Japanese actor who gained international success after appearing in the 1996 film, Shall We Dance? He also played Nobu in the 2005 film, Memoirs of a Geisha.
He worked at the Chiyoda municipal ward office in Tokyo after he graduated from Nagasaki Prefectural High School of Technology in 1974.
He made his directorial debut with the 2009 film, Toad's Oil.
He married Saeko Kawatsu in 1982.
His film, Shall We Dance?, was remade into an American film starring Richard Gere.