David Sakurai

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David Sakurai
David Sakurai.jpg
David Sakurai on Jesper Skoubølling's photo
Born (1979-07-19) 19 July 1979 (age 39)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Nationality Japanese-Danish
Occupation actor, director, scriptwriter, martial artist
Years active 2006–present

David Sakurai (Copenhagen, 19 July 1979) is a Japanese-Danish actor, director, scriptwriter and martial artist.

Biography[edit]

Born in Copenhagen to a Japanese father and a Danish mother and raised in Frederiksværk, Sakurai has a brother named Kristoffer, who is a former dancer.[1] He was interested in film-making from a young age and at the age of 18 moved to Japan, where he also learned acting. He played smaller roles in theatre and in indie films, like Tokyo G.P. in 2001 and Scarlet Runaway in 2005.[2][3]

He returned to Denmark in 2008,[4] mainly because he wanted to work with talented new directors and in his native tongue.[5] Here he continued training under the Danish Actors' Association. He played one of his first leading roles in Eastern Army.[4] He worked with Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Van Zandt and Hans Petter Moland, among others.[6]

In 2012 he starred in Hungarian dark romantic comedy Liza, the Fox-Fairy, which won the Grand Prize at Portuguese film festival Fantasporto in 2015.[7][8]

He has trained in Wing Chun and Muay Thai, among other martial art styles.[2]

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.[9]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2006 Skyggen af tvivl (short film) - Lars
  • 2007 Fighter - fighter
  • 2009 No Right Turn - waiter
  • 2010 Tour de Force - Hiru
  • 2010 Wasteland Tales[10] - stranger
    "Eastern Army"
    "I Barbari Dei Cph" (scriptwriter, producer)
  • 2010 Tony Venganza - Shiba
  • 2011 Hapa (short film) - "self"; (scriptwriter, director, producer)[11]
  • 2011 Shaky González/The Last Demon Slayer - Jiro (martial arts choreography)
  • 2012 Emma (short film, Supernatural Tales video) - Bastian
  • 2012 Ud af mørket - Johnny; (scriptwriter, director, producer)[12]
  • 2012 Hitman: Absolution (video game) - several characters
  • 2012–2014 Lilyhammer (Norwegian television series) - Tensing
  • 2013 Detektiverne (Danish youth thriller[13]) - Sony Kazu
  • 2014 Kraftidioten - Kinamann
  • 2014 Echoes of a Ronin (short film) - Shin; (scriptwriter, producer)
  • 2014 Dark Samurai - Miyamoto
  • 2015 Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Hungarian dark romantic comedy) - Tomy Tani
  • 2017 Iron Fist - Scythe
  • 2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Krall

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Sakurai" (in Danish). danskefilm.dk. Retrieved 2015-02-06.
  2. ^ a b "David Sakurai". os-productions.jp. 2008-09-24. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  3. ^ a b "Interview med skuespiller David Sakurai" (in Danish). Kulturkapellet. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  4. ^ a b "David Sakurai Interview (Part 1): Through Darkness, Last Demon Slayer, Eastern Army & Dark Samurai". Asians on Film. 2012-09-06. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  5. ^ "David Sakurai Interview (Part 2): Liza, the Fox-Fairy". Asians on Film. 2012-09-10. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  6. ^ David Sakurai's email at OTRS, 2015-03-15
  7. ^ "Nemzetközi fődíjat nyert a Liza, a rókatündér" (in Hungarian). HVG. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  8. ^ "Fantasporto crowns Liza, the Fox-Fairy". Cineuropa. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  9. ^ "Interjú: David Sakurai (Liza, a rókatündér) + VIDEÓ" (in Hungarian and English). homemadeasia.hu. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  10. ^ "Wasteland Tales". Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  11. ^ a b "Festivalens prisvindere". Nordisk Film Festival. 2011-11-06.
  12. ^ "Through Darkness / Ud af mørket". Danish Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  13. ^ "Detektiverne" (in Danish). sjovforborn.dk. 2014-04-10.
  14. ^ Christopher Webster (2010-01-06). "Trailer for post apocalyptic actioner EASTERN ARMY". quietearth.us. Retrieved 2015-03-16.
  15. ^ Catherine Lee (2010-08-03). "David Sakurai tildelt "Breakout Action Star" pris ved AOF Film Festival" (in English and Danish). get2press.dk. Retrieved 2015-03-16.

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