This is the unofficial but most comprehensive English Website dedicated to the world-class Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Sanada.
Established in 2003, after The Last Samurai first introduced Sanada san to audiences outside of his native Japan. Site owner ‘Misty’ became aware of the LACK of information available about our ‘Hiro’ to the Western world. She set her sights on changing that, and HSE was born!
Through her extensive research efforts and the support of some wonderful Japanese fans, Misty created the FIRST ENGLISH website in his name, in order to educate a growing fan base about this remarkable actor and his impressive body of work.
Photo by: Izumi Haswegawa Hollywood Newswire. net
The HSE exhaustive film data base, covers his earliest career as a child actor, martial artist, his transition to more serious films, and his evolution onto the ‘world stage’.
Because of Misty’s unique perspective, aided by her ability to speak both Japanese and English fluently, she brought this gifted actor to an international fan base, eager to know more about his illustrious career.
As she mentioned (jokingly) when i first corresponded with her, she almost went blind, watching all of his films from the past. She then chronicled them, listing not only his films, but his TV work in Japan, his stage work in both Japan and London, adding a list of his accomplishments and the awards his work has garnered over the years.
There is not a fan outside of Japan who did not benefit from her efforts, in those early years, initially getting their Sanada san education from HSE.
What we ultimately learned, through the articles and interviews she also shared and translated, is that the true BEAUTY of Sanada san was in equal measure, WITHIN the man.
(Special thanks to Ayame san, Rin Rin, Akira, and Samurai, for the assistance they provided Misty in those early days.)
Journalist Izumi Hasegawa from Hollywood Newswire not only provided Misty with valuable information, but was so generous in allowing Misty to accompany her in a private interview where she had the opportunity to meet and speak with our Hiro in person!
ABOUT THE NEW HSE SITE
This was created in order to PRESERVE and ARCHIVE Misty’s original HSE.
To navigate, please click on the ‘FANS’ in the margin, which will open up pages to take you to LINKS from the ORIGINAL HSE. it’s ALL here! PLUS, we have updated the pages, enhanced them, and ADDED new sections for you to enjoy! Please take your time browsing the ‘NEW LOOK’…and be sure to check out the ‘WHO IS HIRO’ page from the TOP bar….it has been updated as well!
As Sanada san’s ‘Hiro in Hollywood’ phase of his career moves forward, we will continue to update his efforts in the tradition that HSE created. Misty will NOT be continuing to update her HSN ‘news’ blog….HOWEVER, it will remain an archived site, which can be accessed through the FANS or the links, below and at the top of the page.
by: rei 2011/2012
PLEASE CLICK IMAGE TO GO TO MISTY’S ARCHIVED BLOG: