1. He is known for his roles as Dragon Eye Morrison in Electric Dragon 80.000 V, Kakihara in Ichi the Killer, Mamoru Arita in Bright Future, Hattori Genosuke in Zatoichi, Kenji in Last Life in the Universe, A man in Survive Style 5+, Ayano in The Taste of Tea, Temujin in Mongol, Captain Yugi Nagata in Battleship, Lord Kira Yoshinaka in the 47 Ronin, and Hogun in Thor, based on the Marvel Comics character.
2. Asano was born in the Honmoku area who is a musician and a partner in Anore Inc., a talent agency Asano and their father Yukihisa Satō founded.
3. His best known works internationally are the samurai films Gohatto , as well as the critically acclaimed Bright Future.
4. He appeared as the lead actor in Last Life in the Universe by Thai director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang and starred in a follow-up film by Pen-Ek, Invisible Waves, in 2006.
5. They were married in March 1995 and Chara became pregnant with their first child, Sumire, who was born on July 4. In 1999, they also had a son.
6. In July 2009, Chara announced on her website that the couple would be getting an amicable divorce.
7. He won the Most Popular Performer award at the 1997 Japanese Academy Awards for Acri and was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category in 2004 for his performance in Zatôichi.
8. He also received the Upstream Prize for Best Actor at the 2003 Venice Film Festival for his role in Last Life in the Universe.