Biography

Hiroyuki Sanada is a Japanese actor from Tokyo. Before breaking in to the movie business, he trained at Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club hoping to one day become a martial arts action film star. Sanada appeared in many action films in the 70s and early 80s, but as it became clear he was actually a talented and well-rounded actor, he was able to branch out into all different types of roles in every genre. Today he is best known in the west for his involvement in big-budget Hollywood productions such as The Last Samurai and Rush Hour 3.

Hiroyuki Sanada is a Japanese actor from Tokyo. Before breaking in to the movie business, he trained at Sonny Chiba’s Japan Action Club hoping to one day become a martial arts action film star. Sanada appeared in many action films in the 70s and early 80s, but as it became clear he was actually a talented and well-rounded actor, he was able to branch out into all different types of roles in every genre. Today he is best known in the west for his involvement in big-budget Hollywood productions such as The Last Samurai and Rush Hour 3.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 74

Birthday 1960-10-12

Place of Birth Shinagawa - Tokyo

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Duke Sanada
  • Hiroyuki Shimosawa
  • Hiroyuki Shimozawa
  • Henry Sanada
  • Harry Sanada

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 John Wick 3: Parabellum
2019 Untitled Avengers Movie
2018 The Catcher Was a Spy as Kawabata
2017 Life as Sho Murakami
2016 Westworld(1 episode) as Musashi
2015 Mr. Holmes as Tamiki Umezaki
2015 Minions as Sumo (voice)
2014 Extant(13 episodes) as Hideki Yasumoto
2014 The Last Ship(13 episodes) as Takehaya
2014 Helix(13 episodes) as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki
2013 The Railway Man as Nagase
2013 47 Ronin as Kuranosuke Ôishi
2013 The Wolverine as Shingen
2011 Revenge(3 episodes) as Satoshi Takeda
2009 The City of Your Final Destination as Pete
2008 Speed Racer as Mr. Musha
2007 Rush Hour 3 as Kenji
2007 Sunshine as Kaneda
2005 The Promise as General Guangming
2005 The White Countess as Matsuda
2005 Aegis as Hisashi Sengoku
2004 Lost(5 episodes)
2003 The Last Samurai as Ujio
2002 The Twilight Samurai as Seibei Iguchi
2002 Vengeance for Sale as Sukeroku Sukedachiya
2001 Unmarried Family(12 episodes)
2001 All About Our House as Bartender
2000 First Love as Shinichirô Fujiki
1999 Round About Midnight as Koji
1998 Tadon and Chikuwa
1998 Murder on D Street as Seiichiro Fukiya
1998 Rasen as Ryûji Takayama
1998 Ringu as Ryuji Takayama
1997 Konna Koi no Hanashi(12 episodes)
1995 East Meets West as Kamijo Kenkichi
1995 Sharaku
1995 The Abe Clan
1994 Crest of Betrayal as Takuminokami Asano
1994 Hero Interview
1994 Lieutenant Ninzaburo Furuhata(1 episode)
1993 The City That Never Sleeps: Shinjuku Shark as Detective Same
1992 Oda Nobunaga
1990 Tugumi
1990 Let's Go to the Hospital
1990 Remains: Beautiful Heroes
1990 Shingo's Ten Duels as Aoi Shingo
1989 Why Do I Choose?
1988 Kaitô Ruby as Toru Hayashi
1987 Sure Death 4: Revenge as Ukyo
1986 House on Fire as Chuya Nakahara
1986 Royal Warriors as Yamamoto
1985 The Dagger of Kamui as Jirô
1984 Mahjong Horoki as Bouya Tetsu
1984 Kotaro makari-toru!
1983 Legend of the Eight Samurai as Inue Shinbei Masashi
1983 Kabamaru the Ninja Boy as Shizune Mejiro
1982 Ninja Wars as Jotaro Fuefuki
1982 Fall Guy as Actor
1982 Ninja in the Dragon's Den as Jin-wu
1982 Lovers Lost as Kunihiko Yasuoka
1982 Roaring Fire as Joji
1981 The Blazing Valiant as Joe
1981 Adventurer Kamikaze as Aki Hoshino
1981 Samurai Reincarnation as Kirimaru Iga
1981 Space Ninja: Sword of the Space Ark
1980 Shogun's Ninja as Momochi Takamaru
1980 The Terrible Couple
1980 Shadow Warriors(27 episodes)
1979 G.I. Samurai as Takeda Katsuyori
1979 San ku kai(27 episodes) as Ayato
1978 Message from Space as Shiro
1978 The Shogun's Samurai as Hayate
1974 The Executioner
1965 Game of Chance

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