Sho Kosugi

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Sho Kosugi
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Sho Kosugi in 2018
Born
小杉 正一 (Shōichi Kosugi)

(1948-06-17) June 17, 1948 (age 72)
OccupationActor, martial artist
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)
Shook Gim Chan
(m. 1973; div. 2009)
[1]
ChildrenKane Kosugi, Shane Kosugi, Ayeesha Kosugi
Websiteshokosugi.net/shopro

Sho Kosugi (ショー・コスギ, Shō Kosugi, born Shōichi Kosugi (小杉 正一 Kosugi Shōichi) on June 17, 1948) is a Japanese martial artist, actor, filmmaker, and writer with extensive training in Shindō jinen-ryū Karate, Kendo, Judo, Iaido, Kobudo, Aikido and Ninjutsu. A former All Japan Karate Champion[2][3], he gained popularity as an actor during the 1980s, often playing ninjas. He starred in a trilogy of ninja-themed martial arts films produced by Cannon Films, before earning a starring role in the primetime television series The Master.[4]

Life and career[edit]

At the age of 19, Kosugi left Japan to study and reside in Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor's degree in Economics at CSULA. At the same time, he consistently improved his martial arts skills while learning a wide variety of styles, such as Chinese Xing Yi Quan, Korean Tae Kwon Do, and Japanese Shitō-ryū and Shotokan-ryū Karate.[5]

He is the father of Kane Kosugi and Shane Kosugi, who are both actors and martial artists; and Ayeesha Kosugi, a former senior member of the women's golf team at the University of Las Vegas. After taking a hiatus from film, he started a taiko group in California. In Japan, he also ran an internationally oriented group of martial arts acting schools known as the Sho Kosugi Institute. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Films in which Kosugi's sons perform alongside their father include Revenge of the Ninja, Pray for Death, Black Eagle, and Journey of Honor (a.k.a. Kabuto, Shogun Mayeda, and Shogun Warrior).[6]

In 2009, Sho made a comeback to films playing the lead villain of Ozunu in the action thriller Ninja Assassin opposite K-Pop star and actor Rain.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Godfather: Part II Passerby Extra
1976 Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave Suzuki
1978 The Bad News Bears Go to Japan Kata demonstrator Extra
1981 Enter the Ninja Hasegawa
1983 Revenge of the Ninja Cho Osaki
1984 Ninja III: The Domination Goro Yamada
1985 9 Deaths of the Ninja Spike Shinobi
Pray for Death Akira Saito
1987 Rage of Honor Shiro Tanaka
1988 Aloha Summer Yukinaga Konishi
Black Eagle Ken Tani
1989 Blind Fury The Assassin
1991 Journey of Honor Daigorō Mayeda
1993 Drug Connection Larry Matsuda
1994 The Fighting King Director
The Fighting King 2 Director
2002 The Scorpion King Taiko choreographer
2009 Ninja Assassin Ozunu

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Richard Pryor Show Samurai Extra
1984 The Master Okasa/Master" double 13 episodes
1986 Honda Hurricane Ninja TV commercial
1993 Dragon Spirit Shintenpū 10 episodes
Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero Ultraman (voice) 1 episode
Japanese version
1994 Sanma no Nandemo Derby Himself
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Gali 2 episodes
1996 Legend of St. Dragon Shūsaku Sendō 1 episode
Sho Kosugi Self-Defense and Ninjaerobics Himself Producer
Instructor
1999 Madamunmun Himself 1 episode
2000 Celebrity Survivor Battle XVI Himself
Muscle Elite Himself 3 episodes
Still, I like Japan! Himself
2001 Tiger's Gate Himself 1 episode
2006 Anytime Anywhere! Sho Kosugi's Towel Exercise Himself
2007 Seikatsu Hotto Motto Shiritai Himself
Zubari Iuwayo! Himself

Home videos[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Master Class Himself/Ninja
1986 Ninja Theater Hosted by Sho Kosugi Himself/Ninja 13 segments
2000 SKI (Sho Kosugi Institute) Himself Producer
2008 Sho Kosugi's Let's Towelcise[a] Himself/Ninja
2017 The Art of Hollywood Ninja Action Film Making Himself/Ninja

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 The Ninjas From Hollywood Japan Tour 2001 God of War and Peace Director
Producer
Writer
2002 The Ninjas From Hollywood Japan Tour 2002 God of War and Peace Director
Producer
Writer

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Tenchu: Stealth Assassins Rikimaru motion capture

Publication[edit]

Novels[edit]

Year Title Author Publisher
2017 Yin-Yang Code: The Drums of Tenkai-Bo [7] Warren Chaney
Sho Kosugi
MindStir Media
2018 Yin-Yang Code: Shadow of Tenkai-Bo Warren Chaney
Sho Kosugi
MindStir Media

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sho Kosugi's Let's Towelcise is a follow-up to Anytime Anywhere! Sho Kosugi's Towel Exercise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sho Kosugi Vs Shook Gim Kosugi - Marriage Dissolution/Divorce Case". Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  2. ^ "'Ninja' Knockin' 'Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 15 May 1986. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. ^ Beale, Lewis (20 April 1986). "Martial Arts Pics—packing A Hard Punch". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  4. ^ "`Ninja` Knockin`` Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 15 May 1986. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  5. ^ "`Sho Kosugi Profile". Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Interview with Sho Kosugi" ZigZag Asia, 1 January 2001
  7. ^ "Yin-Yang Code Novels". Retrieved 2 May 2019.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kosugi, Sho (1990). Sho Kosugi: American Dream o Jitsugen Shita Otoko (ショー・コスギ アメリカンドリームを実現した男). Nittō Shoin Honsha. ISBN 978-4-5280003-5-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (1993). American Survival (アメリカンサバイバル). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-0620627-7-0.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (1994). Sho Kosugi no Un o Tsukamu (ショー・コスギの運を掴む). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-0620714-0-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Hirao, Yukari; Nemoto, Tetsuya (1996). Sho Kosugi: The Challenge of Hollywood (ショー・コスギ ハリウッドの挑戦). Business-sha. ISBN 978-4-8284067-6-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (1996). Sho Kosugi no Ninja Shiki Jinsei Hissho Ho (ショー・コスギのニンジャ式人生必勝法). Bungeisha. ISBN 978-4-8873700-0-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (1997). Make Dreams Come True (メイク・ドリームズ・カム・トゥルー). Uinet. ISBN 978-4-8728450-0-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • kosugi, Sho (1998). Boku no Eigo Musha Shugyo: Atama wa Iranai! Eikaiwa (ぼくの英語武者修行 頭はいらない!英会話). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-0626369-3-3.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (2000). Saikyo no Otoko Kane Kosugi ni Naru 43 no Hisaku (最強の男ケイン・コスギになる43の秘策). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-0621032-7-5.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (2000). Hollywood Cinema Eigo Dojo: Doryoku wa Iranai! Eikaiwa (ハリウッド・シネマ英語道場 努力はいらない!英会話). Kodansha. ISBN 978-4-0626480-5-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (2001). Kodomo o Takumashiku Sodateru Honmono no Shitsuke: How to raise a child (子供をたくましく育てる本物の「躾」 How to raise a child). Business-sha. ISBN 978-4-8284093-9-9.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kosugi, Sho (2006). NHK Marutoku Magazine: Anytime Anywhere! Sho Kosugi's Towel Exercise (NHKまる得マガジン いつでもどこでも!ショ-・コスギのタオルエクササイズ). NHK Publishing. ISBN 978-4-14-827154-6.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

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