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Tadanobu Asano

Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信 Asano Tadanobu) is a Japanese actor, director, and composer. Because his father was an actor's agent, he began acting early on in his life, making his debut in the Japanese television program Kinpachi-Sensei in 1988. In 1995 he met J-pop idol Chara while filming Picnic and eventually got married. The two of them are still together and have two children - son Himi and daughter Sumile. Aside from his film career he has also directed commercials for his wife and fronts the band Mach 1.67 alongside director Sogo Ishii.

Asano's understated approach to acting may be more suited to western audiences than to the Japanese, who generally gravitate towards the extreme exertions of actors like Riki Takeuchi and Sonny Chiba in action-oriented film roles. While Asano has recently gained more popularity in the west through his involvement in several widely-distributed films such as Ichi the Killer and Last Life in the Universe, it wouldn't be an overstatement to say he may be more famous in Japan for his distinctive looks, his work in television commercials, and simply for being Chara's husband.


  • Name: Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信 Asano Tadanobu)
  • Birth date: November 27, 1973
  • Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 5' 9" (179cm)
  • Hobbies: Driving, swimming, illustration, karate, motorcycles, playing the guitar, horseback riding


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