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Birth name  Masahiko Kato
Name  Masahiko Tsugawa
Siblings  Hiroyuki Nagato
Years active  1945–present
Children  Mayuko
Spouse  Yukiji Asaoka (m. 1973)
Origin  Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
Role  Actor

Masahiko Tsugawa
Born  2 January 1940 (age 75) (1940-01-02)
Parents  Kunitaro Sawamura, Tomoko Makino
Movies and TV shows  Crazed Fruit, A Taxing Woman, The Boy and the Beast, Heaven and Earth, Pride
Similar People  Yukiji Asaoka, Hiroyuki Nagato, Mayuko, Kanata Hongo, Juzo Itami

Occupation(s)  Actor, Film director

"Good For Nothing" (1960) Japanese New Wave


Masahiko Tsugawa (津川 雅彦, Tsugawa Masahiko), born Masahiko Kato (加藤雅彦 Katō Masahiko) on January 2, 1940 in Kyoto, Japan, is a Japanese actor and director.

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He made his debut at the age of 16 in the Kō Nakahira film Crazed Fruit in 1956. Tsugawa's family was heavily involved in the film industry since before his birth. Tsugawa attended school until dropping out of the Waseda University Graduate School to pursue acting alone.

He gradually grew in popularity and appeared in films like Otoko wa tsurai yo: Watashi no tora-san and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack. He was eventually adopted as one of director Juzo Itami's favourite actors, and went on to appear in nearly every one of his movies since Tampopo.

Tsugawa recently debuted as a director under the pseudonym Makino Masahiko with his film Nezu no Ban. He chose this name because he is the nephew of the Japanese director Masahiro Makino, his mother's brother. Legend has it that Tsugawa was so awed by the director while watching him at work as a young child that he asked if he could use Makino as his last name should he ever be a director, because of the similarities of the first names.

Tsugawa comes from an illustrious film family. His older brother Hiroyuki Nagato is an actor. His wife Yukiji Asaoka is an actress. His grandfather is the director Shōzō Makino, his father, Kunitarō Sawamura, and his mother, Tomoko Makino, were both actors. His aunt and uncle through his father are the actors Sadako Sawamura and Daisuke Katō.

Director

  • Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky (2009)
  • Film

  • Sansho the Bailiff (1954) – Zushiō as a Boy
  • Crazed Fruit (1956)
  • Otoko wa tsurai yo: Watashi no tora-san (1973)
  • Tampopo (1985)
  • The Funeral (1984)
  • A Taxing Woman (1987) – Hanamura
  • A Taxing Woman 2 (1988) – Hanamura
  • A-ge-man (1990)
  • Daibyonin (1993)
  • Crest of Betrayal (1994) – Ōishi Kuranosuke
  • Supermarket Woman (1996)
  • Marutai no Onna (1997)
  • Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (1999)
  • Chūshingura 1/47 (2001)
  • Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
  • The Man in White (2003)
  • The Uchōten Hotel (2006)
  • Death Note (2006) – Police Chief Saeki
  • Hideo Nakata's Kaidan (2007)
  • Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)
  • Aibō the Movie (2008)
  • Postcard (2011)
  • Strawberry Night (2013)
  • 0.5mm (2014)
  • Lady Maiko (2014)
  • The Boy and the Beast (2015) – Sōshi (voice)
  • Solomon's Perjury (2015)
  • Black Widow Business (2016) – Kōzō Nakase
  • Ikitoshi Ikerumono (2017) – narrator
  • Television

  • Ōgon no Hibi (1978)
  • Dokuganryū Masamune (1987) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Tokugawa bugeichō: Yagyū sandai no ken (1992) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Ieyasu ga mottomo osoreta otoko, Sanada Yukimura (1998) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Aoi Tokugawa Sandai (2000) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Sengoku Jieitai: Sekigahara no Tatakai (2006) – Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Ultraman Ginga (2006) – Hotsuma Raido
  • Akagi (2015) – Iwao Washizu
  • Nobunaga Moyu (2016) – Kaisen Joki
  • Nemuri Kyoshirō The Final (TBA)
  • Honor

  • 2006 Awarded Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from H.M. The Emperor of Japan
  • 2014 Awarded Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette from H.M. The Emperor of Japan
  • Awards

  • 1982 Blue Ribbon Awards for Best Supporting Actor
  • 1986 Japanese Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor nomination for Hitohira no yuki
  • 1987 Mainichi Film Award Best Actor
  • 1987 Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actor nomination for A Taxing Woman
  • 1988 Japanese Academy Awards Best Actor nomination for Wakarenu riyu
  • 1988 Japanese Academy Awards Best Supporting actor for A Taxing Woman
  • 1993 Japanese Academy Awards Best Actor nomination Bokuto kidan
  • 1994 Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Supporting Actor
  • 1995 Japanese Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor nomination for Shudan-sasen
  • 1999 Japanese Academy Awards Best Actor nomination for Puraido: Unmei no toki
  • 2014 Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actor nomination for 0.5mm
  • Trivia

    Masahiko has a minor role as Zushio a youngster boy in Sansho the Bailiff (1954)- aged 14.

    References

    Masahiko Tsugawa Wikipedia


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