Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Date of Birth: 27.09.1950
Country: Japan

  1. Biography of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
  2. Early Life and Training
  3. Acting Career and Current Endeavors
  4. Philosophy and Teaching
  5. Filmography

Biography of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is an actor known for his roles in both positive and negative characters. One of his notable positive roles was as the assistant to the main protagonist in the television series "Detective Nash Bridges". However, he is most recognized for his exceptional portrayal of villains in films such as "Mortal Combat", "Showdown in Little Tokyo", and "Kickboxer 2".

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Early Life and Training

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa was born in Japan into a military family. He later moved to the United States with his father. During his school years, Cary began practicing kendo and later trained in the Shotokan style of karate under the guidance of Master M. Nakayama. Martial arts training was crucial for a Japanese individual living in the southern United States during that time. Cary mentioned that he always tried to avoid fights, as he believed there were no true winners in conflicts. He firmly believed in resolving conflicts peacefully.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Acting Career and Current Endeavors

Despite his rare appearances in positive roles, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa continues to act in various projects. One of his memorable roles was in the television series "Detective Nash Bridges" as the assistant to the main character. He is also well-known for his performances as villains in films such as "Mortal Combat", "Showdown in Little Tokyo", and "Kickboxer 2". Currently, Tagawa resides in the Hawaiian Islands where he writes screenplays, continues to act, and teaches martial arts in his own school.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Philosophy and Teaching

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa has a unique perspective on martial arts compared to many others. Contrary to his on-screen image, he is primarily interested in the philosophy and energy of martial arts. He employs teaching methods that are completely different from those used in his own training. Cary emphasizes proper breathing and control of internal energy to his students. His martial arts system, created by Tagawa, is called "Chun Shin".


1. The Last Emperor - 1987 (Drama)
2. The Viper - 1988 (Sci-Fi Thriller)
3. Kickboxer 2: The Road Back - 1990 (Action)
4. American Me - 1992 (Drama)
5. Rising Sun - 1993 (Thriller)
6. Picture Bride - 1995 (Drama)
7. Mortal Kombat - 1995 (Sci-Fi Action)
8. White Tiger - 1995 (Action)
9. The Roof of the World - 1997 (Action)
10. The Art of War - 2000 (Action)