Yūzō Kayama

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Yūzō Kayama
加山 雄三
Born (1937-04-11) April 11, 1937 (age 84)
OccupationMusician, singer-songwriter, actor
Years active1960–present
Japanese name
Kanji加山 雄三
Hiraganaかやま ゆうぞう
Katakanaカヤマ ユウゾウ

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.[1][2] Kayama graduated from Keio University.[2] Yuzo Kayama signed with Toho and made his film debut with Otoko tai Otoko directed by Senkichi Taniguchi in 1960.[2][1] He was cast in leading role in the 1960 film Dokuritsu Gurentai Nishie directed by Kihachi Okamoto.[2] Kayama rose to stardom in the 1960s in the Wakadaishō ("Young Guy") film series.[2]

He showed his ability for drama when Akira Kurosawa cast him for his films Sanjuro and Red Beard.[1][2] In the 1970s, he starred such television dramas as Edo no Kaze and Daitsuiseki.[1]

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.[3] At that point it was the biggest selling disc in the Japanese recording industry's history.[3]

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.[4]



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref
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[5] Kihachi Okamoto
1967 Scattered Clouds Shiro Mishima Mikio Naruse Lead role [6]
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


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 KozakuraKen Uehara
Yūzō KayamaMegumi Matsumoto
Nobuhiro IkehataTetsuo YamashitaMayuko AzusaEmi Ikehata



  1. ^ a b c d "加山雄三 Yuzo Kayama biography" (in Japanese). Kinema Junpo. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "加山雄三" (in Japanese). kotobank. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 192. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  4. ^ 「Terra Battle Download Starter」2.5mil DL Kayama, Yuzo Interview
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "乱れ雲". eiga.com. Retrieved February 1, 2021.

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