Ken Watanabe heads back to Broadway after surgery


Actor Ken Watanabe left Tokyo on Saturday following successful treatment for cancer to return to New York where he is starring in the Broadway musical “The King and I.”

Watanabe, 56, who starred in “The Last Samurai” — for which he received an Academy Award nomination — “Inception” and Clint Eastwood’s “Letters From Iwo Jima,” underwent endoscopic surgery for stomach cancer last month.

“I was in hospital only for four days and have begun working out,” a smiling Watanabe told reporters ahead of his departure.

“I caused a lot of worries but now I can move forward and get down to new work and acting,” the actor said.

The 56-year-old said he will resume his role in “The King and I” on March 17.