Born: October 12, 1960
Date of Birth: October 12, 1960
Hiroyuki Sanada is an internationally renowned stage and screen actor. He has dazzled audiences around the world with his talent and versatility in such internationally acclaimed motion pictures as The Last Samurai, co-starring Tom Cruise, and Yoji Yamada's 2004 Oscar-nominated film, The Twilight Samurai and Sharaku, an official selection for the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. Sanada also starred in the original Japanese version of the modern horror-classic The Ring.
Sanada is also a celebrated stage actor in his home country of Japan as well as internationally. In 1986, Sanada starred in Romeo & Juliet, directed by legendary Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando. On the London stage, Sanada played the role of "Fool" in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s millennium production of King Lear for which he was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2005, Sanada starred in Chen Kaige's epic fantasy romance, Wu ji/The Promise, a role which required him to learn Mandarin phonetically. In 2005, Sanada made his English language film debut in The White Countess, a James Ivory film, opposite Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson.
Sanada has filmed a role in the science fiction adventure film Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle for Fox Searchlight, which also stars Cillian Murphy, Chris Evans and Michelle Yeoh, and Rush Hour 3 as the lead villain opposite Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. Sanada reunited with James Ivory in 2007 for City Of Your Final Destiny in which he stars opposite Anthony Hopkins. He starred in the X-Men franchise, The Wolverine (2013) and more recently, in The Railway Man (2014).