Kunie Tanaka

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Kunie Tanaka
Kunie Tanaka1962.jpg
Born(1932-11-23)November 23, 1932
DiedMarch 24, 2021(2021-03-24) (aged 88)
Occupation Actor
Years active1955–2021
Known forKita no Kuni kara

Kunie Tanaka (田中 邦衛, Tanaka Kunie, November 23, 1932 – March 24, 2021 [1] ) 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 .


He was nominated for five Japanese Academy Awards, winning the Best Supporting Actor statuette for Gakko in 1993. [2] He appeared as the lecherous Shinjiro Ishiyama, nicknamed Aodaishō, the antagonist of the hero, played by Yūzō Kayama, in all of the Wakadaishō series of films. The character Kizaru, from Eiichiro Oda's manga series One Piece , is modeled after Tanaka.

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