Masanobu Ando

Masanobu Ando

Ando Masanobu, 2011
Native name 安藤 政信
Born (1975-05-19) May 19, 1975
Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Actor, Director
Known for Battle Royale

Masanobu Ando (安藤 政信 Andō Masanobu, born May 19, 1975) is a Japanese actor.

He has appeared in films such as Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return, Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale, Takashi Miike's Sukiyaki Western Django, and Chen Kaige's Forever Enthralled.[1]


Ando's career took off after starring in Takeshi Kitano's Kids Return, which is one of Kitano's most successful films in Japan, with his role as Shinji, a highschool student who gave up school and continued into Boxing with his best friend.[2] He is most famous for his psychopath-killer role of Kazuo Kiriyama in Battle Royale, a 2000 blockbuster dystopia film, which managed to be one of the most famous blood and gore films of the decade.

He co-starred in Takashi Miike's Big Bang Love, Juvenile A with Ryuhei Matsuda.[3] He played a supporting role in Shinya Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective.[4]

He also appeared in Katsuhito Ishii's Smuggler.[5] He has taken part in Toronto Film Festival before, but his personality is very quiet and modest. In his spare time he likes photography and shopping.






  1. Sato, Kuriko (March 27, 2009). "Midnight Eye interview: Masanobu Ando". Midnight Eye.
  2. Wood, David (October 23, 2000). "BBC – Films – review – Kids Return". BBC.
  3. Matthijs, Niels (January 25, 2012). "Review: 46-OKUNEN NO KOI (Personal Favorites #25)". Twitch Film.
  4. Schilling, Mark (January 12, 2007). "'Akuma Tantei' – The Japan Times". The Japan Times.
  5. Harvey, Dennis (September 20, 2011). "Smuggler – Variety". Variety.
  6. "Rotten Masanobu Ando". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 30, 2010.
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