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Tatsuya Nakadai joins Twitter

Tatsuya Nakadai
Veteran actor Tatsuya Nakadai has joined Twitter to promote his upcoming film Lear by the Seashore (Umibe no Lear). Whether the @nakadai84 account will be solely used for the film’s advertising and whether Nakadai himself actually has much to do with it remains to be seen, but it’s been rather quiet on the news front, so I thought I’d mention it.

Nakadai, of course, appeared in numerous Akira Kurosawa films, including playing the lead roles in both Kagemusha and Ran. During his impressive career that now includes close to 150 films, Nakadai has also worked with Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa, Masaki Kobayashi, Isao Takahata and many others.

Lear by the Seashore will premiere in June this year, and it has Nakadai take on the role of a famous retired actor who, possibly suffering from dementia, now resides in a nursing home by the sea. The film was directed by Masahiro Kobayashi, marking the third time that the actor and director have worked together, following their collaborations on Haru’s Journey (2010) and Japan’s Tragedy (2012).

Here is the trailer:

Oh and while you are on Twitter, also follow @kurosawainfo, if you haven’t done so yet!




I looked at the Twitter feed and it certainly looked like he was writing it. Incredibly cool to think that he has played Lear twice! Few actors are capable of playing it at all, and fewer get the opportunity. Only thing left is for him to do Shakespeare’s version.


Vili Maunula

Indeed! He seems to have played quite a number of Shakespeare’s characters on stage, with his 1964 portrayal of Hamlet apparently particularly legendary, but he doesn’t seem to have appeared in a Lear production, as far as I can see.



It would be very interesting to see him play something onstage, as it seems that that is definitely one of his fortes. He’s got quite the film resume though, and has contributed to some extremely iconic films both in and out of the Kurosawa canon.



he seems younger now than he did in the ’80s. 😉



He is remarkably young and healthy looking, lets hope he still has some good films in him.

It reminds me a little of the Irish actor David Kelly who, although quite young specialised in playing little old men in various British and Irish TV series in the 1960’s and 70’s. People were often astounded when they saw him out and about in real life 30 or more years later, looking no older than he did as they remembered him as kids.



not to keep bringing topics back to star wars (though this is sort of a star wars site—right, vili? :grin:), but ian mcdiarmid would be another example of a young guy apparently not aging because of his roles. . . or rather, his most famous role.

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