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Yūsaku Matsuda

Yusaku Matsuda (September 21, 1949 – November 6, 1989 in Tokyo) was a Japanese actor. Yusaku was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi to a Japanese father and a Zainichi Korean mother. His date was wrongly recorded as 1950 on his birth records due to a parental error in filing a report. He became an actor when he was 23 as a rookie police officer, the "Jeans Detective", for the 1970s Japanese TV detective drama called Taiyō ni hoero! ("Bark at the Sun") in Japan. Apart from this role, his other defining role on television was in Tantei Monogatari (detective story), in which he starred as an incompetent private detective. He featured in many other TV shows and movies. He won the award for best actor at the 8th Hochi Film Award for Detective Story and The Family Game. He specialized in physical action movies. The 1989 movie Black Rain— directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia— opened the door for Matsuda as an international actor. However, shortly after he made this movie, he died due to bladder cancer. He was survived by his second wife and three young children (including Ryuhei And Shota, both of whom became actors). He was buried in Nishitama cemetery, in Akiruno, Tokyo. (Wikipedia)

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Sep 21, 1949 In Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bark at the Sun 1972-07-21
Latest Project:
Movie The Chaser 1989-10-07
Known For
Poster of Kagero-za
Poster of The Beast to Die
Poster of Proof of the Man
Poster of Bark at the Sun
Movie The Chaser Naoya Kaneshiro 1989-10-07
Movie Black Rain Sato 1989-09-22
Movie Wuthering Heights Onimaru 1988-05-28
Movie A Chaos of Flowers Takeo Arishima 1988-10-01
Movie A Homance Kaze 1986-10-10
Movie And Then Daisuke Nagai 1985-11-09
Movie Dansen Mitsuo Tajima aka Goro Tomonaga 1983-12-03
Movie The Family Game Unknown 1983-05-04
Movie Detective Story Shuichi Tsujiyama 1983-07-16
Movie Yokohama BJ Blues BJ 1981-04-25
Movie Kagero-za Shungo Matsuzaki 1981-08-21
Movie Target Yûsaku Matsuda 1980-04-19
Movie Rape Hunter: Target Woman 1980-02-02
Movie The Beast to Die Kunihiko Date 1980-10-04
Movie Murder in the Doll House Toshio Katsu 1979-04-28
Movie No Grave for Us Katsuo Shima 1979-05-26
Series The Detective Story Shunsaku Kudo 1979-09-18
Movie The Execution Game Shohei Narumi 1979-11-17
Movie Resurrection of the Golden Wolf Tetsuya Asakura 1979-08-04
Movie The Most Dangerous Game Shouhei Narumi 1978-04-07
Movie The Killing Game Shohei Narumi 1978-12-02
Movie Proof of the Man Detective Munesue 1977-10-08
Movie The Classroom of Terror Unknown 1976-07-01
Movie Murderer! 1976-10-16
Movie The Assassination of Ryoma Yûta 1974-08-02
Movie The Four Roughnecks Unknown 1974-11-22
Movie Horror of the Wolf Dō Haguro 1973-03-09
Series Bark at the Sun Shibata Jun (Jeapan) 1972-07-21