Slice-Of-Life Japanese Films That Will Serve You All The Feels | Clozette

Running out of K-dramas to binge? What do you say about crossing borders and trying out Japanese films for a change? While not every Japanese drama and film out there is friendly towards first-time viewers, many of their slice-of-life movies are easy to consume while also being thought-provoking and feels-igniting. Don't believe us? Scroll through our recommended watch-list and give these slice-of-life Japanese tearjerker movies a try to see for yourself. 

ReLIFE (2017)

Following the animé series and manga of the same name, ReLIFE is about Arata Kaizaki, an unemployed 27-year-old who navigates through the failures and pretentiousness of adulthood. On one fateful day, he was offered a chance to join the ReLIFE research program, where a medication reverts him back to his 17-year-old self. Here, he immerses himself into high school once again as the test subject of a one-year experiment aimed to re-establish confidence amongst failed adults. Should it succeed, the program is set to help these adults pick themselves back up and return as a functional member of society. Desperate for employment and rent, among other things, Kaizaki agrees and finds himself learning beyond what he already knows.

Offering a comedic start that slowly develops into a more wistful and dramatic storyline, ReLIFE gives something to both its teenage and adult audiences. Younger viewers are faced with realities they must face and power through in the next steps of their lives and adults are reminded that despite trying times, there is still hope.

Koe No Katachi (2016)

Known internationally as A Silent Voice, the story revolves around Ishida Shoyo, a highschool student living through the after-effects of being a former bully. Isolated and ostracised by his friends and classmates after deaf transfer student Nishimiya Shouko moved away due to his incessant actions, Shoyo developed self-loathing, mistrust, and the inability to connect with others in his own fear of doing them wrong and vice-versa. Years later, his paths crossed with Shouko once again and in his effort to make amends, he goes through a heart-tugging journey of forgiveness for both self and others. 

What sets Koe No Katachi apart from Western films tackling this issue is that this boldly explores the effects of bullying for both the bully and the bullied. It doesn't justify cruel actions but shows that despite reasons like peer pressure or curiosity, hurting someone will have its consequences for both parties. It also uses deafness as a metaphor for isolation, miscommunication, and facing inner fears and demons. This film will have you shedding tears as it comes to its poignant conclusion. 

The 8-Year Engagement (2017)

With the title being a major giveaway, this autobiographical romance film starring Rurouni Kenshin actors Sato Takeru and Tsuchiya Tao retells the story of Nishozawa Hisashi and Nakahara Mai and their prolonged engagement. In the midst of planning their wedding, Mai suffers from delusions and seizure, leading to an anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis diagnosis, which is a brain inflammation due to a defect in one's antibodies. After being hospitalised, she falls into a deep coma for a year and then wakes up in a 'reboot' state where she has to re-learn everything, from walking to speaking on her own. Hisashi supports her in every step of the way, keeping the promises of their engagement intact despite all their trials. While we won't spoil how the rest of their story went down, make sure you prepare tons of tissues as certain twists and turns in the film will make you shed some tears, especially when you remember that this is actually a true story. 

Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016)

After Kono Futaba gets diagnosed with terminal cancer and learns that she only has a few months to live, she decides to set four goals relating to her bathhouse business and her daughter Azumi. Setting on a trip to get started, Futaba's motherly instincts go beyond her own family to the strangers she meets on the road and starts changing the lives of everyone she encounters.

While we can't disclose more details about this movie without actually spoiling anything, we can guarantee that it's worth every minute. Miyazawa Rie's portrayal of Futaba is absolutely stellar, providing the perfect balance between sternness and warmth and Sugisaki Hana's portrayal of Futaba's daughter Azumi delivers a unique vulnerability that perfectly matches their mother-daughter dynamic. You'll want to reach for your mama after giving this a watch!

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Even more than 30 years since its premiere, Grave of the Fireflies still holds the hearts of many viewers because of its different take on war films. Following the story of siblings Seita and Setsuko who had to navigate through life in the midst of World War II, it depicts hell-on-earth events through the eyes of a child that's full of innocence and bliss. The film becomes achingly real as it progresses, taking its audience through extreme emotions of hope, love, loss, and even grief. It also doesn't try to gain sympathy for countries who participated in the historical tragedy, but rather focuses on the sad truth that in war, every camp suffers before either achieves their so-called victory. 

Koizora (2007) 

Ask any J-drama fan for a classic tearjerker and they'll definitely have this on their list. Miura Haruma plays the eccentric yet sensitive Hiro — who sports strikingly blond hair that became one of the film's signatures — and Aragaki Yui plays the innocent Mika who portrays her good girl role with such vulnerable yet elegant finesse. While it starts off with a typical bad-boy-meets-good-girl narrative, Koizora or Sky Of Love offers its own heartbreaking twists that will have you getting feels not just for the two protagonists, but also for those who went through their journey with them. 

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (2017)

Revolving around the perspective of the protagonist merely known as 'I', the narrative jumps between past and present, all relating to I's experience with classmate Yamauchi Sakura. Sakura shared a secret with him that bound him to join her in life's little misadventures, teaching him to celebrate life and live life to the fullest. 

While the animated version delivers more vividness and depth into the storyline, the stellar cast of the live-action film including Oguri Shun, Habame Minami, Kitamura Takumi, and Kitagawa Keiko definitely made it come alive. The film quickly lets you in on its titular inside joke, which you would hope that it shouldn't have, because knowing it adds to the weight of the experience at every pace of the story. 

Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets (2017)

The last film on our list was derived from a light novel of the same name, which also had its anime adaptation courtesy of Kyoto Animation. When sharp-minded but self-proclaimed energy conserver Oreki Hotaro gets forced by his sister to join his school's Classics Club, his life gets entangled with curious Chitanda Eru. Together, they uncover a three-decade-long mystery surrounding the Classic Club's Hyouka anthology. 

While school-club-centric settings are typical in most Japanese storylines, Hyouka offers a darker yet more philosophical approach to this theme. The exploration of the hidden message behind Hyouka starts from lighthearted to adventurous to hopeful to downright exasperating, leading audiences to wonder along with the characters as they unfold the pieces of the puzzle they're solving. The conclusion comes in a very paradoxical manner, being comedic yet achingly painful. In the end, it poses a very heartwarming message that is applicable to all.

More must-watch Asian films coming your way here!



Sometimes the best practical style inspiration is found on the streets and not on the runway. Harsh, but — whether you like it or not — very true especially with the advent of influencers and social media. In some way, attendees have become models themselves. Some are already sporting exclusive pieces that are yet to be released or donning chic accessories from up-and-coming brands. 

At New York Fashion Week 2019,  there's no shortage of savvy street style looks to cop. Ahead, the best ensembles we spotted.

Colour harmony

Colourful ensembles are tricky to put together, but content creator Quigley shows us how it's done. The formula seems to go like this: pick a white top, pair it with something pastel and add eye-catching outerwear. Oh, and don't forget to use a cute sling bag! 

Passion for purple

Laureen Uy is bringing purple back. It's not the easiest shade to style, so we're taking a few notes from this fashion blogger on how to make it work effortlessly. First, a white or black belt is a must; not only will it define your waist, but it can also serve as a nice visual break for your entire ensemble. Then, pair it with a mini bag that's a complementary shade to give a nice, interesting contrast.


Love a nude style palette? We do, too! It's classy and sophisticated, but if you're not careful about the pieces you pick, things can easily become bland. Take a cue from lifestyle blogger Sheryl and choose to wear different shades of beige to create visual layers and add a black or white piece for balance. 

Floral fan

Florals are a fashion staple of this decade and even though we're about to wrap up the 2010s, we don't think this aesthetic is going away anytime soon. Refresh your love for floral pieces by mixing up the accessories you pair them with. Instead of espadrilles, go for ankle-length boots (or sock boots for our tropical weather) and an edgy fanny pack instead of the usual dainty handbag. 



These days, comfortable style is what's hot. The popularity of athleisure fashion, fanny packs and Teva sandals — styles that were all once deemed passé — is a testament to this. Even if you look at what teenagers would consider cool right now, the looks all put a premium on comfort. We're talking about oversized tees, crocs, and sporting a Fjällräven Kanken. And just recently, a new comfortable piece is entering the mainstream scene. Meet the knitted flats! 

It's designed like a ballet flat but the difference is in the material used. What makes it so comfortable is it's made from high-quality yarns that, for most brands such as Rothy's, are made from recycled plastic bottles. According to the brand's website, they have "transformed over 30 million plastic water bottles into stylish flats." As you can see, it's easy to understand the hype and love for this piece because it's stylish, comfy and sustainable.

If you want to snag a pair of knitted flats, here are some options in our region. 

Otto Shoes

Knitted Flats

Otto Shoes Stripe Knitted Flats, PHP1199/~USD23 (

If you live in the Philippines, you can check out Otto Shoes' knitted flats. You can drop by at their branches or browse through ZALORA Philippines to look at their selections. We particularly love the very versatile Stripe Knitted Flats in blush pink. It's made with a custom-engineered knitted soft fabric upper and a lightweight rubber outsole. 

Twenty Eight Shoes

Knitted Flats

Twenty Eight Shoes Knit Flats JD20, SGD84/~USD60 (

A homegrown brand in Hong Kong, Twenty Eight shoes have also released a few pieces featuring knitted material. Unlike most brands selling knit flats, they also have other designs aside from the block colours. However, if you're like us who love classic looks, then you'd like the JD20. This casual pair of knitted flats has a supportive back counter and memory foam socking which makes it comfier than the average shoe.


Knitted Flats


Originating from Singapore, PAZZION Shoes has expanded their reach across Asia to countries like China, Japan and Thailand. Over the years, they have released classic designs and on-trend items like knitted flats. Looking for something that can be worn in professional settings? Check out the Blue Knit Effect Pointed Leather Pointy Flats. It will add a pop of colour to your ensemble without going over the top.

Skechers Gowalk Lite

Knitted Flats

Skechers GOwalk Lite in Romance, USD65 (

If you want knitted flats with an athletic touch, look no further than Skechers' GOwalk Lite collection. Out of all the designs, the Romance is the one that caught our fancy with its classy bow detail and nude colourway. We also love how versatile it is. You can wear it to both your next workout session and brunch date with your girlfriends!