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List of Tadanobu Asano Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

2. The Taste of Tea (2004)
9
3
The Taste of Tea
9
3
Role:
Ayano Haruno - uncle
Starring:
Hideaki Anno, Rinko Kikuchi, Tatsuya Gashûin, Ken'ichi Matsuyama
Directed By:
Katsuhito Ishii
3. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)
15
5
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
R
15
5

The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi is a crime action comedy film which tells the story of a blind swordsman who comes to defend the people of a small town, who are caught in the middle of a gang war, and are forced to pay excessive amounts of tax. He soon meets two women, with each having their own agenda.

Role:
Hattori Genosuke
Starring:
4. Last Life in the Universe (2003)
9
3
Last Life in the Universe
R
9
3

Last Life in the Universe is a romantic comedy drama film which revolves around Kenji, a lonely librarian living in Bangkok. Although he is suicidal, his constant attempts to kill himself are interrupted by people around him. His life takes a turn when he is acquainted with a Thai woman whose personality is the total opposite of him.

Role:
Kenji
Starring:
5. Survive Style 5+ (2004)
9
3
Survive Style 5+
9
3

The lives of five people, who seem to have no connection to one another, get intertwined, which results in unexpected circumstances.

Role:
Aman
Starring:
Vinnie Jones, Sonny Chiba, Rinko Kikuchi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kyôko Koizumi, Ryûnosuke Kamiki
Directed By:
Gen Sekiguchi
6. Maborosi (1995)
9
3
Maborosi
9
3
Role:
Ikuo
7. Swallowtail Butterfly (1996)
8
3
Swallowtail Butterfly
8
3
8. Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
8
3
Kabei: Our Mother
8
3
Role:
Yamazaki Toru
9. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
13
5
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
R
13
5
Role:
Temudjin
10. Silence (2016)
22
9
Silence
R
22
9

In 17th century, two Jesuit priests travel to Japan, trying to locate their mentor, who they have heard has committed apostasy. Once there, they find that Christians have gone underground and if caught are subjected to inhuman torture. They too are caught and while one of them embraces death, the other decides to apostate in order to save the life of his followers. 

Role:
Interpreter
Starring:
Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Ciarán Hinds, Andrew Garfield
Directed By:
11. Picnic (1996)
7
3
Picnic
7
3
Role:
Tsumuji
12. Thor (2011)
114
49
Thor
PG-13
114
49

Crown prince Thor, son of Odin, King of Asgard, is stripped off of his powers and exiled to Earth to live amongst simple humans for a reckless attempt to punish the Frost Giants. He falls in love with scientist Jane Foster, but must prove himself worthy of his powers and save Asgard from his adoptive brother Loki.

Starring:
Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo, Idris Elba
Directed By:
13. Ichi the Killer (2001)
14
6
Ichi the Killer
R
14
6

A Yakuza boss named Anjo disappears with an amount of 300 million yen. His chief henchman Kakihara, begins to search for him, along with the others. They eventually capture a rival Yakuza member, in their quest for answers, and torture him. They soon realize that they have the wrong guy. Things get ugly when they come across Ichi, a sexually repressed young man possessing amazing martial arts abilities.

Role:
Kakihara
14. Parasyte: Part 1 (2014)
7
3
Parasyte: Part 1
7
3
15. Harmonium (2016)
7
3
Harmonium
7
3
Role:
Yasaka
16. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
90
43
Thor: The Dark World
PG-13
90
43

In this sequel to the 2011 movie, Thor strives to safeguard the Nine Realms along with his allies. When his girlfriend, Jane, absorbs the fluid like weapon ‘Aether’, she unintentionally awakens Malekith, the vindictive leader of an ancient race who threatens to destroy the universe. To protect the universe, Thor has to join hands with his adversary Loki.

Starring:
Zachary Levi, Talulah Riley, Benicio Del Toro, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo
Directed By:
Alan Taylor
17. Gohatto (1999)
7
3
Gohatto
7
3

Set during the Shogun era in Japan, this action drama film takes us to a samurai compound, where young warriors are trained in the art of swordfighting. The film centres around a good-looking young samurai, who is the newest member of the group. Several of the other samurai find themselves attracted to him, which creates a lot of tensions among them.  

Role:
Samurai Hyozo Tashiro
Starring:
Takeshi Kitano
18. Café Lumière (2003)
7
3
Café Lumière
7
3
Role:
Hajime Takeuchi
19. Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
7
3
Electric Dragon 80.000 V
7
3
Role:
Dragon Eye Morrison
20. Vital (2004)
7
3
Vital
R
7
3
Role:
Hiroshi Takagi
21. Bright Future (2002)
7
3
Bright Future
7
3
Role:
Mamoru Arita
22. Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998)
6
3
Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl
R
6
3
Role:
Kuroo Samehada
23. Gemini (1999)
6
3
Gemini
6
3
24. Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005)
6
3
Funky Forest: The First Contact
6
3
Starring:
Rinko Kikuchi, Hideaki Anno, Maya Banno, Andrew Alfieri
Directed By:
Katsuhito Ishii, Hajime Ishimine, Shunichiro Miki
25. Hana (2006)
6
3
Hana
6
3
26. Parasyte: Part 2 (2015)
6
3
Parasyte: Part 2
6
3
Role:
Goto
27. Invisible Waves (2006)
6
3
Invisible Waves
6
3
Role:
Kyoji
Starring:
Eric Tsang, Hye-jeong Kang, Maria Cordero, Toon Hiranyasap
Directed By:
Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
28. Journey to the Shore (2015)
6
3
Journey to the Shore
6
3
Role:
Yûsuke
29. 47 Ronin (2013)
24
15
47 Ronin
PG-13
24
15

Young half-Japanese outcast Kai is rescued from the forest by benevolent Lord Asano Naganori and falls in love with his daughter Mika. Years later, when jealous neighboring lord, Kira, plots to force Asano to commit seppuku, 47 master-less warriors, led by Tengu-raised fighter Kai, plan to avenge Lord Asano and rescue Mika from the clutches of Lord Kira.

Role:
Lord Kira
Starring:
Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ko Shibasaki, Min Tanaka
Directed By:
Carl Rinsch
30. Kate (2021)
12
7
Kate
18
12
7

Kate is an assassin who eliminates targets chosen by Varrick, her handler and her mentor, who had raised her like a father. She is assigned to kill a powerful officer in Osaka, but she refuses because he is accompanied by a child. Eventually, she is forced to shoot him at Varrick’s insistence. She soon decides that she will start a new life, after performing a final job. However, someone slips a fatal poison into her, and she has less than 24 hours to find out who is responsible.

Role:
Renji
Starring:
Michiel Huisman, Woody Harrelson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
31. The Outsider (2018)
8
5
The Outsider
TV-MA
8
5

The Outsider is a crime drama thriller film which tells the story of an American Prisoner-of-war in Japan.  After the Second World War is over, he decides to stay in Japan, and become a member of a crime organization known as the Yakuza.

Role:
Kiyoshi
Starring:
Jared Leto, Emile Davenport Hirsch, Emile Hirsch, Kippei Shîna, Shioli Kutsuna
Directed By:
Martin Zandvliet
32. Tokyo Zombie (2005)
5
3
Tokyo Zombie
5
3
Role:
Fujio
33. Battleship (2012)
31
23
Battleship
PG-13
31
23

Years after humans send transmissions to a newly discovered potentially habitable planet in the Gliese planetary system, an armada of five alien spacecrafts disrupt the 2012 RIMPAC exercise. With a major extinction event threatening humanity, the brave crew of guided missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones leads the fight for survival against the alien invaders.

Role:
Captain Yugi Nagata
Starring:
Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson, Rami Malek, Hamish Linklater, Brooklyn Decker
Directed By:
Peter Berg
34. Lupin the 3rd (2014)
4
4
Lupin the 3rd
4
4
35. Ah-So Graham Norton (2001)
9
2
Ah-So Graham Norton
9
2
Role:
Himself (uncredited)
36. Love & Pop (1998)
8
3
Love & Pop
8
3
Role:
Captain XX
37. Labyrinth of Dreams (1997)
7
3
Labyrinth of Dreams
7
3
Role:
Tatsuo Niitaka
38. Dreaming Awake (2008)
7
3
Dreaming Awake
7
3
39. Yonshimai monogatari (1995)
7
3
Yonshimai monogatari
7
3
40. The Face of Jizo (2004)
7
3
The Face of Jizo
7
3
Role:
Kinoshita
41. The Rocking Horsemen (1992)
7
3
The Rocking Horsemen
7
3
Role:
Seiichi Shirai
42. A Ghost of a Chance (2011)
7
3
A Ghost of a Chance
7
3
43. Villon's Wife (2009)
7
3
Villon's Wife
7
3
Role:
Otani
44. Dear Etranger (2017)
7
3
Dear Etranger
7
3
45. Portrait of the Wind (2005)
7
3
Portrait of the Wind
7
3
Role:
Tamio Murase
Starring:
Rinko Kikuchi, Chizuru Ikewaki, Junko Miyashita, Erika Oda
Directed By:
Tarô Hyûgaji
46. The Wasted Times (2016)
7
3
The Wasted Times
7
3
Role:
Watabe
Starring:
Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Gillian Chung, Chun Du
Directed By:
Er Cheng
47. Distance (2001)
7
3
Distance
7
3
Role:
Sakata
48. Dearest (2012)
7
3
Dearest
7
3
Starring:
Takeshi Kitano
49. Focus (1996)
7
3
Focus
7
3
Role:
Kanemura
50. Sad Vacation (2007)
6
3
Sad Vacation
6
3
Role:
Kenji Shiraishi
51. Kaza-hana (2000)
6
3
Kaza-hana
6
3
Role:
Sawaki
52. Snow Prince (2009)
6
3
Snow Prince
6
3
53. The Terminal Trust (2012)
6
3
The Terminal Trust
6
3
54. Tokyo biyori (1997)
6
3
Tokyo biyori
6
3
55. Mt. Tsurugidake (2009)
6
3
Mt. Tsurugidake
6
3
Role:
Shibasaki
56. Hakuchi: The Innocent (1999)
6
3
Hakuchi: The Innocent
6
3
Role:
Isawa
57. 119 (1994)
6
3
119
6
3
58. Woman of Water (2002)
6
3
Woman of Water
6
3
Role:
Yusaku
59. R246 Story (2008)
6
3
R246 Story
6
3
60. Eri Eri rema sabakutani (2005)
6
3
Eri Eri rema sabakutani
6
3
Role:
Mizui
61. The Buried Forest (2005)
6
3
The Buried Forest
6
3
Role:
San-chan
62. Dumbeast (2009)
6
3
Dumbeast
6
3
Role:
Dekogawa
63. One Step on a Mine, It's All Over (1999)
6
3
One Step on a Mine, It's All Over
6
3
Role:
Taizo Ichinose
64. My Grandpa (2003)
6
3
My Grandpa
6
3
Role:
S. Nakatoh
65. Wandering Home (2010)
6
3
Wandering Home
6
3
66. The Kiyosu Conference (2013)
6
3
The Kiyosu Conference
6
3
67. Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)
6
3
Nagasaki: Memories of My Son
6
3
Role:
Kuroda
68. Dead End Run (2003)
6
3
Dead End Run
6
3
69. Bataashi kingyo (1990)
6
3
Bataashi kingyo
6
3
70. San tiao ren (1999)
6
3
San tiao ren
6
3
Role:
Asano
71. My Man (2014)
6
3
My Man
6
3
Role:
Jungo Kusarino
72. Helpless (1996)
5
3
Helpless
5
3
Role:
Kenji Shiraishi
73. Rampo Noir (2005)
5
3
Rampo Noir
5
3
Role:
Private Detective Kogorô Akechi / Man / Masaki (segments "Imomushi" - "Kagami jigoku" - "Kasei no unga" - "Mushi")
74. Gojô reisenki: Gojoe (2000)
5
3
Gojô reisenki: Gojoe
5
3
Role:
Shanao
75. Party 7 (2000)
5
3
Party 7
5
3
Role:
Okita Souji
76. Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore (2014)
5
3
Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between a Criminal & a Whore
5
3
Role:
The Criminal
78. Neji-shiki (1998)
5
3
Neji-shiki
5
3
Role:
Tsube
79. Nemuranai machi - Shinjuku same (1993)
5
3
Nemuranai machi - Shinjuku same
5
3
Starring:
Hiroyuki Sanada, Eiji Okuda, Hideo Murota, Minako Tanaka
Directed By:
Yôjirô Takita
80. Fried Dragon Fish (1993)
5
3
Fried Dragon Fish
5
3
Role:
Natsuro
81. Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio (2011)
5
3
Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio
5
3
Role:
Fujio Akatsuka
82. Rakka suru yugata (1998)
5
3
Rakka suru yugata
5
3
84. Vengeance Can Wait (2010)
5
3
Vengeance Can Wait
5
3
Role:
Hidenori Yamane
85. Yonimo kimyô na monogatari Fall 2011 (2011)
5
3
Yonimo kimyô na monogatari Fall 2011
5
3
Role:
Killer
86. Tori (2004)
5
3
Tori
5
3
Starring:
Rinko Kikuchi, Shogen, Masaru Miyazaki, Showa Noiru
Directed By:
Tadanobu Asano
87. Acri (1996)
5
3
Acri
5
3
Role:
Hisoka
88. Aitsu (1991)
5
3
Aitsu
5
3
Role:
Sadahito Iwata
89. Sutekina kakushi dori -kanzen muketsu no concierge- (2011)
4
3
Sutekina kakushi dori -kanzen muketsu no concierge-
4
3
90. Kiki's Delivery Service (2014)
5
3
Kiki's Delivery Service
5
3
Role:
Ishi
91. Motorola (1998)
4
3
Motorola
4
3
92. Grasshopper (2015)
4
3
Grasshopper
4
3
Role:
Kujira
93. Fly with the Gold (2012)
4
3
Fly with the Gold
4
3
Role:
Kitagawa
94. Shinjuku Swan II (2017)
4
3
Shinjuku Swan II
4
3
Role:
Masaki Taki
95. Moonlight Mask (2011)
3
3
Moonlight Mask
3
3
Role:
Okamoto

Director

R246 Story (2008)
7
4
R246 Story
7
4
Tori (2004)
6
4
Tori
6
4
Starring:
Rinko Kikuchi, Shogen, Masaru Miyazaki, Showa Noiru
Directed By:
Tadanobu Asano

Animation Movies

Redline (2009)
11
4
Redline
Not Rated
11
4

Redline is an animated sports science fiction film which takes us to a distant future, where an inter-galactic car race takes place. The film revolves around a man named Joshua, who wants to win the race and obtain the huge cash prize, that would enable him to change his life. However, he is forced to take on great risks to win the race.  

Role:
Frisbee

Special Appearance/Cameo

Ah-So Graham Norton (2001)
12
3
Ah-So Graham Norton
12
3
Role:
Self (uncredited)

TV Shows

3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei
7
3
3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei
7
3
A Life: Itoshiki Hito
13
7
A Life: Itoshiki Hito
13
7