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Yuki Matsuzaki

Yuki Matsuzaki, born in Miyazaki, Japan began acting at the age of 7 in a small theatrical group that performed for children. He performed over 50 shows in local theaters until he was 18. Upon graduating high school, he decided to dedicate his life to acting and moved to New York City to become an accomplished actor with the versatility to perform in both English and Japanese. Upon his arrival, all his money was stolen and he became homeless. In order to survive, he started performing on the streets of Times Square where his first day tally after performing 8-hours was a mere $4.00. All his endurance and hard work was rewarded when Edward Zwick cast Yuki for The Last Samuri (2003). He began booking roles in such films as Drunken Sword (2005) and Roku (2005). Next Clint Eastwood cast him as Nozaki in Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). Eastwood favored Yuki for his unique preparation. In order to prepare for his role, Yuki only digested celery and water for five weeks to experience famine, confined himself inside dark closets and bathrooms to recreate the claustrophobic atmosphere for the cave fighting sequences. After Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), NBC offered Yuki a co-star role in their hit TV show Heroes (2006/II). In 2009, Matsuzaki starred alongside Steve Martin, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina and Aishwarya Rai as a member of an international dream team of detectives in Pink Panther 2 (2009).

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Sep 24, 1981 In Miyazaki, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Last Samurai 2003-01-09
Latest Project:
Movie Kimchi 2018-03-10
Known For
Poster of Locksmiths
Poster of The Pink Panther 2
Poster of Letters from Iwo Jima
Poster of The Last Samurai
Movie Kimchi Ken 2018-03-10
Movie BraveStorm Borg 2017-11-10
Movie Locksmiths Tadashi 2015-01-01
Series The Man in the High Castle Nakamura 2015-01-15
Series We Bare Bears Kenji Watanabe / Additional Voices (voice) 2015-08-24
Movie Instant Mommy Unknown 2013-07-27
Movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Garheng 2011-05-14
Movie How Do You Know Tori 2010-12-17
Series Better Off Ted Scientist #1 2009-03-18
Movie The Pink Panther 2 Kenji 2009-02-06
Series iCarly Taxi Driver 2007-09-08
Series Heroes Worker 2006-09-25
Movie Letters from Iwo Jima Private Nozaki 2006-12-19
Movie The Last Samurai Soldier in Street #1 2003-01-09
Movie The Black Ninja Shinji Hagiwara / Red Ninja 2003-01-14