50 Best Foreign TV Shows on Netflix Japan

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Last updated: 2019-07-17

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
IMDb:   8.8/10

Metacritic:   82/100

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
IMDb:   7/10

Metacritic:   75/100

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
IMDb:   8.6/10

Metacritic:   tbd

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
IMDb:   7.6/10

Metacritic:   62/100

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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How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) 2019
IMDb:   8.6/10

Metacritic:   tbd

Genre:   Comedy, Crime

Available From:   2019-05-31

Year:   2019

Creator(s):   Matthias Murmann, Philipp Kassbohrer

To win back his ex-girlfriend, a nerdy teen starts selling ecstasy online out of his bedroom and becomes one of Europe's biggest dealers.

Actor(s):   Bjarne Madel, Damian Hardung, Danilo Kamperidis, Lena Klenke, Leonie Wesselow, Luna Schaller, Maximilian Mundt, Roland Riebeling

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A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle 2017
IMDb:   7.2/10

Metacritic:   56/100

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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Strongest Deliveryman

Strongest Deliveryman 2017
IMDb:   5.8/10

Metacritic:   66/100

Genre:   Drama

Available From:   2017-11-28

Year:   2017

Creator(s):   Not Available

Two gutsy food delivery workers strive to overcome their socioeconomic disadvantages to achieve big goals and bump into love along the way.

Actor(s):   Hie-bong Jo, Ki-doo Kim, Kyung-pyo Go, Seon-ho Kim, Soo-bin Chae, Won-hee Go

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Quicksand 2019
IMDb:   8.1/10

Metacritic:   tbd

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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Kingdom 2019
IMDb:   8.6/10

Metacritic:   tbd

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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Shokuzai 2013
IMDb:   7.2/10

Metacritic:   58/100

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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