A True Icon, Sugawara Bunta Calls It A Career

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A True Icon, Sugawara Bunta Calls It A Career
Fifty six years and a whopping one hundred fifty nine roles since he made his debut, the iconic Sugawara Bunta has announced his retirement.

Sugawara first appeared on screen in 1956 and will be best remembered by many fans for his role in Fukasaku Kinji's iconic yakuza series Battles Without Honor And Humanity, though in more recent years he also did a good deal of voice work in high profile animated features such as Miyazaki Hayao's Spirited Away and Hosoda Mamoru's The Wolf Children Ame And Yuki.

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Ruben R RosarioNovember 15, 2012 3:18 PM

While I do love him in Battles Without Honor and Humanity, I just adore him as Okita in Street Mobster. It's one of my favorite Fukusaku films and I think one of the best performances that Sugawara has done in his entire career.

cuttermaranNovember 15, 2012 4:39 PM

That's not him on the poster.

Todd BrownNovember 15, 2012 4:54 PM

Oh, damn, you're right. That's Otomo Ryutaro. No excuse for that ... swapping it out now for, you know, the right guy.

cuttermaranNovember 15, 2012 5:11 PM

Since you posted that picture, I would go for Truck Rascals 1&2.

cuttermaranNovember 16, 2012 12:30 PM

How could I forget, one of the best performances by Sugawara is sure in "The Machine Gun Dragon"

Bunta_SugawaraJanuary 11, 2013 11:33 PM

Can't go wrong with any yakuza film. He is awesome in Gendai Yakuza, 3 Outlaw Brothers.