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Tadanobu Asano

Highest Rated:   100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017)
Lowest Rated:   14% 47 Ronin (2013)
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Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano is frequently compared to American actor Johnny Depp for both his ultra-hip, youthful good looks and unyielding affinity for off-kilter performances; his career also mirrors that of his American counterpart, in that he has found marked success in mainstream Japanese cinema in addition to the sometimes outrageous independent films on which his reputation was founded. Possessing the kind of detached cool that seems to stem more from simple confidence than over-inflated ego or condescending arrogance, the aspiring rocker-cum-actor is edging ever closer to mainstream acceptance in Asian cinema -- a prospect that seems especially jarring to the increasingly busy actor. With a father who eschewed salaryman status to live the life of an artist, and an equally unconventional Japanese-American mother who could often be spotted listening to Led Zeppelin while clad in the latest in thrift-store chic, the fair-skinned Yokohama native was frequently taunted by classmates for his Westernized appearance and unconventional taste for punk rock music. Asano's love of music found him forming a band with like-minded friends in his early teens, and at the age of 14, the musically inclined youngster was taken to his first audition by his father. Though he didn't necessarily harbor any great interest in acting, he was taken aback by the overeager, attention-grabbing antics of his young contemporaries. Asano was confident that he could beat out all the competition by simply acting natural, and his instincts proved correct when he soon made his screen debut as a student in the popular television series Teacher Kinpachi.In the years that followed, Asano continued to hone his skills before the camera. His career was driven more by a desire to support his family than to achieve celebrity stardom, and his first love still remained music despite his increasing success in film and television. Though it was his role in director Shunji Iwai's made-for-television feature Fried Dragon Fish (1993) that first caught the attention of the Japanese public, it wasn't until his appearance as a mental patient who longs to escape the padded confines of the asylum in Iwai's 1994 drama Picnic that Asano truly connected with audiences. Not only did the film serve as something of a launching pad for the young actor's career, but it also introduced him to co-star Chara, a Japanese pop star who would eventually become his wife. As the 1990s progressed, Asano's unconventional approach and quirky cool endeared him to many a hip young Japanese film lover, and though he continued to specialize in the sort of dark characters who could quickly snowball into self-parody in the hands of a lesser actor, his fearless approach to filmmaking continually set him apart from the pack. While Asano frequently chose roles that actors looking to achieve mainstream success wouldn't dare accept, it seemed that the harder he attempted to avoid the spotlight, the brighter it got. Subsequent roles in the Tarantino-inspired, manga-based crime comedy Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl and the homosexual-themed samurai drama Taboo found his popularity leaking into the mainstream, and with a leading performance in 2000's Gojoe, Asano seemed poised for crossover stardom -- a prospect that he seemed to resist with every ounce of energy, taking on outrageous roles in Electric Dragon 80.000 V and director Takashi Miike's notoriously gory Ichi the Killer. Asano was cast in Ichi as the sadistic mob henchman Kakihara, and his portrayal of the stylish, torture-happy psychopath created what was arguably the most memorable and terrifying screen villain in recent history. In 2003, Asano essayed the role of a disgruntled employee who slaughters his boss' entire family in acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future. Shortly thereafter, he played a suicidal librarian in Last Life in the Universe -- a role that won Asano th

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu)
  • Actor
$4k 2017
85% Silence
  • Interpreter
$7.1M 2017
20% The Wasted Times (Luomandike Xiaowang Shi)
  • Actor
$0.3M 2016
58% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi)
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between A Criminal & A Whore
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Lupin III
  • Inspector Zenigata
2014
14% 47 Ronin
  • Lord Kira
$20.6M 2013
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Hogun
$206.4M 2013
No Score Yet Kiyosu kaigi (The Kiyosu Conference)
  • Actor
2013
34% Battleship
  • Captain Yugi Nagata
$65.2M 2012
No Score Yet Redline
  • Frisbee
2011
No Score Yet Once in a Blue Moon (Sutekina kanashibari)
  • Actor
2011
77% Thor
  • Hogun
$181.1M 2011
No Score Yet Tsurugidake: Ten no ki (Mt. Tsurugidake)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Villon's Wife (Viyon no tsuma)
  • Otani
2009
No Score Yet Snow Prince (Sunô purinsu: Kinjirareta koi no merodi)
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Dumbeast (Donju) (Dumb Animal)
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Eatrip
  • Actor
2009
87% Mongol
  • Temudgin
$5.7M 2008
86% Kâbê (Kaabee) (Kabei: Our Mother)
  • Toru Yamasaki
2008
No Score Yet Sad Vacation
  • Kenji
2007
No Score Yet Invisible Waves
  • Kyoji
2007
No Score Yet Rampo Noir
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Hana
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Tôkyô zonbi (Tokyo Zombie)
  • Fujio
2005
No Score Yet Rampo Noir (Rampo jigoku)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Naisu no Mori: The First Contact
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Umoregi (The Buried Forest)
  • San-chan
2005
86% Vital
  • Hiroshi Takagi
2005
No Score Yet Eri Eri rema sabakutani (My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?)
  • Actor
2005
70% Bright Future
  • Mamoru
2004
95% Café Lumiere
  • Hajime
2004
100% The Taste of Tea (Cha no aji)
  • Ayano the Uncle
2004
90% Last Life in the Universe
  • Kenji
2004
No Score Yet Survive Style 5+
  • Aman
2004
No Score Yet GoJoe: Spirit War Chronicle
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Dead End Run
  • Actor
2003
86% Zatôichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi)
  • Gennosuke Hattori
$0.6M 2003
25% Samehada otoko to momojiri onna (Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl )
  • Samehada
2003
No Score Yet Watashi No Gurampa
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mizu no onna (Woman of Water)
  • Yusaku
2002
64% Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)
  • Kakihara
2001
80% Distance
  • Koichi Sakata
2001
71% Taboo
  • Samurai Hyozo Tashiro
2000
No Score Yet Kaza-hana
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Electric Dragon 80.000 V
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Party 7
  • Okita Souji
2000
No Score Yet Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Gemini (Sôseiji)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet San tiao ren (Away with Words)
  • Asano
1999
No Score Yet Hakuchi (Hakuchi: The Innocent)
  • Izawa
1999
No Score Yet Nejishiki
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Love & Pop
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Yume no ginga (Labyrinth of Dreams)
  • Niitaka Tatsuo
1997
No Score Yet Picnic
  • Tsumuji
1996
100% Maboroshi no hikari (Maborosi) (Illusion)
  • Ikuo
1995

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