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Creator / Ken Watanabe

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"If the script is good, the cast and director good, I'll go anywhere."

Ken Watanabe ((渡辺 謙, born October 21, 1959 in Koide, Niigata) is a Japanese actor.

Internationally, he is one of the best known current Japanese actors, due to his parts in Hollywoodian films such as The Last Samurai, Letters from Iwo Jima, Inception and Memoirs of a Geisha.

Do not confuse with Akeno Watanabe.

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Tropes to be found in his works:

  • The Big Guy: At about 6'1, he's very tall, especially by Japanese standards where the average male height is about 5'7.
  • Samurai: His most famous Japanese role was as Date Masamune in the 1987 NHK drama Dokuganryu Masamune. And his most famous international role was also a samurai, Katsumoto in The Last Samurai. 2018 sees this piled up with another NHK drama, Segodon, where he plays 19th century Satsuma daimyo Shimazu Nariakira—who, coincidentally, was the lord of Saigo Takamori, the Real Life basis for The Last Samurai.


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