David Sakurai on Jesper Skoubølling's photo
|Occupation||Actor, director, scriptwriter, martial artist|
David Sakurai (Copenhagen, 19 July 1979) is a Japanese Danish actor, director, scriptwriter and martial artist.
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Born in Copenhagen to a Danish mother and a Japanese father and raised in Frederiksværk, Sakurai has a brother named Kristoffer, who is a former dancer.He was interested in filmmaking from a young age and at the age of 18 moved to Japan, where he also learned acting. He played smaller roles in theatre and in indie films, like Tokyo G.P. in 2001 and Scarlet Runaway in 2005.
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He returned to Denmark in 2008,mainly because he wanted to work with talented new directors and in his native tongue. Here he continued training under the Danish Actors' Association. He played one of his first leading roles in Eastern Army. He worked with Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Van Zandt and Hans Petter Moland, among others.
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In 2012, he starred in Hungarian dark romantic comedy Liza, the Fox-Fairy , which won the Grand Prize at Portuguese film festival Fantasporto in 2015.
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He has trained in Wing Chun and Muay Thai, among other martial art styles.
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Muay Thai or literally Thai boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This discipline is known as the "art of eight limbs" as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the late 20th to 21st century, when westernized practitioners from Thailand began competing in kickboxing, mixed rules matches, as well as matches under Muay Thai rules around the world. The professional league is governed by The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand (P.A.T) sanctioned by The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), and World Professional Muaythai Federation (WMF) overseas.
He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
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