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Yasuaki Kurata is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in Karate (7th degree), Judo (3rd degree), and Aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese. He was close friends with Bruce Lee during his career.

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Kurata’s home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki. Niihari was a district located in Ibaraki, Japan. The district was dissolved on March 27, 2006. Kurata studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School.

In 1966, Kurata began his career as an actor in Marude Dameo, a Japanese TV series.

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In 1971, Kurata made his Hong Kong debut in the Shaw Brothers Studio kung-fu movie Angry Guest. Since then he has appeared in numerous other films and TV series within the genre. In Japan, he gained popularity for his role in the television series G-Men ’75.

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In addition to his work as an actor, Kurata runs the stunt agency Kurata Promotion (established 1976 under the name Kurata Action Club), teaches at a private college (the University of Creation, Art, Music & Social Work), is chief advisor to the All Japan Nunchaku League, and in 2004 published a book, Hong Kong Action Star Kōyūroku. He is running karate dojos in Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong.

Yasuaki Kurata:

Dear Mr. Bruce Lee,

Long time no see.

The first time I met you was on set at the Golden Harvest Studio. It has been over 50 years since then. I still remember clearly your amazing powerfulness. We met a couple of times afterwards like at a restraint in town, lobby in the Peninsula Hotel and 6/F of Hong Kong Hotel. I also had visited you on set. At the time you had left for Rome for shooting of ‘The Way of the Dragon’, a newspaper reporter had taken our pictures at the airport. I still keep it as my treasure.

Yasuaki Kurata:

You turn 80 this year! Can’t imagine how 80-year-old you would be. I learn from your attitude towards martial arts, I still keep exercising and learning like this. After you left our world, ‘Enter The Dragon’ had made a huge hit. I feel sorry that you didn’t see it. But you are now posing majestically at side of Victoria Harbour, and people from around the world are giving applause to you. Any Kung Fu star who can go beyond you is not appearing so far. I need to express yourself through martial arts, you told me that. You made your words attained.

See you.

Yasuaki Kurata.




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