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Nakamura Shidō II
二代目中村獅童
Born Mikihiro Ogawa[1]
September 14, 1972 (1972-09-14) (age 37)
Tokyo, Japan
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Nakamura Shidō II (二代目 中村 獅童 Nidaime Nakamura Shidō?), born Mikihiro Ogawa[1] (小川 幹弘 Ogawa Mikihiro?, born 14 September 1972) is a Japanese kabuki and film actor.

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Background

Born in Tokyo, the son of kabuki actor Nakamura Shidō I, young Nakamura made his kabuki debut at the age of eight. He took the name Shidô the following year, following his father's retirement. Twenty-one years later, despite being a relative latecomer to the silver screen, the 30-year-old Kabuki actor was in his first film, Ping Pong (2002), in which he portrayed a skin-headed, demonically intense table-tennis champion nicknamed Dragon. His film debut won Nakamura a Best Newcomer award at the 2003 Japanese Academy Awards. Since then, Nakamura has starred in a string of high-profile movies as well as TV dramas.

International fame

Nakamura came to international attention in 2004 after starring in the highly successful romance movie Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu (Be With You) with Yūko Takeuchi, the two stars playing a couple separated by death. The two married for a short time after filming was complete, from May 10, 2005 until they divorced on February 29, 2008.

In the Hong Kong/China martial arts movie Fearless starring international kung fu star Jet Li, and set in 1910s Imperial China, Nakamura plays a Japanese sword expert who is Jet Li's final opponent. He also has a choice role in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Leonie
Yone Noguchi
2009 Red Cliff II
(レッドクリフ2)
Gan Xing
2008 Red Cliff
(レッドクリフ)
Gan Xing
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior Zero Voice role
2007 GeGeGe no Kitaro
(ゲゲゲの鬼太郎)
Great Tengu Judge Cameo
Cha Cha, The Heavenly Woman
(茶々 天涯の貴妃 ChaCha Tengai no Onna)
Tokugawa Ieyasu
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima
(硫黄島からの手紙 Iō Jima Kara no Tegami)
Lieutenant Ito
Fearless Anno Tanaka, Kenjutsu & Karate Practitioner
Death Note
(デスノート Desu Nōto)
Ryuk Voice role
2005 Men of the Yamato
(男たちの大和 Otoko-tachi no Yamato)
Mamoru Uchida
All About My Dog
(いぬのえいが Inu no eiga)
Kentaro Yamada
Neighbour No. 13
(隣人13号 Rinjin 13-gō)
13-gō Starring role
A Day Beyond the Horizon
(イツカ波ノ彼方ニ Itsuka nami no kanata ni)
One Stormy Night
(あらしのよるに Arashi no Yoru Ni)
Gabu Starring role
2004 Be With You
(いま、会いにゆきます Ima, Ai ni yukimasu)
Takumi Starring role
One Piece: Curse of the Sacred Sword
(ONE PIECE 呪われた聖剣 Wan Pīsu: Norowareta Seiken)
Saga Voice role
Akasen
(赤線 Aka-sen)
Izō
My Lover Is a Sniper: The Movie
(恋人はスナイパー Koibito wa Sunaipā)
Fan Huo-qing
2003 Like Asura
(阿修羅のごとく Ashura no gotoku)
Shizuo Katsumata
Iden & Tity
(アイデン&ティティ Aiden & Titi)
Johnny
2002 Ping Pong Dragon

References

  1. ^ a b While the stage names of all kabuki actors have retained traditional order (Surname-Givenname) on Wikipedia, birth names of those born after the Meiji Restoration are in Western order (Givenname-Surname).
  • Kabuki techō: Kabuki Official Data Book 2008. Nihon Haiyū Kyōkai (Japan Actors' Association). 2008: Tokyo. p175.

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