Mikijirō Hira (平 幹二朗, Hira Mikijirō, 21 November 1933 – 23 October 2016) was a Japanese actor. Starting as a stage actor in the 1950s, he also worked in film and television and was active until the time of his death. From the 1970s he starred in several of Yukio Ninagawa's productions, including an acclaimed role as Macbeth. Described as "Japan's best Shakespearean actor", Hira received several awards throughout his career, including an excellence award at the 2011 National Arts Festival hosted by the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Hira married actress Yoshiko Sakuma in 1970 and they had a son, Takehiro, who was born in 1974 and is also an actor. The pair divorced in 1984. In 1998 Hira received a Medal of Honour from the Japanese government and in 2005 he was appointed to the Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class.
Hira was born in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Joge High School in Jōge, Hiroshima Prefecture, he studied at the training school of the Haiyuza Theatre Company and officially joined the company in 1956. One of his early roles was in a production of Goethe's Faust.
Movies & TV shows
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Legacy of Soma: Ao no Ran
An immigrant from a defeated country, Soma is a fortuneteller in Japan. She was saved from corrupt court officials by a warrior. There is a conflict between Bando and the imperial forces.
The God of Risk
Satoshi Saigyouji worked in crisis management for General Electric in the USA and the Japanese government. He is known as a legend in crisis management and known as "The God of Risk." To deal with num...
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Saburo Sugimura works for the PR department of a company which his father-in-law Yoshichika Imada runs. One day, Yoshichika Imada tasks Saburo Sugimura with work regarding a man named Nobuo Kajita. A ...
Jiantan is a young boy who has to leave Xi'an after the death of his mother to go deep into the Tibetan prairies to start living with the father he barely remembers. His dad, LaGeBa, is a busy doctor ...
The film is about a ninja who is sent to a school by his parents. During the summer, their teacher is invaded by a group of rival ninjas and they have to ring a bell on top of a mountain.
A film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the coun...
AIBOU: The Movie
The former TV presenter was murdered. On the same day, two police officers from the Metropolitan police Special Mission Task Force are protecting a female Diet member. She is saved by the pair who ide...
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The Animal Trail
Animal Trail, a natural path made by traffic of wild animals, can sometimes be helpful for people who are totally lost in the wilderness. One day, a woman who is exhausted with her hopeless life unexp...
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There was a three-part special on the Japanese television drama series, Yoshitsune. The stars of the 44th Taiga Drama are Kaneko Narito and Hideaki Takizawa.
Azumi 2: Death or Love
Azumi and Nagara are trying to stop a civil war. In their search for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a resemblance to Nach...
Amechiyo falls in love with a princess of a dog. Comedy, singing and dancing, and a love story are included in this operetta.
Samurai Justice: Assistance in a Duel
The samurai Akiyama Daijiro is asked to help a young boy who tries to bring the man who murdered his father to justice. In the course of their quest they uncover a plot by one of the clan officials th...
As one of Suzuki's last films, it is related to his 1967 film, branded to kill. The plots of both films involve an assassin (Makiko Esumi) fending off attacks from her colleagues, who are trying to mo...
Tunnel Fantasy - Dream Legend of Tonkararin
Zuiketsu Genso: Tonkararin Yume Densetsu is a 1998 Japanese historical drama directed by Takashi Miike. It is one of three historical films included in the 2002 DVD compilation, Kumamoto Monogatari. T...
The Mystery of Rampo
Edogawa Rampo is a writer whose latest work is censored by the government, deemed too disturbing and injurious to the public to be allowed to be published. However, after burning his drafts, his publi...
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Three Generations of the Yagyu Sword
After the 'Incident at Honnoji' (assassination of Oda Nobunaga by Akechi Mitsuhide, a former trusted general), a group of Tokugawa samurai are rescued by a youth named Yagyu Munenori (2nd son of Yagyu...
Baian the Assassin: Showdown
Second television special.
A Legend of Turmoil
There is a story about the development of the yakuza. An old-fashioned respectful yakuza named Otaki is trying to protect his small family. He went after the people who plotted against him after his b...
Saito Dosan: Rage of Power
During the age of warring clans (Sengoku Jidai), many samurai lords sought to unite the country under their banners by becoming the supreme leader. One of the first to vie for power in this way was Sa...
The Legend of Zipang
The samurai action adventure saga was directed by Kaizo Hayashi. A samurai on the lam is the subject of the film. One bounty hunter is hoping to collect a sizeable reward and they have a comely lass w...
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Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis
The reincarnation of a Japanese general can be found in 1920's Tokyo.
Set on a quiet ranch in Hokkaido. One day, a colt is born from a legendary bloodline. It is given the name Oracion or "prayer". When Oracion is grown, a factory owner buys the horse. Will he be the ke...
In the history, there was a very turbulent time in the warring period, and one of the great warlords was Takeda Shingen.
The Return of the Newshound and the Lady Cop
A jewelry broker is killed and a large amount of money is stolen. A female detective from the Metropolitan Police Department transforms into a geisha to catch the criminal.
Sure Death! Brown, You Bounder!
The "Hissatsu!" band of assassins gets involved in an old mansion with a secret weapon.
Family without a Dinner Table
A fictionalized account of what could happen to a Japanese family when one of their sons shames them in front of the entire nation is the subject of this gripping docudrama.
Early Spring Story
A university student Hitomi falls in love with a middle-aged man Okawa, who was the lover of her deceased mother. Hitomi's feelings shift back and forth as she is not sure whether it is true love or j...
Based on an actual 1948 case involving the mysterious death of a government official. The president of the Japanese railroads is found dead during a period in which train service is plagued by numerou...
In the early hours of April 13th, a five year old hemophiliac child was kidnapped by someone from Tanemura General Hospital in Tokyo, Setagaya. Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Inspector Kitahara,...
Utamaro lived in Edo in the late 18th century. This film, which has a complex and wide-ranging storyline, recreates the world of that time, as it appeared in Utamaro's paintings.
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Set in Japan several centuries back. It depicts the struggles of three historical warriors, Dosan Saito, Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi.
1 TV show
Mominoki wa Nokotta
Depicting Date clan’s internal strife that occurred during a peaceful Edo period governed by the 4th Tokugawa shogun.
Horus: Prince of the Sun
Horus, a kid living in an unnamed Nordic/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, learns from his dying father that he must return to his ancestral territory after he recovered the Sword of the Sun fro...
Portrait of Chieko
Takamura, a poet and sculptor, marries a budding artist named Chieko who dreams of becoming an oil painter. When a series of hardships befall her family, she finds herself unable to confide in her hus...
Three Faces of Love
When a gifted Japanese craftsmen dies, his three daughters are summoned to decide who will take over the family ribbon business in this family drama. Only one daughter cares to carry on her father's w...
Cash Calls Hell
Before leaving prison, Oida uncomfortably enters into an agreement with his cell mate: in exchange for a half-share of 30,000,000 yen, he is to assassinate three strangers given to him on a list. Howe...
The Face of Another
A businessman with a bad face gets a mask from his doctor.
Illusion of Blood
The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.
Sword of the Beast
Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha's Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades ...
The Third Ninja
Three Iga ninja are on a hunt for Chidoken, a Takeda ninja sent out to assasinate Lord Nobunaga.
The Great Duel
A cynical samurai is left as the sole survivor to fulfil a plot to assassinate the puppet of a villain intent on usurping the shogunate in the 17th century. A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan b...
Three Outlaw Samurai
Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight,...
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple
At the oddest and most coincidental moments, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent, Kojiro, jumps in and out of the story. Otsu succumbed to madness. Musashi is going to beat the functionaries of th...
Adventures of Zatoichi
A woman is looking for her father. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her brother, who has murdered someone at...
The Shape of Night
There is a hostess at the bar. One of the regulars, Eiji Kitami, invites her out on a date. She was 19 when she spent the night at a hotel. After moving in together, they have a passionate love affair...
Legends of Honor
Tragedy of the Coolie Samurai
Gonza was a handsome young laborer, a footman and spear-carrier, working hard for his meager wage. All Gonza wanted was to marry his young sweetheart, but despite their mutual poverty, her status as t...
Life of Hishakaku 2
Hishakaku joined the Domoto family after his release from the prison. Hishakaku heads to meet the leader of Domoto, Osumi, and finds himself emotionally involved with her.
Sasuke and His Comedians
Osaka in the early 1600s, aftermath of the historical Battle of Sekigahara; a group of orphan children are wandering through the battlefield scavenging for armour when they encounter a young boy named...
Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style
In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of his arch-riva...
League of Gangsters
A yakuza man is released from prison after serving a long sentence. He immediately sets about creating a new gang and attempts to pull off a huge ransom score.
Revenge for His Lover
Kamio a mistreated samurai clerk of Edo Castle and ronin (“Sir Quarrel”) Ibara, take up a vendetta against 17 wicked castle men.
Lady Sen and Hideyori
Princess Sen and Hideyori
A touching drama about a love triangle between a young architect, Koroku, and two women, Ranko and Teruko. Ranko comes from a wealthy family and is offering to repay Koroku’s family debts in exchange ...
Hibari the Traveling Performer
Kimie, a traveling guitarist, performs at various inns at help out her sickly mother. One night while out with her mother, Otoshi, Kimie unexpectedly sees her father, who had abandoned the family 20 y...
The Christian Revolt
In the year 1637 in Shimabara of Tokugawa-era Japan, oppressed peasant Christians revolt against the shogunate with the aid of a charismatic Christian rebel leader Shiro Amakusa.
On his deathbed, a wealthy businessman announces that his fortune is to be split equally among his three illegitimate children, whose whereabouts are unknown to his family and colleagues. A group of l...
The Red Shadow
Tokugawa Ieyasu is going into Fushimi Castle after seeing his unavoidable battle with Toyotomi Hideyori. The leader of 36 Iga members who were performing as guards of the castle captured a mysterious ...
A Young Warrior on Mount Fuji
The epic battles between the Heike and Genji (Taira and Minamoto clans) take centerstage as the defeated leader of the Genji, Minamoto Yoritomo resolves to end his clan's exile and avenge the brutal l...
Mask of the Moon
Young swordsman, Tsukigata Hanpeita, longs for the day when rival clans cease their struggles for power and put an end to meaningless feudal wars. When he is appointed to oversee the Choshu Clan, he t...
The Orphan Brother
After their father quarrels with local military men, Anju and Zushio are forced to flee, but they are captured and sold into slavery. When their mother dies, they are sold to Sansho the Bailiff, a cru...
Case of Umon: Woman of the Magic Lantern
Detective Umon’s services are called upon when ronin Yaichiro is killed with a peculiar weapon, a stone wrapped in a towel.
Tange Sazen and the Princess
Tange Sazen interferes with an evil plot against the Iga Yagyu family.
The South Sea Wolf
Namie's back in trouble, after getting snatched by an evil gang in search of the treasure. Kirimaru sets out to rescue his sweetheart and falls in with a band of pirates also hunting the hidden stash....
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