Tatsuya Nakadai

13 Dec 1932


Tatsuya Nakadai ( born Motohisa Nakadai December 13, 1932) is a Japanese leading film actor.
He became a star after he was discovered working as a Tokyo shop clerk by filmmaker Masaki Kobayashi during the early 1950s. He became the favorite leading man of internationally-acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa after a well publicized fallout between Kurosawa and the legendary Toshirō Mifune.
Beginning in the late 1950s, he worked with a number of Japan's best-known filmmakers, starring or co-starring in five Kurosawa films, along with significant films made by Hiroshi Teshigahara (The Face of Another), Mikio Naruse (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs), Kihachi Okamoto (Kill! and Sword of Doom), Hideo Gosha (Goyokin), Shiro Toyoda (Portrait of Hell) and Kon Ichikawa (Enjo and Odd Obsession).
Notably, his long-term collaboration with Masaki Kobayashi invites comparison to the working relationship between Akira Kurosawa and Toshirō Mifune. Nakadai was featured in 11 Kobayashi films including the The Human Condition trilogy, Harakiri, Samurai Rebellion and Kwaidan. The Thick-Walled Room marked Nakadai's acting debut. His next role was a little noticed and uncredited one in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai where he appears for a few seconds as a samurai wandering about town.


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Filmography (42 titles)

(movie, 2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Junpei Senou)
(movie, 2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Sumiyaki no Roujin (voice))
(movie, 2010)
···Haru tono tabi
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Tadao Nakai)
(movie, 2001)
···Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku
Role: Actor (as Umetaro Katakura)
(movie, 1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Tsuji Gettan)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Hideaki Sasaki)
Role: Actor (as Yagyu Retsudo)
(movie, 1993)
···Yiu sau dou si
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Daishu (Yuen Tai Chung))
(movie, 1991)
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Tsunejiro Murai)
(movie, 1989)
···Return from the River Kwai
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Major Harada)
(movie, 1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Lord Hidetora Ichimonji)
(movie, 1984)
···Kita no hotaru
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Takeshi Tsukigata)
Genre: Animation, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 1982)
···Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Masagoro Kiryuin - Onimasa)
(movie, 1980)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Shingen Takeda · Kagemusha)
(movie, 1978)
···Kumokiri Nizaemon
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Kumokiri Nizaemon)
(movie, 1975)
Role: Actor (as Hoshino, the Chief Cabinet Secretary)
(movie, 1973)
···Kanashimi no Beradona
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Devil)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Colonel Hiromichi Yahara)
(movie, 1971)
···Inochi bô ni furô
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sadashichi)
(movie, 1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Shintaro Nakaoka)
(movie, 1970)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Naojiro Kataoka)
(movie, 1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Role: Actor (as Magobei Wakizaka)
(movie, 1969)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Hampeita Takechi)
(movie, 1969)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Yoshihide)
(movie, 1969)
···Nihonkai daikaisen
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Major Genjiro Akashi)
(movie, 1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Sentaro)
(movie, 1968)
···Oggi a me... domani a te!
Genre: Thriller, Western
Role: Actor (as James Elfego)
(movie, 1967)
···Satsujin kyo jidai
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Shinji Kikyo)
(movie, 1966)
···Dai-bosatsu tôge
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Ryunosuke Tsukue)
(movie, 1966)
···Tanin no kao
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Mr. Okuyama)
(movie, 1963)
···Tengoku to Jigoku
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Chief Detective Tokura)
(movie, 1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Hanshiro Tsugumo)
(movie, 1962)
···Tsubaki Sanjûrô
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Hanbei Muroto)
(movie, 1962)
···Tsuma to shite onna to shite
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Minami)
(movie, 1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Unosuke, gunfighter)
(movie, 1961)
···Eien no hito
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Heibei)
(movie, 1959)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Kimura)
(movie, 1959)
···Ningen no jôken
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Kaji)
(movie, 1958)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Tokari)
(movie, 1957)
···Kuroi kawa
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor
(movie, 1954)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Samurai Wandering through Town)