Set in Kyoto

An ongoing list. Aside from period dramas and films from the first half of the last century, Tokyo and thereabouts get the lion's share when it comes to film settings. So here's a list showcasing another, fast-disappearing side of Japan, with old tiled rooves, a temple or two, and, if you're lucky, some soft-spoken conversation.

These are all of the ones I could initially find. I'll add more as I come across them. Suggestions welcome.

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  • Battle at Honnôji Temple
  • Chushingura: The Truth
  • The Feast of Gion
  • Sisters of the Gion
  • Fallen Blossoms
  • The Tree of Love
  • Enoken's Yaji and Kita
  • A Fond Face from the Past
  • No Regrets for Our Youth
  • The Adventures of Tobisuke
  • Clothes of Deception
  • Sisters of Nishijin
  • A Geisha
  • Clan Revival
  • The Crucified Lovers
  • Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple
  • Taira Clan Saga
  • Night River
  • Night Butterflies
  • Firefly Light
  • The Shogun’s Guard, Shinsengumi
  • Lord Mito 3: All Star Version
  • Law in Ghost Island
  • The Temple of Wild Geese
  • Kyoto Assassin
  • Twin Sisters of Kyoto
  • A House in the Quarter
  • Raised in a Palace
  • The Virgin Witness
  • Thirst for Love
  • Sleepy Eyes of Death 9: Trail of Traps
  • The Day the Sun Rose
  • Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp
  • Devil's Temple
  • Tora-san's Cherished Mother
  • Japan's Violent Gangs: The Boss and the Killers
  • Girl Boss Guerilla
  • Hell Riders in Kyoto
  • It Was a Faint Dream
  • The Yakuza
  • The Temple of the Golden Pavillion
  • A Savage Beast Goes Mad
  • Sister Street Fighter: Fifth Level Fist
  • Koto: The Ancient City
  • The House Where Evil Dwells
  • Hearts and Flowers for Tora-san
  • Fall Guy
  • The Makioka Sisters
  • Appassionata
  • Yakuza Ladies
  • A Tale of Young Elopement
  • Remembrances
  • Nemuri Kyōshirō
  • Kyoto, My Mother's Place
  • Fist of Legend
  • Diary of Early Winter Shower
  • Lost in Translation
  • 10 Years - A Wife's Betrayal
  • A Day on the Planet
  • School Wars: Hero
  • Pacchigi!
  • Koto
  • Aishiteyo
  • Akanezora Beyond the Crimson Sky
  • Closed Note
  • Hanaikusa
  • Castle Under Fiery Skies
  • Kyoto Story
  • Mother Water
  • Doman Seman
  • Tenshi tsukinuke rokuchoume
  • Detective Conan: Shinichi Kudo and the Kyoto Shinsengumi Murder Case
  • Specialist 2
  • The Secret to My Silky Skin
  • Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno
  • Lady Maiko
  • Samurai of the Dead
  • Specialist 3
  • Specialist 4
  • Koto
  • Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday's You
  • Honnouji Hotel
  • Lights of Kyoto
  • Kamisama no Wadachi: Checkpoint of the Life
  • Designated Lawyer
  • Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram
  • Love's Twisting Path
  • Flowers on the Road
  • Detective Katherine
  • Detective Katherine 2
  • Rashomon
  • Conflagration
  • The Shogun's Samurai
  • The Twilight Samurai
  • The Lord Pretends
  • Saijo katagi
  • Satan's Sword III: The Final Chapter
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode
  • Winter's Flower