July 17, 2006


Nakamura Shido Anyone who saw PING PONG will remember Nakamura Shido, who plays Dragon the bald-headed ping pong technician able to grind opponents into carbon dust with little to no effort. Shido pops up frequently in Japanese film - and he's in the upcoming Jet Li movie, FEARLESS - but he's most famous as a kabuki actor, a trendy young guy whose image brought a gust of hip to what's generally considered a musty artform.

Now he's too hip to handle after being arrested for running a red light and driving under the influence. He also had a pretty young woman in the car with him - despite being married - but he claims that they're "just friends."

Shido has already held his mandatory "I'm so sorry" press conference and things could go either way: depending on what happens next they'll either keep on hounding him, or the cameras will pack up and go home. Whatever happens, he's already been hit in the pocket book, having had to step down from the NHK series, HAGETAKA, which is set to hit the airwaves in September.

July 17, 2006 at 11:29 AM in News | Permalink


From what movie did you take this picture of him?

Posted by: Luiz Alexandre | Jul 18, 2006 11:40:10 AM

Ah, Luiz. You taunt me. It's Nakamura in NEIGHBOR NUMBER 13. I saw it years ago and didn't like it much, and actually voted to not bring it to NYC as part of the New York Asian Film Festival. Then, last year, I saw it on the big screen and realized that it's actually a much, much better movie than I remembered.

Shame on me.

Posted by: Grady Hendrix | Jul 18, 2006 12:22:52 PM

uhauhauahuahau Well, it happens. Especcialy in the other way, when you first like a movie and a few years later you watch it again and you start hating it!

Posted by: Luiz Alexandre | Jul 18, 2006 10:40:03 PM

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