Yasuaki Kurata (倉田 保昭, Kurata Yasuaki), is a Japanese actor specializing in action movies. An accomplished martial artist, he has dan ranks in Karate (7th degree), Judo (3rd degree), and Aikido (2nd degree). He is perhaps best known for his extended battle against Jet Li in Fist of Legend and for his villainous role in So Close. He is fluent in Cantonese. He was close friends with Bruce Lee during his career.Kurata's home town is Sakura-mura, Niihari District, Ibaraki (now part of Tsukuba). Kurata studied performing arts at Nihon University and Toei Theater School.