Kanji Furutachi

Kanji Furutachi (Japanese: 古舘 寛治, Hepburn: Furutachi Kanji, born 23 March 1968 in Osaka, Japan) is a Japanese actor.

Kanji Furutachi
Kanji Furutachi
Born(1968-03-23)23 March 1968


Born in Sakai, Osaka, Furutachi traveled to New York in his twenties to study acting at the HB Studio under Uta Hagen.[1][2] Returning to Japan, he joined the Seinendan theatre troupe run by Oriza Hirata and the Sample theatre troupe run by Shū Matsui.[1] After appearing in many TV commercials, some of which earned him "nationwide popularity",[3] he got significant roles in television dramas and films.[4] He has frequently appeared in films directed by Seinendan member Kōji Fukada. For instance, Harmonium won the Jury Prize at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival,[5] with Furutachi gaining particular praise in reviews.[6][7] It was announced in November 2017 he would be one of the main cast of the 2019 NHK Taiga drama Idaten.[8] He had his first starring role in a TV drama with TV Tokyo's Kotaki Kyodai no Shikuhakku (2020), under the direction of Nobuhiro Yamashita.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "特別対談: 古舘寛治×宮城聰". SPAC (in Japanese). Shizuoka Performers Art Center. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  2. ^ "「モバゲー」CMでよく見るあの人、古舘寛治の数奇な人生!". Ameba News [アメーバニュース] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ Schilling, Mark (22 February 2017). "Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  4. ^ "古舘寛治の"ベテラン名脇役感"が否めない!彼の魅力とは何なのか". CIATR (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  5. ^ "外国人記者から拍手・喝采!古舘寛治&筒井真理子、流ちょうな英語であいさつ – シネマトゥデイ". シネマトゥデイ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  6. ^ Felperin, Leslie (4 May 2017). "Harmonium review – family secrets bubble up in intoxicating drama". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  7. ^ Lee, Maggie (15 May 2016). "Cannes Film Review: 'Harmonium'". Variety. Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  8. ^ "NHK大河「いだてん」綾瀬はるか、生田斗真、役所広司ら新キャスト13名発表". 映画ナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ "古舘寛治、初主演に「ドッキリ!?」 テレ東系「コタキ兄弟-」で滝藤賢一と". スポーツ報知 (in Japanese). 6 November 2019. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  10. ^ "プリテンダーズ". eiga.com. Retrieved 10 August 2021.

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