Kin'ya Kitaōji

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Kin'ya Kitaōji
Born (1943-02-23) February 23, 1943 (age 78)
Kyoto, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1956–present
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)

Kin'ya Kitaōji (北大路 欣也, Kitaōji Kin'ya, born February 23, 1943) is a Japanese actor.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Kin'ya made his debut with his father in the 1956 Toei film Oyakodaka[1] 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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1956 Oyakodaka Young Katsu Kaishū Sadatsugu Matsuda Debut role
1957 Hatamoto taikutsuotoko: nazo no hebihime yashiki Yasushi Sasaki
Fuji ni tatsu kage Yasushi Sasaki
1958 Kingdom of Youth Yamanaka Shikanosuke Kōkichi Uchide Lead role[3]
1959 Hatamoto taikutsu otoko: Nazo no daimonji Yasushi Sasaki
Tenka no igagoe: akatsuki no kessen Sadatsugu Matsuda
Bored Hatamoto: Acrobats of Death Yasushi Sasaki
1960 Hatamoto taikutsu otoko: nazo no yureiji shima Yasushi Sasaki
1961 Anju to Zushiômaru Zushiômaru Yûgo Serikawa / Taiji Yabushita Voice
Yurei-jima no okite Yasushi Sasaki
Suke-san Kaku-san oabare Tadashi Sawashima
Hanagasa futari wakushu Yasushi Sasaki Lead role
1962 Seizoroi kanhasshu Yasushi Sasaki
Minamoto no Kurō Yoshitsune Minamoto no Yoshitsune Sadatsugu Matsuda Lead role
Jirochô to kotengu: nagurikomi kôshûji Masahiro Makino Lead role
1963 Seizoroi Tokaido Sadatsugu Matsuda
Kaigun Shinji Murayama Lead role
1964 Wolves, Pigs and Men Sabu Kinji Fukasaku
1965 Tokugawa Ieyasu Matsudaira Motonobu Daisuke Itō Lead role
1967 Chikumagawa zesshô Shirō Toyoda Lead role
Zoku namonaku mazushiku utsukushiku: Haha to ko Ichiro Katayama Zenzō Matsuyama
Chichi to ko: Zoku Na mo naku mazushiku utsukushiku
1968 Kitahodaka zessho Jiro Kii Tadashi Sawashima Lead role
Gion matsuri Daisuke Itô / Tetsuya Yamanouchi
Nureta futari Shigeo Yasuzô Masumura
1969 Boruneo taisho: Akamichi ni tokero Takeo Tadashi Sawashima Lead role
Shinsengumi Soji Okita Tadashi Sawashima
1970 Tenkan no abarembo Sakamoto Ryōma Seiji Maruyama
1971 En toiu onna Tadashi Imai
Senso to ningen II: Ai to kanashimino sanga Shunsuke Godai Satsuo Yamamoto
1973 Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima Shoji Yamanaka Kinji Fukasaku Lead role
Senso to ningen III: Kanketsuhen Shunsuke Godai Satsuo Yamamoto
Asayake no uta Asao, Haruko's lover Kei Kumai
Nihon kyôka den Captain Sakagami Tai Kato
1974 Karei-naru ichizoku Yoshihiko Ichinose Satsuo Yamamoto
Akumyo: shima arashi Sada Yasuzô Masumura
Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Final Episode Tamotsu Matsumura Kinji Fukasaku
 kessen kôkûtai Kôsaku Yamashita
1975 Nihon ninkyo-do: gekitotsu-hen Joji Kôsaku Yamashita
Gambling Den Heist Takeshi Kiyomoto Kinji Fukasaku Lead role
The Bullet Train Detective Jun'ya Satô Special appearance
Takehisa Yumeji monogatari koi suru Yumeji Takehisa Kôichi Saitô Lead role
Bodo shimane keimusho Sadao Nakajima
1976 Fumō Chitai Kaifu Satsuo Yamamoto
Suri Ranka no ai to wakare Keisuke Kinoshita Lead role
1977 Arasuka monogatari Frank Yasuda Hiromichi Horikawa Lead role
Mount Hakkoda Captain Kanda Shirō Moritani Lead role
1978 Inubue Detective Konishi Sadao Nakajima
Fuyu no hana Michio Sakata Yasuo Furuhata
Seishoku no ishibumi Shirô Moritani
Dainamaito don don Ginji Kihachi Okamoto
1979 Moeru aki Masaki Kobayashi
1980 Jingi naki tatakai: Sôshûhen Shoji Yamanaka Kinji Fukasaku
1981 Hyôryû Shirô Moritani Lead role
1982 The Highest Honor Tachibana Seiji Maruyama / Peter Maxwell
Maboroshi no mizuumi Nobunaga Oda Shinobu Hashimoto
Future War 198X Mikumo Wataru Tomoharu Katsumata / Toshio Masuda Voice, Lead role
1984 Kūkai Kūkai Jun'ya Satô Lead role
Zerosen moyu Jiro Horikoshi Toshio Masuda Special appearance
Shura no mure Kôsaku Yamashita
1985 Yumechiyo nikki Masaru Munakata Kirio Urayama
Nidaime wa Christian Eiji Kazuyuki Izutsu
Fire Festival Tatsuo Mitsuo Yanagimachi Lead role
Haru no Kane Rokuheita Narumi Koreyoshi Kurahara Lead role
1991 Doten Toshio Masuda Lead role
1993 Shin gokudo no onna-tachi: Kakugoshiiya Shoji Hanamori Kôsaku Yamashita
Niji no hashi Zenzô Matsuyama
1997 Pekin genjin Dr. Kojima Jun'ya Satô Special appearance
2008 Ginmaku ban Sushi ôji!: Nyûyôku e iku Gengoro Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Hana Yori Dango Final The mysterious gentleman Yasuharu Ishii Special appearance
2009 Goemon rokku Kugai Takehiko Watanabe
2010 The Incite Mill Yoshiya Ando Hideo Nakata
Koisuru naporitan: Sekai de ichiban oishii aisarekata Yoshinori Muratani
Sakuradamon-gai no hen Nariaki Tokugawa Junya Sato
2012 Asura Buddhist Monk Keiichi Sato Voice
2013 Gekijouban SPEC: Kurôzu - Zen no hen Himiko Yukihiko Tsutsumi Special appearance
2016 One Piece Film: Gold Raise Max Hiroaki Miyamoto Voice
Monster Strike The Movie Kentaro Ishibashi Shinpei Ezaki Voice
Usagi Oishi Moriharu Miura Akio Kondō
2019 Whistleblower Ikuo Tokuyama Katsuo Fukuzawa
2020 The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess Raymond Akira Tanaka

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
1968 Ryōma ga Yuku Sakamoto Ryōma NHK Lead role, Taiga drama
1987 Dokuganryū Masamune Date Terumune NHK Taiga drama
2007 Liar Game Hasegawa Fuji TV
Karei-naru Ichizoku Daisuke Manpyo TBS
2008 Atsuhime Katsu Kaishū NHK Taiga drama
2010 Zettai Reido Hideo Nagashima Fuji TV
2011 Tokugawa Ieyasu NHK Taiga drama
2012 Man of Destiny Prime Minister Sahashi TBS
2013 Hanzawa Naoki Ken Nakanowatari TBS Special appearance
2014 Doctor-X Yoshihito Tendō TV Asahi Season 3
2015 Hana Moyu Mōri Takachika NHK Taiga drama
Massan Ryūnosuke Uesugi NHK Asadora
2019 Kioku Sōsa Onizuka Ichiro TV Tokyo Lead role [4]
Castle of Sand Fuji TV Special appearance, TV movie
2020 Kioku Sōsa: Special Onizuka Ichiro TV Tokyo Lead role, TV movie [4]
Hanzawa Naoki 2 Ken Nakanowatari TBS Special appearance
Kioku Sōsa 2 Onizuka Ichiro TV Tokyo Lead role [4]
2021 Seiten wo Tsuke Tokugawa Ieyasu NHK Taiga drama [5]

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1964 Cyrano de Bergerac Christian de Neuvillette Takeo Matsuura
1998 NINAGAWA Macbeth Macbeth Yukio Ninagawa
2009 Frost/Nixon Richard Nixon Katsuhide Suzuki

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2010 Yakuza 4 Seishiro Munakata

Dubbing roles[edit]

Year Title Role
2009 Hachi: A Dog's Tale Professor Parker Wilson (Richard Gere)

Honours[edit]

Sources[edit]

This article incorporates material from 北大路欣也 ("Kin'ya Kitaōji") in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved January 29, 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kinya Kitaoji". kotobank. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  2. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2010-01-24.
  3. ^ "少年三国志". Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "北大路欣也 主演 風間俊介、上白石萌音などおなじみのキャストと共に刑事・鬼塚が帰ってくる!/記憶捜査2~新宿東署事件ファイル~". TV Tokyo. Retrieved February 10, 2021.
  5. ^ "【青天を衝け】北大路欣也、徳川家康役で出演「まったく経験したことのない挑戦」". Oricon. Retrieved January 27, 2021.

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