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Daisuke Ryu
Daisuke Ryu (Japanese: 隆大介, Korean: 장명남, Jang Myeong-nam, hanja: 張明男, born 14 January 1957 in Tokyo, Japan)[1] is a Japanese actor of Korean descent.[2] He won the Japanese "best new actor" Blue ribbon award
Blue ribbon award
for his performance as the warlord Oda Nobunaga
Oda Nobunaga
in Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha. His other notable performances include Saburo Ichimonji in another Kurosawa epic, Ran, and the legendary yamabushi, Musashibo Benkei, in Sogo Ishii's critically acclaimed Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle'. In 'The Ginger Tree' (based on the novel by Oswald Wynd), Daisuke Ryu played Count Kentaro Kurihama. On March 21, 2015, Ryu travelled to Taiwan, where he was to perform in the Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
film Silence. Upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport, he was stopped by immigration officials due to having an incomplete entry form
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IMDb
IMDb, also known as Internet Movie Database, is an online database of information related to world films, television programs, home videos and video games, and internet streams, including cast, production crew, personnel and fictional character biographies, plot summaries, trivia, and fan reviews and ratings. An additional fan feature, message boards, was abandoned in February, 2017. The database is owned and operated by IMDb.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon. As of December 2017[update], IMDb
IMDb
has approximately 4.7 million titles (including episodes) and 8.3 million personalities in its database,[2] as well as 83 million registered users. The movie and talent pages of IMDb
IMDb
are accessible to all internet users, but a registration process is necessary to contribute information to the site. Most data in the database is provided by volunteer contributors
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Sogo Ishii
Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍, Ishii Gakuryū, born January 15, 1957), formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互, Ishii Sōgo), is a Japanese filmmaker.Contents1 Career 2 Filmography2.1 Feature films 2.2 Short films3 References 4 External linksCareer[edit] In 1982, Ishii directed Burst City, an action film about a wild gang of quasi-mutant bikers who ride into a town staging protests against the construction of a nearby nuclear reactor plant. The film starred members of Japanese punk bands The Roosters, The Rockers, The Stalin and Inu, among others. He became a favorite among rebel and punk cineastes in Japan
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Toshiyuki Nagashima
Toshiyuki is a masculine Japanese given name
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Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo
(/ˈtoʊkioʊ/, Japanese: [toːkʲoː] ( listen)), officially Tokyo Metropolis,[6] is the capital city of Japan
Japan
and one of its 47 prefectures.[7] The Greater Tokyo Area
Greater Tokyo Area
is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.[8] It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan
Japan
and the Japanese government. Tokyo
Tokyo
is in the Kantō region
Kantō region
on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu
Honshu
and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.[9] Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shōgun
Shōgun
Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters
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So Yamamura
So Yamamura
So Yamamura
(山村聰, Yamamura Sō, 24 February 1910 – 26 May 2000) was a Japanese actor and film director.[1] He appeared in more than 110 films between 1947 and 1991, and directed four films. He was also known by the name Satoshi Yamamura, while his actual birth name is Koga Hirosada. In the US, he is well known for his portrayals of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
Isoroku Yamamoto
of the Combined Fleet, in Tora! Tora! Tora!, and of Mr
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Blue Ribbon Awards
The Blue Ribbon Awards (ブルーリボン賞, Burū Ribon Shō) are film-specific prizes awarded solely by movie critics and writers in Tokyo, Japan. The awards were established in 1950 by The Association of Tokyo
Tokyo
Film Journalists (東京映画記者会, Tōkyō Eiga Kishakai) which is composed of film correspondents from seven Tokyo-based sports newspapers. In 1961, the six major Japanese newspapers (Yomiuri Shinbun, Asahi Shinbun, Mainichi Shinbun, Sankei Shimbun, Tokyo Shimbun and Nihon Keizai Shinbun) as well as the Japanese Associated Press withdrew their support for the Blue Ribbon Awards and established the Association of Japanese Film
Film
Journalists Awards (日本映画記者会賞, Nihon Eiga Kishakai Shō), (which were held a mere six times). In 1967, the awards were cancelled as a result of the Black Mist Scandal. In 1975, the awards were revived, and have continued until the present day
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Taoyuan International Airport
Taiwan
Taiwan
Taoyuan International Airport
Taoyuan International Airport
(IATA: TPE, ICAO: RCTP) is an international airport serving the capital city of Taipei
Taipei
and northern Taiwan. Located about 40 km (25 mi) west of Taipei
Taipei
in Dayuan District, Taoyuan, the airport is Taiwan's largest and busiest airport.[3] It is one of five Taiwanese airports with regular international flights, and is operated by the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation. In 2016, it was ranked the best airport for its size in the Asia-Pacific region by Airports Council International.[4] The airport opened for commercial operations in 1979 and is an important regional trans-shipment center, passenger hub, and gateway for destinations in Asia
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Martin Scorsese
Martin Charles Scorsese (/skɔːrˈsɛsi/;[1] born November 17, 1942) is an American director, producer, screenwriter, and film historian, whose career spans more than 50 years. Scorsese's body of work addresses such themes as Sicilian-American identity, Roman Catholic concepts of guilt and redemption,[2] faith,[3] machismo, modern crime, and gang conflict. Many of his films are also known for their depiction of violence and liberal use of profanity. Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinematic history. In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation
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Taiwan
Taiwan
Taiwan
(/ˌtaɪˈwɑːn/ ( listen)), officially the Republic of China
China
(ROC), is a state in East Asia.[15][16][17] Its neighbors include the People's Republic of China
China
(PRC) to the west, Japan
Japan
to the northeast, and the Philippines
Philippines
to the south. It is the most populous state and largest economy that is not a member of the United Nations. The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, was inhabited by aborigines before the 17th century, when Dutch and Spanish colonies opened the island to mass Han immigration. After a brief rule by the Kingdom of Tungning, the island was annexed by the Qing dynasty, the last dynasty of China. The Qing ceded Taiwan
Taiwan
to Japan
Japan
in 1895 after the Sino-Japanese War
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Oswald Wynd
Oswald Wynd (1913–1998) was a Scottish writer, born in Tokyo of parents who had left their native Perth to run a mission in Japan. He attended schools in Japan where he grew up speaking both English and Japanese. In 1932 he returned with his parents to Scotland, and studied at the University of Edinburgh and began to write novels. When World War II came he joined the Scots Guards but was then commissioned into the Intelligence Corps and sent to Malaya. At the time of the Japanese invasion, he was attached to the Indian Army on the east coast of Malaya, and his brigade covered the final withdrawal to Singapore. Cut off by the Japanese advance, he was lost alone for a week in the Johor jungle
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Silence (2016 Film)
Silence is a 2016 historical period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely in Taiwan around Taipei. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano
Tadanobu Asano
and Ciarán Hinds. The plot follows two 17th-century Jesuit
Jesuit
priests who travel from Portugal to Edo-era Japan
Japan
to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story is set in the time when it was common for Christians to hide from persecution following the suppression of Japanese Roman Catholics during the Shimabara Rebellion
Shimabara Rebellion
(1637–1638) against the Tokugawa shogunate. The pre-production phase of the filmmaking for Silence went through a cycle of over two decades of set-backs and reassessments
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Benkei
Musashibō Benkei
Benkei
(武蔵坊弁慶, 1155–1189), popularly called Benkei, was a Japanese warrior monk (sōhei) who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune. He is commonly depicted as a man of great strength and loyalty, and a popular subject of Japanese folklore.Contents1 Early life 2 Seven Famous Weapons 3 Career 4 Death 5 Adaptions 6 Notes 7 References 8 External linksEarly life[edit] Stories about Benkei's birth vary considerably. One tells how his father was the head of a temple shrine who had raped his mother, the daughter of a blacksmith. Another sees him as the offspring of a temple god. Many give him the attributes of a demon, a monster child with wild hair and long teeth. In his youth, Benkei
Benkei
may have been called Oniwaka (鬼若)—"demon/ogre child", and there are many famous ukiyo-e works themed on Oniwakamaru and his adventures
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Blue Ribbon Award
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a United States government program created in 1982 to honor schools that have achieved high levels of student achievement or made significant improvements in closing the achievement gap among student subgroups. One-third of all schools nominated in any state must serve student populations of at least 40% from disadvantaged backgrounds. More than 8,000 schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools since the program's founding in 1982.[1]Contents1 History 2 Criteria 3 Application procedure 4 Criticism 5 See also 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] In 1981, then-Secretary of Education Terrel H. Bell commissioned a study of American education. The report, issued two years later as A Nation at Risk,[2] described a “rising tide” of mediocre schools that threatened the nation’s future. Secretary Bell created the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award to bring exemplary U.S
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Japan
Coordinates: 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136Japan 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-kokuFlagImperial SealAnthem: "Kimigayo" 君が代"His Imperial Majesty's Reign"[2][3] Government
Government
Seal of JapanGo-Shichi no Kiri (五七桐)Area controlled by Japan
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Actor
An actor (often actress for females; see terminology) is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern mediums such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers".[1] The actor's interpretation of their role pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character
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