Just Like Swimming

Whilst watching Rising Sun the other night — Hollywood’s greatest example of why 2nd generation nikkei Californians don’t pass for native Japanese — lo and behold who do I see in a bit role? None other than Toshishiro Obata, founder of Shinkendo!

I’m sure IMDB would have told me the same thing but nonetheless I was surprised to see him in all his "sunglasses at night" glory. Twas a shame he wasn’t in any action sequences though.

Interestingly IMDB credits him as “oyabun”. Not sure I know of any Yakuza bosses who guard the front desk at the local Soapland. Then again, I don’t know any Yakuza bosses … or do I? - Ed

Posted Aug 2011 by jls-editorial-staff

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