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[West End]
West End Revival Prodution, 2018
The King of Siam

[Broadway]
Lincoln Center Theatre Broadway Revival, 2015
The King of Siam


Ken Watanabe Movies

MacArthur's Children
[ 1984 ] Tetsuo
Kekkon annai misuterî
[ 1985 ] Funayama Tetsuya, Makazu Sekine
Tampopo
[ 1985 ] Gun
The Sea and Poison
[ 1986 ] Toda
Chronicle of the Town Magistrate
[ 1987 ] Mochizuki Koheita
Bakumatsu jyunjyoden
[ 1991 ] Ryouma Sakamoto
Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald
[ 1997 ] Raita Onuki, Truck driver
Kizuna
[ 1998 ] Detective Sako Akio
Space Travelers
[ 2000 ] Sakamaki "Crusher"
The Whispered City
[ 2000 ] Ishida
Sennen no koi - Hikaru Genji monogatari
[ 2001 ] Fujiwara no Michinaga, Fujiwara no Nobutaka
Drowning Fish
[ 2001 ] Miyota
Dawn of a New Day: The Man Behind VHS
[ 2002 ] Okubo
Another Battle/Conspiracy
[ 2002 ] Fujimaki Hiroaki
The Last Samurai
[ 2003 ] Katsumoto
T.R.Y.
[ 2003 ] Manobu Azuma
Moonlight in Tokyo
[ 2005 ] Inspector
Memoirs of a Geisha
[ 2005 ] Chairman
Year One in the North
[ 2005 ] Hideaki Komatsubara
Batman Begins
[ 2005 ] Ra's Al Ghul
Letters from Iwo Jima
[ 2006 ] General Kuribayhi
Memories of Tomorrow
[ 2006 ] Mayuki Saeki
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
[ 2009 ] Mr. Tall
The Unbroken
[ 2009 ] Hajime Onchi
Inception
[ 2010 ] Saito
Shanghai
[ 2010 ] Tanaka
Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home
[ 2012 ] Shunichiro Yamaguchi
Unforgiven
[ 2013 ] Jubee kamata
Transformers: Age of Extinction
[ 2014 ] Drift
Godzilla
[ 2014 ] Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
The Sea of Trees
[ 2015 ] Takumi Nakamura
Rage
[ 2016 ] Yohei Maki
Transformers: The Last Knight
[ 2017 ] Drift
Bel Canto
[ 2018 ] Hosokawa
Isle of Dogs
[ 2018 ] Head Surgeon
The King and I
[ 2018 ] The King of Siam
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
[ 2019 ] Lieutenant Hide Yoshida
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
[ 2019 ] Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
Fukushima 50
[ 2020 ] Mao Yoshida

Ken Watanabe Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

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Everything Coming to Max This February

Max announces programming coming to the platform this February, including the debut of the twelfth and final season of HBO Original CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM (2/4). Check out the full list of everything coming to stream on Max in February!
TOKYO VICE Drama Series Returns to Max in February

Created and written by Tony Award winner J.T. Rogers, the series is loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein's first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. The series stars Golden Globe nominee Ansel Elgort, Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi, Rachel Keller, and more.
2023 Gotham Awards to Present Michael Mann's FERRARI with the Icon & Creator Tribute for Innovation

The Gotham Film & Media Institute announced that Ferrari, the emotional and thrilling dramatization of the life of legendary ex-racer, racecar manufacturer, and entrepreneur, directed and produced by Michael Mann, will receive the Icon & Creator Tribute for Innovation at the 33rd annual Gotham Awards Ceremony.
Interview: Peloton London Cycling Instructor Sam Yo on Bringing Broadway to the Bike

Peloton Studios London instructor and former West End performer Sam Yo has been bringing his unique energy and passion for musical theater to Peloton members since he joined the team as an instructor in 2019. For Peloton members familiar with Sam, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he was every bit as enthusiastic, genuine, and warm in this interview as he seems on the bike. On the heels of his special Andrew Lloyd Webber Peloton Broadway ride last week, I connected with Sam about inviting Peloton members back into the studio for the first time since 2020, some insider secrets on how he programs his Broadway rides, and how his background as an actor informs the immense presence he brings as an instructor.
HBO Max Renews Drama Series TOKYO VICE For A Second Season

Loosely inspired by American journalist Jake Adelstein's non-fiction, first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat, the crime drama series, filmed on location in Tokyo, captures Adelstein's (played by Ansel Elgort) daily descent into the neon-soaked underbelly of Tokyo in the late 90s, where nothing and no one is what or who they seem.
BWW Interview: Bartlett Sher Talks MY FAIR LADY at the London Coliseum

Bartlett Sher is a multi-award-winning director of productions including The Light in the Piazza and the recent revival of The King & I. Sher’s Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center production of My Fair Lady will transfer to the London Coliseum for a limited summer engagement in May 2022. We spoke with Sher about bringing the show to the West End.
VIDEO: On This Day, April 16- THE KING & I Returns to Broadway Starring Kelli O'Hara

On this day in 2015, Lincoln Center's lush revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King & I opened starring Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara. 
BWW Flashback: Getting to Know the Many Versions of THE KING AND I

Paramount Pictures will remake Rodgers & Hammerstein's classic musical, The King and I. Paramount reportedly intends to 'reimagine this classic story with a contemporary perspective that explores diversity and the contrasting worldviews of the characters by drawing from real history and the musical.' Before that happens, we're recapping the earlier versions!
Reimagined THE KING AND I Film Is in the Works

This news is something wonderful! Paramount Pictures will remake Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical, The King and I. Paramount reportedly intends to 'reimagine this classic story with a contemporary perspective that explores diversity and the contrasting worldviews of the characters by drawing from real history and the musical.'
VIDEO: EVERYBODY DANCE NOW! A Look Back at 'Shall We Dance?' From THE KING AND I

In this time of social distancing and remaining responsibly indoors, we are all looking for ways to brighten our days and get moving any way we can! In the spirit of celebrating theater and providing motivation to get up and get shakin', we're taking a look back and paying tribute to some of the greatest dance numbers in musical theater history!
R&H Movie Night Returns With Lincoln Center Theater's THE KING AND I Starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe

R&H Movie Night returns on Friday, May 8th at 8PM ET with a live viewing party of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, starring Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara (Anna Leonowens), Ken Watanabe (The King),Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles (Lady Thiang), Dean John-Wilson (Lun Tha) and Na-Young Jeon (Tuptim).
BWW Exclusive: The 101 Greatest Musical Theatre Characters (1940-2020)

BWW Reviewer Peter Nason chooses the best musical theatre characters from 1940-2020; see if your favorites are on our list of the best characters from Broadway musicals.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at Olney Theatre Center is Toe Tapping Terrific!

It's great there is a family-friendly musical ready for the holidays.
A CHORUS LINE at the Signature Theatre - Dance: 10, Looks, 10, Show: 10 !!!!!!!

Do not miss this superb rendition of a classic musical.
Michael Mann Will Direct TOKYO VICE Pilot

Deadline reports that director Michael Mann will helm HBO Max's upcoming pilot, 'Tokyo Vice.'
Wake Up With BWW 9/11: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker in PLAZA SUITE, and More!

Today's top stories: Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will lead Plaza Suite on Broadway, and more!
Great Performances on PBS Announces 'Broadway's Best' Lineup Featuring 42ND STREET, THE KING AND I, KINKY BOOTS

Great Performances returns with its third annual a?oeBroadway's Besta?? lineup of acclaimed theatrical productions, premiering Fridays, November 1-29 at 9 p.m. on PBS(check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. This fall's lineup spotlights musicals, comedy and drama: a?oe42nd Street,a?? the Broadway fable of a star-struck chorus girl dreaming of her big break; a?oeRodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I,a?? Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning revival of the beloved musical classic starring Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe; a?oeKinky Boots,a?? the Broadway blockbuster featuring music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and a book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein; a?oeReda?? the Tony Award-winning drama starring Alfred Molina as painter Mark Rothko; and Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon's modern interpretation of a?oeMuch Ado About Nothing,a?? the first Public Theater production recorded live at Free Shakespeare in the Park by Great Performances in over four decades.
Ashley Park To Co-Star in the Paramount Network Series EMILY IN PARIS

Ashley Park has been announced as the co-star, opposite Lily Collins, in Paramount Network's half-hour dramedy, Emily in Paris, according to Deadline.  The series hails from Younger and Sex and the City creator Darren Star.
Theatre You Can Experience From The Comfort of Your TV!

This has been one of the hottest summers on record, but don't let the rising temperatures get you down! BroadwayWorld is here to remind you of some amazing musicals and plays that you can watch from the comfort of your couch (with the AC blasting)! From Netflix to BroadwayHD to On Demand, there's an option for everyone!
BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara Whistles Her Way into Japan in THE KING & I

'If you have seen the technicolor movie, or a past version of the stage production, you will be pleased to notice that the compassionate director, Bartlett Sher, has removed all the old stereotypes and racism from this revival. You don't feel like the story is mocking any culture, or even making commentary at all. It's stripped down to the common themes we all experience as humans...'

Ken Watanabe FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Ken Watanabe been in?

Ken Watanabe has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Ken Watanabe been in?

Ken Watanabe has appeared on London's West End in 1 shows.

What was Ken Watanabe's first West End show?

Ken Watanabe's first West End show was The King and I which opened in 2018

What awards has Ken Watanabe been nominated for?

Ken Watanabe has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his role in The King and I.

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