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Tatsuya Nakadai (仲代 達矢, Nakadai Tatsuya, born Motohisa Nakadai; December 13, 1932) is a Japanese film actor famous for the wide variety of characters he has portrayed and many collaborations with famous Japanese film directors.
Motohisa Nakadai (仲代 元久)
December 13, 1932
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
Nakadai worked with a number of Japan's best-known filmmakers—starring or co-starring in five films directed by Akira Kurosawa, as well as being cast in significant films directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara (The Face of Another), Mikio Naruse (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs), Kihachi Okamoto (Kill! and The Sword of Doom), Hideo Gosha (Goyokin), Shirō Toyoda (Portrait of Hell) and Kon Ichikawa (Enjō and Odd Obsession).
Nakadai grew up in a very poor family and was unable to afford a university education, prompting him to take up acting. He greatly admired American films and was a fan of actors such as John Wayne and Marlon Brando. He also picked up a liking of Broadway musicals, and travels once a year to New York City to watch them. Nakadai was working as a shop clerk in Tokyo before a chance encounter with director Masaki Kobayashi led to him being cast in the film The Thick Walled Room. The following year, he made a brief and uncredited cameo in Seven Samurai where he is seen for a few seconds as a samurai walking through town. Nakadai's role in Seven Samurai is technically his debut as The Thick-Walled Room's release was delayed for three years due to controversial subject matter. His major breakthrough as an actor came when he was given the part of Jo, a young yakuza in Black River, another film directed by Kobayashi. Nakadai continued to work with Kobayashi into the 1960s and won his first Blue Ribbon Award for his role in Harakiri (his personal favorite among his own films) as the aging rōnin Hanshiro Tsugumo.
Nakadai appeared in two more Kurosawa films from the 1980s. In Kagemusha Nakadai plays both the titular thief turned body-double and the famous daimyō Takeda Shingen whom the thief is tasked with impersonating. This dual role helped him win his second Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actor. In Ran Nakadai plays another daimyo, Hidetora Ichimonji (loosely based on King Lear from Shakespeare's play King Lear and inspired by the historical daimyo Mōri Motonari).
|1973||Kanashimi no Belladonna||The Devil||Eiichi Yamamoto|
|1983||Final Yamato||Narrator||Tomoharu Katsumata / Yoshinobu Nishizaki / Takeshi Shirado / Toshio Masuda|
|2013||The Tale of Princess Kaguya||Sumiyaki no Roujini||Isao Takahata|
|2014||Giovanni's Island||Junpei Senō (Present)||Mizuho Nishikubo|
|1968||Yotsuya Kaidan||Tamiya Iemon||Eitaro Ozawa|
|1974||Richard III||Richard||Toshikiyo Masumi|
|1975||The Lower Depths||Satine||Toshikiyo Masumi|
|1978||Oedipus Rex||Oedipus||Tomoe Ryu (Yasuko Miyazaki)|
|1982||Macbeth||Macbeth||Tomoe Ryu (Yasuko Miyazaki)|
|1990||Cyrano de Bergerac||Cyrano de Bergerac||Tomoe Ryu (Yasuko Miyazaki)|
|2000||Death of a Salesman||William "Willy" Loman||Kiyoto Hayashi|
|2001||The Merry Wives of Windsor||John Falstaff||Kiyoto Hayashi|
|2005||Driving Miss Daisy||Hoke||Ikumi Tanno|
|2008||Don Quixote||Miguel de Cervantes||Ikumi Tanno|
|2010||John Gabriel Borkman||John Gabriel Borkman||Tamiya Kuriyama|
|2013||Bluebeard's Castle||The Bard||Michiyoshi Inoue|
|2014||Barrymore||John Barrymore||Ikumi Tanno|
|2014||Romeo and Juliet||Father Lawrence||Ikumi Tanno|
|1971||Shin Heike Monogatari||Taira no Kiyomori||NHK||Lead role, Taiga drama|
|1995||Daichi no Ko||Kōji Matsumoto||NHK||Lead role|
|1996||Hideyoshi||Sen no Rikyū||NHK||Taiga drama|
|2004||Socrates in Love||Kentarō Matsumoto||TBS||Special appearance|
|2007||Fūrin Kazan||Takeda Nobutora||NHK||Taiga drama|
|2014||Zainin no Uso||Kenzō Haneda||Wowow|
|Hatashiai||Sanosuke||Jidaigeki Senmon Channel||Lead role, TV movie|
|2016||Kyoaku wa Nemurasenai||Yōhei Tachibana||TV Tokyo|
|2017||Henkan Kōshōnin||Narrator||NHK||TV movie|
|TBA||The Return||Unokichi||Jidaigeki Senmon Channel||Lead role, TV movie|
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- "Two Nobel scientists to receive Order of Culture award". The Japan Times. 2015.
- Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
- The Battle of Port Arthur (203 Kochi) in the Internet Movie Database
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