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Mako Iwamatsu is a Actor and Production Design American born on 10 december 1933 at Kobe (Japon)

Mako Iwamatsu

Mako Iwamatsu
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Birth name Makoto Iwamatsu
Nationality USA
Birth 10 december 1933 at Kobe (Japon)
Death 21 july 2006 (at 72 years) at Somis (USA)

Mako Iwamatsu (岩松 マコ, Iwamatsu Mako) (December 10, 1933 – July 21, 2006) was a Japanese-born American actor and voice artist who has been nominated for numerous awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako where he omitted his surname. He is best known for his roles as Po-Han in The Sand Pebbles (for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Akiro the Wizard in Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer, and for his voice roles as Aku in Samurai Jack and Iroh in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7095 Hollywood Blvd.


Mako was married to actress Shizuko Hoshi with whom he had two daughters (Mimosa and Sala - both are actresses) and three grandchildren.

Best films

Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Rising Sun (1993)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
The Big Brawl (1980)

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Filmography of Mako Iwamatsu (48 films)

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TMNT (2007)
, 1h27
Directed by Kevin Munroe
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation, Comic science fiction
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Comedy science fiction films, Martial arts films, Mise en scène d'un rongeur, Mise en scène d'une tortue, Demons in film, Superhero films, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Reptile
Actors Nolan North, James Arnold Taylor, Quinton Flynn, Mikey Kelley, Mitchell Whitfield, Chris Evans
Roles Splinter (voice)
Rating61% 3.099493.099493.099493.099493.09949
Three thousand years ago, an Aztec warlord named Yaotl and his four generals discover a portal opening into a parallel universe which is said to have great power. Yaotl becomes immortal but at a high price, as his four generals were turned to stone. The portal releases thirteen immortal monsters that destroy his army as well as his enemies. In the present, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have grown apart. After defeating the Shredder, Master Splinter has sent Leonardo to Central America for training. Donatello works as an IT specialist, Michelangelo works as a birthday party entertainer called Cowabunga Carl and Raphael works at night as a vigilante nicknamed Nightwatcher. April O'Neil operates a company that locates and acquires relics for collectors with the help of her boyfriend, Casey Jones.
Rise: Blood Hunter, 1h34
Directed by Sebastian Gutierrez
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Feminist films, Films about magic and magicians, Films about sexuality, Vampires in film, Political films, Buddy films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Lucy Liu, Michael Chiklis, Carla Gugino, Margo Harshman, Marilyn Manson, James D'Arcy
Roles Poe
Rating49% 2.4557152.4557152.4557152.4557152.455715
Reporter Sadie Blake has just published a notable article featuring a secret Gothic party scene. The very night following the publication, one of Sadie's sources, Tricia Rawlins, is invited by her friend Kaitlyn to an isolated house in which such a party is to take place. Tricia is reluctant to enter with the curfew set by her strict father, so Kaitlyn goes alone. When she does not return, Tricia becomes worried and enters the house as well. To her horror, she finds Kaitlyn in the basement with two vampires hanging onto her and drinking her blood. She tries to hide, but the vampires find her quickly. The next day, Sadie learns of the girl's death and decides to investigate the matter. She soon attracts the interest of the vampire cult, who kidnap her and bring her in for questioning. Following that, she is raped and murdered by the vampires.
Memoirs of a Geisha, 2h25
Directed by Rob Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Suzuka Ōgo, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Samantha Futerman
Roles Sakamoto
Rating73% 3.6532053.6532053.6532053.6532053.653205
The film tells the story of Chiyo Sakamoto, a poor Japanese girl who has been sold along with her older sister Satsu into a life of servitude by her parents. Chiyo is taken in by the proprietress of a geisha house, Mother, but Satsu is rejected and is sold to another house in the "pleasure district" of the Hanamachi. At the okiya, she meets another young girl named Pumpkin, and also has numerous unpleasant run-ins with the okiya's senior geisha Hatsumomo.
Cages (2005)
, 1h30
Genres Drama
Actors Mako Iwamatsu, Tan Kheng Hua, Zelda Rubinstein, Bobby Tonelli, Asrani
Rating62% 3.141713.141713.141713.141713.14171
After a fall-out with her recent boyfriend Ethan (Bobby Tonelli), Ali (Tan Kheng Hua) a single mother finds herself broke, desperate and homeless. In an effort to care for her blind son Jonah (Dickson Tan), she reluctantly seeks out the only living relative she knows, her father Tan (Mako Iwamatsu). To earn enough money to be on her own she accepts a job in her father's bird shop, but not without the resistance of the shop's manager Liz (Zelda Rubinstein), a manipulative and protective middle-aged British woman.
Bulletproof Monk, 1h44
Directed by Paul Hunter
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Martial arts, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Buddy films
Actors Chow Yun-fat, Seann William Scott, Jaime King, K.C. Collins, Karel Roden, Victoria Smurfit
Roles Mr. Kojima
Rating54% 2.701082.701082.701082.701082.70108
In 1943 Tibet, a Tibetan monk is informed that he has fulfilled the prophecies made of him, which include forgoing his name. He is then entrusted by his master with the protection of a Scroll which contains knowledge by which the reader becomes the most powerful of living things, a protection that will keep him youthful and immunize him to injury until, at the close of 60 years, he must pass the knowledge to an heir. The master, who has formerly been the guardian of this Scroll, is killed by German soldiers shortly after the transfer. His pupil, the now nameless Monk, escapes the Nazis.
Pearl Harbor, 3h3
Directed by Michael Bay
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Historical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Politique, Transport films, Aviation films, Political films, Disaster films, Films about aviation accidents or incidents, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Jesse James, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tom Sizemore
Roles Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
Rating62% 3.106433.106433.106433.106433.10643
In 1923 Tennessee, two young boys, Rafe McCawley (Jesse James) and Danny Walker (Reiley McClendon), play together in the back of an old biplane, pretending to be soldiers fighting the Germans in World War I. After Rafe's father lands his biplane and leaves, Rafe and Danny climb into the plane and Rafe accidentally starts it, giving the boys their first experience at flight. Soon afterward, Danny's father (William Fichtner) comes to take him home. He calls Rafe a "stupid boy" and beats Danny. In an effort to protect Danny, Rafe hits Danny's father with an old propeller and calls him a "dirty German". Danny's father reacts by saying he fought the Germans in the trenches in France during World War I, and that he prays that no one will ever have to see the things he saw.
Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, 1h25
Directed by Stig Bergqvist
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Elizabeth Daily, Tara Strong, Cheryl Chase, Christine Cavanaugh, Dionne Quan, Kath Soucie
Roles Mr. Yamaguchi (voice)
Rating62% 3.10633.10633.10633.10633.1063
The film opens with a parody of The Godfather, at the wedding reception of Lou Pickles and his new wife, Lulu. A mother-child dance during the reception saddens Chuckie Finster, who realizes that he has lived most of his life without his mother, Melinda, who died of a sudden illness shortly after he was born. His father, Chas, shares Chuckie's loneliness.
Owls' Castle, 2h18
Directed by Masahiro Shinoda
Genres Drama, Action, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Kiichi Nakai, Takaya Kamikawa (上川 隆也), Mako Iwamatsu, Jinpachi Nezu
Roles Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Rating60% 3.0493453.0493453.0493453.0493453.049345
Alors que le grand commandant militaire Nobunaga Oda consolidait son pouvoir à travers le Japon, l'une de ses actions consistait à anéantir un clan d'assassins, tuant chaque homme, femme et enfant qu'il trouvait dans le village. Des années plus tard, l'un des survivants a engagé un jeune mais habile assassin pour venger la mort de ses amis et de sa famille. Sa mission : se faufiler dans le château le plus gardé du Japon et tuer le souverain suprême du pays.
The Bird People in China, 1h58
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Actors Renji Ishibashi, Masahiro Motoki, Mako Iwamatsu
Roles Shen
Rating73% 3.6961253.6961253.6961253.6961253.696125
Obligé de remplacer son collègue malade au pied levé, un jeune Japonais est envoyé par son entreprise en Chine, afin de mettre au jour un filon de pierres précieuses. Le voyage ne s'annonçait pas des plus agréables et la réalité va, de loin, dépasser tout ce que Wada avait pu imaginer. En effet, dès son arrivée en Chine, il va réaliser qu'on ne lui a pas tout dit : sa société doit de l'argent à des yakuzas... et ceux-ci ont entendu parler des pierres. Ils ont donc envoyé un des leurs, Ujiie, afin d'épurer définitivement la dette : colérique, imbu de sa personne, ce dernier ne manquera jamais une occasion pour rendre le périple du jeune salary-man encore plus désagréable qu'il ne l'était à la base. Guidés par un vieil homme qui parle aussi mal japonais qu'il le comprend, les deux hommes vont aller de surprises en surprises, passant de forêts sauvages à des montagnes millénaires, au gré de tempêtes et de crues dévastatrices.
Seven Years in Tibet, 2h16
Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Biography, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Films about Tibet, Films about Buddhism
Actors Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, B.D. Wong, Mako Iwamatsu, Danny Denzongpa, Victor Wong
Roles Kungo Tsarong
Rating71% 3.550513.550513.550513.550513.55051
Austrian mountaineers Heinrich Harrer (Pitt) and Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) are part of a team attempting to summit Nanga Parbat in British India (present-day Pakistan). When World War II begins in 1939, they are arrested by British Indian authorities and imprisoned in a POW camp in Dehradun in the Himalayan foothills, in the present-day Indian state of Uttarakhand. Harrer's pregnant wife, Ingrid, sends him divorce papers from Austria.
Riot (1997)
, 2h
Directed by Galen Yuen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Films about music and musicians, Hip hop films, Gangster films
Actors Luke Perry, Dante Basco, Mario Van Peebles, Lucy Liu, Alexis Cruz, Cicely Tyson
Roles Mr. Lee
Rating60% 3.046383.046383.046383.046383.04638
The film dissects the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict and the ensuing riots through four narratives. A Chinese liquor store owner tries to come to an understanding with his assimilating teenage son who sees his father's old world ways and non-aggressive Buddhism as signs of weakness. A Hispanic teenager tries to live a straight life and do well in school so he will not make the same mistakes his older brother had made, and be able to provide as best he can for his current and future family. A white LAPD officer struggles with obligations from his new girlfriend and not-quite-ex-wife, while confronting a surprisingly gung ho attitude from his fellow officers. An African American middle class man who has recently moved his new family out of "the ghetto", visits the store his father used to own in the old neighborhood and seeks to give some good news to his mother who has vivid memories from living through the Watts riots less than thirty years prior. These four stories are nominally separate vignettes, but interact with each other throughout the film.
Crying Freeman, 1h42
Directed by Christophe Gans
Origin Canada
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Crime, Martial arts
Themes Mafia films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Yakuza films, Gangster films
Actors Marc Dacascos, Julie Condra, Tchéky Karyo, Byron Mann, Yōko Shimada, Masaya Katō
Roles Shido Shimazaki
Rating63% 3.1987153.1987153.1987153.1987153.198715
One morning, while painting the landscape on a hill in San Francisco, California, a young woman named Emu O'Hara witnesses the murder of a Japanese Yakuza member. She notices that while the assassin stands emotionless in front of her, his eyes begin to shed tears. The assassin introduces himself to Emu as "Yo".
Midnight Man, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Martial arts, Action, Martial arts
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Lorenzo Lamas, James Lew, Mako Iwamatsu, Eric Pierpoint, James Shigeta, James T. Callahan
Roles Buun Som
Rating46% 2.3261152.3261152.3261152.3261152.326115
LAPD Detective John Kang (Lamas) dreams of a quiet life with his wife and child, but after a blown surveillance operation, those dreams quickly turn bloody when he is targeted for assassination by a ruthless Cambodian warlord. Plagued by memories of a forgotten childhood and trapped in the middle of a brutal gang war, Kang must fight to save his family as the world's deadliest hitman closes in for the kill.
Highlander: The Final Dimension, 1h39
Origin Canada
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa, Seafaring films, Transport films, Time travel films
Actors Christophe Lambert, Mario Van Peebles, Mako Iwamatsu, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Neufeld, Daniel Dõ
Roles Nakano
Rating44% 2.203762.203762.203762.203762.20376
From the dawn of time we came, moving silently among you, down through the centuries...Immortals. I'm Connor MacLeod of the clan MacLeod, the Highlander. After the death of my friend Ramírez and my beloved wife Heather, I left my home in the Highlands of Scotland and began to wander the world, searching for answers. Finally I came to Japan, to the mountains of Niri, and the cave of the sorcerer Nakano.— Connor MacLeod