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Japanese actor born in 1959. His international breakthrough was due to his role in The Last Samurai. One would assume that he fell victim to the western marketing strategy. His samurai image, however, is something he brought with him from Japan.Do not confuse with Akeno Watanabe.
Tropes to be found in his works: