Sho Kosugi

As an actor and expert martial artist, Sh Kosugi has made a lasting impression in his fields. The Tokyo native got started in martial arts as a child, studying judo, kendo, ninjutsu, and various other styles until ... Read more »

Filmography

Actor (14)

Ninja Assassin 2009 (Movie)

Ozunu (Actor)

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

Mayeda (Actor)

The Best of the Martial Arts Films 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blind Fury 1990 (Movie)

Japanese Swordsman (Actor)

Aloha Summer 1988 (Movie)

Yukinaga Konishi (Actor)

Black Eagle 1988 (Movie)

Ken Tani-- (Actor)

Rage of Honor 1987 (Movie)

Shiro Tanaka (Actor)

9 Deaths of the Ninja 1985 (Movie)

Spike Shinobi (Actor)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

Akira (Actor)

Ninja III - The Domination 1984 (Movie)

Yamada (Actor)

The Master 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Ninja 1983 (Movie)

Cho Osaki (Actor)

Enter the Ninja 1980 (Movie)

Hasegawa (Actor)
Physical Effects (2)

9 Deaths of the Ninja 1985 (Movie)

fight choreography (Stunts)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

(Stunt Coordinator)
Producer (1)

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Shogun Mayeda 1992 (Movie)

(From Story)
Other (8)

The Scorpion King 2002 (Movie)

Taiko Choreographer (Choreographer)

Aloha Summer 1988 (Movie)

choreography(special Kendo) (Choreographer)

Black Eagle 1988 (Movie)

choreography(fight) (Choreographer)

Rage of Honor 1987 (Movie)

choreography(martial arts) (Choreographer)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

martial arts coordinator (Advisor)

Pray For Death 1985 (Movie)

choreography(martial arts) (Choreographer)

Ninja III - The Domination 1984 (Movie)

choreography(action) (Choreographer)

Revenge of the Ninja 1983 (Movie)

choreography(fight) (Choreographer)

Biography

As an actor and expert martial artist, Shô Kosugi has made a lasting impression in his fields. The Tokyo native got started in martial arts as a child, studying judo, kendo, ninjutsu, and various other styles until reaching the title of All Japan Karate Champion at age 18. The very next year, Kosugi left his home city for the bright lights of Los Angeles, studying economics at California State University and Pasadena City College before opening his own karate schools. In the 1970s, Kosugi decided to try out acting, which he (very gradually) did--starting with bit parts and minor roles in films like "The Godfather Part II" and "The Bad News Bears Go to Japan." But none of those meaningless background parts could have prepared Kosugi for his big break as Hasegawa in the 1981 film "Enter the Ninja." His role in that project was initially intended to be a minor background part, but when the film's producers took notice of Kosugi's technical martial arts skills, they requested his part be re-written and expanded. In the sequel, "Revenge of the Ninja," he landed the starring role. Kosugi's peak period was the 1980s, appearing in countless ninja movies, with top billing in 1984's "Ninja III: The Domination" and 1988's "Black Eagle." In the '90s, Kosugi slowed his acting pace, starting a taiko group and opening the Sho Kosugi Institute (a martial arts acting school). But in 2009, he returned to the big screen with a supporting role in "Ninja Assassin."

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