Kiichi Nakai

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Kiichi Nakai
Born (1961-09-18) September 18, 1961 (age 59)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1981–present
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)

Kiichi Nakai (中井 貴一, Nakai Kiichi, born 18 September 1961) is a Japanese actor. His name was given by Yasujirō Ozu. His father, Keiji Sada, also a movie actor, died when Nakai was only two years old. Nakai started his acting career while he was still in university and was awarded the Rookie of the Year at the Japan Academy Awards in 1981.

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He won the Japan Academy Best Supporting Actor award in 1994 (for 47 Ronin ) and Best Actor award in 2003 (for Mibu gishi den (When the Last Sword is Drawn)). He also won the award for best supporting actor at the 19th Hochi Film Award for 47 Ronin . [1]

In 2003 he played a Japanese delegate to a Chinese emperor of the Tang dynasty in Warriors of Heaven and Earth . Though a few of his lines are in Japanese, most are in Mandarin.

His older sister, Kie Nakai, is also an actress.

Selected filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotesRef(s)
1981 The Imperial Navy Shūe Matsubayashi
1983 Tora-san Goes Religious? Yoji Yamada
1985 The Burmese Harp Mizushima Kon Ichikawa Lead role
1986 Final Take Yoji YamadaLead role
1987 Princess from the Moon Minister of the MilitaryKon Ichikawa
1992 Gekashitsu Bandō Tamasaburō V
1993 Moving Shinji Sōmai Lead role
1994 47 Ronin Kon Ichikawa
1995Marks Yoichi Sai Lead role
1998 Begging for Love Hideyuki Hirayama
1999 Owls' Castle Masahiro Shinoda Lead role
2000 Tales of the Unusual Ōishi Kuranosuke Masayuki SuzukiLead role
2001 All About Our House Himself Kōki Mitani
The Firefly Yasuo Furuhata
Darkness in the Light Kei Kumai Lead role
2002Shura no MureHiroyuki Tsuji
2003 When the Last Sword Is Drawn Yōjirō Takita Lead role
The Yin Yang Master 2 Yōjirō Takita
Warriors of Heaven and Earth Emissary Lai Xi He Ping Chinese film
2005 Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Kenichi Takada (voice) Zhang Yimou Chinese film
2006Aegis Junji Sakamoto
2007 Hero Akihiko TakitaMasayuki Suzuki
Dororo Kagemitsu Daigo Akihiko Shiota
2008 The Magic Hour Kōki Mitani
Samurai GangstersShimizu no Jirochō Masahiko Makino Lead role
2009 Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess Hiroshi Kataoka (voice) Hiroshi Nishitani
2010 Railways Hajime TsutsuiYoshinari NishikoriLead role
2011 A Ghost of a Chance Tōru OsanoKōki Mitani
The Warring States King of QiChen JinChinese film
Wild 7 Eiichirō Hasumi
2012 The Wings of the Kirin Takeaki Aoyagi Nobuhiro Doi
Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer Tokugawa Mitsukuni Yōjirō Takita
2014 Zakurozaka no Adauchi Kingo Shimura Setsurō Wakamatsu Lead role
2015 Again HaruhikoSumio ŌmoriLead role
2016Good Morning ShowShingo Sumita Ryoichi Kimizuka Lead role
Ken sanNarrator Yuichi Hibi Documentary film
Kōfuku no Alibi Takanori Jinnai Lead role
2017 Flower and Sword Oda Nobunaga Tetsuo Shinohara
Honnōji Hotel NarratorMasayuki Suzuki
2018We Make Antiques!Norio KoikeMasaharu TakeLead role
2019Hit Me Anyone One More TimePrime Minister Keisuke KurodaKōki MitaniLead role
Aircraft Carrier IbukiKeiichi NakanoSetsurō Wakamatsu
2020We Make Antiques! Kyoto RendezvousNorio KoikeMasaharu TakeLead role

Television

YearTitleRoleNetworkNotesRef(s)
1983–1997Apples and OrangesYoshio Nakategawa TBS Lead role; 4 seasons [2]
1988 Takeda Shingen Takeda Shingen NHK Lead role, Taiga drama [3]
1995Hachidai Shōgun Yoshimune Tokugawa Muneharu NHKTaiga drama
2001Someday Like StormNHK
2003Musashi Yagyū Munenori NHKTaiga drama [3]
2005 Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoritomo NHKTaiga drama [3]
2007 Barefoot Gen Daikichi Nakaoka Fuji Lead role; miniseries
2009 Smile Kazuma ItoTBS
2010 Japanese Americans Chokichi HiramatsuTBS
2012 Priceless Kengo MoaiFuji
Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Tadamori NHKTaiga drama
Second to Last Love Wahei NagakuraFujiLead role
2016KinpikaKenta Sakaguchi Wowow Lead role
2018Musume no KekkonTakahiko Kunieda TX Lead role; TV movie
2021 Karei-naru Ichizoku Daisuke ManpyoWowowLead role [4]

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2020 Yakuza: Like a Dragon Masumi Arakawa

Japanese dubbing

TitleRole
Despicable Me 2 Eduardo "El Macho" Pérez

Honours

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References

  1. 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
  2. "【インタビュー】中井貴一×時任三郎 50代になった"ふぞろいの林檎たち"がテレビの時代を語り合う". Cinema Cafe. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  3. 1 2 3 "中井貴一". NHK. Retrieved 29 June 2021.
  4. "「欲望に、限りはない。」中井貴一扮する"万俵"がお披露目「華麗なる一族」ビジュアル". Cinema Cafe. Retrieved 8 October 2020.