Former child movie actor who won the Japan Academy Award for Best Actor in 2006 for his role in Always - Sunset on Third Street.
His first and longest running roles both began in 1981 in Otoko wa Tsurai yo and Kita no Kuni kara.
He had a role in Dr. Koto Shinryojo, an award-winning television drama.
From 2002 to 2005, he was married to Yuki Uchida.
He is a Japanese born actor just like Inception actor Ken Watanabe.