Sho Kosugi

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Sho Kosugi
Born小杉 正一 (Shōichi Kosugi)
(1948-06-17) June 17, 1948 (age 66)
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor, martial artist
Years active1981–2010
Spouse(s)Shook Kosugi
Website
http://shokosugi.net/shopro
 
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Sho Kosugi
Born小杉 正一 (Shōichi Kosugi)
(1948-06-17) June 17, 1948 (age 66)
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor, martial artist
Years active1981–2010
Spouse(s)Shook Kosugi
Website
http://shokosugi.net/shopro

Sho Kosugi (ショー・コスギ, born Shōichi Kosugi (小杉 正一 Kosugi Shōichi?); June 17, 1948) is a Japanese martial artist with extensive training in shindō jinen-ryū karate, kendo, judo, iaido, kobudo, aikido, and ninjutsu who gained popularity as an actor during the 1980s, usually playing a ninja.[1] Sho was an All Japan Karate Champion.[2][3] He is the father of Kane Kosugi and Shane Kosugi. After taking a hiatus from film, he started a taiko group in California. In Japan, he also ran an internationally oriented group of martial arts acting schools known as the Sho Kosugi Institute. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

It is common for Kosugi to have his sons co-star in movies when the plot includes family relations. Films in which Kosugi's sons perform alongside their father include Revenge of the Ninja, Pray for Death, Black Eagle, and Journey of Honor (aka Kabuto, aka Shogun Warrior).

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

YearTitleRoleNote
1974The Godfather: Part IIPasserby in Coat with Cap Pulled DownExtra
1976Bruce Lee Fights Back from the GraveSuzukiVillain
1978The Bad News Bears Go to JapanKata DemonstratorExtra
1981Enter the NinjaHasegawa3rd Lead and Villain
1983Revenge of the NinjaCho OsakiLead Role and Hero
1984Ninja III: The DominationYamadaLead Role and Hero
19859 Deaths of the NinjaSpike ShinobiLead Role and Hero
Pray for DeathAkira SaitoLead Role and Hero
1987Rage of HonorShiro TanakaLead Role and Hero
1988Aloha SummerYukinaga KonishiSpecial Appearance
1988Black EagleKen TaniLead Role and Hero
1989Blind FuryThe AssassinSpecial Appearance
1991Journey of HonorDaigoro MayedaLead Role and Hero
1993極東黒社会 Kyokutō Kuroshakai (Drug Connection)Larry Matsuda3rd Lead and Hero
1994ザ・格闘王 Za Kakutō Oh (The Fighting King)Director of film
ザ・格闘王2 Za Kakutō Oh 2 (The Fighting King 2)Director of film
2002The Scorpion KingTaiko Choreographer
2009Ninja AssassinOzunuLead Villain

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNote
1984The MasterOkasaLead Villain Okasa (5 episodes) / Lee Van Cleef's double (13 episodes)
1993琉球の風 Ryūkyū no Kaze (Dragon Spirit)ShintenpuCo-Star (Episodes 1,2,3,4,5,6,9,11,12,13)
1993Ultraman: The Ultimate HeroVoice of UltramanGuest Star (Episode 1 - Japanese language version only)
1994忍者戦隊カクレンジャー Ninja Sentai KakurangerGaliGuest Star (Episodes 28-29)
1996聖龍伝説 Seiryū Densetsu (Legend of St. Dragon)Shusaku SendoSpecial Appearance (Episode 7)

Other[edit]

YearTitleRoleNote
1986Master ClassHimselfInstructional video (Martial Arts)
1986Ninja Theater Hosted by Sho KosugiHimselfVHS Video Host segments (13 in all)
1986Honda Hurricane CommercialNinjaTV commercial
1998Tenchu: Stealth AssassinsRikimaruVideo game (motion capture portrayal)
2001-2002The Ninjas From Hollywood Japan TourGod of Peace and WarStage show

References[edit]

  1. ^ "`Ninja` Knockin`` Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 1986-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  2. ^ "`Ninja` Knockin`` Em Dead". Chicago Tribune. 1986-05-15. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 
  3. ^ Beale, Lewis (1986-04-20). "Martial Arts Pics--packing A Hard Punch". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 

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