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  • Ken Watanabe

    Born on October 21, 1959 in Koide, Niigata, Japan

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The Last Samurai (2003)

Ken Watanabe as "Katsumoto"

Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.

Academy Award (2003) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2003) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

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'Godzilla' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the (New) King of the Monsters

Posted by
Drew Taylor on May 15th 2014, 2:00PM

May 15th 2014, 2:00PM

'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Adds John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to the Mix

Posted by
Drew Taylor on May 9th 2014, 12:00PM

May 9th 2014, 12:00PM

New 'Godzilla' Clip Teases a Battle With Another Monster: 'Let Them Fight' (VIDEO)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on May 5th 2014, 11:45AM

May 5th 2014, 11:45AM

The New Japanese 'Godzilla' Trailer Makes the Wait Almost Unbearable (VIDEO)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on Apr 25th 2014, 9:45AM

Apr 25th 2014, 9:45AM

The 'Godzilla' Trailer Is Even More Epic Than We Could Have Imagined (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jenni Miller on Feb 25th 2014, 9:10AM

Feb 25th 2014, 9:10AM

The Remake Game: Die Hard

Posted by
William Goss on Jul 22nd 2010, 5:45PM

Jul 22nd 2010, 5:45PM

Review: Inception

Posted by
Todd Gilchrist on Jul 5th 2010, 2:00PM

Jul 5th 2010, 2:00PM

Trailer Park: 'Shanghai' Suprise

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on May 28th 2010, 4:15PM

May 28th 2010, 4:15PM

Tarantino Teases 'Kill Bill 3' - Here's Five People Who Should Star

Posted by
Elisabeth Rappe on Oct 1st 2009, 1:32PM

Oct 1st 2009, 1:32PM

'Inception' Trailer: Christopher Nolan's Latest Boggles the Mind

Posted by
Thomas DiChiara on Aug 27th 2009, 12:00PM

Aug 27th 2009, 12:00PM

Ken Watanabe and Tom Hardy Join Nolan's 'Inception'

Posted by
William Goss on May 6th 2009, 10:02AM

May 6th 2009, 10:02AM

Hong Kong Filmart: 'Storm Riders II,' Western 'Rain,' Rebuilt 'Shanghai'

Posted by
Peter Martin on Mar 19th 2008, 2:32PM

Mar 19th 2008, 2:32PM

'Shanghai' Welcomes Ken Watanabe to Romantic War Mystery

Posted by
Peter Martin on Feb 4th 2008, 7:32AM

Feb 4th 2008, 7:32AM

Ken Watanabe Joins 'Cirque du Freak'

Posted by
Monika Bartyzel on Jan 21st 2008, 1:32PM

Jan 21st 2008, 1:32PM

Tony Leung Steps In For Chow Yun-Fat In 'Red Cliff'

Posted by
Christopher Campbell on Apr 20th 2007, 2:02PM

Apr 20th 2007, 2:02PM

British Newspaper Says Brett Ratner Directing 'Wolverine'

Posted by
Erik Davis on Mar 30th 2007, 10:31AM

Mar 30th 2007, 10:31AM

Review: Letters from Iwo Jima - Jeffrey's Take

Posted by
Jeffrey M. Anderson on Dec 20th 2006, 5:30AM

Dec 20th 2006, 5:30AM

Star-Studded Cast for Woo's Battle

Posted by
Martha Fischer on Sep 1st 2006, 7:04AM

Sep 1st 2006, 7:04AM

Quickhits: Bratz on the Big Screen, Hudson, Watanabe Dream of Red Mansions and Spaceballs: The Animated Series?

Posted by
Erik Davis on May 17th 2006, 3:06AM

May 17th 2006, 3:06AM

Watanabe on Eastwood's Iwo Jima

Posted by
Martha Fischer on Mar 10th 2006, 8:30AM

Mar 10th 2006, 8:30AM

John Woo's Red Cliffs moving forward?

Posted by
Martha Fischer on Feb 20th 2006, 4:01PM

Feb 20th 2006, 4:01PM

Air I Breathe cast expands

Posted by
Martha Fischer on Jan 24th 2006, 11:03AM

Jan 24th 2006, 11:03AM


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