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Beat Takeshi
Tetsuya Watari
Claude Maki
Masaya Kato
Ren Osugi
Susumu Terajima
Ryo Ishibashi
Beat Takeshi

SELECTED ACTOR FILMOGRAPHY
1983 MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE (dir. Nagisa Oshima)
1985 YASHA (dir. Yasuo Furuhata)
1990 HOSHI O TSUGUMONO (dir. Kazuo Komizu, first film as producer)
1993 MANY HAPPY RETURNS (dir. Toshihiro Tenma, based on the novel written by Kitano)
1995 JOHNNY MNEMONIC (dir. Robert Longo)
GONIN (dir. Takashi Ishii)
1999 GOHATTO (dir. Nagisa Oshima)
 Tetsuya Watari

Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1941. In 1960, he enrolled at the Aoyama Gakuin University and joined the karate club. In his senior year, the Nikkatsu Studio planned to find a newcomer through and audition for the role opposite their starlet Ruriko Asaoka in a film Shuen, which was to become her one hundredth film with her playing the lead. Watari´s karate club friends and his younger brother (actor, Tsunehiko Watase) sent in the application for the audition without telling him. Unexpectedly, Watari was scouted in the studio dining hall and was hired as an actor without the audition.

The following year in 1964, Watari made his screen debut with director Isao Kosugi´s Abare Kishido and was chosen to play the lead from his second film Seishun no Sabaki. For seven years since then, until Nikkatsu temporarily terminated its operation in the fall of 1971, Watari starred in about 10 films each year, and established himself as Nikkatsu´s action star after such big names as Yujiro Ishihara, Akira Kobayashi and Hideki Takahashi.

Watari´s other notable credits on the big screen include Tokyo Nagaremono (´66), Ai to Kanashimi no Kiroku (´66), Burai series which started with Toshio Masuda´s Burui Yori – Dai Kanbu (´68), Ken to Hana (´72), Kinji Fukasaku´s Jingi no Hakaba and So Kuramoto´s Tokei / Adieu l´Hiver" (´86). Watari is also active on television. With Yujiro Ishihara, Watari led the so-called Ishihara Battalion, and starred in TV action series: Dai Tokai (´75, ´77, ´78) and Seibu Keisatsu ('79-"83). His performance in TV series Hagure-gumo (´78) revealed to his fans that Watari could also take on a humorous role. His more recent appearance in Yukai (´97) and in Shigure no Ki (´98) won him many awards.

Since October, 1971, Watari joined the Ishihara Production, owned by Yujiro Ishihara whom he had great respect for. Watari has taken on the post of president of Ishihara Production since Ishihara deceased in 1987.
 Claude Maki

Born in Tokyo in 1972, Maki made his debut as an actor in 1987 by playing the younger days of 16th century warlord, Harunobu in NHK´s year-long period drama series Takeda Shingen. In October the same year, he made his screen debut in Soul Music Lovers Only. In 1989, he earned a role in Buddies, a film based on a novel by Kuniko Mukoda, and was awarded the year´s Best New Comer at the Japanese Academy Awards. In 1991, he played Shigeru, the dumb and deaf surfer lead in Kitano´s third film, A Scene at the Sea. In 1997, he starred in director Junji Sakamoto´s Falling Angels followed by four films in 1998; Golden Wolf; Resurrection, based on Haruhiko Oyabu´s hard boiled novel; Dolphin through, in which he himself planned and starred; The Goofball; and BEAT.
 Masaya Kato

Born in Nara Prefecture in 1963, Kato started his career modeling for male fashion magazines and the Paris Collection. His screen debut by winning the lead for Shiro & Marilyn (1987) launched a successful Japanese acting career; Credits include Hideo Gosha´s Four Days of Snow and Blood, Takayoshi Watanabe´s Kimi wa Boku wo Sukininaru, Tamasaburo Bando´s Operation Room, and The Setting Sun , in which he received the prestigious Yujiro Ishihara award. In 1990, Kato makes his move to the US, starting his international film career. In 1993, Kato starred opposite Jacqueline Bisset in a Japanese-UK-Australian co-production Crime Broker, and the following year, starred opposite Brooke Shields in The Seventh Floor. Gradually building his reputation overseas, Kato moved his base completely to the US.
Other film credits include Crying Freeman, directed by Christophe Gans in 1996 and Abunai Deka Forever, directed by Yusuke Narita in 1998. Kato continues to star in both Japanese and American films, enjoying an active career as an international actor.
 Ren Osugi

Born in Tokushima Prefecture in 1951. Since 1974 till its dissolving in 1988, he was a member of a theatrical company Tenkei Gekijo and starred in all their stage productions, and participated in a number of theater festivals overseas. Osugi´s debut on screen came in 1978 with Banmei Takahashi´s Kinpaku Ikenie. Since then, he has worked with such prominent directors as Masayuki Suo, Kazuyuki Izutsu, Naoto Takenaka, Sabu and Yoichi Sai. After cast in SONATINE, Osugi has revealed his unique talent in Kitano´s films, especially in HANA-BI (´97), where he showed superbly restrained performance in the role opposite Kitano and was highly acclaimed for his acting skill. In 1999, he starred in many films including Kiyoshi Kurosawa´s License to Live, Masayuki Ochiai´s Hypnosis, Takashi Mi-ike´s Ley Lines and Yojiro Takita´s Himitsu. While Osugi is known for his sure acting skills by playing diverse roles, his personal charms, hidden behind the mask of an actor, are also not to be forgotten.
 Susumu Terajima

Born in Tokyo in 1963. In 1986, Terajima made his first appearance in feature film with Aho-mansu, which marked the directorial debut for actor Yusaku Matsuda. Cast in numerous films, he steadily forwarded his career. But it was after he met Kitano and was cast in Violent Cop 1989 that he was recognized widely amongst cinephile. With A Scene at The Sea (´91) and SONATINE (´93), his performance was much applauded and Terajima is now one of the indispensable actors to Kitano´s films. In 1994, he appeared in Go Riju´s Elephant Song, which won the Net Pack Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1996, he played the lead for the first time in his 10-year acting career in Makoto Shinozaki´s first feature, Okaeri. The film was shown in numerous film festivals including London, Thessaloniki, Turin, Nantes, Berlin and Hong Kong, where it was highly acclaimed. More recently, he is seen in such films as Hirokazu Kore-eda´s Afterlife and Katsuhito Ishii´s Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl.
 Ryo Ishibashi

Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1953. Ishibashi formed a rock band ARB (Alexander Ragtime Band) in 1977. They debuted with a single 'Nora-inu´ in 1978, and the following year they released their first album, "ARB." Since then, they have cut such albums as "BAD NEWS", "Trouble Chudoku", "Sakyu 1945" till they broke up in 1990. Meanwhile, Ishibashi made his debut on screen with Ryudo Uzaki´s Saraba Aibo in 1982. In 1986, he starred in the late Yusaku Matsuda´s A-Homansu, after which Ishibashi started to pursue his career seriously. Other notable credits include his starring role in Rokuro Mochizuki´s Another Lonely Hitman (1995), his supporting role in MIRAMAX´s The Crossing Guard, produced, written and directed by Sean Penn. Brother marked his second collaboration with Kitano since Kids Return (1996). Ishibashi recently resumed his musical activity and reformed ARB with an album "REAL LIFE" in 1998.
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