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Both of Ken Watanabe's parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24 when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais. He incorporates... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 Oyaji no senaka (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.7 (2014)
 2014 Silver Jack (TV Movie)
Reiji kurata
 2013 Unforgiven
Jubee kamata
 2012 Makete, katsu: Sengo wo tsukutta otoko Yoshida Shigeru (TV Mini-Series)
Shigeru Yoshida
- Episode #1.1 (2012) ... Shigeru Yoshida
 2012 Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home
Shunichiro Yamaguchi
 2010 Hei no naka no chûgakkô (TV Movie)
 2010 Inception
 2010 Shanghai
 2010 Tômawari no ame (TV Movie)
Sohei Fukumoto
 2009 Clouds Over the Hill (TV Series)
- Ryugakusei (2009) ... Narration
- Nisshin Kaisen (2009) ... Narration
- Kokka Meido (2009) ... Narration
- Sei-un (2009) ... Narration
- Shônen no kuni (2009) ... Narration
 2009 The Unbroken
Hajime Onchi
 2009 Keiji ichidai: Hiratsuka Hachibei no Shôwa jiken shi (TV Series)
Hachibei Hiratsuka
 2007 Hoshi hitotsu no yoru (TV Movie)
 2006 Memories of Tomorrow
Masayuki Saeki
 2005 Batman Begins (Video Game)
Ra's al Ghul (voice)
 2005 Year One in the North
Hideaki Komatsubara
 2004 Suna no utsuwa (TV Series)
Syuichiro Imanishi
 2003 Itan no natsu (TV Movie)
 2003 T.R.Y.
Masanobu Azuma
 2002 Tô-san no natsumatsuri (TV Movie)
 2002 Chinmoku no aribai (TV Movie)
 2002 Hi wa mata noboru
 2002 Another Battle/Conspiracy
Fujimaki Hiroaki
 2001 Chûshingura 1/47 (TV Movie)
 2001 Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
 2001 Oboreru sakana
 2001 Hôjô Tokimune (TV Series)
 2001 Ningen no shômei 2001 (TV Movie)
 2001 Kochira Daisanshiyakaibu (TV Series)
Jiro Shimizu
 2000 Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa
 2000 Ikebukuro West Gate park (TV Series)
- Episode #1.11 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.10 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.9 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.8 (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Episode #1.7 (2000) ... Yokoyama
 2000 Space Travelers
Sakamaki ("Crusher")
 2000 Hatsuru sokonaki (TV Movie)
 1998 Kizuna
Detective Sako Akio
 1997 Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
Raita Onuki, the truck driver
 1997 Gokenin Zankurô (TV Series)
Zankurô Matsudaira
- Episode #2.10 (1997) ... Zankurô Matsudaira
 1996 Tetsuko's Room (TV Series)
- Episode #21.1 (1996) ... Co-emcee
 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru II (TV Movie)
Senjûrô Fujiwara
 1992 Kimitachi ga ite boku ga iru (TV Movie)
Senjûrô Fujiwara
 1992 Oda Nobunaga (TV Movie)
 1990 Takeda Shingen (TV Mini-Series)
 1990 Shikakenin Fujieda Baian (TV Mini-Series)
Baian Fujieda
 1990 Baian the Assassin (TV Mini-Series)
Fujieda Baian
 1989 Harenochi kaminari (TV Series)
 1986 The Sea and Poison
 1985 Tampopo
 1985 Kekkon annai misuterî
Funayama Tetsuya / Masakazu Sekine
 1984 MacArthur's Children
 1984 Sanga moyu (TV Series)
 1983 Mibu no koiuta (TV Series)
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Each director is different. Clint Eastwood and Chris Nolan are completely different, and I need to adjust to the story and character and the director and just my duty as an actor. See more »


Already extremely tall by Japanese standards, he gained a good amount of weight (about 20 pounds) to be an even more imposing presence for his role as "Katsumoto" in The Last Samurai (2003). See more »

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Anyone got a problem to understand what he says? mo-mohr
Just for fun: Name the first film/show you saw him in. has_no_pseudonym
Another amazing performance for Ken! INCEPTION. mrkint_875
Robbed. bullzeye21
autobiography julka1202
saw a great interview with him on CNN nitekat01
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