Togo Igawa is an actor/director living in England. He trained in Japan at The Haiyuza Theatre Company Acting School and Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. In 1986, he became the first Japanese actor to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work spans stage, film, anime, games and television, including movie roles in "Incognito" (1998), "Memories of a Geisha" (2003), "The Last Samurai" (2005),"Night Train" (2009) and "47 Ronin" (2013). Since 2009, he has been the voice of Hiro, the wise Japanese train engine in "Thomas and Friends". In 2012, he was nominated for a BAFTA Games Award for his role in "Total War: Shogun 2" (2011). Mr. Igawa lives in north Oxfordshire, England with his wife Adrienne Baba.
Roger Yuan's career in the film industry has seen him wear many hats. As a martial arts fight trainer, action coordinator, actor, writer and producer, he has gained much acclaim. Having worked in US, UK, Hong Kong, China, Thailand and Indian "Bollywood" and Vietnam productions, he has cultivated a global appeal
Roger has amassed a wide repertoire of expertise in various martial arts styles and unique physical training regimens and has trained the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer for Catwoman in Batman Returns, Rene Russo, John Cusack, Michael Madsen, Henry Cavill, Immortals, Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence for X Men:First Class, Keanu Reeves for 47 Ronin and Daniel Craig for Skyfall.
Country singing star Tim McGraw is a recent client enlisting Roger to get him in shape for his 2012 "Brothers of the Sun Summer Tour".
Roger has choreographed action for films such as Son of The Pink Panther, Death Becomes Her, Ella Enchanted, Black Dynamite, X Men: first Class, 47 Ronin and the 50th anniversary 007 film, Skyfall, Once Upon a Time in Vietnam, and Warcraft.
Roger's acting debut came in Red Corner with Richard Gere. As an actor that does his own stunts, He won the respect of Hong Kong action luminaries Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao (Shanghai Noon), Sammo Hung, jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China and America), and Chow Yun Fat (Bulletproof Monk). And action directors Dee Dee Ku, Dion Lam, Hung Yan Yan and Steven Ching su Tung.
Roger has also shaped comedic roles with action, he has lead roles in Warner Bros. Chandni Chowk to China, and sony's Black Dynamite. 2015 will see Roger in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: the Green Destiny, playing Iron Crow, which director and action legend Master Yuen Woo Ping personally chose Roger for this lead role.
Leila is a British-born actress based in London, United Kingdom. Although she spent most of her teenage years in the UK, Leila spent her childhood moving between Hong Kong, London and Vancouver. She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She enjoys traveling and working internationally.
Her love for acting began to blossom at the age of 7 when she played the role of a Royal Child at the Anna Scher Theatre for their The King & I production in 1999, which turned into a true passion at the age of 10 when she played the lead role of Snow White in a school play. As a child she trained at the Anna Scher Theatre in Islington, London for a number of years where she studied singing, dancing and acting. Funnily enough she only went there to hang out with my friends as an after school activity.
At a very young age she kept herself busy with many extracurricular activities due to her constant travels. From taking Tae Kwon Do and earning herself a 1st Dan Brown Belt in the process, to taking violin lessons. Despite the focus on pursuing her dream she maintained high academic standards.
At the age of 16 Leila took her GSCE in Drama, gaining an A* for her portrayal of a young refugee trying to escape her hard past and evil father. She also took her AS-Level in Drama before she began her formal acting training at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead, where she studied all elements of the performing arts. She also trained and is a member of the prestigious National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Leila has continuously work professionally and appeared in a variety of TV and film productions including BBC drama Holby City, Vertigo Heights Random 11, and the latest Universal Studios 3D feature 47 Ronin which she filmed as well as various shorts and other feature length films.
Masayoshi Haneda was born 13th November, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. He decided to pursue a career in acting at an early age. From 1999 to 2000, under Yoko Narahashi, he attended the United Performers' Studio (UPS Academy) in Tokyo. After graduation he passionately continued his studies with workshops conducted by teachers of the Actors Studio, New York.
His early works include theater stage plays directed by Yoko Narahashi and Robert Allan Ackerman as well as many roles on Japanese V cinema. In 2003, he had a role as a stunt performer on The Last Samurai.
Haneda has appeared in films such as When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2003), Oh! My Zombie Mermaid (2004), Marebito (2004), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and Memories of Matsuko (2006). His international debut started in July 2006, with the joint French-German-Indian independent film Valley of Flowers. In 2008, Haneda appeared in a role in the American-Japanese film The Ramen Girl. In 2012, he played Matthew Fox's driver and interpreter in the Emperor. This was followed by a role as a samurai in 47 Ronin in 2013. In 2014, he was a soldier in Edge of Tomorrow.
Ilan Eshkeri is a British composer known for his film scores to Stardust, The Young Victoria and Kick-Ass as well as for his collaborations with recording artists and his concert work.
His career is notable for its diversity; recently Eshkeri scored Still Alice starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart, Kevin Macdonald's Black Sea featuring Jude Law, 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeve's, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Working Title's I Give it a Year and the Oscar nominated Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes' second outing as a director.
Christmas 2013 saw Eshkeri's score to The Snowman and The Snowdog, the sequel to the British animated classic The Snowman, performed live to picture at a series of concerts at the Union Chapel in London. Eshkeri has also had his works performed at The Louvre in Paris, The Rudolfinum in Prague and The Royal Albert Hall in London.
Eshkeri has collaborated with recording artists including Tim Wheeler from Ash, Smith & Burrows, Emmy The Great, Tom Odell, Coldplay, David Gilmour and Annie Lennox. He has worked with Amon Tobin on a live orchestral performance of his work, wrote the The Young Victoria song Only You for Sinead O'Connor, worked with Take That on the film Stardust and has been commissioned to write for the world renown pianist Lang Lang.
Eshkeri's score to The Snowman and The Snowdog was nominated for a BAFTA and his score to The Young Victoria was nominated for an Ivor Novello and topped the classical music charts for several weeks. Stardust won the International Film Music Critics Association award for 'Best Original Score'. Eshkeri was nominated for 'Discovery of the Year' at the World Soundtrack Awards for Layer Cake and he has been nominated for three other World Soundtrack Awards.
While eating ramen noodles for lunch at a Japanese market in Los Angeles, Takato Yonemoto was approached by a talent scout, and in less than a week, he auditioned for the $225 million, 3D epic 47 Ronin. Just a few weeks later, without any acting background, he found himself in Europe on a five-month shoot, as a principal actor in 47 Ronin, starring in one-on-one scenes with Keanu Reeves! Japanese-born Yonemoto is a classic Hollywood miracle. Educated in Japan, he worked in a mental hospital before coming to study in the U.S. A long-term film buff, Yonemoto now appears on the big-screen himself, for a worldwide audience, and today is one of the premiere up-and-coming Asian stars on the global scene.
Amed Hashimi was born in 1982 and currently lives in London. He is known for playing the lead role in the short film 'Bound' which was the Official Selection for the Cannes Film Festival SFC in 2012.
After having worked on 47 Ronin as a screen fighter he then went on to work in various independent films giving him the opportunity to work with top action stars Joey Ansah, Scott Adkins and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
He has recently played one of the main characters in upcoming short film 'Chameleon' with renowned actor Togo Igawa and is set to appear in the much anticipated predator fan film, 'Predator: Dark Ages'.
|Brian C. Hirono
Born in L.A. and raised in Japan, Korea, Hawaii, and Italy, Brian is an actor based in Los Angeles, CA. Since debuting in THE DESCENDANTS, he has worked on and can be seen in HAWAII FIVE 0, BATTLESHIP, 47 RONIN, and several award-winning independent films.
Brian has trained with world-renowned teachers, such as Mikhail Lobanov (Moscow Art Theater), Patsy Rodenburg, Min Tanaka, and Scott Rogers to name a few. His training ranges from Shakespeare to Stanislavsky Method to Dance-Theater to Circus Arts.
He is fluent in 5 languages - Japanese, Korean, English, Italian, and Portuguese - with a dash of other languages. He is also an experienced martial artist (black belt in Judo and Kendo).
Brian is also an avid Crossfitter, poet, and trapeze artist.
Paul is an up and coming British film composer, living and working in London. He has scored 5 feature films, most recently Aram Rappaport's 'Syrup' starring Amber Heard and Kellan Lutz and John Shackleton's psychological gothic horror ' The Sleeping Room'.
He has learnt his craft working as an arranger and programmer on over 30 films such as 'Kick-Ass', (Matthew Vaughn), 'Centurion', (Neil Marshall), 'Coriolanus', (Ralph Fiennes), 'Black Sea' starring Jude Law (Kevin Mcdonald), 'Johnny English: Reborn' (Rowan Atkinson), 3D action adventure '47 Ronin' starring Keanu Reeves and recently Aardman's latest release 'Shaun The Sheep The Movie'.
Paul has worked with many artist's recently writing arrangements for Badly Drawn Boy on Paul Weitz's 'Being Flynn' starring Robert De Niro. Paul has also worked alongside Kasabian, The Cinematic Orchestra, Coldplay, Ash, Andy Burrows and Tom Odell.
Paul is a multi instrumentalist, playing many of his instruments on his scores such as guitar, Spanish guitar, bass, piano, saxophone and didgeridoo. Soon after receiving his Batchelor of Honors degree in Music from The University of Leeds he immersed himself into the world of film music working as composer assistant to award winning llan Eshkeri (Stardust, The Young Victoria, Layer Cake) and production assistant to Grammy award winning film music producer Steve McLaughlin (About A Boy, Heat, Batman, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon).
Austin is an actor who has won awards in Rome, Cannes and New York for projects in the last year.
Austin's professional roles have been as diverse as playing the staring role in award winning shorts 'Carpool' and 'Embrace life', a 9/11 survivor in acclaimed docu-film, 'Colliding Lives'. Supporting Ralph Fiennes' in Julius Caesar at London's Barbican, working along side Russel Crow in 'A Good year' and recently filmed with Daniel Bruhl and Kate Beckinsale on Michael Winterbottom's eagerly anticipated feature 'A Face of an Angel'. Austin also recently worked on '47 Ronin' with Keanno Reeves' and sent the last 4 years performing as an aerial and stunt performer on the worlds biggest stage at the Bregenz Festpiel in Austria. In his spare time Austin is also a Fight Director and Choreographer working for some of the biggest houses in the world, The Royal Opera House, Opera North and the Bregenz Festpiel to name a few.
Rob Sorrenti is an award-winning film-maker. His film debut, 'Wednesday' was exec produced by four-time Oscar nominated director, Stephen Daldry. To date, the film has been screened at 50 film festivals worldwide, and won a raft of awards. It also earned him a nomination for Channel 4's Young Talent Award for best director.
Rob's second short film, 'Hollow', has been officially selected for more than 25 film festivals. The film received three awards at the Oscar accredited Rhode Island International Film Festival (2011), including the much coveted 'Film Maker of the Future' award. Hollow also won Best Short Film at the European Spiritual Film Festival (2012) and the People's Choice Award at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2012).
Other credits include, The Real Billy Eliot Diaries, a documentary broadcast on ITV to an audience of 2 million and he's directed featurettes for a raft of major motion pictures, including Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason, Pride & Prejudice, United 93, Bourne Ultimatum, Atonement, Rock N Rolla, Green Zone and 47 Ronin.
Rob also directed digital content for hit TV shows Him & Her, Rev and Death in Paradise. He was reunited with Stephen Daldry in 2012 to make a film about the spirit and legacy of the Olympic Games.
He is now developing his first feature - 'Angels in the Asylum'.
Mario Kenyon is an American actor/director/producer who is as. Originally from the Bay Area, Mario made his way to Southern California to attend USC, where he majored in philosophy, minored in both cinematic arts and theater and graduated with honors. It was in the final year at USC where Mario truly discovered his passion for acting. Upon graduating USC he enrolled in The Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown two-year Meisner conservatory to build the foundation for his craft.
While attending Baron Brown, Mario discovered his desire to work behind the camera as well. No longer than a year after graduating Baron Brown he produced and directed his first original theatrical production entitled, "The April Project." An ambitious and successful attempt at creating, casting and putting on an original play all within the month of April. Since "The April Project" Mario has transition to the screen, producing multiple music videos, short films and features.
He produced and co-starred in his first feature entitled, "Brutal," a sci-fi, mixed martial arts film starring Morgan Benoit (The Forbidden Kindgom, 47 Ronin) that is due out in late 2015. More recently, Mario teamed up with writer/director Adrián García Bogliano (ABC's of death, Here Comes the Devil) to produce his latest feature, "Scherzo Diabolico."
|Manh Hai Le
Hai was born in Hong Kong in October 1985. His parents were escaping the worn torn country of Vietnam and ended up in Kowloon, Hong Kong. After a month of Hai being born, him and his family moved to London, England. Hai's 2 main loves have always been Football & Film. His love of football has lead him to become a Football Coach working at both Millwall & Arsenal Football Clubs as a Youth Academy Coach. He is now working at Street League, the national football charity as a Coach Educator.
Hai went onto further education and enrolled at London Southbank University to complete a Sports & Exercise Science Honours Degree in which he had graduated in 2013. He also holds the UEFA B Licence in Coaching Football and has over 15 vocational qualifications relating to Sports Coaching.
His love of film had him starting his acting/stunts career at the age of 15. He has been in many short films/commercials/music videos/features/TV shows. He had his first major break getting a role in the Nike 2010 World Cup Advert - Write the future as a South Korean footballer getting to film with Football mega star Ronaldinho. His first feature was Johnny English Reborn in which he played a Shaolin Monk. After Johnny English Reborn he got a stunt performer role on 47 Ronin starring Keanu Reeves.
He is currently combining both his full time job working as a Coach Educator whilst filming as much as he can. Hai has also written 2 books on Coaching & Sports Science and 1 research paper on Home Advantage in Premier League Football. He also plans to go back Vietnam one day to work as a Football Coach once his has completed his UEFA A Licence in Coaching Football in England.
Hong was born in Suzhou China. She has first discovered her passion for arts and drama when She was five years old. Her mother is a teacher who also shares the same passion for the arts and drama. Her father is an Inventor. Both of them helped her to develop her taste for arts and drama.
After college Hong moved to Taiwan where she started working as a freelance artist,and during this time associated with members of The British Arts Council and the principal of Central Saint Martins College London. Inspired by British artists Hong moved to London in June 2002, she studied English Plus Art and Design at Chelsea College Art and Design in London.
Hong is enjoyed acting since she was child, although she is very shy and lack confidence. Hong has acted with Antonio Banderas and Liam Neeson in the film "The other man". She has played as Muggle in Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows, She has Clubbing with Christine Bell in Batman The Dark Knight, acted with Matt Damon in The Bourne Ultimatum, Hong has also played as Opium dealer in Dorian Gray and played many other characters as supporting actress in films, TV and commercials. worked with film directors Wood Allen, Richer Eyey and Christoph Nail.
In 2011, Hong become trained actress with one year drama foundation course at City Lit from National Open College Network. NOCN leave 2 Award in Progression in London. and played a Japanese girl in film 47 Ronin and dancer in 2011 Heineken TV commercial "The Date", they then shot Heineken's new "ask her/him out on a date" Date App, directed by Willem Gerritsen.
Born in Vientiane, Laos 1976 during the wake of the communist take-over, Ainoy's family fled Laos to neighboring Thailand and became refugees before boarding a flight to England. It was in London, England where Ainoy grew up and developed a passion for Art and Films. He became mostly influenced by the Martial Arts through watching Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan films. It was these two mediums of Martial Arts & Film combined that appealed to him to start training in Tai Chi under Rose Li and Shaolin Kung Fu under Shi Yanzi in London.
Having developed his Martial skills in fighting he was able to get work in the film industry on Die Another Day (2002) as a stunt man, which was one of his first film jobs on a major Hollywood feature, which then led him to get another stunt job on Lara Croft Tomb Raider 2 The Cradle of Life (2003) and The Golden Compass (2006) also working as stunts. Other stunt work includes him as a samurai in 47 Ronin (2013) and landed him a role as an actor in Ninja 2 Shadow of a Tear (2013) as the Main Tough. 2015 finds Ainoy as the Fight Coordinator for 'River' working alongside writer and director Jamie M Dagg filming in his native country Laos.
Ainoy has also produced and directed his own personal 'Action Shorts' entitled City Run (2007) and City Run the Movie (2013) both shot in Bangkok, Thailand. City Run is an on-going project he holds dear as his pet project and hopes to produce a full length action feature in the near future with A Thousand Stars Producer and Director Andy Leerock.
After graduating from Tokyo University, he wrote his most popular novels, the historical "Kurama Tengu" (Black-Masked Reformer Devil Kurama), "Teru Hi Kumoru Hi" (Sunny Days, Cloudy Days), and "Ako Roshi" (Loyal Retainers of Ako) [a new version of the "Chushingura" (47 Ronin) story], and he was writing one last historical novel when he died at the age of 75. "Kurama Tengu" was the first Osaragi novel made into a movie, in 1924. From then till 1965 there have been almost 50 films and a TV series (1990) about the character. Although Kurama has been played by many film stars, as Matsunosuke Onoe (1925), Kotaro Bando (1932), Ken'ichi Enomoto (1939), Chiyonosuke Azuma (1956-59) or Raizo Ichikawa (the last one, 1965), the Japanese people always identifies him with Kanjuro Arashi, who played the character almost 40 times between 1927 and 1956. But without counting the Kurama stories, there are more than a hundred film adaptacions of Osaragi novels. In addition, Osaragi wrote his only screenplay adaptation of his "Ako Roshi" (of which several TV series were made  included) entitled "48 famous men" in 1952.
Stephen Turnbull is the leading authority outside Japan on the samurai and has published 69 books mainly on Japanese military topics. The Revenge of The 47 Ronin (Osprey 2011) is his latest work.
Stephen Turnbull has a PhD from Leeds University together with two MAs (in Military History and Theology). Now semi-retired from the academic life, he is in more demand than ever both for scholarly and popular work. His first-year course at Leeds University entitled 'The Samurai and the Sacred' is always very popular, and he also holds the post of Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan.
Many years of travel in Japan have helped create 'Japan Archive' - a unique picture library dedicated to Japan that now holds over 30,000 images.
His main activity at present is providing information and advice to numerous media organizations about Japan. He was Historical Adviser for the highly successful computer strategy game Shogun II - Total War, and is now very busy with 47 Ronin (2012) starring Keanu Reeves. Stephen has become a frequent visitor to the set where his expertise and genuine enthusiasm for the movie make him very welcome.
Van is based in London originally from Vietnam. Born on 26 December 1985. She has a real passion for acting and was given a key role in 'Mumbai Massacre' for National Geographic Documentary. Her character was Dara Huang an American who was unfortunately caught up in the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks back in November 2008. There after she has played a 'house maid' in feature film 'The Wedding Video' directed by Nigel Cole. In feature film '47 Ronin' starring Keanu Reeves she doubled for princess Mika. Most recently she traveled to Vietnam to shoot a scene for feature film 'Balas & Bolinhos - The last chapter'
Van is also a model, so she is very confident in front of the camera.
Core dancer in the Hollywood film 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves and for Walking on Sunshine!- ( 2014)
Cody graduated in Modern Dance in 2000 from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, where he twice received the Jackie Chan Scholarship. He then received a full scholarship to join the Transitions Dance Company at Laban in London.
Cody has extensive international performing experience, including 3 international touring seasons with Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake , Arthur Pita, De Vlaamse Opera, English National Opera, Royal National Theatre, Theatre-Rites, Future Cinema, American Dance Festival and the London Chinese Culture Centre. He is also a feature dancer in the Hollywood film 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves and for Walking on Sunshine!- (out June 2014.)
Cody's professional choreographic experience started in 2002 in the UK. Over the years, his works have been funded by the Arts Council England, commissioned by the Royal Opera House, Greenwich Dance London and toured across Europe. He was also invited to be the panel judge of Big Dance organised by the Mayor of London, Arts Council England and the BBC. In 2007 he choreographed for the Hong Kong Dance Alliance, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Cody was also invited to be one of the choreographers for the Asia Young Choreographers Project 2008 held in Taiwan and he was invited back to Taiwan to teach and choreograph again in 2010 & 2013.
As a teacher, Cody has taught at Trinity Laban's Youth Dance Company, Kingston University, The Royal Music School, Dance City, The Big Dance and Springs Dance in the UK. In Asia, he has taught at Cirque Du Soleil in Macau, Tsoying High School and Tai Nan National Theatre in Taiwan, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, City Contemporary Dance Centre and Renaissance International School in Hong Kong.
Cody is also a professional photographer focussing on dance portraiture and theatre photography. He is a winning photographer for The Place (London) and held a photo exhibition commissioned by the Hong Kong Dance Alliance, also exhibit in The Other Art Fair, Urban Art Fair, Parallax Art Fair, Vide Galley and Showcase Cities, London. He has also been interviewed and invited for solo exhibition by The Camera Club, London. One of the oldest camera club in the world.
Cody has his work exhibit at Ben Sherman, London.
Cody is currently the Creative Director of Cody's Moving Group, he has produced 2 full-length productions "Having Fun, Seriously" and "The Ever Changing Game" in Hong Kong. In the UK, "Instinct" was shown at Greenwich Dance and "The Fear Factor" was shown at The Place. He also teaches Dynamic Contemporary Dance regularly at Dance Works London.
Cody takes lead in movement exploration and choreography for all Cody's Moving Group productions.
Born in 1986 in Manchester. He graduated with First Class Honors at the University Of Brighton reading Music Production.
Tom started his media career at a boutique Post Production House in Brighton working as a Junior Technician. He rose to become their in-house editor before leaving in October 2009. Tom worked as the Technical Manager / Online Editor for a London based Post Production House.
Tom worked as a Visual Effects Editor on Gravity, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and 47 Ronin for Framestore.
He is a keen musician who plays both the Guitar and Piano to professional standards.
Lives in London, UK.