|Born||September 27, 1950|
|Other names||Cary Tagawa|
Russia (since 2016)
|Education||University of Southern California|
|Occupation(s)||Actor, film producer, martial artist|
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Japanese: 田川 洋行, Tagawa Hiroyuki; born September 27, 1950) is a Japanese-American actor, film producer, and martial artist.
Often cast as villains, he is known for his film roles in The Last Emperor (1987), the James Bond film Licence to Kill (1989), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), American Me (1992), Rising Sun (1993), The Phantom (1996), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Pearl Harbor (2001), Planet of the Apes (also 2001), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Tekken (2009), 47 Ronin (2013), Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge (2014), and Kubo and the Two Strings (2017). He starred as Trade Minister Nobusuke Tagomi on the Amazon Prime television series The Man in the High Castle (2015–2018) and Hiroki Watanabe on the Netflix series Lost in Space (2018–2021).
Tagawa is known for his role as the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in various works of the Mortal Kombat franchise: he first played the character in the 1995 film adaptation, and reprised it in 2013 for the television series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and in 2019 for the video game Mortal Kombat 11.
Tagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of Japanese Takarazuka actress Mariko Hata and a Japanese-American father who served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Hood, Texas. His mother tongues are English and Japanese but he also speaks some Korean and Spanish.
Tagawa was raised in various cities. His family finally settled in Southern California, where he began acting in high school while attending Duarte High School. He attended the University of Southern California and was an exchange student in Japan. He studied kendo and Shotokan karate under Masatoshi Nakayama at the Japan Karate Association.
His breakthrough as an actor came when he was cast as the Eunuch Chang in The Last Emperor (1987). In 1989, he played an undercover agent of the Hong Kong Narcotics Board in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. In 1991, he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida. He also starred alongside James Hong, Mako Iwamatsu and Jeff Speakman in the same year in the film The Perfect Weapon, where he played Kai, an assistant to the Korean mafia families.
In 1993, he starred as the wayward scion of a Japanese industrialist in Rising Sun, where Sean Connery, Wesley Snipes, and Harvey Keitel played detectives holding various viewpoints about the murder of a young woman that Tagawa's character was being framed for.
He appeared in the film Mortal Kombat (1995) as the sorcerer Shang Tsung; he reprised the role in the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy in 2013, and in the video game Mortal Kombat 11 in 2019. He also appeared as the deadly pirate leader Kabai Sengh in The Phantom (1996). Tagawa is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian-American men in Hollywood.
Tagawa played Heihachi Mishima in Tekken, the film adaptation of the video game franchise. In 2006, he provided the voice of Brushogun in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. He was in the film Johnny Tsunami (1999) and its sequel Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007). In between those two films, Tagawa played Attar's mentor Krull in Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes (2001).
He played Satoshi Takeda in Revenge, a powerful CEO in Japan and Emily Thorne's former mentor in her quest for revenge. In season 2, Tagawa took over the role from Hiroyuki Sanada, who was unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.
Tagawa also plays the role of Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in the 2013 film 47 Ronin.
In 2015, Tagawa was cast as one of the lead characters, Nobusuke Tagomi, the Trade Minister of the Pacific States of America in Amazon's The Man in the High Castle based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name. Also in November 2015, both he and Taimak (The Last Dragon) were honorees for the Fists of Legends Legacy Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo.
In 2013, Tagawa started working with Russian film actors Pyotr Mamonov and Ivan Okhlobystin.
In 2015, Tagawa converted to Eastern Orthodoxy, and in 2016, he acquired Russian citizenship. These are both results of the research he had done for his role in The Man In High Castle.
|1986||Big Trouble in Little China||Wing Kong Swordsman||Uncredited|
|1987||The Last Emperor||Chang|
|1988||Bulletproof||Thug In Flashback||Uncredited|
|1989||The Last Warrior||Imperial Marine|
|Licence to Kill||Kwang|
|Showdown in Little Tokyo||Funekei Yoshida|
|The Perfect Weapon||Kai|
|American Me||'El Japo'|
|1993||Rising Sun||Eddie Sakamura|
|1994||Natural Causes||Major Somchal|
|Mortal Kombat||Shang Tsung|
|Soldier Boyz||Vinh Moc|
|1996||White Tiger||Victor Chow|
|The Phantom||The Great Kabai Sengh|
|Danger Zone||Monsieur Chang|
|1997||Top of the World||Captain Hefter|
|Mortal Kombat: Annihilation||Shang Tsung||Archive footage|
|1999||Bridge of Dragons||General Ruechang|
|Snow Falling on Cedars||Zenhichi Miyamoto|
|2000||The Art of War||David Chan|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Commander Minoru Genda|
|Planet of the Apes||Krull|
|Memoirs of a Geisha||The Baron|
|2006||The Slanted Screen||Himself||Documentary film|
|Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo||Brushogon||Voice|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Mysterious Asian Man|
|Blizhniy Boy: The Ultimate Fighter||Alibek|
|2008||Lost Warrior: Left Behind||Detective Yoshide||Video|
|Bodyguard: A New Beginning||Kai|
|2009||By the Will of Chingis Khan||Bodyguard|
|Hachi: A Dog's Tale||Ken|
|The Tomb||Len Burris|
|2012||Black Cobra||Goro Tanaka||Video|
|2013||47 Ronin||Tokugawa Tsunayoshi|
|2014||Hype Nation 3D||Sammy Kata|
|Priest-San||Father Nikolai 'Takuro' Nakamura|
|Tekken 2: Kazuya's Revenge||Heihachi Mishima|
|Skin Trade||Senator Khat|
|The Man with the Iron Fists 2||The Mayor|
|2016||Showdown in Manila||Aldric Cole|
|Beyond the Game||Detective Yoshida|
|Kubo and the Two Strings||Hashi||Voice|
|2017||The Whole World at Our Feet||Khazar|
|Duel of Legends||Sting|
|2005||True Love & Mimosa Tea||Andreas Kanaka|
|The Sand Island Drive-In Anthem||Uncle C|
|2009||The Legend of Chang Apana||Chang Apana|
|2015||Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon||Genghis Khan|
|2016||Overwatch: Dragons||Narrator / Sojiro Shimada||Voice|
|1987||MacGyver||Asian Buyer||Episode: "Dalton, Jack of Spies"|
|The Colbys||Mr. Sung||Episode: "Devil's Advocate"|
|Star Trek: The Next Generation||Mandarin Bailiff||Episode: "Encounter at Farpoint"|
|1987–89||Miami Vice||Kenji Fujitsu, Tegoro||2 episodes|
|1988||Hotel||Inspector Chin||Episode: "Double Take"|
|1989||L.A. Takedown||Hugh Denny||Television film|
|Superboy||Detective Jed Slade||Episode: "Terror from the Blue"|
|Knots Landing||Mr. Toyo||Episode: "Giganticus II: The Revenge"|
|A Peaceable Kingdom||Coach||Episode: "Chimp"|
|Alien Nation||Yamato||Episode: "The First Cigar"|
|Mission: Impossible||Vang Kai||Episode: "Countdown"|
|1990||Jake and the Fatman||Raymond Char||Episode: "Chinatown, My Chinatown"|
|Hardball||Episode: "Wedding Bell Blues"|
|The Bakery||Kim Lee||Television film|
|Vestige of Honor||Thai Major|
|1991||Baywatch||Mason Sato||Episode: "War of Nerves"|
|Not of This World||Shikido||Television film|
|Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Shoji Hashimoto|
|1993–94||Space Rangers||Zylyn||6 episodes|
|1994||Day of Reckoning||Prakit||Television film|
|1995||Babylon 5||Morishi||Episode: "Convictions"|
|Thunder in Paradise 3||Mason Lee||Television film|
|1996||Cybill||Kenji||Episode: "Cybill and Maryann Go to Japan"|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Tai Wei Tse||Episode: "Sweet & Sour Victory"|
|1996–97||Nash Bridges||Lieutenant A.J. Shimamura||12 episodes|
|1997||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||King Young-Jin||Episode: "The Little Mermaid"|
|Raven: Return of the Black Dragon||Osato||Television film|
|Stargate SG-1||Turghan||Episode: "Emancipation"|
|1998||Poltergeist: The Legacy||Sam Tanaka||Episode: "The Internment"|
|Vengeance Unlimited||Aung Myint||Episode: "Ambition"|
|1999||Seven Days||Peter||Episode: "Walter"|
|Johnny Tsunami||Johnny Tsunami||Television film|
|2000||Walker, Texas Ranger||Master Ko||Episode: "Black Dragons"|
|2003||Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding||Mason Sato||Television film|
|2004||Hawaii||Captain Terry Harada|
|2005||Faith of My Fathers||Cat||Television film|
|2007||Heroes||The Swordsmith||2 episodes|
|Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board||Johnny Tsunami||Television film|
|2008||Ghost Voyage||The Steward|
|2009||Beyond the Break||Xander||2 episodes|
|2010||Hawaii Five-0||Hiro Noshimori||2 episodes|
|2012–13||Revenge||Satoshi Takeda||6 episodes|
|2014||Teen Wolf||Katashi / Silverfinger||Episode: "Silverfinger"|
|The Librarians||Mr. Drake||Episode: "And the Apple of Discord"|
|2015–2018||The Man in the High Castle||Nobusuke Tagomi||Main cast|
|2016||Grimm||Takeshi Himura||Episode: "Inugami"|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Sumo Kuma||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2017||Star Wars Rebels||Alrich Wren||Voice, 2 episodes|
|2018||Lost in Space||Hiroki Watanabe||5 episodes|
|2020||DuckTales||Akita||Voice, episode: "Astro B.O.Y.D.!" |
|2021||Star Wars: Visions||Valco||Voice, short film: The Village Bride: English language dub|
|2021||NCIS: Los Angeles||Craig Tanaka||Episode: "Fukushu"|
|2013||Mortal Kombat: Legacy||Shang Tsung||2 episodes|
|TBA||Blue Eye Samurai|
|1997||Soldier Boyz||Vinh Moc|
|2003||Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu||Sin Tzu|
|2016||World of Warcraft: Legion||Voice Over Cast|
|2019–20||Mortal Kombat 11||Shang Tsung||Voice and physical likeness; appears as downloadable content|
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- 1950 births
- American emigrants to Russia
- American male actors of Japanese descent
- American male film actors
- American male karateka
- American male television actors
- American male video game actors
- American male voice actors
- American film actors of Asian descent
- Converts to Eastern Orthodoxy
- Eastern Orthodox Christians from Japan
- Japanese emigrants to the United States
- Japanese emigrants to Russia
- Japanese male film actors
- Japanese male karateka
- Japanese male television actors
- Japanese male video game actors
- Japanese male voice actors
- Living people
- Male actors from Tokyo
- Russian Orthodox Christians from the United States
- Russian people of American descent
- Russian people of Japanese descent
- University of Southern California alumni
- People with acquired Russian citizenship
- Naturalised citizens of Russia