Kinuyo Tanaka

Lowest Rated: 77% Red Beard (1965)
Birthday: Nov 28, 1910
Birthplace: Not Available
One of the most successful and important figures in the Japanese film industry, actress Kinuyo Tanaka left the world of light opera at age 14 to give movies a try. Gaining popularity in such frivolities as Young Miss (1930), she scored a dramatic bull's-eye in the 1932 version of the oft-filmed Loyal Forty-Seven Ronin. In the later stages of her career, she appeared in the works of Ozu (Equinox Flower) and Kinoshita (Ballad of Narayama), but was best-known for her collaborations with Kenji Mizoguchi, who directed her brilliant performance in The Life of Oharu (1952). Mizoguchi in fact was deeply in love with Tanaka and asked her to marry him, but she spurned his proposal after he attempted to block her attempts to become Japan's first woman director (her maiden directorial effort was 1953's Love Letter in which she also starred). Prior to her relationship with Mizoguchi, she was briefly married to actor Hiroshi Shimizu. Active right up to her death at 70, Kinuyo Tanaka won the 1975 best actress prize at the Berlin Festival for her work in Sandakan 8.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Hanayome No Negoto Actor 2015
No Score Yet Hikaru Umi Actor 2014
No Score Yet Koge (The Scent of Incense) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Nishijin no shimai (Sisters of Nishijin) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Onna bakari no yoru (Girl of Dark) Director 2012
No Score Yet Chibusa yo eien nare (The Eternal Breasts) Director 2012
No Score Yet Waga koi wa moenu (Flame of My Love) (My Love Burns) Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sandakan Hachibanshokan Bohkyo (Sandakan No. 8) (Brothel No. 8) Osaki Yamakawa as an old woman 1974
77% Red Beard Yasumoto's Mother 1965
No Score Yet Alone on the Pacific (Taiheiyo hitori-botchi) His Mother 1963
No Score Yet Hourou-ki (A Wanderer's Notebook) (Lonely Lane) Actor 1962
No Score Yet Love under the Crucifix (Ogin-sama) Director 1962
No Score Yet Otouto Stepmother 1960
No Score Yet Kono Ten no Niji Actor 1958
100% Narayama bushiko (Ballad of Narayama) Orin 1958
88% Equinox Flower Kiyoko 1958
No Score Yet Kiiroi Karasu (Yellow Crow) Actor 1957
No Score Yet Nagareru (Flowing) Actor 1956
No Score Yet Tsuki wa noborinu Director 1955
100% Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari) Miyagi Genjuro's Wife $6.7K 1954
No Score Yet Uwasa no onna (The Crucified Woman)(The Woman in the Rumor)(The Woman of Rumour) Actor 1954
100% Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshô dayû) Tamaki 1954
No Score Yet Love Letter (Koibumi) Director 1953
No Score Yet Okaasan (Mother) Masako Fukuhara Mother 1952
100% The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna) Oharu 1952
No Score Yet Miss Oyu (Oyû-sama) Oyu Kayukawa 1951
No Score Yet Ginza Cosmetics (Ginza Gesho) Actor 1951
No Score Yet Munekata kyoudai (The Munekata Sisters) Actor 1950
No Score Yet Yotsuya Kaidan, Part 2 Actor 1949
No Score Yet Women of the Night (Yoru no onnatachi) Fusako Owada 1948
No Score Yet Kaze No Naka No Mendori Tokiko 1948
No Score Yet Joyû Sumako no koi (The Love of Sumako the Actress) Actor 1947
100% Five Women Around Utamaro Actor 1946
No Score Yet Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo (Sanjûsangen-dô, tôshiya monogatari) Actor 1945
No Score Yet Tokyo no onna (Woman of Tokyo) Harue 1933
No Score Yet The Izu Dancer (Izu No Odoriko) Actor 1933
No Score Yet Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko Actor 1933
No Score Yet Dragnet Girl (Hijosen No Onna) Tokiko 1933
No Score Yet Seishun no Yume Imaizuko (Where Are the Dreams of Youth?) Actor 1932


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