Shintaro Katsu

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Shintaro Katsu
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Shintaro Katsu in 1956
Born
Toshio Okumura

(1931-11-29)29 November 1931
Fukagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Died21 June 1997(1997-06-21) (aged 65)
Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan
OccupationActor, singer, producer, writer and director
Years active1954–97
Spouse(s) Tamao Nakamura
Japanese name
Kanji 勝 新太郎
Hiragana かつ しんたろう
Katakana カツ シンタロウ

Shintaro Katsu (Japanese: 勝 新太郎, Hepburn: Katsu Shintarō, 29 November 1931 – 21 June 1997) was a Japanese actor, singer, and filmmaker. He is known for starring in the Akumyo series, the Hoodlum Soldier series, and the Zatoichi series.

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Life and career

Born Toshio Okumura (奥村 利夫 Okumura Toshio) on 29 November 1931. He was the son of Minoru Okumura (奥村 実), a noted kabuki performer who went by the stage name Katsutōji Kineya (杵屋 勝東治) and who was renowned for his nagauta and shamisen skills, and younger brother of actor Tomisaburo Wakayama.

Shintaro Katsu began his career in entertainment as a shamisen player. He switched to acting because he noticed it was better paid. In the 1960s he starred simultaneously in three long-running series of films, the Akumyo series, the Hoodlum Soldier series, and the Zatoichi series.

He played the role of blind masseur Zatoichi in a series of 25 films between 1962 and 1973, in 100 episodes across a four season television series from 1974 to 1979, and in a 26th and final film in 1989, which he also directed. [1]

In 1967, Katsu formed the company Katsu Productions. [2]

Katsu had a troubled personal life. A heavy drinker, Katsu had several skirmishes with the law regarding drug use as well, including marijuana, opium and cocaine with arrests in 1978, 1990 and 1992. [3]

He had also developed a reputation as a troublemaker on set. When director Akira Kurosawa cast him for the lead role in Kagemusha (1980), Katsu left before the first day of shooting was over. [4] Though accounts differ as to the incident, the most consistent one details Katsu's clash with Kurosawa regarding bringing his own film crew to the set (to film Kurosawa in action for later exhibition to his own acting students). [5] [6] Kurosawa is reputed to have taken great offense at this, resulting in Katsu's termination (he was replaced by Tatsuya Nakadai). In her recent book, Waiting on the Weather, about her experiences with director Kurosawa, script supervisor Teruyo Nogami chalks the differences between Katsu and Kurosawa up to a personality clash that had unfortunate artistic results. [7]

He was the husband of actress Tamao Nakamura (married in 1962), and father of actor Ryutaro Gan (Gan Ryūtarō). [8]

Stunt actor Yukio Kato was killed on the set of Zatoichi 26 by Katsu's son, who was co-starring, when an actual sword was mistaken for a prop, fatally wounding Kato.

In her book, Geisha, A Life, Kyoto geisha Mineko Iwasaki claimed to have had a long time affair with Katsu, whom she calls by his given name, Toshio. The affair ended in 1976, and eventually the two became good friends until his death.[ citation needed ]

Katsu produced the manga-based Lone Wolf and Cub ( Kozure Okami ) series of jidaigeki films starring his brother Tomisaburo Wakayama which were later compiled into the movie Shogun Assassin , as well as co-writing, producing, and acting alongside his brother in the TV jidaigeki series Oshizamurai Kiichihōgan (Mute Samurai) and Tsūkai! Kōchiyama Sōshun .

His other television work includes the police drama Keishi-K (Superintendent K) which he starred in (as Katsutoshi Gatsu), co-wrote, directed, and produced. His daughter, Masami Okumura, co-starred.

His film work includes the Hanzo the Razor series, as Detective Itami Hanzo. He was also an accomplished shamisen player, as well as a vocalist, recording several albums in both pop and Enka.

He died of pharyngeal cancer on 21 June 1997.

The character Fujitora in the manga series One Piece is based on him.

Filmography

As actor

YearTitleJapaneseRomanizationCharacter
1955 A Girl Isn't Allowed to Love 薔薇いくたびかBara ikutabikaAkira Takakura
1956 Migratory Birds of the Flowers 花の渡り鳥Hana no Wataridori
1956 The Renyasai Yagyu Hidden Story
1956 Sisters of the Gion 祇園の姉妹Gion no shimai
1956まらそん侍 Marason zamurai
1956 Ghost-Cat of Gojusan-Tsugi 怪猫五十三次Kaibyo Gojusan-tsugi
1956 Tsukigata Hanpeita
1957 An Osaka Story 大阪物語Osaka monogatari
1957二十九人の喧嘩状 Nijūkyū-nin no Kenka-jō
1957 Ghost Cat of Yonaki Swamp 怪猫夜泣き沼 Kaibyo Yonaki numa
1958Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion日蓮と蒙古大襲来 Nichiren to mōko daishūrai
1958 The Gay Masquerade 弁天小僧Benten kozō
1958 The Loyal 47 Ronin 忠臣蔵 Chūshingura
1958 Ghost-Cat Wall of Hatred 怪猫呪いの壁Kaibyō noroi no kabe
1959 Samurai Vendetta 薄桜記Hakuōki
1959 Seki no yatappe
1959 Beni azami
1959 Beauty Is Guilty Bibō ni tsumi ari
1959Hatsuharu tanuki gotten
1960 Zoku Jirocho Fuji
1960 The Demon of Mount Oe 大江山酒呑童子Ooe-yama Shuten-dōji Watanabe no Tsuna
1960 Secrets of a Court Masseur
also titled The Blind Menace
and Agent Shiranui
Shiranui kengyō
1960 Tsukinode no ketto
1961 Mito komon umi o wataru
1961 Kaze to kumo totoride
1961 Hanakurabe tanuki dochu
1961 Blind Devotion Midaregami
1961 Tough Guy 悪名AkumyōAsakichi
1961 Buddha Shaka Devadatta
1961 Tough Guy, Part 2 Zoku akumyoAsakichi
1962 The Tale of Zatoichi 座頭市物語Zatōichi monogatariIchi
1962 New Bad Reputation Shin akumyoAsakichi
1962 The Whale God Kujira gami
1962The Great WallShin no shikōtei
1962 The Tale of Zatoichi Continues 続・座頭市物語Zoku Zatōichi monogatariIchi
1962 New Bad Reputation Continues Zoku shin akumyoAsakichi
1963The Money DanceDokonjo monogatari – zeni no odori
1963Daisan no akumyoAsakichi
1963 An Actor's Revenge 雪之丞変化Yukinojo henge
1963 New Tale of Zatoichi 新・座頭市物語Shin Zatōichi monogatariIchi
1963Akumyo ichibaAsakichi
1963 Zatoichi The Fugitive 座頭市兇状旅Zatōichi kyojo tabiIchi
1963Akumyo hatobaAsakichi
1963 Zatoichi on the Road 座頭市喧嘩旅Zatōichi kenka-tabiIchi
1963Akumyo ichibanAsakichi
1964 Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold 座頭市千両首Zatōichi senryō-kubiIchi
1964Suruga yūkyōden: Toba arashi
1964 Zatoichi's Flashing Sword 座頭市あばれ凧Zatōichi abare takoIchi
1964Akumyo daikoAsakichi
1964Suruga yūkyōden
1964 Fight, Zatoichi, Fight 座頭市血笑旅Zatōichi kesshō-tabiIchi
1964 Kojiki Taishō Kojiki taisho Gotō Matabei
1964 If You're Happy, Clap Your Hands Shiawasa nara te o tatake
1964 Adventures of Zatoichi 座頭市関所破りZatōichi sekisho yaburiIchi
1964Rōnin-gai
1964Dokonjō monogatari: Zuputo iyatsu
1965Suruga yūkyōden: Dokyō garasu
1965 The Hoodlum Soldier 兵隊やくざHeitai yakuzaKisaburo Omiya
1965 Zatoichi's Revenge 座頭市二段斬りZatōichi nidan-kiriIchi
1965Akumyo noboriAsakichi
1965 Life of Matsu the Untamed Muhomatsu no issho
1965 Zatoichi and the Doomed Man 座頭市逆手斬りZatōichi sakate giriIchi
1965Akumyo mutekiAsakichi
1965 Zatoichi and the Chess Expert 座頭市地獄旅Zatōichi Jigoku tabiIchi
1965 Hoodlum Soldier and the C.O. 続・兵隊やくざZoku heitai yakuzaIchi
1966Akumyo zakuraAsakichi
1966 Zatoichi's Vengeance 座頭市の歌が聞えるZatōichi no uta ga kikoeruIchi
1966 Zatoichi's Pilgrimage 座頭市海を渡るZatōichi umi o wataruIchi
1966 Hoodlum Soldier Deserts Again 新・兵隊やくざShin heitai yakuza
1966兵隊やくざ 脱獄Heitai yakuza datsugoku
1966兵隊やくざ 大脱走Heitai yakuza daidassō
1967The Hoodlum PriestYakuza bozu
1967兵隊やくざ 俺にまかせろHeitai yakuza ore ni makasero
1967 Zatoichi's Cane Sword 座頭市鉄火旅Zatōichi tekka tabiIchi
1967Akumyo ichidaiAsakichi
1967 Zatoichi the Outlaw Zatōichi rōyaburiIchi
1967 Hoodlum Soldier on the Attack 兵隊やくざ 殴り込みHeitai yakuza nagurikomi
1967 Zatoichi Challenged 座頭市血煙り街道Zatōichi chikemuri kaidōIchi
1968Zoku yakuza bozu
1968Tomuraishi tachi
1968Heitai yakuza godatsu
1968Akumyo juhachi-banAsakichi
1968 The Man Without a Map 燃えつきた地図Moetsukita chizu
1968 Zatoichi and the Fugitives 座頭市果し状Zatōichi hatashi-jōIchi
1968 Samaritan Zatoichi Zatōichi kenka-daikoIchi
1969 Devil's Temple Oni no sumu yakata
1969 Hitokiri 人斬りHitokiri Okada Izō
1969 The Magoichi Saga Shirikurae Magoichi Oda Nobunaga
1969Akumyo ichiban shobuAsakichi
1970Kenka ichidai: Dodekai yatsu
1970 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo 座頭市と用心棒Zatōichi to YōjinbōIchi
1970Genkai yūkyōden: Yabure kabure
1970 Incident at Blood Pass Machibuse
1970 Yakuza Zessyō やくざ絶唱Yakuza zessyō
1970 Zatoichi at the Fire Festival 座頭市あばれ火祭りZatōichi abare-himatsuriIchi
1970 Fuji sanchō 富士山頂Fuji sanchō
1971 Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman 新座頭市・破れ!唐人剣Shin Zatōichi: Yabure! Tojin-kenIchi
1971 Inn of Evil いのちぼうにふろうInochi bō ni furō
1971Kitsune no kureta akanbō
1971 Kaoyaku
1972 Zatoichi at Large 座頭市御用旅Zatōichi goyō-tabiIchi
1972Shin heitai yakuza: Kasen
1972Zatoichi in Desperation新座頭市物語・折れた杖Shin Zatōichi monogatari: Oreta tsue akaIchi

also director

1972 Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice 御用牙GoyōkibaHanzo Itami
1973 Mute Samurai 唖侍鬼一法眼 Oshizamurai Kiichihōgan (TV series)Manji
1973 Zatoichi's Conspiracy 新座頭市物語・笠間の血祭りShin Zatōichi monogatari: Kasama no chimatsuriIchi
1973ŌshōSankichi Sakata
1973Hanzo the Razor: The Snare御用牙 かみそり半蔵地獄責めGoyōkiba: Kamisori Hanzō jigoku zemeHanzo Itami
1974 The Homeless 無宿Yadonashi
1974Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?御用牙 鬼の半蔵やわ肌小判Goyōkiba: Oni no Hanzō yawahada kobanHanzo Itami
1974 Akumyo: Notorious Dragon Akumyo: shima arashiakaAsakichi
1974 Zatōichi monogatari (TV series)Ichi
1975 Tsūkai! Kōchiyama Sōshun (TV series)痛快!河内山宗俊 Kōchiyama Sōshun
1983Meiso chizu
1987 The one-eyed dragon Masamune (TV series)独眼竜政宗Dokuganryu Masamune Toyotomi Hideyoshi
1988 Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis 帝都物語Teito monogatari Shibusawa Eiichi
1989 Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally 座頭市ZatōichiIchi

also director

1990 Saga of the Phoenix 孔雀王アシュラ伝説Kujaku ō: Ashura densetsu
1990Ronin Gai浪人街Rōnin-gai

As producer

YearTitleJapaneseRomanizationRole
1970 Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo Zatōichi to Yōjinbōproducer
1970 Zatoichi at the Fire Festival Zatōichi abare-himatsuriproducer
1971 Zatoichi Meets the One Armed Swordsman Shin Zatōichi: Yabure! Tojin-kenproducer
1971KaoyakuKaoyakuexecutive producer
1972 Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice Goyōkibaproducer
1972 Zatoichi at Large Zatōichi goyō-tabiproducer
1972New Hoodlum Soldier Story: Firing LineShin heitai yakuza: Kasenproducer
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance Kozure Ōkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuruproducer
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx Kozure Ōkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubagurumaproducer
1972 Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades Kozure Ōkami: Shinikazeni mukau ubagurumaproducer
1972Zatoichi in DesperationShin Zatōichi monogatari: Oreta tsueproducer
1973 Mute Samurai Oshizamurai Kiichihōgan (TV series)executive producer
1973Zatoichi's ConspiracyShin Zatōichi monogatari: Kasama no chimatsuri
1973Hanzo the Razor: The SnareGoyōkiba: Kamisori Hanzō jigoku zeme
1974The HomelessYadonashiproducer
1974Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold?Goyōkiba: Oni no Hanzō yawahada kobanproducer
1974Akumyo: Notorious DragonAkumyo: shima arashiaka
1980 Shogun Assassin producer
1989 Shintaro Katsu's Zatoichi Zatōichi

As director

YearTitleJapaneseRomanization
1971KaoyakuKaoyaku
1972Zatoichi in DesperationShin Zatōichi monogatari: Oreta tsue
1973Mute Samurai Oshi samurai (TV series)
1974 Zatoichi Zatōichi monogatari (TV series)
(episode "A Memorial Day and the Bell of Life")
1989 Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally Zatōichi

As writer

YearTitleJapaneseRomanization
1970 Zatoichi at the Fire Festival Zatōichi abare-himatsuri
1971KaoyakuKaoyaku
1989 Zatoichi: Darkness Is His Ally Zatōichi

As himself

YearFilmFilm type
1978The Blind SwordsmanDocumentary

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