On today’s show we’re joined by actor Cary Tagawa. We talk about his career and his recent appearance on Hawaii 50. He answers questions from callers and folks who were in live chat. Cary impressed me because he is so soft spoken much different than all of the tough characters he plays in movies and television. He shared with us his passion for Hawaii and a new social network he has planned which he hopes will shine the spotlight on the people of Hawaii.
In addition to his extensive film work, he has appeared on television in Star Trek: The Next Generation – “Encounter at Farpoint” (1987), Thunder in Paradise (1995), Nash Bridges (1996), Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding (2003), and Heroes (2007). He also provided the voice of Sin Tzu for the video game Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu. He played the part of Earth Alliance security officer Morishi in Babylon 5 – “Convictions”. He played a soul-stealing sorcerer Shang Tsung in a film adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat, and more recently the evil mastermind Heihachi Mishima in the Tekken movie.
His breakthrough as an actor came when he was cast as the Eunuch Chang in The Last Emperor (1987). In 1989 he posed as an undercover agent of the Hong Kong Narcotics Board in the James Bond film License to Kill. In 1991 he starred alongside Dolph Lundgren and Brandon Lee in the action film Showdown in Little Tokyo, where he played the role of Yakuza boss Yoshida. He also starred alongside James Hong and Jeff Speakman in the same year in the film The Perfect Weapon, where he played Kai, an assistant to the Korean mafia families.