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The lobby of the Setagaya Public Theatre in Tokyo teemed with women on Sept. 1, each eager to see Kei Tanaka in action. The 34-year-old actor — and judging by the buzz in the lobby, bona fide dreamboat — recently captured hearts in “Ossan’s Love,” a TV Asahi rom-com in which he played a cute gay salaryman.

If the women were there to see something similar, however, they were in for a surprise. Tanaka is currently starring in a Japanese stage version of “Swimming With Sharks,” a dark U.S. comedy that some critics have described as the male version of “The Devil Wears Prada.”

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