TAIPEI – An actor from Japan who came to Taiwan last month to shoot a movie was indicted Wednesday on charges of obstructing and assaulting an immigration officer, prosecutors said.
The Taoyuan District Prosecutor’s Office requested that judges mete out a harsh punishment 58-year-old Daisuke Ryu if he is convicted and deport him after he completes his sentence.
Ryu has been prohibited from leaving Taiwan until the case is settled.
In the March 21 incident, the immigration officer asked Ryu to step aside to speak with him after his entry form was found to be incomplete. Ryu was purportedly drunk and allegedly attacked the officer, causing minor fractures on his left leg.
Ryu came to Taiwan to act in a Martin Scorsese movie called “Silence,” an adaptation of Japanese writer Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel about the persecution of a young Portuguese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan in the 17th century to find his mentor and spread Christianity.
The “Silence” crew has issued a statement saying that Ryu had been scheduled to play a small part in the film but was fired following the incident.
Ryu, whose parents are Korean but was born and grew up in Japan, is best known for a role he played as a great warlord in Akira Kurosawa’s movie Kagemusha. His performance won him the “best new actor” in Japan’s Blue Ribbon award.