April 13, 1933
Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture (now Tokyo), Japan
|Died||February 17, 2010
Suita, Osaka, Japan
|Cause of death||Aortic aneurysm|
|Occupation||Actor, singer, comedian|
Makoto Fujita (藤田まこと Fujita Makoto?), born Makoto Harada (April 13, 1933 – February 17, 2010), was a Japanese actor. He was born in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the son of silent-film actor Rintarō Fujima, and started his career as a comedian in 1952.
Fujita appeared in both jidaigeki and contemporary roles. He starred as Nakamura Mondo, a samurai, in sixteen Hissatsu ("Kill") series on Asahi Broadcasting Corporation from 1973. He also portrayed Nakamura on stage and in film; for example, the 1984 film Hissatsu: Sure Death, the 1987 film Sure Death! Brown, You Bounder!, the (also released in 1987) film Sure Death 4: Revenge, the 1991 film Sure Death 5, and the 1996 film Sure Death! Mondo Dies. Fujita's last appearance was in 2009, although in January 2010 he had returned to the Hissatsu series as a narrator.
He also starred in the contemporary detective drama series Hagure Keiji Junjōha ("Rogue but Pure-Minded Detective"), also on the Asahi network.
Singing and writing
Makoto's talents extended beyond acting. He also sang, and released nine recordings, including a duet with Azusa Mano, and with The Peanuts twins. He also published several essays, the last of which was Saigo (2006).
A committed pacifist, Fujita always carried a letter from his elder brother, who died in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. It took him over 60 years, Fujita revealed, before he could finally visit Okinawa, where he threw rice balls into the ocean as an offering to the war victims.
In order to convey his antiwar message, Fujita devoted all his energy into the 2007 movie Best Wishes for Tomorrow (Ashita he no Yuigon), in which he portrayed a class-B war criminal sentenced to death following Japan's surrender.
On February 16, 2010 at approximately 9:00 P.M. in his home in Minoh, Osaka, Fujita suddenly vomited blood and was transported to the Osaka University Hospital in Suita. The following day at 7:25 A.M., Fujita suffered an aortic aneurysm, resulting in his death. He was 76 years old.
- Medal with Purple Ribbon (2002)
- "'Hissatsu' star Makoto Fujita dies at 76". Mainichi Daily News. Archived from the original on February 20, 2010. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- "Traveling yakuza and 'Hissatsu' star Fujita dead at 76". Japan Times. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- 俳優の藤田まことさんが急死 (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved February 18, 2010.[dead link]
- Makoto Fujita official site
- Hissatsu series official site
- Hagure Keiji Junjōha official site
- Kenkaku Shōbai official site
- Makoto Fujita at IMDB
- Saigo page at Nippon-Hyoron-Sha (publisher)