Active since 1995, Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano rose to popularity for his roles in Acri, Last Life in the Universe and My Man, which earned him the Most Popular Performer award at the 1997 Japanese Academy Awards, the Upstream Prize for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice Film Festival and the award for Best Actor at the 36th Moscow International Film Festival respectively.
Thanks to his father, an actors' agent, he made his first appearance in the TV show Kinpachi Sensei when he was 16. In 1990, he debuted as Ushi in film Swimming Upstream (Bataashi Kingyo).
In March 1995, he and J-Pop idol Chara were married with two children, Sumire (born 1995) and Himi (born 1999). However, they ended their marriage in 2009.