Ken Watanabe

Godzilla

Godzilla

Godzilla

IMDb: 6.4
2014
123min

Ford Brody, a Navy bomb expert, has just reunited with his family in San Francisco when he is forced to go to Japan to help his estranged father, Joe. Soon, both men are swept up in an escalating crisis when Godzilla, King of the Monsters, arises from the sea to combat malevolent adversaries that threaten the survival of humanity. The creatures leave colossal destruction in their wake, as they make their way toward their final battleground: San Francisco.

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

IMDb: 7.7
2003
154min

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai’s way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

IMDb: 8.3
2005
140min

Driven by tragedy, billionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates his life to uncovering and defeating the corruption that plagues his home, Gotham City. Unable to work within the system, he instead creates a new identity, a symbol of fear for the criminal underworld – The Batman.

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Inception

Inception

Inception

IMDb: 8.8
2010
148min

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: “inception”, the implantation of another person’s idea into a target’s subconscious.

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The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

IMDb: 6.0
2015
110min

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

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Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima

IMDb: 7.9
2006
141min

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

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Tampopo

Tampopo

Tampopo

IMDb: 7.9
1985
114min

A pair of truck drivers happen onto a decrepit roadside fast food stop selling ramen noodles. The widowed owner, Tampopo, pleads them to help her turn her establishment into a paragon of the “art of noodle soup making”.

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Unforgiven

Unforgiven

Unforgiven

IMDb: 7.2
2013
135min

Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years later, Jubei lives with his kid in relative peace. He is barely able to make a living. Protecting his dead wife’s grave, Jubei has decided to never pick up a sword again, but due to poverty he has no choice but to pick the sword again. Jubei becomes a bounty hunter.

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

IMDb: 5.9
2009
109min

Darren Shan is a regular teenage kid. He and his friend Steve find out about a Freak Show coming to town and work hard at trying to find tickets. They do, and together they go to “Cirque du Freak” where they see many strange acts including a wolf-man and a bearded lady

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Shanghai

Shanghai

Shanghai

IMDb: 6.4
2010
105min

An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own government is hiding.

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Earth

Earth

Earth

IMDb: 8.0
2007
90min

From the acclaimed team that brought you BBC’s visual feast “Planet Earth,” this feature length film incorporates some of the same footage from the series with all new scenes following three remarkable, yet sadly endangered, families of animal across the globe.

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