10 Questions For Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe is becoming something of a patron saint of cinematic lost causes. In The Last Samurai , the Japanese actor played the title role as a doomed warrior with nothing left but his honor. He's at it again in his new film, this time as a World War II Japanese officer mounting a last stand against American troops in the critically acclaimed Letters From Iwo Jima . Watanabe, 47, spoke with Time's Michiko Toyama about his role, what it was like working with director Clint Eastwood, and the challenges of being true to the horrors of war.

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