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As one of Japan's most talented and highest regarded actors of his generation, HIROYUKI SANADA (Oishi) has garnered the attention of American and foreign audiences with more than 50 films and a Japanese Oscar to his name. Sanada will be seen in The Railway Man, alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. The epic true story based on Eric Lomax's autobiography centers around two men haunted by their experiences on the notorious Death Railway in WWII who are brought together for a devastating final confrontation. Sanada plays Nagase, the interpreter at the Japanese prison camp during WWII where Eric Lomax (Firth), is held prisoner. The film premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival. The film was picked up for domestic distribution by The Weinstein Company, and will be released in the U.S. in 2014. Lionsgate International has set up deals for international release starting in December 2013, including Australia, Japan, Spain and the U.K.

Sanada is currently in production on SyFy Channel's original series Helix, in which he is a part of an elite team of CDC researchers investigating a mysterious viral outbreak in the Arctic Circle—an outbreak which has implications for all of mankind. The show premieres in January 2014.

Sanada was last seen in James Mangold's action feature The Wolverine, opposite Hugh Jackman, for 20th Century Fox. In the film, Sanada starred as Shingen, a crime boss and major enemy of Wolverine. The film was released on July 26, 2013.

Sanada started his career in film when he was five years old, and later won the Japanese Academy Award for his role in The Twilight Samurai, where he played a mid-19th century low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat. The film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. On the heels of this success, Sanada made his mark with American audiences when he starred alongside Tom Cruise in Ed Zwick's The Last Samurai.

Since then, Sanada has been seen in a number of notable features including James Ivory's The City of Your Final Destination, alongside Anthony Hopkins; The White Countess, opposite Ralph Fiennes; Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller Sunshine, with Chris Evans and Rose Byrne; the action-thriller Speed Racer, alongside Susan Sarandon and Emile Hirsch; Brett Ratner's Rush Hour 3; Chen Kaige's The Promise, a Chinese epic fantasy romance; and the terrifying Ringu series.

On television, Sanada had a guest-starring arc on the first season of ABC's Revenge, where he played Kiyoshi Takeda, Emily's (Emily Van Camp) mentor and spiritual advisor who offers her the manual to life and the cautions that come with it. He also starred in multiple episodes of the Primetime Emmy Award-winning series Lost, in which he played the role of Dogen in the final season. Beyond television, Sanada became one of the few foreign actors to tour with the Royal Shakespeare Company in a production of King Lear, with Nigel Hawthorne.

Sanada has a black belt in karate, and is trained in Japanese traditional dance and Japanese Swordplay Tate. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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