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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 alongside Tom Cruise, and Yoji Yamada's Academy Award-nominated THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI and SHARAKU official selection for the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. Sanada also starred in the original Japanese version of the modern horror classic THE RING (RINGU).

Sanada is also a celebrated stage actor, both in his home country of Japan as well as internationally. In 1986, he 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.

His many film credits include Chen Kaige's epic fantasy romance THE PROMISE, the Merchant-Ivory Production THE WHITE COUNTESS, co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, and the Japanese-language horror hit THE RING 2 (RINGU 2). His recent films include CITY OF YOUR FINAL DESTINATION and the upcoming RUSH HOUR 3, directed by Brett Ratner.


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