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Yûsaku Matsuda

Yusaku Matsuda (September 21, 1949 – November 6, 1989) was a Japanese actor. Yusaku was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi to a Japanese father and a Zainichi Korean mother. His date was wrongly recorded as 1950 on his birth records due to a parental error in filing a report. He became an actor when he was 23 as a rookie police officer, the "Jeans Detective", for the 1970s Japanese TV detective drama called Taiyō ni hoero! ("Bark at the Sun") in Japan. Apart from this role, his other defining role on television was in Tantei Monogatari (detective story), in which he starred as an incompetent private detective. He featured in many other TV shows and movies. He won the award for best actor at the 8th Hochi Film Award for Detective Story and The Family Game. He specialized in physical action movies. The 1989 movie Black Rain— directed by Ridley Scott and starring Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia— opened the door for Matsuda as an international actor. However, shortly after he made this movie, he died due to bladder cancer. He was survived by his second wife and three young children (including Ryuhei And Shota, both of whom became actors). He was buried in Nishitama cemetery, in Akiruno, Tokyo. (Wikipedia)

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Sep 21, 1949 In Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Horror of the Wolf 1973-03-09
Latest Project:
Movie Black Rain 1989-09-22
Known For
Poster of Black Rain
Poster of The Family Game
Poster of The Most Dangerous Game
Poster of Horror of the Wolf
Movie Black Rain Sato 1989-09-22
Movie Wuthering Heights Onimaru 1988-05-28
Movie A Chaos of Flowers Takeo Arishima 1988-10-01
Movie A Homance Kaze 1986-10-10
Movie And Then Daisuke Nagai 1985-11-09
Movie Dansen Mitsuo Tajima aka Goro Tomonaga 1983-12-03
Movie The Family Game 1983-05-04
Movie Detective Story Shuichi Tsujiyama 1983-07-16
Movie Yokohama BJ Blues BJ 1981-04-25
Movie Kagero-za Shungo Matsuzaki 1981-08-21
Movie Target Yûsaku Matsuda 1980-04-19
Movie The Execution Game Shohei Narumi 1979-11-17
Movie Murder in the Doll House Toshio Katsu 1979-04-28
Movie No Grave for Us Katsuo Shima 1979-05-26
Movie Resurrection of the Golden Wolf Tetsuya Asakura 1979-08-04
Movie The Most Dangerous Game Shouhei Narumi 1978-04-07
Movie The Killing Game Shohei Narumi 1978-12-02
Movie Proof of the Man Detective Munesue 1977-10-08
Movie The Classroom of Terror 1976-07-01
Movie The Assassination of Ryoma Yûta 1974-08-02
Movie Horror of the Wolf Dô Haguro 1973-03-09
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