50 Best Foreign TV Shows on Netflix Japan

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Last updated: 2019-05-26

In the era of streaming, viewing options have drastically changed by making available foreign-language TV shows that previously wouldn't have crossed borders, let alone language barriers. Netflix, on a mission to appeal to global audiences, boasts a huge collection of foreign shows that you may be overlooking. Here's the list of 50 best foreign TV shows on Netflix Japan right now for your perusal.


Dark 2017

Genre:   Crime, Drama, Thriller

Available From:   2017-12-01

Year:   2017

Creator(s):   Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.

Actor(s):   Anatole Taubman, Andreas Pietschmann, Angela Winkler, Anne Ratte-Polle, Jordis Triebel, Karoline Eichhorn, Lisa Vicari, Louis Hofmann, Maja Schone, Mark Waschke, Michael Mendl, Oliver Masucci, Sebastian Rudolph, Stephan Kampwirth

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Spy 2015

Genre:   Action, Comedy, Crime

Available From:   2018-04-28

Year:   2015

Creator(s):   Paul Feig

An ex-North Korean spy gets visited by her vengeful former boss, who demands her to hand over her son, a secret agent for the South Korean government.

Actor(s):   Dal-hwan Jo, Hye-young Ryu, Jae-Joong Kim, Jessica Chaffin, Jong-ok Bae, Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy, Min-jae Kim, Oh-seong Yu, Raad Rawi, Sung-hee Ko, Won-joong Jung

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Le casa de papel

Le casa de papel 2017

Genre:   Crime, Thriller

Available From:   2017-07-02

Year:   2018

Creator(s):   Alex Pina

Eight thieves take hostages and lock themselves in the Royal Mint of Spain as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.

Actor(s):   Alba Flores, alvaro Morte, Darko Peric, Enrique Arce, Esther Acebo, Itziar Ituno, Jaime Lorente, Kiti Manver, Maria Pedraza, Mario de la Rosa, Miguel Herran, Paco Tous, Pedro Alonso, Ursula Corbero

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3% 2016

Genre:   Sci-Fi, Thriller

Available From:   2016-11-25

Year:   2016

Creator(s):   Not Available

In a future where the elite inhabit an island paradise far from the crowded slums, you get one chance to join the 3% saved from squalor.

Actor(s):   Bianca Comparato, Celso Frateschi, Joao Miguel, Mel Fronckowiak, Michel Gomes, Rafael Lozano, Rodolfo Valente, Sergio Mamberti, Vaneza Oliveira, Viviane Porto, Zeze Motta

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A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle 2017

Genre:   Drama, Mystery, Romance

Available From:   2018-04-20

Year:   2017

Creator(s):   Shunji Iwai

A naive and passive woman's engagement to a man she meets through a matchmaking service goes awry, leading her down a spiral of confusion.

Actor(s):   Akio Kaneda, Cocco, Go Ayano, Go Jibiki, Haru Kuroki, Hideko Hara, Lily, Nana Natsume, Soko Wada, Tomoko Mariya, Yugo Saso

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Kingdom 2019

Genre:   Action, War

Available From:   2019-01-25

Year:   2019

Creator(s):   Kim Eun-hee, Kim Seong-hun, Shinsuke Sato, Tsutomu Kuroiwa, Yasuhisa Hara

While strange rumors about their ill king grip a kingdom, the crown prince becomes their only hope against a mysterious plague overtaking the land.

Actor(s):   Bae Doona, Heo Jun-ho, Jeon Seok-ho, Ju Ji-hoon, Jun Kaname, Jung Suk-won, Kanata Hongo, Kanna Hashimoto, Kento Yamazaki, Kim Hye-jun, Kim Jong-soo, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Sung-kyu, Ryu Seung-ryong

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Quicksand 2019

Genre:   Crime, Drama

Available From:   2019-04-05

Year:   2019

Creator(s):   Not Available

After a tragedy at a school sends shock waves through a wealthy Stockholm suburb, a seemingly well-adjusted teen finds herself on trial for murder.

Actor(s):   Anna Bjork, Arvid Sand, David Dencik, Ella Rappich, Felix Sandman, Hanna Ardehn, Helena af Sandeberg, Maria Sundbom, Rebecka Hemse, Reuben Sallmander, William Spetz

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Shokuzai 2013

Genre:   Mystery

Available From:   2016-12-18

Year:   2013

Creator(s):   Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Fifteen years after the murder of their 9-year-old classmate, four young women still grapple with the ensuing guilt and deep emotional scars.

Actor(s):   Asumi Kikuchi, Chizuru Ikewaki, Eiko Koike, Hazuki Kimura, Kyoko Koizumi, Manatsu Kimura, Sakura Ando, Yu Aoi

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Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series

Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series 2019

Genre:   Animation, Comedy

Available From:   2019-03-31

Year:   2019

Creator(s):   Gary Howsam, John Paul Tremblay, Mike Smith, Norm Hiscock, Robb Wells

Nova Scotia's favorite miscreants have always been super sketchy. Now, carrying on from the Season 12 finale, the boys have become complete cartoons.

Actor(s):   Cory Bowles, Jacob Rolfe, Jeanna Harrison, John Dunsworth, John Paul Tremblay, Marguerite McNeil, Mike Smith, Pat Roach, Robb Wells, Sarah Dunsworth, Tyrone Parsons

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Penelope 2006

Genre:   Family

Available From:   2015-04-14

Year:   2006

Creator(s):   Anne Gutman, Georg Hallensleben, Leslie Caveny

This animated series based on the children's books by Anne Gutman features Penelope, a cute blue koala bear who is 3 years old.

Actor(s):   Catherine O'Hara, Michael Feast, Nick Prideaux

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