Masakazu Tamura

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Masakazu Tamura
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Tamura as Nemuri Kyōshirō in 1972
Born (1943-08-01) August 1, 1943 (age 75)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1961–present
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Parent(s) Tsumasaburō Bandō

Masakazu Tamura (田村 正和, Tamura Masakazu, born 1 August 1943) is a Japanese film and theatre actor.


Masakazu Tamura was born 1 August 1943 in Kyoto, Japan to Japanese actor Tsumasaburō Bandō. His brothers Takahiro and Ryō are also actors.[1][2]He was thus trained in fighting with swords and more traditional forms of Japanese theatre like Kabuki.

He made his debut in movies with the film Eternal Woman in 1961.

He has played the role of "Nemuri Kyoshirō" in 1972 and five times in made-for-TV specials. It is Tamura`s most famous role in jidaigeki.[1]

He is most famous for his role as the polite and highly idiosyncratic police detective, Furuhata Ninzaburō, in a self-titled drama by Japanese playwright Kōki Mitani. This drama was one of the most popular in its time and one of the most popular dramas in the history of Japanese television.

Tamura himself afterwards mentioned that he regretted taking the role, because it ended up typecasting him. He also appeared in many staged dramas (jidaigeki).[1]



Television dramas


  1. ^ a b c 日本映画人名事典 1996年度 下 150-151頁
  2. ^  役者は一日にしてならず 春日太一 田村亮インタビュー p.271

External links

  • Masakazu Tamura on IMDb
  • NHK Archives Actor /Masakazu Tamura人物録 田村正和 俳優

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