Shido Nakamura

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Shido Nakamura was born September 14, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan, with the birth name Mikihiko Ogawa. In addition to his work in film, he is also a trained Kabuki actor. Kabuki is a traditional form of Japanese theater which is marked by elaborate make-up and unique dramatic styling. Although he began acting in the Kabuki Theater in 1981, he did not make his film debut until 2002. He has since acted in approximately twenty films, including several that have received international acclaim. One such movie was Clint Eastwood’s Letters from Iwo Jima, which was nominated for an Oscar for best film. He also has leant his voice to the Japanese television show Desu nôto, where he plays the character “Ryuuku the Death.”


In 2004, Shido Nakamura was nominated for Best Supporting Actor from the Award of the Japanese Academy for his role in Ashura no gotoku. In 2003, he won the Newcomer of the Year Award from the Japanese Academy for his role in Ping Pong. He also won a Blue Ribbon Award and a Mainichi Film Concours Award in 2002 for his role in Ping Pong. Additionally, he won Best Supporting Actor from the Nikkan Sports Film Awards for his role in Ima, ai ni yukimasu in 2004.


  • Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) .... Lieutenant Ito
  • Desu nôto: The last name (2006) (voice) .... Ryuuk ... aka Death Note: The Last Name (International: English title)
  • Hachimitsu to Clover (2006) ... aka Honey & Clover (International: English title)
  • Desu nôto (2006) (voice) .... Ryuuk ... aka Death Note (International: English title)
  • Huo Yuan Jia (2006) .... Anno Tanaka ... aka Fearless (International: English title) (USA) ... aka Jet Li's Fearless (USA: complete title) ... aka Legend of a Fighter (Hong Kong: English title)
  • Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005) (as Shidô Nakamura) .... Mamoru Uchida ... aka Yamato (International: English title)
  • Arashi no yoru ni (2005) .... Gabu ... aka Stormy Night (International: English title)
  • Inu no eiga (2005) ... aka All About My Dog (International: English title)
  • Rinjin 13-gô (2005) (as Shidô Nakamura) .... 13-gô/No. 13 ... aka Neighbour No. 13 (International: English title)
  • Ima, ai ni yukimasu (2004) .... Takumi ... aka Be with You (Hong Kong: English title) (International: English title) (Singapore: English title)
  • Akasen (2004) .... Izo
  • My Lover Is a Sniper: The Movie (2004) .... Fan Huo-qing
  • Shinsengumi! .... Sutesuke Takimoto (1 episode, 2004) - Kurofune ga kita (2004) TV Episode .... Sutesuke Takimoto
  • Ashura no gotoku (2003) ... aka Like Asura (International: English title)
  • Iden & Tity (2003) .... Johnny
  • Ping Pong (2002) .... Dragon
  • Kisarazu Cat's Eye .... Shijumi-kun (2 episodes, 2002) - Things to Do Before I Die (2002) TV Episode .... Shijumi-kun - Kishidan Call (2002) TV Episode .... Shijumi-kun
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