David Sakurai

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David Sakurai
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David Sakurai on Jesper Skoubølling's photo
Born (1979-07-19) 19 July 1979 (age 39)
NationalityJapanese Danish
OccupationActor, director, scriptwriter, martial artist
Years active2006present

David Sakurai (Copenhagen, 19 July 1979) is a Japanese Danish actor, director, scriptwriter and martial artist.

Copenhagen Capital of Denmark

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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. [1] 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. [2] [3]

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He returned to Denmark in 2008, [4] mainly because he wanted to work with talented new directors and in his native tongue. [5] Here he continued training under the Danish Actors' Association. He played one of his first leading roles in Eastern Army. [4] He worked with Stellan Skarsgård, Steven Van Zandt and Hans Petter Moland, among others. [6]

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Fantasporto festival

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He has trained in Wing Chun and Muay Thai, among other martial art styles. [2]

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Muay Thai martial arts

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He lives in Los Angeles with his wife. [9]


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