Favorite East Asian actors

by jfielding-932-872772 | created - 07 Aug 2014 | updated - 08 Aug 2014 | Public

1. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

Always tops every list. Love and adore him.

2. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

Such a great actor.

3. Byung-Hun Lee

Actor | Dalkomhan insaeng

Byung-hun Lee was born in 1970 in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in a wealthy family, thanks to his father, who was a successful businessman. He never dreamed of pursuing acting until a friend of his mother's suggested it. He auditioned for the KBS television network in 1991 and was accepted. His ...

Handsome guy

4. Tadanobu Asano

Actor | Mongol

Asano Tadanobu is a Japanese film actor. His father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on what became his first role, in the TV show "Kimpachi Sensei," at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi kingyo (1990)), though his first major critical success was in ...

5. Yun-Fat Chow

Actor | Wo hu cang long

Chow Yun Fat is a charismatic, athletically built and energetic Asian-born film star who first came to the attention of western audiences via his roles in the high-octane/blazing guns action films of maverick HK director John Woo.

Chow was born in 1955 on the quiet island of Lamma, part of the ...

6. Jet Li

Actor | The One

Jet Li born Li Lian Jie in Beijing, China. He started training at the Beijing wushu academy (wushu is China's national sport, largely a performance version of various martial art styles) at age eight. He won five gold medals in the Chinese championships, his first when he was only 11. In his teens,...

7. Jun'ichi Okada

Actor | Kokuriko-zaka kara

He's a singer of the Jpop group V6 (6 members) since 1995 at the age of 14 years (the year of creation). This group are two subgroups: 20th Century (the seniors of them) and Coming Century (the juniors, and Okada's subgroup). He's the most younger of them. He's too a three martial arts instructor, ...

Super cute in Hana

8. Hiroshi Abe

Actor | Gojira ni-sen mireniamu

Hiroshi Abe was born on June 22, 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Godzilla 2000 (1999), Still Walking (2008) and Thermae Romae (2012).

9. Etsushi Toyokawa

Actor | Love Letter

Etsushi Toyokawa was born on March 18, 1962 in Osaka, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Love Letter (1995), The 8-Tomb Village (1996) and Angel Dust (1994).

He has been in a number of ads in Japan. Kind of a "fringe" Japanese actor, but super attractive.

10. Shidô Nakamura

Actor | Huo yuanjia

Shidô Nakamura was born on September 14, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan as Mikihiko Ogawa. He is an actor and director, known for Fearless (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Death Note (2006). He was previously married to Yûko Takeuchi.

11. Jay Chou

Soundtrack | The Green Hornet

Jay Chou is a Taiwanese musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and director. He was born in Taipei to schoolteachers, Yeh Hui-Mei, who taught fine arts, and Chou Yao-Chung, a biomedical researcher. In 2000, Chou released his first album, titled Jay (2000), under the record ...

Curse of the Golden Flower

12. Rain

Actor | Ninja Assassin

Rain was born in Seoul, South Korea, on June 25, 1982 with the birth name Jung Jihoon. He was extremely shy in elementary school, stating in interviews that he barely spoke a word. He caught the desire to become a dancer when, at a school talent show in sixth grade, no one from his school stepped ...

13. Takeshi Kaneshiro

Actor | Shi mian mai fu

The 1/2 Taiwanese and 1/2 Japanese Takeshi Kaneshiro may have started out as a puerile teen idol in the Chinese entertainment scene, but he's since become a proper film star in his own right. Whether by his own design or not, the boyishness that marked his first steps into showbiz has evolved into ...

House of Flying Daggers is him at his best.

14. Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Actor | Faa yeung nin wa

Tony Leung Chiu Wai was born in Hong Kong on 27 June 1962. He and his younger sister were raised by their mother after his father left them. In 1982, after passing the training courses of TVB, Tony became a TV actor and became famous for his comedy style in such TV shows as Lu ding ji (1983) or The...

Infernal Affairs is pretty great.

15. Kang-ho Song

Actor | Salinui chueok

Song Kang-ho never professionally trained as an actor, beginning his career in social theater groups after graduating from Kimhae High School. Later, he joined Kee Kuk-seo's influential theater company with its emphasis on instinctive acting and improvisation, which proved to be Song's training ...

16. Sang-kyung Kim

Actor | Salinui chueok

Sang-kyung Kim was born on June 1, 1972 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Memories of Murder (2003), Jang Yeong-Sil (2016) and Dae Wang Sejong (2008).

Memories of Murder

17. Rick Yune

Actor | Die Another Day

Rick Yune was born on August 22, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Richard Yun. He is an actor and producer, known for Die Another Day (2002), The Fast and the Furious (2001) and Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

18. Sung Kang

Actor | Furious 6

Sung Kang was born on April 8, 1972 in Gainesville, Georgia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Fast & Furious 6 (2013), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Bullet to the Head (2012).

19. Kôji Yakusho

Actor | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Yakusho Koji is an acclaimed and famed Japanese actors who has appeared in many notable films, including Tampopo, Unagi and Babel, but may be best known internationally for his role in Shall We Dance, which at the time of its release was Asia's biggest film export. He was born in the southern city ...

20. IHARA

Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima

Ihara Tsuyoshi was born on November 6, 1963, in Kokura, Kyushu. He grew up in Osaka, and after graduating high school, he joined JAC (Japan Action Club) which is headed by Shin'ichi Chiba (aka Chiba Shinichi), which is a company of stunt and action actors. He made his debut in 1983 in a stage drama...

21. Min-sik Choi

Actor | Oldeuboi

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1992). In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han ...

22. Ha-kyun Shin

Actor | Jigureul jikyeora!

Ha-kyun Shin was born on May 30, 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Save the Green Planet! (2003), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Thirst (2009).

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

23. Daniel Henney

Actor | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Daniel Henney was born on November 28, 1979 in Carson City, Michigan, USA as Daniel Phillip Henney. He is an actor, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Big Hero 6 (2014) and The Last Stand (2013).

24. Ananda Everingham

Actor | Shutter

Ananda Everingham was born on May 31, 1982 in Thailand as Ananda Matthew Everingham. He is an actor, known for Shutter (2004), Happy Birthday (2008) and Eternity (2010).

Shutter

25. Jung-jae Lee

Actor | Gwansang

Apart from being a top star in film and TV, Jung-Jae Lee also works as a highly successful fashion model. One year after his debut on television in 1993, Lee was cast in his first film, a feature by Bae Chang-ho. His breakthrough came in late 1998 in the award-winning film An Affair by E-J Yong. ...

26. Woo-sung Jung

Actor | Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom

Born as the youngest of three in Seoul, South Korea. He made his debut with a TV commercial in 1994 and applied for an open audition for a leading role in The Fox with Nine Tails (1994) opposite 'So-Young Ko'. This role launched his career as one of the most promising actors in Korea. He dropped ...

27. Ji-tae Yu

Actor | Oldeuboi

Ji-tae Yu was born on April 13, 1976 in Seoul, South Korea. He is an actor and director, known for Oldboy (2003), Ditto (2000) and Mai Ratima (2012).

28. Hyuk Jang

Actor | Nae yeojachingureul sogae habnida

Hyuk Jang was born on December 20, 1976 in Pusan, South Korea as Yong-Joon Jung. He is an actor, known for Windstruck (2004), Chuno (2010) and Empire of Lust (2015). He has been married to Yeo-Jin Kim since June 2, 2008. They have three children.

29. Dong-wan Kim

Actor | Yeon-ga-si

Dong-wan Kim was born on November 21, 1979 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Deranged (2012), Spin Kick (2004) and Glory Day (2015).

30. Myung-Min Kim

Actor | Yungnyong-i Nareusya

Myung-Min Kim was born on October 8, 1972 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Six Flying Dragons (2015), Closer to Heaven (2009) and Sorum (2001).

31. Godfrey Gao

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Godfrey Gao was born on September 22, 1984 in Taiwan as Tsao Chih-Hsiang. He is an actor, known for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), The Jade Pendant (2017) and Min & Max (2016).

32. Ekin Cheng

Actor | Fung wan: Hung ba tin ha

Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin is a Hong Kong actor and Cantopop singer. Earlier in his career he was known as Noodle Cheng, though he has now reverted to a more conventional-sounding first name. Sometimes he uses Dior (because that was what it sounded like when his younger sister tried to call him) as a first...

33. David Lee McInnis

Actor | Tae-yang-eui hoo-ye

David is an Korean American actor known for his work in https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4925000/?ref_=nm_knf_i1 (Joong-Ki Song), https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7094780/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_3 (Byung-Hun Lee), and https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000170/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm (Talu Wong, Milla Jovovich).

David Lee...

34. Aaron Kwok

Actor | Fu zi

Aaron Kwok Fu-shing (born 26 October 1965) is a Hong Kong singer, dancer, and actor. He has been active since the 1980s and to the present. He is considered one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Hong Kong. Kwok's onstage dancing and displays is influenced by Michael Jackson. While most of his songs ...

35. John Cho

Actor | Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle

John Yohan Cho was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Los Angeles, California as a child, where his father was a Christian minister. Cho was educated at Herbert Hoover High School at Glendale before moving on to the University of California at Berkeley where he studied English Literature. ...

36. John Lone

Actor | The Last Emperor

Born Leung Kwok Ng in Hong Kong October 13, 1952, John Lone was spartanly raised by a single mother until the age of 7 when he was sent off to be schooled with the Peking Opera. He never again saw his mother. The Peking Opera could be a brutal and grueling life for a child but he was a diligent and...

37. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

38. Jin-hee Ji

Actor | Aein isseoyo

Jin-hee Ji was born on June 24, 1973 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for I Have a Lover (2015), The Great Jang-Geum (2003) and The Great Seer (2012).

39. Seung-woo Cho

Actor | Tajja

Seung-woo Cho was born on February 12, 1980 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for Tazza: The High Rollers (2006), Chunhyang (2000) and Marathon (2005).

40. Min-Joon Kim

Actor | Kangryeok 3Ban

Min-Joon Kim was born on July 24, 1976 in Busan, South Korea. He is an actor, known for Never to Lose (2005), No Mercy for the Rude (2006) and Musudan (2016).



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