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Japanese director/writer/actor whose often kinetic, cyberpunk style is much imitated. He expressed appreciation over the similarity of the international hit German film "Run Lola Run" (1998) to his first film as a director/writer, "Dangan Runner" (1996). When asked at the Chicago International Film Festival to recommend a film school, the black ... See full bio »

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 2019 Dancing Mary
 2018/III Jam
 2017 Mr. Long
 2016/I Happiness
 2015 Panic In (TV Mini Series)
 2015 Chasuke's Journey (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
 2013 Miss Zombie (as Sabu)
 2011 Bunny Drop
 2010 Trouble Man (TV Series)
 2009 Kanikôsen
 2005 Dead Run (as Sabu)
 2005 Hold Up Down (as Sabu)
 2003 A1012K (Short) (as Hiroyuki Tanaka)
 2003 Hâdo rakku hîrô (as Sabu)
 2002 Blessing Bell (as Sabu)
 2002 Drive (as Sabu)
 2000/I Monday (as Sabu)
 1998 Unlucky Monkey (as Sabu)
 1997 Postman Blues (as Sabu)
 1996 Non-Stop (as Sabu)
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Alternate Names:

Sabu | Hiroki Tanaka | Hiroyuki Tanaka

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[on Chasuke's Journey (2015)] This film actually originated with an entirely different story that I had in mind, and that story also had a yakuza as the protagonist. He gets into an accident and he's about to die, and that's when he gets the special power to heal people, and for the first time in his entire life, he learns what it feels like to make people happy, and he becomes addicted to this ... See more »


Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2017.

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