Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Star of Priest-San Samurai’s Confession Becomes Orthodox

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Star of Priest-San Samurai’s Confession Becomes Orthodox


Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Star of Priest-San Samurai’s Confession, becomes Orthodox.

Imagine the man we say above with the name ‘Panteleimon.’  Well, no need to imagine; Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who stars in the upcoming Russian film “Priest-San: Samurai’s Confession,” has been baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church with the name Panteleimon.  Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk performed the sacrament.

An amazing journey led Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa into the Orthodox Church.  It turns out that there was actually a small connection with his family history and Russia.   His father learned to speak Russian while living in the United States, and his uncle, a famous singer, used to perform in Moscow.  Mr. Tagawa shared his feeling toward the Russian people when he stated, “I was impressed with the depth of the Russian people’s hearts.”  The nomadic nature of his childhood years lead him to see a variety of faces and cultures, but Russia truly adhered to his soul, or not Russia, but the Christ in the Heart of Russian Orthodoxy.  Click here for the full Pravmir article, with enlarged photo from above.

Mr. Tagawa is a Japanese-American actor who has played a variety of roles. “He is mostly known for playing villains in action movies shot at the end of the 1980s and the middle of the 1990s.  He also appeared in the series ‘Star Trek: The New Generation’, Thunder in Paradise, Baywatch, and also in the episode ‘Convictions’ in ‘Babylon 5’.  He starred in Mortal Kombat, Pearl Harbor, and Memoirs of a Geisha.  ‘Priest-San’ is a Russian movie.  The movie premiered in theaters on November 26, 2015 (movie trailer).” –

With full acknowledgement of all his theatrical roles, it seems Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa has chosen the most important role of all, a life in Christ.



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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.