Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada was known as one of the most talented actors in Japan. His performance in the famous production of King Lear (1999-2000), which brought him an honorary MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2002. In addition, he earned more fame through his appearances in Kaitō Ruby (1988), Ring (1998), Tasogare Seibei (The Twilight Samurai) (2002) and The Last Samurai (2003).
He debuted in film Rokyoku komori-uta (1965) when he was a five-year old child. At the age of 12, he participated Japan Action Club organized and run by actor and martial arts star Sonny Chiba
In 1990, he got married to Satomi Tezuka with two children and then ended in divorce after seven years living together. Besides, he has a long-standing friendship with Jackie Chan.