Thanks to JamesG for the heads up.
Zap2it: Is “Lost” popular in Japan?
Sanada: Very much. I just came back from Tokyo last night. I did a big event with Carlton — talk shows, press conferences. We got a great reaction there. I was surprised Bandar Ceme at how big it is in Japan. There is a big audience for “Lost.”
Zap2it: How many more episodes are you in this season?
Sanada: I can’t tell you exactly how many, but I’ve already finished my shooting.
Zap2it: But you’ll be in a few more, correct?
Sanada: A few more, yes.
Zap2it: What is your read on Dogen and his motivation?
Sanada: He grew up in Japan, and somehow he came to the island. He has a mission, which is studying the island. He’s very — he has a lot of loyalty to the mission [and is willing] to sacrifice. I think that’s the most important thing to him. And he knows something [laughs].
Zap2it: Do you have a sense of where Dogen fits into the hierarchy of the Others? Does he have any more authority than, say, Ben (Michael Emerson) or Richard (Nestor Carbonell)?
Sanada: I don’t know if he’s equal, or who knows more or is more important. But he’s an important person on the island. Yeah, he’s mysterious. [Laughs] He was mysterious for me, too. Every week I’d read the script and realize, “Oh — oh my gosh.” I really enjoyed reading the script every week.
Zap2it: Do you think Dogen’s view of Jack (Matthew Fox) changed after he was willing to swallow a poison pill in “What Kate Does”?
Sanada: Yes. … I have many scenes with Jack, and also Sayid [Naveen Andrews]. The two of them are the most important people [to Dogen].
Zap2it: They’re who you deal with the most?
Sanada: Yes. And they’re great actors, so I was very lucky. I had a great time with them.
Zap2it: Do you know how long Dogen has been on the island?
Sanada: He’s been living on the island for about 20 years.
Zap2it: And, without giving too much away, what can we look forward to with the character?
Sanada: It will be clear why he came to the island and what his mission is.