Movies starring Ken Watanabe

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Batman Begins

Of all the major comic book characters to transition to a less static visual media, none has been more mistreated than the Bat-Man. As originally envisioned by creator Bob Kane in 1939, Batman was a dark character who walked the tightrope between ...

Run Time: 2:20
U.S. Release Date: 2005-06-15
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Wilkinson, Cillian Murphy, ...
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant

Is it too much to ask that a narrative film have a beginning, a middle, and an end? Apparently in the case of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, a loose adaptation of Darren Shan's Vampire Blood trilogy, the answer is "yes." Developed with...

Run Time: 1:48
U.S. Release Date: 2009-10-23
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: ADVENTURE/HORROR
Director: Paul Weitz
Cast: Chris Massoglia, Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, ...
Godzilla

Where Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin failed spectacularly, Gareth Edwards has succeeded. Although the 2014 edition of Godzilla isn't the be-all and end-all of monster movies, it's a respectable big-budget effort. Most importantly for legions of f...

Run Time: 2:03
U.S. Release Date: 2014-05-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Disaster Movie Carnage, Profanity)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, ...
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Emerging from the loud, overlong spectacle that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters, I was struck by the disheartening realization that what I had just seen owed more to Transformers than kaiju. Although the movie takes great pains to pay homage ...

Run Time: 2:11
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-31
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Mayhem, Destruction, Profanity)
Genre: Adventure
Director: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Kyle Chandler, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, ...
Inception

Undoubtedly, some reviews are going to describe Inception as confusing. Such a description confounds me, and may be more indicative of how accepting people have become of screenplays that allow for no ambiguity and traverse plotlines by blazing tr...

Run Time: 2:28
U.S. Release Date: 2010-07-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence)
Genre: SCIENCE FICTION/THRILLER
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Pete Posthethwaite, Marion Cotillard, ...
Last Samurai, The

It's a genuine pleasure to come across a motion picture like The Last Samurai - a rousing tale that combines high adventure with emotional effectiveness. This movie works because it never loses sight of the characters no matter how epic the scope ...

Run Time: 2:24
U.S. Release Date: 2003-12-05
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: ADVENTURE
Director: Edward Zwick
Cast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, ...
Letter from Iwo Jima

Letters from Iwo Jima is a unique American-made war movie for at least two reasons: it depicts the battle from the perspective of the losers and it represents the United States as the "enemy." Coupled with Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Ji...

Run Time: 2:18
U.S. Release Date: 2006-12-20
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence)
Genre: WAR
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Shido Nakamura, ...
Memoirs of a Geisha

It's a recognized fact that many epic love stories of literature and cinema transpire around or during a war. Consider, for example, Casablanca (World War II), Gone with the Wind (the American Civil War), Dr. Zhivago (the Russian Revolution), and ...

Run Time: 2:25
U.S. Release Date: 2005-12-09
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Sexual Situations)
Genre: DRAMA
Director: Rob Marshall
Cast: Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, ...
Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu isn’t a movie. It’s a cog in a multibillion-dollar media empire, a soulless feature-length example of product placement at its most blatant. The so-called “film” never bothers to tell a story worth telling or...

Run Time: 1:44
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-10
MPAA Rating: "PG"
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Director: Rob Letterman
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, ...