Noboru Ando

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Noboru Ando (安藤 昇 Andô Noboru?, born 1926) is a Japanese film actor known for his yakuza roles. In fact, Ando was a real-life yakuza gang boss before becoming an actor in 1965, when he appeared in a film about himself, Chi to Okite ("Blood and Rules").[1] He later wrote, produced and starred in a series of films about his life and his former gang, the Ando-gumi. He also notably appeared in several films by Kinji Fukasaku.

One clear sign of his past occupation is the large knife scar on his left cheek, the result of a brawl with a Korean gangster as a young man.[1] According to Ando, acting came easily to him as a result of his underworld life: "In Japanese, the only difference between yakuza and yakusha (actor) is one hiragana character," he was quoted in the Japan Times as saying. "All yakuza have to be actors to survive."[1]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Chi to Okite ("Blood and Rules") (1965)
  • Sympathy for the Underdog (1971)
  • Street Mobster (1972)
  • Jitsuroku Ando-gumi Shugekihen ("The True Story of the Ando Gang: Attack") (1973)
  • Ando-gumi Gaiden Hitokiri Shatei ("The Untold Story of the Ando Gang: The Killer Brother") (1974)
  • Graveyard of Honor (1975)
  • Ando Noboru no Waga Tobou to Sex no Kiroku (1976)


  1. ^ a b c Schilling, Mark (2002-04-17). "We got a real wiseguy here". Japan Times. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 

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