Kenichi Hagiwara

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Kenichi Hagiwara (萩原健一; Hagiwara Ken'ichi, born 26 July 1950 in Omiya, Saitama, Japan), also known as Sho-Ken, was the lead singer of The Tempters [1], the "bad boys" of the Group Sounds Japan pop scene in the mid and late 1960s. A teen idol with a legion of loyal fans, Hagiwara was known for his good looks and arrogance, which appealed to both young male and female Japanese fans.

After The Tempters, he formed the band PYG along with Kenji Sawada, the first true Japanese supergroup, a unit which included members of The Tigers, The Tempters, and The Spiders.[2]

He was in the Donjuan R&R Band with Hideki Ishima, formerly of The Flowers Travelln' Band.[3]

Current career[edit]

He is still popular as an actor in the early 2000s,[4]and a "bad boy" even in his fifties, with minor (but highly publicized) brushes with law enforcement.[5]


Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1972 The Rendezvous Burglar
1980 Kagemusha Takeda Katsuyori
1982 To Trap a Kidnapper Kazuo Furuya
1985 Capone Cries a Lot Umiemon
Seburi monogatari Hajime Kinoshita
Love Letter Shoichi Takehara
1992 The Triple Cross Kanzaki
1994 Ghost Pub Sotaro
2009 Tajomaru Ashikaga Yoshimasa


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  3. ^ ""First I had the idea, nobody cared. They said 'you're crazy!'"". Archived from the original on 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
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