The Best Ken Watanabe Movies  

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List of the best Ken Watanabe movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Ken Watanabe's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Ken Watanabe movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Ken Watanabe movies will be at the top of the list. Ken Watanabe has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Ken Watanabe movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Ken Watanabe films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Ken Watanabe role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Ken Watanabe performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Items on this list include Hei no naka no chûgakkô and Bruce's Fist of Vengeance.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Ken Watanabe movies?" and "What are the greatest Ken Watanabe roles of all time?"

Christopher Nolan and Clint Eastwood are among those who have directed Ken Watanabe at one point or another during their careers in the film industry.

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Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall
The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well ...more
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Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Gong Li
Memoirs of a Geisha is a 2005 American epic film adaptation of the novel of the same name, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Spyglass Entertainment and by Douglas Wick's ...more
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Ken Watanabe, Ryan Kelley, Kazunari Ninomiya
Letters from Iwo Jima is a 2006 Japanese-American film directed and co-produced by Clint Eastwood, starring Ken Watanabe and Kazunari Ninomiya. The film portrays the Battle of Iwo Jima from the ...more
Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson
Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more
Inception is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard
Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more
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John Cusack, Gong Li, David Morse
Shanghai is a 2010 American mystery/thriller neo-noir film directed by Mikael Håfström, starring John Cusack and Gong Li. The film was released in China on June 17, 2010. It has never ...more
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Ken Watanabe, Kōji Yakusho, Tsutomu Yamazaki
Tampopo is a 1985 Japanese comedy film by director Juzo Itami, starring Tsutomu Yamazaki, Nobuko Miyamoto, Kōji Yakusho, and Ken Watanabe. The publicity for the film calls it the first ...more
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Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutchersonm
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American film adaptation of the Vampire Blood trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.
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Ken Watanabe, Kyōka Suzuki, Kaori Momoi
Welcome Back, Mr.McDonald is a 1997 Japanese film directed by Kōki Mitani. It was popular in Japan upon its release and won 3 Japanese Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best ...more
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Ken Watanabe, Masako Natsume, Juzo Itami
MacArthur's Children is a 1984 Japanese film. Describing the impact of the United States' occupation of Japan from the perspective of the inhabitants of a small, rural island community, the film ...more
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Ken Watanabe, Takako Matsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki
Chushingura 1/47 is a 2001 Japanese historical movie based on the kabuki tale of the Forty-seven Ronin. The film was made for the Fuji TV Network and was directed by Shunsaku Kawamo. The story ...more
Memories of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
Memories of Tomorrow Ken Watanabe, Asami Mizukawa, Teruyuki Kagawa
Ashita no Kioku/Memories of Tomorrow is a 2006 Japanese drama film starring Ken Watanabe, Higuchi Kanako and directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. The film is based on a novel of the same title ...more
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Kizuna Ken Watanabe, Houka Kinoshita
Kizuna is a film directed by Kichitaro Negishi.
The Sea and Poison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
The Sea and Poison Ken Watanabe, Eiji Okuda, Kyōko Kishida
The Sea and Poison is a 1986 Japanese film directed by Kei Kumai and based on a novel by Shusaku Endo. It tells the true story of downed American fliers in WW II are vivisected by Japanese ...more
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The Unbroken Nao Matsushita, Ken Watanabe, Erika Toda
Shizumanu Taiyō is a 2009 Japanese film directed by Setsurō Wakamatsu. It is also known as The Unbroken in the United States. Shizumanu Taiyō is based on a novel by Toyoko Yamasaki which centers ...more
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Bruce's Fist of Vengeance Ken Watanabe, Bruce Le, Jim Gaines
Bruce's Fist of Vengeance is a 1984 Bruceploitation martial arts movie from the Philippines starring notorious Bruce Lee imitator Bruce Le.
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Year One in the North Ken Watanabe, Sayuri Yoshinaga
Year One in the North is a film directed by Isao Yukisada.
Hei no naka no chûgakkô is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
Hei no naka no chûgakkô Ken Watanabe, Hideji Otaki, Joe Odagiri
Hei no naka no chûgakkô is a 2010 Drama film written by Makiko Uchidate and directed by Makoto Kiyohiro.
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Hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan Ken Watanabe, Renji Ishibashi, Yōsuke Eguchi
Shouwakusei tansaki hayabusa: Harukanaru kikan is a 2012 Drama film written by Takuya Nishioka and directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto.
Tômawari no ame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ken Watanabe Movies
Tômawari no ame Ken Watanabe, Yui Natsukawa
Tômawari no ame is a 2010 Comedy Drama film written by Taichi Yamada.