Mansai Nomura

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Nomura Mansai II (二世 野村 萬斎, Nisei Nomura Mansai, born April 5, 1966 under the name Takeshi Nomura (野村 武司, Nomura Takeshi)), is a well known Kyogen stage actor, and film actor. He played Abe no seimei in Onmyoji and Onmyoji 2, an original work by Baku Yumemakura. He received the Best Actor prize at the Blue Ribbon Awards for his work in Onmyoji.

His debut was at the age of three in the drama, Quiver of The Monkey. Since then he has also been cast in the dramas: in Aguri in 1977, for which he had won many awards, and in Hana no Ran in 1994.[1]

He also had a supporting role in Akira Kurosawa's last epic motion picture Ran, as the blind flute playing hermit boy, Tsurumaru.[2] He portrayed Godzilla through motion capture in Shin Gojira [3]

Mansai was nominated by the Japanese Academy for best actor for his performance in The Floating Castle.[4]

He is currently (March 2013) appearing at the Japan Society and the Guggenheim Museum Rotunda in two productions: Shakespeare's Macbeth adapted to the noh and kyogen traditions with five actors, performed in Japanese with English subtitles and Sanbaso, Divine Dance.[5]


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