Kurata Tetsuo

Tetsuo Kurata

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  • First Name: Tetsuo
  • Family Name: Kurata
  • Native name: 倉田 てつを
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 11, 1968
  • Age: 51

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Tetsuo Kurata

Kurata Tetsuo

  • Name: Kurata Tetsuo
  • Native name: 倉田 てつを
  • Given name: Takayama Tetsuo
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 11, 1968
  • Age: 51
Tetsuo Kurata is a Japanese television, stage and film actor and administrator, best known for portraying Kotaro Minami, the main character in the tokusatsu television series Kamen Rider Black and its sequel, Kamen Rider Black RX.

Kurata auditioned for the role of Kotaro Minami in January 1987, when he had just graduated from high school. In a 2006 interview, Kurata had stated that, during the audition, he hadn't been able to portray the character appropriately, and did not think he would get the role. To his surprise, he was chosen by Shōtarō Ishinomori himself to play the lead role, beating some 8,000 other contestants. During this period, Kurata underwent intense training that included stage combat techniques, physical exercise sessions and acting and singing lessons.

On October 4, 1987, Kamen Rider Black premiered on TBS to public and critical acclaim. The success of the series, which ran for 51 episodes, generated enough interest from Toei Company executives to persuade them to produce a sequel, something unprecedented in the Kamen Rider Series franchise. After finishing his work on Black, Kurata was approached by Toei and renewed his contract for one more year in exchange for a salary raise to work on Black's sequel, Kamen Rider Black RX. This second series was less successful than its predecessor due to its witty and comical style, which differed deeply from the shadowy, darker tone of the original. In a 1989 magazine interview, Kurata said he preferred Black over Black RX, quoting the comedy from the latter as "excessive". It is rumored that Kurata declined later invitations to reprise his role as Kotaro in fear of being typecasted, but such rumors were never confirmed.

Following the end of Black RX, Kurata has appeared in various television series and doramas as supporting characters. He has apparently been out of the public spotlight after taking a hiatus from the entertainment industry, but came back to voice Kotaro Minami/Kamen Rider Black in Kamen Rider: Seigi No Keifu, as well as appearing in Battle of the Cooking Iron (Ore Gohan), pitting himself against Takayuki Tsubaki, known for his role as the title character of Kamen Rider Blade.

In 2009, Kurata returned as Kotaro Minami in the movie Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker and also made a cameo
appearance in Kamen Rider Decade, reprising his role as Kotaro Minami.

Away from the world of entertainment, Kurata owns a steakhouse called Billy the Kid in Kōtō, Tokyo. He also acts from time to time in TV dramas and stage plays in his spare time.

(Source: Kamen Rider Wiki)
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2009 Kamen Rider Decade
Japanese Drama, 2009, 31 eps
Kotaro Minami / Kamen Rider Black (RX) (Guest Role)
31
Kotaro Minami / Kamen Rider Black (RX)
Guest Role
7.4
2006 Nogaremono Orin
Japanese Drama, 2006, 21 eps
Tayasu Munetake (Support Role)
21
Tayasu Munetake
Support Role
6.5
1991 Kimi no Na wa
Japanese Drama, 1991, 312 eps
(Support Role)
312
Support Role
0.0
1990 Wataru Seken wa oni Bakari
Japanese Drama, 1990, 49 eps
Akiba Kazuo (Support Role)
49
Akiba Kazuo
Support Role
6.3
1988 Kamen Rider Black RX
Japanese Drama, 1988, 47 eps
Kotaro Minami (Main Role)
47
Kotaro Minami
Main Role
7.5
1987 Kamen Rider Black
Japanese Drama, 1987, 51 eps
Kotaro Minami (Main Role)
51
Kotaro Minami
Main Role
8.3
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2015 Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3
Japanese Movie, 2015,
Kotaro Minami/Kamen Rider Black (RX) (Support Role)
Kotaro Minami/Kamen Rider Black (RX)
Support Role
7.2
2009 Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Minami Kotaro (Support Role)
Minami Kotaro
Support Role
7.3
1996 Lady Ninja: Reflections of Darkness
Japanese Movie, 1996,
(Unknown)
Unknown
6.0
1989 Kamen Rider Black RX: Run All Over The World
Japanese Movie, 1989,
Minami Kotaro (Main Role)
Minami Kotaro
Main Role
7.4
1988 Kamen Rider Black: Terrifying! The Phantom House of Devil Pass
Japanese Movie, 1988,
Kotaro Minami (Main Role)
Kotaro Minami
Main Role
7.4
1988 Kamen Rider Black: Hurry to Onigashima
Japanese Movie, 1988,
Kotaro Minami (Main Role)
Kotaro Minami
Main Role
7.3
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1988 Kamen Rider 1 Through RX: Big Gathering
Japanese Special, 1988, 1 eps
Kotaro Minami (Main Role)
1
Kotaro Minami
Main Role
6.4
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