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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is a Actor Japonais born on 27 september 1950 at Tokyo (Japon)

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
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Nationality Japon
Birth 27 september 1950 (70 years) at Tokyo (Japon)

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (田川 洋行, Tagawa Hiroyuki, born September 27, 1950) is a Japanese-American actor, sports physiologist, martial artist and stuntman.

In addition to his extensive film work, he has appeared on television in Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Encounter at Farpoint"; 1987), Thunder in Paradise (1995), Nash Bridges (1996), Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003) and Heroes (2007). He also provided the voice of Sin Tzu for the video game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu. He played the part of Earth Alliance security officer Morishi in Babylon 5 ("Convictions"). He played the evil soul-stealing sorcerer Shang Tsung in a film adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat, and the evil mastermind Heihachi Mishima in the film adaptation of Tekken.

Biography

Early life
Tagawa was born in Tokyo, Japan, the son of a Japanese actress and a Japanese-American father who served in the United States Army who was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Fort Hood, Texas. He is able to speak both English and Japanese and is also fluent in Korean and Spanish. He was raised in various cities. He and his family finally settled in Southern California where he began acting in high school while attending Duarte High School in Southern California. He attended the University of Southern California, and was an exchange student in Japan.


Career
His breakthrough as an actor came when he was cast as the Eunuch Chang in The Last Emperor (1987). In 1989, he played an undercover agent of the Hong Kong Narcotics Board in the James Bond film Licence to Kill. In 1991, he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida. He also starred alongside James Hong and Jeff Speakman in the same year in the film The Perfect Weapon, where he played Kai, an assistant to the Korean mafia families.

He appeared in the movie Mortal Kombat (1995) as the shapeshifting sorcerer Shang Tsung, and as the deadly pirate leader Kabai Singh in The Phantom (1996). Tagawa is among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen (2006), directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian-American men in Hollywood.

Tagawa played Heihachi Mishima in Tekken, the film adaptation of the video game franchise. In 2006, he provided the voice of Brushogun in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. He was in the film Johnny Tsunami (1999) and its sequel Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007). In between those two films, Tagawa played Attar's mentor Krull in Tim Burton's version of Planet of the Apes (2001).

Tagawa reprised his role as Shang Tsung for the second season of the YouTube series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. This new version of the character will be unrelated to Tagawa's previous work as Tsung.

He also played the role of Satoshi Takeda in the television series Revenge, a powerful CEO in Japan and Emily Thorne's former mentor in her quest for revenge. In season 2, Tagawa took over the role from Hiroyuki Sanada, who was unable to continue due to scheduling conflicts.

Best films

Mortal Kombat (1995)
(Actor)
Rising Sun (1993)
(Actor)
Elektra (2005)
(Actor)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (49 films)

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Actor

Kubo and the Two Strings
Directed by Travis Knight
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Politique, Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Art Parkinson, Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes, Brenda Vaccaro
Roles Hashi (voice)
Rating77% 3.8987653.8987653.8987653.8987653.898765
The story is set in ancient Japan, where a young boy named Kubo cares for his mother in a village. A spirit from the past turns Kubo's life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.
The Man with the Iron Fists 2, 1h29
Directed by Roel Reiné
Origin USA
Genres Martial arts, Kung fu, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Kung fu films, Wuxia films
Actors Grace Huang, RZA, Andrew Lin Hoi, Carl Ng, Dustin Nguyen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Roles Lord Pi / Mayor Zhang
Rating44% 2.227812.227812.227812.227812.22781
Thaddeus the blacksmith is on his way to the monks at Wu Chi Temple on a quest on inner peace when he is attacked by the brother of Silver Lion and his henchmen. Thaddeus manages to defeat them all but receives a near fatal wound from Silver Lion's brother's claw. He succumbs to his wounds and is seen drifting on a log down a river.
Little Boy
Little Boy (2015)
, 1h39
Directed by Alejandro Gómez Monteverde
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors David Henrie, Kevin James, Emily Watson, Ted Levine, Michael Rapaport, Tom Wilkinson
Roles Hashimoto
Rating73% 3.697043.697043.697043.697043.69704
The story centers on a 7-year-old boy, Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati), who is devastated when his father enlists in the army during World War II. The title is a reference to Little Boy, the code name for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima as well as a reference to Pepper's height. Pepper has an extremely close relationship with his loving father. It begins from the very moment he is born when his father cradles him in his arms and mentions how small he is. When Pepper is examined by a doctor the physician is asked if the child is a midget. However, the doctor says that the term is offensive and suggests that he is just a "little boy." However, when World War II begins, Pepper's older brother is declared ineligible for military service because of flat feet and his father joins in his place. Not long after his father leaves for war, Pepper hears the Bible verse, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move" (Mt. 17:20), he becomes determined to get enough faith to bring his father home. Nevertheless, as his friend and mentor Father Oliver tells him, faith is useless to anyone who harbors hatred. The film highlights the tremendous hatred against Japanese-Americans that was rampant in America at this time. Father Oliver tells Pepper to befriend a Japanese man named Hashimoto. At first, the racism Pepper has internalized from society makes him hesitant to follow this advice, but as he gets to know Hashimoto, he begins to value their friendship and learns from Hashimoto to stand up to those who bully him about his height. The plot then takes a turn when Pepper's father is reported missing in action. Pepper's mother (Emily Watson) struggles to keep her family together in the face of these overwhelming hardships.
Skin Trade
Skin Trade (2014)
, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about slavery
Actors Tony Jaa, Ron Perlman, Dolph Lundgren, Michael Jai White, Celina Jade, Peter Weller
Roles Senator Khat
Rating56% 2.8041252.8041252.8041252.8041252.804125
A Cambodian girl leaves her village for Bangkok. Upon arrival, she is kidnapped, drugged, and sold in the skin trade.
TEKKEN: Kazuya's Revenge, 1h28
Directed by Wych Kaosayananda
Origin USA
Genres Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Sports films, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Political films, Dystopian films, Films based on video games
Actors Kane Kosugi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rade Šerbedžija, Charlotte Kirk, Kelly Wenham
Roles Heihachi
Rating28% 1.4278851.4278851.4278851.4278851.427885
A man with no recollection of his past wakes up in an apartment in a district outside Tekken City before he is chased by armed men and nabbed by a female assassin named Rhona Anders. He is brought to a guerrilla leader known as "The Minister", who gives him the letter "K" as his codename and has an explosive surgically implanted in his chest, should he fail his mission or attempt to leave the organization. Despite his amnesia, "K" displays exceptional skills in fighting and marksmanship. He befriends the district's local janitor, whose son killed his wife and crippled him before disappearing three years prior. After defeating an opponent in a sparring match, "K" is ordered by the Minister to kill him or the janitor; "K" declines and tells the Minister to let the janitor go, to which the Minister's henchman breaks the defeated opponent's neck.
Ninja Apocalypse, 1h23
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Sports films, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Disaster films
Actors Christian Oliver, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Tara Macken, Ernie Reyes, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Alex Huynh
Roles Fumitaka
Rating31% 1.5815051.5815051.5815051.5815051.581505
In a post-apocalyptic future where the survivors have banded together into ninja clans, representatives of the Lost Ninja Clan – brothers Cage and Surge, deaf-mute Sky, Trillion, and Mar – are called to an underground bunker to attend a peace conference. Each of the ninja clans has a magic power, and the Lost Ninja Clan control electricity. Fumitaka, a respected clan leader, believes that the disparate ninja clans are under threat by an external force. He proposes that they band together in order to increase their chances of survival. Though this is well received by the assembled clans, he is assassinated at the end of his speech. Three witnesses step forward to identify Cage, the leader of the Lost Ninja Clan, as the assassin. Confused and protesting his innocence, Cage leads his clan to safety as they fight through the hostile crowd. Cage uses most of his magical power reserves to temporarily knock most of the other ninja unconscious.
47 Ronin
47 Ronin (2013)
, 1h58
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Kō Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka
Roles Shogun Tsunayoshi
Rating62% 3.1482253.1482253.1482253.1482253.148225
In late medieval Japan, Kai (Keanu Reeves) is a half-Japanese, half-English outcast who lives in the Akō Domain, which is ruled by the benevolent Lord Asano Naganori. When Kai was young, Asano found him lost in the forest and accepted him into his household. Kai and Asano's daughter, Mika, eventually fall in love despite Kai being scorned by her father's samurai due to his lowborn status and mixed ancestry.
TEKKEN
TEKKEN (2010)
, 1h32
Directed by Dwight H. Little
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Films about computing, Jeu, Post-apocalyptic films, Sports films, Films set in the future, Martial arts films, Films about video games, Political films, Dystopian films, Films based on video games
Actors Jon Foo, Kelly Overton, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Ian Anthony Dale, Ian Anthony Dale, Tamlyn Tomita
Roles Heihachi Mishima
Rating48% 2.405592.405592.405592.405592.40559
Setting In the late 2010s, after the Terror War has destroyed much of civilization, 8 megacorporations survived and divided up the world around them; the biggest being Tekken Corporation, which controls North America. In order to placate the masses, the corporation's Chairman, Heihachi Mishima, sponsors the King of Iron Fist Tournament, or Iron Fist - in which fighters from the 8 corporations battle until one is left standing and receives a lifetime of stardom and wealth. In contrast to the rich and lust Tekken City, there is the slum area surrounding it, referred to as the Anvil.
Hachi: A Dog's Tale, 1h33
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer, Jason Alexander, Erick Avari
Roles Ken
Rating80% 4.049034.049034.049034.049034.04903
Students are giving oral presentations about personal heroes. Ronnie's subject is his grandfather's dog, Hachikō.
Ghost Voyage
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Deanna Russo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Roles Steward
Rating35% 1.792481.792481.792481.792481.79248
The plot deals with nine strangers, most of whom are engaged in criminal and/or morally questionable acts, who wake up on an abandoned cargo ship with no memory of how they arrived there. The ship's steward explains the rules to them. The unfortunate passengers soon find out that the ship is haunted by malevolent spirits and that they've each been brought there for a particular reason. The spirits immediately take those who have committed great sins (i.e. murder, adultery, etc.).
Balls of Fury, 1h30
Directed by Robert Ben Garant
Origin USA
Genres Martial arts, Comedy, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Films about the Olympic Games, Gangster films
Actors Dan Fogler, Christopher Walken, Maggie Q, George Lopez, James Hong, Robert Patrick
Roles Mysterious Asian Man
Rating52% 2.649422.649422.649422.649422.64942
Eleven year old Randy Daytona becomes anxious when he learns that his father Peter has bet on his performance in the 1988 Summer Olympics table tennis finals. During his first game between his opponent Karl Wolfschtagg from the German Democratic Republic, Daytona has an accident and suffers an injury. Unable to continue, he loses the match. Loan sharks in the employ of criminal mastermind Feng murder his father, and Daytona leaves competitive ping-pong.
Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
Directed by Eric Bross
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Children's films
Actors Brandon Baker, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Robyn Lively, Yuji Okumoto, Mary Page Keller, Jonathan McDaniel
Roles Grandpa Johnny Tsunami
Rating55% 2.7574052.7574052.7574052.7574052.757405
Johnny "Pono" Kapahala, a teen snowboarding champion from Vermont, returns to Oahu, Hawaii, for the wedding of his grandfather, local surf legend Johnny Tsunami. Johnny is excited for the marriage as he anticipates having an uncle to hang out with, but eventually realizes his "Uncle Chris" is a 12-year-old brat.
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Animation
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Superhero films
Actors Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Tara Strong, Khary Payton, Hynden Walch, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Roles Brushogun
Rating72% 3.601233.601233.601233.601233.60123
Jump City is attacked by a Japanese ninja called Saico-Tek. The Teen Titans manage to capture him having their tower damaged. Under interrogation, Saico-Tek reveals the identity of the one who sent him - Brushogun -; then he bursts the room's fire extinguisher system and mysteriously vanishes. Subsequently, the Titans head to Tokyo, Japan, to search for his master.
Elektra
Elektra (2005)
, 1h33
Directed by Rob S. Bowman
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Martial arts, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Children's films
Actors Jennifer Garner, Kirsten Prout, Goran Višnjić, Will Yun Lee, Terence Stamp, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Roles Roshi
Rating47% 2.351932.351932.351932.351932.35193
After being killed in Daredevil, Elektra Natchios (Jennifer Garner) is revived by a blind martial arts master called Stick (Terence Stamp). She is brought to his training compound to learn Kimagure, an ancient martial arts discipline that provides its practitioners with precognition as well as the ability to resurrect the dead. Elektra is soon expelled because of her inability to let go of her rage. She leaves and uses her training to become a contract killer.