Several years ago, few people outside of Japan had heard of Ken Watanabe. But when he walks into a swank Beverly Hills restaurant for breakfast now, people know who he is. True, they may not recognize the tall, lanky film star in his black sunglasses and casual clothes, but mention The Last Samurai (2003) or the recently released Memoirs of a Geisha and heads immediately nod with approval.

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