Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - Rotten Tomatoes

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Highest Rated:   97% Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Lowest Rated:   10% Elektra (2005)
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Charismatic, muscular, handsome, and often exuding a dangerous sexuality, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa specializes in playing the evilest of vile villains, most of whom despite their exceptional martial arts skills, are skilled in spectacular manners. Tagawa's willingness to accept villainous roles such as that of the wicked sorcerer Shang Tsung in Mortal Combat (1995) has drawn criticism from certain Asian American groups, who fear that he is perpetuating negative stereotypes, but Tagawa offers an interesting perspective, citing the fact that the action film is the most popular genre worldwide. When Tagawa plays a bad guy, he plays it to the hilt, trying to imbue his villains with depth to demonstrate that in order to be so successful at being bad, they must possess a certain amount of positive qualities, including discipline, intelligence, and commitment. In his personal life, Tagawa is the antithesis of the characters he plays. He is known for his unusual courtesy, non-violent demeanor, his wisdom, and for his unflagging devotion to helping young people. A deeply spiritual man, Tagawa has developed a unique philosophical approach to martial arts, Chun Shin, which primarily centers on developing the inner state and spirituality of the practitioner rather than on the physical movements of fighting. The purpose of the exercises of Chun Shin is to release the energy centers within, creating a harmony between mind and body. Tagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of a Japanese American father and a Tokyo actress. His father, a native of Hawaii, worked for the U.S. military and when Tagawa was five, his family moved to Texas. This was during the 1950s, when racism was rampant throughout the South. For Tagawa, the change from a supportive environment to a hostile one was a great shock. As a young adult, Tagawa briefly attended the University of Southern California where he studied martial arts. The following year, he returned to Japan to further his studies at a prestigious school under the tutelage of master Nakayama, one of the most highly regarded fighters in Japan. But for Tagawa, there was a spiritual component missing from training -- that, and perhaps the feeling that he was not accepted into Japanese society, led him to return to the U.S.Although he had been interested in acting for many years, Tagawa did not become an actor until he was 36 years old. He made his feature film debut in The Last Emperor (1984) and went on to work steadily in feature films and on television. Many of his film appearances have been in the direct-to-video category. Still, Tagawa has managed to develop a devoted following and has at least one web site devoted to him on the Internet. As mentioned, Tagawa specializes in villains, but occasionally he plays different roles as he did in the much-honored independent drama Picture Bride (1994) in which he plays a sugar cane farmer who orders a Japanese mail-order bride 25 years younger than himself. The latter 1990s also found Tagawa's Hollywood work coming more frequently and in larger profile releases. After small roles in such films as Vampires (1998) and Snow Falling on Cedars (1999), Tagawa could be seen in such eagerly anticipated large-scale productions as Pearl Harbor and Planet of the Apes (both 2001).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Diamond Cartel
  • Khazar
2017
97% Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Hashi
$48.1M 2016
No Score Yet Showdown in Manila
  • Actor
2016
22% Little Boy
  • Hashimoto
$5M 2015
No Score Yet L'homme aux poings de fer 2
  • The Mayor
2015
No Score Yet The Man with the Iron Fists 2
  • Lord Pi
2015
No Score Yet Ninja Apocalypse
  • Fumitaka
2014
No Score Yet Tekken: A Man Called X (Tekken: Kazuya's Revenge)
  • Heihachi Mishima
2014
14% 47 Ronin
  • Shogun Tsunayoshi
$20.6M 2013
No Score Yet Black Cobra
  • Actor
2012
62% Hachi: A Dog's Tale
  • Ken
2009
No Score Yet Tekken
  • Heihachi Mishima
2009
No Score Yet By the Will of Genghis Khan
  • Bodyguard
2009
No Score Yet Bodyguard: A New Beginning
  • Kai
2008
No Score Yet The Tomb
  • Len Burris
2008
22% Balls of Fury
  • Mysterious Asian Man
$32.9M 2007
No Score Yet Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Ichijiku no kao (Faces of a Fig Tree)
  • Oto Kadowaki Jr.
2006
No Score Yet The Slanted Screen
  • Actor
2006
35% Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The Baron
$57M 2005
No Score Yet Faith of My Fathers
  • Cat
2005
10% Elektra
  • Roshi
$24.1M 2005
No Score Yet Baywatch Hawaiian Wedding
  • Mason Sato
2003
40% The Last Warrior (Coastwatcher)
  • Imperial Marine
2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • Krull
$178.1M 2001
25% Pearl Harbor
  • Minoru Genda
$197.8M 2001
16% The Art of War
  • David Chan
$29.5M 2000
No Score Yet The Ghost
  • Actor
2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Zenhichi Miyamoto
1999
No Score Yet Top of the World
  • Capt. Heller
1999
No Score Yet Johnny Tsunami
  • Johnny Tsunami
1999
No Score Yet Bridge of Dragons
  • Ruechang
1999
No Score Yet Tom Clancy's 'Netforce'
  • Leong Cheng
1999
37% John Carpenter's Vampires
  • David Deyo
1998
No Score Yet The Provocatuer
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Provocateur
  • Actor
1998
42% The Phantom
  • Kabai Sengh
1996
No Score Yet Danger Zone
  • Chang
1996
No Score Yet White Tiger
  • Chow
1996
No Score Yet Soldier Boyz
  • Vinh Moc
1996
No Score Yet Natural Causes
  • Somchai
1995
34% Mortal Kombat
  • Shang Tsung
1995
82% Picture Bride
  • Kanzaki
1995
No Score Yet Thunder in Paradise III
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet The Dangerous
  • Kon
1994
35% Rising Sun
  • Eddie Sakamura
1993
No Score Yet Nemesis
  • Angie-Liv
1993
75% American Me
  • El Japo
1992
No Score Yet Mission of the Shark
  • Hashimoto
1991
40% The Perfect Weapon
  • Kai
1991
No Score Yet Not of This World
  • Yamamoto
1991
29% Showdown in Little Tokyo
  • Funekei Yoshida
1991
20% Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
  • Sangha
1990
No Score Yet L.A. Takedown
  • Hugh Denny
1989
77% Licence To Kill
  • Kwang
1989
34% Twins
  • Oriental Man
1988
No Score Yet Spellbinder
  • Lt. Lee
1988
No Score Yet Bulletproof
  • Actor
1988
92% The Last Emperor
  • Chang
1987
82% Big Trouble in Little China
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Armed Response
  • Toshi
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Grimm
2011
  • Actor
  • 2016
79% The Man in the High Castle
2015
  • Tagomi
  • 2016
  • 2015
75% Revenge
2011-2015
  • Takeda Tagawa
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Hiro Noshimuri
  • 2011
No Score Yet Babylon 5
1993-1998
  • Morishi
  • 1995
No Score Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation
1987-1994
  • Mandarin Bailiff
  • 1989
  • 1987

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