Tsutomu Yamazaki

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Tsutomu Yamazaki
Born (1936-12-02) December 2, 1936 (age 82)
OccupationActor
Years active1960–present
Spouse(s)
Hikaru Mayuzumi (m. 1963)

Tsutomu Yamazaki (山崎 努, Yamazaki Tsutomu, born December 2, 1936) is a Japanese actor. He won the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actor in 1984 for The Funeral and Farewell to the Ark.[1]

Career[edit]

Yamazaki joined Bungakuza in 1959. He made his film debut in Kihachi Okamoto`s movie in 1960. In 1960, he appeared in Akira Kurosawa's High and Low (1963 film). He worked with Kurosawa twice more: in the director's next film, 1965's Red Beard, then fifteen years later, in Kagemusha.

In 1973, he appeared jidaigeki television drama Hissatsu Shiokinin and he played the same role in Shin Hissatsu Shiokinin again in 1977. He starred, as a trucker who resembles John Wayne in Tampopo (1985) as well as co-starring in The Ramen Girl (2008) with Brittany Murphy.[2]

He also played a supporting role in Yōjirō Takita's Departures.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1963 High and Low Ginjirō Takeuchi Akira Kurosawa
A Woman's Story Mikio Naruse
1965 Red Beard Sahachi Akira Kurosawa
1969 Tora-san's Cherished Mother Yoji Yamada
1975 New Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Boss's Head Tetsuya Kusunoki Kinji Fukasaku
1979 Yashagaike Masahiro Shinoda
1980 Kagemusha Takeda Nobukado Akira Kurosawa
1982 Dotonbori River Kinji Fukasaku
1984 The Funeral Juzo Itami Lead role
1985 Farewell to the Ark Shūji Terayama Lead role
Tampopo Gorō Juzo Itami Lead role
1987 A Taxing Woman Hideki Gondō Juzo Itami
1989 Rikyu Toyotomi Hideyoshi Hiroshi Teshigahara
1993 We Are Not Alone Yōjirō Takita
Samurai Kids Nobuhiko Obayashi Lead role
2001 The Guys from Paradise Katsuaki Yoshida Takashi Miike
Go Hideyoshi Isao Yukisada
2002 Doing Time Yoichi Sai Lead role
Copycat Killer Yoshimitsu Morita
2003 The Thirteen Steps Masahiko Nagasawa
2004 Crying Out Love in the Center of the World Isao Yukisada
Shinibana Isshin Inudo Lead role
2005 What the Snow Brings Kichitaro Negishi
2006 Kurosagi Yasuharu Ishii
Crickets Shinji Aoyama
2007 Dolphine Blue Tetsu Maeda
2008 Departures Sasaki Yōjirō Takita
Climber's High Shirakawa Masato Harada
The Ramen Girl Robert Allan Ackerman American–Japanese film
2009 Kamui Gaiden Narrator Yoichi Sai
2010 Space Battleship Yamato Capt Jūzō Okita Takashi Yamazaki
2011 The Woodsman and the Rain Shūichi Okita
The Wings of the Kirin Takamasa Kaga Nobuhiro Doi Special appearance
2012 Hayabusa: The Long Voyage Home Tomoyuki Takimoto
2013 Shield of Straw Takashi Miike
Miracle Apples Yoshihiro Nakamura
2014 As the Gods Will Shirokuma Takashi Miike Voice role
2015 The Emperor in August Kantarō Suzuki Masato Harada
Kakekomi Takizawa Bakin Masato Harada
2016 The Actor Kotō Satoko Yokohama
The Magnificent Nine Yoshihiro Nakamura
2017 Blade of the Immortal Kensui Ibane Takashi Miike
Mumon: The Land of Stealth Narrator Yoshihiro Nakamura
2018 The Crimes That Bind Takamasa Kaga Katsuo Fukuzawa
Killing For The Prosecution Yūma Shirakawa Masato Harada
Mori, The Artist's Habitat Morikazu "Mori" Kumagai Shūichi Okita Lead role

TV dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1972 Shin Heike Monogatari Tairano Tokitada NHK Taiga drama
1973 Hissatsu Shiokinin Nenbutsu no Tetsu ABC Lead role
1976-77 Hissatsu Karakurinin Kepuuhen Dozaemon ABC Lead role
1978 Shin Hissatsu Shiokinin Nenbutsu no Tetsu  ABC
1995 Kumokiri Nizaemon Kumokiri Nizaemon CX Lead role
The Abe Clan Abe Yaichi'emon TV movie
1998 Seikimatsu no Uta/The Last Song Prof. Natsuo Momose NTV
2001 Gokenin Zankurō CX
2006 Kurosagi Katsuragi Toshio TBS
2014 Roosevelt Game TBS
Leaders Isokichi Ōshima TBS Mini-Series
2018 A de wa nai Kimi to TX TV movie

Awards and Honours[edit]

Year Award Category Work(s) Result
1961 6th Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Himself Won
1980 3rd Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Yashagaike Nominated
5th Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actor Kagemusha Won
1981 54th Kinema Junpo Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
1985 8th Japan Academy Prize Best Actor The Funeral, Farewell to the Ark Won
58th Kinema Junpo Awards Best Actor Won
27th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actor Won
39th Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Won
1990 13th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Rikyu, Harimau, The Dancing Girl Nominated
1994 17th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor We Are Not Alone Nominated
2001 14th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Supporting Actor Go Won
26th Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actor Go, The Guys from Paradise, Jogakusei no Tomo Won
2002 75th Kinema Junpo Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
23rd Yokohama Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Go, The Guys from Paradise, Jogakusei no Tomo, Go Heat Man! Won
25th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Go Won
44th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2003 26th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Copycat Killer Nominated
2009 32nd Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Departures Won
18th Tokyo Sports Film Award Best Supporting Actor Departures, Climber's High Won
2018 43rd Hochi Film Awards Best Actor Mori, The Artist's Habitat Nominated
Year Honor
2000 Medal with Purple Ribbon
2008 Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette

References[edit]

  1. ^ ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Hadley-Garcia, George (January 23, 2009). "Broth in translation - The Japan Times". The Japan Times.
  3. ^ Phipps, Keith (May 28, 2009). "Departures - Film - Movie Review - The A.V. Club". The A.V. Club.

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