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Ever since his Oscar-nominated Hollywood debut as Lord Katsumoto in 2003’s “The Last Samurai,” Ken Watanabe has been the best-known Japanese actor in the world.

Along with other memorable screen roles in “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Batman Begins” (both 2005), “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006) and “Inception” (2010), he also ventured into Broadway’s unforgiving spotlight in the hit 2015 musical “The King and I” — with his portrayal of the King of Siam earning him a best lead actor nomination at the Tony Awards, the first-ever for a Japanese performer.

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