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 Mansai Nomura
  Actor
 Date of birth:
      April 5th, 1966
      Tokyo, Japan
Biography

Mansai Nomura has a very limited filmography, with all three films that the actor worked in being released through Toho. Never the less, the actor is often regarded as a veteran by his contemporaries, and with almost 30 years of acting off camera on the theater stage, in plays like Tsurigitsune or Hamlet, it's not hard to see why. Born under the name Takeshi Nomura, he studied the art of Kyogen, a branch of Noh theater specialized in comedic drama, under his father and grand father. At the age of four, Nomura made his acting debut on stage in the play Utsubozaru. At the age of 19, Nomura landed his first film role in Akira Kurosawa's epic film Ran (1985), playing Tsurumaru. It would be another 16 years, however, before Nomura acted in front of the camera again for a film, with his return to cinema being marked by playing the title role in the successful 2001 film Onmyoji as Abe no Seimei. Although often praised for his performance on camera, the actor also garnished the respect of other cast members as he acted as a mentor, giving the younger actors advice and often staying long after his shoot was done to encourage the other actors. Nobura would later reprise the role, two years later, in the film's sequel.

Acting Toho Filmography
Ran (1985) - Tsurumaru
Onmyoji (2001) - Abe no Seimei
Onmyoji II (2003) - Abe no Seimei