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Ken Watanabe is a Actor Japonais born on 21 october 1959 at Uonuma (Japon)

Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe
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Nationality Japon
Birth 21 october 1959 (59 years) at Uonuma (Japon)

Ken Watanabe (渡辺 謙, Watanabe Ken, born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese actor. To English-speaking audiences, he is known for playing tragic hero characters, such as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Letters from Iwo Jima and Lord Katsumoto Moritsugu in The Last Samurai, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Among other awards, he has won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Actor twice, in 2007 for Memories of Tomorrow and in 2010 for Shizumanu Taiyō. He is also known for his roles in director Christopher Nolan's Hollywood films Batman Begins and Inception. In 2014, he starred in the reboot of Godzilla, and lent his voice to the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, Transformers: Age of Extinction as Decepticon turned Autobot Drift. He made his Broadway debut in April of 2015 in Lincoln Center Theater's revival production of The King and I in the title role (opposite Kelli O'Hara as Anna Leonowens). In 2015, Watanabe received his first Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical at the 69th Tony Awards for his role as The King. He is the first Japanese actor to be nominated in this category.

Biography

In 1983, Watanabe married his first wife, Yumiko. In March 2005, following two years of arbitration, he and Yumiko were divorced. He got to know Kaho Minami when they were acting together in a suspense drama for TV Tokyo. Around the time of his divorce the two began seriously dating, and were married on December 3 of the same year. The couple's relationship was initially kept out of the mass media. It was not until an "unidentified guest" accompanying Watanabe at a New York premiere of his film Sayuri who is seen in an Associated Press photo was found to be Minami that their marriage was publicly announced.

Watanabe formally adopted Minami's son from her previous marriage to director Jinsei Tsuji, and for a time the three of them lived in Los Angeles. In order to increase the amount of time the family could spend together, considering Ken's work requiring him to travel so much, they later returned to Japan. Initially Minami and Ken did not hold any wedding ceremony, but in 2010, marking their fifth anniversary, they announced that they had held a ceremony in Los Angeles.

Watanabe has two biological children and an adopted son. His oldest son, Dai Watanabe (born 1984) is an actor, and his daughter Anne Watanabe (born 1986) is also an actress and fashion model. In August 2008, Dai had his first child, making Ken a grandfather at the age of 48. As of 2014, Watanabe has two grandchildren.

In 1989 Watanabe was diagnosed with bone marrow leukemia, but he later recovered.

In 2006 Watanabe revealed in his autobiography Dare? - Who Am I? that he has hepatitis C. At a press conference held 23 May 2006 in Tokyo's Ginza district, he said he was in good condition but was still undergoing treatment.

On March 13, 2011, he launched a YouTube page to raise awareness about the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and invited celebrities to add their videos. In his video in English, he made a call to action to support the victims and to raise funds in the relief effort. In conjunction, he has created his own website for the cause.

Best films

Inception (2010)
(Actor)
Transformers: The Last Knight (2017)
(Actor)
Godzilla (2014)
(Actor)
The Last Samurai (2003)
(Actor)
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
(Actor)
Earth (2007)
(Actor)

Usually with

Michael Bay
Michael Bay
(3 films)
Erik Aadahl
Erik Aadahl
(3 films)
Thomas Tull
Thomas Tull
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ken Watanabe (30 films)

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Actor

Godzilla: King of Monsters
Directed by Michael Dougherty
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford
Roles Dr. Ishiro Serizawa

L'agence crypto-zoologique Monarch déploie de nombreux moyens pour combattre des créatures de tailles divines. Godzilla va affronter le papillon géant Mothra, le ptérosaure super-rapide Rodan, ainsi que son pire ennemi, le dragon King Ghidorah. Ces anciennes superespèces veulent toutes la suprématie et mettent en danger la survie de l'humanité. Mais laquelle d'entre elles va connaître la victoire sur les autres ?
Isle of Dogs, 1h41
Directed by Wes Anderson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Bob Balaban, Ken Watanabe
Roles Head Surgeon (voice)
Rating78% 3.9498353.9498353.9498353.9498353.949835
Dans un futur dystopique, dans la ville japonaise de Megasaki, un virus de la grippe canine se propage dans toute la population canine. Le maire autoritaire, Kobayashi, signe un décret bannissant tous les chiens à Trash Island, bien que le scientifique Watanabe insiste sur le fait qu'il est sur le point de trouver un remède. Le premier chien à être banni est Spots, qui appartenait à Atari Kobayashi, le neveu orphelin et pupille du maire.
Transformers: The Last Knight, 2h34
Directed by Michael Bay
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Jeu, Films about toys, Robot films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, John Goodman, Gemma Chan
Roles Drift (voice)
Rating52% 2.61062.61062.61062.61062.6106
Les humains sont en guerre contre les Transformers à la suite de l'épisode précédent Transformers : L'Âge de l'extinction. Optimus a disparu. La survie de l'humanité réside dans les légendes du passé et dans l'histoire cachée des Transformers sur Terre. Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, un Lord et un professeur d'Oxford s'allient pour contrer la menace qui arrive. Optimus est de retour changé. Derrière cette mascarade se cache Quintessa, la créatrice des Transformers qui cherche à s'emparer du bâton de Merlin pour tuer la Terre, Unicron.
Thor: Ragnarok, 2h10
Directed by Taika Waititi
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Films based on mythology, Sur une planète fictive, Hulk (comics) films, Superhero films, Films based on Norse mythology, Super-héros inspiré de comics
Actors Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba
Roles Asgardian Noble
Rating78% 3.9453153.9453153.9453153.9453153.945315
Après les évènements de Sokovie et l'affrontement avec Ultron, Thor est parti à la recherche des Pierres d'Infinité. Deux ans après, sans résultat, on le retrouve emprisonné dans le monde de Surtur (Muspellheim). Il se libère et vainc le démon enflammé, après que ce dernier lui a appris qu'Asgard est sans défense en l'absence du « Père de Toute Chose », Odin. Thor lui arrache sa couronne que le démon comptait unir avec l'Éternelle Flamme afin de provoquer le Ragnarök, la destruction d’Asgard.
The Sea of Trees, 1h50
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Films about suicide, Transport films
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, Ken Watanabe, James Saito, Katie Aselton, Jordan Gavaris
Roles Takumi Nakamura
Rating60% 3.0021753.0021753.0021753.0021753.002175
An American man travels to the "Suicide Forest" (Aokigahara forest) to kill himself at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, the site of numerous suicides. There he encounters a Japanese man, who wants to kill himself as well, and both men begin a journey of self-reflection and survival.
Godzilla
Godzilla (2014)
, 2h3
Directed by Gareth Edwards
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Films about religion, Transport films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Political films, Dystopian films, Alternate history films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Juliette Binoche, Richard T. Jones
Roles Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Rating63% 3.197933.197933.197933.197933.19793
In 1954, a nuclear bomb is detonated at the moment a giant creature emerges from the ocean. In 1999, Project Monarch scientists Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham investigate a colossal skeleton unearthed in a collapsed mine in the Philippines. They find two spores; one dormant and one hatched that made a trail into the sea. In Japan, the Janjira Nuclear Power Plant experiences unusual seismic activity and Supervisor Joe Brody sends his wife Sandra and a team of technicians into the reactor. A tremor breaches the reactor, leaving Sandra and her team unable to escape while the plant collapses.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, 2h45
Directed by Michael Bay
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Jeu, Transport films, Aviation films, Films set in the future, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about toys, Road movies, Chase films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Frank Welker, Nicola Peltz, Miguel Ferrer, Jeffrey Combs, Jack Reynor
Roles Drift (voice)
Rating57% 2.850832.850832.850832.850832.85083
Sixty-five million years ago, the alien race known as the "Creators" invade Earth, wiping out most of life on the planet including the dinosaurs with the "Seeds", and cyber-form thousands of planets, including Cybertron. In the present, Darcy Tirrel discovered frozen dinosaur corpses in the Arctic.
Unbroken
Unbroken (2014)
, 2h17
Directed by Angelina Jolie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Biography
Themes Seafaring films, Prison films, Sports films, Transport films, Aviation films, Athletics films, Political films, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Jai Courtney, John Magaro
Roles Omori officer
Rating72% 3.601573.601573.601573.601573.60157
The film opens showing Louis "Louie" Zamperini flying as a bombardier of a United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber, during an April 1943 bombing mission against the Japanese-held island of Nauru. The plane is badly damaged in combat, with a number of the crew injured. The hydraulics of the plane are shot and damaged, but the pilot, Phil, manages to bring it to a stop at the end of the runway thanks to a flat tire.
Unforgiven
Unforgiven (2013)
, 2h15
Directed by Lee Sang-il
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, Koichi Sato, Yūya Yagira, Shiori Kutsuna, Eiko Koike
Roles Jubee Kamata
Rating71% 3.5958153.5958153.5958153.5958153.595815
Shortly after the start of the Meiji period, a former samurai under the Edo Shogunate, Jubei Kamata, flees from government forces on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Jubei kills his pursuers and disappears, but remains infamous as “Jubei the Killer”.
Inception
Inception (2010)
, 2h28
Directed by Christopher Nolan
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy
Roles Mr. Saito
Rating83% 4.168514.168514.168514.168514.16851
Dominick "Dom" Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are "extractors", people who perform corporate espionage using an experimental military technology to infiltrate the subconscious of their targets and extract information while experiencing shared dreaming. Their latest target is Japanese businessman Saito (Ken Watanabe). The extraction from Saito fails when sabotaged by a memory of Cobb's deceased wife Mal (Marion Cotillard). Saito reveals that he was actually auditioning the team to perform the difficult act of "inception": planting an idea in a person's subconscious.
Shanghai
Shanghai (2010)
, 1h45
Directed by Mikael Håfström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Spy films, Political films
Actors John Cusack, Gong Li, Chow Yun-fat, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, David Morse, Ken Watanabe
Roles Tanaka
Rating63% 3.1982653.1982653.1982653.1982653.198265
In December 1941, just before the USA's entry into World War II, an American agent from the Naval Intelligence Office (Cusack) arrives in Shanghai to find his friend Conner (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) was recently murdered. Determined to find out who killed Conner and why, he begins working at the Herald using the alias Paul Soames, a Nazi-sympathizer cover he used while stationed in Berlin. He meets Anthony Lan-Ting (Chow Yun-Fat) an influential crime lord and Captain Tanaka (Ken Watanabe) at the German embassy in Shanghai, during an invitation only event. He later befriends Anthony when he saves him during an attack on Japanese officers by the Chinese Resistance at a night club.
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, 1h49
Directed by Paul Weitz
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Films about magic and magicians, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film, Vampires in film, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors John C. Reilly, Ken Watanabe, Josh Hutcherson, Chris Massoglia, Ray Stevenson, Patrick Fugit
Roles Mr. Tall
Rating58% 2.948122.948122.948122.948122.94812
Darren Shan and his best friend Steve Leonard visit a traveling freak show. Steve believes a performer, Larten Crepsley, is a vampire. Steve talks to Crepsley after the show and asks to become a vampire. Crepsley initially refuses but is talked into testing Steve's blood, that he spits out telling Steve he has bad blood. Steve furiously swears revenge and leaves. Darren overhears everything because he has been hiding in a cupboard after stealing Crepsley's spider, Madam Octa.