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Ken Watanabe (渡辺謙,   Watanabe Ken?, born Kensaku Watanabe) is a Japanese actor and director. He portrays Ishiro Serizawa in Legendary Pictures' Godzilla.


Biography

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KEN WATANABE (Dr. Ishiro Serizawa) made his American film debut in Edward Zwick’s “The Last Samurai,” opposite Tom Cruise, for which Watanabe received Oscar®, Screen Actors Guild Award®, Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe Award nominations. Since then, the actor has collaborated with some of most significant filmmakers of our time. In 2006, Watanabe portrayed the courageous Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi in Clint Eastwood’s award-winning World War II drama “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Watanabe first worked with director Christopher Nolan on the 2005 blockbuster “Batman Begins,” and subsequently on “Inception.” For Rob Marshall, Watanabe starred in “Memoirs of a Geisha,” the lush screen adaptation of Arthur Golden’s best-selling novel.

Later this year, Watanabe begins work on “Sea of Trees” for director Gus Van Sant. “Sea of Trees” is the story of a suicidal American (Matthew McConaughey) who befriends a Japanese man (Watanabe) lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji. At the end of the year, Watanabe stars with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s acclaimed novel “Silence.” Set in the 17th century, “Silence” follows two Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.

Last year, Watanabe starred in, and received a Japanese Academy Award nomination for, “Yurusarezaru mono,” Sang-il Lee’s Japanese language remake of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven.”

In 2006, Watanabe starred in and executive produced the Japanese film “Memories of Tomorrow,” for which he won a number of Best Actor awards, including the Japanese Academy Award and the Hochi Film Award. In 2009, he starred in “Shizumano Taiyô (The Unbroken),” for which he won his second Japanese Academy Award, as well as the Hochi Film Award for Best Actor. His Japanese film credits also include the international hit comedy “Tampopo,” directed by Juzo Itami, as well as “Ikebukuro West Gate Park,” “Space Travelers,” “Oboreru Sakana (Drowning Fish)” and “Shin Jinginaki Tatakai/Bosatsu (Fight Without Loyalty/Murder),” an updated version of the popular Yakuza movie series.

Watanabe began his acting career with the Tokyo-based theater company En. His lead performance in the company’s production of “Shimoya Mannen-cho Monogatari,” directed by Yukio Ninawara, caught the attention of both critics and Japanese audiences. In 1982, Watanabe made his television debut with “Michinaru Hanran.” His formidable screen presence in the subsequent Samurai drama series “Dokuganryu Masamume” led to additional roles in the historical series “Oda Nobunaga” and “Chushingura,” and the film “Bakumatsu Junjou Den.”

Last year, Watanabe returned to the Tokyo and Osaka stages in the comedy “Dialogue with Horowitz” by Koki Mitani. The critically acclaimed productions were sold out and later broadcast on television.

Currently as of 2015, Mr. Watanabe is performing on-tour in a revival of the classic musical The King and I as the King of Saim.

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1987年、NHK 大河ドラマ「独眼竜政宗」に主演。他、数々のTVドラマ、映画、舞台に出演。2003年『ラスト サムライ』で、アカデミー賞、ゴールデン・グローブ賞の助演男優賞にノミネートされる。その後『バットマン ビギンズ』(05)と『インセプション』(10)でクリストファー・ノーランと、『SAYURI』(05)でロブ・マーシャルと、アカデミー賞作品賞にノミネートされた『硫黄島からの手紙』(06)でクリント・イーストウッドと組むなど、ハリウッドの名匠とコラボレーションを重ねてきた。次回作は、2014年アカデミー賞主演男優賞を受賞したマシュー・マコノヒーと共に、『グッド・ウィル・ハンティング/旅立ち』(97)のガス・ヴァン・サント監督最新作『Sea of Trees』が控える。

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Godzilla
Film Godzilla (GalleryVideosSoundtrack)
Marketing Godzilla - Comic-Con 2012 TrailerGodzilla - Official Teaser TrailerGodzilla - Official Main TrailerGodzilla - International TrailerGodzilla - Asia Trailer

It Can't Be StoppedI Can't Believe This Is HappeningWhatever It TakesCourageExtended LookNature Has An OrderYou're Hiding Something

Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • MUTO (2014 design; Male and Female)
Cast and Characters Joseph Brody (Bryan Cranston) • Sandra Brody (Juliette Binoche) • Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) • Elle Brody (Elizabeth Olsen) • Sam Brody (Carson Bolde) • Ishiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins) • William Stenz (David Strathairn)
Staff Gareth EdwardsThomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersMax BorensteinDavid CallahamPatricia WhitcherAlex GarciaYoshimitsu BannoKenji OkuhiraSeamus McGarveyOwen PatersonBob DucsaySharen DavisJim RygielAlexandre Desplat
Godzilla: Awakening Godzilla: AwakeningGodzillaShinomura
Books Godzilla: AwakeningGodzilla: The Official NovelizationGodzilla: The Art of DestructionGodzilla: With Light and Sound!
Websites Godzillaencounter.comGodzilla Encounter AppGodzilla EncounterMUTOResearch.netGodzillamovie.comGodzilla-Movie.jpGodzilla.jp
Toys and games Bandai Creation's Godzilla 2014 Toy LineJakks Pacific's GodzillaNECA's GodzillaGodzilla: With Light and Sound!Godzilla: Smash3Godzilla: Strike ZoneGodzilla: Crisis DefenseS.H. MonsterArtsGodzilla EggsBattle SpiritsGodzilla (2014 video game)
Partners and sweepstakes SnickersFIATMikadoSweepstakes
Scrapped elements RokmutulPterodactylJune 2012 screenplayUnnamed multi-legged monster
Kong: Skull Island
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Marketing Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con 2016 TrailerKong: Skull Island Trailer 2Kong: Skull Island: Rise of the King Trailer

BreathCalvaryReignThe IslandShutterUncharted

Kaiju Kong (2017 design) • Mire SquidMother LonglegsPsychovultureSker BuffaloSkullcrawler (2017 design) • SirenjawSpore MantisDeath JackalUnidentified antUnidentified deerUnidentified snakeUnidentified turtleVinestrangler
Cast and Characters James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston) • Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) • William Randa (John Goodman) • Mason Weaver (Brie Larson) • San Lin (Jing Tian) • Jack Chapman (Toby Kebbell) • Victor Nieves (John Ortiz) • Houston Brooks (Corey Hawkins) • Glenn Mills (Jason Mitchell) • Earl Cole (Shea Whigham) • Reg Slivko (Thomas Mann) • Hank Marlow (John C. Reilly)
Organizations Monarch
Locations Skull Island
Books Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie NovelizationThe Art and Making of Kong: Skull IslandSkull Island: The Birth of Kong
Websites Discoverskullisland.com
Toys and games Lanard's Kong: Skull Island toy line
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Film Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Gallery)
Marketing Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Comic-Con 2014 Teaser
Kaiju Godzilla (2014 design) • Rodan (2019 design) • Mothra (2019 design) • King Ghidorah (2019 design)
Cast and Characters Millie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang ZiyiIshiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) • Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins)
Staff Michael DoughertyThomas TullMary ParentMax BorensteinZach ShieldsAlex Garcia
Staff
Directors
Showa era Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoji HashimotoKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Heisei era Kazuki OmoriTakao Okawara
Millennium series Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
TriStar Pictures Roland Emmerich
MonsterVerse Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Toho reboot series Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Miscellaneous Willis O'Brien
Producers
Showa era Tomoyuki Tanaka
Millennium series Shogo Tomiyama
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers
Showa era Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Heisei era Kazuki Omori
Millennium series Wataru Mimura
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Max Borenstein
Toho reboot series Hideaki Anno
Composers
Showa era Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Heisei era Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Millennium series Michiru OshimaKow Otani
MonsterVerse Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Toho reboot series Shiro Sagisu
Actors and actresses
Showa era Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Heisei era Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Millennium series Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Paramount Pictures Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
TriStar Pictures Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
MonsterVerse Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl SapienzaTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonJohn GoodmanBrie LarsonJing TianToby KebbellJohn OrtizCorey HawkinsJason MitchellShea WhighamThomas MannJohn C. ReillyMillie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang Ziyi
Toho reboot series Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaMamoru MiyanoTakahiro SakuraiKana HanazawaTomokazu SugitaYuuki KajiJunichi Suwabe
Suit actors
Showa era Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Heisei era Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Millennium series Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
TriStar Pictures Kurt Carley
MonsterVerse T.J. Storm
Toho reboot series Mansai Nomura
Miscellaneous
Printed media Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu HarikenChris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano