James Shigeta

Biography

Date of Birth 17 June 1933, Hawaii, USA Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m) Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was for a time the biggest Asian-American star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected America's changing interest in films with Eastern themes, but when called upon he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor TV guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. An aspiring song-and-dance man early in his career, he had a series of romantic leading roles in the late fifties culminating in his most important one, the lead in Ross Hunter's glitzy production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical Flower Drum Song (1961). Supporting parts followed, his last showy turn coming again from Ross Hunter, with star billing and his own production number in the ill-fated musical remake of Lost Horizon (1973). Along the way there have been many notable TV guest appearances showcasing Shigeta's facility with both sympathetic and villainous roles. His status as the foremost Asian leading man of 20th century American film will endure undiminished by an erratic career.

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The Crimson Kimono

Det. Joe Kojaku

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3 Pistolen gegen Cesare

Lester Kato

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Walk Like a Dragon

Cheng Lu

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Midnight Man

Mao Mak

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Hart aber herzlich: Alte Freunde sterben nie

Det. Whoo

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The Questor Tapes

Dr. Chen

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A Carol for Another Christmas

Japanese Doctor

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Engola Gay - Bomber des Todes

Field Marshall Abehata

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The People I've Slept With

Charles Yang

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Space Marines

Ambassador Nakamura

Starring In
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The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (Season 1, Vol. 1)

Inspector Mantjur / ... (2 episodes, 1997)

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The People I've Slept With

Charles Yang

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Brother

Sugimoto

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Mulan

General Li (voice)

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Drive

Mr. Lau

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Space Marines

Ambassador Nakamura

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Midnight Man

Mao Mak

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Cage II

Tin Lum Yin

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Hart aber herzlich: Alte Freunde sterben nie

Det. Whoo

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Seaquest DSV - Season 1

Vietnamese President Chi

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Die Hard

Takagi

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Engola Gay - Bomber des Todes

Field Marshall Abehata

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Midway

Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo

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Midway

Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo

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The Yakuza

Goro

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The Questor Tapes

Dr. Chen

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Lost Horizon

Brother To-Lenn

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3 Pistolen gegen Cesare

Lester Kato

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Paradise, Hawaiian Style

Danny Kohana

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A Carol for Another Christmas

Japanese Doctor

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Flower Drum Song

Wang Ta

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Walk Like a Dragon

Cheng Lu

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The Crimson Kimono

Det. Joe Kojaku

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