Min Tanaka

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Min Tanaka
Born (1945-03-10) March 10, 1945 (age 73)
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Occupation Dancer, actor
Years active 1966–present
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Min Tanaka (田中泯, Tanaka Min, born March 10, 1945) is a Japanese dancer and actor.


Tanaka was trained in ballet and modern dance, but in 1974, turned his back on these forms. He began his solo career with a series of nearly-naked primarily outdoor improvisational dances that took place throughout Japan, often dancing up to five times a day. For a time in the 1980s, he was associated with Hijikata Tatsumi and butoh, a loose genre of Japanese dance, but now has broken from that framework as well, and no longer uses that term to describe his dances.

From 1986 to 2010, Tanaka hosted dance workshops based in Body Weather, a movement ideology which "conceives of the body as a force of nature: omni-centered, anti-hierarchic, and acutely sensitive to external stimuli." In 1985, Tanaka and his colleagues founded Body Weather Farm, located four hours west of Tokyo, where he taught summer sessions lasting four to five weeks in Japanese and English. Much of the training workshop students received was centered on the labor of workaday tasks, primarily in agriculture. Tanaka taught that performing such tasks in their environments and with their accompanying physical stimulations functioned as a dance student's teacher itself, overturning the tradition of the environment taking on a subordinate role to the dance student's technique.[2] He received the Chevalier of l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 1989[3][4] or 1990.[1]

He continues to experiment with new ways to use the body, including drawing inspiration from farming. Starting in 2002, he began to appear in movies and on television. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 26th Japan Academy Prize for The Twilight Samurai.[5]



Year Title Role Director Notes
2002 The Twilight Samurai Yoji Yamada
2004 The Hidden Blade Yoji Yamada
2005 House of Himiko Isshin Inudo
2006 Tekkon Kinkreet Suzuki a.k.a. Rat (voice) Michael Arias
2009 Map of the Sounds of Tokyo Isabel Coixet Spanish film
2011 Rebirth Taki Izuru Narushima
2012 Gaiji Keisatsu Kentarō Horikirizono
2013 Return Masato Harada
The Eternal Zero Takashi Yamazaki
47 Ronin Lord Asano Carl Rinsch American film
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Keishi Ōtomo
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Keishi Ōtomo
2017 Blade of the Immortal Takashi Miike
Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura Takashi Yamazaki
2018 The Scythian Lamb Daihachi Yoshida
Vision Naomi Kawase
The Outsider Martin Zandvliet American film
The House Where The Mermaid Sleeps Yukihiko Tsutsumi
Modest Heroes Blind man (voice) Akihiko Yamashita
Ninomiya Kinjirō Sho Igarashi
2019 The Great War of Archimedes Takashi Yamazaki
2020 Touge: The Last Samurai Takashi Koizumi


Year Title Role Network Notes
2010 Ryōmaden Yoshida Tōyō NHK Taiga drama
2015 Mare NHK Asadora
To Give a Dream Wowow
2017 A Life: A Love TBS


  1. ^ a b "略歴(箇条書き) - Min Tanaka |Rin Ishihara ★Dance★ Official Web Site★". www.min-tanaka.com. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  2. ^ Fuller, Zack (2014). "Seeds of an anti-hierarchic ideal: summer training at Body Weather Farm, 2014". Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 5 (2): 197–203. doi:10.1080/19443927.2014.910542. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Folha de S.Paulo - Saiba quem é Min Tanaka - 24/3/1995". www1.folha.uol.com.br. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  4. ^ "FiLM DOKUMENTER & DiSKUSi : MiN TANAKA". ifi-lipyogyakarta.blogspot.jp. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  5. ^ 第26回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved December 16, 2010.

External links

  • Official website
  • Min Tanaka on IMDb
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