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Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Japan. Both of his 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 Theater Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. In 1978, he ... See full bio »

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The Last Samurai Katsumoto
Inception Saito
Godzilla Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Ishiro Serizawa


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  Kensuke's Kingdom (filming)
Kensuke (voice)
 2022 Tokyo Vice (TV Series) (post-production)
Hiroto Katagiri
- Pilot (2022) ... Hiroto Katagiri
- Episode #1.10 ... Hiroto Katagiri
- Episode #1.9 ... Hiroto Katagiri
- Episode #1.8 ... Hiroto Katagiri
- Episode #1.7 ... Hiroto Katagiri
 2020 Fukushima 50
Masao Yoshida
 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
 2019 Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Lieutenant Hide Yoshida
 2018 The King and I
The King of Siam
 2018/I Bel Canto
 2018 Isle of Dogs
Head Surgeon (voice)
 2017 Transformers: The Last Knight
Drift (voice)
 2017 The Memories of Happiness (TV Movie)
Taro Miura
 2016 Gonenme no hitori (TV Movie)
Kizaki Shuji
 2016 Rage
Yohei Maki
 2015 The Sea of Trees
Takumi Nakamura
 2014 Fathers (TV Mini Series)
- Episode #1.7 (2014)
 2014 Silver Jack (TV Movie)
Reiji kurata
 2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction
Drift (voice)
 2014 Godzilla
Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
 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 Letters from Iwo Jima
General Kuribayashi
 2006 Memories of Tomorrow
Masayuki Saeki
 2005 Moonlight in Tokyo
 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha
 2005 Batman Begins (Video Game)
Ra's al Ghul (voice)
 2005 Batman Begins
Ra's Al Ghul
 2005 Year One in the North
Hideaki Komatsubara
 2004 Suna no utsuwa (TV Series)
Syuichiro Imanishi
- Kanketsu hen: Shukumei no sakukai (2004) ... Syuichiro Imanishi
- Shukumei: Saishû gakushô zenpen (2004) ... Syuichiro Imanishi
- Tôbô (2004) ... Syuichiro Imanishi
- Kikoete kita chichi no koe (2004) ... Syuichiro Imanishi
- Zettai ni kakushitai himitsu (2004) ... Syuichiro Imanishi
 2003 The Last Samurai
 2003 Itan no natsu (TV Movie)
 2003 T.R.Y.
Masanobu Azuma
 2002 Another Battle/Conspiracy
Fujimaki Hiroaki
 2002 Tô-san no natsumatsuri (TV Movie)
 2002 Chinmoku no aribai (TV Movie)
 2001 Kochira Daisanshiyakaibu (TV Series)
Jiro Shimizu
 2001 Chûshingura 1/47 (TV Movie)
 2001 Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
Fujiwara no Michinaga / Fujiwara no Nobutaka
 2001 Drowning Fish
 2001 Hôjô Tokimune (TV Series)
 2001 Ningen no shômei 2001 (TV Movie)
 2000 The Whispered City
 2000 Ikebukuro West Gate Park (TV Series)
- My City Has Become A Battlefield (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Farewell, Dear Friends (2000) ... Yokoyama
- Don't Put Your Hand On My Baba! (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
 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)
 1992 Ganryujima: Kojiro and Musashi (TV Movie)
Kojiro Sasaki
 1991 Bakumatsu jyunjyoden
Ryouma Sakamoto
 1990 Baian the Assassin (TV Mini Series)
Fujieda Baian
 1990 Takeda Shingen (TV Mini Series)
 1990 Shikakenin Fujieda Baian (TV Mini Series)
Baian Fujieda
 1989 Harenochi kaminari (TV Series)
 1987 Chronicle of the Town Magistrate
Mochizuki Koheita
 1987 Dokugan-ryu Masamune (TV Series)
Date Masamune
- Episode #1.50 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.49 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.48 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.47 (1987) ... Date Masamune
- Episode #1.46 (1987) ... Date Masamune
 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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Watanabe, Ryoichi

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I have no sense of myself as a sex symbol at all. But the meaning of sex symbol might be a little different in Japan to elsewhere. The Japanese version seems to come with a stronger emphasis on a sort of grownup or mature male charm. And if that's the case, then I guess I'm happy to hear it. See more »


Owns Ken Watanabe Film Productions. One of the films produced is Harimao (1989), a film with about 3,000 Filipino talents and 200 Japanese, British and American actors. See more »

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