|Bio of Hiroshi
Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Tokyo, Japan.
After studying acting in one of the major theatre companies
in Tokyo, he joined the theatre company called Roba Project.
In Tokyo, he worked on more than 25 theatre productions and
several films. After the Roba Project broke up, he moved to
the US to study American acting techniques.
He studied at the LACC Theatre Academy, and was coached by
the wonderful and prestigious actress Jill Brennan from the
Yale Drama School and by the internationally acclaimed
Classical Theatre Director Elizabeth Huffman. He
subsequently started working as an actor in the US.
He has done many Theatre productions, most notably the Odd
Couple, the Good Doctor, Pillow Talk, Iphigenia in Aulis,
the Trojan Women and Two Nobel Kinsmen (by Shakespeare and
He got cast in the Last Samurai (Warner Bros') as Tom
Cruisefs opponent, a memorable part in the film.
Particularly interesting is his scene with Tom Cruise and
Timothy Spall in the middle of the movie.
In Letters from Iwo Jima (Warner Brosf) produced by Steven
Spielberg, he was chosen by Clint Eastwood as one of the
main characters, Lieutenant Fujita, who is the right hand
man of General Kuribayashi played by Ken Watanabe. This film
won the Golden Globe Award as the best foreign language
film, the Academy Award for best sound editing, and the
National Board of Review Award for best picture and was
nominated for an Oscar as best picture, as well.
Hiroshi played the lead role in White on Rice directed by
Dave Boyle. The film was released in more than 30 major
theatre chains in the US, such as Regal Entertainment Group,
Edwards and AMC. White on Rice is a hilarious comedy. He
plays a leading man who recently got divorced and is looking
for love. Hiroshi hits every comedic beat with surgical
precision in the film. And the film has earned many awards
in major film festivals.