This page features multiple movies or TV shows that Disney only distributed in Japan and not in any other country.
|Film||Date of original release||Notes|
|Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro||1979|| The first ever movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, it was released as part of the Lupin the 3rd series and animated by TMS Entertainment. Toho originally distributed the movie for theaters and was later released onto VHS in 1995 by Toho themselves.
It was originally released on DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan as part of a Studio Ghibli home media series on April 26, 2001. It was released on Blu-Ray Disc on August 6, 2014 alongside a re-release of the DVD. It is classified as a Studio Ghibli movie in its home country, even though it was released way before the company's founding.
|Grave of the Fireflies (火垂るの墓 Hotaru no Haka)||1988|| An animated war drama film based on the 1967 semi-autobiographical short story of the same name. It was written and directed by Isao Takahata, and animated by Studio Ghibli.
The movie was originally released on VHS in 1991 under another company and was re-released on VHS by Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan on August 7, 1998. The first DVD release, however, was distributed by Warner Home Video Japan, and would later be re-released on DVD by Disney on August 6, 2008. It was re-released again on March 18, 2015. It was released on Blu-Ray on July 18, 2012, and also on a Double-Pack with My Neighbor Totoro.
|Ocean Waves (Japanese: 海がきこえる Umi ga Kikoeru)||1993|| A television film directed by Tomomi Mochizuki and written by Kaori Nakamura based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Saeko Himuro. It was animated by Studio Ghibli and first aired first aired on May 5, 1993 on Nippon TV.
The movie was released originally released on VHS by Tokuma Shoten, but was later re-released by Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan on August 23, 1998, and later re-released on DVD on August 8, 2003. The DVD has never been re-released, but a remastered version was released on Blu-Ray on July 17, 2015.
|The Rainmaker||1997|| A legal drama film based on a novel by John Grisham, and stars Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, and Roy Schneider. Released by Paramount Pictures in most countries, but was released by Buena Vista International in Japan.
It was released in Japan on June 27, 1998, and was released on VHS and Laserdisc later that year.
|Liberty Stands Still||2002|| A film starring Wesley Snipes and Linda Fiorentino about the wife of an international gun manufacturer being held hostage at a hot dog stand by a sniper seeking revenge for his daughter's murder.
It premiered on January 18, 2002 at Palm Springs International Film Festival, and was acquired by Lions Gate Films shortly after. It was originally slated for a wide theatrical release, but due to negative reviews, it was released direct-to-video in the United States on October 22, 2002, around the time when the Beltway sniper attacks occured. It was released by Buena Vista International in Japan on August 31, 2002.
|Spider||2002|| A Canadian psychological drama film starring Ralph Fiennes and directed by David Cronenberg, about a mentally disturbed man who replays a part of his childhood in his mind. It was released by Sony Pictures Classics in the United States and by Alliance Atlantis in Canada on December 13, 2002 and December 20, 2002, respectively.
It was released in Japan on March 29, 2003, and was released on VHS and DVD on August 22, 2003 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
|'Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (攻殻機動隊 イノセンス Kōkaku Kidōtai Inosensu)||2004|| An anime/computer-animated film that is a sequel to the 1995 Ghost in the Shell movie (Which Disney had no involvement with). This movie was co-produced by Production I.G. and Studio Ghibli, with various companies like Disney co-funding the film.
It was released in Japan on March 6, 2004 by Toho, and released to DVD on September 15, 2004 by Buena Vista Home Entertainment Japan. Walt Disney Studios Japan later released the film on Blu-Ray on August 6, 2008 and will release the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray on June 22, 2018. A double pack with the first Ghost in the Shell movie will be released by Bandai Visual in 2018.
|Shaun the Sheep||2007||A British stop-motion animated television series and spin-off of the Wallace and Gromit franchise, the series stars Shaun — a sheep previously featured in A Close Shave — and his madcap adventures around a small farm as the leader of his flock.
Walt Disney Studios Japan releases the series on DVD and Blu-Ray in Japan, treating them in the same way as they do for Studio Ghibli releases. Disney, however, doesn't release DVDs of the Shaun the Sheep spin-off Timmy Time, which is instead distributed by Happinet, a subsidiary of Bandai Namco Holdings.
Walt Disney Studios Japan also released Shaun the Sheep Movie on a DVD and Blu-Ray combo pack on December 16, 2015, as well as a Digital Download.
|The Red Turtle (French: La Tortue Rouge; Japanese: レッドタートル ある島の物語 Reddo Tātoru: Aru Shima no Monogatari)||2016||An animated film co-written and directed by Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit and produced by Toshio Suzuki from Japan. The film is a co-production between Wild Bunch and Studio Ghibli and fianced by various French and Japanese companies, including Walt Disney Studios Japan.
The movie was released to DVD and Blu-Ray by Walt Disney Studios Japan on March 17, 2017.
|Mary and the Witch's Flower (Japanese: メアリと魔女の花 Meari to Majo no Hana)||2017||An anime film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and animated by Studio Ponoc for the Nippon Television Network and Mary and the Witch's Flower Film Partners, and was distributed by Toho. It is based on the book The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart.
Walt Disney Studios Japan released the film on DVD, Blu-Ray and 4K Ultra HD on March 20, 2018.