July 2, 1940
(m. 1971;ann. 2000)
Ruriko Asaoka (浅丘 ルリ子, Asaoka Ruriko), born 2 July 1940 in Xinjing, Manchukuo (now Changchun, Jilin, China), is a Japanese actress. She won the Medal with Purple Ribbon (2002) and Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette (2011). She married actor Koji Ishizaka in 1971 after appearing in the same TV drama. They separated in an amicable divorce in 2000 after a nearly 30-year marriage due to Ishizaka’s desire to care for his aging mother. Asaoka made her acting debut in 1955 and has appeared in many Films and TV shows including Goyokin, Machibuse and the television series Zatoichi with Shintaro Katsu. In recent years, she has mainly worked on stage in addition to the occasional television appearance.
Kinuyo Tanaka was a Japanese actress and director. She had a career lasting over 50 years with more than 250 credited films, and was best known for her roles in collaboration with director Kenji Mizoguchi over 15 films between 1940 and 1954. She was also a second cousin to director Masaki Kobayashi.
Shima Shinoda, better known as Shima Iwashita, is a Japanese actress who has appeared in about 100 films and many TV productions. She is married to film director Masahiro Shinoda, in whose films she has frequently appeared. She won the award for best actress at the 2nd Hochi Film Award for her performance in Shinoda's Ballad of Orin.
Keiko Kishi is a Japanese actress, writer, and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador.
Yoshio Harada was a Japanese actor best known for playing rebels in a career that spanned six decades.
Kaoru Yachigusa was a Japanese actress from Osaka Prefecture. From 1947 to 1957 she was a member of the Takarazuka Revue. Since leaving the Revue, she was active in film, television, and narration.
Kō Nishimura was a Japanese actor who appeared in supporting roles in such films as Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well and Yojimbo, Kihachi Okamoto's Sword of Doom, Yoshitaro Nomura's Zero Focus, and Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp.
Kyōko Kagawa is a Japanese actress known for her roles in films like Tokyo Story, Sansho the Bailiff, Mothra, and High and Low. She has appeared in 118 films. Her most recent film was Ballad in 2009.
Kunie Tanaka was a Japanese actor. He had his first notable role in 1960 as a thug in Akira Kurosawa's The Bad Sleep Well, and worked with the director again on Sanjuro. Tanaka is well known for his roles in Kinji Fukasaku's yakuza films, namely the Battles Without Honor and Humanity series. He also appeared in Masaki Kobayashi's Kwaidan.
Chieko Baisho is a Japanese actress and singer.
Keiko Matsuzaka is a Japanese actress.
Yoshiko Mita is a Japanese actress. Born in the city of Osaka, she graduated from Joshibi High School of Art and Design in Suginami, Tokyo. In 1960, she was hired by Toei and made her acting debut. She remained with Toei until 1967, then became free to appear in films, on television, and on the stage. Her performance in the film W no higeki earned the Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress in 1986. From 1991 to 1994, she topped Japan's official list of taxpayers in the Actors and Celebrities category.
Tomoko Naraoka is a Japanese actress and narrator. The daughter of a painter, she was born in Komagome, Hongō, in the city of Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design.
Takahiro Tamura was a Japanese film actor. He appeared in 100 films between 1954 and 2005. He and his younger brothers Masakazu and Ryō were known as the three Tamura brothers. They were sons of actor Tsumasaburo Bando.
Yukiyo Toake is a Japanese actress. She won the award for best actress at the 23rd Blue Ribbon Awards for Furueru Shita and at the 29th for Gray Sunset.
Junko Terashima, known professionally as Sumiko Fuji is a Japanese actress. She originally began acting under the name Junko Fuji, becoming famous as the female lead in yakuza films opposite such stars as Kōji Tsuruta and Ken Takakura. She even starred in her own series as the sword-wielding gambler Red Peony in the Hibotan Bakuto series. Initially retiring in 1972 after getting married, she began appearing on TV in 1974 under her real name. She later returned to films in 1989 using the name Sumiko Fuji, and expanded her acting repertoire. She won a Blue Ribbon Award for best supporting actress in 1999 and 2006. She is married to the kabuki actor Onoe Kikugorō VII and is the mother of the actress Shinobu Terajima and the kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke V.
Yoko Tsukasa is a Japanese actress. She won the award for best actress at the 17th Blue Ribbon Awards for Kinokawa.
Hideji Ōtaki was a Japanese actor.
So Yamamura was a Japanese actor and film director. He was also known by the name Satoshi Yamamura, while his actual birth name is Koga Hirosada. Yamamura graduated from University of Tokyo.
Shōichi Ozawa was a Japanese actor, radio host, singer, and prominent researcher and expert on Japanese folk art. He also founded the Shabondama-za theater company.
Mitsuko Kusabue is a Japanese actress.