Notable Roles: Daitokai - Tatakai No Hibi (1976); Tokyo Drifter (1966) Yukai (1997) Yakuza No Hakaba: Kuchinashi No Hana (1976)

The Japanese stage, film, and television actor Tetsuya Watari does not get enough credit on lists similar to this. His role in Tokyo Drifter was highly stylized and helped produce a truly transnational film that drew inspiration from fellow contemporaries who were mainly creating yakuza films and westerns. Tetsuya Watari possessed a level of cool is too rarely acknowledged in the West.