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Yoshio Tsuchiya

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Nationality Japon
Birth 18 may 1927 at Kōfu (Japon)
Death 8 february 2017 (at 89 years)

Yoshio Tsuchiya (土屋 嘉男, Tsuchiya Yoshio, born May 18, 1927) is a Japanese actor who has appeared in such films as Toshio Matsumoto's surreal masterpiece "Bara No Soretsu" (a.k.a. "Funeral Parade of Roses") and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (as the firebrand farmer Rikichi) and Red Beard, and Kihachi Okamoto's Kill!. He has a long-standing interest in UFOs and had written several books on the subject. He preferred starring in science fiction films, usually as aliens, or people possessed by them, in such films as Battle in Outer Space, Monster Zero, and Destroy All Monsters.


Tsuchiya was born in Kofu, Yamanashi in 1927. His film debut was in the 1952 Shintoho film Murder Suspect (殺人容疑者). During the auditions for Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Tsuchiya was watching, and was picked by Kurosawa although he originally had no intention of auditioning himself.

Seven Samurai was filmed during the same time as Godzilla, and Tsuchiya would frequently leave the set of Seven Samurai to see Godzilla being filmed. In an interview, Tsuchiya said "Because I was doing Seven Samurai I couldn't appear in the first Godzilla. That's why I insisted they put me in the sequel." Tsuchiya's wish was granted and he appeared in a role in Godzilla Raids Again.

Although Tsuchiya appeared in many films by Akira Kurosawa, he also appeared in many science fiction films, saying "Most actors get comfortable with a certain genre, and they stick to that. But as far as I was concerned, it was equally prestigious to appear in science-fiction films or in Kurosawa movies." Tsuchiya especially liked to play aliens (or people controlled by aliens). When originally given the role of one of the heroes in The Mysterians, he turned down the role in favor of the Mysterian leader, because he was only interested in playing "interesting, strong and/or twisted characters". When director Ishiro Honda told him that since the Mysterian leader wore a mask, his face would not be seen, Tsuchiya said "That's all right. I just want to play the alien!" He has a personal interest in space and even claims to have seen several UFOs. "At the time I was very interested in the Space Race, and belonged to an organization which promoted a mission to the moon. I got all my fellow actors to join - Mifune, Shimura. Then I learned that this organization was crooked and really wanted to divide up the moon and sell it as real estate! I was so outraged that in [The Mysterians] when the earth scientists balk at giving the Mysterians some land on earth, I ad-libbed, 'But you're trying to divide up the moon and sell it!'"

He lobbied for the title role in Tomei Ningen (1954), but was forced by the studio to play the leading man. Eventually realizing their mistake, he was cast in the title role in The Human Vapor.

He was originally cast to play the assassin Malness in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, but was unable to because he was filming Red Beard.

In 1991, after a long absence from Toho monster films (his last was in the 1970 film Space Amoeba), Tsuchiya returned to the Godzilla series in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah as Shindo, a World War II veteran who met a pre-mutated Godzilla during the battle in the Marshall Islands.

Usually with

Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(10 films)
Tomoyuki Tanaka
Tomoyuki Tanaka
(26 films)
Toshiro Mifune
Toshiro Mifune
(17 films)
Haruo Nakajima
Haruo Nakajima
(17 films)
Masaru Sato
Masaru Sato
(17 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Yoshio Tsuchiya (44 films)

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Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, 33minutes
Origin Japon
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Bokuzen Hidari, Kyōko Kagawa, Takeshi Katō, Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshirō Muraki
Roles lui-même
Rating68% 3.4232353.4232353.4232353.4232353.423235
Ce documentaire décrit la façon dont Akira Kurosawa et son équipe ont travaillé sur un de ses films les plus célèbres, Les Sept Samouraïs.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, 1h43
Directed by Kazuki Ōmori
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Time travel films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about dragons, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Kōsuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Akiji Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya
Roles Businessman Yasuaki Shindo
Rating66% 3.302943.302943.302943.302943.30294
In 1992, journalist Kenichiro Terasawa (Kosuke Toyohara) is writing a book about Godzilla and learns about a group of Japanese soldiers stationed on Lagos Island in the South Pacific during World War II. They were unintentionally saved from a group of American soldiers by a mysterious dinosaur known as "Godzillasaurus" in February 1944. In 1954, the island was destroyed by a hydrogen bomb test and the radiation from the bomb mutated the dinosaur into Godzilla.
Tokyo: The Last War
Directed by Takashige Ichise
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films
Actors Masaya Katō, Kaho Minami, Kyūsaku Shimada, Tetsurō Tanba, Yoshio Tsuchiya
Rating61% 3.057583.057583.057583.057583.05758
The sequel begins in 1945, during a period extensive American firebombing over major Japanese cities. Desperate to end the war quickly, the government concocts a plan to eliminate major key leaders of each country. With the support of the Japanese government, the Buddhist shaman Kan’nami Kouou (Tetsuro Tamba) plans to curse the leaders of the Allied forces using magic. Unfortunately, the spirits of those civilians who were horribly killed during the fire bombings culminate together and reincarnate Yasunori Kato (Kyusaku Shimada), the demonic Onmyoji who was suppressed 20 years ago. Once again, Kato wants Tokyo to suffer for its crimes and sets off to stop Kouou’s plan from succeeding so that the war will continue and Tokyo will be destroyed. To challenge Kato, Kouou has hired a young man, Yuko Nakamura (Masaya Kato), who has incredible psychic abilities. During the course of the story, Nakamura meets and falls in love with Yukiko Tatsumiya (Kaho Minami), who is now working as a nurse in a War Victims Hospital and still suffering from traumatic memories of abuse as a child by Kato. The young psychic is unable to contend with Kato’s mighty powers and after several battles (the final involving his power being enhanced through artificial means), he is nearly killed. Despite nearing death, Yukiko’s love gives Nakamura enough strength to perform one last trick which successfully destroys Kato’s physical body. Meanwhile, Kouou realizes that Japan is doomed to lose the war. Thus he changes targets, sparing the Allied leaders, and launching a psychic attack against Adolf Hitler which drives Hitler to commit suicide in his bunker. Yukiko prays to Masakado to seal away Kato’s soul forever.
Zatoichi's Conspiracy, 1h28
Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action
Themes Yakuza films
Actors Shintarō Katsu, Yukiyo Toake, Kei Satō, Eiji Okada, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Takashi Shimura
Roles Shobei
Rating71% 3.5872153.5872153.5872153.5872153.587215
Au hasard de ses pérégrinations, Zatoïchi se retrouve à passer près de Kasama, son village natal qu'il a quitté depuis vingt ans. La nostalgie le pousse à franchir les portes du village qui, à sa grande surprise, retentit de clameurs de bienvenue. Ce n'est pas lui la cause de cette effervescence, mais Shinbei, ancien du village, revenu pour payer les dettes des paysans ruinés. Pourtant, la générosité du riche marchand Shinbei, qui est aussi l'ami d'enfance de Zatoïchi, cache un plan crapuleux : le contrôle de l'économie locale, avec l'aide d'un clan yakuza et du gouverneur corrompu. Et Zatoïchi va avoir toutes les peines du monde à convaincre les paysans crédules des véritables intentions de leur « bienfaiteur ».
Space Amoeba, 1h24
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Natural horror films, Films about cephalopods, Giant monster films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Reptile, Disaster films
Actors Kenji Sahara, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Akira Kubo, Yukiko Kobayashi, Haruo Nakajima, Yu Fujiki
Roles Dr. Kyoichi Mida
Rating53% 2.670672.670672.670672.670672.67067
The Helios 7 space probe is sent on a mission to study the planet Jupiter. While on its outward journey to the gas giant, the probe is overtaken by the Space Amoeba, an amorphous parasitic extraterrestrial. The probe returns to Earth and crashes into the South Pacific, where the Amoeba leaves the device and inhabits the body of a cuttlefish, causing it to mutate into what is called "Gezora." The tentacled kaiju begins attacking ships and islands in the area.
Funeral Parade of Roses, 1h43
Directed by Toshio Matsumoto
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Documentary
Themes Films about families, Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Yoshio Tsuchiya, Toshiya Fujita, Masato Harada
Roles Gonda
Rating78% 3.9419753.9419753.9419753.9419753.941975
The film follows the trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Tokyo. The title is a pun, "rose"/"Bara" in Japanese is similar to the use of the word "pansy" in American slang.
Destroy All Monsters, 1h29
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Space adventure films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Sur la Lune, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about spiders, Films about insects, Films about dragons, Films about extraterrestrial life, Les fées, Giant monster films, Space opera, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Alien invasions in films, Disaster films
Actors Yoshio Tsuchiya, Haruo Nakajima, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara, Akira Kubo, Andrew Hughes
Roles Dr. Otani
Rating66% 3.302883.302883.302883.302883.30288
At the close of the 20th century, all of the Earth's kaiju have been collected by the United Nations Science Committee and confined in an area known as Monsterland, located in the Ogasawara island chain. A special control center is constructed underneath the island to ensure that the monsters stay secure, and to serve as a research facility to study them.
Kill! (1968)
, 1h50
Directed by Kihachi Okamoto
Origin Japon
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Tatsuya Nakadai, Yuriko Hoshi, Akira Kubo, Shigeru Kōyama, Eijirō Tōno, Yoshio Tsuchiya
Roles Matsuo Shiroku
Rating74% 3.7431253.7431253.7431253.7431253.743125
Tatsuya Nakadai stars as Genta, a former samurai who became disillusioned with the samurai lifestyle and left it behind to become a wandering yakuza (gang) member. He meets Hanjirō Tabata (Etsushi Takahashi) a farmer who wants to become a samurai to escape his powerless existence. Genta and Tabata wind up on opposite sides of clan intrigue when seven members of a local clan assassinate their chancellor. Although the seven, led by Tetsutarō Oikawa (Naoko Kubo) rebelled with the support of their superior, Ayuzawa (Shigeru Kōyama), he turns on them and sends members of the clan to kill them as outlaws.
Two in the Shadow, 1h42
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Yūzō Kayama, Yōko Tsukasa, Mitsuko Kusabue, Mitsuko Mori, Mie Hama, Daisuke Katō
Roles Yumiko's husband
Rating77% 3.886713.886713.886713.886713.88671
Un couple dont le mari est fonctionnaire doit quitter le Japon pour Washington. Mais il est tué par un chauffard. Un relation problématique, complexe se noue entre celui-ci et la veuve.
Son of Godzilla, 1h26
Directed by Jun Fukuda
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about spiders, Films about insects, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Akihiko Hirata, Tadao Takashima, Akira Kubo, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kenji Sahara, Haruo Nakajima
Roles Fujisaki
Rating53% 2.6641752.6641752.6641752.6641752.664175
A team of scientists are trying to perfect a weather-controlling system. Their efforts are hampered by the arrival of a nosy reporter and by the sudden presence of 2-meter tall giant praying mantises. The first test of the weather control system goes awry when the remote control for a radioactive balloon is jammed by an unexplained signal coming from the center of the island. The balloon detonates prematurely, creating a radioactive storm that causes the giant mantises to grow to enormous sizes. Investigating the mantises, which are named Kamacuras (Gimantis in the English-dubbed version), the scientists find the monstrous insects digging an egg out from under a pile of earth. The egg hatches, revealing a baby Godzilla. The scientists realize that the baby's telepathic cries for help were the cause of the interference that ruined their experiment. Shortly afterwards, Godzilla arrives on the island in response to the infant's cries, demolishing the scientist's base while rushing to defend the baby. Godzilla kills two of the Kamacuras during the battle while one manages to fly away to safety, Godzilla then adopts the baby.
Moment of Terror, 1h40
Directed by Mikio Naruse
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Hideko Takamine, Eitarō Ozawa, Yōko Tsukasa, Daisuke Katō, Natsuko Kahara, Kumeko Urabe
Rating69% 3.4598653.4598653.4598653.4598653.459865
À la suite du décès accidentel de son époux, Kuniko Bannai doit élever seule son fils, Takeshi, un garçon de six ans fort dissipé. Or, pour son malheur, Kinuko Kakinuma, l'épouse d'un industriel, conduisant sa voiture de sport en compagnie d'un jeune amant, Ogasawara, renverse Takeshi et le blesse mortellement. Celle-ci ne veut croire qu'à un léger accident et poursuit donc sa route. Son mari, craignant de compromettre sa carrière, demande à son chauffeur de se dénoncer à la place de sa femme. D'un autre côté, le frère de Kuniko, Kōji, un petit malfrat habitué des mauvais coups, obtient, au terme d'une dure transaction, un dédommagement financier important... Mais, Kuniko n'est guère plus heureuse : « Mon fils était tout pour moi, il n'est plus là, je veux m'amuser avant de mourir », dit-elle. Toutefois, lorsqu'elle apprend la vérité, grâce à l'une de ses voisines, témoin de l'accident, un désir de vengeance s'empare d'elle. Elle rôde, désormais, autour de la demeure des Kakinuma et parvient à se faire engager chez eux comme femme de ménage.
Red Beard
Red Beard (1965)
, 3h5
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Kinuyo Tanaka, Takashi Shimura, Yūzō Kayama, Kyōko Kagawa, Chishū Ryū
Roles Dr. Handayû Mori
Rating83% 4.19734.19734.19734.19734.1973
The film takes place in Koishikawa, a district of Edo (the former name of the city of Tokyo), in the 19th century. Young Dr. Noboru Yasumoto (Yūzō Kayama) is the film's protagonist. Trained in a Dutch medical school in Nagasaki, the arrogant Yasumoto aspires to the status of personal physician of the Shogunate, a position currently held by a close relative; his father is already a well-established, highly competent physician. Yasumoto believes that he should progress through the safe, and well-protected, army structure of medical education. However, for Yasumoto's post-graduate medical training, he has been assigned to a rural clinic under the guidance of Akahige ("Red Beard"), Dr. Kyojō Niide (played by Toshiro Mifune). Dr. Niide may seem like a tyrannical task master, but in reality he is a compassionate clinic director. Initially, Yasumoto is livid at his posting, believing that he has little to gain from working under Akahige. Dr. Yasumoto feels that Dr. Niide is only interested in his medical notes and soon rebels against the clinic director. He refuses to wear his uniform, disdains the food and spartan environment, and enters the forbidden garden where he meets "The Mantis" (Kyōko Kagawa), a mysterious patient that only Dr. Niide can treat.
Frankenstein vs. Baragon, 1h34
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Films about computing, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Films based on science fiction novels, Films about cephalopods, Frankenstein films, Giant monster films, Cyberpunk films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films
Actors Nick Adams, Kumi Mizuno, Haruo Nakajima, Tadao Takashima, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Kenji Sahara
Roles Mr. Kawai
Rating55% 2.761222.761222.761222.761222.76122
The prologue is set in Nazi Germany during the final days of World War II. A Kriegsmarine Officer, flanked by three Commandos, barges into the laboratory of a Dr. Riesendorf with orders to seize the immortal heart of the Frankenstein Monster, on which Riesendorf is busy experimenting. The heart is summarily transported by U-Boat to be passed off to their Japanese allies via the Atlantic. In the Indian Ocean, off the Maldives, the U-Boat meets up with a Japanese Imperial Navy submarine to make the exchange. They are sighted by an Allied Forces scout plane and bombed, but not before the Kriegsmarine pass the heart (contained in a locked chest) to the Japanese, who take it back to Hiroshima for further experimentation. But just as the experiments are about to begin, Hiroshima is bombed by the Allied Forces, and the heart and the experiments vanish in the atomic fireball.