Kenichi Hagiwara

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Kenichi Hagiwara (萩原健一; Hagiwara Ken'ichi, 26 July 1950 – 26 March 2019) was a Japanese singer and actor.

Music career[edit]

Also known as Sho-Ken, he was the lead singer of The Tempters [1], the "bad boys" of the Group Sounds Japan pop scene in the mid and late 1960s. A teen idol with a legion of loyal fans, Hagiwara was known for his good looks and arrogance, which appealed to both young male and female Japanese fans. After The Tempters, he formed the band PYG along with Kenji Sawada, the first true Japanese supergroup, a unit which included members of The Tigers, The Tempters, and The Spiders.[2] He was in the Donjuan R&R Band with Hideki Ishima, formerly of The Flowers Travelln' Band.[3]

Acting career[edit]

After being highly praised for his acting in the film The Rendezvous (1972), he appeared in many films and television shows, including many films directed by Tatsumi Kumashiro and such hit TV dramas as Taiyō ni hoero!, Kizudarake no tenshi, and Zenryaku ofukurosama.[4] He was still popular as an actor in the early 2000s,[5] and a "bad boy" even in his fifties, with minor (but highly publicized) brushes with law enforcement.[6]


On 26 March 2019, Hagiwara died of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor at the age of 68 in a hospital in Tokyo, he had been fighting the disease since 2011, but with the strong hope of survival he declined to publicize the name of the disease.[7]



Year Film Role Notes
1972–73 Taiyō ni Hoero! Jun "Macaroni" Hayami
1999 Genroku Ryōran Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Taiga drama
2002 Toshiie to Matsu Akechi Mitsuhide Taiga drama
2018 The Rootless Land Shigeru Yoshida
2019 Idaten Takahashi Korekiyo Taiga drama


Year Film Role Notes
1972 The Rendezvous Burglar
1980 Kagemusha Takeda Katsuyori
1982 To Trap a Kidnapper Kazuo Furuya Lead role
1985 Capone Cries a Lot Umiemon Lead role
Seburi Monogatari Hajime Kinoshita Lead role
Love Letter Shoichi Takehara Lead role
1992 The Triple Cross Kanzaki Lead role
1994 Ghost Pub Sotaro Lead role
2009 Tajomaru Ashikaga Yoshimasa


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  3. ^ ""First I had the idea, nobody cared. They said 'you're crazy!'"". Archived from the original on 20 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. ^ "萩原健一が68歳で死去、「傷だらけの天使」「青春の蹉跌」などに出演". 映画ナタリー (in Japanese). Retrieved 4 April 2019.
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