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Kinuyo Tanaka

Lowest Rated:   77% Red Beard (1965)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 Miss Oyu (Oyû-sama)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Women of the Night
  • Actor
2000
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
$0.1M 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 Oyû-sama (Lady Ôyu) (Miss Oyu)
  • 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 Yoru no onnatachi (Women of the Night)
  • 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 Koi no hana saku Izu no odoriko
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet The Izu Dancer (Izu No Odoriko)
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Seishun no Yume Imaizuko (Where Are the Dreams of Youth?)
  • Actor
1932

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