Masanobu Ando stars in "The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman" as the mute chef. The director was impressed by Masanobu Ando's performance in "Kids Return" and "Forever Entralled," making him the first choice to play the role. Because the character is mute for most of the story, a mastery of body language was very important, something Ando had demonstrated in his prior works. The filmmakers thought so highly of Ando that producer Daniel Yu sent a Japanese friend directly to Ando to initiate his involvement with the film. Ando joined the project for the opportunity to play a unique role, "I don't want to be a star; I want to be an actor." When he joined the project, he took on Chinese language and cooking training several weeks before production. He worked for several weeks, cooking and learning from the master chefs of China's popular South Beauty Restaurant Group.

Masanobu Ando is a Japanese actor/director. Masanobu Ando has worked with renowned directors throughout Asia, including Japan's Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike and Katsuyuki Motohiro, and China's Chen Kaige.

Ando excels at bringing complicated characters to life, having played such memorable roles as the warm-hearted young genuine surgeon in "Satorare: Tribute to a Sad Genius," the murderous Kazuo Kiriyama in "Battle Royale," the comic-loving bank robber in "Space Travelers" and a mentally challenged man in "Innocent World." Ando has also won numerous awards including the Japanese Academy Award for New Talent of the Year for his role in "Kids Return" in 1996.

In 2003, Ando directed his first short film, "Adagietto," which starred Japanese actress Kumiko Aso. The 13 minute short was included in Hiroyuki Nakano's compilation, "SF Short Films."

In recent years, Ando has worked on many overseas projects outside of Japan, including the Chinese film "Forever Enthralled" (2008) directed by Chen Kaige.


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Age: 42 years old
Birthday: May 19, 1975
Height: 5' 9"
Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan

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