The Leading East Asian Men!

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 08 Dec 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

From all films I've seen. Rules for the Ranking: my personal rating + the imdb rating x votes.

1. 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 ...

5682 points

2. 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 Jue...

5111 points

3. 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 ...

3661 points

4. 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 ...

2448 points

5. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded ...

2438 points

6. Jet Li

Actor | Huo yuanjia

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,...

1516 points

7. Andy Lau

Actor | Mou gaan dou

Andy Lau Tak-wah, (born 27 September 1961) is a Hong Kong actor, singer-songwriter, presenter, and film producer. Lau has been one of Hong Kong's most commercially successful film actors since the mid-1980s, performing in more than 160 films while maintaining a successful singing career at the same...

1378 points

8. Tatsuya Nakadai

Actor | Kagemusha

Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi encountered him and cast him in The Thick-Walled Room (1956). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in...

1316 points

9. 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...

655 points

10. Ryo Ishibashi

Actor | Ôdishon

Ishibashi Ryo (Ryo Ishibashi) was born on July 20, 1956, in Fukuoka City, Kyushu, Japan. Being a multi-talented star, and an international celebrity, Ryo Ishibashi has starred in many TV programs, and movies both within his native Japan, and abroad. He began his celebrity career when he started his...

609 points

11. 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 ...

541 points

12. Chishû Ryû

Actor | Tôkyô monogatari

What an amazing career! Few can boast a longer one (64 years of activity). Few have been able to have to relate to three generations. And it is pretty sure that no one can compare with him in terms of faithfulness to a director: Chishu Ryu indeed appeared in no fewer than fifty-two out of ...

536 points

13. Tsutomu Yamazaki

Actor | Kagemusha

Tsutomu Yamazaki was born on December 2, 1936 in Chiba, Japan. He is an actor, known for Kagemusha (1980), Space Battleship Yamato (2010) and Departures (2008).

475 points

14. Hee Jae

Actor | Bin-jip

Hee Jae was born on May 25, 1980 in South Korea. He is an actor, known for 3-Iron (2004), Kwaegeol Chun-hyang (2005) and Yi Chang Feng Hua Xue Yue De Shi (2013).

363 points

15. Masahiro Motoki

Actor | Okuribito

Masahiro Motoki was born on December 21, 1965 in Okegawa, Saitama, Japan as Masahiro Uchida. He is an actor, known for Departures (2008), Chûgoku no chôjin (1998) and Shiko funjatta (1992). He has been married to Yayako Uchida since July 1995. They have three children.

309 points

16. Masatoshi Nagase

Actor | Paterson

Masatoshi Nagase was born on July 15, 1966 in Miyazaki, Japan. He is an actor, known for Paterson (2016), Musuko (1991) and Kakushi ken oni no tsume (2004). He was previously married to Kyôko Koizumi.

297 points

17. Leslie Cheung

Actor | Ah fei zing zyun

Leslie Cheung was the youngest of 10 children. His father was tailor to the late William Holden. Leslie's parents divorced when he was young, and he claims this is one reason for his disinterest in marriage. Following graduation from secondary school, he studied at Leeds University in Great Britain...

295 points

18. Eiji Okada

Actor | Hiroshima mon amour

Eiji Okada was born on June 13, 1920 in Chiba, Japan. He was an actor, known for Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Woman in the Dunes (1964) and Shonen tanteidan: Tetto no kaijin (1957). He was married to Wasa, Aiko. He died on September 14, 1995 in Japan.

270 points

19. Bin Won

Actor | Ajeossi

Bin Won was born on November 10, 1977 in Gangwon-do, South Korea as Kim Do Jin. He is an actor, known for The Man from Nowhere (2010), Mother (2009) and Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004). He has been married to Na-Young Lee since May 30, 2015.

268 points

20. Fengyi Zhang

Actor | Chi bi

Fengyi Zhang was born on September 1, 1956 in Changsha City, Hunan Province, China. He is an actor, known for Red Cliff (2008), You Seng (1993) and He ping nian dai (1996).

212 points

21. 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 Rokyoku komori-uta (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 ...

192 points

22. Leon Lai

Actor | Do lok tin si

Leon Lai won the 2002 Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Actor for his outstanding performance in the highly acclaimed horror film, Three, where he portrayed an obsessive husband trying to revive his dead wife with Chinese medicine. In 2003, he appeared in the final installment of the high profile ...

183 points

23. Masaharu Fukuyama

Actor | Soshite chichi ni naru

Fukuyama Masaharu is a musician, singer-songwriter, music producer, actor, radio personality and photographer from Japan. In 1987 at the age of 18, he left his hometown Nagasaki for Tokyo. The next year, artist management and entertainment company Amuse Inc. celebrated their 10th anniversary with ...

179 points

24. Masayuki Mori

Actor | Rashômon

Masayuki Mori was born on January 13, 1911 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan as Yukimitsu Arishima. He was an actor, known for Rashômon (1950), The Bad Sleep Well (1960) and The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945). He died on October 7, 1973.

163 points

25. Yûzô Kayama

Actor | Chûshingura

The son of one of one of Japan's biggest male stars of the 1930s, 'Ken Uehara', the handsome and likable Yuzo Kayama became one of Japan's biggest male stars of the 1960s. And just as Uehara embodied the idea of a modern Japanese wartime hero, Kayama became symbolic of postwar Japanese affluence ...

151 points