Akira Terao: biography, career, personal life



 Akira Terao was born on May 18, 1947 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. His father was actor and film director Yukichi Uno. Akira received his education at Wako Gakuen School. He received his higher education at Dainin Senior Secondary School and Hosei University. He received his acting education at the professional school Bunka Gakuen.

Musical creativity

In 1966, he debuted as bassist in a band called “Group Sounds” under the pseudonym “Savage”. The debut solo album was released in 1970.

As a performer and musician, Akira is mainly known for the 1981 hit “Ruby no Yubiwa” and the album that sold as “Reflections”, which broke out in Japan’s 1.6 million copies.

Acting career

As actor Akira Terao made his film debut in “Chikado no tayi” directed by Kei Kumai, released in 1968 year. In 1985, Terao starred under Akira Kurosawa in his film “Ran”. In 1990, he appeared again in the film “Dreams” by the same director, playing the role of himself in it. Director Takashi Kozumi had roles in the films “After the Rain” and “Professor’s Favorite Equation”.


talent for a drama actor in Akira Terao was evident in the filming of the drama “Yasashii Jikan” directed by Kazunari Ninomiya and the filming of the drama “Change” (2008) directed by Takuya Kimura.

At the 47-1 Blue Ribbon Awards ceremony, Akira Terao won the award for Best Actor in “Half Confession”.

He also acted as an actor of commercials in agencies such as Horipro and Ishihara International Productions. His current personal agency is Terao Music Offices.

Akira Terao’s

personal life

was married to Japan’s famous Taiwanese actress Banjaku Han, who lived in Japan and performed songs in Japanese. Their wedding took place in 1973, but already in 1974 the couple divorced.

Akira’s current wife is Mayumi Hoshino.

According to close friends, Terao is famous for “wearing glasses and expressing nihilism.”

One of the features of Akira’s appearance is two moles on one cheek, so Terao has the nickname “Hoppe”, which means “cheek” in translation.

Cinematic creativity

Compared to other professional film actors, Terao is infrequently filmed in motion pictures, so the list of his works is small.

In 1968, Terao starred in “The Sands of Kurobe”, a Japanese drama directed by Kei Kumai. With this film, Japan made a bid for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 41st Academy Ceremony. But for some reason the film wasn’t even nominated. The film’s stellar cast, which included Toshiro Mifune and Yujiro Ishihara, contributed to its widespread popularity in Japan and beyond.

In 1985, Terao stars as Ishimonji Taro Takatorah in the period drama film “Ran” directed by Akira Kurosawa. The screenplay is influenced by William Shakespeare’s play “King Lear” and various legends of the daime Mori Motonari. Starring Tatsuya Nakadai and Hidetora Ichimonji. The story tells of an aging warlord of the Sengoku period who decides to renounce the title in favor of his three sons. The film “Ran” is considered Akira Kurosawa’s greatest film. Moreover, with a budget of $11 million, it became the most expensive Japanese film of its time. The film is enthusiastically noted by critics mainly for its powerful imagery and use of color, and the costume designer who worked on the film won the Oscar Award for Best Costume Design.

In 1990, Akira stars as himself in the motion picture “Dreams”. It is a Japanese-American magic and realist film about 8 vignettes written and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The plot was inspired by Kurosawa’s real-life dreams and was his first film in 45 years in which he was the sole author of the screenplay. The picture was funded by Warner Brothers Film Company and Kurosawa was assisted by maitres such as George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The film was screened out of competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival and received only positive reviews.

Madadayo (1993) is a Japanese comedy-drama film starring Akira Terao as Sawamura. It was Akira Kurosawa’s 30th and final film. The painting was screened at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival and was also selected as a bid for Best Foreign Language Film at the 66th Oscar Awards ceremony, but was not accepted into the as a candidate.

After the Rain (1999) is a Japanese-French film starring Akira Terao as Ihei Misawa. The plot is based on Akira Kurosawa’s latest script, which his former assistant 28-year-old director Takashi Koizumi embodied in the picture. The film tape was awarded the Japanese Academy Award in 1999 in the best film category of 1999.

A Letter from the Mountain (2002) is a film starring Terao as Takao Ueda.

“ Kassern” (2004) is a tokusatsu style film starring Akira Terao as Professor Kotora Azuma. Tokusatsu is a film adaptation of the superhero anime series of the same name. Directed and scripted by Kazuaki Kiriya.

Half a Confession (2004) is a film starring Terao as Soichiro Kaji. The motion picture, produced by director Kiyoshi Sasabe, was selected as the best film at the Academy Awards of Japan.

“ Into the Sun” (2005) is an action film starring Terao as Matsuda. Directed by Christopher Morrison, starring Steven Segal (formerly also and producer of the film). The original script was written by Travor Miller, and based on the plot, the painting was represented by an anti-drug detective.

Professor’s Favorite Equation (2006) is a Japanese film directed by Takashi Kiozumi and starring Akira Terao in the title role of Professor. The screenplay is based on the novel “The Housekeeper and the Professor”.

Samayu Yaiba (2009) is a Japanese film directed by Shouchi Mashiko and starring Terao as Shigeki Nagamine. The film is produced by Toei Company and is based on the novel “Samayou Yaiba” by writer Keigo Higashino. In countries in Europe and in the United States, it was shown under the title “The Hovering Blade”.

Akira Terao


in 2008 was awarded the Japanese Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon. In 2018 — Order of the Rising Sun 4th class with gold rays and rosette.

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