Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe

  • Highest Rated: 100% Tampopo (1985)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Shanghai (2015)
  • Birthday: Oct 21, 1959
  • Birthplace: Koide (now Uonuma), Niigata prefecture
  • Despite the fact that veteran Japanese actor Ken Watanabe has been appearing in films since the early '80s (foreign film buffs may remember him from a supporting role in the 1985 art-house "noodle Western" Tampopo), it wasn't until his breakthrough role in the Tom Cruise adventure The Last Samurai that the frequent onscreen samurai eventually came to the attention of stateside audiences. Watanabe has been a mainstay of Japanese cinema beloved by legions of older fans overseas, but his performance as the last in a long line of ancient warriors in The Last Samurai is what finally found the modest actor courting international success. Watanabe was born in Niigata to schoolteacher parents -- his father taught calligraphy and his mother general education. A blissful childhood spent exploring the countryside and skiing with his brother Jun was rounded out by Watanabe's love of the trumpet and his involvement with the school band, and though he studied acting early on, he was hesitant to pursue a career before the cameras. Convinced by a director from England's National Theater Company that he was truly gifted in the art of performing, the then 24-year-old hopeful soon landed his first film role. Initial bliss was followed by harsh uncertainty when Watanabe was diagnosed with leukemia shortly thereafter, but the disease would eventually go into remission and his career would skyrocket. Though Watanabe has portrayed many different types of characters in his long and varied career, it is his skill with a sword that has truly cemented his status as a star in Japan -- he has played more samurai than even he can keep track of. It was this magnetism that attracted the attention of Last Samurai director Edward Zwick, who quickly made the decision to cast him in the popular blockbuster. His impressive performance in the film found him nominated for both a 2003 Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Watanabe's son is an actor and his daughter a model.

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41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters Dr. Ishiro Serizawa 2019
68% Pokémon Detective Pikachu Lieutenant Hide Yoshida 2019
48% Bel Canto Katsumi Hosokawa 2018
No Score Yet The King and I kuningas 2018
15% Transformers: The Last Knight Drift $130.2M 2017
15% The Sea of Trees Takumi Nakamura $20.6K 2016
4% Shanghai Tanaka $45.2K 2015
18% Transformers: Age of Extinction Drift $206.8M 2014
75% Godzilla Dr. Ishiro Serizawa $173M 2014
No Score Yet Hi Wa Mata Noboru Actor 2014
93% Yurusarezaru mono (Unforgiven) Actor 2014
87% Inception Saito $292.6M 2010
38% Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Mr. Tall $13.9M 2009
No Score Yet Hoshi hitotsu no yoru Actor 2007
86% Memories of Tomorrow (Ashita no kioku) Masayuki Saeki Producer 2007
91% Letters from Iwo Jima Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi $13.7M 2006
35% Memoirs of a Geisha Chairman $57.1M 2005
84% Batman Begins Ra's Al Ghul $204.2M 2005
66% The Last Samurai Katsumoto $111.1M 2003
No Score Yet Sennen no Koi Genji Monogatari Actor 2001
No Score Yet Space Travelers (Supêsutoraberâzu) Sakamaki 2000
88% Welcome Back Mr. McDonald Truck Driver 1999
No Score Yet Karate Warrior Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Sea and Poison (Umi to dokuyaku) Actor 1987
100% Tampopo Gun $0.3M 1985
No Score Yet Setouchi shonen yakyu dan (MacArthur's Children) Tetsuo Nakai 1984

QUOTES FROM Ken Watanabe CHARACTERS

Saito
You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.
Eames
You musn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
We call him...... ???!
Crosshairs
We'll let Prime figure this one out.
Drift
Very wise.
Crosshairs
There's no fragging way I'm staying down here with them. No way, no way!
Drift
I was expecting a big car.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
The arrogance of men is thinking that nature is in our control, and not the other way around.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in his control, and not the other way around. Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Nature has an order, a power to restore balance.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
In 1954, the first time a nuclear submarine ever reached the lower depths, it awakened something ...
Vivienne Graham
The Americans first thought it was the Russians. The Russians thought it was the Americans. All those nuclear tests in the Pacific? Not tests ...
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
They were trying to kill it.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around... Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Godzilla
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Let them fight
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
A God, an alpha predator, Godzilla.
Admiral William Stenz
This alpha predator of yours doctor, do you really think he has a chance?
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around. Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
Let them fight.
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
In 1954, we awakened something.....
Vivienne Graham
All those nuclear tests in the pacific........weren't tests!
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
They were trying to kill it!
Ford Brody
Can we kill it?
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
I believe something can.......
Ford Brody
.......a monster?.........
Vivienne Graham
No....... A god!
Dr. Ishiro Seriwaza
"The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control, and not the other way around."
Nathan Algren
What does it say?
Katsumoto
I belong to the warrior in whom the old ways have joined the new.
Katsumoto
Life in every breath. That is the way of the warrior. That is Bushido!
Nathan Algren
Hai.
Katsumoto
When I took these, you were, my enemy.
Katsumoto
When I took these, you were my enemy.
Ra's Al Ghul
When I found you in that jail, you were lost. But I believed in you. I took away your fear and I showed you a path. You were my greatest student. It should be you standing by my side, saving the world.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
I'll be standing where I belong. Between you and the people of Gotham.
Ra's Al Ghul
No one can save Gotham.
Henri Ducard
Tomorrow, you will be released. If you are bored of brawling with thieves and want to achieve something there is a rare blue flower that grows on the eastern slopes. Pick one of these flowers. If you can carry it to the top of the mountain you may find what you were looking for in the first place.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
And what was I looking for?
Ra's Al Ghul
Only you can know that.
Katsumoto
You believe a man can change his destiny?
Nathan Algren
l think a man does what he can until his destiny is revealed to him.
Saito
I bought the airline. It seemed neater!
Ra's Al Ghul
You're stronger than your father.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You didn't know my father.
Ra's Al Ghul
But I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed so you'd be spared your pain.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You're not Ra's Al Ghul. I watched him die.
Ra's Al Ghul
But... is Ra's Al Ghul immortal? Or are his metods supernatural?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, Ra's.
Ra's Al Ghul
Surely a man who spends his nights scrambling over the rooftops of Gotham... wouldn't begrudge me dual identities.
Ra's Al Ghul
You have travelled the world to understand the criminal mind and master its secrets. But... a criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things.
Ra's Al Ghul
You have learned to bury your guilt with anger. I will teach you to confront it and to face the truth. You already know how to fight six men. We can teach you how to engage six hundred. You already know how to disappear, we can teach you to become truly invisible.
Ra's Al Ghul
If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.
Ra's Al Ghul
Gotham's time has come. Like Constantinople or Rome before it the city has become a breeding ground for suffering and injustice. It is beyond saving and must be allowed to die. This is the most important function of the League of Shadows. It is one we've performed for centuries. Gotham... must be destroyed.
Ra's Al Ghul
When a forest grows too wild a purging fire is inevitable and natural. Tomorrow, the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You've attacked Gotham before?
Ra's Al Ghul
Of course. Over the ages our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gothan we tried a new one: economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens... such as your parents. Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way. Like your father you lack the courage to do all that is necessary. If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them... and stab them in the heart.
Ra's Al Ghul
You will never learn.
Ra's Al Ghul
Gentlemen, time to spread the word. And the word is panic.
Ra's Al Ghul
You were my greatest student. It should be you standing by my side, saving the world.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
I'll be standing where I belong. Between you and the people of Gotham.
Ra's Al Ghul
No one can save Gotham.
Ra's Al Ghul
Well, well. You took my advice about theatricality a bit... literally.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You're not Ra's al Ghul. I watched him die.
Ra's Al Ghul
But is Ra's al Ghul immortal? Are his methods supernatural?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, "Ra's"?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, 'Ra's '?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
Or cheap parlor tricks to conceal your true identity, 'Ra's'?
Ra's Al Ghul
Surely, a man who spends his nights scrambling over the rooftops of Gotham wouldn't begrudge me dual identities?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
I saved your life.
Ra's Al Ghul
I warned you about compassion, Bruce
Ra's Al Ghul
I warned you about compassion, Bruce.
Ra's Al Ghul
Familiar. Don't you have anything new?
Lucius Fox
How about *this*?
Ra's Al Ghul
Only a cynical man would call what these people have "lives," Wayne. Crime, despair... this is not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.
Ra's Al Ghul
Only a cynical man would call what these people have 'lives,' Wayne. Crime, despair... this is not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.
Ra's Al Ghul
When a forest grows too wild, a purging fire is inevitable and natural.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You never learned to mind your surroundings.
Ra's Al Ghul
Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?
Batman/Bruce Wayne
I won't kill you. But I don't have to save you.
Ra's Al Ghul
Tomorrow the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.
Batman/Bruce Wayne
You attacked Gotham before?
Ra's Al Ghul
Of course. Over the ages, our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gotham, we tried a new one: Economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens...such as your parents. Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself...and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way. Like your father, you lack the courage to do all that is necessary. If someone stands in the way of true justice...you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.
Saito
Do you want to take a leap of faith or become an old man filled with regret waiting to die alone !!!
Saito
Do you want to take a leap of faith or become an old man filled with regret waiting to die alone!
Saito
Are you here to kill me?
General Kuribayashi
Everything Happens in Three's
General Kuribayashi
Everything happens in three's.
Ra's Al Ghul
"Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate, or fair! And make no mistake: here, you face Death. "
Ra's Al Ghul
Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate, or fair! And make no mistake: here, you face Death.
Arthur
If I say to you, don't think about elephants what do you think about?
Saito
Elephants.
Katsumoto
You believe a man can change his destiny?
Nathan Algren
I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.
Katsumoto
What happened to the warriors at Thermopylae?
Nathan Algren
Dead to the last man.
Katsumoto
Well, they won't surrender.
Katsumoto
Katsumoto: The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life. [With his dying breath] Perfect... They are all... perfect...
Katsumoto
The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life. [With his dying breath] Perfect... They are all... perfect...
Saito
I'm gonna buy the airlines, it's neater
Saito
I'm gonna buy the airlines, it's neater.
Eames
No place for tourist in this job
Saito
No room for a tourist on this job.
Arthur
If I say to you don't think about elephants, what's the first thing you think about?
Saito
Elephants.
Ra's Al Ghul
If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them and stab them in the heart.
Ra's Al Ghul
Justice is balance. You burned my house and left me for dead. Consider us even.
Saito
"Are you willing to take a leap of faith, or become an old man filled with regret, waiting to die alone?"
Saito
Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!
General Kuribayashi
"The United States is the last country in the world that Japan should fight!"
General Kuribayashi
The United States is the last country in the world that Japan should fight.
Saito
Do you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, and die alone?
Saito
I'm asking you to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, destined to die alone?
Saito
I'm asking you to take a leap of faith. Or do you want to become an old man, filled with regret, destined to die alone?
Nathan Algren
There is Life in every breath...
Katsumoto
That is, Bushido.
General Kuribayashi
A day will come when they will weep and pray for your souls.
General Kuribayashi
I am determined to serve and give my life for my country.
Arthur
Don't think about Elephants. What are you thinking about?
Saito
Elephants.
Arthur
It would have to be a 747.
Cobb
Why is that?
Arthur
Because in a 747, the pilot?s up top, and the first class cabin?s in the nose, so no one would walk through. But you?d have to buy out the entire cabin. And the first class flight attendant?
Saito
I bought the airline. It seemed neater.
Saito
Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!