Creator: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (born 1950, also known as Cary Tagawa) is a Japanese-American actor. Born in Tokyo, he is well known for playing villainous roles and for his martial arts skill.His most famous roles include his appearances as Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, Yoshida in Showdown in Little Tokyo, and more recently as Heihachi Mishima in Tekken.
Some of his films include:
- The Last Emperor (1987)
- Twins (1988)
- Licence to Kill (1989)
- Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
- Nemesis (1992)
- Rising Sun (1993)
- Mortal Kombat (1995)
- Soldier Boyz (1995)
- The Phantom (1996)
- John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)
- Bridge of Dragons (1999)
- Johnny Tsunami (1999)
- Planet of the Apes (2001)
- Elektra (2005)
- Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
- Tekken (2009)
Tropes associated with him:
- Badass Grandpa: He's 62 years old as of 2012. Appropriately, he's portrayed men who are Badass Grandpas themselves, including Heihachi Mishima, a literal grandfather.
- Cool Old Guy: As the titular character in Johnny Tsunami.
- Large Ham
- Memetic Mutation: Your brother's soul is his.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Many of his movies have him cast as men who are, put simply, not nice guys. Mr. Tagawa himself is a part-time masseur for the University of Hawaii's football team, and is noted as being very courteous and non-violent.
- Role Reprisal: He reprises his role as the villainous Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat Legacy.
- Playing Against Type: Be honest—would you expect to see the guy who played Shang Tsung riding a surfboard in Johnny Tsunami? Or showing up for an episode or two as a minor maintenance person on the Babylon 5 station?