Ken Watanabe

21 Oct 1959


Ken Watanabe (born October 21, 1959) is a Japanese stage, film, and television 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 blockbusters Batman Begins and Inception.


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Filmography (26 titles)

(movie, 2020)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Role: Actor (as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa)
(movie, 2019)
···Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Detective Hideo Yoshida)
(movie, 2018)
···Bel Canto
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Katsumi Hosokawa)
(movie, 2018)
···Isle of Dogs
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Animation
Role: Actor (as Head Surgeon (voice))
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Drift (voice))
(movie, 2016)
···The Sea of Trees
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Takumi Nakamura)
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Drift (voice))
(movie, 2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa)
(movie, 2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Jubee Kamata)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Saito)
(movie, 2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Role: Actor
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mr. Tall)
(movie, 2009)
···Shizumanu taiyô
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hajime Onchi)
(movie, 2006)
···Letters from Iwo Jima
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi)
(movie, 2006)
···Ashita no kioku
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Masayuki Saeki)
(movie, 2005)
···Memoirs of a Geisha
Genre: Drama, Romance, History
Role: Actor (as Chairman)
(movie, 2005)
8.8Batman Begins
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ra's Al Ghul)
(movie, 2005)
···Kita no zeronen
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hideaki Komatsubara)
(movie, 2003)
···The Last Samurai
Genre: Drama, Action, War, History
Role: Actor (as Katsumoto)
(movie, 2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Masanobu Azuma)
(movie, 2002)
···Hi wa mata noboru
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Okubo)
(movie, 2001)
···Chûshingura 1/47
Role: Actor
(movie, 1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Detective Sako Akio)
(movie, 1986)
···Umi to dokuyaku
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Toda)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Gun)