Ken Ogata

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ken Ogata (緒形 拳 Ogata Ken, 20 July 1937-5 October 2008) was a Japanese actor. Ogata was born in Tokyo, Japan. Ogata is well known for his roles in Peter Greenaway's The Pillow Book, Paul Schrader's Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters and Shohei Imamura's The Ballad of Narayama. He won the award for best actor at the 26th Blue Ribbon Awards for Okinawan Boys. In television, his starring role as Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 1965 NHK Taiga drama Taikōki catapulted him to fame. Ken went on to many prominent roles in subsequent programs. The following year, he portrayed Benkei in Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The network tapped him again for the role of Fujiwara no Sumitomo in the 1976 Kaze to Kumo to Niji to. He returned to playing Hideyoshi in the 1978 Ōgon no Hibi, and returned to the lead as Ōishi Kuranosuke in Tōge no Gunzō, the 1982 Chūshingura. Another featured appearance in a Taiga drama was in Taiheiki (1991, as Ashikaga Sadauji, father of Takauji). Mr. Ogata died on October 5, 2008, just days after finishing his role in the production of the Fuji TV drama "Kaze no Garden" (Garden of the Winds), filmed in the rural Furano area of northern Japan. In his final role, Ogata, himself 71 years of age, played a doctor involved in the end-of-life care of elderly patients. His sons Kanta and Naoto Ogata are actors. NHK selected Naoto for the starring role of Oda Nobunaga in the 1992 Taiga drama Nobunaga King of Zipangu; Kanta played Inaba ...

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Why Not? (1981)

The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of the time, and culminates in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Kaori Momoi  •  Shigeru Izumiya  •  Ken Ogata  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of the time, and culminates in a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Kaori Momoi  •  Shigeru Izumiya  •  Ken Ogata  •  Shigeru Tsuyuguchi

Last Quarter (2004)

Do you believe in love after death? On the eve of her 19th birthday, Mizuki (Kuriyama) doesn't have a lot to celebrate about. Her mother recently committed suicide, her stepfamily bothers her, her boyfriend has been cheating on her and her best friend has betrayed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Nikai
CAST:  Hyde  •  Chiaki Kuriyama  •  Hiroki Narimiya  •  Tomoka Kurokawa

Do you believe in love after death? On the eve of her 19th birthday, Mizuki (Kuriyama) doesn't have a lot to celebrate about. Her mother recently committed suicide, her stepfamily bothers her, her boyfriend has been cheating on her and her best friend has betrayed ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Nikai
CAST:  Hyde  •  Chiaki Kuriyama  •  Hiroki Narimiya  •  Tomoka Kurokawa

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Sumiko Sakamoto  •  Tonpei Hidari  •  Aki Takejo

In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the mountain. But first ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Sumiko Sakamoto  •  Tonpei Hidari  •  Aki Takejo

The Pillow Book (1996)

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Vivian Wu  •  Yoshi Oida  •  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida

A woman with a body writing fetish seeks to find a combined lover and calligrapher.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Greenaway
CAST:  Vivian Wu  •  Yoshi Oida  •  Ken Ogata  •  Hideko Yoshida

Zegen (1987)

At the time between the World Wars, Japan is involved in empire-building throughout East and Southeast Asia. After a brief career as a low-level military adventurer, Iheiji sets up chains of brothels throughout Asia. As Japan's power in the region grows, so does ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Ko Chun-Hsiung  •  Norihei Miki

At the time between the World Wars, Japan is involved in empire-building throughout East and Southeast Asia. After a brief career as a low-level military adventurer, Iheiji sets up chains of brothels throughout Asia. As Japan's power in the region grows, so does ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Ko Chun-Hsiung  •  Norihei Miki

11'09''01 - September 11 (2002)

Filmmakers from all over the world provide short films – each of which is eleven minutes, nine seconds, and one frame of film in length – that offer differing perspectives on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Shōhei Imamura  •  Ken Loach  •  Amos Gitai  •  Danis Tanović  •  Mira Nair  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Samira Makhmalbaf  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Maryam Karimi  •  Emmanuelle Laborit  •  Jérôme Horry

Filmmakers from all over the world provide short films – each of which is eleven minutes, nine seconds, and one frame of film in length – that offer differing perspectives on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sean Penn  •  Alejandro González Iñárritu  •  Shōhei Imamura  •  Ken Loach  •  Amos Gitai  •  Danis Tanović  •  Mira Nair  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Samira Makhmalbaf  •  Youssef Chahine  •  Idrissa Ouédraogo
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  Maryam Karimi  •  Emmanuelle Laborit  •  Jérôme Horry

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Gô Rijû  •  Masato Aizawa  •  Masayuki Shionoya

A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the events of 25th November 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Schrader
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Gô Rijû  •  Masato Aizawa  •  Masayuki Shionoya

Izo (2004)

Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo. Here Izo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Kazuya Nakayama  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Ryuhei Matsuda  •  Ryôsuke Miki

Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo. Here Izo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Takashi Miike
CAST:  Kazuya Nakayama  •  Kaori Momoi  •  Ryuhei Matsuda  •  Ryôsuke Miki

Vengeance Is Mine (1979)

A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu is on the run from the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Chôchô Miyako  •  Mitsuko Baisho

A thief, a murderer, and a charming lady-killer, Iwao Enokizu is on the run from the police.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shōhei Imamura
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Rentaro Mikuni  •  Chôchô Miyako  •  Mitsuko Baisho

The Geisha (1983)

Yokiro was the most successful Geisha house in Western Japan during the first half of the 20th century and remains open to this day. At its peak, it was home to over 200 geisha, however behind the fabulous facade, there were many battles - between family members, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Atsuko Asano

Yokiro was the most successful Geisha house in Western Japan during the first half of the 20th century and remains open to this day. At its peak, it was home to over 200 geisha, however behind the fabulous facade, there were many battles - between family members, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Kimiko Ikegami  •  Mitsuko Baisho  •  Atsuko Asano

The Catch (1983)

A young man tries to overcome the hostility of his girlfriend's father, a tuna fisherman, by getting the father to teach him the trade's secrets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Sômai
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Masako Natsume  •  Koichi Sato  •  Yukiyo Toake

A young man tries to overcome the hostility of his girlfriend's father, a tuna fisherman, by getting the father to teach him the trade's secrets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shinji Sômai
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Masako Natsume  •  Koichi Sato  •  Yukiyo Toake

Company Executives (1989)

A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshio Masuda
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Koichi Sato  •  Mariko Fuji

A fierce succession battle ignites at a newspaper company when the president passes away.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Toshio Masuda
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Koichi Sato  •  Mariko Fuji

Kitaro and the Millennium Curse (2008)

Young women disappear one after another in drizzling rain. They all hear the “cursed song” of the Cage Song before they vanish into thin air. Kitaro and his friends investigate these mysterious cases when they meet Kaede Hiramoto, a high school girl who finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhide Motoki
CAST:  Eiji Wentz  •  Rena Tanaka  •  Yo Oizumi  •  Kie Kitano

Young women disappear one after another in drizzling rain. They all hear the “cursed song” of the Cage Song before they vanish into thin air. Kitaro and his friends investigate these mysterious cases when they meet Kaede Hiramoto, a high school girl who finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Katsuhide Motoki
CAST:  Eiji Wentz  •  Rena Tanaka  •  Yo Oizumi  •  Kie Kitano

The Wicked (1980)

A selfish playboy uses rich women to pay off his debts. Divorcing his wife and marrying the woman he loves throws him into a spiral of destruction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitaro Nomura
CAST:  Takao Kataoka  •  Keiko Matsuzaka  •  Mariko Fuji  •  Junko Miyashita

A selfish playboy uses rich women to pay off his debts. Divorcing his wife and marrying the woman he loves throws him into a spiral of destruction.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Yoshitaro Nomura
CAST:  Takao Kataoka  •  Keiko Matsuzaka  •  Mariko Fuji  •  Junko Miyashita

Succession (1992)

A former stockbroker-turned-yakuza must make sure his alcoholic boss is up to the task of swearing in the next leader of their syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuki Ōmori
CAST:  Hiroyuki Sanada  •  Ken Ogata  •  Yūko Kotegawa  •  Tatsuo Umemiya

A former stockbroker-turned-yakuza must make sure his alcoholic boss is up to the task of swearing in the next leader of their syndicate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kazuki Ōmori
CAST:  Hiroyuki Sanada  •  Ken Ogata  •  Yūko Kotegawa  •  Tatsuo Umemiya

Tracked (1985)

When a fugitive begins a romance with the woman hiding him from the law, it becomes uncertain whether he will ever escape the shadow of his heinous crimes--or the detectives hot on his trail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Atsuko Asano  •  Mariko Fuji  •  Kazuyo Asari

When a fugitive begins a romance with the woman hiding him from the law, it becomes uncertain whether he will ever escape the shadow of his heinous crimes--or the detectives hot on his trail.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Atsuko Asano  •  Mariko Fuji  •  Kazuyo Asari

Oar (1985)

Drama about the difficult relationship between a former wrestler, his wife and their adopted children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Yûko Natori  •  Mariko Ishihara

Drama about the difficult relationship between a former wrestler, his wife and their adopted children.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Gosha
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Yukiyo Toake  •  Yûko Natori  •  Mariko Ishihara

The Dream of Russia (1992)

Sumptuous filming of the journey of a shipwrecked Japanese expedition from the Pacific Ocean across Siberia to the court of Catherine the Great of Russia. A Russo-Japanese co-production of a unique event in history which was the hit of Cannes and other film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jun'ya Satô
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Toshiyuki Nishida  •  Noboru Mitani  •  Hiroyuki Okita

Sumptuous filming of the journey of a shipwrecked Japanese expedition from the Pacific Ocean across Siberia to the court of Catherine the Great of Russia. A Russo-Japanese co-production of a unique event in history which was the hit of Cannes and other film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jun'ya Satô
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Toshiyuki Nishida  •  Noboru Mitani  •  Hiroyuki Okita

優駿 ORACION (1988)

Set on a quiet ranch in Hokkaido. One day, a colt is born from a legendary bloodline. It is given the name Oracion or "prayer". When Oracion is grown, a factory owner buys the horse. Will he be the key to solving the man's problems? Based on the novel by Teru Miyamoto.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shigemichi Sugita
CAST:  Yuki Saito  •  Naoto Ogata  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Mariko Kaga

Set on a quiet ranch in Hokkaido. One day, a colt is born from a legendary bloodline. It is given the name Oracion or "prayer". When Oracion is grown, a factory owner buys the horse. Will he be the key to solving the man's problems? Based on the novel by Teru Miyamoto.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shigemichi Sugita
CAST:  Yuki Saito  •  Naoto Ogata  •  Hidetaka Yoshioka  •  Mariko Kaga

Edo Porn (1981)

The world-famous woodblock artist Hokusai (1760-1849), a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Toshiyuki Nishida  •  Yūko Tanaka  •  Kanako Higuchi

The world-famous woodblock artist Hokusai (1760-1849), a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kaneto Shindō
CAST:  Ken Ogata  •  Toshiyuki Nishida  •  Yūko Tanaka  •  Kanako Higuchi
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