Kiichi Nakai

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Kiichi Nakai
Born (1961-09-18) September 18, 1961 (age 57)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active1981–present
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)

Kiichi Nakai (中井 貴一, Nakai Kiichi, born 18 September 1961) is a Japanese actor. His name was given by Yasujirō Ozu. His father, Keiji Sada, also a movie actor, died when Nakai was only two years old. Nakai started his acting career while he was still in university and was awarded the Rookie of the Year at the Japan Academy Awards in 1981.

He won the Japan Academy Best Supporting Actor award in 1994 (for 47 Ronin) and Best Actor award in 2003 (for Mibu gishi den (When the Last Sword is Drawn)). He also won the award for best supporting actor at the 19th Hochi Film Award for 47 Ronin.[1]

In 2003 he played a Japanese delegate to a Chinese emperor of the Tang dynasty in Warriors of Heaven and Earth. Though a few of his lines are in Japanese, most are in Mandarin.

His older sister, Kie Nakai, is also an actress.

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Imperial Navy
1983 Tora-san Goes Religious?
1985 The Burmese Harp Mizushima Lead role
1986 Final Take Lead role
1987 Princess from the Moon Minister of the Military
1992 Gekashitsu
1993 Moving Lead role
1994 47 Ronin
1995 Marks Lead role
1998 Begging for Love
1999 Owls' Castle Lead role
2001 Minna no Ie Himself
2003 When the Last Sword Is Drawn Lead role
Onmyoji 2
Warriors of Heaven and Earth Emissary Lai Xi Chinese film
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Kenichi Takada (voice)
2008 The Magic Hour
2006 Aegis
2010 Railways Hajime Tsutsui Lead role
2011 A Ghost of a Chance Tōru Osano
2012 The Wings of the Kirin Takeaki Aoyagi
Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer Tokugawa Mitsukuni
2014 Zakurozaka no Adauchi Kingo Shimura Lead role
2015 Again Haruhiko Lead role
2016 Good Morning Show Shingo Sumita Lead role
Ken san Narrator
Kōfuku no Alibi Lead role
2017 Flower and Sword Oda Nobunaga
Honnōji Hotel Narrator
2018 We Make Antiques Norio Koike Lead role
2019 Hit Me Anyone One More Time Prime Minister Keisuke Kuroda Lead role
Aircraft Carrier Ibuki
2020 We Make Antiques 2 Norio Koike Lead role


Year Title Role Network Notes
1988 Takeda Shingen Takeda Shingen NHK Lead role, Taiga drama
2001 Someday Like Storm NHK
2003 Musashi Yagyū Munenori NHK Taiga drama
2005 Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoritomo NHK Taiga drama
2007 Barefoot Gen Daikichi Nakaoka Fuji Lead role, miniseries
2009 Smile Kazuma Ito TBS
2012 Priceless Kengo Moai Fuji
Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Tadamori NHK Taiga drama
2016 Kinpika Kenta Sakaguchi Wowow Lead role
2018 Musume no Kekkon Takahiko Kunieda TX Lead role, TV movie

Japanese dubbing[edit]

Title Role
Despicable Me 2 Eduardo "El Macho" Pérez


  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2010-12-12.

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