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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.

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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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1910-11-28

Day of Death 1977-03-21

Place of Birth Yamaguchi, Japan

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Also Known As

  • 田中绢代

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 Kinuyo Tanaka's New Departure as Herself (archive footage)
1976 Lullaby of the Earth
1976 Cape of the North as Old Nun
1975 Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director
1974 Sandakan No. 8 as Osaki as old woman
1974 Sanbaba
1965 Red Beard as Madame Yasumoto
1964 The Scent of Incense
1963 Alone on the Pacific as Youth's Mother
1963 Legend of a Duel to the Death as Shizuko Sonobe
1962 The Fencing Master as Oharu
1962 A Wanderer's Notebook as Kishi, Fumiko's mother
1960 Younger Brother as Mother
1959 The Three Treasures as Princess Yamato
1959 Chikamatsu's Love in Osaka as Myokan
1958 The Eternal Rainbow as Fumi
1958 Equinox Flower as Kiyoko Hirayama
1958 The Ballad of Narayama as Orin
1957 On This Earth as Omitsu, Heiichiro's mother
1957 Stepbrothers
1957 Yellow Crow
1956 Flowing as Rika Yamanaka / Oharu
1956 The Storm
1956 How Sorrowful
1955 The Eternal Breasts as Neighbor's wife
1955 The Moon Has Risen as The Maid
1954 The Woman in the Rumor as Hatsuko Mabuchi
1954 Onna no koyomi
1954 Sansho the Bailiff as Tamaki
1953 Love Letter
1953 Ugetsu as Miyagi
1953 Where Chimneys Are Seen as Hiroko Ogata
1953 Sincere Heart as Kuniko Ariga
1952 Mother as Masako Fukuhara
1952 The Ataka Family as Kuniko Ataka
1952 Sisters of Nishijin
1952 The Life of Oharu as Oharu
1951 The Lady of Musashino as Michiko Akiyama
1951 Miss Oyu as Oyû Kayukawa
1951 Ginza Cosmetics as Yukiko Tsuji
1950 The Munekata Sisters as Setsuko Munekata
1950 Wedding Ring as Noriko Kuki
1949 Yotsuya Ghost Story Part 2 as Oiwa / Osode
1949 Yotsuya Ghost Story Part 1 as Oiwa / Osode
1949 Flame of My Love as Eiko Hirayama
1948 A Hen in the Wind as Tokiko Amamiya
1948 Women of the Night as Fusako Owada
1947 Phoenix as Sayoko Aihara
1947 The Love of the Actress Sumako as Sumako Matsui
1947 Marriage as Fumie Matsukawa
1946 Utamaro and His Five Women as Okita
1946 Victory of Women as Hiroko Hosokawa
1945 A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo as Okinu
1945 Victory Song as Woman who sings lullaby
1944 Miyamoto Musashi as Shinobu Nonomiya
1944 Army as Waka
1944 The Man Who Has Returned
1941 Ornamental Hairpin as Emi
1941 Record of a Woman Doctor
1940 征戦愛馬譜 暁に祈る as Chiyo
1939 Okayo's Preparedness as Okayo
1938 The Tree of Love as Katsue Takaishi
1937 Joi Kinuyo sensei as Kinuyo Yamaoka
1937 Song of the Flower Basket as Yoko Mori
1936 The New Road
1936 Men vs. Women
1935 Burden of Life as Itsuko Kuriyama
1935 Okoto and Sasuke as Okoto
1935 An Innocent Maid
1934 My Elder Brother as Sumako
1934 Osayo koisugata as Osayo
1933 Dragnet Girl as Tokiko
1933 Woman of Tokyo as Harue
1933 The Dancing Girl of Izu as Kaoru, a dancer
1933 The Bride Talks in Her Sleep as Haruko, bride
1932 Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth? as Oshige
1932 The Loyal 47 Ronin
1931 The Neighbor's Wife and Mine as Wife of the playwright
1931 Seikatsu-sen ABC
1930 Young Lady
1930 I Flunked, But... as Cafe's waitress
1930 Marching On
1929 I Graduated, But... as Machiko Nomoto
1928 The Age of Emotion

Directing

1962 Love Under the Crucifix Director
1961 Girls of the Night Director
1960 The Wandering Princess Director
1955 The Eternal Breasts Director
1955 The Moon Has Risen Director
1953 Love Letter Director

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