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Setsuko Hara (June 17, 1920 – September 5, 2015) was a Japanese actress who appeared in six of Yasujirō Ozu's films, most notably as Noriko in the 'Noriko Trilogy': Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951) and Tokyo Story (1953). Her other films for Ozu were Tokyo Twilight (1957), Late Autumn (1960) and finally The End of Summer in 1961.

She was born  Masae Aida in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. She came to prominence as an actress at an early age, in the 1937 German-Japanese co-production Die Tochter des Samurai (Daughter of the Samurai), known in Japan as Atarashiki Tsuchi (The New Earth), directed by Arnold Fanck and Mansaku Itami.

She also starred in films by Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse and other prominent directors.

She was called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan and is a symbol of the golden era of Japanese cinema of the 1950s, although she is mostly unknown in the US. She suddenly quit acting in 1963 (the same year as Ozu's death), and had since led a secluded life in Kamakura, refusing all interviews and photographs. Her last major role was Riku, wife of Ōishi Yoshio, in the 1962 film, Chushingura. She was the inspiration for the protagonist of the 2001 movie Millennium Actress.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Setsuko Hara, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Setsuko Hara (June 17, 1920 – September 5, 2015) was a Japanese actress who appeared in six of Yasujirō Ozu's films, most notably as Noriko in the 'Noriko Trilogy': Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951) and Tokyo Story (1953). Her other films for Ozu were Tokyo Twilight (1957), Late Autumn (1960) and finally The End of Summer in 1961.

She was born  Masae Aida in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. She came to prominence as an actress at an early age, in the 1937 German-Japanese co-production Die Tochter des Samurai (Daughter of the Samurai), known in Japan as Atarashiki Tsuchi (The New Earth), directed by Arnold Fanck and Mansaku Itami.

She also starred in films by Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse and other prominent directors.

She was called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan and is a symbol of the golden era of Japanese cinema of the 1950s, although she is mostly unknown in the US. She suddenly quit acting in 1963 (the same year as Ozu's death), and had since led a secluded life in Kamakura, refusing all interviews and photographs. Her last major role was Riku, wife of Ōishi Yoshio, in the 1962 film, Chushingura. She was the inspiration for the protagonist of the 2001 movie Millennium Actress.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Setsuko Hara, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 35

Birthday 1920-06-17

Day of Death 2015-09-05

Place of Birth Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1962 47 Samurai as Riku Oishi
1961 The End of Summer as Akiko
1961 Life of a Country Doctor
1960 Late Autumn as Akiko Miwa
1960 Daughters, Wives and a Mother as Sanae Soga
1959 The Three Treasures as Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess
1958 Woman Unveiled
1957 Tokyo Twilight as Takako Numata
1956 Sudden Rain as Fumiko Namiki
1955 Nobuko Rides on a Cloud as Mom
1954 Sound of the Mountain as Ogata Kikuko
1953 The Noriko Trilogy as Noriko Somiya, Noriko Mamiya, Noriko Hirayama
1953 Tokyo Story as Noriko Hirayama
1952 Tokyo Sweetheart as Yuki
1951 Repast as Michiyo Okamoto
1951 Early Summer as Noriko Mamiya
1951 The Idiot as Taeko Nasu
1950 The Rainbow-Colored Flower as Teruko
1949 Late Spring as Noriko Somiya
1949 The Blue Mountains: Part II as Yukiko Shimazaki
1949 The Blue Mountains: Part I as Yukiko Shimazaki
1949 Here's to the Young Lady as Yasuko Ikeda
1948 A Woman in the Typhoon Area as Kuriko Sato
1948 Temptation
1947 The Ball at the Anjo House as Atsuko, 2nd daughter
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth as Yukie Yagihara
1945 Three Women of the North
1944 The Cruel Sea
1943 Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky
1943 Suicide Troops of the Watchtower as Yoshiko
1942 The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malay as Kikuko
1940 The Snake Princess as Koto Hime
1938 The Giant
1937 The Daughter of the Samurai as Misuko Yamato
1936 Priest of Darkness as Onami

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