Tadanobu Asano

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Tadanobu Asano
浅野 忠信
Tadanobu Asano 2011 (cropped).jpg
Asano at the world premiere of Thor
BornTadanobu Satō
佐藤 忠信

(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Chara (1995–2009)
Website
www.asanotadanobu.com
 
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Tadanobu Asano
浅野 忠信
Tadanobu Asano 2011 (cropped).jpg
Asano at the world premiere of Thor
BornTadanobu Satō
佐藤 忠信

(1973-11-27) November 27, 1973 (age 40)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
OccupationActor, musician
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Chara (1995–2009)
Website
www.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, Aman in Survive Style 5+, Ayano in The Taste of Tea, Temudjin in Mongol, and Hogun in the film Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character.

Early life[edit]

Asano was born in the Honmoku area[1] of Yokohama to artist Yukihisa Satō (佐藤 幸久 Satō Yukihisa?)[1] and mother Junko (順子) whose father was Willard Overing, a U.S. citizen, whom Asano never met.[1] He has Norwegian and Dutch ancestry through this grandfather.[2] Asano has an older brother Kujun Satō, born in 1971,[3] who is a musician and a partner in Anore Inc., a talent agency Asano and their father Yukihisa Satō founded.

Career[edit]

His 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 Koreeda'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 Koreeda in the pseudo-documentary Distance in 2001. His best known works internationally are the samurai films Taboo (1999) and Zatoichi (2003), as well as the critically acclaimed film Bright Future.

He 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 a follow-up film by Pen-Ek, Invisible Waves, in 2006. In 2007 he starred as the young Genghis Khan in Sergei Bodrov's Oscar-nominated film Mongol..[4] In "Villon's Wife" (2009), he played the part of an alcoholic writer, though he has since stated that since he doesn't actually drink alcohol, he based his performance on people he knows, a lot of whom drink.[5] 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.[6] He reprised the role in 2013's Thor: The Dark World.[7]

In addition to his acting career, Asano directed commercial TV spots for his then-wife, Chara.[8] He is a musician; he formed the band MACH-1.67 with director Sogo Ishii in 1996 and, from time to time, plays in the bands Peace Pill and Safari.[9] 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: one released under the name "wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net".

Asano and his father run the actor's agency Anore Inc. which represents Japanese actors like Ryō Kase and Rinko Kikuchi.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Asano met J-Pop idol 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.[11] In 1999, they also had a son. In July 2009, Chara announced on her website that the two would be getting an amicable divorce. She received custody of both their children.[12]

Awards[edit]

He 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.[13] In 2014 he won the award for Best Actor at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival for his role in My Man.[14]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1988Kinpachi-senseiSatō TadanobuTV series
1990Bataashi kingyoUshi
1991AitsuSadahito Iwata
1992Seishun DendekedekedekeSeiichi Shirai
1993Fried Dragon FishNatsuroTV movie
Haru no IchizokuTV series
Nemuranai machi - Shinjuku sameSajo
1994119Satoshi Matsushita
1995Yonshimai MonogatariAkira Higuchi
MaborosiIkuo
1996wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.netManshort film
PicnicTsumuji
HelplessKenji Shiraishi
AcriHisoka
Swallowtail ButterflyCustomer in club
FocusKanemura
1997Yume no GingaTatsuo Niitaka
Tokyo Biyori
1998Love & PopCaptain XX
Neji-shikiTsube
Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip GirlKuroo Samehada
Rakka Suru Yugata
1999San Tiao RenAsano
Away with Words
GeminiRevenger with Sword
HakuchiIsawa
One Step on a Mine, It's All OverTaizo Ichinose
TabooSamurai Hyozo Tashiro
2000Gojoe: Spirit War ChronicleShanao
Kaza-hanaSawaki
Party 7Okita Souji
2001Electric Dragon 80.000 VDragon Eye Morrison
DistanceSakata
Ichi the KillerKakihara
2002Woman of WaterYusaku
2003Bright FutureMamoru Arita
My GrandpaS. Nakatoh
Last Life in the UniverseKenji
ZatoichiHattori Gennosuke
Dead End Run
Café LumièreHajime Takeuchi
2004Torishort film
The Taste of TeaAyano, the Uncle
VitalHiroshi Takagi
The Face of JizoKinoshita
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 ForestMasaru Tanaka
Rampo NoirPrivate detective Kogorô Akechi/A man/Masaki
Tokyo ZombieFujio
2006Invisible WavesKyôji
HanaJubei Kanazawa
2007MongolTemudjin
Sad VacationKenji Shiraishi
2008Kabei: Our MotherYamazaki Toru
R246 Story
Yume no Mani ManiBlack Marketeer
200942 One Dream Rushshort film
Mt. TsurugidakeShibasaki
DumbeastDekogawa
RedlineFrisbee (voice)
Villon's WifeOtani
Snow Prince
2010Wandering Home
Vengeance Can WaitHidenori Yamane
2011Gekkō no KamenOkamoto
ThorHogun
Korede Iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka FujioFujio Akatsuka
Once in a Blue Moon
Sutekina Kakushi Dori: Kanzen Muketsu no ConciergeTV movie
Yonimo kimyô na MonogatariKillerTV movie
2012BattleshipCaptain Yugi Nagata
Anata e
A Terminal Trust
Fly with the GoldKitagawa
2013Thor: The Dark WorldHogun
47 Ronin[15]Lord Kira
Regular BoyChrispre-production
The Kiyosu ConferenceMaeda Toshiie
2014Lupin IIIKoichi Zenigatafilming
Kiki's Delivery ServiceDr. Ishi
2015Grasshopperfilming

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Tokyo Psycho". Time Magazine. October 21, 2002. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  2. ^ http://japancinema.net/2011/09/13/creative-spotlight-episode-54-tadanobu-asano/
  3. ^ "Profile: Kujun". anore Inc. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  4. ^ Golovnina, Maria (January 25, 2008). "Mongol actress from soldier dreams to Oscar buzz". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  5. ^ Hadfield, James (July 7, 2011). "Tadanobu Asano: The Interview". Time Out Tokyo. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Thor Update: Warriors Three Cast". Marvel.com. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  7. ^ Clark, Noelene (2012-08-02). "‘Thor: The Dark World’: Christopher Eccleston is villain Malekith". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  8. ^ Donat, Begoña (January 30, 2004). "Johnny Depp tiene un primo japonés (Johnny Depp has a Japanese Cousin)" (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  9. ^ Mes, Tom (June 24, 2002). "Tadanobu Asano". Midnight Eye. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  10. ^ Wallace, Bruce (June 13, 2008). "12th century leader, 21st century ideas". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 28, 2008. 
  11. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20001109192500/http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Info/chara/biof.html
  12. ^ "Tadanobu Asano, Chara divorce". Tokyograph. July 24, 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  13. ^ Riggs, Thomas (2007). Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television. Gale Cengage Learning. p. 7. ISBN 0-7876-9050-3. 
  14. ^ "36 MIFF Prizes". MIFF. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  15. ^ Keanu's 47 Ronin has A-List Japanese Cast Japan-Zone.com 2 March 2011

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