One of the finest actors in the world, the strikingly handsome Tatsuya Nakadai (picture a Japanese Elvis), has wowed audiences—and made the ladies swoon—for more than 50 years in films ranging from bloody samurai flicks (Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo) to romantic heartbreakers (Mikio Naruse’s When a Woman Ascends the Stairs). Starting today, Film Forum and the Japan Foundation celebrate his incredible career (which began when director Masaki
Kobayashi discovered the young Nakadai working in a Tokyo shop) with a seven-week retrospective. Nakadai himself will be on hand for a Q&A after the 6:10 p.m. screening of Kobayashi’s Harakiri, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and ends with one of the most intense (and grueling) sword battles in the history of film. Can’t make it tonight? On June 24, Nakadai returns to Film Forum for a conversation with Japanese film specialist Michael Jeck.
June 20-Aug. 7, 2008