Japanese actor who won multiple awards, including a Japan Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in the 1994 film, 47 Ronin. He played a delegate in the 2003 film, Warriors of Heaven and Earth.
He started acting while he was attending university and was awarded the Rookie of the Year Award at the Japan Academy Awards in 1981.
He spoke Mandarin for his role in the 2003 film, Warriors of Heaven and Earth.
He is the younger brother of actress Kie Nakai.
He is a contemporary of Japanese movie actor Asano Tadanobu.