Hiroyuki Sanada

Hiroyuki Sanada

Highest Rated: 99% The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Oct 12, 1960

Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Hiroyuki Sanada was a Japanese actor who starred in the internationally popular horror film "Ringu" (1998) and appeared in several American films such as "The Last Samurai" (2003), "The Wolverine" (2013), and "47 Ronin" (2013). He was born Hiroyuki Shimosawa on October 12, 1960 in Tokyo, Japan. Growing up in the 1970s, when Asian-made martial arts movies were all the rage, he aspired to become an action star. At the age of 11, he joined Japan Action Club, a training school for aspiring martial arts film actors and stunt performers started by legendary Japanese film actor Sonny Chiba. He made his feature film debut in a Sonny Chiba karate movie, "Chokugeki! Jigoku-hen" (1974) and subsequently appeared in many more martial arts films during his early acting career. It wasn't until the early 1980s that Japanese audiences outside of that subgenre took notice of Sanada, most notably with his co-starring role in the critically-acclaimed "Mahjong Hourouki" (1984). As his popularity grew, he began starring in bigger movies, including the influential Japanese horror film "Ringu" and "Tasogare Seibei" (2002), for which he won Best Actor at the 2003 Japanese Academy Awards. For his international breakthrough, Sanada was cast alongside Tom Cruise in "The Last Samurai" (2003), which led to more roles in American films and television shows. He traded blows with iconic Asian action star Jackie Chan in the action comedy "Rush Hour 3" (2007), and later joined the casts of two popular TV dramas, the fantasy thriller "Lost' (ABC 2004-2010) and the soap "Revenge" (ABC 2011-). Western audiences saw even more of Sanada in 2013 as a key supporting player opposite Hugh Jackman in the Marvel comic book movie "The Wolverine," Keanu Reves' fantasy action movie "47 Ronin," the post-World War II drama "The Railway Man," starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. In the following year, Sanada was cast in executive producer Steven Spielberg's science fiction TV series "Extant" (CBS 2014-) alongside Halle Berry.

Highest rated movies

The Twilight Samurai
The Ring
Mr. Holmes Minamata
The Wolverine Army Of The Dead Life




No Score Yet No Score Yet John Wick: Chapter 4 Shimazu (Character) - 2023
54% 76% Bullet Train Unknown (Character) $30.0M 2022
67% 75% Army Of The Dead Bly Tanaka (Character) - 2021
54% 86% Mortal Kombat Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion (Character) $42.2M 2021
78% 91% Minamata Mitsuo Yamazaki (Character) - 2020
32% 51% The Catcher Was a Spy Kawabata (Character) $706.6K 2018
67% 54% Life Sho Murakami (Character) $30.2M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life Unknown (Character) - 2017
88% 70% Mr. Holmes Mr. Umezaki (Character) $17.7M 2015
66% 68% The Railway Man Nagase (Character) $4.4M 2013
16% 48% 47 Ronin Oishi (Character) $38.3M 2013
71% 69% The Wolverine Shingen Yashida (Character) $132.5M 2013
41% 60% Speed Racer Mr. Musha (Character) $43.9M 2008
39% 39% The City of Your Final Destination Pete (Character) - 2007
17% 63% Rush Hour 3 Kenji (Character) $140.1M 2007
76% 73% Sunshine Kaneda (Character) $3.7M 2007
31% 44% Master of the Crimson Armor Gen. Guangming (Character) $668.2K 2005
49% 49% The White Countess Matsuda (Character) $1.7M 2005
No Score Yet 52% Aegis Hisashi Sengoku (Character) - 2005
66% 83% The Last Samurai Ujio (Character) $111.1M 2003
99% 94% The Twilight Samurai Seibei Iguchi (Character) $529.2K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vengeance for Sale Sukeroku Sukedachiya (Character) - 2002
50% 74% Onmyoji Douson (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet First Love (Hatsukoi) Unknown (Character) - 2000
0% 51% The Ring 2 Ryûji Takayama (Guest Star) - 1999
97% 81% The Ring Ryuji Takayama (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 27% Rasen Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sharaku Tonbo (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet East Meets West Kamijo Kenkichi (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Yellow Fangs Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tugumi Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Royal Warriors Peter Yamamoto (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death of a Ninja Tatsuya Yoshioka (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 67% Ninja Wars Jotaro Fuefuki (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 78% Ninja in the Dragon's Den Genbu (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 71% Fall Guy Actor (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 65% Samurai Reincarnation Kirimaru Iga (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventurer Kamikaze Unknown (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Young Valiant Joe (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 55% Shogun's Ninja Momochi Takamaru (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Executioner Toga as a boy (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 54% Chokugeki! Jigoku-ken (The Executioner) (Direct Hit! Hell Fist) Unknown (Character) - 1974


81% 66% Helix Dr. Hiroshi Hatake (Character) 2014-2015
77% 61% Extant Hideki Yasumoto (Character) 2014
69% 79% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2012
85% 91% Lost Dogen (Guest Star) 2010