Tetsurō Tamba

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Tetsurō Tamba
Tanba Tetsuro.jpg
Native name
丹波 哲郎
Born(1922-07-17)July 17, 1922
Tokyo, Japan
DiedSeptember 24, 2006(2006-09-24) (aged 84)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1952–2006
Known forYou Only Live Twice as Tiger Tanaka
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

Tetsurō Tamba (丹波 哲郎, Tanba Tetsurō, July 17, 1922 – September 24, 2006) was a Japanese actor best known for his role in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice as Tiger Tanaka.

Biography[edit]

Tamba is perhaps best known by Western audiences for his role as Tiger Tanaka in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice (he was dubbed by Robert Rietti). By then, he had among other roles appeared in two films by director Masaki Kobayashi: Harakiri and Kwaidan. He also portrayed the lead character in the police dramas Key Hunter and G-Men '75, the latter of which remains his best-known role in Japan.[1]

He also portrayed the voice of the "Cat King" in the original Japanese version of the Studio Ghibli anime film The Cat Returns. More recently, he had parts in Twilight Samurai and two Takashi Miike films, The Happiness of the Katakuris and Gozu, as well as acting as a spokesperson for the Dai Rei Kai spiritual movement.

Tamba's son, Yoshitaka Tamba, is also an actor.

In February 2005, Tamba was hospitalized for influenza and appendicitis. He lost weight drastically and his health degenerated. On September 24, 2006, he died in Tokyo at the age of 84 of pneumonia.

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Satsujin Yôgisha (1952)
  • Senkan Yamato (1953)
  • Wakaki hi no takuboku: Kumo wa tensai de aru (1954) as Chief Editor Etô
  • Sensuikan Rogô imada fujôsezu (1954)
  • Nihon yaburezu (1954)
  • Hanran: Ni-ni-roku jiken (1954)
  • Issun bôshi (1955) as Haruo Mizushima
  • Banba no Chûtarô (1955)
  • Akuma no sasayaki (1955)
  • Tasogare sakaba (1955) as Morimoto
  • Gerô no kubi (1955)
  • Kuronekokan ni Kieta Otoko (1956) as Kenji Kawanami - News Reporter
  • Onna shinju-ô no fukushû (1956)
  • Seiki no shôhai (1956)
  • Kaii Utsunomiya tsuritenjô (1956) as Kurozumi Tenzen
  • Hatoba no Ôja (1956) as Shimizu
  • Yôun Satomi kaikyoden (1956) as Aboshi Samajirô
  • Kingorô no heitai-san (1956)
  • Kenji to sono imôto (1956)
  • Bôryokû no ojâ (1956)
  • Byakurôjô no Yôki (1957) as Ryûnosuke Sasaki
  • Senun Ajia no joo (1957)
  • Kaidan Kasane-ga-fuchi (The Ghost of Kasane) (1957) as Jinjûrô Ômura
  • Byakurôjô no Yôki (1957) as Ryûnosuke Sasaki
  • Sen'un Ajia no joô (1957)
  • Tenka no oni yashahime (1957)
  • Mu keisatsu (1957)
  • Meijitennou to nichi ro dai sensou (1957)
  • Dokufu Takahashi Oden (1958) as Ihei Ôsawa
  • Bara to onna kenjû-ô (1958)
  • Hitogui Ama (1958) as Miyata
  • Bakushô ôza seifuku (1958)
  • Daitoa senso to kokusai saiban (1959)
  • Rajo to satsujin-meiro (1959)
  • Mukeisatsu (1959) as Jôji Matsuoka
  • Onna dorei-sen (1960) as Pirate master
  • Zero sen no onna ôkami gun (1960)
  • Kunisada Chûji (1960) as Fumizo Mitsuki
  • Dâisan hâtobanô kêtto (1960)
  • 'Minagoroshi no uta' yori kenjû-yo saraba! (1960) as Tanabe
  • The Story of Osaka Castle (1961) as Sadamasa Ishikawa[2]
  • Pigs and Battleships (1961) as Slasher Tetsuji
  • Kidô sôsahan (1961) as Koike
  • Tôkyô yawa (1961) as Jiro
  • Kiri to kage (1961)
  • Kiiroi fudo (1961) as Kitani
  • Bridge to the Sun (1961) as Jiro
  • Kuroi gashû dainibu: Kanryû (1961)
  • Jigoku ni makkana hana ga kaku (1961)
  • Hakuchu no buraikan (1961) as The Cynical Manipulating Leader
  • Daî shin rin ni mûkatti tatsû (1961)
  • Minami taiheiyô nami takashi (1962)
  • Kuro to aka no hanabira (1962)
  • Hokori takaki chosen (1962)
  • Taiheiyo no g-men (1962)
  • Gang tai Gang (1962)
  • Harakiri (1962) as Hikokuro Omodaka
  • Namida o shishi no tategami ni (1962) as Drunken
  • Ankoku-gai saigo no hi (1962) as Miki
  • Tôkyô antatchaburu (1962) as Goro Kawamoto
  • Gyangu tai G-men (1962)
  • Ôsho (1962) as Man who sells cotton candy (uncredited)
  • Umineko ga tonde (1962)
  • Yumin-gai no Judan (1962) as Kazuo Kasami
  • Uragiri mono wa jigoku daze (1962)
  • Hissatsu (1962)
  • Genji Kurô sassôki: Hiken ageha no chô (1962)
  • Ankokugai no kaoyaku: juichinin no gyangu (1963) as Kunimitsu Haga
  • Tokyo aantachibiru: dasso (1963) as Goro Kawamoto
  • Futari dake no toride (1963) as Ohara
  • Gyangu Chûshingura (1963)
  • Tange Sazen (1963)
  • Juu san nin no shikaku (1963)
  • Tokyo aantachiburu - bâsishûn chikâ sôshiki (1963)
  • Kizû darakê no futekî na monô (1963)
  • Tôkyô gyangu tai Honkon gyangu (1964)
  • Jakoman to Tetsu (1964) as Jakoman
  • Narazumono (1964)
  • Zoku Tokyo antachaburu (1964)
  • Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) as Sakon Shiba
  • Dojo yaburi (1964) as Gunjuro Ohba
  • Ansatsu (1964) as Hachirô Kiyokawa
  • Gokinzo yaburi (1964)
  • The 7th Dawn (1964) as Ng
  • Revenge (1964) as Okuno Shume
  • Kwaidan (1964) as Warrior (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
  • Zoku Dojo Yaburi: Mondo Muyo (1964)
  • Kuchikukan yukikaze (1964)
  • Abashiri Prison (1965)
  • The Birth of Judo (1965) as Shuzo Izawa
  • Samurai Spy (1965) as Sakon Takatani
  • Nihon Kyokaku-den: kanto-hen (1965)
  • Chi to okite (1965)
  • Bôryoku no minato: Tora to ôkami (1965)
  • Seiun yakuza (1965)
  • Meiji kyokyakuden - sandaime shumei (1965) as Yutaro Nomura
  • Korera no shiro (1965)
  • Ankoku gai jingi (1965)
  • Aiyoku (1966) as Kimisuke Aso
  • Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (1966) as Lord Yagyu
  • Kinokawa (1966) as Shintani Kosaku
  • Tairiku nagaremono (1966)
  • Showa saidai no kaoyaku (1966)
  • Gokkiburi butai (1966)
  • Soshiki bôryoku (1967)
  • Kaisan shiki (1967)
  • Bakuchi-uchi: Ippiki ryû (1967)
  • Abashiri bangaichi: Kettô reika 30 do (1967) as Shiraki
  • Otoshimae (1967)
  • Portrait of Chieko (1967)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967) as Tiger Tanaka
  • Hatoba no taka (1967) as Detective Iwasaki
  • Gyangu no teiô (1967)
  • Shusse komori-uta (1967)
  • Zoku soshiki bôryoku (1967) as Police Inspector Kitagawa
  • Shichinin no yajû: chi no sengen (1967)
  • Shichinin no yajû (1967)
  • Dâtsu gokû sha (1967)
  • Rikugun chôhô 33 (1968) as Akiyama
  • Sekido o kakeru otoko (1968) as Munakata
  • Kaidan hebi-onna (1968) as Police Chief
  • Oatsui kyûka (1968)
  • Otoko no okite (1968)
  • Blackmail Is My Life (1968)
  • Kyôkatsu koso waga jinsei (1968)
  • Kuro tokage (1968)
  • Furyô banchô (1968)
  • Bakuto Kaisan-shiki (1968)
  • Ah, yokaren (1968) as Commander Honma
  • Furyô banchô: Inoshika Ochô (1969)
  • Goyokin (1969) as Rokugo Tatewaki
  • Hibotan bakuto: Tekkaba retsuden (1969)
  • The Five Man Army (1969) as Samurai
  • Yakuza hijoshi - mushyo kyodai (1969)
  • Yakuza bangaichi: massatsu (1969)
  • Yakuza bangaichi (1969)
  • Soshiki boryoku: kyodai sakazuki (1969)
  • Shogai kyôkatsu-zenka jûsanpan (1969)
  • Nihon boryoku-dan: kumicho to shikaku (1969)
  • Mekurano Oichi inochi moraimasu (1970) as Hyoe
  • The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan (1970) as Soshun Kochiyama
  • Senso to nigen (1970)
  • Sengo hiwa, hoseki ryakudatsu (1970)
  • Yakuza Deka (1970)
  • Battle of Okinawa (Gekidō no Shōwashi: Okinawa Kessen) (1971) as Lieutenant General Isamu Cho
  • The Wolves (1971) as Genryu Asakura
  • Silence (1971) as Cristóvão Ferreira
  • Poruno no teiô (1971)
  • Boryokudan sai buso (1971)
  • Bakuto kirikomi-tai (1971) as Chief Inspector
  • Akû no shin-eitaî (1971)
  • Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972) as Sergeant Katsuo Togashi
  • Water Margin (1972) as Jade Unicorn Lu Chun I
  • Shin abashiri bangaichi: arashi yobu danpu jingi (1972)
  • Yakuza to kôsô (1972)
  • Kage gari: Hoero taihô (1972) as Kagemetsuke
  • Yakuza to kôsô: Jitsuroku Andô-gumi (1972)
  • Shôwa gokudo shi (1972)
  • Nihon boryoku-dan: koroshi no sakazuki (1972)
  • Kînagashî hyâkunîn (1972)
  • Kage gari (1973)
  • Jingi naki tatakai (1973)
  • The Human Revolution (1973)
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Proxy War (1973) as Tatsuo Akashi
  • Za gokiburi (1973)
  • Jitsuroku Andô-gumi: Shûgeki-hen (1973)
  • Tidal Wave (1973) as Prime Minister Yamamoto
  • Yamaguchi-gumi San-daime (1973)
  • Poruno jidaigeki: Bôhachi bushidô (1973) as Shinô Ashita - the Assassin
  • Iro ma (1973)
  • Hijô gakuen: warû (1973)
  • Bôryoku gai (1974) as Shimamura Kansai
  • Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs (1974) as Zengo Nagumo
  • Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) as Dr. Nishiyama
  • San-daime Shumei (1974)
  • Karafuto 1945 Summer Hyosetsu no mon (1974)
  • Castle of Sand (1974) as Detective Imanishi
  • Chokugeki jigoku-ken: Dai-gyakuten (1974) as Shugi
  • Dong kai ji (1975) as Jade Unicorn Lu Chun Yi
  • The Bullet Train (1975) as Jade Unicorn Lu Chun Yi
  • Shinkansen dai bakuha (1975) as Sunaga
  • Tôkyô-wan enjô (1975)
  • Kobe Kokusai Gang (1975) as Rinsei
  • Shôrinji kenpô (1975) as Nobuyuki Kobayakawa
  • Bôryoku kinmyaku (1975)
  • Tsuma to onna no aida (1976)
  • Jitsuroku gaiden: Osaka dengeki sakusen (1976) as Kawada, White-Eyed Assassin
  • Zoku ningen kakumei (1976)
  • Fumô chitai (1976)
  • Seven Nights in Japan (1976) as Terrorist Leader (uncredited)
  • Ozora no samurai (1976) as Captain Saito
  • Hito goroshi (1976)
  • Bôryoku kyôshitsu (1976)
  • Yamaguchi-gumi gaiden: Kyushu shinko-sakusen (1977)
  • The Alaska Story (1977) as Arashuk
  • Sabita honoo (1977) as Seiichirô Tanemura
  • Mount Hakkoda (1977) as Colonel Kojima
  • High Seas Hijack (1977) as Captain Munekata
  • Sugata Sanshiro (1977)
  • Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari kôen mae hashutsujo (1977)
  • Kyokuskin kenka karate burai ken (1977)
  • Shogun's Samurai: The Yagyu Clan Conspiracy (1978) as Ogasawara Gensinsai (Tajima's Rival)
  • Message from Space (1978) as Noguchi
  • The Incident (1978) as Kikuchi
  • Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (1978) as Kichibei Matsuya
  • Koutei no inai hachigatsu (1978) as Mikami
  • Yasei no shômei (1978) as General Wada
  • Akou jou danzetsu (1978) as Yanagisawa
  • Nichiren (1979)
  • Hakuchyu no shikaku (1979) as Yujiro Kinoshita
  • Hunter in the Dark (1979) as Okitsugu Tanuma
  • Sanada Yukimura no bouryaku (1979) as Kato Kiyomasa
  • Sochô no kubi (1979) as Abiru Tsujiura
  • Tanba Tetsurô no chijô (koko) yori dai-reikai (1980) as Kurikara
  • The Battle of Port Arthur (1980, the film is also known as 203 kochi[3]) as General Kodama Gentarō
  • Harukanaru sôro (1980) as Akiji Nishikawa
  • Ninja bugeicho momochi sandayu (1980) as Tozawa Hakuunsai
  • Qing jie (1980)
  • Makai Tensho: Samurai Reincarnation (1981) as Muramasa
  • Rengou kantai (1981) as Vice Admiral Takijirō Ånishi
  • Nogiku no haka (1981) as Gozaburo Saito
  • Mayonaka no shôtaijô (1981) as Sugibayashi
  • Bushido Blade (1981) as Lord Yamato
  • Hono-o no gotoku (1981)
  • Onimasa (1982) as Uichi Suda, The Big Boss
  • Dai nippon teikoku (1982) as Hideki Tojo
  • Suspicion (1982) as Okamura
  • Yûkai hôdô (1982) as Domon
  • Seiha (1982) as Chitsukawa
  • Nihonkai taikai sen umi yuka ba (1983) as Yamamoto
  • Yôkirô (1983) as Kochi Notable
  • Loving (1983) as Kajiro Sato
  • Kukai (1984)
  • Station to Heaven (1984) as Izawa-keiji
  • Zerosen moyu (1984) as Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Kita no hotaru (1984) as Ishikura
  • Shura no mure (1984)
  • Rei sen yu (1984)
  • Shiosai (1985)
  • Saigo no bakuto (1985) as Kazumasa Tashiro
  • Ai: Tabidachi (1985)
  • Kyabarê (1986) as Yakuza boss
  • Shigatsu no sakana (1986) as Chief Panapora Handa
  • Be Free! (1986)
  • Yogisha (1987) as Isaburo Tamura
  • Shuto Shoushitsu (1987) as Nakata (states man)
  • Shinran: Path to Purity (1987) as Aketora
  • Yong ai zhuo yi ren (1987) as Mr. Hamada
  • Ore wa otokoda! kanketsu-hen (1987)
  • Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987) as Grandpa (voice)
  • Hai kara-san ga tooru (1987)
  • A Taxing Woman's Return (1988) as Sadohara
  • Tokyo Pop (1988) as Mr. Dota
  • Shogun's Shadow (1989) as Hotta Masamori
  • Daireikai: Shindara dou naru (1989)
  • Gokudo no onna-tachi: San-daime ane (1989) as Takeo Sakanishi
  • 226 (1989) as Jinzaburi Shinzaki
  • Teito Taisen (1989) as Kanaami Kohou
  • Zennin no joken (1989)
  • Tanba Tetsuro no daireikai shindara dounaru (1989) as Narrator
  • Pod severnym siyaniyem (1990) as Tsunejiro Kamisaka
  • Gekido no 1750 nichi (1990)
  • Tanba Tetsuro no daireikai shindara odoroita!! (1990) as Narrator
  • Kagerô (1991) as Denkichi Tsuzaki
  • Riki-Oh (1991) as Master Zhang Shangui
  • Edojou Tairan (1991)
  • The Hitman (1991) as Deku-san
  • Shôrishatachi (1992) as Ichinotani
  • Chounouryoku-sha - Michi eno tabibito (1994)
  • Peking Genjin: Who Are You? (1997) as Osone
  • Neji Shiki (1998) as Landlord
  • Kin'yû fushoku rettô: Jubaku (1999) as Tajiro Kawakami
  • Jigoku (1999) as Asu Shino
  • Sakuya: yôkaiden (2000) as Old master
  • A Class to Remember 4: Fifteen (2000) as Tetsuo Hata
  • Môjû tai Issunbôshi (2001) as Dr. Tange
  • Inou Chuukei ~Shigosen no Yume~ (2001)
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) as Grandpa Jinpei Katakuri
  • Graveyard of Honor (2002) as Tetsuji Tokura
  • The Cat Returns (2002) as Cat King (voice)
  • Duri baka nisshi 13 hama chan kikiippatsu! (2002) as Goro Kurobe
  • 11'09"01 September 11 (2002) (segment "Japan") (uncredited)
  • Jitsuroku Andô Noboru kyôdô-den: Rekka (2002) as Sanada
  • The Twilight Samurai (2002) as Tozaemon Iguchi
  • T.R.Y. (2003)
  • Gozu (2003)
  • Sennenbi (2004)
  • Japan Sinks (2006) as Reiko's grandpa (final film role)

TV dramas[edit]

Animation[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

Awards nominated[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Japan Hero Archived 2006-07-13 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (16 May 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.
  3. ^ The Battle of Port Arthur (203 Koshi) in the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ 第 4 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2010-12-16.

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