Ah, Christmas in Japan. Here, Santa leaves his home in Finland, comes through the front door (no chimneys here) and places gifts next to sleeping children’s beds. Meanwhile, families scarf down KFC and cake, and young couples go out on romantic dates.
Christmas movies are different, too. While we might watch a family-friendly film about Santa and his elves, locals want to curl up on the couch with their significant other and get romantic. It’s more of a couple’s holiday. However, one thing that we share in common is the idea of the Christmas miracle.
So enjoy Christmas like your neighbors—grab a big bucket of fried chicken, eat some cake and fire up one of these holiday flicks. Note that some of the films here are unfortunately not available with English subtitles.
1. Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love and Magic
Hikari (Smap’s Masaki Aiba) is a struggling manga artist working to make ends meet at a bookstore. One day he runs into Korean So-Young (Han Hyo-Joo), the spitting image of a character from one of his titles. While smitten, Hikari doesn’t notice his childhood friend, Anna (Nana Eikura), loves him. The love triangle grows even more complicated when Hikari’s university friend, fellow manga artist Kitayama (Tomu Ikuta), enters the picture.
Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love and Magic is a delightful piece of Christmas-themed entertainment. There’s enough drama to keep you hooked, but it’s presented with a light touch. The characters are relatable, the story is enjoyable and the ending is satisfying—an excellent choice for a Japanese-style romantic Christmas Eve.
- Japanese Title: MIRACLE デビクロくんの恋と魔法
- Stars: Masaki Aiba, Nana Eikura, Han Hyo-Joo
- Where To Watch: Netflix, U-Next, DTV, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV
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