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Koji Yakusho


TampopoTampopo (1986) Recommended
Dir. Juzo Itami
Feat. Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Ken Watanabe
A crazy, satirical comedy in which heroine Tampopo and her cronies strive to create the perfect noodle. A wonderful movie full of hilarious madness…
Kamikaze TaxiKamikaze Taxi (1995)
Dir. Masato Harada
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Kazuya Takahashi, Reiko Kataoka
An apprentice gangster fouls up his first major assignment and flees Tokyo in a taxi, the driver of which turns out to be a unlikely confident with a…
Shall We Dance?Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?) (1997)
Dir. Masayuki Suo
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari
Happiness eludes a successful Japanese salaryman, so he plucks up the courage to attend dance lessons. Hugely popular home and international hit got…
Eel, TheEel, The (1997)
Dir. Shohei Imamura
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu
After doing eight years for killing his wife, an inhibited man (Yakusho Koji of SHALL WE DANCE) sets himself up at a quiet riverside barbershop, the…
CureCure (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
Delivering one of the great, unsung horror movies, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa plumbs the depths of societal malaise with this novel take on serial…
CharismaCharisma (1999) Recommended
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Ren Osugi
An eerie 'ecological horror' from the mind of dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa, here following the path of a police detective (Yakusho Koji) who has been…
SeanceSeance (2000) Recommended
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Feat. Koji Yakusho
A hybrid of crime thriller and ghost story, this remake of the British classic "Seance on a Wet Afternoon" reinstates the supernatural emphasis of…
PulsePulse (Kairo) (2001) Recommended
Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Feat. Kumiko Aso, Koji Yakusho, Koyuki
A clandestine by–product of the post–RING phenomenon, this refined and wholly disconcerting tale of a supernatural internet pandemic…
Warm Water Under a Red BridgeWarm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) Recommended
Dir. Shohei Imamura
Feat. Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu
Nourishing sex fable in which Japanese everyman Koji Yakusho, down and out after losing his wife and job, discovers the joys of making love to a…
Eureka Eureka (2001)
Dir. Shinji Aoyama
Feat. Aoi Miyazaki, Koji Yakusho
Unforgettably beguiling Japanese road trip movie shot in sepia–toned cinema scope, following the existential odyssey of a group of emotionally…

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