Mortal Kombat! Scorpion! #NRW Interview with Actor, Hiroyuki Sanada! #NerdsRuleTheWorld!
BIO: HIROYUKI SANADA (Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion) is an international, award-winning actor and is one of Japan’s most distinguished and celebrated actors of his generation. He has starred in over 50 films and earned (the equivalent of ) a Japanese Academy Award for his role in “The Twilight Samurai.” Sanada’s first major Hollywood appearance was in “The Last Samurai,” opposite Tom Cruise. He later appeared in such blockbuster films as “The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
With multiple films being released this year, Sanada’s star continues to rise. He will next appear in Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated “Army of the Dead” for Netflix, a film about a group of mercenaries as they plot a heist on a Las Vegas casino during a zombie outbreak. He will also appear in “Minamata,” opposite Bill Nighy and Johnny Depp, and directed by Andrew Levitas. The film follows an American photographer who documented the effects of mercury poisoning on the citizens of Minamata, Kumamoto, Japan.
Sanada recently wrapped filming the action feature “Bullet Train,” opposite Brad Pitt, Joey King, Michael Shannon, and Sandra Bullock. The film is directed by David Leitch and follows five assassins who find themselves on a fast-moving bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka.
Sanada’s career is just as impressive on the small screen, having appeared in dozens of shows, including the critically acclaimed series “Lost” for their sixth and final season, “Helix,” “Revenge,” “The Last Ship” and “Westworld” season 2. He is currently filming a new, 2.0 version of “Shogun” at FX Networks, where he will be playing the role of Lord Tornaga. The miniseries is based on the bestselling novel by James Clavell.
He is also an established stage actor, working in both Japanese and British plays and theatre. His role as The Fool in Shakespeare’s “King Lear” gave him notable theatrical praise and awarded him an honorary MBE for being the first Japanese actor to perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
Sanada’s career in film, television and theater has spanned more than 50 years and he has garnered the attention of both American and foreign audiences alike. His unique ability to embody the roles he takes on has made him one of Hollywood’s most respected and sought-after Asian-American actors working today.
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