Nobuo Nakamura (中村伸郎, Nakamura Nobuo, September 14, 1908 – July 5, 1991) was a Japanese actor, who made notable appearances in the films of Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu in the 1950s and 1960s. Perhaps his most famous roles in the West were those of the callous deputy mayor in Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952), and the hairdresser's henpecked husband in Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953).

Nobuo Nakamura
Born(1908-09-14)September 14, 1908
DiedJuly 5, 1991(1991-07-05) (aged 82)
OccupationActor
Years active1932–1991

Nakamura was also famous for many notable contributions to Japanese modern theatre. In 1937, he founded the Bungakuza company along with Haruko Sugimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, and Masayuki Mori. Nakamura played Polonius in Hamlet, Herod in Wilde's Salome, Aleksandr Vladimirovich Serebryakov in Chekov's Uncle Vanya, and Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape. He also appeared in Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and The Cherry Orchard . In the 1950s and 1960s, he played major roles in Yukio Mishima's plays such as Rokumeikan, My Friend Hitler, and so on. In 1963, Nakamura left Bungakuza company and founded the NLT company with Mishima. His most famous and successful role is considered to be The Professor in Ionesco's The Lesson. He performed The Lesson for the first time in 1972 and played The Professor every Friday night at Shibuya Jean-Jean, a small theatre in Shibuya, Tokyo until 1983. Appropriately, one of his last movie roles was a cameo as a deceptively decrepit-looking "professor" in Juzo Itami's film comedy Tampopo (1985).

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmsEdit

  • 1938: Hanataba no yume
  • 1942: Haha no chizu - Hideo
  • 1946: Urashima Tarô no kôei
  • 1951: Jiyû gakkô
  • 1952: Honjitsu kyûshin - Take-san
  • 1952: To Live - Deputy Mayor
  • 1953: Zoku Jûdai no seiten - Tateuo Ueda
  • 1953: Aoiro kakumei - Professor Hisamatsu
  • 1953: Senkan Yamato
  • 1953: Tokyo Story - Kurazo Kaneko
  • 1953: An Inlet of Muddy Water - Yasubee (Story 2)
  • 1954: Itsuko to sono haha - Nomura, Chairman
  • 1954: Tomoshibi - Keizo Kawamura
  • 1955: Jû jin yuki otoko - Professor Koizumi
  • 1955: Shichinin no ani imôto - Yukichi Kitahara
  • 1955: I Live in Fear - Psychologist
  • 1956: Early Spring - Arakawa, chief executive
  • 1956: Yûyake-gumo - Seiji's father, Haruo
  • 1956: Shiroi magyo
  • 1956: Gendai no yokubô - Takamatsu
  • 1956: Shokei no heya - Professor
  • 1956: Onibi
  • 1956: Konyaku yubiwa-engeeji ringu
  • 1956: Flowing
  • 1956: Hibana - Takayama
  • 1957: Throne of Blood - Phantom samurai
  • 1957: Tokyo Twilight - Sakae Aiba
  • 1957: Hikage no musume
  • 1957: Yoru no chô - Customer
  • 1957: Sono yoru no himegoto - Ryusaku Endo
  • 1957: Nichiro sensô shôri no hishi: Tekichû ôdan sanbyaku-ri
  • 1958: Rickshaw Man - Yoshiko's brother
  • 1958: Anzukko
  • 1958: Hana no bojô - Kaô Hishikawa
  • 1958: Equinox Flower - Toshihiko Kawai
  • 1958: Akujo no kisetsu - Dr. Mizutani
  • 1958: Haru kôrô no hana no en - Shuntarô Tanaka
  • 1958: Half Human - Prof. Tanaka (uncredited)
  • 1959: The Human Condition - Honsha Buchô
  • 1959: Onna gokoro - Tsujinoto
  • 1959: Hanran - Kuga
  • 1959: Yajû shisubeshi - Professor Sugimura
  • 1959: Anyakôro - Kensaku's father
  • 1959: Kaoyaku to bakudan musume - Kôda
  • 1960: Kuroi gashû: Aru sarariman no shôgen
  • 1960: Bokutô kitan - Sanji
  • 1960: The Bad Sleep Well - Legal Adviser
  • 1960: A False Student - Takagi
  • 1960: Late Autumn - Shuzo Taguchi
  • 1960: Oden jigoku - Masabumi Gotô
  • 1961: Midaregami - Wataru Kamogawa
  • 1961: Tôkyô yawa - Kyosuke Kamiko
  • 1961: Tsuma to shite onna to shite - Kimura
  • 1961: Sekai daisensô
  • 1961: Machi - Public prosecutor
  • 1961: Onna no tsurihashi - Shinkichi Haurno (Episode 2)
  • 1961: Okoto to Sasuke
  • 1962: Sono yo wa wasurenai - Taneda
  • 1962: An Autumn Afternoon - Shuzo Kawai
  • 1963: High and Low - Ishimaru, National Shoes Design Department Director
  • 1964: Zoku shachô shinshiroku
  • 1964: Geisha gakkô
  • 1964: Hadaka no jûyaku - Serizawa, executive
  • 1964: Dogara, the Space Monster - Dr. Munakata[1] - Dr. Munakata
  • 1964: Mesu - Eitaro Shudo
  • 1965: Daikon to ninjin
  • 1965: Frankenstein Conquers the World - Skeptical Museum Chief
  • 1965: Honkon no shiroibara - Nagahara
  • 1966: Zoku shachô gyôjôki
  • 1966: Fukuzatsu na kare
  • 1966: The War of the Gargantuas - Dr. Kita
  • 1966: Thirst for Love - Yakichi Sugimoto
  • 1967: Japan's Longest Day - Kōichi Kido
  • 1967: Sodachi zakari - Shingo Nakayu
  • 1967: Two in the Shadow
  • 1968: Shachô hanjôki
  • 1968: Zoku shacho hanjôki
  • 1968: Rio no wakadaishô
  • 1968: Suna no kaori - Chief Judge
  • 1969: Futari no koibito - Ryôhei Kôno
  • 1970: Jaga wa hashitta - Head of N-Bussan
  • 1970: The Militarists - Kōichi Kido (uncredited)
  • 1971: Maboroshi no satsui
  • 1972: Kuro no honryu - Daizo Kitagawa
  • 1973: Tidal Wave - Japanese Ambassador to Australia
  • 1973: Kôkotsu no hito - Fujieda, lawyer
  • 1974: Karei-naru ichizoku - Matsudaira
  • 1975: Zesshô
  • 1976: Shunkinsho - Harumatsu
  • 1977: Akuma no temari-uta- Hôan Tatara
  • 1985: Tampopo - Intended victim of con man
  • 1987: Bu su - Customer
  • 1991: No raifu kingu - (final film role)

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HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.

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