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Takashi Shimura



Whenever asked to name his favorite actors, Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa would cite, with reservations, the unpredictable Toshiro Mifune--then would lavish unqualified praise upon Takashi Shimura. After a long stage career, Shimura made his first film in 1935. Eight years later, he worked for Kurosawa for the first time in Sanshiro Sugata (1943), going on to appear in virtually all of the director's films until 1965. Shimura was seen as the firewood peddler in Rashomon (1950), the dying civil-servant protagonist in Ikiru (1952), samurai leader Kambei in Seven Samurai (1954), the old general in The Hidden Fortress (1957), and in equally weighty roles in Throne of Blood (1957), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Yojimbo (1961) and Red Beard (1965). Curiously, Shimura was never under contract to Kurosawa; instead, the actor was a "hired hand" at Japan's Toho Studios, accepting whatever role he was ordered to play. This explains why, in the midst of so many Kurosawa classics, Takashi Shimura was just as frequently seen in Japanese horror pictures, most famously as the kindly Dr. Yamana in Godzilla (1954).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Akanishi Kakita (Capricious Young Man)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Most Beautiful (Ichiban utsukushiku)
  • Factory production head
1988
86% Kagemusha
  • Gyobu Taguchi
1980
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (Am I Trying) (It's Tough Being a Man) (Tora-san Our Lovable Tramp)
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Zatoichi's Conspiracy (Zatoichi at the Blood Fest)
  • Sakubei
1974
No Score Yet Otoko wa tsurai yo (It's Tough Being a Man) (Am I Trying)
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Japan's Longest Day
  • Information Chief
1968
No Score Yet Frankenstein Conquers the World
  • Hiroshima
1966
77% Red Beard
  • Tokubei Izumiya
1965
No Score Yet Samurai Assassin
  • Actor
1965
85% Kaidan (Kwaidan) (Ghost Stories)
  • Priest
1964
No Score Yet Gorath
  • Dr. Kensuke Sonoda
1964
No Score Yet Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster
  • Dr. Tsukamoto
1964
94% High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku)
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet Chushingura
  • Hyobe Chishaka
1963
95% Stray Dog (Nora inu)
  • Sato
1963
100% Sanjuro (Tsubaki Sanjûrô)
  • Kurofuji
1963
78% Hakuchi (The Idiot)
  • Ono
1963
100% The Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru (The Bad Sleep Well)
  • Moriyama
1962
No Score Yet Yosei Gorasu (Gorath) (Astronaut 1980)
  • Actor
1962
97% Yojimbo
  • Tokuemon
1961
73% Mothra
  • News Editor
1961
No Score Yet I Bombed Pearl Harbor
  • Tosaku
1961
No Score Yet Karakkaze Yarô (Afraid to Die)
  • Actor
1960
No Score Yet Mysterians
  • Dr. Adachi
1959
100% The Hidden Fortress (kakushi-toride No San-akunin)
  • The Old General
1958
No Score Yet Loyal 47 Ronin
  • Jyubei Otake
1958
98% Throne of Blood
  • Noriyasu Odagura
1957
100% Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)
  • Kambei leader of samurai
1956
83% Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
  • Dr. Kyohei Yamane
1956
100% Ikiru
  • Kanji Wantanabe
1956
93% Gojira
  • Dr. Kyohei Yamane
1956
No Score Yet Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Kettô Ganryûjima (Samurai III: Duel on Ganryu Island) (Bushido)
  • Court Official
1956
70% I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku)
  • Actor
1955
100% The Life of Oharu (Saikaku ichidai onna)
  • Old Man
1952
No Score Yet Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (Vendetta Of A Samurai)
  • Actor
1952
100% Rashômon
  • Firewood Dealer
1951
86% Scandal (Shubun)
  • Hiruta
1950
No Score Yet Shizukanaru ketto (The Quiet Duel) (A Silent Duel)
  • Konosuie Fujisaki
1949
No Score Yet Snow Trail (Ginrei no hate)
  • Actor
1947
100% No Regrets for Our Youth
  • Chief of Police
1946
86% They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail (Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi) (Walkers on the Tiger's Tail)
  • Kataoka
1945
No Score Yet Sugata Sanshiro (Judo Saga) (Judo Story)
  • Hansuke Murai
1943

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