Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yasuaki Kurata (  Kurata Yasuaki , born March 20, 1946), a.k.a David Kurata, is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in karate (5th degree), judo (3rd degree), and aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese.

Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Having studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School, he began to work as an actor in the late 1960s. In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest  . Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre. In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club),  teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work),  is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League, and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku. Description above from the Wikipedia article Yasuaki Kurata, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yasuaki Kurata (  Kurata Yasuaki , born March 20, 1946), a.k.a David Kurata, is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in karate (5th degree), judo (3rd degree), and aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese.

Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Having studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School, he began to work as an actor in the late 1960s. In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest  . Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre. In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club),  teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work),  is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League, and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku. Description above from the Wikipedia article Yasuaki Kurata, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 78

Birthday 1946-03-20

Place of Birth -

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Also Known As

  • Kurata Yasuaki

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Iceman: The Time Traveler
2018 Fat Buddies
2018 Golden Job
2018 The Great Adventurer Wesley (1 episode)
2017 The Brink as Blackie
2017 ManHunt
2017 The Empty Hands as Mari's father
2017 God of War as Kumasawa
2015 KIRI – Profession: Assassin as Saburi
2013 The Wrath Of Vajra as Amano Kawao
2011 Sword of Blood as Genjiro Mishima
2010 Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen as Chikaraishis Vater
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire as Kato Takatora
2009 Shinjuku Incident as Taro Watagawa
2006 GoGo Sentai Boukenger The Movie: The Greatest Precious as Kouichi Akashi
2006 Legend of Seven Monks
2005 Dragon Get Angry
2005 GARO (25 episodes) as Sonshi
2003 Anna in Kungfu-land as Sword Shek
2002 So Close as Master
2002 Samouraïs as Fujiwara Morio
2001 Dark War as Chang
2000 Conman in Tokyo as Tetsuo
2000 Ginza Midnight Story - Utopia
1994 Fist of Legend as Fuimo Funakoshi
1991 Zodiac Killers as Ishikawa (cameo)
1989 Bloodfight as Masahiko Kai
1989 Above the War as Cook
1988 Seven Days' War as Sakai
1988 Carry On Hotel as Tomohara
1987 Eastern Condors as General's elite soldier
1987 A Book of Heroes as Yamashita sensei
1986 Millionaires Express as Japanese ninja
1986 The Seventh Curse as Captain Ho
1985 Twinkle, Twinkle, Lucky Stars as Parachute Assassin
1985 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters as Takei (segment "Kyoko's House")
1984 Ninja Thunderbolt
1983 Aces Go Places II as Bull
1983 Crisis as Chairman Sun Shao Hung
1983 Deadly Life of a Ninja as Iga Ninja Leader
1982 Legend of a Fighter as Teacher Kong Ho San
1981 The Legend of the Owl
1981 Seed of Evil
1981 Shaolin Fighters vs. Ninja as Lonely Winner
1981 Why Not?
1981 Ninja In The Deadly Trap as Shi Ping-Wei, the Ninja Leader
1980 The Magnificent 3 as Japanese tourist
1978 Heroes of the East as Takeno, Japanese ninjutsu expert
1978 Edge of Fury as Mr King
1977 Secret of the Shaolin Poles as Tiger Lei (as Shoji Kurada)
1976 Young Hero of Shaolin
1976 Dragon Princess as Masahiko Okizaki
1976 Which Is Stronger, Karate or the Tiger?
1975 Fists for Revenge
1975 The Golden Triangle
1975 The Return of Sister Street Fighter as Go Kurosaki
1974 Sister Street Fighter: Hanging by a Thread as Shunsuke Tsubaki
1974 Call Me Dragon as Panther / Leopard Head
1974 Little Godfather from Hong Kong
1974 Fatal Strike
1973 Knight Errant as Tetsuro
1973 The Black Panther as Chang Hui-Feng
1973 The Unsubdued Furies
1973 Seven to One
1973 Win Them All
1973 Fist of Unicorn as Sun
1973 Rage Of Wind
1973 Kung Fu Inferno as Chiang Hung
1973 A Girl Called Tigress as Chiau Kung
1973 Fists of Vengeance
1972 Four Riders as Lei Tai
1972 Kung Fu, the Invincible Fist as Captain Jai Tai
1972 Kung Fu: The Invisible Fist
1972 The King of Boxers as Tu Pien
1972 The Prodigal Boxer: The Kick of Death as Iron Hand Tan
1972 The Angry Guest as Katsu
1972 Tiger

Production

2006 Origin: Spirits of the Past Producer

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