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Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe

Date of Birth: 21 Oct 1959

Country: Japan

Total Credits at Criticker: 35 (Actor), 1 (Director), 2 (Writer)

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    The Last Samurai
    The paths of two warriors converge when the Emperor of Japan hires a Civil War veteran to train Japan's first modern army. As he encounters the Samurai traditions, the troubled American soldier finds himself at the center of a violent and epic struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his sense of honor to guide him.
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    Memoirs of a Geisha
    Set in a mysterious and exotic world which still casts a potent spell today, the story begins in the years before World War II, when a Japanese child is torn from her penniless family to work as a servant in a geisha house. Despite a treacherous rival who nearly breaks her spirit, the girl blossoms into the legendary geisha Saguri. Beautiful and accomplished, Saguri captivates the most powerful men of her day, but is haunted by her secret love for the one man beyond her reach. (Sony Pictures)
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    Tampopo
    A truck driver stops at a small family-run noodle shop and decides to help its fledgling business. The story is intertwined with various vignettes about the relationship of love and food.
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    Letters from Iwo Jima
    In this companion piece to "Flags of Our Fathers," Clint Eastwood presents the untold story of the Japanese soldiers and their general who 61 years ago defended against the invading American forces on the island of Iwo Jima. (Warner Bros.)
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    Memories of Tomorrow
    A Japanese drama about Alzheimer's Disease. (Eleven Arts)
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    Ashes and Snow
    Ashes and Snow, a film by Gregory Colbert, uses both still and movie cameras to explore extraordinary interactions between humans and animals. The 60-minute feature is a poetic narrative rather than a documentary. It aims to lift the natural and artificial barriers between humans and other species, dissolving the distance that exists between them. (imdb)
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    Umi to dokuyaku
    Two rival surgical teams at a Japanese hospital perform gruesome experimental operations on healthy patients in this macabre horror story. The liver of a young serviceman is removed as the main course in a planned dinner celebration. (all movie guide)
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    Space Travelers
    Three bank robbers, who declare themselves to be Space Travelers, take six hostages when they are surrounded by the police. In order to escape, the robbers ask the hostages to pretend to be part of the gang. Surprisingly, the hostages enjoy it... (HKFlix)
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    Cirque du Freak: The Vampire\
    A young boy named Darren Shan meets a mysterious man at a freak show who turns out to be a Vampire. After a series of events Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the Cirque Du Freak and become a Vampire. (imdb)
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    Inception
    In a world where technology exists to enter the human mind through dream invasion, a single idea within one's mind can be the most dangerous weapon or the most valuable asset.
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    Shanghai
    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. (imdb)
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    The Unbroken
    Set around the worst airplane crash in Japanese history in 1985, the story follows Hajime Onchi (Ken Watanabe) and airline worker and union head who just returned to Japan after being sent away to foreign branches for ten years because of his efforts.
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    Bruce\
    To compete in his friend Peter's martial arts tournament, Jack flies into Manila from Hong Kong and brings along a book of secret Jeet Kune Do techniques that was entrusted to him by the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee. During the competition, Jack witnesses Peter's defeat at the hands and feet of his academy's rival master, Miguel. Peter gets the book from Jack, just as Miguel learns about its existence. Miguel sends his best fighters to seize the book. (imdb)
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    Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
    Based on the ancient Japanese Tale of Genji. This film is set in 900AD and tells the story of a famous female writer of the time, Murasaki Shikibu. Her story begins from the death of her husband, a Japanese noble, then moves on to her recruitment to train the Prince's young 'wives in waiting'. It is dotted throughout and actually composed mainly of one of the fictional stories she wrote, the tale of Genji. Genji is a rich playboy who falls in love and has a son to his stepmother.
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    Il ragazzo dal kimono d\
    Anthony is in the Phillipines visiting his father. He inadvertently interferes with the affairs of local gangster Quino, who also happens to be a champion Karate fighter. After embarrassing Quino near a local tournament, Anthony is beaten up and left for dead. An old monk nurses Anthony back to health and teaches him the ways of martial arts so he may go back and fight Quino again. (Written by Mike Martinez (imdb)
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    Unforgiven
    The man who vowed never to take sword again finds himself driven by poverty to once again join battle as a bounty hunter. Together with a former comrade, he faces those convinced in their own justice. Another cycle of violence starts anew in another new era. (Wikipedia)
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    Godzilla
    The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. (imdb)
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    Transformers: Age of Extinction
    An automobile mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down the Autobots - and a paranoid government official - on them. (imdb)
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    The Sea of Trees
    A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out. (imdb)
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    Baian the Assassin
    Baian the Assassin (1990) - TV Mini-Series
    In Edo Period Japan, justice is sometimes a difficult thing to achieve by normal means. In these cases, the aggrieved will hire shigakenin, deadly assassins who strike without mercy to kill those who might otherwise escape their rightful ends. Fujieda Baian is an acupuncturist who serves his community faithfully as a healer. (imdb)
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    Moonlight in Tokyo
    "Swan Lake," "The Ugly Duckling," magical realism, and two Chinese men in Tokyo. Jun is mildly mentally disabled, in his late 20s, living with his siblings after his mother has died. Knowing he's a burden to them, he runs away to the Shinjuku district where, on the first night, he recognizes another Chinese he knew in school years earlier - it's Hoi, a wannabe gangster deeply in debt to a loan shark who's just had him beaten. Jun helps Hoi home and the next day a quasi-protectorate starts. Hoi a (imdb)
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    Rage
    A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated stories in three different Japanese cities. (imdb)
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    Oda Nobunaga
    Among the great 'Warlords' in Japanese history, Oda Nobunaga holds a unique place. In effect, his military success led to the ultimate unification of the country. This historically accurate portrayal of Nobunaga's life and times is highlighted by many of Japan's biggest stars, most notably Watanabe Ken in the lead role. (Japanesesamuraidvd.com)
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    Chûshingura 1/47
    During Japan's feudal period, a noble lord was treacherously killed by a rival. His 47 samurai retainers took their revenge on their master's killer after scattering into society for several years, so as not to be detected. Having completed their task, all 47 then committed ritual suicide. This series, of which this TV movie is the pilot, follows the adventures of one of these samurai as he patiently waits for the chance to fulfill his destiny. (The Movie Database)
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    Commando Invasion
    The leader of a group of American commandos has 5 days to kidnap a VC General to prove his innocence after all his men are killed in an abortive raid. (The Movie Database)
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    Double Edge
    A boy sees his parents gunned by criminals due to unpaid debts. Twenty years later, the boy, Mark Quinn, has become a hard-hitting cop, the kind that hates criminal scum, bending the rules to catch those criminals and drive them to despair. (The Movie Database)
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    Ninja\
    After a dangerous top-secret formula is stolen, a government agent traces the thieves back to a mysterious island and a secret-society of Ninjas. (imdb)
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    War City 5: Law Of Honour
    Two Hong Kong cops try to bring down an international king pin, however he has other police on his payroll so it's not going to be an easy task. IFD films answer to Internal Affairs. (Wu Tang Collection)
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    Bel Canto
    A world-renown opera singer becomes trapped in a hostage situation when she's invited to perform for a wealthy industrialist in South America. (imdb)
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    Pokémon Detective Pikachu
    In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
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    Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. (imdb)
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    Fukushima 50
    Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan risk their lives and stay at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region is devastated by an earthquake an tsunami in 2011. (imdb)
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    Tokyo Vice
    Tokyo Vice (2022) - TV Series
    A Western journalist working for a publication in Tokyo takes on one of the city's most powerful crime bosses.
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    Hanzo, the Razor
    During Tenpo period, Bakuhu announced a law regulating expenditures in order to improve the financial situation. However, Doshin of a government office Itami Hanzo, called Kamisori Hanzo, challenged Bakuhu's oppressive way. Because of this, his father Magobei was told to kill himself by the Bakuhu and Hanzo himself was demoted. Five years later, Hanzo came back to the government office and implement a law regulating expenditures. He stands up for revenge Torii Kainokami who desires power as he l
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    The Creator
    Against the backdrop of a war between humans and robots with artificial intelligence, a former soldier finds the secret weapon, a robot in the form of a young child.
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