Roar Power: Watanabe Ken Talks Godzilla
Ken Watanabe and director Gareth Edwards at Godzilla Japan’s premiere. Tokyo July 10th 2014.
Ken & Godzilla or “Beauty and Beast” at Godzilla’s Japan premiere. July 10 th 2014 at Tokyo.
Ken as Gun in 1986 movie Tampopo (Dandelion)
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Watanabe Ken & Higashide Masahiro work together for the first time in “Oyaji no Senaka”
Watanabe Ken and Higashide Masahiro will be working together for the first time in an episode of TBS’ summer 2014 drama “Oyaji no Senaka” which will be shown after August in the Sundays 9pm timeslot.
Higashide plays the role of Togawa Yusuke, a part-timer at a convenience store who encounters a robbery in the early hours of the morning but manages to persuade the robber to give up in the end. What transpires is seen by a customer Takamura Koji (Watanabe) and he goes back to look for Yusuke another day to praise him for his actions. Actually, Koji has another reason for meeting Yusuke as he had met Yusuke’s mother Yasuko (Yo Kimiko) during an arranged meeting but was rejected by her. Koji who wants to meet Yusuke, then suggests suddenly that he wants to let Yusuke inherit his shoe-making craft.
As Higashide is currently said to be dating Watanabe’s daughter An ( Doramaworld2 ) their first collaboration in a drama has attracted a lot of interest in how they interact with each other. The two of them met each other for the first time on 1 July and began filming from 3 July. Being both dog lovers, they are said to have chatted happily with each other off set and worked together well.
For actor Ken Watanabe’s Broadway debut, it’s nothing less than a lead role as king.
News that Mr. Watanabe will appear next year in “The King and I” at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater was a reminder of his versatility after a career that has included roles in television, film and stage.
This will be the first musical performance for Mr. Watanabe, who began his acting career in the Japanese theater group En and has starred in plays such as “Hamlet.”
“What I thought was an unrealistic dream suddenly came true. I need to destroy everything I’ve built up until now. I’m fighting anxieties I’ve never felt before. It’s scary. But I can’t run away. I need to give it all I’ve got,” said Mr. Watanabe of his Broadway debut, in a statement released through his manager, Kenichi Ogiwara.
According to Mr. Ogiwara, the offer for the role came last year from Bartlett Sher, the director of “The King and I.” Mr. Ogiwara quoted Mr. Sher as saying, “We’re not looking for the best singer or the best dancer. We’re looking for the king.”
This is the fourth Broadway revival of the 1951 musical, which tells the story of the tempestuous relationship between the king of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the king hires to tutor his many wives and children. Five-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will play Anna Leonowens opposite Mr. Watanabe.
The musical’s previews will begin next March with an official opening on April 16, 2015.
The original production won five Tony Awards, including best featured actor for Yul Brynner, who played the king. Brynner won an Oscar when he reprised the role in the movie version.
Mr. Watanabe received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his performance in the 2004 film “The Last Samurai.” He also played roles in two of this summer’s blockbuster movies, “Godzilla” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”