Kenji Sawada

Singer and actor.

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Pistol Opera (2001)

An assassin fends off numerous attacks from her comrades, who are trying to move up in rank by killing off the competition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Makiko Esumi  •  Sayoko Yamaguchi  •  Hanae Kan  •  Masatoshi Nagase

An assassin fends off numerous attacks from her comrades, who are trying to move up in rank by killing off the competition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Makiko Esumi  •  Sayoko Yamaguchi  •  Hanae Kan  •  Masatoshi Nagase

The Happiness of the Katakuris (2002)

The Katakuri family has just opened their guest house in the mountains. Unfortunately their first guest commits suicide and in order to avoid trouble they decide to bury him in the backyard. Things get way more complicated when their second guest, a famous sumo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Keiko Matsuzaka  •  Shinji Takeda  •  Naomi Nishida

The Katakuri family has just opened their guest house in the mountains. Unfortunately their first guest commits suicide and in order to avoid trouble they decide to bury him in the backyard. Things get way more complicated when their second guest, a famous sumo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Keiko Matsuzaka  •  Shinji Takeda  •  Naomi Nishida

The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979)

A high school science teacher is the butt of all his students' jokes, until their bus is hijacked on a school trip. But something more sinister lurks beneath the surface: he's building an atomic bomb in his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Hasegawa
CAST:  Bunta Sugawara  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Kazuo Kitamura

A high school science teacher is the butt of all his students' jokes, until their bus is hijacked on a school trip. But something more sinister lurks beneath the surface: he's building an atomic bomb in his apartment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuhiko Hasegawa
CAST:  Bunta Sugawara  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Kazuo Kitamura

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Go Riju  •  Masato Aizawa  •  Masayuki Shionoya

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Go Riju  •  Masato Aizawa  •  Masayuki Shionoya

Tora-san, the Expert (1982)

Tora-san gets into an argument with his uncle and sets out on the road again. In Kyushu he meets a young woman named Keiko and the shy zoologist Saburō, and attempts to play matchmaker between the two when they all return to Tokyo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masami Shimojô

Tora-san gets into an argument with his uncle and sets out on the road again. In Kyushu he meets a young woman named Keiko and the shy zoologist Saburō, and attempts to play matchmaker between the two when they all return to Tokyo.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoji Yamada
CAST:  Kiyoshi Atsumi  •  Chieko Baisho  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Masami Shimojô

Deaths in Tokimeki (1984)

Deaths in Tokimeki tells the disturbing, compulsive story of a hit-man waiting to carry out a job: the assassination of the leader of a religious cult, masterminded by the leader's own deputy. But it is a story that is told in blocks, like the phrases in a child's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kanako Higuchi  •  Naoki Sugiura  •  Haruko Katô

Deaths in Tokimeki tells the disturbing, compulsive story of a hit-man waiting to carry out a job: the assassination of the leader of a religious cult, masterminded by the leader's own deputy. But it is a story that is told in blocks, like the phrases in a child's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshimitsu Morita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kanako Higuchi  •  Naoki Sugiura  •  Haruko Katô

A Pool Without Water (1982)

The man has a monotonous job punching tickets for the Japanese railway. One night, while walking home, he saves Jun from getting raped by two hoodlums. A few days later, he sneaks into her house but gets discovered. Later, as he watches his son subdue an insect ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kōji Wakamatsu
CAST:  Mie  •  Reiko Nakamura  •  Yumiko Fujita  •  Yūya Uchida

The man has a monotonous job punching tickets for the Japanese railway. One night, while walking home, he saves Jun from getting raped by two hoodlums. A few days later, he sneaks into her house but gets discovered. Later, as he watches his son subdue an insect ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kōji Wakamatsu
CAST:  Mie  •  Reiko Nakamura  •  Yumiko Fujita  •  Yūya Uchida

Statue in Fire (1974)

Drama about young people in the Japanese rock scene starring the lead singer of Japanese rock band The Tigers (1966-1971, 1981-1983).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita  •  Akira Kato
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kumiko Akiyoshi  •  Takeo Chii  •  Yukiji Asaoka

Drama about young people in the Japanese rock scene starring the lead singer of Japanese rock band The Tigers (1966-1971, 1981-1983).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita  •  Akira Kato
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Kumiko Akiyoshi  •  Takeo Chii  •  Yukiji Asaoka

The Tigers: The World is Waiting For Us (1968)

An alien spaceship crashes on Earth due to the powerful musical energy emanating from Group Sounds band The Tigers. The Tigers have to protect an alien princess who escaped from the ship and became obsessed with their lead singer Julie. Can they save the day by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshinori Wada
CAST:  Ittoku Kishibe  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Taro Morimoto  •  Katsumi Kahashi

An alien spaceship crashes on Earth due to the powerful musical energy emanating from Group Sounds band The Tigers. The Tigers have to protect an alien princess who escaped from the ship and became obsessed with their lead singer Julie. Can they save the day by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshinori Wada
CAST:  Ittoku Kishibe  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Taro Morimoto  •  Katsumi Kahashi

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DIRECTION:  Hikari Ota  •  Tomoyuki Akaishi  •  Ryoichi Kato
CAST:  Yuen Biao  •  Kyôko Kubo  •  Mitsuyo Ohta  •  Masahiko Urano

Revolver (1988)

When a gun belonging to a police officer is stolen, it ends up in the hands of a student, who decides to use it on a yakuza who beat him recently. Now the police officer is hot on the student’s trail, and he’s determined to prevent the gun from going off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Masatoshi Murakami  •  Shiori Sakura  •  Satomi Tezuka

When a gun belonging to a police officer is stolen, it ends up in the hands of a student, who decides to use it on a yakuza who beat him recently. Now the police officer is hot on the student’s trail, and he’s determined to prevent the gun from going off.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshiya Fujita
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Masatoshi Murakami  •  Shiori Sakura  •  Satomi Tezuka

Osaka Story (1999)

Young Wakana is the daughter of a husband and wife comedy act, who have worked together for 20 years without any big success. Wakana’s parents quarrel constantly, and her mother often threatens to leave. When one day her father disappears, Wakana sets out to find him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jun Ichikawa
CAST:  Chizuru Ikewaki  •  Kôsuke Nanno  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Yūko Tanaka

Young Wakana is the daughter of a husband and wife comedy act, who have worked together for 20 years without any big success. Wakana’s parents quarrel constantly, and her mother often threatens to leave. When one day her father disappears, Wakana sets out to find him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jun Ichikawa
CAST:  Chizuru Ikewaki  •  Kôsuke Nanno  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Yūko Tanaka

Switch of Happiness (2006)

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DIRECTION:  Mana Yasuda
CAST:  Juri Ueno  •  Manami Honjo  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Shizuka Nakamura

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DIRECTION:  Mana Yasuda
CAST:  Juri Ueno  •  Manami Honjo  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Shizuka Nakamura

Hiruko the Goblin (1991)

A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinya Tsukamoto
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Masaki Kudou  •  Hideo Murota  •  Naoto Takenaka

A school was built on one of the Gates of Hell, behind which hordes of demons await the moment they will be free to roam the Earth. Hiruko is a goblin sent to Earth on a reconnaissance mission. He beheads students in order to assemble their heads on the demons' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinya Tsukamoto
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Masaki Kudou  •  Hideo Murota  •  Naoto Takenaka

Capone Cries a Lot (1985)

Umiemon is a naniwa-bushi singer who travels with his wife to the United States in hopes of achieving fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Kenichi Hagiwara  •  Yūko Tanaka  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Akira Emoto

Umiemon is a naniwa-bushi singer who travels with his wife to the United States in hopes of achieving fame and fortune.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Kenichi Hagiwara  •  Yūko Tanaka  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Akira Emoto

Yumeji (1991)

Artist Yumeji has gained fame and recognition for his skills at painting as well as notoriety for his untamed lifestyle. Despite his betrothal to a beautiful and timid young woman of high birth, his libido turns to his many female models. Despite this freedom from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Tomoko Mariya  •  Masumi Miyazaki  •  Tamasaburo Bando

Artist Yumeji has gained fame and recognition for his skills at painting as well as notoriety for his untamed lifestyle. Despite his betrothal to a beautiful and timid young woman of high birth, his libido turns to his many female models. Despite this freedom from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Seijun Suzuki
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Tomoko Mariya  •  Masumi Miyazaki  •  Tamasaburo Bando

Sabu (2002)

When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Satoshi Tsumabuki  •  Tatsuya Fujiwara  •  Keisuke Horibe  •  Tomoko Tabata

When a young man is sent to a prison workhouse for a crime he did not commit his friend on the outside must find evidence to clear his name.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Satoshi Tsumabuki  •  Tatsuya Fujiwara  •  Keisuke Horibe  •  Tomoko Tabata

Samurai Reincarnation (1981)

After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Shin'ichi Chiba  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Akiko Kana  •  Ken Ogata

After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Shin'ichi Chiba  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Akiko Kana  •  Ken Ogata

Eiko (2004)

Eiko Akimori is a 23-year-old woman who lives alone in an apartment. One day, Eiko is made to buy a big stone ring that brings happiness from a catch sales on the way home from work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ikuo Kamon
CAST:  Kumiko Aso  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Tetsuji Tamayama

Eiko Akimori is a 23-year-old woman who lives alone in an apartment. One day, Eiko is made to buy a big stone ring that brings happiness from a catch sales on the way home from work.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ikuo Kamon
CAST:  Kumiko Aso  •  Kenji Sawada  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Tetsuji Tamayama

A Lavish Invitation (1968)

The Tigers, a rock band, escape their parents and teachers trying to forcibly cut their long hair, but accidentally stow away on a train to Tokyo. In Tokyo they get in some trouble, but eventually get jobs as musical assistants. Can they make the stage debut ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kunihiko Yamamoto
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Minoru Hitomi  •  Katsumi Kahashi  •  Ittoku Kishibe

The Tigers, a rock band, escape their parents and teachers trying to forcibly cut their long hair, but accidentally stow away on a train to Tokyo. In Tokyo they get in some trouble, but eventually get jobs as musical assistants. Can they make the stage debut ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kunihiko Yamamoto
CAST:  Kenji Sawada  •  Minoru Hitomi  •  Katsumi Kahashi  •  Ittoku Kishibe
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