Keiji Sada

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Keiji Sada, 1951

Keiji Sada ( Japanese 佐 田 啓 二 , Sada Keiji , actually: Kan'ichi Nakai ( 中 井 寛 一 , Nakai Kan'ichi ); * December 9, 1926 in Kyoto ; † August 17, 1964 in Nirasaki ) was a Japanese actor . During his film career from 1947 to 1964 he took part in a total of 75 films.


Sada was born in 1926 in Shimogyō-ku, Kyōto as Kanichi Nakai, into a merchant family. He attended the 2nd Kyōto Commercial School and began studying political science and economics after graduating from Waseda University in Tokyo. During his studies he stayed in a guesthouse of the actor Shūji Sano and after completing his studies he received a contract with the Shōchiku film studios in Kanagawa.

In his film debut in 1947, Fushichō , directed by Keisuke Kinoshita , he played on the side of Kinuyo Tanaka a husband who has to go back to war after his honeymoon and will not return. By working with Tanaka, who was already a well-known film star at the time, Sada's career was promoted right from the start. Later that year he was selected to star in Kane no Naru Oka , a film adaptation of a popular NHK radio play. Sada's career continued to pick up speed in the 1950s and he made several films a year. In 1951 he played the role of a young teacher in Japan's first color film Carmen returns home with Hideko Takamine and Shûji Sano, again directed by Keisuke Kinoshita. In 1953, he starred in the three-part film version of Kimi no na wa: Dai-ni-bu with Keiko Kishi . The second part Kimi no na wa , which was released in December 1953, and the third Kimi no na wa: Dai-san-bu , which was released in April 1954, topped the box office and were extremely popular. For Anata Kaimasu , he received the Mainichi Film Award and the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actor in 1957 for the role of Daisuke Kishimoto, a professional and ambitious baseball scout. In his last role he played the role of Tatsuoka in Amai ase (1964) alongside Machiko Kyō and directed by Shirō Toyoda . The film was only shown after his death.

Sada was killed in a car accident in Nirasaki , Yamanashi Prefecture , on August 17, 1964, while returning from a summer vacation in Nagano Prefecture . A memorial service was held at Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo, attended by thousands of fans. He found his final resting place in the temple of Engaku-ji in Kamakura. He was the father of the actress Kie Nakai (* 1957) and the actor Kiichi Nakai (* 1961).

Filmography (selection)

(Films under Ozu Yasujirō are marked with a *)

  • 1947: Fushichō
  • 1951: Carmen returns home ( Karumen kokyō ni kaeru )
  • 1953: Kimi no na wa
  • 1953: Kimi no na wa: Dai-ni-bu (2nd)
  • 1954: Kimi no na wa: Dai-san-bu (3rd)
  • 1956: Taifū sōdōki
  • 1956: Anata kaimasu
  • 1958: Summer blossoms ( Higanbana ) *
  • 1959: Good morning ( Ohayō ) *
  • 1959: Barefoot through hell ( Ningen no jōken )
  • 1960: late autumn ( Akibiyori ) *
  • 1962: An autumn afternoon ( Sanma no aji ) *
  • 1964: Amai ase


Blue Ribbon Award

  • 1957: Best leading actor for Taifū sōdōki ( 台風 騒 動 記 ) and Anata kaimasu ( あ な た 買 い ま す )

Kinema Junpo Award

  • 1957: Best leading actor for Anata kaimasu ( あ な た 買 い ま す )

Mainichi Film Concours

  • 1957: Best leading actor for Taifū sōdōki ( 台風 騒 動 記 ) and Anata kaimasu ( あ な た 買 い ま す )
  • 1965: special price


  • Stuart Galbraith IV: The Toho Studios Story . The Scarerow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, Toronto, Plymouth UK 2008, ISBN 978-0-8108-6004-9 , pp. 212, 213.

Web links

Commons : Keiji Sada  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Windows of the World; Day: Keiji Sada., accessed January 5, 2018 .
  2. 佐 田 啓 二 が 交通事故 死 ., August 17, 2015, accessed January 4, 2018 .