February 23, 1943
Kin'ya Kitaōji ( is a 北大路 欣也 Kitaōji Kin'ya, born February 23, 1943) Japanese actor.
Biography [ edit ]
Early life [ edit ]
He was born in
Kyoto, son of famous film star jidaigeki Ichikawa Utaemon, and graduated from Waseda University School of Letters, Arts and Sciences Ⅱ in Tokyo.
Acting career [ edit ]
Kin'ya made his debut with his father in the 1956
Toei film Oyakodaka in the role of Katsu Kaishū. He is a contemporary of, and was taken to be a rival of, Hiroki Matsukata, who was also the son of a famous actor ( Jūshirō Konoe). In 1964, Kin'ya made his first appearance on stage in . Cyrano de Bergerac
The 1960s and 1970s saw him in many contemporary roles. He appeared in
and Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Hiroshima Deathmatch as well as Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode Karei naru Ichizoku. The title role in the 1975 film was his. Takehisa Yumeji
On television, Kitaōji portrayed
Miyamoto Musashi in the Nippon Television show of the same name. A major historical role was Sakamoto Ryōma in the year-long prime-time NHK Taiga drama (1968). He landed the title role in the long-running cop show Ryōma ga Yuku , set in the Zenigata Heiji Edo period. In the 1985 twelve-hour New Year special Fūun Yagyū Bugeichō, he played Yagyū Jūbei, and in the following year's special, he portrayed both Tokugawa Yoshimune and Yagyū Shinrokurō. The role of another shogun fell to him in the following new year as TV Tokyo tapped him to play Tokugawa Iemitsu. Kin'ya returned to NHK for the 1987 Taiga drama as Dokuganryū Masamune Date Terumune, father of title character Date Masamune.
Another role he took had been created by his father. Saotome Mondonosuke was the title character in the series
. It ran from 1988 to 1994 on Gozonji! Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko TV Asahi. His father, Ichikawa Utaemon, had appeared in numerous films as Mondonosuke.
Kin'ya reprised the part of Miyamoto Musashi in the 1990 New Year's special.
Toshirō Mifune had portrayed Musashi in the earlier film, also based on the Eiji Yoshikawa story, that had won an Academy Award. He returned to the New Year's special in 1996, again as the famous swordsman, in . Tokugawa Kengōden Sore kara no Musashi
His first portrayal of
Ōishi Kuranosuke was in the 1996 . He took up the role again in 2004 for the NHK Chūshingura Saigo no Chūshingura and in 2007, in the New Year special . Other historical roles from the Chūshingura Yōzei-in no Inbō Sengoku period include Azai Nagamasa, Saitō Dōsan, and Yamamoto Kansuke. In addition to historical parts, he appeared in fictional series. His portrayal of Ogami Ittō in the ( Kozure 2) Which was a series for Asahi TV in Japan is representative of these appearances. Lone Wolf and Cub
In 2008, Kitaōji revisited the role of Katsu Kaishū in the Taiga drama
. He had portrayed Katsu in his 1956 debut. Atsuhime
He won the award for best actor at the 10th
Hochi Film Award for and Fire Festival . Haru no kane Kitaōji played one of the lead role in [1 ] Hideo Nakata's psychological thriller film The Incite Mill.
In recent times, Kitaōji voices the
Hokkaido-inu character of "Father" in SoftBank Mobile's White Family advertising campaign.
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Theater [ edit ]
Video games [ edit ]
Yakuza 4 Seishiro Munakata
Dubbing roles [ edit ]
Sources [ edit ]
This article incorporates material from
北大路欣也 ("Kin'ya Kitaōji") in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved January 29, 2008.
References [ edit ]
^ (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi 報知映画賞ヒストリー . Retrieved . 2010-01-24
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