Jai West

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Jai Tatsuto West
Born Vancouver, British Columbia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990 - Present

Jai West (ジェイ・ウエスト) is an actor, poet of French Canadian and Japanese descent born in Vancouver, British Columbia and currently based in Tokyo, Japan. He is best known for his work on screen as manic Japanese American gangster Lee in Sion Sono's "Hazard" (2005), a thief grappling with his sexual identity in Gen Sekiguchi's "Survive Style 5+" (2004), and portraying Beethoven in the popular Tokyo Gas commercials. He has appeared in numerous films and television series, from "21 Jump Street" (1990) to Takashi Shimizu's "The Great Horror Family" (2004) and Takashi Miike's "Big Bang Love, Juvenile A" (2006). West has released two spoken word poetry albums in Japanese and English under the pseudonym Lotus Chamelion.


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 21 Jump Street Young Ioki TV series
1993 Highlander The Kid TV series
1992-94 The Odyssey Spook / Feelgood TV series
1995 Surrogate, TheThe Surrogate Matt TV movie
1995 Once in a Blue Moon Mexican Bandito
2000 Worst Contact Kerara Short film
2001 Yonimo kimyô na monogatari: Aki no tokubetsu hen Jack the Rabbit TV movie
2001 Bus Panic!!! The Busjacker Short film
2002 Mike Hama, the Private Detective Jake the Bellhop TV series
2004 Lost Samurai, TheThe Lost Samurai Bob Short film
2004 Great Horror Family, TheThe Great Horror Family Tonaka Kyoojoorou TV series
2004 Hazard Lee
2004 Survive Style 5+ J
2005 Tameiki no riyû Tetsuya Ihara
2006 Hachimitsu to Clover Man at party
2006 13 no tsuki Mori
2006 Big Bang Love, Juvenile A Deranged Prisoner
2006 Cherry Girl Joji Video
2007 Ojisan Sensei Nakategawa TV series
2007 Tokyo no uso Tamura
2007 Tengu Gaiden Louis Short film
2008 Love Exposure Bosozoku Leader
2010 King Game Johnny B.
2014 Pancakes Billy
2016 The People Garden Mak


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