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1. Godzilla (2014)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.8
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62 Metascore

The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Writers: Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham | Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe

2. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

PG-13 | 165 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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32 Metascore

A mechanic and his family join the Autobots as they are targeted by a bounty hunter from another world.

Writer: Ehren Kruger | Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci

3. Inception (2010)

PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.8
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74 Metascore

A thief who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Writer: Christopher Nolan | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe

4. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Writers: Bob Kane, David S. Goyer, Christopher Nolan | Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

5. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Writers: John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz | Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

6. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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54 Metascore

Nitta Sayuri reveals how she transcended her fishing-village roots and became one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Writers: Robin Swicord, Arthur Golden | Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Suzuka Ohgo

7. Silence (2015)

Drama, History | Pre-production

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Writers: Jay Cocks, Shûsaku Endô | Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ken Watanabe

8. The Sea of Trees (2015)

Drama | Filming

A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

Writer: Chris Sparling | Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, Ken Watanabe

9. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

R | 141 min | Drama, History, War

8.0
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89 Metascore

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Writers: Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis, Tadamichi Kuribayashi, Tsuyoko Yoshido | Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryô Kase

10. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Teenager, 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.

Writers: Paul Weitz, Brian Helgeland, Darren Shan | Director: Paul Weitz | Stars: Chris Massoglia, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Josh Hutcherson

11. Batman Begins (2005 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure, Crime

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You play as Batman and unleash your terror into the heart of criminals battling against foes such as Dr. Crane/Scarecrow, Ras Al Ghul and Carmine Falcone.

Writers: David S. Goyer, Bobby Johnson, Bob Kane, Christopher Nolan, J.T. Petty | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes

12. Shanghai (2010)

R | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.5
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A '40s period piece which revolves around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend.

Writer: Hossein Amini | Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack, Li Gong, Yun-Fat Chow, David Morse

13. Made in Hollywood (2005– )

60 min | Talk-Show

5.7
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Creator: Cleveland O'Neal III | Stars: Kylie Erica Mar, Julie L. Harkness, Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Patrick Stinson

14. The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007 TV Special)

TV-14 | 232 min

7.3
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Films nominated for the annual awards include Babel (2006), _Departed, The (2006)_, Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and _Queen, The (2006)_.

Writers: Ellen DeGeneres, Karen Anderson, Vance DeGeneres, Mike Gibbons, Alex Herschlag, Carrie Fisher, Dave Boone, Billiam Coronel, Liz Feldman, Carol Leifer, Jeff Stilson, Bruce Vilanch, Jon Macks, Kevin Leman | Directors: Louis J. Horvitz, Joel Gallen, Errol Morris | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Affleck, Samantha Aisling, June Allyson

15. Unforgiven (2013)

135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Just as Clint Eastwood's star-making spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, Japanese-Korean filmmaker Sang-il Lee (Villain) has decided to ... See full summary »

Writers: David Webb Peoples, Sang-il Lee | Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Shiori Kutsuna, Yûya Yagira

16. Tampopo (1985)

114 min | Comedy

7.9
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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.

Writer: Jûzô Itami | Director: Jûzô Itami | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kôji Yakusho

17. Earth (2007)

G | 90 min | Documentary

8.0
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72 Metascore

Feature-length version of the documentary TV series Planet Earth (2006), following the migration paths of four animal families.

Writers: Leslie Megahey, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield | Stars: Patrick Stewart, Anggun, James Earl Jones, Ulrich Tukur

18. HBO First Look (1992– )

13 min | Documentary

6.3
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Behind-the-scenes look at upcoming feature films, featuring interview commentary with their casts and crews.

Stars: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Will Smith, Matt Damon

19. Janela Indiscreta (2010– )

30 min | News

7.0
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Stars: Mário Augusto, Nicolau Breyner, Paulo Branco, Afonso Pimentel

20. Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald (1997)

103 min | Comedy

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A radio play is going to go on air at a Tokyo radio station. It is a weepy melodrama written by housewife Miyako, who is the winner of the competition run by the station. Suddenly, the ... See full summary »

Writers: Kôki Mitani, Tokyo Sunshine Boys | Director: Kôki Mitani | Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Kyôka Suzuki, Masahiko Nishimura, Keiko Toda

21. Ashes and Snow (2005)

63 min | Documentary, Drama

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Exploring the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals.

Writer: Gregory Colbert | Director: Gregory Colbert | Stars: Laurence Fishburne, Jeanne Moreau, Enrique Rocha, Ken Watanabe

22. Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home (2012)

Drama

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From the Sumitomo Corporation website "HAYABUSA: The Long Voyage Home" a film in whose production Sumitomo Corporation participated... See full synopsis »

Writers: Kazuma Yamane, Takuya Nishioka | Director: Tomoyuki Takimoto | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Yôsuke Eguchi, Yui Natsukawa, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

23. Silver Jack (2014 TV Movie)

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Writers: Keigo Higashino, Hiroshi Takeyama | Director: Meiji Fujita | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Ryôko Hirosue

24. Memories of Tomorrow (2006)

122 min | Drama

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68 Metascore

A successful businessman's family life is shattered by an early onset of Alzheimer's.

Writers: Hiroshi Ogiwara, Hakaru Sunamoto, Yuiko Miura | Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Kanako Higuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi, Kazue Fukiishi

25. The Unbroken (2009)

202 min | Drama

7.0
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A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.

Writers: Takuya Nishioka, Toyoko Yamasaki | Director: Setsurô Wakamatsu | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Teruyuki Kagawa, Erika Toda, Shun Sugata

26. Clouds Over the Hill (2009–2011)

Drama

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Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Hiroshi Abe, Teruyuki Kagawa, Miho Kanno

27. Space Travelers (2000)

125 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

7.1
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Writers: Magy, Yoshikazu Okada | Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Eri Fukatsu, Masanobu Andô, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi

28. Year One in the North (2005)

170 min | Drama

6.9
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In 1868, after the fall of the Shogun-dominated Japan, the new government orders people from Awaji, near Kobe, to re-locate to the northern part of Hokkaido. These people once supported the... See full summary »

Writer: Machiko Nasu | Director: Isao Yukisada | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Ken Watanabe, Etsushi Toyokawa, Toshirô Yanagiba

29. Makete katsu - sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru (2012 TV Mini-Series)

73 min | Biography

7.0
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Stars: Michael Steinebach, Yoshiki Arizono, Eric Bossick, Cynthia Cheston

30. Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari (2001)

143 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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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 ... See full summary »

Writer: Akira Hayasaka | Director: Tonkô Horikawa | Stars: Sayuri Yoshinaga, Yûki Amami, Tôru Kazama, Morio Kazama

31. MacArthur's Children (1984)

PG | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.7
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In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation's defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur ... See full summary »

Writers: Yû Aku, Tsutomu Tamura | Director: Masahiro Shinoda | Stars: Takaya Yamauchi, Yoshiyuki Omori, Shiori Sakura, Masako Natsume

32. Ikebukuro West Gate park (2000– )

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Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Ai Katô, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Ryûta Satô

33. The Sea and Poison (1986)

123 min | Drama

7.4
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Downed American fliers in WW II are vivisected by Japanese surgeons in medical experiments.

Writers: Shûsaku Endô, Kei Kumai | Director: Kei Kumai | Stars: Eiji Okuda, Ken Watanabe, Takahiro Tamura, Kyôko Kishida

34. Live Earth (2007 TV Movie)

1,320 min | Documentary, Music

6.7
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Writers: David Handelman, Stephen Pouliot, David Wild | Directors: Chel White, Bruce Gowers, Nick Levitt, Michael Dempsey, Bob McKinnon | Stars: Akon, Ayaka, Kevin Bacon, David Baddiel

35. Unite for Japan (2011)

Short

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Director: Ken Watanabe | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Jamie Lee Curtis, Apolo Ohno, Paula Abdul

36. Oda Nobunaga (1992 TV Movie)

240 min | History

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Writer: Kôji Takada | Director: Sadao Nakajima | Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Mariko Fuji, Rino Katase, Hiroki Matsukata

37. Kizuna (1998)

123 min | Crime, Drama

6.6
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Tetsuro Haga is a troubled gangster, living under the assumed identity Ise for ten years, to escape jail for gunning down his cruel adoptive father. His life begins to unravel when a ... See full summary »

Writers: Haruhiko Arai, Tooru Shirakawa | Director: Kichitaro Negishi | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Yumi Asô, Yôsuke Saitô

38. Waratte iitomo! (1982– )

60 min | Comedy, Game-Show, Talk-Show

7.6
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Stars: Tamori, Adeyto, Yuki Nozawa, Yuma Sanada

39. Another Battle/Conspiracy (2002)

Action

4.8
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Writers: Koichi Iiboshi, Izuru Narushima | Director: Hajime Hashimoto | Stars: Katsunori Takahashi, Ken Watanabe, Nenji Kobayashi, Renji Ishibashi

40. T.R.Y. (2003)

104 min | Action, Comedy

5.2
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Director: Kazuki Ohmori | Stars: Yûji Oda, Hitomi Kuroki, Ken Watanabe, Bing Shao

41. Takeda Shingen (1990 TV Mini-Series)

Drama

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Stars: Shin'ichi Chiba, Mao Daichi, Ken Watanabe, Kôji Yakusho

42. Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa (2000)

105 min

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Writer: Shinsuke Sato | Director: Jun Ichikawa | Stars: Yoshio Harada, Tomoko Kitakawa, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Sadao Abe

43. Tetsuko's Room (1976– )

35 min | Talk-Show

6.7
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Stars: Tetsuko Kuroyanagi, Fuyumi Sakamoto, Yûko Hama, Rumi Sakakibara

44. Ai inochi - Shinjuku Kabukicho Kakekomi Dera - (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

7.0
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Writers: Hidemori Gen, Hiroshi Takeyama | Director: Kan Ishibashi | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Hiromi Nagasaku, Kaho Minami, Jun Fubuki

45. Oboreru sakana (2001)

101 min

6.1
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Writers: Keita Tokaji, Masahiro Yokotani | Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi | Stars: Kippei Shîna, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Yukie Nakama, Nobuyuki Katsube

46. Bokura no jidai (2007– )

30 min | Talk-Show

8.0
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Stars: Satomi Kobayashi, Shun Oguri, Sawako Agawa, Kyôko Koizumi

47. Hi wa mata noboru (2002)

Drama

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Writer: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Director: Kiyoshi Sasabe | Stars: Toshiyuki Nishida, Ken Watanabe, Naoto Ogata, Kyôko Maya

48. Pon! (2010– )

65 min | Talk-Show

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Stars: Miki Sakajô, Bibiru Ôki, Sachie Sugiue, Keisuke Okada

49. Hei no naka no chûgakkô (2010 TV Movie)

Drama

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Writer: Makiko Uchidate | Director: Makoto Kiyohiro | Stars: Seiji Chihara, Isao Hashizume, Takuzô Kadono, Akio Kaneda

50. Bakumatsu jyunjyoden (1991)

105 min | Romance

6.4
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In the last days of the Tokugawa shogunate, there was a cute warrior, Souji Okita, who belonged to the armed police of the shogunate in Kyoto. Very few knew that Souji was not a boy, but a ... See full summary »

Writers: Kôhei Tsuka, Mitsuyuki Yakushiji | Director: Mitsuyuki Yakushiji | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Riho Makise, Tetta Sugimoto, Masatô Ibu