Sanada Hiroyuki

Hiroyuki Sanada

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  • First Name: Hiroyuki
  • Family Name: Sanada
  • Native name: 真田広之
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: October 12, 1960
  • Age: 59

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Hiroyuki Sanada

Sanada Hiroyuki

  • Name: Sanada Hiroyuki
  • Native name: 真田広之
  • Given name: Shimosawa Hiroyuki
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: October 12, 1960
  • Age: 59
Sanada Hiroyuki is a Japanese actor. In Asia, he is most famous for his martial arts roles, and historical films including The Twilight Samurai and his role as 'The Fool' in the Shakespeare play King Lear gave him notable theatrical notice in the UK. Sanada is also known as a recording artist in Japan. He also is a stage actor, working in Japanese and British plays and theatre.

Sanada was born in Tokyo. Originally planning to be an action star, he studied Shorinji Kempo and later took up Kyokushin kaikan karate. Sanada began training at the age of 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 protégé. Sanada's martial arts film career introduced him to Michelle Yeoh, with whom he co-starred in Royal Warriors, and then later in Danny Boyle's Sunshine. He has a long-standing friendship with Jackie Chan, although he did not star in a film with him before Rush Hour 3 in 2007. Outside of Japan, Sanada was often credited in his younger days as Henry, Harry, or Duke Sanada.

Sanada received a bachelor of Arts from Nihon University.

From 1980 to 1991 Sanada released a series of albums and singles Japan as a singer; several of these were tied to films, TV shows or stage productions he was starring in. In 2010 and 2011 compilations were released covering his songs for movies and pop hits respectively.

Sanada has established himself as a character actor who is adept at playing a variety of roles. He was first noticed as a serious actor in the movie Mahjong Hourouki directed by Makoto Wada. Since then he has acted in every Wada movie — works filled with humor and nostalgia for classic films.

Some of Sanada's more famous movies are The Twilight Samurai, Ring, Kaito Ruby, and The Last Samurai. Sanada played Matsuda, the Japanese imperialist who befriends Ralph Fiennes's character, in the 2005 film The White Countess, directed by James Ivory. He starred in the Chinese film The Promise directed by Chen Kaige as General Guangming. Sanada has appeared in Rush Hour 3 with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and in 2007's The City of Your Final Destination, another James Ivory film, in which he plays the younger lover of Anthony Hopkins's character. He also starred in the movie Life with Ryan Reynolds.

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Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2001 Hikon Kazoku
Japanese Drama, 2001, 12 eps
Matoba Yosuke (Main Role)
12
Matoba Yosuke
Main Role
6.3
1999 Furuhata Ninzaburo Season 3
Japanese Drama, 1999, 11 eps
Yura Kazuo (Ep.29) (Guest Role)
11
Yura Kazuo (Ep.29)
Guest Role
9.0
1998 Tabloid
Japanese Drama, 1998, 10 eps
(Main Role)
10
Main Role
7.0
1997 Konna Koi no Hanashi
Japanese Drama, 1997, 12 eps
Harashima Shuichiro (Main Role)
12
Harashima Shuichiro
Main Role
7.9
1997 Shin Hanshichi Torimonocho
Japanese Drama, 1997, 18 eps
Hanshichi (Main Role)
18
Hanshichi
Main Role
0.0
1993 Kou Kou Kyoushi
Japanese Drama, 1993, 11 eps
Hamura Takao (Main Role)
11
Hamura Takao
Main Role
7.7
1991 Taiheiki
Japanese Drama, 1991, 49 eps
Takauji (Main Role)
49
Takauji
Main Role
7.3
1987 Dokuganryu Masamune
Japanese Drama, 1987, 50 eps
Matsudaira Tadateru (Support Role)
50
Matsudaira Tadateru
Support Role
9.3
1978 The Yagyu Conspiracy
Japanese Drama, 1978, 39 eps
Sasuke (Support Role)
39
Sasuke
Support Role
7.8
1978 Message from Space: Galactic Wars
Japanese Drama, 1978, 27 eps
Ayato (Main Role)
27
Ayato
Main Role
6.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2005 The Promise
Chinese Movie, 2005,
General Guangming (Support Role)
General Guangming
Support Role
6.9
2005 Boukoku no Aegis
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Sengoku Hisashi (Main Role)
Sengoku Hisashi
Main Role
8.0
2002 The Twilight Samurai
Japanese Movie, 2002,
Iguchi "Tasogare" Seibei (Main Role)
Iguchi "Tasogare" Seibei
Main Role
8.2
2001 Onmyoji
Japanese Movie, 2001,
Dousan (Support Role)
Dousan
Support Role
7.9
1999 Ring 2
Japanese Movie, 1999,
Takayama Ryuuji (Main Role)
Takayama Ryuuji
Main Role
7.0
1998 Spiral
Japanese Movie, 1998,
Takayama Ryuuji (Support Role)
Takayama Ryuuji
Support Role
6.3
1998 Ring
Japanese Movie, 1998,
Takayama Ryuuji (Main Role)
Takayama Ryuuji
Main Role
7.4
1995 East Meets West
Japanese Movie, 1995,
Kamijou Kenkichi (Main Role)
Kamijou Kenkichi
Main Role
0.0
1993 The City That Never Sleeps: Shinjuku Shark
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Detective Same (Main Role)
Detective Same
Main Role
7.0
1993 Yellow Fangs
Japanese Movie, 1993,
Eiji (Main Role)
Eiji
Main Role
2.5
1989 Who Do I Choose?
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Yamamoto Jun (Main Role)
Yamamoto Jun
Main Role
8.0
1988 Kaito Ruby
Japanese Movie, 1988,
Toru Hayashi (Main Role)
Toru Hayashi
Main Role
6.2
1986 Royal Warriors
Hong Kong Movie, 1986,
Yamamoto (Main Role)
Yamamoto
Main Role
8.2
1984 Mahjong Hourouki
Japanese Movie, 1984,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1983 Legend of the Eight Samurai
Japanese Movie, 1983,
Inue Shinbee Masashi (Main Role)
Inue Shinbee Masashi
Main Role
6.8
1982 Ninja Wars
Japanese Movie, 1982,
Jotaro (Main Role)
Jotaro
Main Role
7.0
1982 Ninja in the Dragon's Den
Hong Kong Movie, 1982,
Genbu (Main Role)
Genbu
Main Role
6.6
1981 Samurai Reincarnation
Japanese Movie, 1981,
Iga no Kirimaru (Support Role)
Iga no Kirimaru
Support Role
7.2
1980 Shogun's Ninja
Japanese Movie, 1980,
Momochi (Main Role)
Momochi
Main Role
6.0
1978 Message from Space
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Shiro (Support Role)
Shiro
Support Role
5.4
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1993 Kou Kou Kyoushi Special
Japanese Special, 1993, 1 eps
Hamura Takao (Main Role)
1
Hamura Takao
Main Role
0.0
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