Most Popular Titles With Takashi Shimura
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1. Seven Samurai (1954)
Unrated | 207 min | Drama
A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
2. Rashomon (1950)
Unrated | 88 min | Crime, Drama
A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view.
3. Yojimbo (1961)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama
A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
4. Ikiru (1952)
Not Rated | 143 min | Drama
A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.
5. Throne of Blood (1957)
Unrated | 110 min | Drama
A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.
6. Godzilla (1954)
Unrated | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
7. Kagemusha (1980)
PG | 162 min | Drama, History, War
A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place.
8. The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama
Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
9. Sanjuro (1962)
Unrated | 96 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A crafty samurai helps a young man and his fellow clansmen save his uncle, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt superintendent.
10. High and Low (1963)
Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.
11. Red Beard (1965)
Not Rated | 185 min | Drama
In 19th century Japan, a rough tempered yet charitable town doctor trains a young intern.
12. Stray Dog (1949)
Not Rated | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
During a sweltering summer, a rookie homicide detective tries to track down his stolen Colt pistol.
13. The Bad Sleep Well (1960)
Approved | 135 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A vengeful young man marries the daughter of a corrupt industrialist in order to seek justice for his father's suicide.
14. Drunken Angel (1948)
Unrated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A drunken doctor with a hot temper and a violence-prone gangster with tuberculosis form a quicksilver bond.
15. Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.
17. Hakuchi (1951)
166 min | Drama
A Japanese veteran, driven partially mad from the war, travels to the snowy island of Kameda where he soon enters a love triangle with his best friend and a disgraced woman.
18. Mothra (1961)
Approved | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Shipwreck survivors are found on Beiru Island (Infanto tô), which was previously used for atomic tests. The interior is amazingly free of radiation effects, and they believe that they were ... See full summary »
19. Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.
20. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Approved | 78 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.
21. I Live in Fear: Record of a Living Being (1955)
103 min | Drama
An aging, industrialist Japanese man becomes so fearful of nuclear war that it begins to take a toll on his life and family.
22. Shûbun (1950)
Approved | 105 min | Drama
A celebrity photograph sparks a court case as a tabloid magazine spins a scandalous yarn over a painter and a famous singer.
23. The Quiet Duel (1949)
95 min | Drama
A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.
24. No Regrets for Our Youth (1946)
110 min | Drama
The daughter of a politically disgraced university professor struggles to find a place for herself in love and life, in the uncertain world of Japan leading into WWII.
25. Samurai Assassin (1965)
122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled ... See full summary »
26. Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi (1945)
59 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
A Japanese general and his men disguise themselves as monks in order to pass an enemy border patrol.
27. Godzilla (1977)
106 min | Sci-Fi
In 1977, the film was purchased and colorized by Luigi Cozzi in a terrible way of a old negative print. When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off... See full summary »
28. The Mysterians (1957)
85 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. But when they are discovered to be invaders, responsible for the giant robot that ... See full summary »
29. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.
30. Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart ... See full summary »
31. Ichiban utsukushiku (1944)
85 min | Drama
During World War II, the management of a war industry of optical instruments for weapons requests an effort from the workers to increase the productivity during four months. The target for ... See full summary »
32. The Life of Oharu (1952)
Not Rated | 133 min | Drama
Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society.
33. Japan's Longest Day (1967)
157 min | Drama, History, War
Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister ... See full summary »
34. 47 Samurai (1962)
207 min | Action, Drama, History
After their lord is tricked into committing ritual suicide, forty-seven samurai warriors await the chance to avenge their master and reclaim their honor.
35. Sanshiro Sugata (1943)
79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Sugata, a young man, struggles to learn the nuance and meaning of judo, and in doing so comes to learn something of the meaning of life.
37. Shinkansen daibakuha (1975)
152 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Criminals plant a bomb on a high-speed train. It will explode when the train slows down, unless a ransom is paid.
38. Samurai Banners (1969)
165 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces ... See full summary »
39. Naniwa erejî (1936)
90 min | Drama
A young woman becomes a mistress of her boss in order to support her family.
40. Asu o tsukuru hitobito (1946)
82 min | Drama
Two sisters, one a dancer and the other a script supervisor at a big movie studio, become embroiled in union activities when a strike is called in sympathy with striking railroad workers, ... See full summary »
41. Gorath (1962)
83 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »
42. Sanshiro Sugata (1965)
159 min | Action, Drama
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of ... See full summary »
43. The Lost World of Sinbad (1963)
96 min | Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Sukezaemon, a pirate, is shipwrecked in a strange corner of the world. With his companion, a wizard named Sennin, Sukezaemon becomes entangled in a plot by the evil premier to succeed the dying King Raksha.
44. Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Action, Adventure
Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
45. Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama
Zatoichi returns to his home village for the first time in over ten years to find much has changed and that corruption abounds.
46. The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958)
166 min | Drama
Japan's timeless tale of honor and revenge, the Loyal 47 Ronin is the true story of group of samurai who became ronin (masterless samurai) after their Lord was forced to commit seppuku (... See full summary »
47. Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974)
88 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Professor Nishiyama, after studying and interpreting the prophecies of Nostradamus, realizes that the end of the world is at hand. Unfortunately, nobody listens to him until it is too late.... See full summary »
49. Nippon tanjô (1959)
112 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
The legend of the birth of Shintoism. In Fourth Century Japan, the Emperor Keikoh's son Ouso expects to succeed his father on the throne, but Otomo, the Emperor's vassal, prefers Ouso's ... See full summary »
118 min | Drama, History, War
Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his ... See full summary »