Hiroyuki Sanada

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Hiroyuki Sanada

真田 広之
Hiroyuki Sanada 2013 (cropped).jpg
Sanada in October 2013
Born
Hiroyuki Shimosawa

(1960-10-12) October 12, 1960 (age 60)
Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
NationalityJapanese
OccupationActor
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Satomi Tezuka (1990–1997)
Children2
Japanese name
Kanji真田 広之
Hiraganaさなだ ひろゆき
Katakanaサナダ ヒロユキ
Japanese name
Kanji下澤 廣之
Hiraganaしもさわ ひろゆき
Katakanaシモサワ ヒロユキ

Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE (真田 広之, Sanada Hiroyuki, born Hiroyuki Shimosawa (下澤 廣之, Shimosawa Hiroyuki); 12 October 1960),[1] is a Japanese actor. In Asia, he is most famous for his role in Kirito No Séngyo as the 'Immortal', and Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai) and his role as 'The Fool' in the Shakespeare play King Lear gave him notable theatrical notice in the UK. Sanada is also known as a recording artist in Japan. He also is a stage actor, working in Japanese and British plays and theatre.

He made his first major Hollywood appearance portraying Ujio in 2003's The Last Samurai, later also appearing in 2013's The Wolverine and 47 Ronin. Additionally, he is set to portray the Mortal Kombat character Scorpion in the 2021 reboot film of the same name.[2][3]

Life and career[edit]

Sanada was born in Tokyo. Originally planning to be an action star, he studied Shorinji Kempo and later took up Kyokushin kaikan karate.[4] 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 introduced him to Michelle Yeoh, with whom he co-starred in Royal Warriors, and then later in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. He has a long-standing friendship with Jackie Chan. Outside of Japan, Sanada was often credited in his younger days as Henry Sanada, Harry Sanada, or Duke Sanada.

Sanada received a Bachelor of Arts from Nihon University. From 1980 to 1991, Sanada released a series of albums and singles in Japan as a singer; several of these were tied to films, TV shows, or stage productions he was starring in. In 2010 and 2011, compilations were released covering his songs for movies and pop hits respectively.

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 Wada's movies — works filled with humor and a nostalgia for classic films.

In 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) 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; Japanese actor Togo Igawa performed with the RSC in 1985 and joined them in 1986.[5] Sanada received his honorary MBE for his "contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production."[6]

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 Todd Jackson) in the 2005 film The White Countess directed by James Ivory. He starred in the Chinese film The Promise directed by Chen Kaige as General Guangming. Sanada has appeared in Rush Hour 3 in 2007 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, and in The City of Your Final Destination in 2009 in which he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins' character Adam Gund.

Sanada joined the cast of the ABC TV series Lost in 2010 during its sixth and final season. He portrayed Dogen, a high-ranking member of "The Others".[7] In 2013, he appears in 47 Ronin (the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge) alongside Keanu Reeves,[8] and as Shingen Yashida in The Wolverine opposite Hugh Jackman.[9]

Sanada was a guest star as Takehaya, a former Japanese Navy officer and legendary pirate captain in post-plague Asia, in the apocalyptic drama series The Last Ship.[10] He also starred in the 2017 movie Life with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds, and played the minor role of Akihiko in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. In August 2019, Sanada was cast in the Mortal Kombat reboot as Scorpion.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
1966 Game of Chance
(浪曲子守唄)
Kenichi Endō Ryūichi Takamori
(鷹森立一)
1967 Game of Chance 2
(続 浪曲子守唄)
Kenichi Endō Ryūichi Takamori
(鷹森立一)
Game of Chance 3: Lullaby for My Son
(出世子守唄)
Kenichi Endō Ryūichi Takamori
(鷹森立一)
1969 Abashiri Prison: Drifter at the Edge of the World
(新網走番外地 さいはての流れ者)
Shōichi Teruo Ishii
(石井輝男)
1970 Legacy of Honor
(遊侠列伝)
Ichiro Kawamata Shigehiro Ozawa
(小沢 茂弘)
[12]
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7
(昭和残侠伝 死んで貰います)
Yasuo Hanada Masahiro Makino
(マキノ雅弘)
1974 The Executioner
(直撃! 地獄拳)
Young Ryūichi Kōga Teruo Ishii
(石井輝男)
1978 Shogun's Samurai
(柳生一族の陰謀)
Hayate Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Message from Space
(宇宙からのメッセージ)
Shirō Hongō Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
1979 Sanada Yukimura no Bōryaku
(真田幸村の謀略)
Isa Nyūdō Miyoshi Sadao Nakajima
(中島貞夫)
G.I. Samurai
(戦国自衛隊)
Takeda Katsuyori Kōsei Saitō
(斎藤光正)
Tonda Couple
(翔んだカップル)
Hoshida Shinji Sōmai
(相米慎二)
Shogun's Ninja
(忍者武芸帖 百地三太夫)
Takamaru Momochi Norifumi Suzuki
(鈴木則文)
1981 Samurai Reincarnation
(魔界転生)
Iga no Kirimaru Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Roaring Fire
(吼えろ鉄拳)
Jōji Hibiki/Tōru Hinohara Norifumi Suzuki
(鈴木則文)
The Kamikaze Adventurer
(冒険者カミカゼ -ADVENTURER KAMIKAZE-)
Akira Hoshino Ryūichi Takamori
(鷹森立一)
The Blazing Valiant
(燃える勇者)
Joe Toru Dobashi
(土橋亨)
1982 Lovers Lost
(道頓堀川)
Kunihiko Yasuoka Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Ninja in the Dragon's Den
(Chinese: 龍之忍者)
Genbu Corey Yuen
(Chinese: 元奎)
Hong Kong film
Fall Guy
(蒲田行進曲)
Himself Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Cameo
Ninja Wars
(伊賀忍法帖)
Jōtarō Kōsei Saitō
(斎藤光正)
1983 Kabamaru the Ninja
(伊賀野カバ丸)
Shizune Mejiro Norifumi Suzuki
(鈴木則文)
Legend of the Eight Samurai
(里見八犬伝)
Shinbei Inue Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
1984 The Street of Desire
(彩り河)
Jōji Tanaka Haruhiko Mimura
(三村晴彦)
Kōtarō Makaritōru!
(コータローまかりとおる!)
Tatsuya Yoshioka Norifumi Suzuki
(鈴木則文)
Mahjong hōrōki
(麻雀放浪記)
Tetsu Bōya Makoto Wada
(和田誠)
1985 The Dagger of Kamui
(カムイの剣)
Jiro Rintaro
(りんたろう)
Voice
1986 House on Fire
(火宅の人)
Chūya Nakahara Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Inuji ni Seshi Mono
(犬死にせしもの)
Shigesa Kazuyuki Izutsu
(井筒和幸)
Cabaret
(キャバレー)
Tanokura Haruki Kadokawa
(角川春樹)
In the Line of Duty: Royal Warriors
(Chinese: 皇家戰士)
Kenji "Peter" Yamamoto David Chung Hong Kong film
1987 Sure Death 4: Revenge
(必殺IV 恨みはらします)
Ukyōnosuke Okuda Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
1988 Kaitō Ruby
(快盗ルビイ)
Tōru Hayashi Makoto Wada
(和田誠)
1989 Who Do I Choose?
(どっちにするの。)
Jun Yamamoto Shusuke Kaneko
(金子修介)
1990 Yellow Fangs
(リメインズ_美しき勇者たち)
Eiji Sonny Chiba
(千葉真一)
Let's Go to the Hospital
(病院へ行こう)
Kōhei Shintani Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
Tugumi
(つぐみ)
Kyōichi Jun Ichikawa
(市川準)
1992 Succession
(継承盃)
Masakazu Yoshinari Kazuki Ōmori
(大森一樹)
Let's Go to the Hospital 2
(病は気から 病院へ行こう2)
Ichirō Katakura Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
1993 We Are Not Alone
(僕らはみんな生きている)
Keiichi Takahashi Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
Nemuranai Machi: Shinjuku Same
(眠らない街 新宿鮫)
Takashi Samejima Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
1994 Uneasy Encounters
(怖がる人々)
Man Makoto Wada
(和田誠)
Episode 1
Hero Interview
(ヒーローインタビュー)
Jinta Todoroki Michio Mitsuno
(光野道夫)
Crest of Betrayal
(忠臣蔵外伝 四谷怪談)
Takumi-no-kami Asano Kinji Fukasaku
(深作欣二)
Special appearance
119
(119)
Headquarters member Naoto Takenaka
(竹中直人)
1995 Sharaku
(写楽)
Tonbo Masahiro Shinoda
(篠田正浩)
East Meets West Kenkichi Kamijō Kihachi Okamoto
(岡本喜八)
Emergency Call
(緊急呼出し エマージェンシー・コール)
Hideyuki Harada Kazuki Ōmori
(大森一樹)
1998 Ring
(リング)
Ryūji Takayama Hideo Nakata
(中田秀夫)
Spiral
(らせん)
Ryūji Takayama George Iida
(飯田譲治)
Murder on D Street
(D坂の殺人事件)
Seiichirō Fukiya Akio Jissoji
(実相寺昭雄)
Tadon to Chikuwa
(たどんとちくわ)
Asami Jun Ichikawa
(市川準)
1999 Ring 2
(リング2)
Ryūji Takayama Hideo Nakata
(中田秀夫)
Special appearance
2000 First Love
(はつ恋)
Shinichirō Fujiki Tetsuo Shinohara
(篠原哲雄)
2001 Minna no Ie
(みんなのいえ)
Bartender Kōki Mitani
(三谷幸喜)
Round About Midnight
(真夜中まで)
Kōji Moriyama Makoto Wada
(和田誠)
Onmyōji
(陰陽師)
Dōson Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
2002 Vengeance for Sale
(助太刀屋助六)
Sukeroku Sukedachiya Kihachi Okamoto
The Twilight Samurai
(たそがれ清兵衛)
Seibei Iguchi Yoji Yamada
(山田洋次)
2003 The Last Samurai Ujio Edward Zwick
2005 Aegis
(亡国のイージス)
Hisashi Sengoku Junji Sakamoto
The White Countess Matsuda James Ivory
The Promise
(Chinese: 無極)
General Guangming Chen Kaige Chinese film
2007 Sunshine Kaneda Danny Boyle
Rush Hour 3 Kenji Brett Ratner
2008 Speed Racer Mr. Musha The Wachowskis
2009 The City of Your Final Destination Pete James Ivory
2012 Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer
(天地明察)
Narrator Yōjirō Takita
(滝田洋二郎)
2013 The Wolverine Shingen Yashida James Mangold
The Railway Man Takashi Nagase Jonathan Teplitzky
47 Ronin Ōishi Yoshio Carl Rinsch
2015 Mr. Holmes Tamiki Umezaki Bill Condon
Minions Dumo the Sumo Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda Voice
2017 Life Sho Murakami Daniel Espinosa
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Kawabata Ben Lewin
2019 Avengers: Endgame Akihiko Russo brothers
2020 Minamata Mitsuo Yamazaki Andrew Levitas
TBA Mortal Kombat Scorpion Simon McQuoid Post-production
TBA Army of the Dead Hunter Bly Zack Snyder Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1966 Freezing Point
JNR Inspector No. 36
1967 Special Tactical Police
1968 Ahirugaoka 77 Tahei Danno
1970 Mito Kōmon Kanta
Key Hunter
1975 The Gorilla Seven
1977 J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai Katsuya Nakayama
Shinkansen Kōankan Yasuo
1978 Message from Space: Galactic Wars Hayato Gen/Maboroshi
The Yagyu Conspiracy Hyōma Hattori
Seven Detectives
1979 The Unfettered Shogun Otome Moroki
1980 Roar! Doberman Cop Hiroshi Sawaki
Yagyu Abaretabi Matahei
1981 Shadow Warriors II Hayate Kozō
1982 Shadow Warriors III Sasuke
Yagyu Jubei Abaretabi Matahei
1984 Wonderful Circus Guy Tsuyoshi Satomi TV film
Chōdenshi Bioman Ken Hayase Special guest
1985 Shadow Warriors IV Katsu Rintarō
And Then the War is Over Tetsutarō Suzuki TV film
Kamen no Ninja Akakage Genji TV film
Shadow Warriors: The End of An Era Katsu Rintarō
1986 Interviewer Saeko: A Returnless Journey TV film
1987 Classmate is 13-years-old Kenkō Inawashiro
Dokuganryu Masamune Matsudaira Tadateru
Sweet Memories Kiyoshi Ishihara TV film
Me and Sister TV film
1988 Tokugawa Ieyasu Ishida Mitsunari TV film
Love Story in New York Masahiro Sakairi
I Love You So Much Seiichi TV film
1989 Oda Nobunaga Tokugawa Ieyasu TV film
Ryoma Sakamoto Sakamoto Ryōma TV film
1990 Shingo's Ten Duels Shingo Aoi TV film
1991 Taiheiki Ashikaga Takauji
Fall Guy: Gin-chan Goes TV film
1992 Seiteki Mokushi Roku Mitsuo Wada TV film
Seizoroi Shimizu Ikka: Jirocho Uridasu Shinya no Asakichi TV film
1993 Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Conqueror of a Nation Azai Nagamasa TV film
High School Teacher Takao Hamura [13]
1994 The Reason I Owed to Her Kunihiko Yamanobe
1995 The Abe Clan Matashichirō Emoto TV film
Miracles in the Holy Night:
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Yūji Nonomura Episode 2, TV film
1996 Hideyoshi Ishida Mitsunari
1997 Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho Hanshichi
Konna Koi no Hanashi Shūichirō Harashima
1998 That Man's Fear Keisuke Kishikawa TV film
Tabloid Toshihito Manabe
1999 Summer of Detectives Kazuki Kurokawa TV film
Furuhata Ninzaburō Kazuo Yura Episode 29 [14]
Kujira o Mita hi Tamio Ōba TV film
2001 Unmarried Family Yōsuke Matoba
2004 Locked-in Syndrome Shunsuke Kōsaka TV film
2010 Lost Dogen
2011-2012 Revenge Satoshi Takeda
2014 Helix Dr. Hiroshi Hatake
Extant Hideki Yasumoto
2016 The Last Ship Takehaya
2018-2020 Westworld Musashi

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1981 Yagyu Jubei Makai Tensho Iga no Kirimaru
Stuntman Story Hiroyuki
1982-1984 The Big Adventure of The Fantastic Pirates Icarus (Young Pirate)/Eagle Spirit
1984 Little Shop of Horrors
1985 The Drunken Duke Napoleon Bonaparte
Tenshu Story
1986 Adventure Youth Departure
Stuntman Love Story
Romeo and Juliet Romeo
1987 Biloxi Blues Eugene
1988 Big River Huckleberry
1989-1990 Broadway Bound Eugene
1993 Moonlit Club
1995-1998 Hamlet Hamlet
1999-2000 King Lear The Fool
2000 The Orchestra Pit Conductor

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Kroll, Justin (2019-08-27). "'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Finds Its Shang Tsung and Scorpion (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  3. ^ "Chin Han & Hiroyuki Sanada join Mortal Kombat as Shang Tsung and Scorpion". www.joblo.com. 2019-08-27. Retrieved 2019-08-30.
  4. ^ HIROYUKI SANADA: "PROMISES" FOR PEACE THROUGH FILM. kungfumagazine.com. Kung Fu Magazine Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  5. ^ "Togo Igawa's biography". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31.
  6. ^ "Japanese actor gets British award for Shakespeare performance". September 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Hiroyuki Sanada to appear in final season of 'Lost'". Japan Today. October 19, 2009.
  8. ^ "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". japan-zone.com. March 2, 2011.
  9. ^ Hoare, James. "THE WOLVERINE'S HIROYUKI SANADA ON SHINGEN AND SAMURAI". Movies. SciFiNow UK. Retrieved 12 July 2013.
  10. ^ Wagner, Curt (August 9, 2016). "BRIDGET REGAN: 'LAST SHIP' GETS MORE INTENSE". TVShowPatrol. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (August 27, 2019). "'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Finds Its Shang Tsung and Scorpion (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  12. ^ "遊侠列伝". Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  13. ^ "高校教師(真田広之、桜井幸子". TBS. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  14. ^ "EPISODE29/その男、多忙につき (放映タイトル:忙しすぎる殺人者)". Furuhata Ninzaburo Jiken Files. Retrieved July 29, 2020.

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