Yasuaki Kurata

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Yasuaki Kurata (倉田 保昭 Kurata Yasuaki?, born March 20, 1946), a.k.a. David Kurata, is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in karate (7th degree), judo (3rd degree), and aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese. He also met Bruce Lee during his career.

Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Having studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School, he began to work as an actor in the late 1960s. In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest (悪客). Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre.[1]

In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club),[2] teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work),[3] is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League,[4] and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku (香港アクションスター交友録?).[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 (pre-production) Future Fighters Mikoto
2013 Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono Sonshi
2012 The Last Tycoon Major Nishino
2011 Red Tears
2010 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Chikaraishi's father
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Kato Takatora
2009 Shinjuku Incident Taro Watagawa
2006 Gôgô sentai Bôkenger the Movie: The Greatest Precious Kouichi Akashi
2006 Legend of Seven Monks Santoku a bonze
2003 On loh yue miu lam
2003 Yellow Dragon Gouzaburo "Go" Azuma
2002 So Close Master
2002 Samurai Commissaire Fujiwara Morio
2001 An dou Chang
2000 Chung wa diy hap Tetsuo
1998 Hero of Shanghai (TV series) Samurai Leader
1995 Yami gorufâ 2: Ougon no patâ (video)
1994 Fist of Legend Fumio Funakoshi
1993 The Fighting King Tachibana
1993 My Home Yakuza
1992 Shizukanaru Don 2 (video) Koshiro Inokubi
1991 Ji dao zhui zong Ishikawa (Guest star)
1991 Shizukanaru Don (video) Koshiro Inokubi
1989 Final Fight Masahiro Kai
1988 Bokura no nanoka-kan sensô Sakai
1988 Jin zhuang da jiu dian Tomohara
1987 Deadly Life of a Ninja Ninja leader (as Chong Ti Bo-Chu)
1987 Eastern Condors General's elite soldier
1987 A Book of Heroes Shoji Karada (as Kurata Yoshiaki)
1986 Lost in the Wilderness Hirayama
1986 Foo gwai lit che Samurai
1986 Yuan Zhen-Xia yu Wei Si-Li Captain Ho
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars Japanese Assassin
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Takei (segment "Kyoko's House")
1984 Part 2, Mad Mission: Aces Go Places Bull
1984 Ninja Thunderbolt
1983 Hei mei gui
1982 Fei yan zou bi
1982 Huo Yuan-Jia Chiang Ho-Shan
1981 Shanghai Massacre
1981 Mao tou ying Chong Tin - Knight's master
1981 Shaolin Fighters vs. Ninja The Lonely Winner (as Y. Kurata)
1981 Eijanaika Hanjiro
1981 Shu shi shen chuan Shi Ping-Wei, the Ninja Leader (as Tsang Tyan)
1980 Qing jie
1978 Heroes of the East Takeno, Japanese ninjutsu expert
1978 Lao gu lao nu lao shang lao Mr. King
1977 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo
1977 Prodigal Boxer 2 Tiger Lei (as Shoji Kurada)
1977 G-Men '75 (TV series), Episode #1.104
1977 The Mad, the Mean, and the Deadly
1976 Sonny Chiba's Dragon Princess Masahiko Okizaki
1976 Enter the Whirlwind Boxer
1975 The Golden Triangle
1975 The Return of the Sister Street Fighter Go Kurosaki
1975 Challenge Me Dragon
1974 Executioner Karate teacher
1974 Fight! Dragon (TV series) Dragon
1974 The Godfather Squad
1974 The Fists of Vengeance Kiro-san
1974 Fists for Revenge Fan Te (as Cang Tian Bao Zhao)
1974 Call Me Dragon (as Kurata)
1974 Fatal Strike
1974 Fang Shi Yu Iron Fist Tan (as Tung Choi-Po)
1974 Lady Whirlwind Against the Rangers Chang Piao
1974 Kung Fu Inferno
1974 Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread Shunsuke Tsubaki
1973 Hu quan Fang Ming
1973 The Black Panther Chang Hui-Feng
1973 Win Them All
1973 Nu ying xiong fei che duo bao Ling Chien
1973 Gan jin sha jue
1973 Bruce Lee and I Sun
1973 Knight Errant Tetsuro
1973 Meng hu xia shan Taka (as Kurata)
1973 A Girl Called Tigress Chiau Kung
1973 Unsubdued Furies
1973 Flash Challenger
1973 Si dui tou Tiger
1972 Si qi shi Lei Tai (as Akira Kurata)
1972 Kung Fu, the Invincible Fist Captain Jai Tai (as Cang Tian Bao Zhao)
1972 E ke Katsu (as Kurata Yasuaki)
1972 Pa shan hu
1971 Xiao quan wang Tu Pien (as Chaua Tieng Pao Chao)
1962 Chûgakusei nikki (TV series)

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDB page
  2. ^ Kurata Promotions
  3. ^ Sozo Gakuen Daigaku faculty list
  4. ^ Zen Nippon Nunchaku-do Renmei
  5. ^ ISBN 4-89691-825-8