Japanese Movie Listing - RIt's amazing how many great Japanese movies begin with the letter R. Rashomon counts as one of those, and Ran is very high on my list as well. Ran is a retelling of the King Lear story and features gorgeous cinematography. Well worth owning.
Rage of Honor (1986) The story is simple: DEA Agent Shiro Tanaka (played by Sho Kosugi) seeks to honor his partner by getting his murderer. "He will go anywhere, do anything, and stop at nothing. His mission: to avenge the dead." A great martial arts film, and Sho's last "ninja" film. The ninja craze was nearly over, and Sho wanted to branch out. He uses a wide variety of ninja weapons and gadgets, sort of a ninja 007, a ninja avenger if you will. One martial arts magazine even called him 00-SHO. Although it is never revealed in the film that he is a ninja, the weapons and skills he uses speak volumes. He also battles ninjas on two occasions, and defeats them easily. The fights are great as always. There are more stunts than in his previous films, and the action quota is upgraded. -- Richard) [Daniel Richard]
Red Lion (Akage) (1969)
Toshiro Mifune is the magnificent "Red Lion" who, with his scarlet mane, impersonates a military officer and returns to his village in grand style, only to discover that he is to be the great one who will liberate his followers from an oppressive government for a glorious three days. After ten years absence from his home working as a military officer's horse tender, the bumbling Gonzo finds his town overrun by a deceitful government. His former sweetheart has been forced into prostitution to pay her family's taxes. Parents are being imprisoned and their children left to fend as street urchins. Sent in to pave the way for this new order, Gonzo instead takes it upon himself to halve the land taxes and oppose his own troops. Director Kihachi Okamoto artfully moves the scintillating story from its humorous beginning to its bloody, action charged ending with exciting death scenes involving sword and gun.
Red Sun Rising (1994)
A half American half Japanese police officer comes to America in his quest to bring down the Yakuza. Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Terry Farrell, Mako.
Renegade Ninja (1984)
In 17th Century Japan, a group of renegade ninja led by Yukimura Sanada seek to assassinate Lord Ieyasu Tokugawa. Dubbed into English. Kensaku Morita, Yoko Akino.
Return of the Streetfighter (Satsujin-Ken 2) (1975)
Terry Suguri (played by Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba) is back for more martial arts action in this sequel to "The Street Fighter".
Revenge of the Ninja (1983)
The story begins in Japan. A band of ninja assassins attack a Japanese family and kill everyone. A few minutes later Cho Osaki (played by Sho Kosugi) and his American friend (played by Arthur Roberts) arrive on the scene. The ninja assassins attack them, but Cho Osaki, also a ninja, defeats them all. Soon after, he discovers that his baby infant has miraculously been spared from the massacre. Bradden convinces Cho to move to the U.S. Five years later, Cho opens a Japanese gallery in Los Angeles. What follows is a slew of mafia / yakuza dealings and double-crosses, ninja assassinations, fights with thugs etc... The film culminates with the greatest ninja duel ever filmed. (Sho Kosugi at his absolute best! This is by far my favorite ninja film, and in my opinion one of the greatest martial arts films of all time. Sho Kosugi's martial arts skills are at their finest in this motion picture. He uses a greater variety of techniques, including some "traditional" ninjutsu techniques such as bone breaking, wrist locks, throws etc... A must for any fan of ninja films. -- Richard) [Daniel Richard]
Rhapsody In August (Hachigatsu No Rhapsody) (1991)
While spending the summer with their grandmother in Nagasaski, four Japanese children become obsessed with the memorials and bomb sites commemorating the dropping of the atomic bomb in 1945 and their grandmother's experiences. Directed by: Akira Kurosawa.
about the life of the tea master. A beautiful film, I saw this at a film festival a few years ago. I'd love to see it again, but the video, last I checked, was about $80. Can't remember the director. [Jim Holman]
Rinko (1997) A PBS-NHK-Cinar (Canada)
"Rinko" (Japanese title - English title is The Best Bad Thing) starring Kiki Kirin, George Takei, Kitao Sakurai, Lana McKissack. There is talk of a theatrical release, but I don't know for sure.
Roaring Fire (Hoero Tekken) (1982)
A young martial arts expert goes to Japan upon learning he has a twin brother. Hiroyuki "Henry" Sanada, Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, Etsuko "Sue" Shiomi
Roujin-Z (1995 - J).
D: Hiroyuki Kitakubo; W: Katsuhiro Otomo. Not exactly "anime," but an animated film that satirizes high tech geriatric care in the future.
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