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Once a maker of Hollywood-style sci-fi (“Gunhed,” 1989) and noir (“Painted Desert,” 1993), Masato Harada has become a director of films about fact-based, character-testing group missions, be it police routing radicals from a Karuizawa villa (“The Choice of Hercules,” 2002) or samurai fighting the biggest battle in Japanese history (“Sekigahara,” 2017).

These films are fast-paced, densely plotted odes to the Japanese organization man (and, peripherally, woman), with everyone from the rank-and-filers to the leaders being dedicated, tough-minded pros. The lazy, paper-shuffling salaryman of comedy (and reality) is nowhere in sight.

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