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Kinya Kitaoji

Early life: He was born in Kyoto, son of jidaigeki film star Ichikawa Utaemon, and graduated from Waseda University School of Letters, Arts and Sciences Ⅱ in Tokyo. Acting career: Kin'ya made his debut with his father in the 1956 Toei film Oyakodaka in the role of Katsu Kaishū. He is a contemporary of, and was taken to be a rival of, Hiroki Matsukata, who was also the son of a famous actor (Jūshirō Konoe). In 1964, Kin'ya made his first appearance on stage in Cyrano de Bergerac. The 1960s and 1970s saw him in many contemporary roles. He appeared in Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima and Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode as well as Karei naru Ichizoku. The title role in the 1975 film Takehisa Yumeji was his. On television, Kitaōji portrayed Miyamoto Musashi in the Nippon Television show of the same name. A major historical role was Sakamoto Ryōma in the year-long prime-time NHK Taiga drama Ryōma ga Yuku (1968). He landed the title role in the long-running cop show Zenigata Heiji, set in the Edo period. In the 1985 twelve-hour New Year special Fūun Yagyū Bugeichō, he played Yagyū Jūbei, and in the following year's special, he portrayed both Tokugawa Yoshimune and Yagyū Shinrokurō. The role of another shogun fell to him in the following new year as TV Tokyo tapped him to play Tokugawa Iemitsu. Kin'ya returned to NHK for the 1987 Taiga drama Dokuganryū Masamune as Date Terumune, father of title character Date Masamune. Another role he took had been created by his father. Saotome Mondonosuke was the title character in the series Gozonji! Hatamoto Taikutsu Otoko. It ran from 1988 to 1994 on TV Asahi. His father, Ichikawa Utaemon, had appeared in numerous films as Mondonosuke. Kin'ya reprised the part of Miyamoto Musashi in the 1990 New Year's special. Toshirō Mifune had portrayed Musashi in the earlier film, also based on the Eiji Yoshikawa story, that had won an Academy Award. He returned to the New Year's special in 1996, again as the famous swordsman, in Tokugawa Kengōden Sore kara no Musashi. His first portrayal of Ōishi Kuranosuke was in the 1996 Chūshingura. He took up the role again in 2004 for the NHK Saigo no Chūshingura and in 2007, in the New Year special Chūshingura Yōzei-in no Inbō. Other historical roles from the Sengoku period include Azai Nagamasa, Saitō Dōsan, and Yamamoto Kansuke. In addition to historical parts, he appeared in fictional series. His portrayal of Ogami Ittō in the Lone Wolf and Cub ( Kozure 2) Which was a series for Asahi TV in Japan is representative of these appearances. In 2008, Kitaōji revisited the role of Katsu Kaishū in the Taiga drama Atsuhime. He had portrayed Katsu in his 1956 debut. He won the award for best actor at the 10th Hochi Film Award for Fire Festival and Haru no kane. Kitaōji played one of the lead roles in Hideo Nakata's psychological thriller film The Incite Mill. In recent times, Kitaōji voices the Hokkaido-inu character of "Father" in SoftBank Mobile's White Family advertising campaign.


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Born:
Feb 23, 1943 In Kyōto, Kyōto Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
93
First Appeared:
In the movie Virtue in Spades 1956-05-03
Latest Project:
Series Kamisama no Karute 2021-02-15
Known For
Poster of Hanzawa Naoki
Poster of Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon
Poster of Asura
Poster of Hojo Tokimune
Filmography
Series Kamisama no Karute Itagaki Genzo [Director] 2021-02-15
Movie The Confidence Man JP – Episode of the Princess – Raymond Fuu 2020-07-23
Series Kioku Sousa ~Shinjuku Higashi-sho Jiken Fairu~ Unknown 2019-01-18
Movie Castle of Sand 2019-03-28
Movie Whistleblower Ikuo Yakuyama 2019-02-01
Series Virtual Detective Tabito Higurashi Wataru Enoki 2017-01-22
Series Fragile Kaoru Nakaguma 2016-01-13
Movie One Piece Film: GOLD Raise Max (voice) 2016-07-23
Movie Sayonara Debussy - Pianist Tantei Misaki Yosuke 香月玄太郎 2016-03-18
Movie Case 17 Shuichi Itami 2016-06-04
Series I'm Home Yozo Ieji 2015-04-16
Series Sanbiki no Ossan 清田清一 2014-01-17
Movie Seicho Matsumoto's Black Gospel Unknown 2014-01-19
Series Hanzawa Naoki Ken Nakanowatari 2013-07-07
Movie Legal High SP Teshigawara Isao 2013-04-13
Series Unmei no hito Keisaku Sahashi 2012-01-15
Movie I Don't Want to Kidnap Anyone Anymore Hanazono Shugoro 2012-01-03
Series Blackboard Shioda Akinori 2012-04-05
Series Breathless Summer Shusaku Natsume 2012-07-10
Movie Asura Monk 2012-09-29
Series Doctor-X: Surgeon Michiko Daimon Yoshihito Tendo 2012-10-18
Movie The Last Revenge Tesshu Yamaoka 2011-02-26
Movie Eternal First Love Yuichi Makibara 2010-09-11
Movie The Incite Mill Yoshi Ando 2010-10-16
Movie Chushingura〜Sono Otoko, Oishi Kuranosuke 立花左近 2010-12-25
Series Triangle Kuroki Shinzo 2009-01-06
Series Atsuhime Unknown 2008-01-06
Movie Sushi King Goes to New York Gengoro 2008-04-19
Series Meibugyo! Ooka Echizen 2005-04-18
Movie Roving Police Chief Kazama Shohei 2 - Lake Tazawa Murder Case Shohei Kazama 2004-02-01
Series Hojo Tokimune Sha Kokumei 2001-01-07
Movie The Peking Man Kin'ya Kitaôji 1997-12-20
Series Further Tales of Musashi Miyamoto Musashi 1996-01-02
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Letter of Death 1993-01-01
Movie Date Masamune: The One-Eyed Dragon Unknown 1993-01-01
Movie Yakuza Ladies Revisited 2 1993-01-30
Series Sanada Yukimura Unknown 1989-01-01
Movie Sensei Chairman of the town 1989-04-08
Series Masamune Shogun 伊達輝宗 1987-01-04
Series Tokugawa Chronicles: Ambition of the 3 Branches Genroku Kano (Tokugawa Yoshimune) 1986-01-02
Movie Fire Festival Tatsuo 1985-05-25
Movie The Second Is a Christian Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie The Story of a Man Among Men 1984-11-17
Movie Kukai Kukai 1984-04-13
Movie Zero Jiro Horikoshi 1984-08-11
Movie The Highest Honour Major Tachibana 1982-05-15
Movie Future War 198X Unknown 1982-01-01
Movie Lake of Illusions Nobunaga Oda 1982-09-11
Movie Yami no Kairaishi 1982-11-26
Movie Battles Without Honor and Humanity: The Complete Saga 1980-04-05
Movie Glowing Autumn Unknown 1979-01-01
Movie Winter's Flower Michio Sakata 1978-06-17
Movie Shag 1978-03-31
Movie Seishoku no ishibumi Unknown 1978-09-23
Movie Dynamite Don-Don Ginji Tachibana 1978-10-07
Movie The Alaska Story Frank Yasuda 1977-01-22
Movie Mount Hakkoda Captain Kanda 1977-06-04
Movie Love and Separation in Sri Lanka Unknown 1976-05-29
Movie The Corporation 1976-08-14
Movie Shimane Prison Riot Yuji Kawamura 1975-01-01
Movie Gambling Den Heist Takeshi Kiyomoto 1975-06-21
Movie Path of Japanese Chivalry: Story of All-Out Attack 1975-01-15
Movie Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode Tamotsu Matsumura 1974-06-29
Movie Father of the Kamikaze 1974-09-14
Movie Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima Shoji Yamanaka 1973-04-28
Movie Men and War III Shunsuke Godai 1973-08-11
Movie Rise, Fair Sun Unknown 1973-10-27
Movie The Blossom and the Sword Captain Sakagami 1973-11-17
Series Mominoki wa Nokotta Sakai Tadakiyo 1970-01-04
Movie Will to Conquer 1970-10-17
Movie Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor Soji Okita 1969-12-05
Movie One Day at Summer's End Shigeo Ugari 1968-11-30
Series Ryoma ga Yuku Sakamoto Ryoma 1968-01-07
Movie The Day the Sun Rose 1968-11-23
Movie Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu Unknown 1965-01-03
Movie Love on the Rainbow Tatsuya Kitakami 1965-03-31
Movie Wolves, Pigs & Men Sabu, the third brother 1964-08-26
Movie Tokaido Fullhouse 1963-01-03
Movie The Navy Shinji 1963-08-13
Movie A Revengeful Raid Unknown 1962-09-22
Movie Knightly Advice Unknown 1962-01-31
Movie Lord Mito: Struggle of Suke and Kaku 1961-07-18
Movie The Orphan Brother 1961-07-19
Movie Fine Man 1961-06-11
Movie Young Lord and Second Son 1961-11-01
Movie Law in Ghost Island Yusaku 1961-08-13
Movie Whistling Drifter Tsukinowa Gentaro 1961-09-23
Movie Bored Hatamoto: Island of No Return Unknown 1960-11-05
Movie The Acrobats of Death 1959-06-02
Movie Sanguine Battle Unknown 1959-10-10
Movie The Mansion of Intrigue Kirishima Kyoya 1957-12-28
Movie Virtue in Spades Unknown 1956-05-03
Movie Avenging Father Minamoto no Yoriie 1956-10-17