Masanobu Ando

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Masanobu Ando
Masanobu Ando 2011.jpg
Ando Masanobu, 2011
Native name 安藤 政信
Born (1975-05-19) May 19, 1975 (age 42)
Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Actor, Director
Known for Battle Royale

Masanobu Ando (安藤 政信?, Andō Masanobu, born May 19, 1975) is a Japanese actor.

He has appeared in films such as Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return, Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale, Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, and Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled.[1]


Ando's career took off after starring in Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return, which is one of Kitano's most successful films in Japan, with his role as Shinji, a highschool student who gave up school and continued into Boxing with his best friend.[2] He is most famous for his psychopath-killer role of Kazuo Kiriyama in Battle Royale, a 2000 blockbuster dystopia film, which managed to be one of the most famous blood and gore films of the decade.

He co-starred in Takashi Miike's Big Bang Love, Juvenile A with Ryuhei Matsuda.[3] He played a supporting role in Shinya Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective.[4]

He also appeared in Katsuhito Ishii's Smuggler.[5] He has taken part in Toronto Film Festival before, but his personality is very quiet and modest. In his spare time he likes photography and shopping.




  • My Friend's Lover (1997)
  • When the Saints Go Marching In (1998)
  • Blue Days (1998)
  • Seinen wa Kouya o Mezasu (1999)
  • Gakko no Kaidan: Haru no Noroi Special (2000)
  • Higashino Keigo Mysteries (2012)



  1. ^ Sato, Kuriko (March 27, 2009). "Midnight Eye interview: Masanobu Ando". Midnight Eye. 
  2. ^ Wood, David (October 23, 2000). "BBC – Films – review – Kids Return". BBC. 
  3. ^ Matthijs, Niels (January 25, 2012). "Review: 46-OKUNEN NO KOI (Personal Favorites #25)". Twitch Film. 
  4. ^ Schilling, Mark (January 12, 2007). "'Akuma Tantei' – The Japan Times". The Japan Times. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (September 20, 2011). "Smuggler – Variety". Variety. 
  6. ^ "Rotten Masanobu Ando". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 

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