Kiichi Nakai

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Kiichi Nakai
Born (1961-09-18) September 18, 1961 (age 53)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present

Kiichi Nakai (中井 貴一 Nakai Kiichi?, born 18 September 1961) is a Japanese actor. His father, Keiji Sada, also a movie actor, died when Nakai was only two years old. Nakai started his acting career while he was still in university and was awarded the Rookie of the Year of Japan Academy Awards in 1981.

He won the Japan Academy Best Supporting Actor award in 1994 (for 47 Ronin) and Best Actor award in 2003 (for Mibu gishi den (When the Last Sword is Drawn). He also won the award for best supporting actor at the 19th Hochi Film Award for 47 Ronin.[1]

In 2003 he played a Japanese delegate to a Chinese emperor of the Tang dynasty in Warriors of Heaven and Earth. Though a few of his lines are in Japanese, most are in Mandarin.

His older sister, Kie Nakai, is also an actress.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Rengō Kantai (The Imperial Navy in the USA)
1985 The Burmese Harp
1987 Princess from the Moon Minister of the Military
1988 Takeda Shingen Takeda Shingen NHK taiga drama
1993 Moving
1994 47 Ronin (Shijushichinin no shikaku)
1995 Makusu no yama aka Marks
1998 Ai o kou hito aka Begging for Love
1999 Fukuro no shiro aka Owls' Castle
2001 Aru Hi Arashi no Yoni aka Someday Like Storm (NHK)
2003 Mibu gishi den aka When the Last Sword Is Drawn
Onmyoji 2
Warriors of Heaven and Earth
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles voice
2006 Aegis (Bōkoku no īgisu)
2007 Barefoot Gen (TV drama) (Hadashi no Gen) (Fuji Television)
2010 Railways
2012 Priceless (TV drama) Moai
2014 Zakurozaka no Adauchi Kingo Shimura


  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 

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