete in deadly games to fight for their survival. Recently added to the list of crime thrillers on Netflix, the show was quick to become one of the most popular shows in the genre.
5
Switched
7.2OTTplay Rating
The story centres around a popular teenager who finds herself trapped in the body of an unpopular girl at school who has no plans to switch back to her own body. Living a perfect life, high schooler Ayomi is popular and has just started dating. After witnessing an unpopular classmate jumping off a building, Ayomi wakes up in her classmate's body. With her identity, life and popularity what turn will her life take?
6
Crisis: Special Security Squad
6.8OTTplay Rating
The action-packed series is high on thrill and suspense, with issues revolving around national security. Tasked with the responsibility to handle threats to national security, the special security agents have to fight against time to maintain peace. With each special security squad member dealing with their personal emotional baggage, will they be able to uphold the law and order?
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