Saotome Taichi

Taichi Saotome

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  • First Name: Taichi
  • Family Name: Saotome
  • Native name: 早乙女太一
  • Also Known as: Nagashime Ouji; Sidelong Glance Prince
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 24, 1991
  • Age: 28

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Taichi Saotome

Saotome Taichi

  • Name: Saotome Taichi
  • Native name: 早乙女太一
  • Also Known as: Nagashime Ouji; Sidelong Glance Prince
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 24, 1991
  • Age: 28
Saotome Taichi is a Japanese film and stage actor best known for playing beautiful young men and onnagata roles of women. He is known as "Nagashime Ouji" (流し目王子) or "Sidelong Glance Prince".

His father is the head of the gekidan sujaku theatre troupe, and Saotome grew up within the troupe, performing primarily in taishū engeki, a theatrical form related to kabuki, but less formalized. Identified as having a natural talent as an onnagata (female impersonator), he has been trained in that field and performs in female roles onstage.

He has acted in two films by director Takeshi Kitano. In 2003, in Zatoichi, he portrayed the child Seitaro who, when older, disguised himself as a geisha (played by Daigoro Tachibana). Though in a different troupe from Tachibana, the two have frequently practiced and performed together. Saotome was also in Kitano's 2005 film, Takeshis', in which he was credited as himself, playing a young female impersonator and dancer.

Saotome also plays young male roles, particularly those with a bishōnen aesthetic, i.e. graceful, beautiful young men. In 2005, he played the role of Mori Ranmaru in a National Museum event called "Sengoku Fantasy", and on New Year's 2007, he played a young Horibe Yasubee in the NHK New Year's jidaigeki play.

Though he has not appeared in many films, Saotome has a powerful fan following in the theatre, and his official fan club was established in 2006. He has said that he does not really understand his appeal, but is happy that people of all ages enjoy his performances. His appearance on the variety show D no Gekijō in late January 2007 was one of a number of his events which have generated an overwhelming fan response. It was arranged that he would reprise the same performance, a dance in a flower-decorated kimono, at the Taishōkan, soon afterward. The performance was sold out the next day. Many of his fellow performers from D no Gekijō and other events are said to have become fans of his as well, and make time in their busy schedules to attend his performances.

Saotome has expressed a desire to play men's roles and to perform in more mainstream or traditional theatre, saying that he has never much cared for playing female roles. He recently got the chance to play the main lead in the delinquent film "Crows Explode" and he's trying to build his film and drama TV career besides his theatre life.
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2019 Tokyo Dokushin Danshi
Japanese Drama, 2019, 8 eps
Itoi Ritsuki (Support Role)
8
Itoi Ritsuki
Support Role
8.0
2018 Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira 2
Japanese Drama, 2018, 10 eps
Tokita Ryuzo/Adachi Isao [Young] (Ep.9) (Guest Role)
10
Tokita Ryuzo/Adachi Isao [Young] (Ep.9)
Guest Role
8.5
2018 Boukyaku no Sachiko
Japanese Drama, 2018, 12 eps
Shungo (Support Role)
12
Shungo
Support Role
7.9
2018 Kaisha wa Gakkou jane-n da yo
Japanese Drama, 2018, 8 eps
Takumi [Cypher Creation] (Support Role)
8
Takumi [Cypher Creation]
Support Role
8.1
2016 Futagashira 2
Japanese Drama, 2016, 5 eps
Soji (Main Role)
5
Main Role
8.5
2016 HiGH&LOW SEASON 2
Japanese Drama, 2016, 10 eps
Ryu (Support Role)
10
Ryu
Support Role
8.3
2015 Futagashira
Japanese Drama, 2015, 5 eps
Soji (Main Role)
5
Soji
Main Role
6.7
2015 TENSHI TO AKUMA - Mikaiketsu Jiken Tokumei Koshouka
Japanese Drama, 2015, 9 eps
(Ep.6) (Guest Role)
9
(Ep.6)
Guest Role
7.5
2014 Nobunaga Concerto
Japanese Drama, 2014, 11 eps
Danzo (Ep. 1-4) (Guest Role)
11
Danzo (Ep. 1-4)
Guest Role
8.5
2012 Kuro no Onna Kyoushi
Japanese Drama, 2012, 10 eps
Sudo Tatsuya (ep1) (Guest Role)
10
Sudo Tatsuya (ep1)
Guest Role
7.4
2010 Juui Dolittle
Japanese Drama, 2010, 9 eps
Masuyama Hiroki (Ep.7) (Guest Role)
9
Masuyama Hiroki (Ep.7)
Guest Role
7.5
2010 Shinzanmono
Japanese Drama, 2010, 10 eps
Uesugi Kazuhiro (Ep.7,10) (Guest Role)
10
Uesugi Kazuhiro (Ep.7,10)
Guest Role
7.9
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Iwane: Sword of Serenity
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Kuniemon (Support Role)
Kuniemon
Support Role
0.0
2018 Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Daisuke Kato (Support Role)
Daisuke Kato
Support Role
7.5
2018 BLEACH
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Abarai Renji (Support Role)
Abarai Renji
Support Role
7.7
2017 Confession of Murder
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Toda Jo (Support Role)
Toda Jo
Support Role
8.2
2017 Tatara Samurai
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Inoue Tatsunoshin (Support Role)
Inoue Tatsunoshin
Support Role
6.3
2016 HiGH&LOW: The Red Rain
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.3
2016 HiGH&LOW The Movie
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.4
2014 Crows Explode
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Kagami Ryohei (Main Role)
Main Role
6.9
2013 A Boy Called H
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Shimoyama Kokichi (Support Role)
Shimoyama Kokichi
Support Role
7.4
2013 Geki×Cine: Dokurojou no Shichinin
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Mukai Yaranbee (Support Role)
Mukai Yaranbee
Support Role
0.0
2005 Takeshis'
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Himself (Support Role)
Himself
Support Role
6.4
2003 Zatoichi
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Osei [young] (Support Role)
Osei [young]
Support Role
7.7
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2020 Boukyaku no Sachiko: New Years Special
Japanese Special, 2020, 1 eps
Shungo (Support Role)
1
Shungo
Support Role
7.5
2017 HiGH&LOW THE MIGHTY WARRIORS
Japanese Special, 2017, 1 eps
Ryu (Main Role)
1
Ryu
Main Role
7.4
2008 Anmitsu Hime
Japanese Special, 2008, 2 eps
Momoyama Sandayo (Support Role)
2
Momoyama Sandayo
Support Role
6.7
2007 Shabake
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Suzuhiko-hime (Support Role)
1
Suzuhiko-hime
Support Role
6.7
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