Jun Kunimura

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Jun Kunimura
國村隼
Born
Yoshihiro Yonemura

(1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 65)
Kumamoto, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1976–present
Japanese name
Kanji 國村 隼
Hiragana くにむら しゅん
Japanese name
Kanji 米村 喜洋

Jun Kunimura (國村 隼, Kunimura Jun, born Yoshihiro Yonemura (米村 喜洋, Yonemura Yoshihiro); 15 November 1955) is a Japanese actor who has performed in Japan, Hollywood and Hong Kong. He won Best Supporting Actor and the Popular Star Award at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards for his performance in the South Korean horror film The Wailing , directed by Na Hong-jin.

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Early life and education

Kunimura was born Yoshihiro Yonemura (米村 喜洋 Yonemura Yoshihiro) in Kumamoto Prefecture, but his family moved to Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture soon after, before moving again to Osaka when he was two years old. He graduated from a theatre program operated by the Osaka Broadcasting Corporation, a theatre company owned and operated by a local NHK affiliate. He has cited actor Yūsaku Matsuda as an influence.

Career

Kunimura began his acting career with a bit part in Shirō Moritani's 1973 disaster film Tidal Wave. He went on to appear in the TV dramas Ayu no Uta and Yôi don, before holding his first starring role in Kazuyuki Izutsu's Gaki Teikoku. [1] Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, he appeared in a number of Hong Kong-produced films, including a prominent cameo role in John Woo's Hard Boiled, as a Triad gunman in the film's opening teahouse shootout. In 1989, he starred in his first American film, Black Rain. The Ridley Scott-helmed Yakuza action film was shot on-location in Kunimura's hometown of Osaka, and starred his mentor Yūsaku Matsuda.

Kunimura is known internationally for his work with Western directors such as Ridley Scott, Quentin Tarantino, and Roland Emmerich. [2] He has collaborated with prominent Japanese filmmakers like Takashi Miike, Lee Sang-il, Hideaki Anno, and Ryuhei Kitamura. In 2016, he starred in Na Hong-jin's Korean horror film The Wailing, which earned him critical and popular acclaim. It earned him the Best Supporting Actor and Popular Star Awards at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards, making him the first-ever non-Korean and Japanese actor to be nominated for the award.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973 Tidal Wave Shoichi
1981Gaki TeikokuChoi
1989 Black Rain Yashimoto1st non-Japanese film
1991Au Revoir, Mon AmourKeiji
The Blue Jean MonsterKai
Ōte Emisu
1992 Hard Boiled Teahouse Gunman
1993 All Under the Moon Tada
1994 Treasure Hunt Yamamoto
Tokarefu Det. Takahashi
1995Heisei musekinin-ikka: Tokyo de luxeYoichi
1996 Somebody Up There Likes Me Japanese Trainer
1997 Suzaku Kōzō Tahara
Wild LifeIjima
Ningen isuShoichiro Shimizu
1998 Begging for Love Saburo Wachi
The Story of PuPu Kijima
1999 Keiho Shibata Toshimitsu
Audition Yasuhisa Yoshikawa
Mayonaka madeNoriyuki
2000RyûseiKirishima
Dokuritsu shônen gasshô-danMichio's Father
Chaos Inspector Hamaguchi
Face Kenta Kariyama
Gojoe Suzaku-hougan
2001 Desert Moon Kosugi
Ichi the Killer Funaki
Ye longThe Contractor
2002Misutâ rûkîYang
Hi wa mata noboruKoide
Tomie: Forbidden Fruit Kazuhiko Hashimoto
The Laughing Frog Akio Yoshizumi
Alive Kojima
Sorry Sei's Father
2003Hoshi ni negaioJin Kirishima
Samurai Resurrection Saemon Jinno
9 Souls Yamamoto
Tsuribaka Nisshi 14 Kawashima
Kill Bill: Volume 1 Boss Tanaka
Dead End Run Jun
2004 Half a Confession Manabu Uemura
Kill Bill: Volume 2 Boss Tanaka
Umizaru Admiral Masaki Igarashi
69 Sasaki
Vital Hideyoshi Ooyama
Blood and Bones Yong-sang Jo
Lady Joker Satoru Hirase
Godzilla: Final Wars Major Komuro
2005Fuyu no UndoukaiKitazawa Ryousuke
Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean Matoi Tokioka
Negotiator: Mashita MasayoshiKataoka
Hanging Garden Dan Kyobashi
2006 Limit of Love: Umizaru Masaki Igarashi
Hana Isekan
Baruto no Gakuen Takagi
Sinking of Japan Kyosuke Nozaki
ChildrenShugoro Kihara
Tsubakiyama Kacho no NanokakanDaisuke Ichikawa
2007 Three for the Road Rental Salesman
Silk Umon
2008 Team Batista no Eikō Gonta Takashina
Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess Nagakura
God's Puzzle Murakami
Paco and the Magical Book Kinomoto
YesterdaysAkihiko Yanagida
K-20: Legend of the Mask Genji
MiyaginoSharaku
2009King of the EscapeKanemura
Mt. Tsurugidake Seiichiro Yaguchi
2010Saru Lock the MovieOgasawara
After the FlowersJinzaemon Terat
My Darling Is a Foreigner Noriyuki Oguri
Sunshine AheadTatsuhei Hiki
Outrage Ikemoto
Here Comes the Bride, My Mom! Akira Murakami
Saya Zamurai The Lord
Aibou: The Movie IIMuneo Hasegawa
2011Synchronicity Shinju TenshiAi's Father
Moonlight MaskThe Impresario
Monsters ClubMr. Kakiuchi
2012 Reunion Yoshito Shibata
2013 A Story of Yonosuke Mr. Yosano
The Incredible TruthSato Tsuyoshi
Like Father, Like Son Kazushi Kamiyama
The Wind Rises HattoriJapanese-language version
A Boy Called H Yoshimura
Why Don't You Play in Hell? Muto
Unforgiven Masaharu Kitaoji
Asa Hiru BanAsamoto
2014 Dakishimetai: Shinjitsu no Monogatari Toshiro
The World of Kanako Dr. Tsujimura
Parasyte: Part 1 Det. Hirama
2015 Attack on Titan Kubal / Colossal Titan
At HomeGenji
Parasyte: Part 2 Det. Hirama
The Big Bee Nakatsuka
2016KokoroDaisuke
Chihayafuru Part 1 Hideo Harada
Chihayafuru Part 2
The Wailing The Japanese Man
Shin Godzilla Chief of Staff Masao Zaizen
Fueled: The Man They Called Pirate Takumi Ukawa
2017Hamon: Yakuza BoogieKatsuji Shimada
Mumon: The Land of Stealth Kitabatake Tomonori
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I Ryohei Higashikata
Manhunt Yoshihiro Sakai
Fullmetal Alchemist Tim Marcoh
Destiny: The Tale of KamakuraChief Daibutsu
2018Punk Samurai Slash DownShuzen Oura
The Miracle of Crybaby ShottanToshio
Our DeparturesSetsuo Okuzono
Chihayafuru Part 3 Hideo Harada
Jû-nen: Ten Years JapanShigetaSegment: "Itazura dômei"
2019The Great War of ArchimedesMarshal Admiral Osami Nagano
Taro the FoolOda
The WitnessTakashi Hirayama
Midway Vice Admiral Chūichi Nagumo
2020Step
Minamata Junichi Nojima
Tracing Her Shadow
Poupelle of Chimney Tow Dan (voice)
2021Kiba: The Fangs of FictionDaisaku Nikaidō
Gift of Fire
Zokki
Suicide Forest Village
Kate Kijima

Television

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotes
2000 Aikotoba wa Yūki Fuji TV
2008Andō NatsuUmekichi Yasuda TBS
2009 Saka no Ue no Kumo Kawakami Soroku NHK
2012 Carnation Kiichi HanamuraNHK Asadora
Taira no Kiyomori Fujiwara no Tadazane NHK Taiga drama
2014Alice no TogeTBS
2015Keisei Saimin no Otoko Part 3Takashi MikiNHKTV movie
2016 Shizumanu Taiyō Wowow
Ishikawa Goemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi TV Tokyo
2017Hello, Detective HedgehogTBS
2019–21 The Naked Director Netflix 2 seasons
2020Gift of FireNHKTV movie
2021Oliver na Inu, (Gosh!!) Kono YarōNHKMiniseries [3]
Japan Sinks: People of Hope Professor Tōru SeraTBS [4]
2022The 13 Lords of the Shogun Ōba Kagechika NHKTaiga drama [5]

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2016 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards Best Supporting Actor
The Wailing
Won [6]
Popular Star AwardWon [7]
25th Buil Film Awards Best Supporting ActorNominated
2017 11th Asian Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated

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