films seen
11
average score
3.18*
nationality
Japan - 71 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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An accomplished filmmaker whose work only got better with the years and who always brings something unique to the table. Harada's oeuvre is a downright must for everyone who fancies himself a fan of Japanese cinema.

The good stuff

Inugami

by Masato Harada
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 106m
Genre
Fantasy, Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Inugami poster

A very mysterious and sensual look at a small, Japanese mountain town. Miki is a spinster whose life gets turned upside down when a young teacher is hired from outside the village. With a strong soundtrack and cinematography, some neat twists and a couple of baffling moments, Harada delivers something really special.

The Suicide Song

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Densen Uta
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 128m
Genre
Drama, Mystery
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
The Suicide Song poster

I was pleasantly surprised to find a very accomplished yet eclectic film hiding underneath the cover of ghosts and suicides.

Solid pieces

Sekigahara

by Masato Harada
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 150m
Genre
Drama, War, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Sekigahara poster

The Emperor in August

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Nihon no Ichiban Nagai hi Ketteiban
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 135m
Genre
Drama, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Emperor in August poster

Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko

by Masato Harada
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 143m
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko poster

Chronicle of My Mother

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Waga Haha no Ki
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 108m
Genre
Drama
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Chronicle of My Mother poster

A very solid drama. The title is pretty self-explanatory, Harada aims for a film that falls somewhere in between the work of Yamada and Koreeda and succeeds rather well. A strong cast, pretty cinematography and nice, subdued drama turn this into a quality production. Nothing you haven't seen before, but prime filler.

The inoffensive

Killing for the Prosecution

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Kensatsu Gawa no Zainin
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 123m
Genre
Mystery, Crime
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Killing for the Prosecution poster

A plot-driven but pleasantly directed crime/mystery that digs its claws deep into the Japanese justice system. Harada is a competent director and the cast does a fine job, but in the end the film doesn't really excite enough for a higher score. A little too dialogue-heavy for my taste, but certainly not a bad film.

The Choice of Hercules

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Totsunyûseyo! Asama Sansô Jiken
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 130m
Genre
Thriller
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Choice of Hercules poster

An interesting take on the classic hostage thriller. Rather than focus on the criminals and the hostages, Harada singles out the administrative hell hole that opens up when local and national police corpses are forced to work together to defuse the situation. A bit long and a little scruffy in places, but Harada is a fine director and delivers an amusing film.

Worthy but flawed

Kamikaze Taxi

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Kamikaze Takushî
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 169m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Kamikaze Taxi poster

Gunhed

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Ganheddo
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 100m
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Gunhed poster

Dubious filler

Heartbreak Yakuza

by Masato Harada
Also known as
Saraba Itoshiki Hito Yo
Specifics
Japan [1987] - 102m
Genre
Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Heartbreak Yakuza poster

Early Harada. Not much to see here, except some very basic Yakuza/crime genre work. The gunslinging is a little boring, the acting is mediocre, the cinematography mostly functional and the plot as predictable as can be. No doubt the biggest Yakuza film fans will find something here, but otherwise this was a slight letdown.