Kinuyo Tanaka

Kinuyo Tanaka

  • Born on
    • November 28th, 1909
  • Died on
    • March 21st, 1977
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Kinuyo Tanaka (田中 絹代 Tanaka Kinuyo, 29 November 1909 – 21 March 1977) was a Japanese actress and director. Tanaka was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. She became a leading actress at an early age, appearing in Yasujirō Ozu's I Graduated, But... in 1929. The following year she played the lead in Aiyoku no ki, and in 1931 she appeared in Japan's first talkie, The Neighbor's Wife and Mine, directed by Heinosuke Gosho. She had a close working relationship with director Kenji Mizoguchi, having parts in 15 of his films, including leading roles in The Life of Oharu (1952), Ugetsu (1953) and Sansho the Bailiff (1954). Their working relationship ended when Mizoguchi countered a recommendation from the Directors Guild of Japan for the Nikkatsu studio to hire her as a director. Despite this, the production of her second film as director went ahead, but Tanaka never forgave Mizoguchi, and the reasons for his behaviour are unclear. She also played Noboru Yasumoto's mother in Akira Kurosawa's Red Beard (1965). For her portrayal in Kei Kumai's Sandakan N° 8 she won the Best Actress Award at the 25th Berlin International Film Festival in 1975.[2] Her last screen appearance was in 1976 in Kei Kumai's Kita No Misaki. Tanaka was the second Japanese woman who worked as a film director, after Sakane Tazuko (1904‐1975). Her first directing job was on the film Love Letter in 1953, and she made five further films in that role. Description above from the Wikipedia article Kinuyo Tanaka, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Acting (21 Credits)

1974Brothel No. 8 as Osaki as old woman
1965Red Beard as Madame Yasumoto
1958The Ballad of Narayama as Orin
1958Equinox Flower as Kiyoko Hirayama
1956Flowing as Rika Yamanaka / Oharu
1954Sansho the Bailiff as Tamaki
1954The Woman of Rumour as Hatsuko Mabuchi
1953Ugetsu as Miyagi
1952Mother as Masako Fukuhara
1952The Life of Oharu as Oharu
1951Miss Oyu as Oyû Kayukawa
1951The Lady of Musashino as Michiko Akiyama
1950The Munekata Sisters as Setsuko Munekata
1948A Hen in the Wind as Tokiko Amamiya
1948Women of the Night as Fusako Owada
1946Utamaro and His Five Women as Okita
1944Army as Waka
1941Ornamental Hairpin as Emi
1933Dragnet Girl as Tokiko
1933Woman of Tokyo as Harue
1932Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? as Oshige

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