This thread is dedicated for those who are interested in Japanese history or want to know more about Historical Japanese dramas and films. There are already similar threads in both Korean and Chinese sections so it would be great to add another one to the Japanese section since I am mostly interested in Japanese history.
I will be adding all Japanese eras even if there weren’t any dramas or films about those periods. I will also be adding the Wikipedia pages corresponding to those periods for better knowledge and so that historical dramas lovers would take this as a reference as where and when everything happened.

Just a note, Japanese taiga dramas (historical dramas produced by NHK ever year) are 95% accurate so there aren’t fictional characters like in most of Korean and Chinese/Hong Kong dramas and therefore, they can absolutely be taken as a reference. I will write (Taiga Drama) instead of (Drama) in front of the title so that you would know the most historically accurate Japanese productions.

The listing is done through alphebetical order for each era and I will try to update this as much as I can. I won't be adding dramas for the Heisei Period (the current era in Japan, according to Japanese years; 2014 is 26 Heisei).

One last thing, don't be surprised to see a drama or a film mentioned in two or three eras because some dramas/films (especially taiga dramas) start in one period and end in another one. Enjoy!


1) Japanese Paleolithic (50.000 BC - 12.000 BC): Historical Page[/URL]


1) Jomon Period (14.000 BC - 300 BC): Historical Page[/URL]
2) Yayoi Period (300 BC - 250 or 300 AD): Historical Page

-----> Himiko (Film).

3) Kofun Period (250 AD - 538 AD): Historical Page


1) Asuka Period (538 AD - 710 AD): Historical Page[/URL]
2) Nara Period (710 AD - 794 AD): Historical Page
3) Heian Period (794 AD - 1185 AD): Historical Page

-----> Genji: A Thousand Year Love (Film).
-----> Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (Film).
-----> Jigokuhen (Film).
-----> Sukiyaki Western Django (Film).
-----> Taira no Kiyomori (Taiga Drama).



1) Kamakura Period (1185 AD - 1333 AD): Historical Page

-----> Hojo Tokimune (Taiga Drama).

2) Kenmu Restoration (1333 AD - 1336 AD): Historical Page
3) Muromachi/Ashikaga Period (1337 AD - 1573 AD): Historical Page

-----> Hana no Ran (Taiga Drama).
-----> The Hidden Fortress (Film).

a) Nanboku-cho Period (1334 AD - 1392 AD): Historical Page
b) Higashiyama Period: Historical Page

-----> Hana no Ran (Taiga Drama).

4) Sengoku Period (1467 AD - 1573 AD): Historical Page. Also see this and this pages for more historical information.

-----> Chacha (Film).
-----> Gou ~ Himetachi no Sengoku (Taiga Drama).
-----> Gunshi Kanbei (Taiga Drama).
-----> Hideyoshi (Taiga Drama).
-----> Kagemusha (Film).
-----> Kimi wa Toki no Kanata e (Special).
-----> Komyo ga Tsuji (Taiga Drama).
-----> Nouhime (Special).
-----> Nouhime II ~ Sengoku no Onnatachi (Special).
-----> Oda Nobunaga (Special).
-----> Onna Nobunaga (Special).
-----> Ran (Film).
-----> Samurai Banners (Film).
-----> Samurai Rebellion (Film).
-----> Satomi Hakkenden (Drama Special).
-----> Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- (Drama).
-----> Shinobi no Mono (Film).
-----> Tenchijin (Taiga Drama).

5) Azuchi-Momoyama/Shokuho Period (1573 AD - 1603 AD): Historical Page.

-----> Castle Under Fiery Skies (Film).
-----> Chacha (Film).
-----> Gou ~ Himetachi no Sengoku (Taiga Drama).
-----> Gunshi Kanbei (Taiga Drama).
-----> Hideyoshi (Taiga Drama).
-----> Izumo no Okuni (Drama).
-----> Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu (Film).
-----> Komyo ga Tsuji (Taiga Drama).
-----> Miyamoto Musashi (Special).
-----> Musashi (Taiga Drama).
-----> Nobo no Shiro (Film).
-----> Samurai Rebellion (Film).
-----> Satomi Hakkenden (Drama Special).
-----> Sengoku Jieitai (Special Drama).
-----> Tenchijin (Taiga Drama).

6) Christian Missions (1540 AD - 1587 AD): Historical Page.
V) EDO ERA (1600 AD - 1868 AD): Historical Page

More historical information about the era: Samurai Rank in Edo Period and Sakoku

-----> 13 Assassins (Film).
-----> 47 Ronin (Film).
-----> A Tale Of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story (Film).
-----> Adventures of Zatoichi (Film).
-----> After The Flowers (Film).
-----> Aoi Tokugawa Sandai (Taiga Drama).
-----> Atsu Hime (Taiga Drama).
-----> Choukosoku! Sankin-kotai (Film).
-----> Chushingura 1/47 (Film).
-----> Chushingura ~Sono Gi Sono Ai~ (Film).
-----> Crest Of Betrayal (Film).
-----> Damajin (Film).
-----> Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (Film).
-----> Gate of Hell (Film).
-----> Genroku Ryoran (Taiga Drama).
-----> Gohatto (Film).
-----> Gou ~ Himetachi no Sengoku (Taiga Drama).
-----> Hakuouki (Drama).
-----> Hanzo The Razor II: The Snare (Film).
-----> Hanzo The Razor III: Who's Got The Gold? (Film).
-----> Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Film).
-----> Hissatsu Shigotonin 2010 special (Special).
-----> Ichi (Film).
-----> Insight Into the Universe (Film).
-----> JIN (Drama).
-----> JIN 2 (Drama).
-----> Kage no Gundan 1: Hattori Hanzo (Drama).
-----> Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu (Film).
-----> Kumokiri Nizaemon (Drama).
-----> Love and Honor (Film).
-----> Mayonaka no Kita-san, Yaji-san (Film).
-----> Miyamoto Musashi (Special).
-----> Musashi (Taiga Drama).
-----> Neko Zamurai (Drama).
-----> New Tale of Zatoichi (Film).
-----> Nezumi, Edo wo Hashiru (Drama).
-----> Nogaremono Orin (Drama).
-----> Ogawa no Hotori (Film).
-----> Oh-Oku: The Women Of The Inner Palace (Film).
-----> Ooka Echizen (Drama).
-----> Ooku (Film).
-----> Ooku: Arikoto Iemitsu Hen (Drama).
-----> Oyako Daka (Drama).
-----> Raiou (Film).
-----> Rashomon (Film).
-----> Return of Daimajin (Film).
-----> Revenge of the Pomegranate Tree Hill (Film).
-----> Ryoma Den (Taiga Drama).
-----> Sakura Housara (Special).
-----> Sakurada Gate Incident (Film).
-----> Samaritan Zatoichi (Film).
-----> Samurai Assassin (Film).
-----> Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (Film).
-----> Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (Film).
-----> Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Film).
-----> Seppuku (Film).
-----> Shinsengumi! (Taiga Drama).
-----> Shundou (Film).
-----> Sword of the Beast (Film).
-----> Swords of Vengeance: Fall of Ako Castle (Film).
-----> Tempest (Drama).
-----> Tenka Souran (Drama Special).
-----> The 47 Ronin (Film).
-----> The Castle of Crossed Destinies
-----> The Great Killing (Film).
-----> The Hidden Blade (Film).

1) Bakumatsu (1853 AD - 1867 AD): Historical Page.

-----> Bakumatsu (Film).
-----> Bakumatsu Kitan Shinsen 5 - Kengo Korin (Film).
-----> Bakumatsu Kitan Shinsen 5 Ni - Fuun Igagoe (Film).
-----> Bakumatsu Kokosei (Film).
-----> Byakkotai (Special).
-----> Byakotai (Special).
-----> Free and Easy: Samurai Edition (Film).
-----> Goyokin (Film).
-----> Hidamari no Ki (Drama).
-----> Hitokiri (Film).
-----> Hitoya ni Saku Hana (Film).
-----> Okita Souji - The Last Swordsman (Film).
-----> Ryoma Den (Taiga Drama).
-----> Sakurada Gate Incident (Film).
-----> Shinsengumi (Film).
-----> Shinsengumi Keppuroku (Drama).
-----> Shinsengumi PEACE MAKER (Drama).
-----> Shinsengumi! (Taiga Drama).
-----> Sorekara no Musashi (Drama).
VI) EMPIRE of JAPAN: Historical Page[/URL]

Further information about the Era: Economic History of Japan, Foreign relations of Meiji Japan and Anglo-Japanese Alliance.

1) Meiji Period (1868 AD - 1912 AD): Historical Page 1 and Historical Page 2.

-----> Ashio kara Kita Onna (Drama).
-----> Hanjiro (Film).
-----> Niji wo Kakeru Ouhi (Special).
-----> Oshin (Drama).
-----> Oshin (Film).
-----> The Ballad of Narayama (1957)
-----> The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

2) Taisho Period (1912 AD - 1926 AD): Historical Page.

-----> Niji wo Kakeru Ouhi (Special).
-----> Snowy Love Fall in Spring (Film).

3) World War I (1914 AD - 1918 AD): Historical Page.
4) Showa Period (1926 AD - 1989 AD): Historical Page. Further information: Statism in Showa Japan

-----> Double Suicide (Film).
-----> Gojira (Film).
-----> Hana Ikusa (Film).
-----> Haru to Natsu (Drama Special).
-----> Izu no Odorikko (Special).
-----> Kiyoko Ranman (Drama).
-----> Kyukei no Koya (Special).
-----> Niji wo Kakeru Ouhi (Special).
-----> Fumo Chitai (Drama).
-----> Ri Kouran (Drama Special).
-----> Sanga Moyu (Taiga Drama).

5) Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 AD - 1945 AD): Historical Page 1, Historical Page 2, Historical Page 3 and Historical Page 4.

-----> Caterpillar (Film).
-----> Kiyoko Ranman (Drama).
-----> Kyukei no Koya (Special).
-----> Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai (Special).
-----> Sanga Moyu (Taiga Drama).

6) World War II (1939 AD - 1945 AD):Historical Page 1 and Historical Page 2.

-----> 99-nen no Ai ~ Japanese Americans (Drama)
-----> Barefoot Gen (Film).
-----> Fumo Chitai (Drama).
-----> Grave of the Fireflies (Special).
-----> Hiroshima Shouwa Nijuunen Hachigatsu Muika (Film).
-----> Kaitakushatachi (Drama).
-----> Kyukei no Koya (Special).
-----> Letters from Iwo Jima (Film).
-----> Nadeshiko Tai (Film).
-----> Nijuroku ya Mairi (Special).
-----> Saigo no Kizuna: Okinawa Hikisakareta Kyodai (Special).
-----> Sanga Moyu (Taiga Drama).
-----> The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (Film).
-----> The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (Film).
-----> The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (Film).


Historical Page[/URL]

1) Occupation of Japan (1945 AD - 1952 AD): Historical Page.

-----> Blackboard (First Night): Mirai (Special).
-----> Gate of Flesh (Film).
-----> I Want to Be a Shellfish (Film).
-----> Izu no Odorikko (Special).
-----> Kaitakushatachi (Drama).
-----> Makete, Katsu (Drama).

2) Cold War (1952 AD - 1989 AD): Historical Page.

-----> Blackboard (second night): Ikiro (Special).
-----> Izu no Odorikko (Special).
-----> Makete, Katsu (Drama).
-----> Shizumanu Taiyo (Film).

3) Heisei Period (1989 AD - Present): Historical Page.



-----> Samurai Fiction (Film).
-----> Samurai Sentai Shinkenger the Movie: The Fateful War (Film).
-----> Shabake (Special).
-----> Shinobido (Film).
-----> Sugata Sanshiro (Drama Special).
Reserved for future use 3.
Pretty cool! You made a really detailed timetable! With lots of reference material too! Thanks a lot! This is really helpful for History and movies/drama enthusiasts hehe :) Actually I think it's always a great idea to have some knowledge on the historical background of anything you watch, so this thread is indeed very interesting. I actually know more about and I'm more interested in Japanese history than Chinese history, but I'm making myself busy organizing HK movies on the other thread... But I'll help out with this thread too in a while :D
Thanks, I am also more interested in Japanese history than other countries although I admit that Chinese history is oldest, more deverse and quite fascinating but it still comes second for me. Anyway, take your time. I am adding things step by step.
Wow !! Impressive !! Thanks n keep it up !!
Wagaya no Rekishi Takes place between 1945 and 1964. There are a lot of historical events that are mentioned and they highlight a lot of historical figures as well. ^^
Sleepninja wrote: Wagaya no Rekishi Takes place between 1945 and 1964. There are a lot of historical events that are mentioned and they highlight a lot of historical figures as well. ^^

I will add it as soon as I get to the letter "W" (:
What a great job! thanks a lot, that will be very helpful !
If it can help a little :)

Yae no sakura is set during the Bakumatsu period and Meiji Restauration

Rurouni Kenshin, also during the Meiji Restauration

and those 3, during the Bakumatsu mainly :)
Shinsengumi Peace Maker
Thank you guys, I am glad I can be helpful (: As for the one twinkle added; I am going through alphebetical order so I will make sure to add those once I reach their letters. Thanks for helping :)
Great job! Indeed it would be great also adding historical pages, so I'll surly use your idea :D
Great job indeed. This is really inspiring. The only reason I am not volunteering to help is because I know people will do a much better job out of it and I have no time to commit to searching and researching this at the moment. I will send something if I notice that something is missing but I"m sure you will get it all! I applaud you and cheer you on in the efforts that will benefit us all :)
Thank you, Cheerful. Great job :)