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Kunie Tanaka (田中 邦衛 Tanaka Kunie, born November 23, 1932) is 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 has been nominated for five Japanese Academy Awards, winning the Best Supporting Actor statuette for Gakko in 1993. 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.

Kunie Tanaka (田中 邦衛 Tanaka Kunie, born November 23, 1932) is 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 has been nominated for five Japanese Academy Awards, winning the Best Supporting Actor statuette for Gakko in 1993. 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender -

Known Credits 128

Birthday 1932-11-23

Place of Birth Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

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Also Known As

  • 田中邦衛

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2010 The Last Ronin
2004 The Hidden Blade as Kanbê Katagiri
2003 The Boat to Heaven as Masato Sakurai
2002 Resurrection as Dr. Saito
2002 Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: The Bad Sleep Well as Interviewee
2002 Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Sanjuro as Interviewee
2002 Kewashi
2001 All About Our House as Chouichirou Iwata
2000 Ai Kotoba wa Yuki (10 episodes)
1997 虹をつかむ男 南国奮斗篇
1996 The Rainbow Seeker
1996 Oishinbo as Tattsan
1995 Salaryman Senka
1993 A Class to Remember
1992 Luminous Moss as Hachizo
1991 A Desirable Marriage as Mr. Kawamata
1991 Mourning Work
1991 Kamigata Kugaizoshi
1990 Tasmania Story
1990 Hoshi wo tsugu mono as Kenji Yoshida
1988 Love on a Daily Basis
1988 Yojo no jidai
1987 The Return of the Newshound and the Lady Cop as Yutaro Hatori
1986 Maison Ikkoku - Apartment Fantasy
1986 An Unstable Family
1985 Early Spring Story as Okino, Hitomi's father
1985 Yasha as Keita
1983 Choji Snack Bar as Iwashita
1983 Nogare no machi
1982 Santo kokosei
1981 At This Late Date, The Charleston as Army Minister
1981 Station as Sugawara
1981 From the Northern Country (1 episode) as Kuoita Goro
1980 May Love Be Restored as Yugiri-ro client
1980 Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga
1980 The Revolt
1979 White Love
1979 The Adventures of Kosuke Kindaichi as Lt Todoroki
1979 Murder in the Doll House as Detective Naraki
1979 Down with The Big Boss
1979 The Fixer
1979 Nichiren
1978 Blood Type: Blue
1978 Dynamite Don-Don as Sakuzo
1978 Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron as Rikichi Komadera
1978 The Truck Rascals Go to the North
1978 Winter's Flower as Kokichi Minami
1977 The Extravagant Cops
1977 Village of Eight Gravestones
1977 The Love and Adventures of Kuroki Taro
1976 Kawachi no ossan no uta: yôkita no ware
1976 Hangyaku no Tabi
1976 The Machine Gun Dragon
1976 Manhunt as Yokomichi Keiji
1975 The Wild Trucker
1975 300 Million Thief Immune to Charges Begins as Toyama
1975 The International Gang of Kobe as Teruo Maruyama
1975 The Bullet Train
1975 Light of Africa as Katsuhiro
1975 Cops vs. Thugs
1975 Great Jailbreak as Goda
1975 Battle Cry
1975 Graveyard of Honor as Katsuji Ozaki
1975 Shimane Prison Riot as Yoshikazu Minagawa
1974 New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 1 as Gen Sakagami
1974 Lupin the Third: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy as Jigen Daisuke
1974 Evil of Dracula as Dr. Shimomura
1974 The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode as Makihara
1974 The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 4: Police Tactics as Masakichi Makihara
1974 Third Generation Boss
1973 Yakuza of the Present as Zen san
1973 Stray Dog as Sagawa
1973 The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 3: Proxy War as Masakichi Makihara
1973 Japan's Top Gangster
1973 Deeper Than Blue as Ajikawa
1973 The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity as Makihara Masakichi
1972 Outlaw Killers: Three Mad Dog Brothers
1972 Kogarashi Monjiro 2: Secret of Monjiro's Birth
1972 Summer Soldiers as Fujimura
1971 New Prison Walls of Abashiri: Snowbound Deserter
1971 The Wolves as Matsuzo Tsumura
1970 Dodes'ka-den as Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
1970 The Kingpin of Fair Ladies as Tadao Ueda
1970 Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
1970 Zoku Isoginchaku as Takashi Takai
1970 Duel at Fort Ezo as Kurobei
1969 Goyokin as Hirosuke
1968 Outlaw: Black Dagger as Doctor Michio Hongô
1968 The Woman Gambler's Revenge
1968 The Day the Sun Rose
1968 Women and Miso Soup
1968 The Woman Champion
1968 Outlaw: Gangster VIP 2 as Katsuji Nemoto
1967 網走番外地 決斗零下30度
1967 Zoku rokyoku komori uta
1967 Let's Go, Young Master ! as Shinjirou Ishiyama
1966 網走番外地 大雪原の対決
1966 Golden Ninja as Risuke
1966 Koto—The Lake of Tears
1966 網走番外地 南国の対決
1966 Zatoichi's Pilgrimage as Man speaks a lot
1966 The Face of Another as Patient at Mental Hospital
1966 The Bullet and the Horse
1966 The Sword of Doom as Senkichi
1966 The Threat
1966 Silence Has No Wings
1966 Cash Calls Hell
1965 Prison Walls of Abashiri 4
1965 Campus A Go-Go
1965 Yakuza G-Men as Masayoshi Imanishi
1965 Prison Walls of Abashiri 3
1965 Sword of the Beast as Tanji
1965 Prison Walls of Abashiri, Part 2 as Kirikawa
1965 Abashiri Prison
1964 Kwaidan as Yasaku (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
1964 Shingo's Final Duel
1964 Red Diamond as George Takase
1963 Sasuke and His Comedians
1962 Pitfall as Man in white suit
1962 The Inheritance
1962 Pride of the Campus as Shinjiro Ishiyama (Aodaisho)
1962 Sanjuro as Samurai
1961 Daigaku no wakadaishô as Shinjiro Ishiyama (Aodaisho)
1961 Big Shots Die at Dawn
1961 The Merciless Trap
1960 The Bad Sleep Well as Hitman
1960 The Sun's Burial as Thief
1959 The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity as Obara Nitôhei

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