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Tatsuya Nakadai

Lowest Rated:   63% Odd Obsession (1959)
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Birthplace:   Tokyo, Japan
Svelte leading man Tatsuya Nakadai has worked with some of the most respected directors in Japan during his 50-year acting career. His first notable role was as the hero of Masaki Kobayashi's trilogy, Ningen No Joken (The Human Condition). Completing the trilogy in 1961, he became an international star and began a longtime collaboration with legendary director Akira Kurasawa. In Yojimbo, he played the villainous foil to leading man Toshiro Mifune, a position he would often repeat throughout his career. Though he would continue to work with Kobayashi throughout the '60s for Kwaidan, Harakiri, and Rebellion, he also worked under director Hiroshi Teshigahara for the moody Frankenstein story The Face of Another. He began starring in several films from director Kon Ichikawa, starti`ng with the docudrama Enjo. In the '70s, he did a string of films with director Hideo Gosha starting with the samurai film Goyokin. During this time, actor Mifune and director Kurosawa finally severed their ties after experiencing difficulties working together. Kurosawa waited for Nakadai to finish up on a theater project, seeing him as the only possible leading man to replace Mifune for the starring double role in Kagemusha in 1980. Kurosawa picked him again as the lead for the King Lear counterpart role in the Shakespeare-inspired Ran. Other than minor roles, he didn't work that much in the '90s after losing his wife of 40 years, Tomoe Ryu, which proved to be an experience that would inform his later work. After granting interviews to a few Kurosawa documentaries, Nakadai returned to leading man status for To Dance With the White Dog in 2002, a drama about an elderly man coping with the loss of his wife.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Inochi bô ni furô
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Karami-ai (The Inheritance)
  • Actor
2015
100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
  • Sumiyaki no Roujin (Japanese version)
$0.5M 2014
71% Giovanni's Island
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Nihon no higeki (Japan's Tragedy)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Kekkon No Subete
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Nikudan (The Human Bullet)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Inugamike no ichizoku
  • Sahei Inugami
2006
No Score Yet Like Asura
  • Kotaro Takezawa
2003
No Score Yet After the Rain
  • Gettan Tsuji
1999
No Score Yet Kurosawa
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Yiu sau dou si (The Wicked City)
  • Yuen Tai Chung
1992
No Score Yet Hachikô monogatari (Hachi-ko)
  • Actor
1987
96% Ran
  • Lord Hidetora IchimonjiHidetora Ichimonji
1985
No Score Yet Onimasa: A Japanese Godfather
  • Onimasa
1982
88% Kagemusha
  • Shingen Kadeda
1980
No Score Yet Yami no karyudo (Hunter in the Dark)
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Bandits Vs. Samurai Squadron
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Hi no tori (Firebird: Daybreak Chapter)(The Phoenix)
  • Nagatakawa Leader
1978
No Score Yet I Am a Cat (Wagahai wa neko de aru)
  • Kushami
1975
No Score Yet Okinawa Kessen
  • Actor
1973
90% Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradona)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Shussho Iwai
  • Seiji Iwahashi
1971
No Score Yet Buraikan (Outlaws)(The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan)
  • Naojiro
1970
No Score Yet Zatoichi and the Festival of Fire
  • Ronin
1970
No Score Yet Ningen no jôken (Human Condition III - A Soldier's Prayer)
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Hitokiri (Tenchu!)
  • Hampeita Takechi
1970
No Score Yet Goyokin
  • Magobei Wakizaka
1969
No Score Yet Jigokuhen, (Portrait of Hell )
  • Yoshihide
1969
No Score Yet Kiru (Kill)
  • Genta
1968
No Score Yet Oggi a me... domani a te! (Today It's Me...Tomorrow You!)
  • Elfego
1968
100% The Face of Another (I Have a Stranger's Face) (Tanin no kao)
  • Mr. Okuyama
1967
No Score Yet The Age of Assassins (Satsujin kyo jidai)
  • Actor
1967
100% Samurai Rebellion
  • Tatewaki Asano
1967
80% The Sword of Doom
  • Ryunosuke Tsukue
1966
No Score Yet Yotsuya Kaidan
  • Iuemon Tamiya
1966
91% Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories)
  • Woodcutter
1964
95% High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
  • Chief Detective Tokura
1963
No Score Yet Onna no rekishi (A Woman's Life)
  • Akimoto
1963
100% Onna ga kaidan wo agaru toki (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs)
  • Kenichi Komatsu the bartender
1963
100% Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)
  • Hanbei Muroto
1963
No Score Yet Madame Aki (Yushu heiya)
  • Tatsumi
1963
100% The Bad Sleep Well (The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)
  • Insp. Tokuro
1962
100% Harakiri
  • Hanshiro Tsugumo
1962
No Score Yet Love under the Crucifix (Ogin-sama)
  • Ukon Takayama
1962
No Score Yet Immortal Love (Eien no hito)
  • Heibei
1961
95% Yojimbo
  • Unosuke
1961
No Score Yet Tsuma to shite onna to shite
  • Actor
1961
No Score Yet Ningen no jôken (Human Condition II - The Road to Eternity)
  • Kaji
1961
71% The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
  • Kaji
1959
63% Odd Obsession
  • Kimura
1959
No Score Yet Conflagration
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet The Temple Of The Golden Pavilion (Enjo)
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Conflagration
  • Togari
1958
No Score Yet Kuroi kawa (Black River)
  • Actor
1957

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