Takashi Yamazaki

Takashi Yamazaki is a Japanese film director, screenwriter and visual effects director. He won the Best Director and Best Screenplay prizes at the Japanese Academy Awards in 2006 for Always: Sunset on Third Street. He is a member of the animation and film visual effects studio Shirogumi.

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Juvenile (2000)

11-year-old Yusuke and his classmates camp in the woods and see a strange light. They discover a small metallic object like a robot which talks, calls himself Tetra and knows Yusuke's name. Tetra can create wonderful gadgets but actually has to save the world with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shingo Katori  •  Miki Sakai  •  Anne Suzuki  •  Yuya Endo

11-year-old Yusuke and his classmates camp in the woods and see a strange light. They discover a small metallic object like a robot which talks, calls himself Tetra and knows Yusuke's name. Tetra can create wonderful gadgets but actually has to save the world with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shingo Katori  •  Miki Sakai  •  Anne Suzuki  •  Yuya Endo

Returner (2002)

A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Takeshi Kaneshiro  •  Anne Suzuki  •  Kirin Kiki  •  Goro Kishitani

A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Takeshi Kaneshiro  •  Anne Suzuki  •  Kirin Kiki  •  Goro Kishitani

Space Battleship Yamato (2010)

In 2199, five years after the Gamilons began an invasion of Earth, the planet has been ravaged by the aliens' bombs. The remnants of humanity have fled underground to escape the irradiated surface. One day, former pilot Susumu Kodai discovers a capsule sent from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Hiroyuki Ikeuchi  •  Takuya Kimura  •  Meisa Kuroki  •  Toshiro Yanagiba

In 2199, five years after the Gamilons began an invasion of Earth, the planet has been ravaged by the aliens' bombs. The remnants of humanity have fled underground to escape the irradiated surface. One day, former pilot Susumu Kodai discovers a capsule sent from ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Hiroyuki Ikeuchi  •  Takuya Kimura  •  Meisa Kuroki  •  Toshiro Yanagiba

The Fighter Pilot (2013)

A brother and sister learn their biological grandfather was a kamikaze pilot who died during World War II. During their research into his life, they get conflicting accounts from his former comrades about his character and how he joined his squadron.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Junichi Okada  •  Haruma Miura  •  Mao Inoue  •  Isao Natsuyagi

A brother and sister learn their biological grandfather was a kamikaze pilot who died during World War II. During their research into his life, they get conflicting accounts from his former comrades about his character and how he joined his squadron.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Junichi Okada  •  Haruma Miura  •  Mao Inoue  •  Isao Natsuyagi

Ballad (2009)

Based on the plot of an award-winning Crayon Shin-chan animated movie from 2002, a boy named Shinichi (Takei) does the time-traveling and meets a feared general named Ijiri Matabei (Kusanagi). Ijiri is in love with Princess Ren (Aragaki) who subsequently rejects an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Yui Aragaki  •  Takao Osawa  •  Yui Natsukawa

Based on the plot of an award-winning Crayon Shin-chan animated movie from 2002, a boy named Shinichi (Takei) does the time-traveling and meets a feared general named Ijiri Matabei (Kusanagi). Ijiri is in love with Princess Ren (Aragaki) who subsequently rejects an ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Tsuyoshi Kusanagi  •  Yui Aragaki  •  Takao Osawa  •  Yui Natsukawa

Friends: Naki on Monster Island (2011)

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Offshore, shrouded in fog, there is a mysterious island that is said to be the home of a family of monsters. It is strictly forbidden to approach it. But one day a human child, Mushroom, it loses and coming face to face with the mysterious creatures that live there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Shingo Katori  •  Koichi Yamadera  •  YOU  •  Seishirou Katou

Offshore, shrouded in fog, there is a mysterious island that is said to be the home of a family of monsters. It is strictly forbidden to approach it. But one day a human child, Mushroom, it loses and coming face to face with the mysterious creatures that live there ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Shingo Katori  •  Koichi Yamadera  •  YOU  •  Seishirou Katou

Always: Sunset on Third Street '64 (2012)

The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on his shop to provide his adopted son Junnosuke with a private space to study ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Koyuki  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Maki Horikita  •  Shota Sometani

The Tokyo Olympics are about to open, and Rynosuke Chagawa is excited to receive a new TV set to watch the upcoming events. His wife Hiromi is pregnant and he has built a second level on his shop to provide his adopted son Junnosuke with a private space to study ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Koyuki  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Maki Horikita  •  Shota Sometani

Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007)

Would-be writer Ryunosuke Chagawa is still living across the street from Norifumi Suzuki and his auto repair shop, though now he shares his home with Junnosuke, an orphan he's taken under his wing at the urging of pretty Hiroi, who continues to manage a nearby ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Maki Horikita  •  Kazuki Koshimizu  •  Koyuki  •  Tomokazu Miura

Would-be writer Ryunosuke Chagawa is still living across the street from Norifumi Suzuki and his auto repair shop, though now he shares his home with Junnosuke, an orphan he's taken under his wing at the urging of pretty Hiroi, who continues to manage a nearby ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Maki Horikita  •  Kazuki Koshimizu  •  Koyuki  •  Tomokazu Miura

Stand by Me Doraemon (2014)

Sewashi and Doraemon find themselves way back in time and meet Nobita. It is up to Doraemon to take care of Nobita or else he will not return to the present.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Wasabi Mizuta  •  Yumi Kakazu  •  Tomokazu Seki  •  Satoshi Tsumabuki

Sewashi and Doraemon find themselves way back in time and meet Nobita. It is up to Doraemon to take care of Nobita or else he will not return to the present.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Wasabi Mizuta  •  Yumi Kakazu  •  Tomokazu Seki  •  Satoshi Tsumabuki

Parasyte: Part 2 (2015)

Alien pods come to Earth and, naturally, start taking over Human Hosts. One such pod only manages to take over one human's, Shin Izumi, right arm. Together they grow and co-exist, all the while the other aliens are making meals of other humans; Shin feels he must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shota Sometani  •  Ai Hashimoto  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Eri Fukatsu

Alien pods come to Earth and, naturally, start taking over Human Hosts. One such pod only manages to take over one human's, Shin Izumi, right arm. Together they grow and co-exist, all the while the other aliens are making meals of other humans; Shin feels he must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shota Sometani  •  Ai Hashimoto  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Eri Fukatsu

Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)

Alien pods come to Earth and, naturally, start taking over Human Hosts. One such pod only manages to take over one human's, Shin Izumi, right arm. Together they grow and co-exist, all the while the other aliens are making meals of other humans; Shin feels he must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shota Sometani  •  Eri Fukatsu  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Ai Hashimoto

Alien pods come to Earth and, naturally, start taking over Human Hosts. One such pod only manages to take over one human's, Shin Izumi, right arm. Together they grow and co-exist, all the while the other aliens are making meals of other humans; Shin feels he must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Shota Sometani  •  Eri Fukatsu  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Ai Hashimoto

Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017)

Set in an alternate universe, the ancient capital of Kamakura is a vibrant town where fantastical creatures live alongside humans. Akiko is a cheerful publishing assistant who moves into town after marrying Masakazu, a popular mystery writer. Akiko is surprised by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Masato Sakai  •  Mitsuki Takahata  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Sakura Ando

Set in an alternate universe, the ancient capital of Kamakura is a vibrant town where fantastical creatures live alongside humans. Akiko is a cheerful publishing assistant who moves into town after marrying Masakazu, a popular mystery writer. Akiko is surprised by ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Masato Sakai  •  Mitsuki Takahata  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Sakura Ando

Fueled: The Man They Called "Pirate" (2016)

In a time when the main source of energy was still coal, there was a man who saw the future in oil. Young Tetsuzo Kunioka who hails from Moji, Kitakyushu, rides out into the oil business, but is faced with numerous challenges and competitors who stand in his way, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Junichi Okada  •  Haruka Ayase  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Shota Sometani

In a time when the main source of energy was still coal, there was a man who saw the future in oil. Young Tetsuzo Kunioka who hails from Moji, Kitakyushu, rides out into the oil business, but is faced with numerous challenges and competitors who stand in his way, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Junichi Okada  •  Haruka Ayase  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Shota Sometani

Lupin III: The First (2019)

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The iconic "gentleman thief" Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Kanichi Kurita  •  Daisuke Namikawa  •  Miyuki Sawashiro  •  Kiyoshi Kobayashi

The iconic "gentleman thief" Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colorful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary, before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Kanichi Kurita  •  Daisuke Namikawa  •  Miyuki Sawashiro  •  Kiyoshi Kobayashi

Dragon Quest: Your Story (2019)

Luca follows in his father's footsteps to rescue his mother from evil Ladja. Finding the heavenly hero who wields the Zenithian sword is his only hope.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Takeru Satoh  •  Kasumi Arimura  •  Haru  •  Kentaro Sakaguchi

Luca follows in his father's footsteps to rescue his mother from evil Ladja. Finding the heavenly hero who wields the Zenithian sword is his only hope.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Takeru Satoh  •  Kasumi Arimura  •  Haru  •  Kentaro Sakaguchi

The Great War of Archimedes (2019)

It is the early 1930s and the command of the Japanese Imperial Navy determines to construct the world's biggest and most formidable battleship, Yamato. One of the admirals, Yamamoto Isoroku, disagrees. He recruits the upstart and mathematics' expert Tadashi Kai who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Jun Kunimura  •  Minami Hamabe  •  Masaki Suda  •  Min Tanaka

It is the early 1930s and the command of the Japanese Imperial Navy determines to construct the world's biggest and most formidable battleship, Yamato. One of the admirals, Yamamoto Isoroku, disagrees. He recruits the upstart and mathematics' expert Tadashi Kai who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Jun Kunimura  •  Minami Hamabe  •  Masaki Suda  •  Min Tanaka

Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005)

Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by Norifumi Suzuki. Suzuki's hair-trigger temper is held somewhat in check by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Maki Horikita  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Koyuki

Leaving her provincial home, teenage Mutsuko arrives in Tokyo by train to take a job in a major automotive company but finds that she is employed by a small auto repair shop owned by Norifumi Suzuki. Suzuki's hair-trigger temper is held somewhat in check by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki
CAST:  Maki Horikita  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Shinichi Tsutsumi  •  Koyuki

The iDol (2006)

Ken is a mild-mannered man in his mid-twenties who like many his age has interests that stopped developing during adolescence. On a visit to a local toy collectors shop he acquires a rare alien action figure. Unexpectedly, Ken's world is turned inside out as the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman England
CAST:  Yukijiro Hotaru  •  Jin Sasaki  •  Erina Hayase  •  Takako Fuji

Ken is a mild-mannered man in his mid-twenties who like many his age has interests that stopped developing during adolescence. On a visit to a local toy collectors shop he acquires a rare alien action figure. Unexpectedly, Ken's world is turned inside out as the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman England
CAST:  Yukijiro Hotaru  •  Jin Sasaki  •  Erina Hayase  •  Takako Fuji

Stand by Me Doraemon 2 (2020)

Nobita travels to the future to show his beloved grandma his bride, but adult Nobita has fled his own wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Wasabi Mizuta  •  Megumi Oohara  •  Yumi Kakazu  •  Subaru Kimura

Nobita travels to the future to show his beloved grandma his bride, but adult Nobita has fled his own wedding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Ryuichi Yagi
CAST:  Wasabi Mizuta  •  Megumi Oohara  •  Yumi Kakazu  •  Subaru Kimura

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DIRECTION:  Takashi Shimizu  •  Takashi Yamazaki  •  Hideo Nakata  •  Katsuyuki Motohiro  •  Shimako Satō
CAST:  Tamori  •  Sadawo Abe  •  Yûko Takeuchi  •  Satoshi Tsumabuki
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