Ken Ogata

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Ken Ogata
緒形 拳
Born
緒形 明伸 (Akinobu Ogata)

(1937-07-20)July 20, 1937
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
DiedOctober 5, 2008(2008-10-05) (aged 71)
Mibu, Tochigi, Japan
NationalityJapanese
OccupationActor
Years active1960–2008
Awards Japan Academy Prize
Best Actor

1979 The Demon
1984 The Ballad of Narayama
1987 House on Fire

Akinobu Ogata (緒形 明伸, Ogata Akinobu, 20 July 1937 – 5 October 2008), better known by his stage name Ken Ogata (緒形 拳, Ogata Ken), was a Japanese actor.

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Life

Ogata was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ogata is well known for his roles in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book , Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Shohei Imamura's The Ballad of Narayama . He won the award for best actor at the 26th Blue Ribbon Awards for Okinawan Boys . [1]

In television, his starring role as Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1965 NHK Taiga drama Taikōki catapulted him to fame. Ken went on to many prominent roles in subsequent programs. The following year, he portrayed Benkei in Minamoto no Yoshitsune . The network tapped him again for the role of Fujiwara no Sumitomo in the 1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to . He returned to playing Hideyoshi in the 1978 Ōgon no Hibi, and returned to the lead as Ōishi Kuranosuke in Tōge no Gunzō, the 1982 Chūshingura. Another featured appearance in a Taiga drama was in Taiheiki (1991, as Ashikaga Sadauji, father of Takauji). His final appearance in the taiga drama was Fūrin Kazan in 2007. Besides the taiga drama series, Ogata portrayed Fujieda Baian in the Hissatsu series Hissatsu Shikakenin, [2] he reprised the character twice in the film series later. [3] [4]

Mr. Ogata died of liver cancer on October 5, 2008, just days after finishing his role in the production of the Fuji TV drama Kaze no Garden (Garden of the Winds), filmed in the rural Furano area of northern Japan. In his final role, Ogata, himself 71 years of age, played a doctor involved in the end-of-life care of elderly patients.

His sons Kanta and Naoto are actors.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotesRef(s)
1968The Sex Check Yasuzo Masumura
1969 Samurai Banners Hiroshi Inagaki
Farewell, My Beloved Hideo Ōba
Lady with Seven FacesYōichi Maeda
1973 Professional Killers: Assassin’s Quarry Fujieda BaianYūsuke WatanabeLead role, Hissatsu series
1974 Hissatsu Shikakenin Shunsetsu shikakebari Fujieda BaianYūsuke WatanabeLead role, Hissatsu series
Castle of Sand Ken'ichi Miki Yoshitarō Nomura
The Last Samurai Kenji Misumi
1977 Mount Hakkoda Shirō Moritani
1978 The Demon Yoshitarō NomuraLead role
1979 Vengeance Is Mine Shohei Imamura Lead role
1980 Virus Kinji Fukasaku
1981 Samurai Reincarnation Miyamoto Musashi Kinji Fukasaku
Eijanaika Shohei Imamura
Edo Porn Tetsuzō Kaneto Shindo Lead role
1982 Yaju-deka Eiichi Kudo Lead role
1983 The Ballad of Narayama Shohei ImamuraLead role
The Catch Shinji Sōmai Lead role
Okinawan Boys Taku Shinjō
The Geisha Hideo Gosha Lead role
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Yukio Mishima Paul Schrader Lead role
OarHideo Gosha
1986 House on Fire Kinji FukasakuLead role
1987 Zegen Shohei ImamuraLead role
1988 A Chaos of Flowers Kinji Fukasaku
OracionShigemichi Sugita
1989 Shogun's Shadow Yasuo Furuhata Lead role
Shaso Toshio Masuda Lead role
Zatoichi, Darkness Is His Ally Shintaro Katsu
1991 Rainbow Kids Daigoro Igari Kihachi Okamoto [5]
My Soul Is Slashed Shusuke Kaneko Lead role
1992 Dreams of Russia Daikokuya Kōdayū Junya Sato Lead role
1996 The Pillow Book Peter Greenaway
1999Shooting StarKikujirō YamamotoHiromitsu YamanakaLead role
2000Film NoirIchihara Masahiro Kobayashi
2001 Man Walking on Snow Nobuo HonmaMasahiro KobayashiLead role
2002 11'09"01 September 11 Shohei ImamuraEpisode 11: "Japan"
2004 The Hidden Blade Yoji Yamada
Izo Takashi Miike
Last Quarter of the Moon Ken Nikai
The Man Who Wipes MirrorsSeisoku KajitaLead role
2005 The Samurai I Loved Maki SukezaemonMitsuo Kurotsuchi
2006 Love and Honor Yoji Yamada
A Long Walk Eiji Okuda Lead role
2008 Kitaro and the Millennium Curse Nurarihyon Katsuhide Motoki Final film role

Television

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotesRef(s)
1965 Taikōki Toyotomi Hideyoshi NHKLead role, Taiga drama [6]
1966 Minamoto no Yoshitsune Benkei NHKTaiga drama
1972 Shin Heike Monogatari Dr. Abe no AsadoriNHKTaiga drama
Hissatsu Shikakenin Fujieda BaianABCLead role, Hissatsu series
1975 Hissatsu Hitchuu Shigotoya Kagyō HanbeiABCLead role, Hissatsu series
Tsūkai! Kōchiyama Sōshun Chōji Fuji TV Episode 15
1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to Fujiwara no Sumitomo NHKTaiga drama
Hissatsu Karakurinin Yumeya TokijirōABCLead role, Hissatsu series
Zatoichi Season 2 GonnosukeFuji TVEpisode 12 "Money And Hell"
1977–78 Shin Hissatsu Karakurinin Hiroshige, narratorABCHissatsu series
1978 Ōgon no Hibi Toyotomi HideyoshiNHKTaiga drama [6]
1979 Ashura no Gotoku Part 1 Satomi TakaoNHK
Zatoichi Season 4HikotarōFuji TVEpisode 6 "The Spinning Wheel"
1982Tōge no Gunzō Ōishi Kuranosuke NHKLead role, Taiga drama
1985HagokuSeitarō SakumaNHKLead role, TV movie
1988Tokugawa IeyasuToyotomi Hideyoshi TBS TV movie
1991 Taiheiki Ashikaga SadaujiNHKTaiga drama
1997Mōri Motonari Amago Tsunehisa NHKTaiga drama
Gift Yujiro KishiwadaFuji TVThe final episode
1998The Scorching Silk RoadTBSDocumentary
1999 Furuhata Ninzaburō Kengo KuroiwaFuji TVEpisode 27
Dear FriendKiichi SatakeTBSTV movie
2003Say Hello to Black JackOsamu HattoriTBS
2005 Ruri's Island Yūzō Nakama NTV
2006 Sailor Suit and Machine Gun Hajime SandaijiTBSSpecial appearance
2007 Fūrin Kazan Usami Sadamitsu NHKTaiga drama
2008 Bōshi Shunpei TakayamaNHK HiroshimaLead role
Garden of BreezeTeizō ShiratoriFuji TV

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