James Pax

James Pax is a Japanese-born actor who has acted in films produced in Hollywood, Hong Kong and Japan.

James Pax
Born (1961-12-21) December 21, 1961 (age 58)
Alma materNew York University
Years active1985–present

Early years and educationEdit

Pax earned a degree in business from New York University and later studied film production/directing at the University of Southern California. He has lived and worked around the globe including Italy, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, France and China. In his early 20s he worked as a model in the United States and Europe for top fashion designers such as Armani. Upon his graduation from New York University, he worked for one year on Wall Street as a stock analyst.

Acting careerEdit

Once Pax turned his attention to acting, he took on roles in Big Trouble in Little China with Kurt Russell, Year of the Dragon with John Lone, In Love and War with James Woods, Kinjite with Charles Bronson, and Bethune with Donald Sutherland. He also guest starred in numerous television shows and appeared as a series regular on Nasty Boys in 1990. In 1992, he returned to Asia and started acting in the Hong Kong and Japanese movie industries. In 2003 he came to China for the filming of Shanghai Solution in Dalian. Pax appeared in Shanghai Solution, a true story based on the 30,000 Jews who fled to China in the 1940s, which aired on CCTV-8 in August 2005. He also starred in the Discovery Network program The First Emperor: The Man Who Made China in 2006 as Qin Shi Huang.[1]

Pax made directorial debut on the movies A Bowl of Fish, Passion Fruit and Last Tango in Shanghai in 2006.


  1. ^ "Building a Wall, Uniting A Nation". The Washington Post. January 29, 2006. Retrieved February 10, 2010.

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