|Born||November 23, 1932|
Toki District, Gifu, Japan
|Died||March 24, 2021 88)(aged|
|Known for||Kita no Kuni kara|
Kunie Tanaka (田中 邦衛, Tanaka Kunie, November 23, 1932 – March 24, 2021 ) was a Japanese actor. He had his first notable role in 1960 as a thug in Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well , and worked with the director again on Sanjuro . Tanaka is well known for his roles in Kinji Fukasaku's yakuza films, namely the Battles Without Honor and Humanity series. He also appeared in Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan .
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