Nakamura Shidō II

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Nakamura Shidō II
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Native name 二代目中村獅童
Born Mikihiro Ogawa[1]
(1972-09-14) September 14, 1972 (age 45)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Kabuki and film actor.
Notable credit(s) Ryuk in Death Note, Dragon in Ping Pong

Mikihiro Ogawa[1] (小川 幹弘, Ogawa Mikihiro, born 14 September 1972), better known by the stage name Nakamura Shidō II (二代目 中村 獅童, Nidaime Nakamura Shidō), is a Japanese kabuki and film actor.


Born in Tokyo, the son of kabuki actor Nakamura Shidō I, young Nakamura made his kabuki debut at the age of eight. He took the name Shidō the following year, following his father's retirement. Twenty-one years later, despite being a relative latecomer to the silver screen, the 30-year-old Kabuki actor was in his first film, Ping Pong (2002), in which he portrayed a skin-headed, demonically intense table-tennis champion nicknamed Dragon. His film debut won Nakamura a Best Newcomer award at the 2003 Japanese Academy Awards. Since then, Nakamura has starred in a string of high-profile movies as well as TV dramas.

International fame

Nakamura came to international attention in 2004 after starring in the highly successful romance movie Ima, Ai ni Yukimasu (Be With You) with Yūko Takeuchi, the two stars playing a couple separated by death. The two married for a short time after filming was complete, from May 10, 2005 until they divorced on February 29, 2008.

In the Hong Kong/China martial arts movie Fearless starring international kung fu star Jet Li, and set in 1910s Imperial China, Nakamura plays a Japanese sword expert who is Jet Li's final opponent. He also has a choice role in Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima.

Nakamura is the voice of Yoshitaka Mine, Chairman of the Hakuho Clan in Yakuza 3 (released in Japan as Like a Dragon 3 (龍が如く3, "Ryū ga Gotoku 3").



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2002 Ping Pong ピンポン Dragon
2003 Like Asura 阿修羅のごとく Shizuo Katsumata
Iden & Tity アイデン&ティティ Johnny
2004 Be With You いま、会いにゆきます Takumi
One Piece: Curse of the Sacred Sword ONE PIECE 呪われた聖剣 Saga Voice acting
Akasen 赤線 Izō
My Lover Is a Sniper: The Movie 恋人はスナイパー 劇場版 Fan Huoqing
2005 Yamato 男たちの大和 Mamoru Uchida
All About My Dog いぬのえいが Kentaro Yamada
The Neighbor No. Thirteen 隣人13号 No. 13
One Stormy Night あらしのよるに Gabu Voice acting
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima 硫黄島からの手紙 Lieutenant Ito
Fearless 霍元甲 Anno Tanaka
Death Note デスノート Ryuk Voice acting
Honey and Clover ハチミツとクローバー Repairer
2007 GeGeGe no Kitaro ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 Great Tengu Judge
Cha Cha, The Heavenly Woman 茶々 天涯の貴妃 Tokugawa Ieyasu
2008 Red Cliff 赤壁 Gan Xing
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior 劇場版ポケットモンスター
ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ
Zero Voice acting
L: Change the World L Change the WorLD Ryuk Voice acting
Ichi ICHI Banki
2009 Ryū ga Gotoku 3 龍が如く3 Yoshitaka Mine Voice acting
Silver Rain 銀色の雨 Shoji Iwai
Untouchable アンタッチャブル Kusuda Makoto 5th episode of this TV Series
2010 Leonie レオニー Yone Noguchi
2011 Ninja Kids!!! 忍たま乱太郎 Rantaro's father
Hard Romantic-er ハードロマンチッカー
2013 Gatchaman ガッチャマン Iriya [2]
Tenshin 天心 Taikan Yokoyama [3]
2014 Silver Spoon 銀の匙 Silver Spoon Miyuki Nakajima [4]
Ryū ga Gotoku Ishin! 龍が如く 維新! Hijikata Toshizō Voice acting[5]
2015 Furiko 振り子 Daisuke Hasegawa [6]
Kishūteneki Terminal 起終点駅 ターミナル Ichiryū Ōshita [7]
2016 Twisted Justice 日本で一番悪い奴ら
Death Note: Light Up the New World デスノート: Light up the NEW world Ryuk Voice acting
2018 The Blood of Wolves 孤狼の血

TV series

  • Mori no Asagao (TV Tokyo, 2010, ep1)
  • Nikutai no Mon (TV Asahi, 2008)
  • Kiri no Hi (NTV, 2008)
  • Wachigaiya Itosato (TBS, 2007)
  • Shinjitsu no Shuki BC-kyu Senpan Kato Tetsutaro: Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (NTV, 2007)
  • Ushi ni Negai wo: Love & Farm (Fuji TV, 2007)
  • Sexy Voice and Robo (NTV, 2007, ep1 and 11)
  • Ri Kouran (TV Tokyo, 2007)
  • Death Note (NTV, 2006)
  • Tenka Souran (TV Tokyo, 2006)
  • Akai Tsuki (TV Tokyo, 2004) as Himuro Keisuke
  • Shinsengumi (NHK, 2004)
  • HR (Fuji TV, 2003)
  • Kisarazu Cat's Eye (TBS, 2002)
  • Kasuga no Tsubone (NHK, 1989)
  • Musashi TV series (2003, NHK) as Tokugawa Hidetada
  • Totto TV (2016, NHK) as Kiyoshi Atsumi
  • Death Note: New Generation (2016, Hulu) as Ryuk (voice)
  • Idaten (2019, NHK) as Sanetsugu Kanakuri


  • UC Card (2005)


  1. ^ a b While the stage names of all kabuki actors have retained traditional order (Surname-Givenname) on Wikipedia, birth names of those born after the Meiji Restoration are in Western order (Givenname-Surname).
  2. ^ 映画 ガッチャマン. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  3. ^ 映画 天心. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  4. ^ 映画 銀の匙 Silver Spoon. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  5. ^ PS4/PS3「龍が如く 維新!」。土方歳三役は中村獅童さん (in Japanese). Impress Corporation. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  6. ^ 映画 振り子. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  7. ^ 映画 起終点駅 ターミナル. allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2015-10-27. 
  • Kabuki techō: Kabuki Official Data Book 2008. Nihon Haiyū Kyōkai (Japan Actors' Association). 2008: Tokyo. p175.

External links

  • Nakamura Shido Kabuki actors profile (in Japanese)
  • Nakamura Shido on IMDb
  • Shido Nakamura profile on HogaCentral
  • jdorama entry
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