Yasuaki Kurata

20 Mar 1946

Actor, Producer

Yasuaki Kurata ( Kurata Yasuaki , born March 20, 1946), a.k.a David Kurata, is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in karate (5th degree), judo (3rd degree), and aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese.

Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Having studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School, he began to work as an actor in the late 1960s. In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest . Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre. In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club), teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work), is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League, and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku.


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Filmography (23 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···The Frozen Hero II
Genre: Action, Comedy, History
Role: Actor
(movie, 2017)
Genre: Action, History
Role: Actor
(movie, 2013)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Amano Kawao)
(movie, 2011)
···Red tears - kôrui
Genre: Action, Horror
Role: Actor (as Genjiro Mishima)
(movie, 2010)
···Jing wu feng yun: Chen Zhen
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Chikaraishis Vater)
(movie, 2009)
···Blood: The Last Vampire
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Kato Takatora)
(movie, 2006)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Role: Producer
(movie, 2002)
···So Close
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Master)
(movie, 1994)
···Jing wu ying xiong
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Fuimo Funakoshi)
(movie, 1991)
···Ji dao zhui zong
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
By: Ann Hui
Role: Actor (as Ishikawa (Guest star))
(movie, 1989)
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Masahiro Kai)
(movie, 1987)
···Dung fong tuk ying
Genre: Action, War
Role: Actor (as General's elite soldier)
(movie, 1987)
···Wang ming ren zhe
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ninja leader)
(movie, 1985)
···Xia ri fu xing
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Parachute Assassin)
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Takei (segment "Kyoko's House"))
(movie, 1983)
···Wang ming ren zhe
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ninja leader)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Bull)
(movie, 1981)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor
(movie, 1981)
···Fei dao you jian fei dao
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as The Lonely Winner)
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Tiger Lei)
(movie, 1973)
···Fang Shi Yu
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Iron Fist Tan)
(movie, 1973)
···Hei bao
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Chang Hui-Feng)
(movie, 1972)
···E hu kuang long
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Captain Jai Tai)