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Creator / Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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"It's not whether you fall or make a mistake, it's what you do when you fall. And I say you stand up. You keep standing up. It's not how many times you fall, it's how many times you stand up."

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (born September 27, 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: The Movie and Mortal Kombat 11, Yoshida in Showdown in Little Tokyo, and Heihachi Mishima in Tekken (2010).

Some of his roles include:


  • Cool Old Guy: As the titular character in Johnny Tsunami, and later as resident biologist Hiroki Watanabe in Lost in Space (2018).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a delightfully deep and sonorous voice, which he uses to great effect in his villainous roles. His normal voice is actually a lot lighter, he just deepens it in his movie roles because of this trope.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures / Fake Nationality: He is Japanese and Japanese-American, but has played other asian nationalities and cultures across his career. Examples include his role the East Asian Kabai Sengh in The Phantom, the Vietnamese Vinh Moc in Soldier Boyz and even his signature role as Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat: The Movie and assorted media (it's unclear if Shang Tsung even belongs to a human nationality, but his name and styling is evidently chinese).
  • Large Ham: While he specializes in more quiet, reserved bad guys, he can ham it up with the best of them when necessary, and has the possibly-unique ability to be a quiet Large Ham. Surfboard in Johnny Tsunami?
    • He also plays a Japanese Orthodox priest in Иерей-Сан (translated as Priest-San), he interestingly stated that this role was the closest to his real life personality.
  • Role Reprise: He returned his role as Shang Tsung in the second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy 18 years after he last portrayed him. Later he would reprise the role again for Mortal Kombat 11, 24 years after he first took up the sorcerer's mantle - and he plays the role in an Ink Suit, to boot!.

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