Yoshio Harada

Yoshio Harada
Born (1940-02-29)29 February 1940
Tokyo, Japan
Died 19 July 2011(2011-07-19) (aged 71)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1968–2011

Yoshio Harada (原田 芳雄 Harada Yoshio, 29 February 1940 – 19 July 2011) was a Japanese actor best known for playing rebels in a career that spanned six decades.


Born in Tokyo, Harada joined the Haiyūza theater troupe in 1966 and made his television debut in 1967 with "Tenka no seinen"[2] and his film debut in 1968 with Fukushū no uta ga kikoeru.[3] He came to fame appearing in New Action films at Nikkatsu playing youthful rebels.[4] Among his features for Nikkatsu was the 1971 exploitation film, Stray Cat Rock: Crazy Riders '71 (aka Alleycat Rock: Crazy Riders '71) for director Toshiya Fujita where he played the son of a yakuza boss.[5]

Leaving the Haiyūza in 1971,[2] he appeared in films made by many directors, including Seijun Suzuki, Shūji Terayama, Azuma Morisaki, Kihachi Okamoto, Rokurō Mochizuki, Jun Ichikawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Kōji Wakamatsu, but he was particularly favored by Kazuo Kuroki and Junji Sakamoto. He starred in many independent films, including those of the Art Theatre Guild.[4] According to the critic Mark Schilling, Harada was "a favorite of generations of Japanese helmers for his rugged features, low, rumbling voice and distinctive presence, with shades of darkness and wildness that made him a natural for antihero roles in his youth."[4] Harada also appeared in many television dramas.[2]

He died of pneumonia on 19 July 2011 while battling cancer. His last starring film was Someday, and it was at a press conference for that film on 11 July that he made his last public appearance.[2]


A veteran of over 80 films, Harada won the best actor award at the 1990 Blue Ribbon Awards for Ronin-gai and Ware ni Utsu Yōi Ari.[6] He had earlier won the Blue Ribbon best supporting actor prize in 1975 for Matsuri no junbi.[7] He also won the best actor prize at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1997 for Onibi,[8] and the Hochi Film Award for best supporting actor in 1989 for Dotsuitarunen.[9] He was twice nominated for the Best Actor Japanese Academy Award and won the award for best supporting actor at the 11th Yokohama Film Festival for Dotsuitarunen and Kiss yori kantan.[10]

He received a Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government in 2003.[11]

Partial filmography





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  5. Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 41–42. ISBN 1-889288-52-7.
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  7. "Burū Ribon Shō historī 1975". Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  8. "Mainichi Film Award Winners 52th [sic]". Mainichi Film Awards. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  9. "Hōchi Eiga Shō historī 1989". Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 31 January 2009. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  10. 第11回ヨコハマ映画祭 1989年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  11. "Toaku Yukio-san ra 810-nin". 47 News. 27 April 2003. Archived from the original on 26 March 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  12. Tom Mes (4 September 2003). "9 Souls". Midnight Eye. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
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