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Profile of Masanobu Ando on Famous Like Me

Name: Masanobu Ando  
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Date of Birth: 19th May 1975
Place of Birth: Kanagawa, Japan
Profession: Actor
From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

Masanobu Ando (安藤政信, Ando Masanobu) (born May 19, 1975 in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actor and director.

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, psychotic killer in the controversial film, Battle Royale (2000). He has been called Japan's answer to Johnny Depp.

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.Schhr langsam, starring Japanese actress, Aso Kumiko. 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.


  • Aimless Aegis (2004)
  • Synchronicity (2004)
  • 69 (2004)
  • Short Films (2003)
  • Sonic Four Peace Vibe (2003)
  • Showa kayo daizenshu (2003)
  • Tokyo 10+01 (2003; Tokyo Eleven)
  • Drive (2002)
  • Gakkou no Kaidan Noroi special (2002)
  • Satorare (2001, Transparent: Tribute to a Sad Genius)
  • Red Shadow: Akakage (2001; Red Shadow)
  • Batoru rowaiaru (2000; Battle Royale)
  • Supêsutoraberâzu (2000; Space Travelers)
  • Monday (2000)
  • Seinen wa kouya wo mezasu (1999; TV Series)
  • Poppoya (1999; Railroad Man)
  • Adorenarin doraibu (1999; Adrenaline Drive)
  • Innocent World (1998)
  • Ao no jidai (1998; TV Series)
  • Seija no koushin (1998; TV Series)
  • Tomodachi no koibito (1997; TV Series)
  • Kidzu ritan (1996; Kids Return)
  • Rex: kyoryu monogatari (1993)

External Links

  • In English:
    • Masanobu Ando at the Internet Movie Database
    • Masanobu Ando at
    • Masanobu Ando Fansite
    • UK Masanobu Ando Fansite
  • In Japanese:
    • Masanobo Ando's talent agency, Stardust
    • 69 Official Site

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