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) as Chang
- Twins (1988) as an Asian Man
- Licence to Kill (1989) as Kwang
- Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) as Funekei Yoshida
- Nemesis (1992) as Angie-Liv
- Rising Sun (1993) as Eddie Sakamura
- Mortal Kombat (1995) as Shang Tsung
- Soldier Boyz (1995) as Vinh Moc
- The Phantom (1996) as Kabai Sengh
- John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) as David Dayo
- Bridge of Dragons (1999) as General Ruechang
- Johnny Tsunami (1999) as Johnny Tsunami
- Snow Falling on Cedars (1999) as Zenhichi Miyamoto
- The Art of War (2000) as David Chan
- Planet of the Apes (2001) as Krull
- Pearl Harbor (2001) as Commander Minoru Genda
- Elektra (2005) as Roshi
- Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) as the Baron
- Tekken (2009) as Heihachi Mishima
- The Man in the High Castle (2015) as Nobusuke Togami
- Star Wars Rebels (2017) as Alrich Wren (voice)
Tropes associated with him:
- Cool Old Guy: As the titular character in Johnny Tsunami.
- 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.
- Playing Against Type: Be honest—would you expect to see the guy who played Shang Tsung riding a surfboard in Johnny Tsunami?