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10 Facts To Kickstart Your Miyavi Obsession

Following his scene-stealing performance in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken, is everything you need to know about the Japanese rockstar-turned-actor.

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Unbroken marks the English-language debut performance of Takamasa Ishihara, better known outside the film industry as Japanese rock star Miyavi. His portrayal of sadistic Imperial Army Sergeant Mutsuhiro Watanabe has an incredible pull that is hard to miss, even in a film full of stellar performances.

So, beyond the fact that he makes a fantastic on-screen villain, what do you need to know about Miyavi?

1. He used to look like this.

So beautiful.
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So beautiful.

2. When his two children were born he decided to tone his look down.

Still so beautiful (just more subtle).
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Still so beautiful (just more subtle).

3. He still makes saucy videos though.

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4. His Instagram is adorable.

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Because who says you can't make saucy videos and still be a great dad?

5. Unbroken isn't his first film.

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Way back in 2003 he played a time-travelling version of himself in the Japanese film Oresama.

6. He spent 6 months in America in late 2006.

Everyone needs a good rock origin story, and in 2006, at the height of his Japanese fame he took off for America. He busked on Venice Beach in between taking English lessons and dance classes.
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Everyone needs a good rock origin story, and in 2006, at the height of his Japanese fame he took off for America. He busked on Venice Beach in between taking English lessons and dance classes.

7. He writes and composes for other artists.

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Most recently, he wrote the hit single Top Of The World for Japanese boy band superstars, SMAP.

8. He has a drummer named Bobo.

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Leaving aside the fact that Bobo is a great name for a drummer, the pair are super close. "He feels responsible for me. He tweets pics from our gigs on Twitter even faster than me – or my manager for that matter!" Miyavi told MTV81 after their FujiRock performance last year.

9. He's been in a few different bands.

He started his career as a member of visual kei band Dué le Quartz before going solo and eventually performing as part of super-group S.K.I.N. (For those unfamiliar with the concept of visual kei: enlighten yourself and set your inner goth free.)
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He started his career as a member of visual kei band Dué le Quartz before going solo and eventually performing as part of super-group S.K.I.N. (For those unfamiliar with the concept of visual kei: enlighten yourself and set your inner goth free.)

10. He has the best guitar face.

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Check out this performance on The Ellen Show before delving into his extensive back catalogue spanning the past 16 years.

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