Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe, the national actor. Living with an affair 21-year-old younger than her, “Introduce her as a partner around her.”

Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe, a Japanese national actor, is living with an affair 21 years younger than him on the premise of remarriage.

On the 1st, Japanese media Sponichi Annex reported that Watanabe Ken has been in an inappropriate relationship with a woman 21 years younger than him, whom he met in 2013, for eight years, and plans to remarry the woman.

According to reports, the two are already living together, and Wanatabe Ken introduces the woman to his acquaintances as a “partner.”

Wanatabe  affair became known to the world in 2017. At the time, Japanese weekly magazine Weekly Moonchun released a photo of a date in New York, USA, saying, “I have been having an affair with a jewelry designer woman who worked as a hostess at a high-end traditional club for more than three years.”

In particular, actor Minami Kaho, the wife of Ken Watanabe, was criticized even more because she was being treated for breast cancer at the time.

In response,Watanabe held a press conference and apologized, saying, “I’m sorry for causing concern and inconvenience with the pathetic behavior,” but decided to divorce Minami Kaho in 2018, a year after the incident, and walk their own paths.

Let’s take advantage of Ken Watanabe’s career
In 1978, Watanabe went to Tokyo to pursue an acting career. He started acting in Tokyo-based theater company En (where Park Ro-mi is located). Directed by Yukio Ninagawa, it was used in a play called “The Story of Shimodani’s Ten Thousand Years.” He gained fame in the play, and in 1982, he appeared in a TV drama called “Unknown Rebellion.” In 1984, he made his film debut as an actor in the movie “The Children of MacArthur”. This movie depicts the GHQ era from the perspective of the people of the Setonai Sea, a remote region of Japan.

Then, in 1987, he played the main character Date Masamune in the NHK drama Dokanryong Masamune, and became a national star. The drama is such an all-time hit that Ken Watanabe becomes an actor with national recognition. The work was so famous that Watanabe Ken himself later said, “I had a hard time getting out of Masamune because the image was fixed.”

Since then, he has appeared in TV historical dramas such as Oda Nobunaga and Chushingura, and in the movie Makmal Soonjeongjeon. In 1989, he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia while filming Haruki Kadokawa’s “Sky and Earth”, and returned after chemotherapy, but it recurred in 1991. After that, he took care of his health and appeared in Yakusho Koji in 1998 and Kizuna in 1998 and was nominated for the Japan Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2000, he appeared in an unexpected production called Ikebukuro West Gate Park, and in 2002, he retired from the theater company N and moved to the Kaidash Agency. The movie “Love of a Thousand Years” again became a candidate for the Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2006, he finally won an Academy Award for “Memories of Tomorrow”.

In 2007, he appeared in “Memories of Tomorrow,” a story about a middle-aged man with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2009, he starred in “The Sun That Won’t Set” with Erika Toda, and the screening time was 202 minutes. It is a story about a person who is a labor union executive when Japan Airlines caused casualties in the 1960s. He once again won the Japan Academy Award for Best Actor for this work.

However, his career in Japan is not well known, and he is mainly known around the world. In the early days of Hollywood’s entry, it was often featured in low-budget fake action films, including “Commando Invasion” (1986), which had a video titled “Apocalypse of Hell 2” in Korea. Then, after the appearance of the Last Samurai and Inception, he has risen enormously in North America, and along with Hiroyuki Sanada, he is the most recognizable Japanese actor in North America.

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