So Yamamura

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Koga Hirosada
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So Yamamura and Setsuko Hara from the 1954 Japanese film Sound of the Mountain
Born(1910-02-24)24 February 1910
Tenri, Japan
Died26 May 2000(2000-05-26) (aged 90)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1936-1991

So Yamamura (山村聰, Yamamura Sō, 24 February 1910 26 May 2000) was a Japanese actor and film director. [1] He was also known by the name Satoshi Yamamura, while his actual birth name is Koga Hirosada. Yamamura graduated from University of Tokyo. [2] In 1942, Yamamura and Isao Yamagata formed the Bunkaza Theatre Company. [3]

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He began his career as a screen actor in 1946 [2] and appeared in more than 110 films between 1947 and 1991. In 1953, he debuted as a director with his film Kani Kōsen [2] and directed other three films. Yamamura was introduced to Western audiences in the 1958 film The Barbarian and the Geishafor the first time. [2] In the US, he is well known for his portrayals of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Combined Fleet, in Tora! Tora! Tora! , and of Mr. Sakamoto, [2] the CEO of Assan Motors in Gung Ho .

Yamamura appeared in a lot of jidaigeki television dramas. He played the role of Tokugawa Ieyasu in the taiga drama Haru no Sakamichi in 1971. [4] His major historical roles were Yagyū Munenori in the 1978 The Yagyu Conspiracy and Hoshina Masayuki in the 1980 Shadow Warriors. [5] In addition to historical parts, he appeared in fictional series. He portrayed as Otowaya Hanemon in the Hissatsu series Hissatsu Shikakenin, he reprised the character in the film series later. [2]

Selected filmography

Films

  • Inochi Arukagiri (1946)
  • Chikagai nijuyojikan (1947)
  • The Love of the Actress Sumako (1947) - Hōgetsu Shimamura
  • Daini no jinsei (1948)
  • Taifuken no onna (1948)
  • Onna no tatakai (1949)
  • Kirare no Senta (1949)
  • Ryusei (1949)
  • Shojo takara (1950) - Yoshitaro Hanawa
  • Yoshitaro Hanawa (1950) - Ryosuke Izumi
  • The Munekata Sisters (1950) - Ryosuke Mimura, Setsuko's husband
  • Portrait of Madame Yuki (1950) - Tateoka
  • Kikyō (1950) - Ongi
  • Senka o koete (1950)
  • Hirate Miki (1951)
  • Eriko to tomoni - Dai ichi-bu (1951) - Sōtarō
  • Eriko to tomo ni: Dai ni-bu (1951) - Sōtarō
  • Jiyū gakkō (1951) - Taku Henmi
  • Dare ga watashi o sabaku no ka (1951)
  • Sekirei no kyoku (1951)
  • Maihime (1951) - Motoo Yagi
  • The Lady of Musashino (1951) - Eiji Ono
  • Hibari no komoriuta (1951)
  • Repast (1951)
  • Seishun kaigi (1952) - Haruki Eda
  • Okuni to Gohei (1952) - Tomonojo
  • Kin no tamago: Golden girl (1952)
  • Kon'na watashi ja nakatta ni (1952) - Takeshi Yajima
  • Gendai-jin (1952)
  • Choito neesan omoide yanagi (1952) - Koshimura
  • Ashi ni sawatta onna (1952) - Yasukichi Sakaza
  • Oka wa hanazakari (1952) - Ryōzō Noro
  • Ringo-en no shōjo (1952)
  • My Wonderful Yellow Car (1953) - The husband
  • Mura hatibu (1953)
  • Epitome (1953) - Wakabayashi
  • Kanikōsen (1953) - Matsuki
  • Tokyo Story (1953) - Koichi Hirayama
  • An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953) - Asanosuke (Story 3)
  • Nihon yaburezu (1954)
  • Sound of the Mountain (1954) - Ogata Shingo
  • Moeru Shanghai (1954) - Shōfū Muramatsu
  • Kakute yume ari (1954) - Takashi Shōkōchi
  • Karatachi no hana (1954) - Chotaro Kitahara
  • Otsukisama ni wa warui kedo (1954) - Yā-san
  • Kuroi ushio (1954)
  • Aisureba koso (1955) - Gorō (segment 3)
  • Ai no onimotsu (1955)
  • Yuki no koi (1955)
  • Seishun kaidan (1955) - Tetsuya, father of Chiharu
  • Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955) - An Lushan
  • Till We Meet Again (1955) - Daisuke Kaji
  • Sara no hana no toge (1955) - Gunnoshin Sakakibara
  • Early Spring (1956) - Yutaka Kawai
  • Mahiru no ankoku (1956) - Yuji
  • Tsukigata Hanpeita: Hana no maki; Arashi no maki (1956) - Kogoro Katsura
  • Yonjū-hassai no teikō (1956) - Kotaro Nishimura
  • Typhoon Over Nagasaki (1957) - Hori
  • Tokyo Twilight (1957) - Seki Sekiguchi
  • Jigoku bana (1957) - Umasuke
  • Chieko-sho (1957) - Kotaro Takamura
  • Yoru no chō (1957) - Ichiro Shirosawa
  • Hatsukoi monogatari (1957) - Shōhei Ganmaru
  • The Hole (1957) - Keikichi Shirasu
  • Bakuon to daichi (1957)
  • Doshaburi (1957) - Okubo, Father of Tanes children
  • Do no hājiki wa jigokū dazē (1958)
  • Anzukko (1958) - Heishiro Hirayama - the father
  • Hibari no hanagata tantei kassen (1958)
  • The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) - Governor Tamura
  • Muhō gai no yarō domo (1959)
  • Jigokū no sokō made tsuki auzē (1959)
  • Ningen no jōken (1959) - Okishima
  • Chūshingura: ōka no maki, kikka no maki (1959)
  • Hahakogusa (1959) - Mr Fujiki
  • Shingo jūban shōbu: dai-ni-bu (1959)
  • Yami o yokogire (1959) - Takazawa
  • Tatsumaki bugyō (1959)
  • Jan Arima no shūgeki (1959) - Saburobei Obata
  • Shōri to haiboku (1960) - Kimpei Minegishi
  • Zoku beran me-e geisha (1960)
  • Arega minato no hi da (1961)
  • Hatamoto kenka taka (1961) - Suruganokami Koyama
  • Gonin no totsugeki tai (1961) - Gen. Mayor Soje
  • Fundoshi isha (1961) - Dr. Meikai Ikeda
  • Waga koi no tabiji (1961)
  • The Littlest Warrior (1961) - Fujiwara No Morozane (voice)
  • Onna wa nido umareru (1961) - Kiyomasa Tsutsui
  • Haitoku no mesu (1961) - Naoyuki Nishizawa
  • Netsuai sha (1961) - Murai
  • The Last War (1961) - Prime Minister
  • Boku wa jigoku no tehinshi da (1961)
  • Katei no jijō (1962) - Heitaro Misawa
  • The Inheritance (1962) - Senzō
  • Musume to watashi (1962) - Shiro Iwatani
  • Taiheiyō Sensō to Himeyuri Butai (1962)
  • Akitsu Springs (1962) - Mikami
  • Star of Hong Kong (1962) - Gentarō Sugimoto
  • Namida o shishi no tategami ni (1962) - Kōhei Matsudaira
  • Fūten Rōjin nikki (1962) - Tokusuke Rōjin
  • Born in Sin (1962) - Shinzō Tagaya
  • Yama no sanka: moyuru wakamono tachi (1962)
  • Zoku shinobi no mono (1963)
  • Gyangu Chūshingura (1963)
  • Kizudarake no sanga (1964) - Kappei Arima
  • Ane to imōto (1965) - Yoshirō Takaoka
  • Nikutai no gakko (1965) - Toshinobu Hira
  • With Beauty and Sorrow (1965) - Toshio Ōki
  • Taiheiyō kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (1965) - Kawashima
  • Japan's Longest Day (1967) - Mitsumasa Yonai
  • The Militarists (1970) - Mitsumasa Yonai
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972) - Gōmune Jindaiyu
  • Hissatsu Shikakenin (1973) - Han'emon Otowaya
  • Hissatsu Shikakenin Baian Arijigoku (1973) - Hanemon Otowaya
  • Hissatsu Shikakenin Shunsetsu shikakebari (1974) - Hanemon Otowaya
  • Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) - Prime Minister Kuroki
  • Dōmyaku rettō (1975) - Nagata
  • Shag (1978) - Head of Maritime Safety Agency
  • Kage no Gundan: Hattori Hanzo (1979)
  • Nankyoku Monogatari (1983) - Iwakiri Sencho
  • Nidaime wa Christian (1985) - Nakatsugawa
  • Gung Ho (1986) - Mr. Sakamoto
  • Yoshiwara enjō (1987) - Isaburo Okura
  • Code Name Black Cat o oe (1987) - Superintendent Supervisor Amano
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) - Prime Minister
  • Going West: To the West (1997)

Television

Honours

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