Sho Kosugi

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Sho Kosugi
Born 小杉 正一 (Shōichi Kosugi)
(1948-06-17) June 17, 1948 (age 65)
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor, martial artist
Years active 1981–2010
Spouse(s) Shook Kosugi
Website
http://shokosugi.net/shopro

Sho Kosugi (ショー・コスギ, born Shōichi Kosugi (小杉 正一 Kosugi Shōichi?); June 17, 1948) is a Japanese martial artist with extensive training in shindō jinen-ryū karate, kendo, judo, iaido, kobudo, aikido, and ninjutsu who gained popularity as an actor during the 1980s, usually playing a ninja.[1] Sho was an All Japan Karate Champion.[2][3] He is the father of Kane Kosugi and Shane Kosugi. After taking a hiatus from film, he started a taiko group in California. In Japan, he also ran an internationally oriented group of martial arts acting schools known as the Sho Kosugi Institute. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

It is common for Kosugi to have his sons co-star in movies when the plot includes family relations. Films in which Kosugi's sons perform alongside their father include Revenge of the Ninja, Pray for Death, Black Eagle, and Journey of Honor (aka Kabuto, aka Shogun Warrior).

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1974 The Godfather: Part II Passerby in Coat with Cap Pulled Down Extra
1976 Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave Suzuki Villain
1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Kata Demonstrator Extra
1981 Enter the Ninja Hasegawa 3rd Lead and Villain
1983 Revenge of the Ninja Cho Osaki Lead Role and Hero
1984 Ninja III: The Domination Yamada Lead Role and Hero
1985 9 Deaths of the Ninja Spike Shinobi Lead Role and Hero
Pray for Death Akira Saito Lead Role and Hero
1987 Rage of Honor Shiro Tanaka Lead Role and Hero
1988 Aloha Summer Yukinaga Konishi Special Appearance
1988 Black Eagle Ken Tani Lead Role and Hero
1989 Blind Fury The Assassin Special Appearance
1991 Journey of Honor Daigoro Mayeda Lead Role and Hero
1993 極東黒社会 Kyokutō Kuroshakai (Drug Connection) Larry Matsuda 3rd Lead and Hero
1994 ザ・格闘王 Za Kakutō Oh (The Fighting King) Director of film
ザ・格闘王2 Za Kakutō Oh 2 (The Fighting King 2) Director of film
2002 The Scorpion King Taiko Choreographer
2009 Ninja Assassin Ozunu Lead Villain

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1984 The Master Okasa Lead Villain Okasa (5 episodes) / Lee Van Cleef's double (13 episodes)
1993 琉球の風 Ryūkyū no Kaze (Dragon Spirit) Shintenpu Co-Star (Episodes 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,11,12,13)
1993 Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Voice of Ultraman Guest Star (Episode 1 - Japanese language version only)
1994 忍者戦隊カクレンジャー Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Gali Guest Star (Episodes 28-29)
1996 聖龍伝説 Seiryū Densetsu (Legend of St. Dragon) Shusaku Sendo Special Appearance (Episode 7)

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Note
1986 Master Class Himself Instructional video (Martial Arts)
1986 Ninja Theater Hosted by Sho Kosugi Himself VHS Video Host segments (13 in all)
1986 Honda Hurricane Commercial Ninja TV commercial
1998 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins Rikimaru Video game (motion capture portrayal)
2001-2002 The Ninjas From Hollywood Japan Tour God of Peace and War Stage show

References[edit]

  1. ^ "`Ninja` Knockin`` Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 1986-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  2. ^ "`Ninja` Knockin`` Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 1986-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  3. ^ Beale, Lewis (1986-04-20). "Martial Arts Pics--packing A Hard Punch". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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