Minoru Chiaki

BirthDay:

30 Jul 1917

BirthPlace:

Hokkaido, Japan (some sources say 28 April 1917)

BirthName:

Katsuharu Sasaki

Bio:

Japanese character actor equally adept at comic or seriously unsavory roles. Chiaki graduated from the University of Chuo with degrees in economics and commerce, but almost immediately found that his interest lay more with the theatre. In 1937, he began to study with the Shin-Tsukiji Gekidan ("The New Tsukiji Theatre Troupe"). During the Second World War, he served as director of the Bara-Za theatre company. Director Akira Kurosawa saw Chiaki in a stage production of the play "Dataii" (from which Kurosawa would later adapt for: The Silent Duel (1949) ) and advised him to enter films. Chiaki became a favorite of the great director, who cast him in Stray Dog (1949) and nearly a dozen other films. Chiaki was notable as the good-natured Heihachi in Seven Samurai (1954) and as the comic deserter Tahei in _Kakushi toride no san akunin (1958)_. In 1975, Chiaki suffered a stroke. He recovered and in 1985 won Japan Academy Award for Best Actor in Gray Sunset (1985). The last survivor of Kurosawa's Seven Samurai title players, Chiaki died of coronary and pulmonary failure in 1999.
Filmography

Actor ( 82 credits )

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Kôji Kobayashi (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Don Matsugorô no daibôken (1987) Amenomori Seikai
Gray Sunset (1985) Fuyukichi Takano
Tokugawa ichizoku no houkai (1980)
Kyojin-gun monogatari: Susume eikô e (1977)
Karafuto 1945 Summer Hyosetsu no mon (1974)
Innocent Sinner (1970) Pastor
Nippon ichi no danzetsu otoko (1969) Shimizu
Inu to Asachan (1969) (unknown episodes)
Libido (1967) Girl's father
Ai no Sanka (1967) The Ship-master
The Face of Another (1966) Apartment Superintendent
Lake of Tears (1966) Kidayu Momose
Zero faita dai kûsen (1966)
Hatamoto yakuza (1966)
Hiya-meshi to Osan to Chan (1965) Nakagawa (episode 1)
Shirotori (1965) Sanai
Hikaru umi (1965)  Shôzaburô Yazaki
Kono sora no aru kagiri (1964) Ryûtarô Nogami
Samé (1964) Shirosa
The Body (1964) Sasaki
Street of Wandering Men (1963) Fujimura Genzaemon
Sanada fûunroku (1963) Yukimura Sanada
High and Low (1963) First Reporter
Gobanchô yûgirirô (1963) Takematsu
Travels of Hibari and Chiemi 2: The Lovebird's 1000 Ryo Umbrella (1963)
Travels of Hibari and Chiemi: The Tumultuous Journey (1963)
The Inheritance (1962) Junichi Fujii
Chiisakobe (1962) Dairoku
Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel (1962) Sôho Tanaka
Till Tomorow Comes (1962)
Love Under the Crucifix (1962)
Gen to fudômyô-ô (1961)
Hadakakko (1961) Sandwich man
Zoku shinran (1960)
Shirakoya Komako (1960) Matashirô
Hero of the Red Light District (1960) Jôsuke
Shinran (1960) Seizenbo
Yataro's Sedge Hat (1960) Kichitaro
The Saga of the Vagabonds (1959) Jibu
Anyakôro (1959) Nobuyuki Tokito
Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka (1959)
Oshaberi okusan (1959)
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (1959) Onodera Heichô
The Hidden Fortress (1958) Tahei
The Flower (1958) Fukuzô Yanami
Anzukko (1958) Saburo Yoshida
Futari dake no hashi (1958) Kaikichi Ishida
Ninjutsu suikoden inazuma kotengu (1958)
The Lower Depths (1957) Tonosama - the former Samurai
Throne of Blood (1957) Yoshiaki Miki
Hadairo no tsuki (1957) Umekichi Ishikura
The Men of Tohoku (1957) Tasuke
Hikage no musume (1957)
Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku (1957) Motohashi - Drug Salesman
Ujô (1957) Kenkichi Tanabe
Oshaberi shacho (1957)
Oshidori no mon (1956)
Gendai no yokubô (1956) Mikami
Narazu-mono (1956) Sobei
A Wife's Heart (1956)
Kyûketsu-ga (1956) Sango Kawase
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Sasuke the boatman
I Live in Fear (1955) Jiro Nakajima
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) Kôji Kobayashi
Kaettekita wakadan'na (1955) Igarashi
Ryanko no Yatarô (1955) Gozematsu
Jirochô yûkyôden: amagi garasu (1955)
Saizansu nitôryû (1954) Kojirô Sasaki / Daijirô - His son / Danjûrô - Travelling actor
Shunkin monogatari (1954) Teizo
Kakute yume ari (1954) Sensuke Nasu
Seven Samurai (1954) Heihachi
Mole Alley (1953)
Ikiru (1952) Noguchi
Kyô wa kaisha no gekkyûbi (1952) Chief of General Affairs
Bijo to touzoku (1952) Takeichi no Takamaru
Môjû tsukai no shôjo (1952)
Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (1952)
The Idiot (1951) Mutsuo Kayama, the secretary
Koi no Oranda-zaka (1951) Suekichi
Rashomon (1950) Priest
Stray Dog (1949) Girlie Show director