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James Shigeta est un Acteur Américain né le 17 juin 1929 à Hawaï (Etats-Unis)

James Shigeta

James Shigeta
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Nom de naissance James Saburo Shigeta
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 17 juin 1929 à Hawaï (Etats-Unis)
Mort 28 juillet 2014 (à 85 ans) à Los Angeles (Etats-Unis)

James S. Shigeta (June 17, 1929 – July 28, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He was also a standards singer, musical theatre and nightclub performer, and recording artist. He was a Sansei or third-generation American of Japanese ancestry. He was noted for his roles in Flower Drum Song (1961), Die Hard (1988), and Mulan (1998).


Early life
Born in the Territory of Hawaii of Japanese ancestry in 1929, Shigeta studied drama at New York University. Before he could fully embark on a business career, Shigeta enlisted to serve in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War where he served for two-and-a-half years, and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Singing career
Shigeta entered and won first prize on Ted Mack's television talent show, The Original Amateur Hour. Embarking on a singing career, his agent at the time gave him the non-ethnic sounding stage name of "Guy Brion" alluding to Shigeta as a cultured European. Under his new name he developed a supper club musical career in the United States, singing at venues such as the Mocambo and the Los Angeles Players Club. Despite that success, breaking into the movies eluded him.

During the Korean War Shigeta enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he entertained troops in California. En route to Korea, the ceasefire led Shigeta to Japan, where he was discharged from the Marines and hired by the theatrical division of Toho Studios.

Shigeta did not speak the Japanese language until Toho Studios in Tokyo invited him to be a musical star under his real name in Japan. He spent years in that country, becoming a success in all media aspects — radio, television, stage, supper clubs, movies, recordings — being known as "The Frank Sinatra of Japan".

In 1958 the Nichigeki Theatre in Tokyo exported their extravaganza Cherry Blossom Show to Australia with Shigeta as the male lead. The show was performed at the Empire Theatre in Sydney, Her Majesty's Theatre in Brisbane, the Theatre Royal in Adelaide, and Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne. The show was a big success, with one Australian reviewer writing about Shigeta, "... has matinee idol good looks and a soothing baritone voice that should send the record companies mad for his autograph on recording contracts."

Shigeta returned to the United States to sing on The Dinah Shore Show. By 1959 he was the star of the Shirley MacLaine-Steve Parker production of Holiday in Japan at the New Frontier Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

In 1969 Shigeta toured the United States in the lead role of The King and I, with Melva Niles and Pam Cavan co-starring in the production.

When movies began to open up for him, Shigeta took acting lessons from seasoned dialogue coach Leon Charles.

Shigeta first came on screen in the U.S., in 1959 as Detective Joe Kojaku in The Crimson Kimono, a detective story that featured an interracial romantic triangle between Kojaku, his partner Sgt. Charlie Bancroft (played by Glenn Corbett), and Christine Downes (portrayed by Victoria Shaw). Shigeta's character was somewhat groundbreaking for the 1950s, an Asian detective played by an Asian actor with regular speech patterns, rather than a non-Asian made up to pass as Asian who speaks in broken English.

Paramount Pictures and James Clavell cast Shigeta in the 1960 release Walk Like A Dragon, as Cheng Lu, a young Chinese man in the American old west who resents that Chinese must be subservient to white people. When filming began, Shigeta was still starring in Holiday in Japan in Las Vegas. An arrangement was made to transport him after his last show to the Paramount studio by ambulance to make sure he arrived on time. The technical advisor to Shigeta on the film was Benson Fong, who taught Shigeta how to mount a horse Chinese style. Jack Lord has first billing in this movie, which pits Shigeta against Lord for the affections of Kim Sung, played by Nobu McCarthy. Shigeta and McCarthy would work together again in the 1965 Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Wrongful Writ," while Shigeta and Lord would work together in the 1968 Hawaii Five-O episode Deathwatch.

The 1961 romantic comedy Cry for Happy had Shigeta co-starring with Glenn Ford, Donald O'Connor and Miyoshi Umeki in a tale about Korean War era United States Navy photographers in Japan.

In 1961, Shigeta was cast as Wang Ta, a role originated by Ed Kenney on Broadway, in the Academy Award-nominated movie version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song with Nancy Kwan and Miyoshi Umeki playing the love interests.

He was cast as World War II Japanese diplomat Hidenari Terasaki opposite Carroll Baker as Gwen Terasaki in the 1961 biographical movie Bridge to the Sun. A rarity for its era, the movie told the true story of a racially mixed marriage set against the background of the war between the United States and Japan.

Shigeta guest starred in many television shows, beginning with Alcoa Premiere in 1961, as a Korean War era Chinese Communist who tortured star Lloyd Bridges. He continued to act in television up through Avatar: The Last Airbender in 2005.

In 1965, Shigeta starred in Paradise, Hawaiian Style with Elvis Presley.

In 1965, Shigeta worked with Raymond Burr in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Wrongful Writ", cast as lawyer Ward Toyama who finds himself as the defendant. Shigeta worked with Raymond Burr two more times, in the 1969 Ironside episode "Love My Enemy", and the 1971 episode "No Motive for Murder" of the same series.

From 1969 to 1972, Shigeta had recurring appearances on the TV hospital drama Medical Center, in which he alternately appeared as the Resident Doctor and Doctor Osaka, for seven episodes. He played the role of Chief Resident in the series 1969 2-hour pilot U.M.C.

Tomorrow's Child from 1982, with Shigeta as a medical assistant to doctor Ed Flanders, dealt with the subject matter of a baby being brought to full term in a test tube.

He also continued starring in films. In 1976, he portrayed the famous Japanese admiral Chūichi Nagumo in Midway. In 1988, he played the ill-fated corporate executive Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi in the action adventure film Die Hard. Cage II: The Arena of Death from 1994 pits star Lou Ferrigno against Shigeta's character of underworld crime boss Tim Yum Yum. Shigeta has lent his voice to Disney's 1998 animated film Mulan.

Awards and legacy
James Shigeta shared the 1960 Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer with actors George Hamilton, Troy Donahue and Barry Coe.

In 2005, Shigeta received a "Visionary Award" from the Asian-American theatre organization, East West Players, at their annual anniversary gala in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Shigeta was among the actors, producers and directors interviewed in the documentary The Slanted Screen, directed by Jeff Adachi, about the representation of Asian and Asian American men in Hollywood.

Shigeta died in his sleep on July 28, 2014 at the age of 85 in Beverly Hills. He had suffered a stroke two years earlier.

Le plus souvent avec

Nancy Kwan
Nancy Kwan
(3 films)
Eddie Romero
Eddie Romero
(1 films)
James Clavell
James Clavell
(1 films)
James Hong
James Hong
(3 films)
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Filmographie de James Shigeta (28 films)

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The People I've Slept With, 1h26
Réalisé par Quentin Lee
Genres Comédie, Romance
Acteurs Karin Anna Cheung, Wilson Cruz, Archie Kao, Lynn Chen, James Shigeta, Cathy Shim
Rôle Charles Yang
Note49% 2.465962.465962.465962.465962.46596
Angela Yang (Cheung) is a young woman who enjoys sex and has had a number of partners. As mementos, she photographs her lovers and gives each of them a nickname.
Aniki, mon frère, 1h54
Réalisé par Takeshi Kitano
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Policier
Thèmes Mafia, La mer, Sport, Transport, Arts martiaux, Yakuza, Gangsters
Acteurs Omar Epps, Takeshi Kitano, Claude Maki, Tetsuya Watari (渡 哲也), Masaya Kato, Susumu Terajima
Rôle Sugimoto
Note71% 3.5987253.5987253.5987253.5987253.598725
Yamamoto, un yakuza de Tokyo, refuse de se soumettre au clan adverse qui a fait tuer son chef. Sa tête étant mise à prix, il quitte le Japon et part rejoindre son demi-frère Ken aux États-Unis.
Mulan (1998)
, 1h24
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Art martial, Comédie dramatique, Comédie musicale, Fantasy, Aventure, Musical, Animation, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un animal, La famille, Féminisme, Magie, Mythologie, Sexualité, Sport, Homosexualité, Transsexuels et transgenres, Arts martiaux, Mise en scène d'un insecte, Mise en scène d'un dragon, Musique, Politique, Films pour enfants, LGBT, LGBT, Travestissement au cinéma
Acteurs Ming-Na Wen, Lea Salonga, Eddie Murphy, Jackie Chan, B.D. Wong, Miguel Ferrer
Rôle General Li
Note76% 3.8033353.8033353.8033353.8033353.803335
Dans les paysages montagneux de Chine, surplombés par la Grande Muraille, les Huns envahissent en pleine nuit le pays. L’empereur prévenu, décrète la mobilisation d’un homme par famille. Fa Mulan, fille unique, part en ville se préparer avec sa mère et sa grand-mère pour rencontrer la marieuse et faire ainsi honneur à sa famille. Elle arrive en retard les cheveux couverts de paille au grand mécontentement de sa mère. Mulan est immédiatement déshabillée et plongée dans une baignoire, puis elle se fait rapidement vêtir en mariée. Sa grand-mère lui donne pour l’occasion Cri-Kee, un criquet porte bonheur. Cependant, après avoir commis maladresse sur maladresse, Mulan est honnie par la marieuse. De retour chez elle, seule, elle retire son maquillage et s’interroge sur la place qu’elle doit tenir.
Drive (1997)
, 1h39
Genres Science-fiction, Comédie, Action, Aventure
Acteurs Marc Dacascos, Kadeem Hardison, Brittany Murphy, Tracey Walter, John Pyper-Ferguson, James Shigeta
Rôle Mr. Lau
Note67% 3.3980753.3980753.3980753.3980753.398075
Toby Wong suit, promenade (Mark Dacascos), dont les employeurs à Leung Corporation de Hong Kong ont implanté dans sa poitrine un module bio-énergie qui améliore ses capacités physiques. Toby a échappé au contrôle de Leung Corporation et de faire son chemin à Los Angeles, où une société concurrente a proposé de retirer l'implant et lui donner sa vie back.After d'arriver à San Francisco, Toby rencontre - et, dans desparation, kidnappe - Malik Brodie (Kadeem Hardison), qui a les moyens de le faire à Los Angeles. Suivant de près sont des assassins professionnels et amateurs junk culture Vic Madison (Pyper-Ferguson John) et le hérisson (Tracey Walter), qui poursuivent Toby à l'emploi du président de la Leung Corporation, M. Lau (James Shigeta).
Space Marines, 1h35
Genres Science-fiction, Action
Acteurs Billy Wirth, Cady Huffman, John Pyper-Ferguson, Edward Albert, Michael Bailey Smith, Meg Foster
Rôle Ambassador Nakamura
Note38% 1.9425451.9425451.9425451.9425451.942545
In the future, space has been colonized. As humanity expanded, the Marine Corps became the Space Force. Col. Fraser (John Pyper-Ferguson), a former Marine officer who has become a pirate, has his pirates hijack a new synthetic explosive. Light and concealable, it is the perfect improvised explosive device. He takes hostages at a local colony to draw out a Earth negotiator (James Shigeta), who is escorted by a Marine fire team under the command of Capt. Gray (Edward Albert). He then takes him hostage on his ship, as well as the Sgt. in charge of the security detail. After a short space chase, he arrives with demands for gold in exchange for the negotiator's life. Col. Fraser is killed by a new recruit, who shoots him through his own torso, killing them both in the process.
Blood for Blood, 1h33
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Art martial, Action, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux
Acteurs Lorenzo Lamas, James Lew, Mako Iwamatsu, Eric Pierpoint, James Shigeta, James T. Callahan
Rôle Mao Mak
Note47% 2.3802952.3802952.3802952.3802952.380295
LAPD Detective John Kang (Lamas) dreams of a quiet life with his wife and child, but after a blown surveillance operation, those dreams quickly turn bloody when he is targeted for assassination by a ruthless Cambodian warlord. Plagued by memories of a forgotten childhood and trapped in the middle of a brutal gang war, Kang must fight to save his family as the world's deadliest hitman closes in for the kill.
Cage (1989)
, 1h40
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Art martial, Action, Wuxiapian
Thèmes Sport, Arts martiaux
Acteurs Reb Brown, Lou Ferrigno, Michael Dante, Al Leong, James Shigeta, Branscombe Richmond
Rôle Tin Lum Yin
Note51% 2.560812.560812.560812.560812.56081
Un GI au Vietnam sauve la vie de son copain, mais est gravement blessé d'une balle dans la tête. Il en résulte des dommages au cerveau au point où il a essentiellement le cerveau d'un enfant dans un (très grand) corps d'adulte. Quand ils quittent l'armée, tous les deux ouvrent un bar ensemble, mais certains gangsters locaux leur rendent les choses difficiles à la suite de leur refus de prendre part à des matchs « cage » brutaux qui se finissent souvent par des blessures graves ou la mort d'un des combattants.
Piège de cristal, 2h12
Réalisé par John McTiernan
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Thriller, Action
Thèmes L'action se déroule en une journée, Noël, Psychologie, Le terrorisme, Hold up, Gangsters, Escroquerie
Acteurs Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexandre Godounov, Reginald VelJohnson, Bonnie Bedelia, William Atherton
Rôle Joseph Yoshinobu Takagi
Note81% 4.0977154.0977154.0977154.0977154.097715
En 1988, le lieutenant de police à New York John McClane se rend à Los Angeles afin de passer Noël en compagnie de son épouse Holly et de leurs deux enfants. Une limousine attend John avec un chauffeur, Argyle, pour le mener au siège de la compagnie où travaille sa femme, le gratte-ciel Nakatomi Plaza pour fêter le Noël de l'entreprise. Mais arrivé à l'immeuble où il se rafraîchit dans la salle de bain après le voyage en avion, John entend des cris ponctués de détonations. Un groupe de treize terroristes mené par Hans Gruber investit l'immeuble et prend les occupants en otages. Le groupe se compose de Hans Gruber, Karl, Tony, Theo, Alexander, Marco, Kristoff, Eddie, Franco, Uli, Heinrich, Fritz et James. McClane s'échappe vers un étage supérieur, sans avoir le temps de mettre ni ses chaussures, ni ses chaussettes.
Tomorrow's Child, 1h40
Réalisé par Joseph Sargent
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Acteurs Stéphanie Zimbalist, William Atherton, Bruce Davison, Ed Flanders, James Shigeta, Arthur Hill
Rôle Donald Shibura
Note70% 3.52263.52263.52263.52263.5226
La femme d'un scientifique est amenée à faire croire à ses proches qu'elle est enceinte. En fait, l'embryon a été créé artificiellement et se développe dans un incubateur.
MacArthur, le Général Rebelle, 2h2
Réalisé par Joseph Sargent
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Guerre, Biographie, Historique
Thèmes La mer, Politique, Transport, Politique
Acteurs Gregory Peck, Ed Flanders, Dan O'Herlihy, Ward Costello, Nicolas Coster, Addison Powell
Rôle General Tomoyuki Yamashita
Note65% 3.2979253.2979253.2979253.2979253.297925
Le film retrace l'étonnante carrière du général américain Douglas MacArthur. En 1942, les attaques japonaises détruisent plus de la moitié de la flotte aérienne du secteur Est. Ses positions aux Philippines sont anéanties, MacArthur part mais promet de revenir. Avec de fascinantes victoires dans le Pacifique et une habile mainmise sur la démocratisation du Japon, il est de retour. Il aspire aussi à la présidence. En 1951, alors qu'il sert durant la Guerre de Corée, son ego démesuré et son indiscipline poussent le président Truman à le limoger.
La Bataille de Midway, 2h12
Réalisé par Jack Smight
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Guerre, Action, Aventure, Historique
Thèmes La mer, Transport, Aviation, Politique, Forces armées des États-Unis
Acteurs Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Toshiro Mifune
Rôle Vice Adm. Chūichi Nagumo
Note67% 3.398573.398573.398573.398573.39857
Le film raconte deux batailles de la guerre du Pacifique pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale en 1942 : la Bataille de la mer de Corail et la Bataille de Midway qui décida du sort de la guerre dans le Pacifique. Jusque-là, la marine japonaise était invaincue et surclassait l’US Navy dans un rapport de 4 à 1.
Yakuza (1974)
, 1h52
Réalisé par Sydney Pollack
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Action, Policier
Thèmes Mafia, La mer, Transport, Yakuza, Gangsters
Acteurs Robert Mitchum, Ken TAKAKURA, Keiko Kishi, Richard Jordan, Brian Keith, Herb Edelman
Rôle Goro
Note71% 3.599153.599153.599153.599153.59915
Un détective à la retraite, Harry Kilmer (Robert Mitchum), est rappelé par un ancien ami, George Tanner (Brian Keith). En effet, la fille de ce dernier a été enlevée par un chef yakuza, Tono Toshiro, qui veut forcer Tanner à lui livrer les armes promises. Pour libérer sa fille, Tanner veut faire appel aux anciennes connaissances de Harry Kilmer, qui connaît le Japon et tous les rouages du syndicat japonais du crime... Notamment son ex-petite amie et son frère, ancien yakuza retiré des affaires très porté sur les affaires d'honneur.