Tadanobu Asano

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Tadanobu Asano
浅野 忠信
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Asano at the world premiere of Thor , 2011
Born
Tadanobu Satō
佐藤 忠信

(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 47)
Yokohama, Japan
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 19952009)
ChildrenSumire
Himi Satō
Website asanotadanobu.com

Tadanobu Satō (佐藤 忠信, Satō Tadanobu, born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Tadanobu Asano (浅野 忠信, Asano Tadanobu), is a Japanese actor. He is known for his roles as Dragon Eye Morrison in Electric Dragon 80.000 V , Kakihara in Ichi the Killer , Mamoru Arita in Bright Future , Hattori Genosuke in Zatoichi , Kenji in Last Life in the Universe , A man in Survive Style 5+ , Ayano in The Taste of Tea , Temujin in Mongol , Captain Yugi Nagata in Battleship , Lord Kira Yoshinaka in 47 Ronin [1] and Hogun in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, based on the Marvel Comics character. In 2016, he appeared as the Interpreter in Martin Scorsese's Silence . Three years later, he portrayed Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi in Midway (2019). He portrayed the thunder god Raiden in the 2021 film Mortal Kombat .

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Early life

Asano was born in the Honmoku area, [2] Yokohama, to artist Yukihisa Satō (佐藤 幸久, Satō Yukihisa) [2] and mother Junko (順子). His maternal grandfather was Willard Overing, a U.S. citizen of Dutch and Norwegian ancestry [3] whom Asano never met. [2] Asano has an older brother, Kujun Satō, born in 1971, [4] who is a musician and a partner in Anore Inc., a talent agency Asano and their father Yukihisa Satō founded.

Career

Asano's father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on his first acting role in the TV show Kinpachi Sensei at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi Kingyo), though his first major critical success was in Shunji Iwai's Fried Dragon Fish (1993). His first critical success internationally was Hirokazu Kore-eda's Maboroshi no Hikari (1995), in which he played a man who inexplicably throws himself in front of a train, widowing his wife and orphaning his infant son. He also worked with Kore-eda in the pseudo-documentary Distance in 2001. His best known works internationally are the samurai films Gohatto (aka Taboo, 1999) and Zatoichi (2003), as well as the critically acclaimed Bright Future .

Asano acted in Katsuhito Ishii's 2003 film The Taste of Tea , which premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He appeared as the lead actor in Last Life in the Universe (2003) by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and starred in Ratanaruang's 2006 follow-up film, Invisible Waves . In 2007, he starred as the young Genghis Khan in Sergei Bodrov's Oscar-nominated film Mongol . [5] In Villon's Wife (2009), he played the part of an alcoholic writer, stating that, since he doesn't drink alcohol, he based his performance on people he knows. [6] In 2011, he starred in the Marvel Studios film Thor as the Asgardian warrior Hogun, a member of the Warriors Three and companion to Thor. [7] He reprised the role in 2013's Thor: The Dark World [8] and 2017's Thor: Ragnarok . [9] Asano was announced to appear in Mortal Kombat reboot as the character of Raiden. [10]

In addition to his acting career, Asano directed commercial TV spots for his then-wife, Chara. [11] He formed the band MACH-1.67 with director Sogo Ishii in 1996 and has also played in the bands Peace Pill and Safari. [12] He is an artist and a model, most notably for Japanese fashion designers Jun Takahashi and Takeo Kikuchi, for whom he filmed a series of commercial spots directed by Wong Kar-wai, including the short film wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net .

Asano and his father run the actor's agency Anore Inc. [13]

Personal life

Asano met J-pop singer Chara on the set of Iwai's Picnic (1994). They were married in March 1995 and Chara became pregnant with their first child, Sumire, who was born on July 4 that same year. [14] In 1999, they had a son named Himi. [15] In July 2009, Chara announced on her website that the couple were divorcing. She received custody of both their children. [16]

Awards

Asano won the Most Popular Performer award at the 1997 Japanese Academy Awards for Acri and was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category in 2004 for his performance in Zatôichi. He also received the Upstream Prize for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice Film Festival for his role in Last Life in the Universe . [17] In 2014, he won the award for Best Actor at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in My Man . [18]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1990 Bataashi kingyo Ushi
1991AitsuSadahito Iwata
1992Seishun DendekedekedekeSeiichi Shirai
1993 Nemuranai Machi: Shinjuku Same Koichi Sunagami
1994119Satoshi Matsushita
1995Yonshimai MonogatariAkira Higuchi
Maborosi Ikuo
1996 wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net ManShort film
Picnic Tsumuji
HelplessKenji Shiraishi
AcriHisoka
Swallowtail Butterfly Customer in club
FocusKanemura
1997 Yume no Ginga Tatsuo Niitaka
Tokyo Biyori
1998 Love & Pop Captain XX
Screwed (Neji-shiki)Tsube
Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl Kuroo Samehada
Rakka Suru Yugata
1999 Away with Words Asano Takashi
Gemini Revenger with Sword
HakuchiIsawa
One Step on a Mine, It's All Over Taizo Ichinose
Gohatto (a.k.a. Taboo)Samurai Hyozo Tashiro
2000 Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle Shanao
Kaza-hanaSawaki
Party 7Okita Souji
2001 Electric Dragon 80.000 V Dragon Eye Morrison
Distance Sakata
Ichi the Killer Kakihara
2002 Woman of Water Yusaku
2003 Bright Future Mamoru Arita
My GrandpaS. Nakatoh
Last Life in the Universe Kenji
Zatoichi Hattori Gennosuke
Dead End Run
Café Lumière Hajime Takeuchi
2004ToriShort film
The Taste of Tea Ayano, the Uncle
Vital Hiroshi Takagi
The Face of Jizo Kinoshita
Survive Style 5+ Aman
2005The Buried ForestSan-chan
Takeshis'
My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? Mizui
Portrait of the WindTamio Murase
Funky Forest Masaru Tanaka
Rampo Noir Private detective Kogorô Akechi/A man/Masaki
Tokyo Zombie Fujio
2006 Invisible Waves Kyôji
Hana Jubei Kanazawa
2007 Mongol Temujin
Sad Vacation Kenji Shiraishi
2008 Kabei: Our Mother Yamazaki Toru
R246 Story
Yume no Mani ManiBlack Marketeer
200942 One Dream RushShort film
Mt. Tsurugidake Shibasaki
DumbeastDekogawa
Redline Frisbee (voice)
Villon's Wife Otani
Snow Prince Haigo
2010Wandering Home
Vengeance Can WaitHidenori Yamane
2011Shadows of the DamnedGarcia F. Hotspur (Voice)Japan Only
Gekkō no Kamen Okamoto
Thor Hogun
Korede Iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka FujioFujio Akatsuka
A Ghost of a Chance Ken'ichi Kido
2012 Battleship Captain Yugi Nagata
Anata e
A Terminal Trust
Fly with the GoldKitagawa
2013 Thor: The Dark World Hogun
47 Ronin [1] Lord Kira
The Kiyosu Conference Maeda Toshiie
2014 Lupin III Inspector Koichi Zenigata
Kiki's Delivery Service Dr. Ishi
Parasyte: Part 1 Goto
2015 Parasyte: Part 2 Goto
Grasshopper Kujira
Journey to the Shore Yūsuke
Haha to Kuraseba Kuroda
2016 Harmonium Yasaka
Silence Interpreter
The Wasted Times Watabe
2017Dear EtrangerMakoto Tanaka
Thor: Ragnarok Hogun
Shinjuku Swan II Masaki Taki
2018 The Outsider Kiyoshi
Kuso-yarō to Utsukushiki Sekai
Punk Samurai Slash DownChayama Hanrō
Kasane Kingo Habuta
2019ChiwawaSakata
They Say Nothing Stays the Same
Noroshi ga YobuShort film
Midway Rear Admiral Tamon Yamaguchi
2020 Minamata Tatsuo Matsumura
Labyrinth of Cinema Lt. Sako
Independence of Japan Jirō Shirasu
2021 Detective Chinatown 3 Chinese film
Mortal Kombat Lord Raiden
Kate Renji

Television

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
1988 Kinpachi-sensei Satō Tadanobu TBS
1993Fried Dragon FishNatsuro Fuji TV TV movie
Haru no IchizokuTomoki NHK
2006 Japanorama Himself BBC Three Documentaries
2011Sutekina Kakushi Dori: Kanzen Muketsu no ConciergeArtistFuji TVTV movie
Yonimo kimyô na MonogatariKillerFuji TVTV movie
2017A Life: A LoveMasao DanjōTBS
2019 Idaten Shōjirō KawashimaNHK Taiga drama
2021 Okaeri Mone Shinji OikawaNHK Asadora

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