Masatoshi Nagase (永瀬 正敏, Nagase Masatoshi, born July 15, 1966) is a Japanese actor.[1] He is best known in the West for his roles in Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's Cold Fever and Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train.[2]

Masatoshi Nagase
Nagase Masatoshi at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2017 (39492519394).jpg
Nagase at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival, 2017.
Born (1966-07-15) July 15, 1966 (age 53)
Years active1983–present
Kyōko Koizumi
(m. 1995; div. 2004)

Nagase was described by Todd Brown of Twitch Film as "one of the great unsung heroes of Japanese film, a hugely reliable character actor with seemingly unerring taste in projects who - despite a huge body of work - remains largely unknown by name."[3]


Nagase co-starred in Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train (1989) with Youki Kudoh.[4] He has starred in films such as Sion Sono's Suicide Club (2001),[5] Shinji Aoyama's Mike Yokohama: A Forest with No Name (2002),[6] and Yoji Yamada's The Hidden Blade (2004).[7]




  1. ^ Shintani, Rie (21 September 2011). "Interview with Masatoshi Nagase". Oricon Style (in Japanese).
  2. ^ French, Philip (3 May 2009). "Film review: Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers!". The Guardian.
  3. ^ Brown, Todd (29 December 2008). "Masatoshi Nagase Stars In GELATIN SILVER, LOVE". Twitch Film.
  4. ^ Lanthier, Joseph Jon (June 14, 2010). "Mystery Train - DVD Review". Slant Magazine.
  5. ^ Mes, Tom (22 April 2002). "Midnight Eye review: Suicide Club". Midnight Eye.
  6. ^ Brown, Todd (13 July 2005). "Mike Yokohama: A Forest With No Name Review". Twitch Film.
  7. ^ Schager, Nick (September 16, 2005). "The Hidden Blade - Film Review". Slant Magazine.
  8. ^ 第29回ヨコハマ映画祭 2007年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
  9. ^ 日本映画批評家大賞 (in Japanese). Japan Film Critics Awards. Retrieved 2015-12-05.
  10. ^ 「海街diary」が5冠、「お盆の弟」が4冠 (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. Archived from the original on 2015-12-06. Retrieved 2015-12-05.

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