Search results for "Masanobu Ando"

Petal Dance (2013)

Four women, who have their own different sorrows, embark on a road trip. They look back at their past and restart their lives... Jinko (Aoi Miyazaki) and Motoko (Sakura Ando) ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hiroshi Ishikawa
CAST:  Aoi Miyazaki  •  Shiori Kutsuna  •  Sakura Ando  •  Kazue Fukiishi

Smuggler (2011)

In this wacky and shocking comedy, a failed actor is forced to work smuggling dead bodies and contraband in a world full of underground bankers and crazed fashionista yakuza ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Katsuhito Ishii
CAST:  Satoshi Tsumabuki  •  Masatoshi Nagase  •  Yasuko Matsuyuki  •  Hikari Mitsushima

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (2010) RT 36% / Audience 41%

DVD release: Sep 2011

A tale of revenge, honor and greed follows a group of misfits that gets involved with a kitchen cleaver made from the top five swords of the martial arts world in this wild ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Foreign
DIRECTION:  Wuershan
CAST:  Masanobu Ando  •  Kitty Zhang Yuqi  •  Liu Xiaoye  •  Swanson Han Pengyi

Forever Enthralled (2008)

A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Foreign • History • Romance
DIRECTION:  Chen Kaige
CAST:  Leon Lai Ming  •  Zhang Ziyi  •  Sun Hong-Lei  •  Hong Chen

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) RT 56% / Audience 57%

DVD release: Nov 2008

Several hundred years after the Battle of Dannoura, the Genji and Heike clans face off again in a poor mountain town with a buried treasure legend. A revolver-wielding ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Comedy • Thriller • Western
DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Hideaki Ito  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Koichi Sato  •  Kaori Momoi

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (2006)

Big Bang Love tells the story of two young prisoners from different backgrounds whose bond transcends their pasts. This stunning, imaginative film has been adapted from Masaki ...  (more)

GENRES: Drama • Fantasy
DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Ryûhei Matsuda  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Kiyohiko Shibukawa  •  Ryo Ishibashi

Aegis (2005)

The Isokaze, an Aegis-class escort vessel, sets sail on a routine training exercise, playing host to a platoon from the Fleet Training Group. No sooner is the Isokaze on open ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama
DIRECTION:  Junji Sakamoto
CAST:  Hiroyuki Sanada  •  Akira Terao  •  Koichi Sato  •  Kiichi Nakai

Black Kiss (2004) RT Audience 15%

DVD release: May 2007

Asuka is an aspiring model who moves to Tokyo to pursue her career. She moves into a small apartment with a friend of a friend, Kasumi. A bizarre murder occurs in the hotel ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Drama • Horror • Mystery • Romance
DIRECTION:  Makoto Tezuka
CAST:  Reika Hashimoto  •  Kaori Kawamura  •  Shunsuke Matsuoka  •  Masanobu Ando

Satorare (2001)

Satorare is about the lives of "Transparents" - people who telepathically broadcast their every thought to anybody in a 10m radius. Because having everybody know your inner ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuyuki Motohiro
CAST:  Masanobu Ando  •  Kyōka Suzuki  •  Rina Uchiyama  •  Yutaka Matsushige

Battle Royale (2000)

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act.  (more)

GENRES: Adventure • Drama • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Takeshi Kitano  •  Tatsuya Fujiwara  •  Tsuyako Kinoshita  •  Aki Maeda

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

Monday (2000) RT Audience 87%

A simple funeral turns a man's world upside down.  (more)

GENRES: Action • Comedy • Crime • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Hiroyuki Tanaka
CAST:  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Yasuko Matsuyuki  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Hideki Noda

Adrenaline Drive (1999) RT 75% / Audience 66%

DVD release: Feb 2001

A gas leak explosion at a yakuza hideout provides a shy nurse and a rental car clerk with the opportunity to take a briefcase full of money. A cross-country chase ensues.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Crime • Foreign • Romance
DIRECTION:  Shinobu Yaguchi
CAST:  Masanobu Ando  •  Reila Aphrodite  •  Hikari Ishida  •  Yukata Matsushige

Poppoya (1999) RT Audience 80%

A railway stationmaster at a dying end-of-the-line village in Hokkaido is haunted by memories of his dead wife and daughter. When the railroad line is scheduled to be closed, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yasuo Furuhata
CAST:  Ken Takakura  •  Shinobu Ōtake  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masanobu Ando

Kids Return (1996)

Shinji and Masaru spend most of their school days harassing fellow classmates and playing pranks. They drop out and Shinji becomes a small-time boxer, while Masaru joins up ...  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Takeshi Kitano
CAST:  Ken Kaneko  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Leo Morimoto  •  Hatsuo Yamaya

Drive (2002) RT Audience 72%

DVD release: Sep 1998

A salaryman is hijacked by bank robbers.  (more)

GENRES: Comedy • Drama
DIRECTION:  Hiroyuki Tanaka
CAST:  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Kou Shibasaki  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Toshio Kakei

Synesthesia (2005)

Shin is a professional voyeur who provides live camera feeds of everything from the street corner to the public toilet. He is also afflicted freakish phenomenon known as ...  (more)

GENRES: Crime • Foreign • Horror • Mystery • Thriller
DIRECTION:  Toru Matsuura
CAST:  Yōsuke Eguchi  •  Masanobu Ando  •  Aoi Miyazaki  •  Hijiri Kojima

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011) RT 77% / Audience 78%

DVD release: Aug 2012

A violent anti-Japanese uprising from Taiwan's aboriginal past is recounted with bombast and brutality in "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale."  (more)

GENRES: Action • Drama • History
DIRECTION:  Te-Sheng Wei
CAST:  Umin Boya  •  Chi-Wei Cheng  •  Lin Ching-Tai  •  Masanobu Ando

Red Shadow (2001) RT Audience 58%

DVD release: Aug 2004

The secret warriors of feudal Japan were the Ninja. Sent on impossible missions, the Ninja were trained to work in shadows, gather information and defeat the enemy to build a ...  (more)

GENRES: Action • Adventure • Comedy • Foreign
DIRECTION:  Hiroyuki Nakano
CAST:  Megumi Okina  •  Kumiko Aso  •  Jun Murakami  •  Masanobu Ando