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!
8 January 2017
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.