Highly recognized Japanese celeb who broke to international audiences for his role in Shall We Dance? He later on made an appearance in 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Loss of life of the Samurai. Was influenced to be an acting professional after viewing the stage creation of Maxim Gorky’s THE LOW Depths. He produced a dance trend in Japan following the release from the 1996 major strike film, Shall We Dance? Wedded wife, Saeko Kawatsu, in 1982 His film, Shall We Dance?, influenced an American remake starring Jennifer Lopez.