Yūzō Kayama

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Yūzō Kayama (加山 雄三 Kayama Yūzō?, born April 11, 1937) is a Japanese popular musician and film star. His father, Ken Uehara, was a film star during the 1930s. Yuzo Kayama became a star in the 1960s in the Wakadaishō (Young Guy) film series.

He showed his ability for drama when Akira Kurosawa cast him for his 1965 film, Red Beard (赤ひげ Akahige?), starring Toshirō Mifune. Kayama reported that he found the two years spent making this film the most difficult, but proudest work of his life.[citation needed]

As a guitarist, he took inspiration from the American instrumental group The Ventures, and performed a form of psychedelic surf music in the 1960s with his Mosrite guitar. One of his best-known instrumentals is "Black Sand Beach". "Kimi to Itsumademo" ("Love Forever"), another of his compositions, sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc in 1965.[1] At that point it was the biggest selling disc in the Japanese recording industry's history.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Title Year Role
Daigaku no Wakadaishō 1961 Yuichi Tanuma
Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki 1962
Ginza no Wakadaishō 1962 Yuichi Tanuma
Nihon-ichi no Wakadaishō 1962 Yuichi Tanuma
Sanjuro 1962
Eleki no Wakadaishō 1965 Yuichi Tanuma
Red Beard 1965
Daitsuiseki (TV) 1978

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 192. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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