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Johnny Depp seems to be a role model for Japanese actors with leading man looks, but who almost never plays straight leading man roles. That is, roles in which they romance and win the leading lady — comic fight-and-make-up scenes optional. If Depp’s career is any indication, this is a brilliant strategy, though female fans may beg to differ.

Tadanobu Asano, Jo Odagiri and now Kenichi Matsuyama are prominent examples of this phenomenon — all have been successful at parlaying offbeat roles into stardom.

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