Hagiwara in 2019
|Born||August 21, 1971|
Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, mahjong player|
|Height||175 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Spouse(s)||Emi Wakui (1995-2003)|
Masato Hagiwara (萩原 聖人, Hagiwara Masato, born August 21, 1971) is a Japanese actor, voice actor, narrator and professional mahjong player.
When Hagiwara was 3 years old, his parents divorced and he was taken in by his father. However, his father passed away when he was in the fourth grade, and was then raised by his paternal grandparents in Chigasaki until he was 15 years old. As a result, he spent most of his younger life without his mother.
After graduating from Chigasaki Shiritsu Umeda Junior High School, Hagiwara moved to Tokyo. He enrolled in the part-time program at Toyama High School, but dropped out after only one week. Later on, he went to the United States for a short period of time and was impressed by the movie audiences he saw in New York City, which led him to become interested in acting as a career. After returning to Japan, when he was helping out at his mother's bar in Shinjuku, he caught the eye of the casting staff for the TV drama Abunai Deka who had come in as customers, and was recruited. Then, in 1987, he made his debut as a young luggage thief in episode 32 of Abunai Deka. He continued to appear in many films as a minor role, but it was his role as Naojirō Matsuoka in the 1990 TV drama High School Rakugaki 2 that brought him to prominence.
In 1991, he formed the theater group "Early Timelies" with Shōgo Suzuki, Kō Watanabe and Tetsu Sakuma. They performed six shows over a period of seven years. He later established a fanclub in 1993, which disbanded three years later in July 1996.
During a 1993 assault at Chūō-Rinkan Station on the Odakyu line, one of the suspects was accused of resembling Hagiwara. While Hagiwara claimed an alibi that he was meeting with people at the time of the crime, he did not reveal any names of people who could prove it because it would cause trouble for them. This one incident damaged Hagiwara's public and private life, and his appearances in dramas were drastically reduced for a time. However, the complaint was later dismissed as the accuser's testimony was riddled with discrepancies and merely accused Hagiwara of resembling the killer.
In November 1995, Hagiwara married actress Emi Wakui, with whom he co-starred in the TV drama Natsuko no Sake. They had a son in October 1999 and divorced in July 2003, with Wakui taking custody of the son.
Hagiwara co-starred in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Cure with Kōji Yakusho and appeared in Hou Hsiao-hsien's Café Lumière. He was supposed to perform in the play "Shinjō Afururu Keihakusa 2001" at Theatre Cocoon in January 2001, but was forced to cancel his performance in December 2000 due to a sensorineural hearing loss that left him temporarily deaf.
He also had a starring role as a vocalist and saxophonist in a jazz band in Junji Sakamoto's Out of This World. After having saxophone lessons with others, he practiced by himself in a karaoke box until his lips were swollen. The second prominent time as a vocalist was in 2007 for the cover of a song by The Blue Hearts, Mirai wa Bokura no Te no Naka, which was used as an opening theme for the anime TV series Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor.
|1987||Bu Su||Student||Jun Ichikawa|
|1992||The River with No Bridge||Sadao Shimura|
|1993||A Class to Remember||Kazu|
|All Under the Moon||Office worker|
|1994||Tropical Paradise Club||Hayashi Toda|
|Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu!||Tetsuya Akimoto|
|Sharan Q no enka no hanamichi||AD Kita|
|2001||Onmyoji||Prince Sawara Shinno|
|Rain of Light||Mitsuya Anami|
|2004||Out of This World||Kentarō Hirooka||Lead|
|[email protected]||Satoshi Matsuda|
|2009||Sanpei the Fisher Boy||Pei Mihira|
|Listen to My Heart||Daisuke Goto|
|2010||BOX: The Hakamada Case||Norimichi Kumamoto||Lead|
|2013||Platinum Data||Shōgo Kagura|
|2014||Kamen Teacher||Nobuhiko Midō|
|2015||Kaze ni Tatsu Lion||Katsuhiko Aoki|
|2017||Miracles of the Namiya General Store||Takayuki Namiya|
|2018||And Your Bird Can Sing||Shimada|
|A Banana? At This Time of Night?||Daisuke Takamura|
|2020||Fukushima 50||Setsurō Wakamatsu|
|Utahime Obaka Miiko||Haru Namidame|
|2021||Shimamori no Tō||Akira Shimada||Shō Igarashi||Lead|
|1989||High School Rakugaki 2||Naojirō Matsuoka|
|1994||Natsuko no Sake||Wataru Kusakabe|
|Wakamono no Subete||Tetsuo Harashima||Lead role|
|1997||Sore ga Kotae da!||Kunio Ikeda|
|2007||Gō||Ishida Mitsunari||Taiga drama|
|2008||Full Swing||Ikkyū Abe|
|2011||Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda||Keiichi Yūki|
|The Reason I Can't Find My Love||Takumi Shiraishi|
|2016||Kyoaku wa Nemurasenai||Tetsuo Igarashi||TV movie|
|2018||When a Tree Falls||Michihiro Adachi||TV movie|
|2019||Trace ~Kasōken no Otoko~||Naofumi Hayakawa||Ep. 6-11|
Animated television series
|2004||Kappa no Kaikata||Watashi|
|2007||Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor||Kaiji Itō|
|Lupin III: Sweet Lost Night||Adam|
|One Outs||Tōa Tokuchi|
|2009||Winter Sonata||Lee Min-hyung / Kang Joon-sang|
|Kaiji: Against All Rules||Kaiji Itō|
|2018||Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues||Kaiji Itō, Watanabe|
|2004||The Place Promised in Our Early Days||Takuya Shirakawa|
|2016||Garo: Divine Flame||Dario Montoya|
|Year||Title||Role||Voice dub for||Notes|
|2003||Winter Sonata||Lee Min-hyung / Kang Joon-sang||Bae Yong-joon|
|Untold Scandal||Jo-won||Bae Yong-joon|
|2005||First Love||Sung Chan-woo||Bae Yong-joon|
|April Snow||In-su||Bae Yong-joon|
|2006||Charlie Jade||01 Boxer||Michael Filipowich|
|2008||The Legend||Damdeok / Hwanung||Bae Yong-joon|
|2011||Dream High||Jung Ha-myung||Bae Yong-joon|
|2018||Burning||Ben||Steven Yeun||NHK edition|
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- "Masato Hagiwara, Arisa Komiya Join Garo: Divine Flame Film's Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2 November 2018.