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 is a Japanese actor.


Early life

Sanada was born in Tokyomarker, Japanmarker. He began training with Sonny Chiba's Japan Action Club. Originally aiming to be an action star, he developed good all-round martial arts ability. Due to a desire to expand his repertoire beyond action roles and being shocked into reassessing his life after the sudden death of his mother to a stroke in 1989, Sanada left the Japan Action Club and founded his own production company, Libra International. Sanada expanded his roles to include a majority of non-action roles and won acclaim in Japan. He married the Japanese actress Satomi Tezuka in 1990, and the couple had two sons.

In 1995 Sanada was involved in an adulterous affair with Riona Hazuki, with whom he co-starred in Sharaku. The affair, a major entertainment scandal in Japan at the time, ended quickly and resulted in Sanada becoming divorced from his wife in 1997. The scandal derailed Hazuki's career, which has never fully recovered, and Sanada's own career suffered greatly for several years until he was given a part in Ring in 1998. Sanada's careful choice of roles since then has enabled him to distance himself from his scandalous past and reputation as a playboy, to international acclaim.


Sanada was first noticed as a serious actor in the movie Mahjong Hourouki directed by Makoto Wada. Wada and Sanada's relationship is similar to that of John Huston and Humphrey Bogart and since then Sanada has acted in every one of Wada's movies. Those works are filled with a sense of humor and nostalgic attachment for classic movies. He has established himself as a character actor who can play many different roles. Some of his most famous movies are:Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai), Ring, Kaitou Rubi, and The Last Samurai.

Sanada made an appearance in the 2005 Hollywood film The White Countess directed by James Ivory, and the Chinese film The Promise directed by Chen Kaige. He is known internationally more from The Last Samurai, The White Countess and Sunshine directed by Danny Boyle, but has recently been seen in Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. He also stars in The City of Your Final Destination another James Ivory film, where he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins's character.

In 1999 and 2000, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company in their production of King Lear. This marked the first time a Japanese actor had performed with the theatrical group , and earned Sanada an MBE.

Hiroyuki Sanada has often been credited, in his younger days, as either Henry, Harry or Duke Sanada. His martial arts film career led him in contact with Michelle Yeoh, who he later starred with in Sunshine. He also has a long standing friendship with Jackie Chan, but didn't star in a film with him before Rush Hour 3.

Sanada will join the cast of the ABC show Lost in 2010 during its sixth and final season.

Sanada has been said to be one of Japan's most respected actors , and is often cast as the quiet, heroic character, as seen in The Twilight Samurai.


Year Title - (Japanese/English) Film Type
2010 Lost TV series
2008 Speed Racer Movie
2007 Rush Hour 3 Movie
2007 The City of Your Final Destination Movie
2007 Sunshine Movie
2005 The White Countess Movie
2005 Bokoku no Aegis - (Aimless Aegis) Movie
2005 Wuji - (The Promise) Movie
2004 Locked-in Shokogun - (Locked-in Syndrome) TV
2003 The Last Samurai Movie
2002 Tasogare Seibei - (The Twilight Samurai) Movie
2002 Sukedachiya Sukeroku - (Vengeance for Sale) Movie
2001 Minna no lye Movie
2001 Onmyoji - (Yin Yang Master) Movie
2001 Mayonaka made - (Round About Midnight) Movie
2001 Hikon Kazoku - (Unmarried Family) TV
2000 Hatsukoi - (First Love) Movie
2000 Okepi! - (The Orchestra Pit) Theater
1999 Rasen - (The Spiral) Movie
1999 Ring 2 Movie
1999 Furuhata NinzaburĊ TV
1999 Summer of Detectives TV
1999 Kujira wo Mita hi TV
1999 King Lear Theater
1998 Tadon to Chikuwa - (Charcoal and Fishcake) Movie
1998 Ring Movie
1998 D-Zaka no Satsujin Jiken - (D-Slope Murder Case) Movie
1998 Tabloid TV
1998 Sono Otoko no Kyofu - (That Man's Fear) TV
1998 Hamlet Theater
1997 Kon'na Koi no Hanashi - (The Story of Love) TV
1997 Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho TV
1996 Hideyoshi TV
1995 Sharaku Movie
1995 Kikyu Yobidashi - (Emergency Doctor/Emergency Call) Movie
1995 East Meets West Movie
1995 Abe Ichizoku - (Abe Clan) TV
1995 Seiya no Kiseki - (Miracles in the Holy Night) TV
1994 Hero Interview Movie
1994 Kowagaru Hitobito - (Uneasy Encounters) Movie
1994 Chushingura Gaiden - Yotsuya Kaidan Movie
1994 The Reason I Owed to Her TV
1994 Paper Moon Theater
1993 Nemuranai Machi - Shinjuku Zame - (Sleepless City - Shinjuku Shark) Movie
1993 Bokura wa Minna Ikiteiru - (We Are Not Alone/Made in Japan) Movie
1993 Koko Kyoshi - (High School Teacher) TV
1993 Toyotomi Hideyoshi TV
1993 Moonlit Club Theater
1992 Keisho Sakazuki - (Succession Sake-saucer) Movie
1992 Byoin e Iko 2 - (Let's Go To the Hospital 2) Movie
1992 Seiteki Mokushi Roku TV
1992 Shimizu Jirocho TV
1991 Taiheiki TV
1990 Byoin e Iko - (Let's Go To the Hospital) Movie
1990 Tsugumi Movie
1990 Rimeinzu - Utsukushiki Yushatachi - (Remains: Beautiful Heroes/Yellow Fangs) Movie
1990 Shingo Jyuban Shobu TV
1989 Docchi ni Suruno - (Which Do You Choose) Movie
1989 Sakamoto Ryoma TV
1989 Oda Nobunaga TV
1989 Broadway Bound Theater
1988 Kaito Ruby - (Funny Robber Ruby) Movie
1988 Wong ga Jin si - (Royal Warriors/Line of Duty/Police Assassins/Ultra Force) Movie
1988 Tokugawa Ieyasu/Ieyasu Tokunaga TV
1988 NY Love Story TV
1988 I Love You So Much TV
1988 Big River Theater
1987 Hissatsu 4: Urami Harashimasu - (Sure Fire Death 4: We Will Avenge You) Movie
1987 Dokuganryu Masamune - (One-Eyed Dragon Masamune) TV
1987 Sweet Memories TV
1987 Dokyusei wa 13 sai TV
1987 Ore to Aneki - (Me and Sister) TV
1987 Little Shop of Horrors Theater
1986 Wong Ga Jin Si - (Royal Warriors) Movie
1986 Kataku no Hito - (Man of Desire) Movie
1986 Inujini Seshi Mono - (One Who Died in Vain) Movie
1986 Stuntman Story Theater
1986 Romeo and Juliet Theater
1985 Kamui no Ken - (Blade of Kamui/Dagger of Kamui/Revenge of the Ninja Warrior) Movie
1985 Kage no Gundan IV - (Shadow Warriors IV) TV
1985 And Then, War is Over TV
1985 Ninja Akakage TV
1985 Tenshu Story Theater
1984 Mahjong Horoki - (Mahjong Vagrant Life) Movie
1984 Kotaro Makaritoru - (There Goes Kotaro) Movie
1984 Irodori-gawa - (The Street of Desire) Movie
1984 Sabarashiki Sakasu Yaro TV
1984 Chodenshi Bioman TV
1984 Yukai na Kaizoku Daiboken Theater
1983 Satomi Hakkenden - (Legend of the Eight Samurai) Movie
1983 Iga No Kabamaru Movie
1982 Kamata Koshinkyoku - (Fall Guy) Movie
1982 Dotonboringawa - (Lovers Lost) Movie
1982 Iga Ninpocho - (Ninja Wars/Black Magic Wars/Iga Magic Story) Movie
1982 Long Zhi Ren Zhe - (Ninja in the Dragon's Den) Movie
1982 Kage no Gundan III - (Shadow Warriors III) TV
1982 Yagyu Jyube Abare Tabi TV
1981 Hoero! Takken - (Roaring Fire) Movie
1981 Moeru Yusha - (Burning Brave) Movie
1981 Bokensha Kamikaze Movie
1981 Samurai Reincarnation - (Makai Tensho) Movie
1981 Kage no Gundan II - (Shadow Warriors II) TV
1981 Yagyu Jyube Theater
1981 Uchu kara no Messeji - (Swords of the Space Ark/Message from Outer Space) Movie
1980 Bugeicho-Momochi Sandayu - (Shogun's Ninja) Movie
1980 Tonda Kappuru - (The Terrible Couple) Movie
1980 Yagyu Abare Tabi TV
1979 Sanada Yukimura no Boryaku - (Renegade Ninjas/Death of the Shogun/The Shogun Assassins) Movie
1979 Sengoku Jieitai - (minor role in G.I. Samurai/Time Slip) Movie
1979 Uchu Kara no Messeji: Ginga Taisen - (Message from Space: Galactic Battle) TV
1978 Uchu kara no Messeji - (Message from Space/Message from Space: Galactic War) Movie
1978 Yagyu Clan Conspiracy Theater
1978 Yagyu Clan Conspiracy TV
1978 Yagyu Ichizoku no Inbo - (Yagyu Clan Conspiracy) Movie
1978 Abarenbo Shogun TV
1978 Seven Detectives TV
1974 Chokugeki Jigokuhen - (Executioner/Direct Hit/Hell Fist) Movie


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