Hiroyuki Sanada: The only Asian man to fight Jackie Chan and almost win AND beat up Tom Cruise

The most unknown martial arts practitioner in the Hollywood circle.  Orphanned at age 11, Sanada trained in kemp and kiyokushinkai, and also in kendo.  In the 70s the famous Sonny Chiba opened the first Japanese stunt school, and took Sanada in as his own.  At age 18 Sanada is in his first movie along side Chba and went on to do many other Japanese action films and TV series.  He broke into the American market with Ed Zwick’s Last Samurai .  He believes that with the making of Last Samurai it broke down barriers between Asia and America.  He also says that he believes that even within Asia there are mini barriers between, say Japan and China.  This is why he is now starring in a Chinese movie called The Promise, where he plays a Chinese general involved in a love triangle. 

Hopefully this will be the beginning of Hiroyuki’s rise into a more popular circle which can afford him more interesting opportunities to display his skillset.

6 Responses to “Hiroyuki Sanada: The only Asian man to fight Jackie Chan and almost win AND beat up Tom Cruise”

  1. Whitney Kielman Says:

    I like Tom Cruise himself and I think he’s a really fantastic actor, and is great at putting up an act even when he’s not on stage. His and Katie’s clothes on the Red Carpet at the UK _Valkyrie_ premiere were just very nice.

  2. suntsu Says:

    “The only Asian man to fight Jackie Chan and almost win”

    I’m sorry but this is clearly untrue if you’ve seen shanghai knights Donnie Yen a fellow Hong Kong star beat up jackie chan’s character in a one-sided fight (though in Twins Effect 2 Jackie Chan put’s up a so much better fight against him even landing more hits)

    And Sanadas character didn’t really come close to winning the fight it was just like any other fight “Just a Fight” neither side was winning they both fell from the eiffel tower.

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  5. kei Says:

    Hiroyuki Sanada has filmed other Chinese films long before “The Promise.” The two films I can name are: “Ninja in the Dragon’s Den (1982)” and “In the Line of Duty (1986).”

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