Nakai Kiichi is one of Japan's top stars, known for his roles in a wide range of films, from period dramas to modern day comedies. His screen presence Ė marked by his tall and agile figure, with a personality that mixes equal parts playfulness and a gracious sense of honor Ė have led some film world observers to dub him the Chow Yun-Fat of Japan
He has collaborated with some of the legendary directors of the Japanese cinema. He has worked several times with director Kon Ichikawa (Tokyo Olympiad, The Makioka Sisters, Dodesukaden), in the films 47 Ronin, Film Actress, and also The Burmese Harp, the director's 1985 remake of his own 1956 classic. He also appeared in the 1999 film Owl's Castle, from director Masahiro Shinoda (Double Suicide, MacArthur's Children). Shortly before joining the cast of Warriors of Heaven & Earth, Nakai co-starred with Chinese singing and acting superstar Faye Wong (Chungking Express) in the Japanese TV series, Love Lies.
His recent films include Tales of the Unusual, Begging for Love, and Falling Into The Evening. Nakai, scion of a famous thespian family, lives in Tokyo.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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