Hiroyuki Sanada

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Hiroyuki Sanada
MBE
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 57)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Satomi Tezuka (1990–1997; 2 children)

Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE (真田 広之, Sanada Hiroyuki, Hiroyuki Shimosawa (下澤 廣之, Shimosawa Hiroyuki))(born 12 October, 1960)[1] is a Japanese actor.

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.[2] 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 later starred 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 Henry, Harry, or Duke Sanada.

Sanada received a bachelor of Arts from Nihon University.

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 Wada movie — 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 the RSC in 1986.[3] Sanada received his honorary MBE for his "contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production."[4]

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's character, 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 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and in 2007's The City of Your Final Destination, another James Ivory film, in which he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins's character.

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".[5] In March 2011 appeared in the Keanu Reeves vehicle 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.[6] Sanada is currently a guest star as Takehaya, a former Japanese Navy officer and legendary pirate captain in post-plague Asia, in the apocalyptic drama The Last Ship.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Notes
1966 Game of Chance Endo Kenichi Ryuichi Takamori
1967 Game of Chance 2
Game of Chance 3: Lullaby for My Son
1969 Abashiri Prison: Drifter at Edge of World Shoichi Kiyoshi Saeki
1970 Yukyo Retsuden Shigehiro Ozawa
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7 Akinori Matsuo
1974 The Executioner Young Koga Ryuichi Teruo Ishii
1978 Shogun's Samurai Hayate Kinji Fukasaku
Message from Space Shiro
1979 The Shogun Assassins Miyoshi Isa Sadao Nakajima
G.I. Samurai Takeda Katsuyori Kōsei Saitō
1980 Shogun's Ninja Momochi Takamaru Norifumi Suzuki
Tonda Couple Isozaki Shinji Sōmai
1981 Samurai Reincarnation Kirimaru Iga Kinji Fukasaku
Roaring Fire Joji / Toru Norifumi Suzuki
The Kamikaze Adventurers Akira Hoshino Tatsuichi Takamori
The Blazing Valiant Joe Tooru Dobashi
1982 Ninja in the Dragon's Den Genbu Corey Yuen
Lovers Lost Kunihiko Yasuoka Kinji Fukasaku
Fall Guy Actor
Ninja Wars Jotaro Fuefuki Kōsei Saitō
1983 Igano Kabamaru Shizune Norifumi Suzuki
Legend of the Eight Samurai Inue Shinbei Masashi Kinji Fukasaku
1984 The Street of Desire Joji Tanaka Haruhiko Mimura
Kōtarō Makaritōru! Tatsuya Yoshioka Norifumi Suzuki
Mahjong hōrōki Bouya Tetsu Makoto Wada
1985 The Dagger of Kamui Jirō / Jirōza Hattori / Jirōmu Kamui Rintaro Voice
1986 House on Fire Chuya Nakahara Kinji Fukasaku
Inuji ni Seshi Mono Shigesa Kazuyuki Izutsu
Cabaret Tanokura Haruki Kadokawa
In the Line of Duty: Royal Warriors Peter Yamamoto David Chung
1987 Sure Death 4: Revenge Ukyonosuke Okuda Kinji Fukasaku
1988 Kaitō Ruby Toru Hayashi Makoto Wada
1989 Who Do I Choose? Jun Yamamoto Shusuke Kaneko
1990 Yellow Fangs Haiyaku Eiji Sonny Chiba
Let's Go to the Hospital Kohei Shintani Yōjirō Takita
Tugumi Kyoichi Takahashi Jun Ichikawa
1992 Succession Masakazu Yoshinari Kazuki Ōmori
Let's Go to the Hospital 2 Ichiro Katakura Yōjirō Takita
1993 Made in Japan Keiichi Takahashi
Nemuranai Machi: Shinjuku Same Detective Same
1994 Uneasy Encounters Makoto Wada
Hero Interview Jinta Todoroki Michio Mitsuno
Crest of Betrayal Takumi-no-kami Asano Kinji Fukasaku
1995 Sharaku Tonbo Masahiro Shinoda
East Meets West Kamijo Kenkichi Kihachi Okamoto
Emergency Call Hideyuki Harada Kazuki Ōmori
1998 Ring Ryūji Takayama Hideo Nakata
Rasen George Iida
Murder on D Street Seiichiro Fukiya Akio Jissoji
Tadon to Chikuwa Asami Jun Ichikawa
1999 Ring 2 Ryūji Takayama Hideo Nakata
Round About Midnight Koji Makoto Wada
2000 First Love Shin'ichirō Fujiki Tetsuo Shinohara
2001 Minna no Ie Bartender Kōki Mitani
Onmyōji Dōson Yōjirō Takita
2002 Vengeance for Sale Sukeroku Sukedachiya Kihachi Okamoto
The Twilight Samurai Seibei Iguchi Yoji Yamada
2003 The Last Samurai Ujio Edward Zwick
2005 Aegis Hisashi Sengoku Junji Sakamoto
The White Countess Matsuda James Ivory
The Promise General Guangming Chen Kaige
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 Narrator Yōjirō Takita
2013 The Wolverine Shingen Yashida James Mangold
The Railway Man Takashi Nagase Jonathan Teplitzky
47 Ronin Ôishi Carl Rinsch
2015 Mr. Holmes Tamiki Umezaki Bill Condon
Minions Dumo the Sumo Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin Voice
2017 Life Sho Murakami Daniel Espinosa
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy Kawabata Ben Lewin
2019 Untitled Avengers film TBA Russo Brothers Post-production
John Wick 3: Parabellum TBA Chad Stahelski Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai Katsuya Nakayama Guest star (episode 9)
1978 The Yagyu Conspiracy Sasuke Also played Hattori Hyoma in episode 1
Seven Detectives
1979 Abarenbo Shogun Guest star (episode 58)
Uchu Kara no Messeji: Ginga Taisen – (Message from Space: Galactic Battle) Hayato Gen/Maboroshi
1980 Yagyu Abaretabi Matahei
1981 Kage no Gundan II – (Shadow Warriors II) Hayate Kozo
1982 Kage no Gundan III – (Shadow Warriors III) Abaregoma no Sasuke
Yagyu Jubei Abaretabi Matahei
1984 Subarashiki Sakasu Yaro – (What a Wonderful Circus Guy)
Chodenshi Bioman – (Super Electronic Bioman)
1985 Kage no Gundan IV – (Shadow Warriors IV) Katsu Rintaro
And Then, War is Over
Kamen no Ninja Akakage Tsumujikaze no Genji TV movie
1987 Dokuganryu Masamune – (One-Eyed Dragon Masamune) Matsudaira Tadateru Taiga drama
Sweet Memories
Dokyusei wa 13 sai
Ore to Aneki – (Me and Sister)
1988 Tokugawa Ieyasu Ishida Mitsunari
NY Love Story
I Love You So Much
1989 Sakamoto Ryoma Sakamoto Ryōma
Oda Nobunaga Matsudaira Motoyasu TV movie
1990 Shingo Juban Shobu Aoi Shingo TV movie
1991 Taiheiki Ashikaga Takauji Taiga drama
1992 Seiteki Mokushi Roku
Shimizu Jirocho
1993 Koko Kyoshi – (High School Teacher) Takao Hamura
Toyotomi Hideyoshi Azai Nagamasa
1994 The Reason I Owed to Her
1995 Abe Ichizoku – (Abe Clan) Emoto Matashichiro TV movie
Seiya no Kiseki – (Miracles in the Holy Night)
1996 Hideyoshi Ishida Mitsunari Taiga drama
1997 Kon'na Koi no Hanashi – (The Story of Love) Shuichiro Harashima TV movie
Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho Hanshichi
1998 Tabuloido – (Tabloid) Toshihito Manabe
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
2004 Locked-in Shokogun – (Locked-in Syndrome)
2010 Lost Dogen
2011 Revenge Satoshi Takeda
2014 Helix Dr. Hiroshi Hatake
Extant Hideki Yasumoto
2016 The Last Ship Takehaya
2018 Westworld Musashi Season 2

Theater[edit]

Year Title (Japanese/English) Role
1981 Yagyu Jubei Makai Tensho Kirimaru Iga
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. ^ "Hiroyuki Sanada Profile axon entertainment inc". March 5, 2018. 
  2. ^ Kungfu Magazine: E-Zine Feature Article. Ezine.kungfumagazine.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-21.
  3. ^ "Togo Igawa's biography". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Japanese actor gets British award for Shakespeare performance". September 5, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Hiroyuki Sanada to appear in final season of 'Lost'". Japan Today. October 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Keanu's "47 Ronin" has A-List Japanese Cast". japan-zone.com. March 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Curt (August 9, 2016). "BRIDGET REGAN: 'LAST SHIP' GETS MORE INTENSE". TVShowPatrol. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 

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