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: 32
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. Edit Biography
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Fermat no Ryori
Japanese Drama, 2023, 10 eps
Watanuki Teppei (Ep. 4) (Guest Role)
10
Watanuki Teppei (Ep. 4)
Guest Role
8.0
2023 Knockin' on Locked Door
Japanese Drama, 2023, 9 eps
Itogiri Mikage (Support Role)
9
Itogiri Mikage
Support Role
7.7
2022 Shinai naru Boku e Satsui wo Komete
Japanese Drama, 2022, 9 eps
Hachinoi Makoto (Support Role)
9
Support Role
7.8
2022 Owaraseru Mono
Japanese Drama, 2022, 10 eps
Hashimoto Junki (Main Role)
10
Hashimoto Junki
Main Role
6.0
2022 Roppongi Class
Japanese Drama, 2022, 13 eps
Nagaya Ryuga (Support Role)
13
Support Role
7.7
2022 Fuujinshi
Japanese Drama, 2022, 9 eps
Osagami Kakeru (Main Role)
9
Main Role
7.8
2022 Mystery to Iunakare
Japanese Drama, 2022, 12 eps
Ihara Kaneto / "Hono no Tenshi" (Ep. 3, 6-7) (Guest Role)
12
Ihara Kaneto / "Hono no Tenshi" (Ep. 3, 6-7)
Guest Role
8.7
2021 Come Come Everybody
Japanese Drama, 2021, 112 eps
”Tommy” [Musician] (Support Role)
112
”Tommy” [Musician]
Support Role
8.0
2021 Kaisha wa Gakkou jane-n da yo - Shin Sedai Gyakushuu Hen
Japanese Drama, 2021, 8 eps
Takumi Hitaka (Guest Role)
8
Takumi Hitaka
Guest Role
7.4
2019 High&Low: The Worst Episode.O
Japanese Drama, 2019, 6 eps
Ryu ['Kuryu Group' member] (Ep. 3) (Guest Role)
6
Ryu ['Kuryu Group' member] (Ep. 3)
Guest Role
8.0
2019 Tokyo Dokushin Danshi
Japanese Drama, 2019, 8 eps
Itoi Ritsuki (Support Role)
8
Support Role
7.7
2018 Cold Case: Shinjitsu no Tobira Season 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
8.2
2018 Boukyaku no Sachiko
Japanese Drama, 2018, 12 eps
Shungo (Support Role)
12
Shungo
Support Role
7.6
2018 Kaisha wa Gakkou jane-n da yo
Japanese Drama, 2018, 8 eps
Takumi [Cypher Creation] (Support Role)
8
Takumi [Cypher Creation]
Support Role
7.8
2016 Futagashira Season 2
Japanese Drama, 2016, 5 eps
Soji (Main Role)
5
Main Role
8.0
2016 High&Low: The Story of S.W.O.R.D. Season 2
Japanese Drama, 2016, 10 eps
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member] (Support Role)
10
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member]
Support Role
8.2
2015 High&Low: The Story of S.W.O.R.D.
Japanese Drama, 2015, 10 eps
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member] (Ep. 10) (Guest Role)
10
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member] (Ep. 10)
Guest Role
8.3
2015 Futagashira
Japanese Drama, 2015, 5 eps
Soji (Main Role)
5
Soji
Main Role
7.5
2015 TENSHI TO AKUMA - Mikaiketsu Jiken Tokumei Koshouka
Japanese Drama, 2015, 9 eps
(Ep. 6) (Guest Role)
9
(Ep. 6)
Guest Role
7.4
2014 Nobunaga Concerto
Japanese Drama, 2014, 11 eps
Danzo (Ep. 1-4) (Guest Role)
11
Danzo (Ep. 1-4)
Guest Role
8.3
2012 Kuro no Onna Kyoushi
Japanese Drama, 2012, 10 eps
Sudo Tatsuya (Ep.1) (Guest Role)
10
Sudo Tatsuya (Ep.1)
Guest Role
7.3
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
7.8
2007 Asakusa Fukumaru Ryokan 2
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
[Himself] (Ep. 3) (Guest Role)
11
[Himself] (Ep. 3)
Guest Role
6.5
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2024 Abudeka Is Back
Japanese Movie, 2024,
Kaido Takumi (Support Role)
Kaido Takumi
Support Role
0.0
2023 Shikakenin Fujieda Baian 1
Japanese Movie, 2023,
Ishikawa Tomogoro (Support Role)
Ishikawa Tomogoro
Support Role
0.0
2021 The Blood of Wolves Level 2
Japanese Movie, 2021,
Hanada Masaru (Support Role)
Hanada Masaru
Support Role
7.8
2019 High&Low: The Worst
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Ryu ['Kuryu Group' member] (Guest Role)
Ryu ['Kuryu Group' member]
Guest Role
8.4
2019 Iwane: Sword of Serenity
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Kuniemon (Support Role)
Kuniemon
Support Role
7.3
2018 Nakimushi Shottan no Kiseki
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Daisuke Kato (Support Role)
Daisuke Kato
Support Role
7.6
2018 BLEACH
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Abarai Renji (Support Role)
Abarai Renji
Support Role
7.7
2017 High&Low the Movie 3: Final Mission
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.4
2017 High&Low the Movie 2: End of Sky
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.4
2017 Memoirs of a Murderer
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Toda Jo (Support Role)
Toda Jo
Support Role
7.9
2017 Tatara Samurai
Japanese Movie, 2017,
Inoue Tatsunoshin (Support Role)
Inoue Tatsunoshin
Support Role
6.9
2016 High&Low: The Red Rain
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.1
2016 High&Low: The Movie
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Ryu (Support Role)
Ryu
Support Role
8.3
2016 Road to High&Low
Japanese Movie, 2016,
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member] (Guest Role)
Ryu ['Mighty Warriors' member]
Guest Role
7.9
2014 Crows Explode
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Kagami Ryohei (Main Role)
Main Role
7.0
2013 A Boy Called H
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Shimoyama Kokichi (Support Role)
Shimoyama Kokichi
Support Role
7.4
2010 Banyuki
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Katashiro / "Toui" (Support Role)
Katashiro / "Toui"
Support Role
7.9
2005 Takeshis'
Japanese Movie, 2005,
Himself (Support Role)
Himself
Support Role
6.8
2003 Zatoichi
Japanese Movie, 2003,
Osei [Young] (Support Role)
Osei [Young]
Support Role
7.6
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Batsuichi 2-ri wa Miteina Kankei: "Futsu", Yamemasu! Hen
Japanese Special, 2023, 1 eps
Nakamura Shugo (Support Role)
1
Nakamura Shugo
Support Role
7.2
2023 Batsuichi 2-ri wa Miteina Kankei: Jinsei wa Ni-taku Janai! Hen
Japanese Special, 2023, 1 eps
Nakamura Shugo (Support Role)
1
Nakamura Shugo
Support Role
7.8
2020 Remote de Korosareru
Japanese Special, 2020, 1 eps
Inoue Toru (Main Role)
1
Inoue Toru
Main Role
7.3
2020 Boukyaku no Sachiko: New Years Special
Japanese Special, 2020, 1 eps
Shungo (Support Role)
1
Shungo
Support Role
7.6
2017 High&Low: The Mighty Warriors
Japanese Special, 2017, 1 eps
Ryu (Main Role)
1
Ryu
Main Role
7.4
2008 Shabake: Uso Uso
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Suzunosuke (Support Role)
1
Suzunosuke
Support Role
7.0
2008 Anmitsu Hime
Japanese Special, 2008, 2 eps
Momoyama Sandayo (Support Role)
2
Momoyama Sandayo
Support Role
6.9
2007 Shabake
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Suzuhiko-hime (Support Role)
1
Suzuhiko-hime
Support Role
7.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2009 A-Studio+
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 810 eps
(Ep. 417) (Guest)
810
(Ep. 417)
Guest
10.0
2008 Vs Arashi
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 561 eps
(Ep. 315, 398, 418) (Guest)
561
(Ep. 315, 398, 418)
Guest
8.5
2004 Run for Money
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 63 eps
(Ep. 51) (Guest)
63
(Ep. 51)
Guest
8.0
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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: 32

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