Hiroyuki Sanada

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In this Japanese name, the family name is "Sanada".
Hiroyuki Sanada
Hiroyuki Sanada 2013 (cropped).jpg
Sanada in October 2013
Native name 真田 広之
Born Hiroyuki Shimosawa
(1960-10-12) October 12, 1960 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s) Satomi Tezuka (1990–1997; 2 children)

Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE (真田 広之 Sanada Hiroyuki?, born Hiroyuki Shimosawa (下澤 廣之 Shimosawa Hiroyuki?) on October 12, 1960) is a Japanese actor.

Life and career[edit]

Sanada was born in Tokyo. Originally aiming to be an action star, starting with Shorinji Kempo, he eventually took up Kyokushin kaikan.[1] Sanada began training at the age of 11 with actor and martial arts star Sonny Chiba's Japan Action Club, where he developed good all-round martial arts ability, and soon became Chiba's protégé. Sanada's martial arts film career led him in contact with Michelle Yeoh, whom he later starred with in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. He has a long-standing friendship with Jackie Chan, although he did not star in a film with him before Rush Hour 3 in 2007. Sanada was often credited, in his younger days, as either Henry, Harry or Duke Sanada.

Sanada has established himself as a character actor who is adept at playing a variety of roles. He was first noticed as a serious actor in the movie Mahjong Hourouki directed by Makoto Wada. Since then he has acted in every one of Wada's movies — works filled with humor and a nostalgic attachment for classic films.

In 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production of King Lear, which earned him an honorary MBE in 2002. Many media reports erroneously stated that Sanada received the honorary MBE for being the first Japanese actor to perform with the RSC. This is not correct as Japanese actor Togo Igawa had performed with the RSC in 1985 and joined as a RSC member in 1986.[2] Rather, Sanada received his honorary MBE award for his "contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production."[3]

Some of Sanada's more famous movies are Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai), Ring, Kaitō Ruby, and The Last Samurai. Sanada played Matsuda, the Japanese imperialist who befriends Ralph Fiennes' character in the 2005 film The White Countess, directed by James Ivory. He made an appearance in the Chinese film The Promise directed by Chen Kaige. Sanada has been seen in Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and starred in 2007's The City of Your Final Destination, another James Ivory film, where he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins's character.

Sanada joined the cast of the ABC show Lost in 2010 during its sixth and final season. He portrayed Dogen, a high-ranking member of "The Others."[4] In March 2011 he was named to the Keanu Reeves–lead cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title (Japanese/English) Role
1974 Chokugeki Jigokuhen – (Executioner/Direct Hit/Hell Fist)
1978 Uchu kara no Messeji – (Message from Space/Message from Space: Galactic War)
Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo – (Yagyu Clan Conspiracy)
1979 Sanada Yukimura no Boryaku – (Renegade Ninjas/Death of the Shogun/The Shogun Assassins)
Sengoku Jieitai – (minor role in G.I. Samurai/Time Slip)
1980 Bugeicho-Momochi Sandayu – (Shogun's Ninja)
Tonda Kappuru – (The Terrible Couple)
1981 Hoero! Takken – (Roaring Fire)
Moeru Yusha – (Burning Brave)
Bokensha Kamikaze
Samurai Reincarnation – (Makai Tensho)
Uchu kara no Messeji – (Swords of the Space Ark/Message from Outer Space)
1982 Kamata Koshinkyoku – (Fall Guy)
Dotonboringawa – (Lovers Lost)
Iga Ninpocho – (Ninja Wars/Black Magic Wars/Iga Magic Story)
Long Zhi Ren Zhe – (Ninja in the Dragon's Den)
1983 Satomi Hakkenden – (Legend of the Eight Samurai)
Iga No Kabamaru
1984 Mahjong Horoki – (Mahjong Vagrant Life)
1984 Kotaro Makaritoru – (There Goes Kotaro)
Irodori-gawa – (The Street of Desire)
1985 Kamui no Ken – (Blade of Kamui/Dagger of Kamui/Revenge of the Ninja Warrior)
1986 Wong Ga Jin Si – (Royal Warriors)
Kataku no Hito – (Man of Desire)
Inujini seshi mono – (One Who Died in Vain)
1987 Hissatsu 4: Urami Harashimasu – (Sure Fire Death 4: We Will Avenge You)
1988 Kaito Ruby – (Funny Robber Ruby)
Wong ga Jin si – (Royal Warriors/Line of Duty/Police Assassins/Ultra Force)
1989 Dotchi ni Suruno – (Which Do You Choose)
1990 Byoin e Iko – (Let's Go To the Hospital)
Tsugumi
Rimeinzu - Utsukushiki Yushatachi – (Remains: Beautiful Heroes/Yellow Fangs)
1992 Keisho Sakazuki – (Succession Sake-saucer)
Byoin e Iko 2 – (Let's Go To the Hospital 2)
1993 Nemuranai Machi: Shinjuku Same – (Sleepless City – Shinjuku Shark) Detective Same
Bokura wa Minna Ikiteiru – (We Are Not Alone/Made in Japan)
1994 Hero Interview Jinta Todoroki
Kowagaru Hitobito – (Uneasy Encounters)
Chushingura Gaiden – Yotsuya Kaidan (Crest of Betrayal) Takuminokami Asano
1995 Sharaku Tonbo
Kikyu Yobidashi – (Emergency Doctor/Emergency Call) Hideyuki Harada
East Meets West Kamijo Kenkichi
Sigaw ng Puso - (Shout of the Heart)
1998 Tadon to Chikuwa – (Charcoal and Fishcake)
Rasen – (The Spiral) Ryûji Takayama
Ring Ryûji Takayama
D-Zaka no Satsujin Jiken – (D-Slope Murder Case)
1999 Ring 2 Ryûji Takayama
2000 Hatsukoi – (First Love) Shinichirô Fujiki
2001 Minna no lye – (All About Our House) Bartender
Onmyoji – (Yin Yang Master) Douson
Mayonaka made – (Round About Midnight) Koji
2002 Tasogare Seibei – (The Twilight Samurai) Seibei Iguchi
Sukedachiya Sukeroku – (Vengeance for Sale) Sukeroku Sukedachiya
2003 The Last Samurai Ujio
2005 The White Countess Matsuda
Bokoku no Aegis – (Aimless Aegis) Hisashi Sengoku
Wuji – (The Promise) General Guangming
2007 Rush Hour 3 Kenji
The City of Your Final Destination Pete
Sunshine Kaneda
2008 Speed Racer Mr. Musha
2013 The Wolverine Shingen
47 Ronin Ôishi
The Railway Man Takeshi Nagase
2015 Minions Sumo Villain (voice)
Mr. Holmes Tamiki Umezaki

Television[edit]

Year Title (Japanese/English) Role Notes
1978 Yagyu Clan Conspiracy
Abarenbo Shogun
Seven Detectives
1979 Uchu Kara no Messeji: Ginga Taisen – (Message from Space: Galactic Battle)
1980 Yagyu Abare Tabi
1981 Kage no Gundan II – (Shadow Warriors II)
1982 Kage no Gundan III – (Shadow Warriors III)
Yagyu Jube Abare Tabi
1984 Sabarashiki Sakasu Yaro
Chodenshi Bioman – (Super Electronic Bioman) (TV series)
1985 Kage no Gundan IV – (Shadow Warriors IV) (TV series)
And Then, War is Over
Ninja Akakage
1987 Dokuganryu Masamune – (One-Eyed Dragon Masamune) Matsudaira Tadateru (TV series)
Sweet Memories
Dokyusei wa 13 sai
Ore to Aneki – (Me and Sister)
1988 Tokugawa Ieyasu/Ieyasu Tokunaga
NY Love Story
I Love You So Much
1989 Sakamoto Ryoma
Oda Nobunaga (TV movie)
1990 Shingo Juban Shobu
1991 Taiheiki
1992 Seiteki Mokushi Roku
Shimizu Jirocho
1993 Koko Kyoshi – (High School Teacher) Takao Hamura (TV series)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
1994 The Reason I Owed to Her
1995 Abe Ichizoku – (Abe Clan) (TV movie)
Seiya no Kiseki – (Miracles in the Holy Night)
1996 Hideyoshi
1997 Kon'na Koi no Hanashi – (The Story of Love) Shuichiro Harashima (TV movie)
Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho Hanshichi (TV series)
1998 Tabuloido - (Tabloid) Toshihito Manabe (TV series)
Sono Otoko no Kyofu – (That Man's Fear)
1999 Furuhata Ninzaburō
Summer of Detectives
Kujira o Mita hi
2001 Hikon Kazoku – (Unmarried Family) Yousuke Matoba (TV series)
2004 Locked-in Shokogun – (Locked-in Syndrome)
2010 Lost Dogen (TV series)
2011 Revenge Satoshi Takeda (TV series)
2014 Helix Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (TV series)
Extant Hideki Yasumoto (TV series)

Theater[edit]

Year Title (Japanese/English) Role
1978 Yagyu Clan Conspiracy
1981 Yagyu Jube
1984 Yukai na Kaizoku Daiboken
1985 Tenshu Story
1986 Stuntman Story
Romeo and Juliet
1987 Little Shop of Horrors
1988 Big River
1989 Broadway Bound
1993 Moonlit Club
1994 Paper Moon
1998 Hamlet
1999 King Lear
2000 Okepi! – (The Orchestra Pit)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kungfu Magazine: E-Zine Feature Article. Ezine.kungfumagazine.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  2. ^ "Togo Igawa's biography". 
  3. ^ "Japanese actor gets British award for Shakespeare performance". September 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hiroyuki Sanada to appear in final season of 'Lost'". Japan Today. October 19, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". japan-zone.com. March 2, 2011. 

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