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Ninja WarsNinja Wars (Iga ninpûchô) (1982)
Dir. Mitsumasa Saito
Feat. Hiroyuki Sanada, Sonny Chiba
Period fantasy action involving magicians, love potions and endangered royalty in ancient Japan, a story resolved with a fair amount of…
Legend of the Eight SamuraiLegend of the Eight Samurai (Satomi hakken-den) (1983)
Dir. Fukasaku Kinji
Feat. Sonny Chiba, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiroyuki Sanada
In an ancient unspecified era, eight samurai must battle supernatural forces, witches and other hazards to rescue a princess, who is about to be…
RingRing (Ringu) (1998) Recommended
Dir. Hideo Nakata
Feat. Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Hiroyuki Sanada
A cult phenomenon in Japan and everywhere else it’s played, it’s since spawned a sequel, a prequel, both a Korean and American remake, and its…
Ring: The SpiralRing: The Spiral (Rasen) (1998)
Dir. Jôji Iida
Feat. Hiroyuki Sanada, Miki Nakatani
The 'lost' first sequel to RINGU, follows on from the tale of the lethal videotape and the demonic Sadako with the rather prosaic solution to the…
Twilight Samurai, TheTwilight Samurai, The (Tasogare Seibei) (2002) Aro Favourite
Dir. Yoji Yamada
Feat. Hiroyuki Sanada, Ren Osugi, Rie Miyazawa
Boldly subverting the masculine cliches of the genre, this refreshing and highly rewarding Samurai drama follows a dishevelled, low–status…
Last Samurai, TheLast Samurai, The (2003)
Dir. Edward Zwick
Feat. Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton
Swathed in the scenery of New Zealand, this enactment of the Japanese civil wars of the late 19th century is an ambitious, though…
White Countess, TheWhite Countess, The (2005)
Dir. James Ivory
Feat. Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave
Set in the tumult of 1930s Shanghai, when China was threatened with Japanese invasion, this final Merchant–Ivory production (producer Ismail…
Promise, ThePromise, The (Wu ji) (2005)
Dir. Chen Kaige
Feat. Hiroyuki Sanada, Dong-Kun Jang, Cecilia Cheung
Visually exquisite, if utterly frivolous Golden Globe–nominated romantic epic from the director of FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE relays the story of…
SunshineSunshine (2007)
Dir. Danny Boyle
Feat. Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Michelle Yeoh
Proverbial space peril from the creators of 28 DAYS LATER; a crew of astronauts, and mankind’s last hope, set about delivering a nuclear payload to…
Wolverine, TheWolverine, The (2013)
Dir. James Mangold
Feat. Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
Hugh Jackman returns as X–Men's cult anti–hero in this Japan–set saga centred on deadly samurai and an old nemesis.

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