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Tadanobu Asano


Maborosi (Mabaroshi) (1995) Recommended
Dir. Kore-eda Hirokazu
Feat. Makikio Esumi, Tadanobu Asano
A young woman's fear that she brings death to those around her forms the basis for this contemplative, serene drama, the dir.'s debut. Suggestively…
Ichi the KillerIchi the Killer (2001)
Dir. Takashi Miike
Feat. Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto
Dir. Takashi Miike earned his notoriety with this wincingly violent revenge thriller in which a bent ex–cop (played by "Tetsuo" director,…
ZatoichiZatoichi (2003) Recommended
Dir. Takeshi Kitano
Feat. Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano
Actor–director–cult hero Takeshi Kitano stylishly revives a hero of well–known Japanese mythology and scores his most broadly…
Cafe LumiereCafe Lumiere (Kôhî jikô) (2003)
Dir. Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Feat. Tadanobu Asano, Yo Hitoto
Luminous tribute to Japanese dir. Yasujiro Ozu from a Taiwanese admirer, which honours Ozu's aesthetic in a minimalist study of personal…
Last Life in the UniverseLast Life in the Universe (2003) Recommended
Dir. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Feat. Tadanobu Asano, Riki Takeuchi, Sinitta Boonyasak
With a cool command of the aloof, this strange, seductive noir–romance merges the soulless existence of a suicidal librarian (Asano), a…
Survive Style 5+Survive Style 5+ (2004)
Dir. Gen Sekiguchi
Feat. Tadanobu Asano, Hiroshi Abe, Vinnie Jones
Hitmen, hypnotists, murdered spouses, and a trio of oddball thieves converge in this delirious, unclassifiable comedy–mystery–drama by…
Rampo NoirRampo Noir (Rampo jigoku) (2005)
Dir. Hisayasu Sato, Suguru Takeuchi, Atsushi Kaneko
Feat. Tadanobu Asano
Salacious quartet of horror segments all featuring actor Tadanobu Asano, with directing duties taken by four Japanese indie mavericks, crafting arty…
Tokyo ZombieTokyo Zombie (2005)
Dir. Sakichi Sato
Feat. Sho Aikawa, Tadanobu Asano, Arata Furuta
An enormous garbage dump in Tokyo begins to spawl hoards of the walking dead, prompting two dumb–and–dumber garage workers to unleash…
Invisible WavesInvisible Waves (2006)
Dir. Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
Feat. Tadanobu Asano
Moody and sophisticated dream–noir from the dir. of LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE again casts Japanese star Tadanobu Asano, here in the role of a…
MongolMongol (2007) Recommended
Dir. Sergei Bodrov
Feat. Tadanobu Asano
A fiercely–mounted early history of Genghis Khan, from the Mongol leader’s childhood years through to his all–conquering warpath across…

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