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  • Date of birth : 27/11/1973


  • Asano Tadanobu
  • 浅野 忠信


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Tadanobu Asano (1973)

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浅野 忠信, born 佐藤 忠信 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, and Temudjin in Mongol. Most recently, Asano appeared as Hogun in the film Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character.


 early life
Asano was born in Yokohama to a Japanese father and a mother of Japanese and Navajo ancestry by the name of Jim Owens, though it is unknown whether or not this is his real name.

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 , though his first major critical success was in Shunji Iwai's Fried Dragon Fish . His first critical success internationally was Hirokazu Koreeda's Maboroshi no Hikari , 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 Gohatto and Zatoichi , as well as the critically acclaimed film Akarui Mirai .

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 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.. In "Villon's Wife" , 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.

The extensive range of Asano's film career is due in part to his decision no longer to appear in television programmes, even though TV work in Japan is generally more lucrative than film acting.

In addition to his acting career, Asano directed commercial TV spots for his wife, Chara. 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. 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″

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

 personal life
Asano met J-Pop idol Chara on the set of Iwai's Picnic . They were married in March 1995 and Chara became pregnant with their first child, Sumire. In 1999, they also had a son.
In July 2009, Chara announced on her website that the two would be getting a divorce. She received custody of both their children.

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