Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa
Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa is a Hollywood actor, Japanese by birth, who became famous for his work in the films Pearl Harbor, Memoirs of a Geisha, Hachiko: The Most Faithful Friend.
Actor Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa
The main role of the artist, in which his viewers are used to seeing, is a negative character, as a rule, a villain, a representative of the mafia. But as Tagawa himself assures, in life he remains a sentimental person who can easily weep, and the warlike appearance is just a mask, he saves it for work in the movies.
Childhood and youth
Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa (better known as Carey Tagawa) was born in Tokyo in September 1950 in the family of a military man who worked at an American base and actress. Mom was from an old family, and when she expressed a desire to become an artist, she was expelled from the house. As a child, she read to her son the works of world classical literature, among which Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov and Fyodor Dostoevsky took pride of place.
When his son was 5 years old, the family moved to Fort Bragg in the north of the US state of Carolina. According to Carey Hiroyuki, there for the first time he realized that he needed to do martial arts.
Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa in his youth
Parents sent their son to Duarte High School, the best among US public schools that provide secondary education. Carey Tagawa became interested in two types of martial arts – first kendo, and then karate. He studied under the leadership of Masatoshi Nakayama, the chief instructor of the Japanese Karate Association.
After graduating from school, Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa becomes a student at the University of Southern California. After the 2nd year, he took advantage of the student exchange program and went to Japan in order to continue his studies with Sensei Nakayama.
After graduating from high school, Tagawa returned to his homeland again, but, feeling himself a stranger, returned to America. Here he tried a number of professions before making a choice in favor of acting. As a young man, Carey Hiroyuki Tagawa worked on a farm, drove a truck and a limousine, delivered pizza and worked as a photojournalist. Only 16 years later, he decided to become a movie actor.
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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s cinematic biography began in 1986, when he turned 36 years old. The debut took place in the film “Armed resistance”, where the aspiring actor got a secondary role. In “Big Trouble in Little China,” he appeared only in the crowd. But Tagawa was noticed and already the next year was invited to several projects at once.
The main among them, which became a happy ticket to the big cinema, was Bernardo Bertolucci’s film “The Last Emperor.” This movie masterpiece made Carey Hiroyuki a rising movie star. With the release of the tape, the Japanese actor becomes popular. In addition, a “fashion” for “bad Asians” began.
The artist played many roles in which he acted as a negative hero. Such – almost 90% of the available. Carey Hiroyuki’s work came in handy for martial arts training.
In 1988, Tagawa appeared in the comedy film Gemini, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito. A year later, the 16th series of Bondiana was released – the tape “License to kill”, where the Japanese artist also played. Both paintings were successful with viewers and critics, earning many awards and prizes. Next was a series of films that made Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa even more popular. This tape “The Rising Sun”, “Roof of the World”, “Planet of the Apes”, “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa (frame from the movie “Pearl Harbor”) Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa (frame from the movie “Pearl Harbor”)
Often, Carey-Hiroyuki embodied on the screen famous historical or fictional characters. In the military drama “Pearl Harbor”, he played the legendary commander Minoru Gand, in the film “Tekken” he played the role of the main character of the game of the same name Heihati Mishima. In the image of the character of the Mortal Kombat universe named Shan Tsung Tagawa appeared on the screen twice: in the full-length film of 1995 “Mortal Kombat” and its continuation in 2013 – the series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”.
In November 2015, a film directed by Yegor Baranov and screenwriter Ivan Okhlobystin entitled “Priest-san. Confession of the Samurai. ” Here, Carey-Hiroyuki Tagawa appeared in the image of Father Nicholas, the priest of the Orthodox Church, and in the past professional athlete Takuro Nakamura.
The film also played Peter Mamonov, Lyubov Tolkalina, Peter Fedorov. Together with the director and performer of the role of Konstantin Yakhontov, Igor Zhizhikin, Tagawa visited the set of Comedy Club, where he presented the project to the public.
One of the brightest pages in the filmography of the artist was his work in the puppet animation “Kubo. The legend of the samurai. ” Along with other Hollywood stars – Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara – Carey participated in voicing the animated film. The film has received many prestigious awards, including BAFTA and Annie.