Yasuaki Kurata

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Yasuaki Kurata
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Born (1946-03-20) March 20, 1946 (age 72)
Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1966–present

Yasuaki Kurata (倉田 保昭, Kurata Yasuaki, born March 20, 1946), is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in karate (7th degree), judo (3rd degree), and aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese. He also met Bruce Lee during his career.

Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Having studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School, he began to work as an actor in the late 1960s. In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest (悪客). Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre.[1]

In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club),[2] teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work),[3] is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League,[4] and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku (香港アクションスター交友録).[5] He is running karate dojos in Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Type Role Country Notes
1966 Marude Dameo
(丸出だめ夫)
TV series Japan
1967 Ā Dōki Sakura
(あゝ同期の桜)
TV series - Episode 1 Japan
1967 Special Tactical Police
(特別機動捜査隊)
TV series - Episode 292 Japan
1967 Organized Violence 2
(続・組織暴力)
Movie Japan
1970 The Militarists
(激動の昭和史 軍閥)
Movie Japan
1970 Judo Straight Line
(柔道一直線)
TV series - Episodes 76-77 Saburō Naruto
(鳴門三郎)
Japan
1970 Chūgakusei Gunzō
(中学生群像)
TV series Japan
1971 Haru no Sakamichi
(春の坂道)
TV series - Episode 37 Chin Genpin
(陳元贇)
Japan Taiga Drama [09]
(大河ドラマ)
1972 Angry Guest
(惡客)
Movie Isamu Katsu
(勝勇)
Hong Kong
1972 The King of Boxers
(小拳王)
Movie Tu Pien Hong Kong
1972 Prodigal Boxer
(方世玉)
Movie "Iron Fist" Tan Feijiao
(譚飛腳)
Hong Kong Prodigal Boxer [1]
(方世玉)
1972 Tiger
(爬山虎)
Movie Shih Tien Taiwan
1972 Kung Fu, the Invincible Fist
(餓虎狂龍)
Movie Cpt. Jai Tai Hong Kong
1972 Four Riders
(四騎士)
Movie Lei Tai Hong Kong
1972 Kung Fu Inferno
(強中手)
Movie Chen Hongwen
(陳洪文)
Taiwan
1973 The Rage of Wind
(猛虎下山)
Movie Shirō Katayama
(片山四郎)
Hong Kong
1973 Knight Errant
(英雄本色)
Movie Tetsurō Hong Kong
1973 Fist of Unicorn
(麒麟掌)
Movie Sun Hong Kong
1973 A Gathering of Heroes
(趕盡殺絕)
Movie Hong Kong
1973 Fists of Vengeance
(除暴)
Movie Kiro-san Taiwan
1973 Unsubdued Furies
(怒雙衝冠)
Movie Hong Kong
1973 Win Them All
(大小通吃)
Movie Hong Kong
1973 Seven to One
(女英雄飛車奪寶)
Movie Ling Chien Hong Kong
1973 One by One
(死對頭)
Movie Taiwan
1973 Ferocious to Ferocious (aka Flash Challenger)
(狼對狼)
Movie Wang Hongzhang
(王洪彰)
Taiwan
1973 The Flying Tiger
(飛虎小霸王)
Movie Tang Sheng
(湯生)
Taiwan
1973 A Girl Called Tigress
(雙面女煞星)
Movie Chiau Kung Taiwan
1973 Black Panther
(黑豹)
Movie Chang Hui-Feng Hong Kong
1973 Gold Snatchers
(虎拳)
Movie Fang Ming Hong Kong
1974 Birdie
(バーディー大作戦)
TV series - Episodes 1-26 Dragon
(ドラゴン)
Japan
1974 Fight! Dragon
(闘え!ドラゴン)
TV series "Dragon" Ryōma Shiranui
("竜" 不知火竜馬)
Japan
1974 Fists for Revenge
(大追蹤)
Movie Fan Te Taiwan
1974 Fatal Strike
(兩虎惡鬥)
Movie Hong Kong
1974 Lady Whirlwind Against the Rangers
(大小遊龍)
Movie Chang Piao Hong Kong
1974 The Godfather Squad
(香港小教父)
Movie Hong Kong
1974 The Executioner
(直撃!地獄拳)
Movie Kurayamada
(倉山田)
Japan
1974 Detective
(刑事くん)
TV Series - Episode 42 of season 3 Japan
1974 Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread
(女必殺拳 危機一発)
Movie Shunsuke Tsubaki
(椿俊輔)
Japan Sister Street Fighter [2]
(女必殺拳)
1974 Call Me Dragon
(神龍小虎闖江湖)
Movie Pao Chi Tao Hong Kong
1975 The Fighting Dragon
(神拳飛龍)
Movie Hong Kong
1975 Prodigal Boxer 2
(傳奇方世玉)
Movie Hong Kong Prodigal Boxer [2]
(方世玉)
1975 The Golden Triangle
(金三角龍虎門)
Movie Zhang Jian
(張健)
Hong Kong
1975 The Return of the Sister Street Fighter
(帰ってきた女必殺拳)
Movie Takeshi Kurosaki
(黒崎剛)
Japan Sister Street Fighter [3]
(女必殺拳)
1975 Mito Komon
(水戸黄門)
TV series - Episode 10 of season 6 Eisuke Nishijima
(西島英輔)
Japan
1975 G-Men '75
(Gメン'75)
TV series 1975-1979 Detective Kusano
(草野刑事)
Japan G-Men '75 [1]
(Gメン'75)
1976 Dragon Princess
(必殺女拳士)
Movie Masahiko Okizaki
(沖崎政彦)
Japan
1976 Karate vs Tiger
(武闘拳 猛虎激殺!)
Movie Tetsuji Ryūzaki
(竜崎鉄次)
Japan
1977 The Secret of the Shaolin Poles
(方世玉大破梅花樁)
Movie Hong Kong
1977 The Mad, the Mean, and the Deadly Movie Indonesia
1977 Kochira Katsushika-Ku Kameari Koen Mae Hashutsujo
(こちら葛飾区 亀有公園前派出所)
Movie Detective Kusano
(草野刑事)
Japan G-Men '75 [2]
(Gメン'75)
1978 Edge of Fury
(撈家撈女撈上撈)
Movie Boss Gam Hong Kong
1978 Heroes of the East (aka Shaolin Challenges Ninja)
(中華丈夫)
Movie Sanzō Takeno
(武野三藏)
Hong Kong
1980 Dōshin Heya Goyō-chō Shin Edo no Kaze
(同心部屋御用帳 新・江戸の旋風)
TV series Ken Tōdō
(藤堂拳)
Japan
1980 Shadow Warriors
(服部半蔵 影の軍団)
TV series - Episode 2 Shimotsuge no Ōzaru
(下柘植の大猿)
Japan
1980 Sarutobi Sasuke
(猿飛佐助)
TV series Saizō Kirigakure
(霧隠才蔵)
Japan
1980 Magnificent 3
(懲罰)
Movie Hong Kong
1980 Seed of Evil
(孽種)
Movie Taiwan
1980 Innocence
(情劫)
Movie Hong Kong
1980 Tabigarasu Jikenchō
(旅がらす事件帖)
TV series - Episode 9 Ichizō Kitami
(北見市蔵)
Japan
1980 Setouchi Satsujin Kairyū Kaeranai Onna
(瀬戸内殺人海流 帰らない女)
TV movie Japan Saturday Wide Theater
(土曜ワイド劇場)
1981 Eijanaika
(ええじゃないか)
Movie Hanjirō Tsukinoki
(月野木伴次郎)
Japan
1981 To the Sun!
(太陽にほえろ!)
TV series - Episodes 469-470 Inspector Sōma
(相馬警部)
Japan
1981 Tokusō Saizensen
(特捜最前線)
TV series - Episode 226 Hiroshi Sawaki
(沢木弘)
Japan
1981 Return of the Deadly Blade (aka Shaolin Fighters vs. Ninja)
(飛刀・又見飛刀)
Movie The Lonely Winner Hong Kong
1981 Shanghai Massacre
(上海灘大爺)
Movie Hong Kong
1981 Ninja in the Deadly Trap
(術士神傳)
Movie Jūbei Toda
(戸田十兵衛)
Taiwan
1981 The Legend of the Owl
(貓頭鷹)
Movie Ninja master Yasuaki Kurata
(忍者之師 倉田保昭)
Hong Kong
1982 Legend of a Fighter
(霍元甲)
Movie Ejūrō Yamaguchi
(山口江十郎)
Hong Kong
1982 The Ninja Avenger (aka Impossible Woman)
(飛簷走壁)
Movie Chao's Guard Taiwan
1983 Kanei Command Performance
(寛永御前試合)
TV movie Seikō Ryū (Banryūken Sagawa)
(龍成功(佐川幡竜軒))
Japan
1983 A Life of Ninja
(亡命忍者)
Movie Tarō Okada
(岡田太郎)
Hong Kong
1983 Tokugawa Ieyasu
(徳川家康)
TV series Kinzō
(金蔵)
Japan Taiga Drama [21]
(大河ドラマ)
1983 Young Detective
(青春はみだし刑事)
TV series Japan
1983 Shōnen wa Mite Ita
( 少年は見ていた)
TV movie Japan Tuesday Suspense Theater
(火曜サスペンス劇場)
1983 Edo Dragnet
(大江戸捜査網)
TV series - Episode 621 Shinzaburō Kuroki
(黒木新三郎)
Japan
1983 Crisis
(黑玫瑰)
Movie Taiwan
1983 Aces Go Places 2
(最佳拍檔大顯神通)
Movie Bull
(牛牛)
Hong Kong
1984 Seibu Keisatsu Part III 2 Hour Special "Burning Braves"
(西部警察 PART-III 2時間スペシャル「燃える勇者たち」)
TV series movie special Japan
1984 Hissatsu Shigoto-nin IV
(必殺仕事人IV)
TV series - Episode 30 Yaheiji
(矢平次)
Japan
1984 Nagareboshi Sakichi
(流れ星佐吉)
TV series - Episode 22 Japan
1984 Farewell Seibu Keisatsu: Daimon Dies! Men Forever...
(さよなら西部警察 「大門死す! 勇者たちよ永遠に…」)
TV series movie special Ogata
(緒方)
Japan
1984 The Ninja and the Thief (aka Ninja Thunderbolt)
(至尊神偷)
Movie Taiwan
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars
(夏日福星)
Movie Japanese assassin
(日本殺手)
Hong Kong
1985 The Hangman 4
(ザ・ハングマン4)
TV series - Episode 21 Eiji Tashiro
(田代英司)
Japan
1985 Mission Detective The Cop
(特命刑事ザ・コップ)
TV series - Episode 12 Japan
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Movie Takei
(segment "Kyoko's House")
U.S. / Japan
1986 The Millionaires' Express
(富貴列車)
Movie Japanese ninja
(日本忍者)
Hong Kong
1986 A Book of Heroes
(歡樂龍虎榜)
Movie Yamashima
(山島)
Taiwan
1986 Lost in the Wilderness
(植村直己物語)
Movie Hirayama
(平山)
Japan
1986 The Seventh Curse
(原振俠與衛斯理)
Movie Captain Ho Hong Kong
1987 Eastern Condors
(東方禿鷹)
Movie General's elite soldier
(越南軍官)
Hong Kong
1988 Carry On Hotel
(金裝大酒店)
Movie Tomohara Hong Kong
1988 Seven Days’ War
(ぼくらの七日間戦争)
Movie Atsushi Sakai
(酒井敦)
Japan
1989 Final Fight (aka Bloodfight)
(ファイナルファイト 最後の一撃)
Movie Masahiko Kai
(甲斐正彦)
Japan
1989 Above the War Movie Cook Philippines / Japan
1990 Top Stewardess Story
(トップスチュワーデス物語)
TV series - Episode 10 Passenger
(乗客)
Japan
1991 Yakuza Side Story
(静かなるドン)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [01]
(静かなるドン)
1991 Zodiac Killers
(極道追蹤)
Movie Ishikawa
(石川)
Hong Kong
1991 Death Messenger
(死神の使者)
Movie Japan
1992 Yakuza Side Story 2
(静かなるドン2)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [02]
(静かなるドン)
1992 Yakuza Side Story 3
(静かなるドン3)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [03]
(静かなるドン)
1992 The Violent Islands
(暴力列島 ダーティマネージャック)
Movie Japan
1993 Yakuza Side Story 4
(静かなるドン4)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [04]
(静かなるドン)
1993 Yakuza Side Story 5
(静かなるドン5)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [05]
(静かなるドン)
1993 My Home Yakuza
(となりの凡人組)
Movie Heitarō Bonno
(凡野平太郎)
Japan My Home Yakuza [1]
(となりの凡人組)
1993 Nakayubi-Hime Oretachadōnaru?
(中指姫 俺たちゃどうなる?)
Movie Japan
1994 Pappakapaa
(パッパカパー)
Movie Japan Pappakapaa [1]
(パッパカパー)
1994 The Fighting King
(ザ・格闘王)
Movie Munehisa Tachibana
(立花宗久)
Japan
1994 My Home Yakuza 2
(となりの凡人組2)
Movie Heitarō Bonno
(凡野平太郎)
Japan My Home Yakuza [2]
(となりの凡人組)
1994 Pappakapaa 2
(パッパカパー2)
Movie Japan Pappakapaa [2]
(パッパカパー)
1994 Pappakapaa 3
(パッパカパー3 神様奇跡をありがとう! 岩手水沢編)
Movie Japan Pappakapaa [3]
(パッパカパー)
1994 My Home Yakuza 3
(となりの凡人組3)
Movie Heitarō Bonno
(凡野平太郎)
Japan My Home Yakuza [3]
(となりの凡人組)
1994 Pappakapaa 4
(パッパカパー4 梅は咲いたか,桜はまだか・・・ 山梨 塩山編)
Movie Japan Pappakapaa [4]
(パッパカパー)
1994 Fist of Legend
(精武英雄)
Movie Fumio Funakoshi
(船越文夫)
Hong Kong
1995 Dark Golfer 2: The Golden Putter
(闇ゴルファー2 黄金のパター)
Movie Jōtarō Tobari
(戸張丈太郎)
Japan
1995 Sanshiro 1-2
(1・2の三四郎)
Movie Japan
1996 Kingyo no Fun
(金魚のフン)
TV series Japan
1996 Yakuza Side Story 7
(静かなるドン7)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [07]
(静かなるドン)
1996 Yakuza Side Story 8
(静かなるドン8)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [08]
(静かなるドン)
1996 Yakuza Side Story 9
(静かなるドン9)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [09]
(静かなるドン)
1996 Yakuza Side Story 10
(静かなるドン10)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [10]
(静かなるドン)
1998 Hero of Shanghai (aka Fist of Hero)
(中華大丈夫)
TV series Jūbei Yokoyama
(横山十兵衛)
China
1998 Zukkoke Sannin-Gumi Kaito X Monogatari
(ズッコケ三人組 怪盗X物語)
Movie Kyokushin-kan director
(極真館館長)
Japan
2000 Yakuza Side Story: The Movie
(静かなるドン THE MOVIE)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story The Movie
(静かなるドン)
2000 Ginza Midnight Story: Eutopia
(銀座ミッドナイトストーリー ゆーとぴあ)
Movie Japan
2000 Four Investigators vs A Band of Gangsters
(捜査四課対広域暴力団)
Movie Japan
2000 Conman in Tokyo
(中華賭俠)
Movie Tetsuo the King of Gamblers in Asia Hong Kong
2001 Dark War
(暗鬥)
Movie Hong Kong
2001 Yakuza Side Story 11
(静かなるドン11)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [11]
(静かなるドン)
2001 Yakuza Side Story 12
(静かなるドン12)
Movie Kōshirō Inokubi
(猪首硬四郎)
Japan Yakuza Side Story [12]
(静かなるドン)
2002 Samourais Movie Commissaire Fujiwara Morio France / Spain / Germany
2002 So Close
(夕陽天使)
Movie Master
(師傅)
Hong Kong
2003 Yellow Dragon
(黄龍 イエロードラゴン)
Movie Gōzaburō "Gō" Azuma
(東郷三郎(ゴウ))
Japan
2003 Anna in Kungfuland
(安娜與武林)
Movie Sword Shek
(石劍)
Hong Kong
2005 Dragon Get Angry
(天煞孤星)
Movie Hong Kong
2005 The Royal Swordsmen
(天下第一)
TV series Tajima-no-kami Yagyū
(柳生但馬守)
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong
2006 GoGo Sentai Bokenger The Movie: The Greatest Precious
(轟轟戦隊ボウケンジャー THE MOVIE 最強のプレシャス)
Movie Kōichi Akashi
(明石虹一)
Japan
2006 Master of Thunder
(マスター・オブ・サンダー 決戦!!封魔龍虎伝)
Movie Buddhist priest Santoku
(三徳和尚)
Japan
2009 Shinjuku Incident
(新宿事件)
Movie Tarō Watagawa
(渡川太郎)
Hong Kong
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Movie Takatora Kato Japan
2010 Jiu-Jitsu
(柔術)
Movie Japan
2010 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
(精武風雲·陳真)
Movie Tsuyoshi Chikaraishi
(力石剛)
Hong Kong
2011 Red Tears
(レッド・ティアーズ~紅涙)
Movie Genjirō Mishima Japan
2012 The Last Tycoon
(大上海)
Movie Major Nishino
(西野少佐)
Hong Kong
2013 The Wrath of Vajra
(金剛王)
Movie Kawao Amano
(天野川雄)
China
2013 Garo: The One Who Shines in the Darkness
(牙狼〈GARO〉~闇を照らす者~)
TV series Sonshi
(尊士)
Japan
2014 Future Fighters Movie Mikoto Hong Kong
2015 Kiri - Profession: Assassin
(KIRI「職業・殺し屋。」外伝)
Movie Saburi
(佐分利)
Japan
2017 The Empty Hands
(空手道)
Movie Akira Hirakawa
(平川彰)
Hong Kong
2017 The Brink
(狂獸)
Movie Blackie Hong Kong
2017 God of War
(蕩宼風雲)
Movie Commander Kumasawa
(熊澤副將)
China
2017 Manhunt
(追捕)
Movie Hideo Sakaguchi
(坂口秀夫)
China / Hong Kong
2017 Yasuragi no Sato
(やすらぎの郷)
TV series Nasu
(那須)
Japan
2017 Tsubuyaki Sanshirō: Ippon nau
(つぶやき三四郎 〜一本なう〜)
Mobile content Jigorō Kuruma
(車治五郎)
Japan
2018 Golden Job
黃金兄弟
Movie Hong Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1974 rage of the wind.IMDB page
  2. ^ Kurata Promotions
  3. ^ Sozo Gakuen Daigaku faculty list
  4. ^ Zen Nippon Nunchaku-do Renmei
  5. ^ ISBN 4-89691-825-8