Kokuten Kōdō (高堂 国典, Kōdō Kokuten, 29 January 1887 – 22 January 1960), real name Tanigawa Saichirō (谷川 佐市郎), was a Japanese film actor. He appeared in more than eighty films from 1923 to 1959.

Kokuten Kōdō
Saichiro Tanigawa

29 January 1887
Died22 January 1960(1960-01-22) (aged 72)
Years active1923-1959


Kōdō first began acting on the stage in 1901 in shinpa dramas.[1] He joined the Teikine studio in 1923, and after the war, the Toho Studio.[1] He appeared in numerous films by Akira Kurosawa, most notably in Seven Samurai as the village elder.

Selected filmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1943 Sanshiro Sugata Buddhist Priest
1945 Sanshiro Sugata Part II Buddhist Priest Saiduchi
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth Mr. Noge
1947 Snow Trail Haruko's Grandfather
1949 Stray Dog Old Landlord
1950 Scandal Old Man A
1951 Carmen Comes Home Old man
1951 The Idiot Jumpei
1951 Aoi shinju Uncle
1951 Early Summer Old Uncle
1952 Sword for Hire
1952 Ringo-en no shōjo
1954 Seven Samurai Old Man Gisaku
1954 Godzilla The Old Fisherman
1955 Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple Old Priest Nikkan
1955 Half Human Tribal Chief
1955 I Live in Fear Workers' Older Family Member
1956 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island Old Priest Nikkan
1956 Street of Shame Keisaku Kadowaki
1957 Throne of Blood First General
1957 Untamed
1958 Rickshaw Man Old man
1958 The Hidden Fortress Old man in front of sign


  1. ^ a b "Kōdō Kokuten". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 23 February 2015.

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