Kiichi Nakai

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Kiichi Nakai
Born (1961-09-18) September 18, 1961 (age 55)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981–present
Height 1.81 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 Rengō Kantai (The Imperial Navy in the USA)
1985 The Burmese Harp
1987 Princess from the Moon Minister of the Military
1993 Moving
1994 47 Ronin (Shijushichinin no shikaku)
1995 Makusu no yama a.k.a. Marks
1998 Begging for Love
1999 Fukuro no shiro a.k.a. Owls' Castle
2003 When the Last Sword Is Drawn
Onmyoji 2
Warriors of Heaven and Earth
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles voice
2008 The Magic Hour
2006 Aegis (Bōkoku no īgisu)
2010 Railways
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
2015 Again Haruhiko
2016 Good Morning Show Shingo Sumita
Ken san Narrator Documentary film about the actor Ken Takakura
Kōfuku no Alibi
2017 Hana Ikusa Oda Nobunaga
2018 Full of Lies Norio
Year Title Role Network Notes
1988 Takeda Shingen Takeda Shingen NHK Taiga drama
2001 Aru Hi Arashi no Yoni NHK aka Someday Like Storm
2005 Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoritomo NHK Taiga drama
2007 Barefoot Gen CX aka Hadashi no Gen
2012 Priceless Kengo Moai CX
Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Tadamori NHK Taiga drama
2016 Kinpika Kenta Sakaguchi WOWOW
Dubbing roles
Title Role
Despicable Me 2 Eduardo "El Macho" Pérez


  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 

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