Search results for "Ken Watanabe"


Inception (2010) RT 86% / Audience 91%

DVD release: Dec 2010

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Mystery • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Leonardo DiCaprio  •  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Ellen Page  •  Tom Hardy

Godzilla (2014) RT 74% / Audience 66%

DVD release: Sep 2014

Fifteen years after an 'incident' at a Japanese nuclear power plant, physicist Joe Brody joins forces with his soldier son Ford to discover for themselves what really happened ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Science Fiction • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Gareth Edwards
CAST:  Bryan Cranston  •  Elizabeth Olsen  •  CJ Adams  •  Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Unforgiven (2013) RT 95% / Audience 93%

DVD release: Mar 1997

Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880's. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Sang-il Lee
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Jun Kunimura  •  Koichi Sato  •  Yūya Yagira

Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan (2012)

In May 2003, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (or JAXA) launched an unmanned spacecraft of their own development to retrieve samples from an asteroid. Seven long years ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Tomoyuki Takimoto
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Yōsuke Eguchi  •  Yui Natsukawa  •  Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Hei no naka no chûgakkô (2010)

"A School Behind Bars" centers around Asahi Junior High School, which is located within Nagano Matsumoto Boy's prison in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture - the only public ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Makoto Kiyohiro
CAST:  Joe Odagiri  •  Kei Suma  •  Seiji Chihara  •  Shôta Sometani

Shanghai (2010) RT Audience 70%

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Mystery • Romance
DIRECTION:  Mikael Håfström
CAST:  Jeffrey Dean Morgan  •  John Cusack  •  David Morse  •  Ken Watanabe

The Unbroken (2009)

A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Foreign
DIRECTION:  Setsurô Wakamatsu
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Kyōka Suzuki  •  Mitsuko Kusabue  •  Takashi Kashiwabara

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) RT 38% / Audience 42%

DVD release: Feb 2010

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Fantasy • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Paul Weitz
CAST:  John C. Reilly  •  Josh Hutcherson  •  Chris Massoglia  •  Patrick Fugit

Earth (2007) RT 86% / Audience 85%

DVD release: Apr 2003

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Documentary
DIRECTION:  Alastair Fothergill  •  Mark Linfield
CAST:  Patrick Stewart  •  Constantino Romero  •  James Earl Jones  •  Ken Watanabe

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) RT 91% / Audience 86%

DVD release: May 2007

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.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Drama • War
DIRECTION:  Clint Eastwood
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Kazunari Ninomiya  •  Tsuyoshi Ihara  •  Ryo Kase




Memories of Tomorrow (2006)

DVD release: Oct 2005

After being stricken with Alzheimer's disease in the prime of his life, a successful young businessman slips slowly away from his loving family in director Yukihiko Tstusumi's ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Yukihiko Tsutsumi
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Kanako Higuchi  •  Kenji Sakaguchi  •  Kazue Fukiishi

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) RT 35% / Audience 83%

DVD release: Mar 2006

Based on the internationally acclaimed novel by Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha is a sweeping romantic epic set in a mysterious and exotic world that still casts a potent ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History • Romance
DIRECTION:  Rob Marshall
CAST:  Zhang Ziyi  •  Gong Li  •  Youki Kudoh  •  Tsai Chin

Batman Begins (2005) RT 84% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Oct 2005

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, ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Crime • Drama
DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Michael Caine  •  Liam Neeson  •  Katie Holmes

Year One in the North (2005)

In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Isao Yukisada
CAST:  Ken Watanabe  •  Sayuri Yoshinaga  •  Etsushi Toyokawa  •  Toshirō Yanagiba

The Last Samurai (2003) RT 66% / Audience 83%

DVD release: May 2004

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History • War
DIRECTION:  Edward Zwick
CAST:  Tom Cruise  •  Ken Watanabe  •  William Atherton  •  Chad Lindberg

Hi wa mata noboru (2002)

A Japanese film that tells the tale of the birth of VHS. It follows Kagatani Shizuo, an electronics employee who rallies his coworkers to save their jobs by increasing sales. ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama
DIRECTION:  Kiyoshi Sasabe
CAST:  Toshiyuki Nishida  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Naoto Ogata  •  Ryôko Shinohara

Space Travelers (2000)

Three bank robbers, who declare themselves to be Space Travelers, take six persons as hostages when they are surrounded by the police. Among the hostages, there is a terrorist ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy
DIRECTION:  Katsuyuki Motohiro
CAST:  Teruo Takeno  •  Shigemitsu Ogi  •  Isao Nonaka  •  Yôzaburô Itô

Tampopo (1985) RT 100% / Audience 94%

DVD release: Jul 2000

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 ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy
DIRECTION:  Juzo Itami
CAST:  Tsutomu Yamazaki  •  Nobuko Miyamoto  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Kōji Yakusho

TRY (2003)

At the turn of the 20th Century amongst tension between China and Japan, a Japanese swindler in Shanghai plans to profit by selling weapons. He steals arms from the Japanese ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy
DIRECTION:  Kazuki Ohmori
CAST:  Hitomi Kuroki  •  Ken Watanabe  •  Shao Bing  •  Yûji Oda

Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) RT 18% / Audience 51%

DVD release: Sep 2014

As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Science Fiction
DIRECTION:  Michael Bay
CAST:  Nicola Peltz  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Stanley Tucci  •  Frank Welker