THE LAST SAMURAI
KEN WATANABE (Katsumoto) began his career on stage, with
the Tokyo-based theater troupe Madoka. While working with Madoka, he was
selected to portray the hero role in the play Shimodani Mannen-cho Monogatari,
directed by Yukio Ninagawa. His performance attracted critical and popular
In 1982, Watanabe made his television debut in Michinaru
Hanran (Unknown Rebellion). In 1987, he displayed a regal bearing and
powerful presence in NHK's successful Samurai drama series, Dokuganryu
Masamune, and went on to earn acclaim in such historical dramas as the TV
shows Oda Nobunaga, Chushingura, and the movie Bakumatsu Junjyo
Additionally, Watanabe's consummate skills have contributed
to such projects as Ikebukuro West Gate Park, Anata ga Hoshii (I Want
You) for television and the movies Space Travelers, Oboreru Sakana (Drowning
Fish) and The Sun Rises Again.
In February 2003, Watanabe was seen in Shin Jinginaki
Tatakai/Bosatsu (Fight Without Loyalty/Murder) an updated version of
the popular Yakuza movie series.
He will also appear in the upcoming film T.R.Y.
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