Masato Hagiwara

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Masato Hagiwara
萩原 聖人
Masato Hagiwara 2019.jpg
Hagiwara in 2019
Born (1971-08-21) August 21, 1971 (age 51)
Occupation(s)Actor, voice actor, mahjong player
Years active1987–present
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
(m. 1995; div. 2003)

Masato Hagiwara (萩原 聖人, Hagiwara Masato, born August 21, 1971) is a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and professional mahjong player.


When Hagiwara was three years old, his parents divorced and he was taken in by his father. However, his father died when he was in the fourth grade, and was then raised by his paternal grandparents in Chigasaki until he was 15 years old. As a result, he spent most of his younger life without his mother.[1]

After graduating from Chigasaki Shiritsu Umeda Junior High School, Hagiwara moved to Tokyo. He enrolled in the part-time program at Tokyo Metropolitan Toyama High School, but dropped out after only one week.[1] Later on, he went to the United States for a short period of time and was impressed by the movie audiences he saw in New York City, which led him to become interested in acting as a career. After returning to Japan, when he was helping out at his mother's bar in Shinjuku, he caught the eye of the casting staff for the TV drama Abunai Deka who had come in as customers, and was recruited. Then, in 1987, he made his debut as a young luggage thief in episode 32 of Abunai Deka.[1] He continued to appear in many films as a minor role, but it was his role as Naojirō Matsuoka in the 1990 TV drama High School Rakugaki 2 that brought him to prominence.

In 1991, he formed the theater group "Early Timelies" with Shōgo Suzuki, Kō Watanabe and Tetsu Sakuma. They performed six shows over a period of seven years. He later established a fanclub in 1993, which disbanded three years later in July 1996.

In 1993, one of the suspects in an assault case at Chūō-Rinkan Station on the Odakyu Line was accused of resembling Hagiwara. Hagiwara claimed to have an alibi, saying that he was meeting someone at the time of the crime, but refused to reveal the name of the person who could prove it, because it would be a nuisance to the person. This case damaged Hagiwara's public and private life, and for a while his appearances in dramas and other events were drastically reduced. Later, however, the case was dismissed on the grounds that the accuser's testimony contained many inconsistencies and it was just an accusation that Hagiwara resembled the killer.[2]

In November 1995, Hagiwara married actress Emi Wakui, with whom he co-starred in the TV drama Natsuko no Sake. They had a son in October 1999[3] and divorced in July 2003, with Wakui taking custody of the son.[4]


Hagiwara co-starred in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure with Kōji Yakusho[5] and appeared in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Café Lumière.[6] He was supposed to perform in the play "Shinjō Afururu Keihakusa 2001" at Theatre Cocoon in January 2001, but was forced to cancel his performance in December 2000 due to a sensorineural hearing loss that left him temporarily deaf.

He also had a starring role as a vocalist and saxophonist in a jazz band in Junji Sakamoto's Out of This World.[7] After having saxophone lessons with others, he practiced by himself in a karaoke box until his lips were swollen. The second prominent time as a vocalist was in 2007 for the cover of a song by The Blue Hearts, Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka, which was used as an opening theme for the anime TV series Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor.

In 2018, he became a Riichi Mahjong professional affiliated with the Japan Professional Mahjong League. In the same year he was drafted by the Team RAIDEN professional Mahjong team for the participation of the team Riichi Mahjong tournament M-League.



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref.
1987 Bu Su Student Jun Ichikawa
1992 The River with No Bridge Sadao Shimura Yōichi Higashi
1993 A Class to Remember Kazu
All Under the Moon Office worker
1994 Tropical Paradise Club Hayashi Toda
1995 Marks Hiroyuki Mizusawa Lead role
Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! Tetsuya Akimoto
1997 Cure Kunio Mamiya Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Sharan Q no enka no hanamichi AD Kita
2000 Chaos Gorō Kuroda Lead role
2001 Onmyoji Prince Sawara Shinno
Go Policeman
Rain of Light Mitsuya Anami
2004 Out of This World Kentarō Hirooka Lead role
Café Lumière Seiji Hou Hsiao-hsien
Akihabara@Deep Satoshi Matsuda
2005 Rikidōzan Yuzuru Yoshimachi
2007 Battery Makoto Tomura
2008 Chameleon Satoshi Kashiwara
Persona Kōichirō Kiba
2009 Sanpei the Fisher Boy Pei Mihira
Listen to My Heart Daisuke Goto
2010 BOX: The Hakamada Case Norimichi Kumamoto Lead role
Soup Opera Mizutani
2013 Platinum Data Shōgo Kagura
2014 Kamen Teacher Nobuhiko Midō
2015 The Lion Standing in the Wind Katsuhiko Aoki
2017 Miracles of the Namiya General Store Takayuki Namiya
2018 And Your Bird Can Sing Shimada
A Banana? At This Time of Night? Daisuke Takamura
2019 Happy Island
Silent Rain
Japanese Doll of Terror
And Life Goes On: The Movie Masayuki Sakamoto Shō Tsukikawa [8]
2020 Fukushima 50 Setsurō Wakamatsu [9]
Utahime Obaka Miiko Haru Namidame Keita Matsuda [10]
2021 Unlock Your Heart Takashi Nishimura Rin Shutō [11]
We Couldn't Become Adults Hideaki Miyoshi Yoshihiro Mori [12]
2022 Even If This Love Disappears From the World Tonight Takahiro Miki [13]
Shimamori no Tō Akira Shimada Shō Igarashi Lead role [14]
Amnesiac Love Kunio Wataru Hiranami [15]
2023 Eternal New Mornings Tōru Yamamoto [16]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1989 High School Rakugaki 2 Naojirō Matsuoka
1994 Natsuko no Sake Wataru Kusakabe
Wakamono no Subete Tetsuo Harashima Lead role
1997 Sore ga Kotae da! Kunio Ikeda
2007 Ishida Mitsunari Taiga drama
2008 Full Swing Ikkyū Abe
2011 Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda Keiichi Yūki
The Reason I Can't Find My Love Takumi Shiraishi
2015 Shingari Takimoto
2016 Kyoaku wa Nemurasenai Tetsuo Igarashi TV movie
2017 Miotsukushi Ryōrichō Mataji
Ishitsubute Masayuki Azumata [17]
2018 When a Tree Falls Michihiro Adachi TV movie [18]
2019 And Life Goes On Masayuki Sakamoto TV movie [8]
Trace: Kasōken no Otoko Naofumi Hayakawa Eps. 6-11 [19]
2022 Tokyo Vice Duke [20]

Animated television series[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Kappa no Kaikata Watashi
2005 Akagi Shigeru Akagi
2007 Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor Kaiji Itō
2008 Examurai ATSUSHI
Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night Adam
One Outs Tōa Tokuchi
2009 Winter Sonata Lee Min-hyung / Kang Joon-sang
2011 Wolverine Kikyō Mikage
Kaiji: Against All Rules Kaiji Itō
Blade Kikyō Mikage
2018 Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues Kaiji Itō, Watanabe

Animated films[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 The Place Promised in Our Early Days Takuya Shirakawa
2016 Garo: Divine Flame Dario Montoya[21]


Year Title Role Voice dub for Notes
2003 Winter Sonata Lee Min-hyung / Kang Joon-sang Bae Yong-joon
Untold Scandal Jo-won Bae Yong-joon
2005 First Love Sung Chan-woo Bae Yong-joon
April Snow In-su Bae Yong-joon
2006 Charlie Jade 01 Boxer Michael Filipowich
2008 The Legend Damdeok / Hwanung Bae Yong-joon
2011 Dream High Jung Ha-myung Bae Yong-joon
2018 Burning Ben Steven Yeun NHK edition
Year Title Role Notes
1999 G-Saviour Mark Curran


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  13. ^ "古川琴音&松本穂香ら新キャスト、道枝駿佑&福本莉子のサンセットビジュアル公開『今夜、世界からこの恋が消えても』". Cinema Cafe. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
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  20. ^ "マイケル・マン監督×渡辺謙、山下智久ら出演 製作費88億円の大型ドラマ『TOKYO VICE』放送決定". Crank-in!. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
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