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5' 9" (1.75 m)
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That the Japanese film is known at all in the West is due mainly to the pictures of Akira Kurosawa
. That I am known both here and abroad is also mainly due to him. He taught me practically everything I know, and it was he who first introduced me to myself as an actor. Kurosawa has this quality, this ability to bring things out of you that you never knew were there. It is enormously difficult work...
His prolific career included repeat roles as three of the most noted figures in Japanese history. He portrayed Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in three separate films, has played both the real life version of the indomitable warlord Tokugawa Ieyasu in Journey of Honor
(1991) and his fictionalized counterpart Toranaga in Shogun
(1980), and has performed the role of the legendary master swordsman Miyamoto...
Intense, macho acting style that was often both bombastic and emotionally honest.