Yuya uchida

Yuya Uchida
Born (1939-11-17) November 17, 1939 (age 74)
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actor, singer
Spouse(s) Kirin Kiki

Yuya Uchida (内田 裕也 Uchida Yūya?, born November 17, 1939 in Nishinomiya) is a Japanese actor and singer, who is regarded as a major figure in Japanese popular music.[1]

He began his music career in 1957, and became one of Japan's pivotal rock and roll figures. He became good friends with John Lennon after touring with The Beatles in 1966.[2] In addition to his solo career, he produced the Flower Travellin Band and has worked with a large variety of musicians both domestic and international, and recorded with The Ventures and Frank Zappa in the mid-1970s. In 1975 he produced an international music festival titled "World Rock Festival" which featured artists from around the world performing together.[3]

He has appeared in numerous Japanese films, such as the Nagisa Oshima film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and won two best acting awards. He also starred in the American film Black Rain.

He is married to the actress Kirin Kiki.[4]

He was a candidate in 1991 Tokyo gubernatorial election.[5]


Year Film Role
1983 Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence Commandant of Military Prison
1986 Comic Magazine Toshiaki Kinameri
1989 Zatoichi, Darkness Is His Ally Boss Akabei
Black Rain Nashida
2002 Deadly Outlaw: Rekka
2003 Akame 48 Waterfalls
2004 Izo


External links

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Official International website (English)

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