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Tagawa has nearly eighty film and television appearances to his credit. His most notable motion pictures include The Last Emperor (1987), Twins (1988, with Tony Jay, Nehemiah Persoff, Robert Harper, Tom McCleister, and Wayne Grace), Licence to Kill (1989, with Anthony Zerbe), The Last Warrior (1989, with Gary Graham), Nemesis (1993, with Marjorie Monaghan, Nicholas Guest, Marjean Holden, Jennifer Gatti, and Branscombe Richmond), Rising Sun (1993, with Ray Wise and Max Grodénchik), Space Rangers (1993, with Clint Howard), Mortal Kombat (1995), The Phantom (1996, with Bill Smitrovich and Leon Russom), John Carpenter's Vampires (1998), Snow Falling on Cedars (1999, with James Cromwell), Pearl Harbor (2001, with Randy Oglesby, Raphael Sbarge, Glenn Morshower, Leland Orser, Pat Healy, and Manu Intiraymi), Planet of the Apes (2001, with David Warner and Erick Avari), Tom Clancy's NetForce (with Scott Bakula and France Nuyen), and the first two seasons of Nash Bridges with Daniel Roebuck and Mary Mara.
In recent years, he appeared in the 2010 live action Tekken film as Heihachi Mishima, and in the series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, reprising his role as Shang Tsung. He also guest starred in two episodes of Heroes, featuring Zachary Quinto, two episodes in the new Hawaii Five-0 and currently has a recurring role in Revenge. He also co-starred in the 2013 film 47 Ronins.