Kunie Tanaka

Kunie Tanaka

  • Born on
    • November 23rd, 1932
  • Died on
    • March 24th, 2021
Kunie Tanaka (田中 邦衛 Tanaka Kunie, born November 23, 1932) was 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.


Acting (27 Credits)

2004The Hidden Blade as Kanbê Katagiri
1990Rônin-gai as Magozaemon Doi
1978The Demon
1975Graveyard of Honor as Katsuji Ozaki
1975Bullet Train
1975Cops vs Thugs
1974Police Tactics as Masakichi Makihara
1974Evil of Dracula as Dr. Shimomura
1974Final Episode as Makihara
1973Battles Without Honor and Humanity as Makihara Masakichi
1973Proxy War as Masakichi Makihara
1971The Wolves as Matsuzo Tsumura
1970Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival
1970Dodes'ka-den as Hatsutaro Kawaguchi
1969Goyokin as Hirosuke
1966Zatoichi's Pilgrimage as Storyteller
1966The Face of Another as Patient at Mental Hospital
1966The Sword of Doom as Senkichi
1965Sword of the Beast as Tanji
1964Kwaidan as Yasaku (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
1962Pitfall as Man in white suit
1962Sanjuro as Samurai
1962The Inheritance as (uncredited)
1960The Sun's Burial as Thief
1960The Bad Sleep Well as Hitman
1959The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity as Obara Nitôhei

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