Tatsuya Nakadai’s film debut came when director Masaki Kobayashi cast him in The Thick Walled Room (1953). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in Kobayashi’s epic trilogy The Human Condition for which he received international acclaim. He continued to collaborate with Kobayashi on many more films including Harakiri (1962) and Haru’s Journey (2010). Nakadai also worked frequently with director Akira Kurosawa, appearing in Kagemusha (1980) and Ran (1985). In addition to Nakadai’s impressive film career, he has starred in numerous theatre productions including Hamlet, Othello, Don Quixote and Driving Miss Daisy. Among Nakadai’s many accolades are a Golden Arrow Award and two Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Actor. Nakadai has received high honour in Japan with The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2003 and was named Person of Cultural Merit in 2007
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