Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai

Highest Rated: 100% The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2014)

Lowest Rated: 57% Odd Obsession (1959)

Birthday: Dec 13, 1932

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



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 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
89% 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
78% The Sword of Doom Ryunosuke Tsukue 1966
No Score Yet Yotsuya Kaidan Iuemon Tamiya 1966
88% Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories) Woodcutter 1964
94% 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 Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well) 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
67% Ningen no joken I (The Human Condition I) (No Greater Love) Kaji 1959
57% 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


Ronin says: I hold my grudges to the end!

Ronin says: You give me my only purpose to live for. If I kill you now...

Zatoichi says: You'll have nothing to live for.

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji says: In a mad world, only the mad are sane.

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji says: What madness have I spoken? Wherein lies my senility?

Saburonaotora Ichimonji says: I'll tell you. What kind of world do we live in? One barren of loyalty and feeling.

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji says: I'm aware of that.

Saburonaotora Ichimonji says: So you should be! You spilled an ocean of blood. You showed no mercy, no pity. We too are children of thisage... weaned on strife and chaos. We are your sons, yet you count on our fidelity. In my eyes, that makes you a fool. A senile old fool!

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji says: The Great Lord goes nowhere alone.

Jiromasatora Ichimonji says: You renounced your power. You have no need of an escort.

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji says: Only the birds and the beasts live in solitude.