The best movies with Hiroyuki Sanada

List of the 10 best movies starring Hiroyuki Sanada, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Dotonbori River (Dotonborigawa)
10

Dotonbori River (Dotonborigawa)

Role in movie: Kunihiko Yasuoka
A

poignant love story between a 29-year-old woman, who has once been a prostitute but is now the mistress of a wealthy jewelry merchant, and a 19-year-old college student.

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The Last Samurai
9

The Last Samurai

Role in movie: Ujio
N

athan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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Sunshine
8

Sunshine

Role in movie: Kaneda
5

0 years from now the sun is dying and life on earth is threatened by arctic temperatures. Mankind puts together all its resources and sends a spaceship carrying a huge bomb designed to re-ignite the dying sun.

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Sure Death 4: Revenge (Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu)
7

Sure Death 4: Revenge (Hissatsu 4: Urami harashimasu)

Role in movie:
F

ollowing the local magistrate's death during a bloody massacre, a new maverick magistrate rides into town, and soon ends up toe-to-toe with the local law enforcement.

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Fall Guy (Kamata koshinkyoku)
6

Fall Guy (Kamata koshinkyoku)

Role in movie: Actor
G

inshiro, threatened by poor repute and upcoming star Tachibana, forces his friend Yasu to marry Konatsu, Ginshiro's pregnant mistress; Yasu becomes a stuntman to make ends meet.

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Ring (Ringu)
5

Ring (Ringu)

Role in movie: Ryuji Takayama
A

mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.

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Sharaku
4

Sharaku

Role in movie:
T

he ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Sharaku is an enigmatic puzzle in the world of Japanese art. Working at an age when such masters of the trade as Hokusai and Utamaro were at their zenith, Sharaku suddenly emerged out of obscurity and produced roughly 140 strikingly brilliant portraits of Kabuki performers, only to disappear just as suddenly. To date, no one knows about his true identity or about his post-ukiyo-e career. Veteran director Masahiro Shinoda tries to fill in the blanks with this lavish period production. Set in the 1790s, the film centers on Tombo (Hiroyuki Sanada), a lowly Kabuki player who gets dumped from his troupe after breaking his foot. He joins a ragged traveling outfit run by former courtesan Okan. While not on-stage, he takes up drawing, for which he realizes he has considerable ability. His talents are noticed by Tsutaya Juzaburo, a ukiyo-e publisher who is desperate for a replacement after his star artist Utamaro defected to his rival's stable.

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Ninja in the Dragon's Den (Long zhi ren zhe)
3

Ninja in the Dragon's Den (Long zhi ren zhe)

Role in movie: Jin-wu
T

wo rival warriors, a Japanese and a Chinese, are forced to work together after their master has been killed by a mighty enemy.

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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)
2

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)

Role in movie: Seibei Iguchi
S

eibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the beautiful Tomoe, a childhood friend, comes back into he and his daughters' life, but as the Japanese feudal system unravels, Seibei is still bound by the code of honor of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedence. How can he find a way to do what is best for those he loves?

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The Executioner (Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken)
1

The Executioner (Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken)

Role in movie:
T

hree street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film.

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Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada is a Japanese actor from Tokyo. Before breaking in to the movie business, he trained at Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club hoping to one day become a martial arts action film star. Sanada appeared in many action films in the 70s and early 80s, but as it became clear he was actually a talented and well-rounded actor, he was able to branch out into all different types of roles in every genre. Today he is best known in the west for his involvement in big-budget Hollywood productions such as The Last Samurai and Rush Hour 3.
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