David Sakurai was born on July 19, 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the age of 18, he moved to Japan where he received his theatrical training and honed his skills in the indie film scene in Tokyo. After relocating back to Denmark in 2008, Sakurai proved himself a strong, versatile actor having been cast in a variety of drama, comedy, and action. Sakurai first became known to international audiences for his performance in Károly Ujj Mészáros’ fantasy noir Liza, The Fox-Fairy. In the U.S. market, he had a flashy role in Scott Buck’s martial arts series Iron Fist from Marvel Studios and Netflix. His work in Scandinavia include Hans Peter Mollands’ revenge comedy In Order of Disappearance and the Netflix show Lilyhammer. His most recent work has seen him starring as the lead in the controversial drama Housewife from Turkish filmmaker Can Evrenol, followed by the role as Mutsuhiro ‘The Bird’ Wantabe in the Harold Cronk-directed Unbroken: Path to Redemption, the sequel to the three-time Academy Award nominated 2014 film. In 2017 he joined J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter universe in David Yates’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.