29 February 1940|
|Died||19 July 2011
Yoshio Harada (原田 芳雄 Harada Yoshio , 29 February 1940 – 19 July 2011) was a Japanese actor best known for playing rebels in a career that spanned six decades.
Born in Tokyo, Harada joined the Haiyūza theater troupe in 1966 and made his television debut in 1967 with "Tenka no seinen" and his film debut in 1968 with Fukushū no uta ga kikoeru. He came to fame appearing in New Action films at Nikkatsu playing youthful rebels. Among his features for Nikkatsu was the 1971 exploitation film, Stray Cat Rock: Crazy Riders '71 (aka Alleycat Rock: Crazy Riders '71) for director Toshiya Fujita where he played the son of a yakuza boss.
Leaving the Haiyūza in 1971, he appeared in films made by many directors, including Seijun Suzuki, Shūji Terayama, Azuma Morisaki, Kihachi Okamoto, Rokurō Mochizuki, Jun Ichikawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Kōji Wakamatsu, but he was particularly favored by Kazuo Kuroki and Junji Sakamoto. He starred in many independent films, including those of the Art Theatre Guild. According to the critic Mark Schilling, Harada was "a favorite of generations of Japanese helmers for his rugged features, low, rumbling voice and distinctive presence, with shades of darkness and wildness that made him a natural for antihero roles in his youth." Harada also appeared in many television dramas.
A veteran of over 80 films, Harada won the best actor award at the 1990 Blue Ribbon Awards for Ronin-gai and Ware ni Utsu Yōi Ari. He had earlier won the Blue Ribbon best supporting actor prize in 1975 for Matsuri no junbi. He also won the best actor prize at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1997 for Onibi, and the Hochi Film Award for best supporting actor in 1989 for Dotsuitarunen. He was twice nominated for the Best Actor Japanese Academy Award and won the award for best supporting actor at the 11th Yokohama Film Festival for Dotsuitarunen and Kiss yori kantan.
- Fukushū no Uta ga Kikoeru (1968)
- Hangyaku no Melody (1970)
- Alleycat Rock: Crazy Riders '71 (1971)
- Pastoral: To Die in the Country (1974)
- Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
- Ryoma Ansatsu (1974)
- Kimi yo funnu no kawa wo watare (1976)
- A Tale of Sorrow and Sadness (1977)
- Ballad of Orin (1977)
- Shogun's Samurai (1978)
- Zigeunerweisen (1980)
- Kagero-za (1981)
- Manji (1983)
- Farewell to the Ark (1985)
- Dotsuitarunen (1989)
- Ware ni Utsu Yōi Ari (1990)
- Ronin-gai (1990)
- Yumeji (1991)
- Netorare Sosuke (1992)
- The Hunted (1995)
- Onibi (1997)
- The Story of PuPu (1998)
- Suri (2000)
- KT (2002)
- Azumi (2003)
- Izo (2004)
- Heaven's Bookstore (2004)
- The Face of Jizo (2004)
- Azumi 2 (2005)
- Aegis (2005)
- Nightmare Detective (2006)
- Dororo (2007)
- Still Walking (2008)
- Ultra Miracle Love Story (2009)
- Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
- I Wish (2011)
- Someday (2011)
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- Yoshio Harada at the Internet Movie Database
- Yoshio Harada at the Japanese Movie Database (Japanese)