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Ken Watanabe, one of a handful of Japanese actors who has made it on the international stage, underwent surgery for stomach cancer.Watanabe, who has appeared in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" and "Inception," also starred in the reboot of "Godzilla" and "Letters From Iwo Jima," directed by Clint Eastwood, and lent his voice to the fourth installment of the Transformers franchise, "Transformers: Age of Extinction".He earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor in the Tom Cruise-led film "The Last Samurai". Watanabe took part in more light-hearted works too.Watanabe has long stressed his pride in being part of the legacy of Japanese films – a legacy he has helped create in a career spanning more than three decades, following predecessors like Toshiro Mifune and Tatsuya Nakadai, who acted in the films of Akira Kurosawa.
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