17 March 1923
|Died||17 March 2007 84) (aged|
Eiji Funakoshi (船越 英二, Funakoshi Eiji, 17 March 1923 – 17 March 2007) was a Japanese actor. He received the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actor and the Mainichi Film Concours for Best Actor for his performance in Fires on the Plain .
Born Eijirō Funakoshi on 17 March 1923, in Tokyo, Eiji Funakoshi signed up for the Daiei Motion Picture Company in 1947 and made his acting debut the following year with Beautiful Enemy. In a career that spanned three decades Funakoshi starred in a variety of genres and worked for directors Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Yasuzo Masumura.
Funakoshi was a favorite actor of internationally renowned director Kon Ichikawa.Perhaps their most notable film was the World War II drama Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 1959). Funakoshi played the lead role of Imperial Army Private Tamura, a soldier stationed on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Fires on the Plain won awards in Japan and overseas, including prizes for Kon Ichikawa from the Blue Ribbon in Japan and the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
For several years, Funakoshi portrayed Tanokura Magobei, a close associate of the shogun, on Abarenbō Shōgun.
His son Eiichirō Funakoshi is also a famous actor in Japan.
Eiji Funakoshi died of a stroke on 17 March 2007, his eighty-fourth birthday.
|1953|| Older Brother, Younger Sister |
(あにいもうと Ani Imōto)
|1955|| A Girl Isn't Allowed to Love |
(薔薇いくたびか Bara ikutabika)
|1957|| The Hole |
|1958|| The Loyal 47 Ronin |
(忠臣蔵 Chūshingura )
|1959|| Fires on the Plain |
|1960|| Jokyo |
|1961|| Ten Dark Women |
(黒い十人の女 Kuroi Jūnin no Onna)
|1962|| Being Two Isn't Easy |
(私は二歳 Watashi wa nisai)
|Goro, the father|
|1962|| The Graceful Brute |
(しとやかな獣 Shitoyakana kedamono)
|1963|| An Actor's Revenge |
(雪之丞変化 Yukinojō Henge)
|1964|| Manji |
|1965|| Gamera |
(大怪獣ガメラ Daikaijū Gamera)
|1966|| Shiroi Kyotō |
|1969|| Gamera vs. Guiron |
(ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン Gamera Tai Daiakujū Giron)
|1969|| Blind Beast |
|1975|| Tora-san's Rise and Fall |
(男はつらいよ 寅次郎相合い傘 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Aiaigasa)
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