How tall is Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa

Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa's Height

5ft 10 ½ (179.1 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 11 (180.3 cm)
Japanese actor best known for roles in Mortal Kombat, Rising Sun, Planet of the Apes and Tekken. On TV he appeared in The Man in the High Castle and Lost in Space. In this convention photo I had a 1 inch sneaker, Cary had These Sandals which were no less than 2 inches thick.

How tall is Cary Tagawa
5ft 8 Rob and Cary @ LFCC 2011

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Average Guess (40 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 11.01in (180.4cm)
Current: 5ft 10.26in (178.5cm)
Gerald S said on 21/Mar/23
Rob, could Tagawa please join the Bond Actors tag as Kwang?
Abdulrahman176 said on 23/May/22
Classic 5’11 peak, and today 5’10 and some change
VitoCheng said on 30/Aug/20
If the thickness of Cary's "these sandals" is "not less than" 2 inches, will his peak value reach 6'0.5"?
Editor Rob
He could have measured near 184 in them. Compared to the girl he had been standing beside, he could pull that off.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 6/Jun/20
He needs a 1/2" downgrade, or 1/4" at least IMO.
VitoCheng said on 11/Nov/19
Cary tagawa looks like a big guy of 5’10”75, I guess the peak is 5’11”25
Jammes said on 30/Apr/19
He looked very short compared to Lorenzo Lamas on an ep of Renegade. Tho lamas was wearing boots and is about 6'1
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 21/Oct/18

You admitted that he looked 5'10" when you saw him in normal footwear. Plus he looks around 5'10" with you assuming he had an inch footwear advantage.
Delvin chung said on 18/Oct/18
Is 178.5 cm now a good guess ?
Editor Rob
probably the lower end of what I’d guess him
Karlan said on 19/Aug/18
Rob, this guy like you photographed with celebrities, he's from Russia. Here, for example, he's with Hiroyuki Tagawa. What is his height? Probably 5'4.50?

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Editor Rob
A quick glance at his Instagram suggests he might be 5ft 5ish
even said on 24/Jul/17
now 5 10 , at young age 5 11
World Citizen said on 30/May/17
A flat 5'10
Josh Jeffords said on 8/Jan/17
Looks weak 5 10 never looked 6 ft an old Sean towered him.
Billy zane destroyed him he also didn't look big next to remar.
He did carry a good deal of bulk in his early years maybe 170 at 5 10.5.
The rare occasion he got a decent role his acting was good for a martial artist.
Peter175 said on 5/Oct/16
lol what the hell at those sandals
S.J.H said on 21/Sep/16
Maybe under 5'10 without that wooden sandals like 5'9.75
mrtguy said on 24/Jul/16
Rob, would you say he looked similar range compared Tyson??
Editor Rob
well he looked taller up close, of course he has wooden sandals so naturally looked taller, as I had mentioned before I seen him the next day around the place and he looked more nearer 5ft 10-10.5 range.
Mat said on 1/May/16
Rob is 5'10 a better fit?
Editor Rob
today he might be nearer it, but 30 years ago did look nearer 5ft 11 I feel.
mike 1.82 said on 11/May/15
Rob he's 1.80cm with that sandals next to you, right?
Editor Rob
up close he looked around 5ft 11 range for sure...but as said I have inch sneaker he has 2 inch sandal. I mentioned I saw him the next day and he looked nearer 5ft 10 in more normal footwear walking about.
MrTBlack said on 9/Jul/14
Rob, Those shoes are called Geta or Japanese Sandals. But I'd say 5'10" max today.
(S)aint said on 11/Nov/13
This guys actually pretty built. He is also rather tall for an Asian man. If you two stood up straight he would look 6'0"-6'1" in those sandles. Seeing as you are a solid 5'9" in your sneakers he is no less then 5'10". Did you expect him to be so big Rob? He did not look this size in Mortal Kombat.
Editor Rob
yeah I thought he'd be in 5ft 10-11 range.
Lorne said on 28/Sep/13
The fact the you have a photo with him is AWESOME!!! Though Robin shoe must me close to 6ft, he was a tad taller in Mortal Kombat, but I'll have to watch it again(and for some reason I've seen this guy listed 177cm, man, the Internet sucks with height!)
dmeyer181.2-183.8 said on 19/Jul/13
looks 5 ft 11.5 like 6 ft 0.5 shoes on so about 5 ft 10.5 barefeet with a chance of 5 ft 10.25 peak 5 ft 11
Andrew M said on 19/Jun/13
I thought he's been looking shorter in "Revenge" recently, guessed it was an age thing. I remember seeing him in "The Living Daylights" as one of several Hong Kong police detectives dressed like ninja, who stopped Bond from killing the villain. But I think the first time would have to be in "Miami Vice", where he played a good guy (foreign cop?) who discovered that his mentor had went bad.
I always thought he looked more Chinese than Japanese, having the very long, narrow eyes that the Mongolians and nearby Chinese had.
Andrew M said on 19/Jun/13
I thought he's been looking shorter in "Revenge" recently, guessed it was an age thing. I remember seeing him in "The Living Daylights" as one of several Hong Kong police detectives dressed like ninja, who stopped Bond from killing the villain. But I think the first time would have to be in "Miami Vice", where he played a good guy (foreign cop?) who discovered that his mentor had went bad.
Big Ben said on 4/Mar/13
Wow didn't know he was this tall.
Arch Stanton said on 11/Dec/12
This guy was definitely one of the most bad ass actors in 80s and 90s action movies.
Dmeyer said on 25/Nov/12
Nô pivoting hé defenetly Gets 2-2.2 in
Editor Rob
yeah they are huge sandals...he was taller while wearing them compared to the girl taking the tickets beside him (she claims 5ft 11 herself)
Rikashiku said on 7/Oct/12
179cm looks quite right. This guy usually looks small on his movies(you can blame all the 6'0" 200lbs guys he's cast with) but he is really a big guy, bigger than most people would expect and one tough son. Smart too, he knows the wildlife very well. Sorry, I jsut feel nostalgic from 2004 when I saw him in person.
LG69 said on 4/Oct/12
In the photo, he looks 3 to 3.5" taller than Rob. Subtract 2" at least, and you have a 5'9 1/2" guy. He's fairly tall for an Asian.
Francis said on 18/Sep/12
Met him, quite tall but not 5'11 as thats my height and he wasnt as tall as me. More like 5'10 max!!
Danimal said on 3/Aug/12
He looks easily taller than Mike Tyson does next to you.
Editor Rob
see the link to his footwear on the top I less than 2 inches
Shaun said on 30/Jul/12
Ah in those sandals though!!
Shaun said on 30/Jul/12
Ah you met him. Looks bad ass. Peak he had to have been a legit 5'11, which yeah made him seem tall next to other East Asians in his films. He was about 5 inches shorter than Dolph Lundgren and had the edge on Alexandra Paul I think. Looks a weak 5'11" here.
Hob said on 28/Jul/12
he look max 7cm taller than rob, if he had an inch more shoe which took down 3cm off 5'11. he is 5'9.5 and 5'11 in dress shoe. i was suprise he was over 5'9 always thought he was just 5'9
short man syndrome said on 25/Jul/12
yep, generally tall for an East Asian man.
ali said on 25/Jul/12
he is tall for japan
Khalid said on 18/Jan/12
I met him at London Film and Comic Con in July 2011, I should probably say that he was wearing his traditional Japanese footwear, I took a photo with him, his footwear made him look inches taller than his real height, I was wearing my D&G sneakers which looks inches shorter than his footwear, well Rob I remember when I met you during the que, and you also took a photo with him.

Editor Rob
yeah those japanese sandals he wore looked no less than about 2-2.25 inches thick, I have a photo somewhere.

Stallone would love them, on the Sunday Cary had thinner shoes and on wandering about the stalls was about 1.5 inches smaller than the saturday!
Shaun said on 17/Oct/11
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Pause at 2:08. Cary is a legit 5'11" Cary as he was taller than Alexandra Paul and didn't look that much shorter than Tim Dalton and Robert Davi in License to Kill. He's barefoot and level with the central part of Dolph's nose. That's 6-6.5 inches. Deduct say an inch from the boots, Dolph is roughly 5 -5.5 inches taller. Do the math it points to Dolph being 6'4"-6'4.5" which Rob has him listed at. 5'11" looks spot on.
Shaun said on 31/Dec/10
I have Showdown in Little Tokyo on DVD in in one scene he is standing barefoot with tightly slicked back hair so you can see his real height. Dolph looks about 6 inches taller in boots than him barefoot so I'd say he has to be around 5'11".
Amanda said on 15/Sep/07
Check out his myspace it says he's 5'11, he would know better than anyone else.
Antonio said on 17/Mar/07
I saw him in Venice did not look 180, more likely 178 but in good shape
trueheight said on 10/May/06
your most likely right; It may have been just me b/c this guy is in alotta movies i see and always looks 5'9(average) to me. The only film i remember in which he looked noticeably tall was Pearl Harbor

Editor Rob
he was in the lame space rangers thing and beside the legit 6ft women and other people he didn't look a 5ft 9 guy
trueheight said on 10/May/06
in the film MK1 he was noticeably shorter than 6ft Robin Shou. And check out Brandon Lee's page in which the latest post is cast publicity pick for Showdown in Little Tokyo in which Carrie is 2in shorter than Brandon Lee

Editor Rob
well this is a publicity shot ;-) But honestly, just looking at that pic, lee isn't 2 inches taller, because the camera looks set nearer the 5ft mark and Lee is several inches closer. Compare tagawa to someone on the same plane, like Lundgren, or even carrere is a little closer to tagawa than brandon...I've not seen him with shou, so can't comment
Lone said on 20/Apr/06
I don't know about that he seems pretty short in Rising Sun. In the first scenes of the movie he was singing karaoke with his blond girlfriend and then they started arguing outside and she was much taller than he was. He seemed shorter than Wesley Snipes, so 5-9 or 5-8 is probably more accurate. If he were 5-11 he would actually look tall, which he doesn't in any of his movies I have seen, rising sun, mortal kombat, or geisha.
CelebHeights Editor said on 28/Aug/05
I don't know the date (but the article referred to the release of Rising Sun) so it's somewhere from 1993 - "Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is a lean and muscular 5-11"
trueheight said on 11/Jun/05
No Way, met the guy at the Mortal Kombat premier in LA. More like 5'9 with questionable footwear.

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