One would assume that Ken Watanabe, being Japanese and having his international breakthrough due to The Last Samurai, fell victim to the western marketing strategy. His samurai image, however, is something he brought with him from Japan.
Do not confuse with Akeno Watanabe.
Best known movies
Tropes to be found in his works:
- Badass: Many of his characters, but also he himself, as he continued his acting career whilst suffering from acute leukemia.
- Blood From the Mouth: In both Inception and Batman Begins.
- Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have: Now in his 50s, and still looking fine.
- Honor Before Reason: In The Last Samurai and Letters From Iwo Jima.
- Samurai: His most famous Japanese role was as Date Masamune in an NHK drama.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money: Yep, leading to a Crowning Moment of Funny when Saito puts his money to good use.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome