Hiroyuki Sanada
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Date of Birth October 12, 1960
Birthplace Tokyo, Japan
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Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE (真田 広之 Sanada Hiroyuki?, born Hiroyuki Shimosawa (下澤 廣之 Shimosawa Hiroyuki?) on October 12, 1960) is a Japanese actor.

Life and Career

Sanada was born in Tokyo. Originally aiming to be an action star, starting with shorinji kempo, he eventually took up Kyokushin kaikan[1] Sanada began training at age 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 protege. Sanada's martial arts film career led him in contact with Michelle Yeoh, whom he later starred with in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. He also has a long-standing friendship with Jackie Chan, although he didn't star in a film with him before Rush Hour 3 in 2007. Sanada has often been credited, in his younger days, as either Henry, Harry or Duke Sanada.

Sanada has established himself as a character actor who is adept at playing a variety of roles. Sanada was first noticed as a serious actor in the movie Mahjong Hourouki directed by Makoto Wada. Wada and Sanada's relationship may be similar to that of John Huston and Humphrey Bogart. Since Mahjong Hourouki, Sanada has acted in every one of Wada's movies, works filled with humor and a nostalgic attachment for classic movies.

In 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company 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 as Japanese actor Togo Igawa had performed with the RSC in 1985 and joined as a RSC member in 1986. Rather, Sanada received his honorary MBE award for his "contribution to spreading British culture in Japan through his performance in a joint Shakespeare production."

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' character in the 2005 film The White Countess directed by James Ivory. He also made an appearance in the Chinese film The Promise directed by Chen Kaige. Sanada has also been seen in Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and starred in 2007's The City of Your Final Destination, another James Ivory film, where he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins's character.

Sanada joined the cast of the ABC show Lost in 2010 during its sixth and final season. He portrayed Dogen, a high-ranking member of "The Others". In March 2011 he was named to the Keanu Reeves-led cast of 47 Ronin, the first English-language adaptation of the Chushingura legend, Japan's most famous tale of samurai loyalty and revenge.


Year Title Type
1974 Chokugeki Jigokuhen Movie
1978 Message from Space: Galactic War Movie
Yagyu Clan Conspiracy Theater, TV,Movie
Abarenbo Shogun TV
Seven Detectives TV
1989 Which Do You Choose Movie
Sakamoto Ryoma TV
Oda Nobunaga TV
Broadway Bound Theater
1990 Let's Go To the Hospital Movie
Tsugumi Movie
Remains: Beautiful Heroes Movie
Shingo Jyuban Shobu TV
1991 Taiheiki TV
1992 Succession Sake-saucer Movie
Let's Go To the Hospital 2 Movie
Seiteki Mokushi Roku TV
Shimizu Jirocho TV
1993 Sleepless City – Shinjuku Shark Movie
We Are Not Alone Movie
High School Teacher TV
Toyotomi Hideyoshi TV
Moonlit Club Theater
1994 Hero Interview Movie
Uneasy Encounters Movie
Yotsuya Kaidan Movie
The Reason I Owed to Her TV
Paper Moon Theater
1995 Sharaku Movie
Emergency Call Movie
East Meets West Movie
Abe Clan TV
Miracles in the Holy Night TV
1996 Hideyoshi TV
1997 The Story of Love TV
Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho TV
1998 Charcoal and Fishcake Movie
Rasen Movie
Ring Movie
D-Slope Murder Case Movie
Tabloid TV
That Man's Fear TV
Hamlet Theater
1999 Ring 2 Movie
Furuhata Ninzaburō TV
Summer of Detectives TV
Kujira wo Mita hi TV
King Lear Theater
2000 First Love Movie
The Orchestra Pit Theater
2001 Minna no lye Movie
Yin Yang Master Movie
Round About Midnight Movie
Unmarried Family TV
2002 The Twilight Samurai Movie
Vengeance for Sale Movie
2003 The Last Samurai Movie
2004 Locked-in Syndrome TV
2005 The White Countess Movie
Aimless Aegis Movie
The Promise Movie
2007 Rush Hour 3 Movie
The City of Your Final Destination Movie
Sunshine Movie
2008 Speed Racer Movie
2010 Lost TV series
2011 Revenge TV Series, guest cast
2012 47 Ronin Movie