Yūzō Kayama

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Yūzō Kayama
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Native name
加山 雄三
Born (1937-04-11) April 11, 1937 (age 82)
OccupationMusician, singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1960–present
Websitewww.kayamayuzo.com

Yūzō Kayama (加山 雄三, Kayama Yūzō, born April 11, 1937) is a Japanese popular musician, singer-songwriter and actor. His father, Ken Uehara, was a film star during the mid-twentieth century. Yuzo Kayama became a star in the 1960s in the Wakadaishō ("Young Guy") film series.

He showed his ability for drama when Akira Kurosawa cast him for his 1965 film Red Beard starring Toshirō Mifune.

As a guitarist, he took inspiration from the American instrumental group The Ventures, and performed a form of psychedelic surf music in the 1960s with his Mosrite guitar. One of his best-known instrumentals is "Black Sand Beach". "Kimi to Itsumademo" ("Love Forever"), another of his compositions, sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc in 1965.[1] At that point it was the biggest selling disc in the Japanese recording industry's history.[1]

In March 2016, Kayama made a special art piece to commemorate 2,500,000 million downloads for the mobile game Terra Battle, that is featured as the background for the game's title screen.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1961 Daigaku no Wakadaishō Yuichi Tanuma Toshio Sugie Lead role
1962 Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki Asano Naganori Hiroshi Inagaki
Ginza no Wakadaishō Yuichi Tanuma Toshio Sugie Lead role
Nihon-ichi no Wakadaishō Yuichi Tanuma Jun Fukuda Lead role
Sanjuro Iori Izaka Akira Kurosawa
1963 Sengoku Yaro Kittan Kihachi Okamoto Lead role
1964 Yearning Koji Morita Mikio Naruse Lead role
1965 Eleki no Wakadaishō Yuichi Tanuma Katsuki Iwauchi Lead role
Red Beard Dr. Noboru Yasumoto Akira Kurosawa
1966 The Sword of Doom Hyoma Utsuki[3] Kihachi Okamoto
1967 Scattered Clouds Shiro Mishima Mikio Naruse Lead role
Japan's Longest Day Morio Tateno Kihachi Okamoto
1968 Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku First Lieutenant Ijuin Seiji Maruyama
1971 Battle of Okinawa Higa Kihachi Okamoto
1974 ESPY Houjo Jun Fukuda
1977 Mount Hakkoda Captain Kurata Shirō Moritani
1995 Thunderbolt Coach Murakami Gordon Chan

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975~1981 Edo no Kaze Chiaki Joenosuke Lead role
1978 Daitsuiseki Eiichi Nitta Lead role
1990 Tobu ga Gotoku Shimazu Nariakira Taiga drama
2009 Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Himself

Family tree[edit]

Iwakura Tomomi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iwakura Tomosada
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Iwakura Tomoaki
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yōko Kozakura
 
Ken Uehara
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Yūzō Kayama
 
Megumi Matsumoto
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nobuhiro Ikehata
 
Tetsuo Yamashita
 
Mayuko Azusa
 
Emi Ikehata
 
 

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 192. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ 「Terra Battle Download Starter」2.5mil DL Kayama, Yuzo Interview
  3. ^ Stuart Galbraith IV (May 16, 2008). The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4616-7374-3.

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