Haruhiko Yamanouchi

Haruhiko Yamanouchi
Born (1946-03-27) 27 March 1946
Occupation Actor, choreographer, voice actor

Haruhiko Yamanouchi, known also as Hal Yamanouchi, is a Japanese-Italian actor and choreographer.[1][2]


Yamanouchi graduated in liberal arts at the University of Tokyo and then he moved to London where he attended drama and dancing lessons. He was among the disciples of mime artist Lindsay Kemp. He moved to Italy in 1976 and he began his career as an actor in sperimental stage productions.[2][1]

He is best known for his portrayal of typical Asian characters in many 1970s and 1980s Italian erotic comedies and exploitation films, such as Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977), Crime at the Chinese Restaurant (1981), 2020 Texas Gladiators (1982), The Sword of the Barbarians (1982), 2019, After the Fall of New York (1983), Endgame (1983), Warriors of the Year 2072 (1984) and Under the Chinese Restaurant (1987).[1]

Yamanouchi starred in Adriano Celentano's musical Joan Lui (1985) and in Gabriele Salvatores's science-fiction film Nirvana (1997).[1] He also starred in several American productions, such as Stuart Gordon's Robot Jox (1990), Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Paul McGuigan's Push (2009) and Peter Weir's The Way Back (2010).[1]

He most notably portrayed the main antagonist Ichirō Yashida / Silver Samurai in The Wolverine (2013).[1][2]

Yamanouchi is also the Italian voice actor of Ken Watanabe.[1][2]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals Manolo
1979 Gardenia Courier
1979 Saturday, Sunday and Friday Japanese passenger
1980 I'm Photogenic Simoni's butler
1980 The Last Hunter Vietcong
1981 Crime at the Chinese Restaurant Corpse
1982 2020 Texas Gladiators Red Wolfe
1982 The Sword of the Barbarians Li Wo Twan
1983 2019, After the Fall of New York Rat Eater King
1983 Hearts and Armour Samurai
1983 Sing Sing Chu Lai
1983 Endgame Ninja
1984 Warriors of the Year 2072 Akira
1985 Anche lei fumava il sigaro Bongo
1985 Joan Lui Jarak
1986 Lone Runner Nimbus
1986 7 chili in 7 giorni Chinese waiter
1986 I figli dell'ispettore Japanese terrorist TV film
1987 Under the Chinese Restaurant Chinese chef
1988 Phantom of Death Swordmaster
1988 Cream Train Carmal
1988 Una casa a Roma TV film
1989 The House of Lost Souls Buddhist monk TV film
1989 Sinbad of the Seven Seas Cantu
1990 Robot Jox Tubie #1
1990 Blue Dolphin Banzai Samurai
1992 A Bear Called Arthur
1992 Genghis Khan Unfinished[3]
1993 Craving Desire
1995 The Fishmen and Their Queen Priest
1997 Nirvana Okasama Starr
1997 Banzai Policeman
1998 The White Elephant Lo Yan TV film
1999 Shadows TV film
1999 Tutti gli uomini del deficiente Yakuza boss
1999 Il pesce innamorato Korea consul
2004 Movimenti Japanese writer
2004 Last Food Takano
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Chief Pirate
2007 Tutte le donne della mia vita Sakè
2008 The Rage Asian character
2008 This Night Is Still Ours Laowang
2009 Push Pop Father
2010 The Way Back Official
2010 Gorbaciof Lila's father
2010 Late Summer Kenji
2011 All at Sea Confù
2011 Dove la trovi una come me? Mister Woo TV film
2012 Sins Expiation Hal
2012 September Eleven 1683 Murad Giray
2013 Niente può fermarci Mr. Lee
2013 The Wolverine Ichirō Yashida / Silver Samurai
2013 Something Good Laboratory chemist
2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Gardner
2013 Colpi di fortuna Arrambator
2014 A Boss in the Living Room Meditation master
2015 Zoolander 2 Wise village man
2016 Grain Leon Post-production
2017 The Slider Goro Nagano Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Christopher Columbus Guacanabo 4 episodes
1986 Atelier Kosci Kissaraghi 1 episode ("Computer Fashion")
1987 Treasure Island in Outer Space Shadow 5 episodes
1987 Tutti in palestra Kung fu master TV mini-series
1991 I ragazzi del muretto 1 episode ("Il ritorno di Massimo")
1992 Un inviato molto speciale Butler 1 episode ("Se lo dice Giuditta")
1998 Il mastino Pao Cheng Fu 1 episode ("Shangai")
2001 L'impero Chinese mafia boss TV mini-series
2001 Don Matteo Guillermo Rivarola 1 episode ("Il morso del serpente")
2006 La moglie cinese Lao Xiao TV mini-series
2006 L'ispettore Coliandro Lu Yang 1 episode ("Vendetta cinese")
2011–2014 Inspector Rex Shop owner / Hiroshi Watanabe 2 episodes
2014 Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Senzô 4 episodes
2015 Il bosco Miong 4 episodes
2016 Zio Gianni Anzin 2 episodes


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Lancia, Enrico; Melelli, Fabio (2006). Dizionario del cinema italiano. Attori stranieri del nostro cinema (in Italian). Rome: Gramese Editore. p. 213.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Papaleo, Marco Lucio (1 August 2013). "Intervista Wolverine: Hal Yamanouchi" (in Italian). everyeye.it. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. Re-edited and released in 2010 as Genghis Khan: The Story of a Lifetime.

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