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 "Foolâ€ť 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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