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Actorul american CARY HIROYUKI TAGAWA, nascut in Japonia, A TRECUT LA ORTODOXIE

P noiembrie 14, 2015

Shang Tsung din Mortal Kombat devine

ortodox în Rusia

Sufletul lui Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, cel mai

cunoscut fiind pentru rolul vrăjitorului cel rău
Shang Tsung din filmele Mortal Kombat, a fost
prins de Rusia – aparent a decis să fie botezat în
cadrul Bisericii Ortodoxe.

Tagawa, actor american de origine japoneză, care a

avut un rol într-un nou film rusesc numit Priest-
San, a decis să renunțe la credința lui și să devină
un adevărat urmaș al învățăturilor ortodoxe
predicate de Iisus Hristos, raportează Interfax.

Vestea a fost răspândită prin intermediul Facebook

de unul dintre colegii săi, Ivan Okhlobystin, actor
și proeminentă figură religioasă rusă. El a
distribuit o fotografie a lui Tagawa cu o cruce
gigant, probabil surprinsă în timpul filmărilor, nu
departe de Moscova.
Ivan Okhlobystin:
Iubiți frați și surori!
Mă grăbesc să vă împărtășesc bucuria:
Lumina lui Hristos luminează pentru
toţi! Cary Tagawa, care a jucat în filmul
„Priest-San”, un preot ortodox japonez,
după o reflecție profundă, spirituală, a
decis să ia botezul sfânt în credința
Mâine se va săvârşi taina botezului prin
intermediul Mitropolitului Ilarion de
Volokolamsk – Vicar al Patriarhului
Moscovei și al Întregii Rusii – Kirill. (

„Sunt fericit să spun că … după o

analiză profundă și temeinică Cary
Tagawa, care a jucat rolul preotului
ortodox japonez din noul nostru film
„Priest-san”, va lua Taina Sfântului
Botez,” postează el.

Ivan Okhlobystin:
Fratele nostru Pantelimon. (Botez săvârşit de către Episcopul Ilarion de Volokolamsk, Vicar al Sanctității Sale
Patriarhul Moscovei și al Întregii Rusii – Kirill)

„Nu poți cuprinde esența ortodocșilor ruşi … Când am venit prima dată Rusia am avut foarte puțin timp pentru a
intra în pielea personajului. Așa că am vizitat o serie de catedrale rusești din Yaroslavl și Rostov. Simplul fapt de
a mă afla în interiorul lor a avut un efect foarte puternic asupra mea „, a declarat într-un interviu Tagawa pentru în 2013, atunci când a fost făcută fotografia în Rusia.

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa a primit numele de botez Pantelimon, a scris pe pagina sa de Facebook Okhlobystin.

Tagawa a exprimat, de asemenea, intenția de a deveni cetățean rus, la o conferință de presă, conform cu site-ul
de știri ortodoxe

„Eu nu urmez noua tendință”, a spus el, cel mai probabil ca aluzie la boxerul american Roy Jones Jr și la actorul
francez Gerard Depardieu. „Îmi urmez inima. Nu există decizii ușoare, fie în America sau oriunde altundeva în
lume. Aceasta va fi o nouă provocare pentru mine. ”

Filmul, în curând pe ecranele din Rusia, spune povestea unui preot japonez, care lasă Japonia din cauza
războaielor Yakuza și se îndreaptă către un mic oraș rus pentru a ajuta localnicii să lupte cu corupția larg
răspândită. Filmul este cel mai recent proiect studioului de producţie „Orthodox”.

Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa: This is just the beginning of my Russian career

The Russian part of the shooting for the new drama titled The Priest-San completed
in Yaroslavl Region on 4 August 2013. Directed by Yegor Baranov, the film tells the
story of Japanese priest Takuro Nakamura, who flees Yakuza wars at home for the
Russian sticks. The protagonist is played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, a Japanese actor
and martial artist known for his roles in Mortal Kombat, Showdown in Little Tokyo,
and Hachi: A Dog's Tale. Most of the rest of the cast are Russian, including Ivan
Okhlobystin, Pyotr Mamonov, Igor Zhizhikin, and Lyubov Tolkalina.

In the following interview, Cary-Hiroyuki speaks about his latest role, getting to know
Orthodox Christianity, and a therapeutic system of his own invention.

Written: Alexander Konstantinov

Date: August 9, 2013

Why did you decide to accept a role in a Russian film?

My entire career is fairly unusual. I am a Japanese actor working in Hollywood. Most
of the projects I have worked on differed significantly from one another. All too often I
receive invitations to play Japanese gangsters, but I have always been interested in
trying something new. So when I was approached with the role of an Orthodox
Christian priest in Russia, I did not hesitate a second. I said to myself: this is going to
fit ideally with my filmography!

And a very unusual role it is. What was the hardest part for you in playing it?
To be honest, I had anticipated plenty of difficulties, but the reality turned out to be
somewhat simpler. I had been afraid of a language barrier: you know, a Japanese
actor conversing with the Russian crew in English. But we quickly learnt to
understand each other. After the first filming day I knew that everything was going to
work just fine. You know, we actors have a language of our own, a language that can
penetrate any linguistic obstacles. I was very fortunate to work on The Priest-San with
extremely talented people who are truly passionate about their profession. I think this
is the most powerful film I have ever worked on.

Ivan Okhlobystin and Pyotr Mamonov are both very religious personalities. Did they
help you in any way to get to know Russian Orthodox Christianity better?

I can identify with the spirituality of Ivan and Pyotr, I am deeply religious myself. You
cannot just grasp the essence of the Russian Orthodox Church with its centuries of
history. Getting to know it takes time, and it's a job for the heart rather than the mind.
When I had first come to Russia I had very little time to get into the character. So I
visited a number of Russian cathedrals in Yaroslavl and Rostov. Simply being inside
had a very powerful effect on me. I am mightily impressed with Russia, although I
know that Russians themselves are not entirely impressed with their country for some
reason. (Laughs.)

Should you get invited to work on another Russian film, will you accept?
I am absolutely confident that this was the first of many Russian projects for me. I
have a Russian manager now and we are already discussing possible further projects.
Moviegoers mostly know you as a martial artist. Did you get to demonstrate your
skills in The Priest-San?
Perhaps not as extensively as you might be hoping for. In fact, I am not overly
disappointed with the fact. (Laughs.) The film is more about me fighting myself. My
preferred method is to heal people with martial arts. I have even developed it into a
therapy system. Soon after I started studying martial arts I realised that this was not
precisely my way. I certainly do value being respected for the roles of Shang Tsung in
Mortal Kombat or Heihachi in Tekken. I have often demonstrated my skills and
performed stunts myself. In reality though, I like healing people much better than
fighting them.

Your protagonist is constantly trying to help people find a way out of difficult
situations. Is there any personal message that you would like to get across with this

I hope the film will help men realise that violence, especially violence against women,
is unacceptable. I have played a lot of bad guys in my career but in this one my
protagonist has to face his own demons. I would be happy if watching The Priest-San
would drive the viewers to a bit of soul-searching. There is a huge difference between
a soldier and a warrior. I believe that the Russian men have a warrior's mentality, just
like the Japanese men do. We live in a world of soldiers but we have much in common.
Dignity and honour are the two qualities distinguishing the warrior, but they have
absolutely no currency in the world of soldiers. I respect the Russian men for their
manly qualities. Of course, they have their own problems, and I just hope that our film
will help some of them sort theirs out.
This article was initially published on
Expected release date August 2014


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