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Hiroyuki Sanada - Overview

Date of Birth: Oct 12, 1960    
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Nationality: Japan
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Hiroyuki Sanada was a Japanese actor who starred in the internationally popular horror film "Ringu" (1998) and appeared in several American films such as "The Last Samurai" (2003), "The Wolverine" (2013), and "47 Ronin" (2013). He was born Hiroyuki Shimosawa on October 12, 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. Growing up in the 1970s, when Asian-made martial arts movies were all the rage, he aspired to become an action star. At the age of 11, he joined Japan Action Club, a training school for aspiring martial arts film actors and stunt performers started by legendary Japanese film actor Sonny Chiba. He made his feature film debut in a Sonny Chiba karate movie, "Chokugeki! Jigoku-hen" (1974) and subsequently appeared in many more martial arts films during his early acting career. It wasn't until the early 1980s that Japanese audiences outside of that subgenre took notice of Sanada, most notably with his co-starring role in the critically-acclaimed "Mahjong Hourouki" (1984). As his popularity grew, he began starring in bigger movies, including the influential Japanese horror film "... Read More
2014
Co-starred with Halle Berry in CBS science fiction series "Extant."
2014
Co-starred with Halle Berry in CBS science fiction series "Extant."
2013
Starred in "47 Ronin" opposite Keanu Reeves.
2013
Starred in "47 Ronin" opposite Keanu Reeves.
2003
Appeared alongside Tom Cruise in "The Last Samurai."
2003
Appeared alongside Tom Cruise in "The Last Samurai."
1998
Starred in the Japanese horror film "Ringu," basis of the American horror film "The Ring."


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