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Unveiling Hiroyuki Sanada: The Modern-Day Samurai in Film and Television






Hiroyuki Sanada MBE (真田 広之, Sanada Hiroyuki, born Shimozawa; 12 October 1960 is a Japanese actor, singer and martial artist. He began his career in the mid-1960s at the age of six, and gained prominence for his roles in Japanese and Hong Kong action films, later establishing himself as a dramatic actor.


He made his first major Hollywood appearance portraying Ujio in The Last Samurai (2003)n 2003. Sanada's role as Ujio, a master swordsman, opposite Tom Cruise, gained him international popularity and critical praise.


In 2021, Sanada was announced as producer and part of the cast of the FX limited series Shōgun, adapted from the James Clavell novel, playing the part of Lord Toranaga. The series received widespread global critical acclaim, with Sanada's role in the series considered a highlight among many reviewers.


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