Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano is frequently compared to American actor Johnny Depp for both his ultra-hip, youthful good looks and unyielding affinity for off-kilter performances; his career also mirrors that of his American counterpart, in that he has found marked success in mainstream Japanese cinema in addition to the sometimes outrageous independent films on which his reputation was founded. Possessing the kind of detached cool that seems to stem more from simple confidence than over-inflated ego or condescending arrogance, the aspiring rocker-cum-actor is edging ever closer to mainstream acceptance in Asian cinema — a prospect that seems especially jarring to the increasingly busy actor.
With a father who eschewed salaryman status to live the life of an artist, and an equally unconventional Japanese-American mother who could often be spotted listening to Led Zeppelin while clad in the latest in thrift-store chic, the fair-skinned Yokohama native was frequently taunted by… read more
taste of tea is great. i haven't seen mongol yet, but i've seen him in other movies. i like the underlying humor he brings to all his roles. like he's a laid back surfer guy underneath. that unspoken calm like bruce willis, the humor and the looks are of course what have given him the name 'the johnny depp of japan'.