Won the Kinema Junpo Award for best male actor in a leading role, and the Blue Ribbon Award for best performer in a leading role for Conflagration (1954).
[Speaking of transition from Kabuki to films] In Kabuki you're no good unless you're old. In film you're no good once you're old. While I'm still young I'll make a living in film, once I've gotten older I'll try kabuki again.
Known for his graceful body movements.