Karl Yune

Karl Yune (born April 16, 1975) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Maseo Yamashiro in the DC comics TV franchise Arrow, as Tak Mashido in the sci-fi film Real Steel, and as Koichi in the film Memoirs of a Geisha. His first lead role was in the cult thriller Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid, as Tran.

Karl Yune
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Premiere appearance
Born (1975-04-16) April 16, 1975 (age 46)
EducationColumbia University
Years active2004—present
RelativesRick Yune (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Yune, a Korean American, was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Yune was educated at Georgetown Preparatory School, an American Jesuit college preparatory school, one of the most selective and oldest all-boys school in the United States. Yune studied business, literature, and philosophy before he switched to a major in theater at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York after winning the role of Romeo for a presentation of Romeo and Juliette.


Yune got his first lead role in a studio film as Tran, one of the guides in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. He has also appeared in Forbidden Warrior, and Memoirs of a Geisha, as well as in the short films Miracle Mile (which received several awards), and Hold Up. He also acted in various Off-Broadway plays, and has done fashion modeling. Yune appears in the third season of Arrow as Maseo Yamashiro, (the Arrow's friend and mentor) who later becomes 2nd in command of the League of Assassins, and is also married to Katana, aka Tatsu Yamashiro.[1]

Karl Yune is sometimes credited as Carl Yune and Karl Hahn (as in Miracle Mile).

Personal lifeEdit

He is the younger brother of actor Rick Yune. Yune currently resides in Los Angeles.



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Forbidden Warrior Locust
2004 Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid Tran
2004 Miracle Mile James Hudson Credited as "Karl Hahn";
Short film
2004 Hold Up Cashier Short film
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Koichi
2005 Freezerburn Alex the 2nd A.D.
2006 Ken Ken Short film
2007 Hers K
2008 Speed Racer Taejo Body Guard
2009 Slaughter
2011 Real Steel Tak Mashido
2015 The Invitation Choi


Year Title Role Notes
2004 One on One Emcee Episode: "Bright Lights, Big City"
2008 Knight Rider Ian Chang Episode: "Journey to the End of the Knight"
2014-2015 Arrow Maseo Yamashiro 19 episodes
2018 Magnum P.I. Bobby Malua Episode 1.8: "Die He Said"
2020–2021 FraXtur Brett Tucker

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Voice role Notes
2005 50 Cent: Bulletproof Chinese Rig


  1. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (July 2, 2014). "Arrow Season 3 Scoop: Meet Oliver's Hong Kong Handler". TV line. Retrieved July 2, 2014.

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