Sho Kosugi is a Japanese actor. The actor has earned worldwide fame as he is a phenomenal actor. The actor is also a martial art artist. If you are curious about his personal life, his career highlights, his early life, and other details then read on below to find all the information about the Japanese star.
Sho Kosugi has a net worth of $6 million. His net worth started to increase rapidly as he gained popularity with his performances in commercially successful movies. The film actor gained fame and money during the 1980s. He is also a martial arts artist and his major share of income also comes from there.
Sho Kosugi was born in Tokyo, Japan. Kosugi showed deep interest in learning martial art since his childhood days. He started training for martial arts at the age of five. He was trained by professional martial arts trainers and by the age of 18, Kosugi had achieved All Japan Karate Championship medals. He wanted to pursue a career in international finance. Kosugi decided to move from Japan and went to live in Los Angeles. After gaining his championship he lived in LA for some years. He gained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and continued his training to perfect the martial arts.
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In the year 1970 Kosugi entered thousands of martial arts competitions. He won the LA Open and participated in it in year 1972, 1973, and 1974. During the early 70s, he showed interest in acting. He was signed to act in a low-budget Taiwanese film. The film was titled The Killer. He was also a part of the film A Stranger From Korea, which was a Korean production. The film was shot in Los Angeles.
Kosugi’s big break was still due until he signed the film Enter The Ninja (1981). He played the character of the evil black ninja called Hasegawa. He achieved huge success by playing the lead role in the film. Kosugi was signed to play another important character in the ninja film, Revenge of the Ninja (1983). He played the good guy in the movie. Revenge of the Ninja became more successful than Kosugi’s previous film. The film made history at the box office and earned a lot of money and success. This film made Kosugi an overnight star and became a massive martial arts star.
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Commercially Successful Films
Kosugi became a huge film star and earned a lot of success. Different roles lined up for the keen martial art artist. He played major characters in the films that include:
- Ninja III: Domination (1984)
- The Master (1984)
- Pray for Death (1985)
- Nine Deaths of a Ninja (1985)
- Black Eagle (1988)
- Jean-Claude Van Damme.
In the 1990s the popularity of martial arts declined in the US and not many filmmakers were interested in producing such movies. This led Kosugi to open a taiko group in a posh area in California. He also runs a martial art acting international group which is called Sho Kosugi Institute. The institute is located in his hometown Japan.