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Yasuaki Kurata

Yasuaki Kurata

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    • March 20th, 1946
Yasuaki Kurata (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.

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Filmography

Acting (22 Credits)

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2018Iceman: The Time Traveller as Bei Tiao
2018Golden Job
2017God of War as Kumasawa
2017The Brink as Blackie
2017Manhunt as Hideo Sakaguchi
2013The Wrath of Vajra as Amano Kawao
2010Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen as Chikaraishis Vater
2009Blood: The Last Vampire as Kato Takatora
2009Shinjuku Incident as Taro Watagawa
2002Samurai as Fujiwara Morio
2002So Close as Master
1994Fist of Legend as Fuimo Funakoshi
1987Eastern Condors as General's elite soldier
1986The Seventh Curse as Captain HoWatch Free
1986Millionaires' Express as Japanese ninja
1985Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars as Parachute Assassin
1985Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters as Takei (segment "Kyoko's House")
1983Mad Mission Part 2: Aces Go Places as Bull
1982Legend of a Fighter as Teacher Kong Ho San
1981Why Not? as Hanjiro
1978Heroes of the East as Takeno, Japanese ninjutsu expert
1975Return of the Sister Street Fighter as Go KurosakiWatch Free

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