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Masanobu Ando

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Name in native language: 安藤政信 (あんどう まさのぶ)
Family name: Ando
Country: Japan
Birth date: Monday, May 19, [41 years old]
Birth place: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Masanobu Ando (ANDO Masanobu / 安藤政信 / あんどう まさのぶ) is a Japanese actor, born on Monday, May 19, 1975, in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 60kg
  • Star sign: Taurus
  • Blood type: O

For his second film, in 1996, he won the Film Academy of Japan's Best New Actor Award, starring in Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return.

Ando has extensive experience in both Japanese television drama and film and has played a large variety of different roles: mentally challenged (Ao no jidai, Innocent World), bank robber (Space Travelers, Drive), doctor (Transparent), ninja and samurai (Red Shadow), even a corpse (Monday). Out of all of Ando's characters, he is best known for his role as Kazuo Kiriyama, the heartless, psychopathic killer in the controversial film, Battle Royale (2000). He also played an art forger in the low-budget Battle Royale parody Tokyo 10+01 (2003).

As well as acting, Ando has been in Japanese ad campaigns for the popular Japanese snack food, Pocky, Toyota, and for DoCoMo mobile phones.

In 2003, he directed his first film, Adagietto. Sehr langsam, starring Japanese actress, Kumiko Aso. The short is included in a collection released by Peacedelic called Short Films. In it, he also stars in the short, 県道スター (loosely translated to "Prefectural road star").

In his spare time, he enjoys photography and shopping.

As an actor:
  • 2011 Smuggler
  • 2010 Dao Jian Xiao
  • 2008 Mei Lanfang
  • 2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
  • 2006 Sakuran
  • 2006 Akumu Tantei
  • 2006 Strawberry Shortcakes
  • 2006 Kôrogi
  • 2006 Seishun kinzoku batto
  • 2006 46-okunen no koi
  • 2005 Bôkoku no îjisu
  • 2005 Gimî hebun
  • 2004 Shinkuronishiti
  • 2004 69
  • 2003 Shôwa kayô daizenshû
  • 2003 Tokyo 10+01
  • 2002 Drive
  • 2001 Red Shadow: Akakage
  • 2001 Satorare
  • 2000 Batoru rowaiaru as Kazuo Kiriyama - otoko 6-ban
  • 2000 Supêsutoraberâzu
  • 2000 Gakkô no kaidan: Haru no noroi supesharu
  • 2000 Monday
  • 1999 Poppoya
  • 1999 Adorenarin doraibu
  • 1999 Seinen wa kouya wo mezasu
  • 1998 Seija no koushin
  • 1998 Innocento warudo
  • 1998 Ao no jidai
  • 1997 Tomodachi no koibito
  • 1996 Kizzu ritân
  • 1993 Rex: kyoryu monogatari


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