Saturday, April 8, 2017

TOEI IN DA HOUSE! Yakuza Stars Gather for a Special Event!

With Toei actor Ryuji Katagiri. 

Tonight, I was pleased to attend a dinner with a different set of guests from the ones I usually meet. The guest of honor was Toei veteran Ryuji Katagiri, who began his acting career in the early 1970s at Toei Studios. He appears in the Sonny Chiba actioners The Street Fighter (1974), Return of the Street Fighter (1974), and The Street Fighter's Last Revenge (1974). He was also a regular in Kinji Fukasaku's Battles Without Honor and Humanity series.

With actor Ken Musashi.

Also on hand was actor Ken Musashi, a V-cinema (direct-to-video) star who specializes in yakuza flicks. Both he and Katagiri-san appear in Hiroshi Kashiwabara's new film A Long Way Off the Kilimanjaro (2016). Kashiwanbara-san was also there, and I enjoyed catching up with him again. 

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