The best movies with Akihiko Hirata

List of the 10 best movies starring Akihiko Hirata, order based on the average from the IMDB, TMDB and Rotten Tomatoes ratings
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
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Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Role in movie: Dr. Serizawa
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400-foot dinosaur-like beast attacks Tokyo. Filmed in 1954 as Gojira, this grandaddy of all Japanese giant-reptile epics was picked up for American distribution two years later, at which time several newly filmed inserts, featuring Raymond Burr as reporter Steve Martin, were edited into the original footage.

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Yagyu Secret Scrolls (Yagyu bugeicho)
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Yagyu Secret Scrolls (Yagyu bugeicho)

Role in movie: Tomonori
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n the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of which must be possessed for the secrets to be understood. When Princess Yuhime steals the scrolls, Tasaburo, a samurai with magical powers, and his brother Senshiro are sent to retrieve them.

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Yagyu bugeicho - Ninjitsu
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Yagyu bugeicho - Ninjitsu

Role in movie: Tomonori
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n the Tokugawa Era, the clan of Lord Yagyu has hidden away three scrolls containing clan secrets which, if revealed, would cause revolution and disaster for the clan. The information is divided among the three scrolls, all of which must be possessed for the secrets to be understood. When Princess Yuhime steals the scrolls, Tasaburo, a samurai with magical powers, and his brother Senshiro are sent to retrieve them. In Part II, the search for the scrolls continues.

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Whirlwind (Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki)
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Whirlwind (Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki)

Role in movie: Ryutaro Inoue
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et at the end of the Siege of Osaka this film follows the exploits of several members of the defeated Toyotomi clan as they cope with the post battle chaos and the persecution of the Shogun's army. Five samurai decide on different fates when it becomes clear that their side is being destroyed. One wants to attack the enemy head on in a final honorable death. Another decides to commit hari-kiri but wants to find a glorious view to do it. His close friend, the "coward", just wants to run and give up the life of a samurai. The final two set their own castle on fire to garner favors from the enemy and therefore avert their own death during the massacre of all defeated soldiers as

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Godzilla (Gojira)
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Godzilla (Gojira)

Role in movie: Daisuke Serizawa-hakase
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apan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well.

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Samurai Saga (Aru kengo no shogai)
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Samurai Saga (Aru kengo no shogai)

Role in movie: Akaboshi
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dmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart.

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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: ketto Ganryujima)
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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: ketto Ganryujima)

Role in movie: Seijuro Yoshioka
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humble and simple Takezo abandons his life as a knight errant. He's sought as a teacher and vassal by Shogun, Japan's most powerful clan leader. He's also challenged to fight by the supremely confident and skilful Sasaki Kojiro. Takezo agrees to fight Kojiro in a year's time but rejects Shogun's patronage, choosing instead to live on the edge of a village, raising vegetables. He's followed there by Otsu and later by Akemi, both in love with him. The year ends as Takezo assists the villagers against a band of brigands. He seeks Otsu's forgiveness and accepts her love, then sets off across the water to Ganryu Island for his final contest.

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The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman (Eburi manshi no yuga-na seikatsu)
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The Elegant Life of Mr. Everyman (Eburi manshi no yuga-na seikatsu)

Role in movie:
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salaryman's drunken ravings in public attract the attention of journalists who coerce him into telling them his life's story.

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Japan's Longest Day (Nihon no ichiban nagai hi)
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Japan's Longest Day (Nihon no ichiban nagai hi)

Role in movie: Commander Sugahara - 302nd Air Group
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ollowing the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.

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Sanjuro
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Sanjuro

Role in movie: Samurai
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crafty ronin helps a young man and his fellow samurai save his uncle, their lord chamberlain Mutsuta, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt local superintendent.

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Akihiko Hirata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Akihiko Hirata (  Hirata Akihiko ) (26 December 1927–25 July 1984) was a Japanese film actor. While Hirata starred in many movies (including Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai trilogy), he is most well known for his work in the kaiju genre, including such films as King Kong vs. Godzilla, The Mysterians, and his most famous role of Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, the brilliant but disturbed young scientist in the original Godzilla, released in 1954.  Hirata died after a long battle with lung cancer in 1984, at age 56. Description above from the Wikipedia article Akihiko Hirata, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
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