Shin Koyamada (Japanese: 小山田 真 Koyamada Shin; born on March 10, 1982 in Japan) is a Japanese and American film actor, producer, Philanthropist, and respected martial artist. Shin has been in Los Angeles, United States since the year 2000. He speaks fluent Japanese and English. He became best known to global audiences after his co-starring roles in WB's epic The Last Samurai and Disney Channel Original Movie series Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior. He is noted for his very remarkable skill in various martial arts styles.
His first name 真 as Shin means Truth in Japanese
Building an acting career with little money, no agent, manager or other Hollywood connections is an extremely difficult accomplishment. To gain experience and a portfolio, Shin worked long hours for very little or no pay in everything he could find. By 2001 at the Knightsbridge Theatre, he choreographed and performed martial arts forms and stage combat for a unique production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. He made a brief guest appearance on Power Rangers Wild Force in 2002. His first movie work was a short film called A Ninja Pays Half My Rent.
In 2006, Shin starred in the action/adventure/drama Disney Channel Original Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior with Brenda Song as Shen, an Undercover Buddhist Monk, who has an important mission with Wendy in the United States. Shin spoke not only in English from the beginning to the end of the movie, but also a bit of Mandarin. The entire movie was shot in Auckland, New Zealand. Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior is currently the eighth highest viewed Disney Channel Original Movie with over 5.7 million viewers on the night of its premiere and also received the highest rating in the history of Disney Channel Japan.
Shin was in the first ever Disney Channel Games on the Red Team along with Zac Efron, Kay Panabaker, Anneliese van der Pol, Moises Arias, and Dylan Sprouse. In the following year, he was also in ''Disney Channel Games2007 and on the Yellow Team along with Kyle Massey (Captain), Emily Osment, Jason Dolley, and Sabrina Bryan.
Shin played a lead role in the 20th Century Fox feature film Constellation as Yoshito, director by Jordan Walker-Pearlman with Gabrielle Union, and Billy Dee Williams. In 2007, Shin starred in the action/drama movie Good Soil.
Shin is set to produce and star in the action and comedy feature film 'Ticker', produced by Paul Heller (Enter The Dragon) and Nia Lyte, and written by Stephen Langford (Love Wrecked). He will play Sam Goldman.
He is represented by Jim Kellem and Associates (JKA)
Disney Channel Original Movie Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior received 5.7 Millions viewers at the night of its premiere in the US and also became the highest rating in the history of Disney Channel Japan at its premiere in Japan among other Disney Channel Original Movies such as High School Musical and The Cheetah Girls. Although he has spoken in English and some Mandarin in the movie, he dubbed his entire role in Japanese as well as his part in the Disney Channel Games TV series under a guidance of The Walt Disney Company Japan. Uniquely, Shin has appeared in the Disney Channel Games as the Japanese Representative for two consecutive years in 2007 and 2008, though he is a US resident.
Shin starred and received the title of executive producer in the Japanese full feature documentary show Wine Road of the Samurai (2006), nationally distributed by Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) and other 28 affiliated TV stations in Japan. Also, he has studied the basic of French and Arabic in the documentary movie.
Shin also has been a supporter of KICKSTART, which was founded by a Hollywood Action Star Chuck Norris in 1990. He has toured and given motivational activities and positive speeches in numerous Elementary and Junior high schools in Houston, Texas as well as hospitals and schools throughout Japan.
He also supports a nonprofit organizationThe Shin Koyamada Foundation (also know as 'SKF'), which was established in the United States. Under SKF, the organization has supported numerous cultural activities and events in the US.
Shin has supported competing in Taranaki Cycle Challenging with the Former Cycling Champion in the city of New Plymouth, New Zealand and awarded a Golden Key to the City by Peter Tennent, a mayor of New Plymouth, New Zealand.
He also supports numerous martial arts schools and organization in Chinese community, Japanese community, Korean community and other cultural communities in the United States and also a Shaolin Temple in China.
In Chinese martial arts, Koyamada is trained in Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Wing Chun, and Shaolin Gung Fu. He specializes in a double broadsword among other 18 Chinese classical weapons in Shaolin Kung Fu. He has also competed in six U.S National Martial arts Tournaments over five months and winning first place in all but one, and that was a second.
All his optional empty-hand form medals were won with a form called Bot Bo (抜歩, Northern Shaolin #8; Shuffle Steps).
BIG Reviews: Tom Sharp in Last Samurai; the Last Samurai: Action/ Drama, Cert 15, 154 Mins; Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki, Masato Hirada, Shin Koyamada, Shichinosuke Nakamura
Jan 09, 2004; CAPTAIN Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is a veteran of the American Civil War, who proudly fought for his men and for his country. At...