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Also Known As: Died: December 24, 1997
Born: April 1, 1920 Cause of Death: organ failure
Birth Place: China Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

The Legacy of the 500,000 (1964) as Director

Cast (feature film)

Deep River (1995)
Mitsuko, a 32-year-old woman, materially satisfied in life, encounters a former lover in Benares; their meeting reveals to her that she's been experiencing a spiritual void in her life which she must remedy.
Picture Bride (1994) as The Benshi
A young Japanese woman journeys to Hawaii circa 1918 to marry a man whom she's only known through a photograph and letters. Upon her arrival, however, she's shocked to discover that he's at least 25 years her senior. The following year is spent on a sugar plantation--a time of hardship, struggle, an
Shadow of the Wolf (1993) as Ramook
The son of a powerful shaman flees his tribe and his father's domination after accidentally killing a white trader.
Strawberry Road (1991)
The story of two Japanese brothers who immigrate to California from Japan in the 1960s.
Shogun Mayeda (1991) as Lord Takugawa Ieyasu
A historical epic set in 1600 Japan involving the Eastern and Western Armies engaged in the Battle of Sekigahara.
Princess from the Moon (1987) as Taketori-No-Miyatsuko--The Bamboo Cutter
Umi Isubame Joe No Kiseki (1984) as Fisherman
Seiha (1984)
Sword Of The Ninja (1982) as Sensei Yoshida
A samurai sword is the focus of a bitter feud between two brothers in Japan, one a businessman and the other one who has followed the traditional samurai path. Unaware of the meaning of the sword, an American boxer who is down on his luck is hired by one of the brothers to bring it back to Japan. On
Inchon (1982) as Saito-San
Bushido Blade, The (1982) as Shogun'S Commander
A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
1941 (1979) as Commander Mitamura
In the days after Pearl Harbor, Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion.
Oginsaga (1979) as Taiko Hideyoshi
Winter Kills (1979) as Keith
An assassinated president''s brother investigates the unsolved crime.
Midway (1976) as Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
The summer of 1942 brought Naval stalemate to the Pacific as the American and Japanese fleets stood at even numbers each waiting for the other to begin a renewed offensive. "Midway" tells the story of this historic June battle where a Japanese carrier force, in an attempt to occupy Midway island and lure the American fleet to destruction, was meet valiently by US forces operating off of three aircraft carriers and numerous escort ships. It was the first battle in which naval air power was extensivly used, and at its conclusion the Japanese Carrier force had been completly destroyed which lead the way for the US 1943 and 44 offensives which would eventually bring the Pacific War to a close.
Paper Tiger (1975) as Ambassador Kagoyama
Red Sun (1971) as Kuroda
A Samurai and a Western outlaw join forces to track down the bandits who stole a ceremonial sword.
The Ambush (1970) as Yojimbo
In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents, including a woman he's rescued from an abusive husband. He's reluctant to murder innocent people; then he learns that the gold shipment is a trap and he's part of a double cross. How he sorts through these divided loyalties tests of his samurai honor, and perhaps of his love for a woman.
Band of Assassins (1970) as Isami Kondo
Battle of the Japan Sea (1970) as Admiral Togo
The Ambitious (1970) as
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970) as Yojimbo
With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking enforcer, but Yojimbo is both a spy for the shogunate, trying to find the gold, and in love with the merchant's unwilling mistress, Umeno. Ichi hires on as the merchant's masseur and buys Umeno's freedom with his employer's own money. This embarrasses Yojimbo who withdraws from a pact with Ichi to stir up trouble between father and son and their gangs. As the two sides fight, Ichi finds the gold and sets up a final set of confrontations.
Under the Banner of Samurai (1969) as Kansuke Yamamoto
Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife as a concubine. He then convinces the widow, Princess Yu, to accept this arrangement and to bear Takeda a son. He pledges them his life. He then spends years using treachery, poetic sensibility, military and political strategy to expand Takeda's realm, advance the claim of Yu's son as the heir, and prepare for an ultimate battle with the forces of Echigo. Has Kansuke overreached? Are his dreams, blinded by love, too big?
Akage (1969)
Between the Edo and Meiji periods in Japan, a regimental soldier goes to the station post of his hometown where he dons a red wig in order to feign a promotion in rank and tries to help his people.
The Day the Sun Rose (1969) as Kuma
Red Lion (1969) as Gonzo
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen.
The Man in the Storm (1969) as Saburo Watari
Admiral Yamamoto (1968) as Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto
A biography of one of the only beloved postwar figures of Japan's disastrous Pacific War. Toshiro Mifune (in one of his three portrayals of Admiral Yamamoto) stars as the common-sense soldier who knows the war is doomed, but gamely goes ahead and does the best with what he's given, until his plane is shot down over the Bougainvilleas.
Hell in the Pacific (1968) as Japanese soldier
Stranded soldiers from opposite sides fight a private version of World War II on a remote island.
Whirlwind (1968) as Lord Akashi
The Emperor and a General (1968) as War Minister Anami
Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to fight on, even to the death of every Japanese citizen. Emperor Hirohito, however, joins with his ministers in asking the unthinkable, the peaceful surrender of Japan. When the military plots a coup to overthrow the Emperor's civilian government, Anami must face the choice between his desires and loyalty to his Emperor.
Secret Scrolls (Part II) (1968) as Tasaburo
Tunnel to the Sun (1968) as Kitagawa
I Live in Fear (1967) as Kiichi Nakajima
An elderly industrialist''''s fear of nuclear warfare leads his family to accuse him of insanity.
Samurai (Part II) (1967) as Musashi Miyamoto
Samurai Rebellion (1967) as Isaburo Sasahara
A young man, with the help of his father, rebels against his overlord in order to keep his wife.
Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi (1967)
Based on the true account of Japan's last 24 hours before the end of World War II. The film shows the ambivalance of top government officials and a planned coup d'etat by young military officers.
Samurai (Part III) (1967) as Musashi Miyamoto
Musashi Miyamoto, a wandering samurai, is challenged to a duel by his rival, Kojiro Sasaki.
Secret Scrolls (Part I) (1967) as Tasaburo
Fort Graveyard (1966) as Sergeant Kosugi
Red Beard (1966) as Dr. Niide, Red Beard
A tough doctor takes a young intern under his wing.
Grand Prix (1966) as Izo Yamura
Auto racers find danger and romance at the legendary European road race.
The Sword of Doom (1966) as Toranosuke Shimada
Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
The Gambling Samurai (1966) as Chuji
Chuji Kunisada returns to his home village to find that Jubei Matsui, the corrupt magistrate, has been responsible for virtually destroying Kunisada's family. A final tragedy leads Kunisada to join with a band of rogues living in the forest in robbing from the rich and giving to the poor, always with an eye toward avenging himself on Magistrate Matsui.
Rise Against the Sword (1966) as Abare Goemon
Farmer Abare Goemon is confronted by brigand-like samurai. He raises an army of farmers to fight them and does so brilliantly. When Lord Asakura sees the success Goemon has achieved, he attempts to recruit him to fight in a conflict between Asakura and another clan. Goemon refuses, and Lord Asakura sets out to destroy him.
Judo Saga (1965) as Shogoro Yano
The story of Sanshiro Sugata, a young man who wants to learn the new art of judo. A wise teacher reveals to Sanshiro that judo is not merely a means of combat nor a demonstration of physical skill, but an art which reveals the artist to himself.
Samurai Assassin (1965) as Niino
Samurai Pirate (1965) as Sukezaemon/"Luzon"
Saga of the Vagabonds (1964) as Rokuro Kai
Lord Taro must deliver a money chest but is robbed by brigands led by Jibu. One of Jibu's men, Rokuro, steals the money from Jibu, but after meeting and befriending Taro, Rokuro decides to return the money to Taro. But Taro's unscrupulous brother Jiro falsely accuse Taro of the theft, and Taro reactively joins the outlaw band and encourages them to steal from the nobles and give to the poor.
The Legacy of the 500,000 (1964) as Matsuo
High and Low (1963) as Kingo Gondo
Kidnappers mistake a chauffeur''''s son for the child of a wealthy businessman.
Chushingura (1963) as Genba Tawaraboshi
A young lord attempts to combat the official corruption endemic to the Shogunate, only to be placed in an impossible conflict of duties. He refuses to bribe a Chancelor who is responsible for teaching him the etiquette to receive the Shogun's envoys. The Chancelor goads him into drawing his sword when the envoys are present, a crime punishable by death. The young lord's vassals are ordered to break up his estate, and his samurai to disband. To obey the Shogun, they must follow orders, but to be loyal to their master and to elemental fairness, they must revenge him. The conflict of obligations is the essential dilemma of Japanese society, which is why this is their national epic. The story is richly woven. Worth seeing just for the supremely gorgeous art works, buildings and costumes of 18th century Japan.
The Youth and His Amulet (1963) as Fudo-myoh
The Bad Sleep Well (1963) as Koichi Nishi
A man seeks revenge by marrying the daughter of his father''s enemy.
The Idiot (1963) as Akama
Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young Aglaya, daughter of a wealthy father. But his deepest emotion is for the wanton, Nastasia. The choices all are forced to make lead to great tragedy.
Tatsu (1962) as Tatsu
The Lower Depths (1962) as Sutekichi, the thief
An elderly pilgrim tries to help the inhabitants of a Japanese flop house.
Sanjuro (1962) as Sanjuro
A wandering samurai recruits younger fighters to help him battle corruption.
Yojimbo (1961) as Sanjuro Kuwabatake
A samurai-for-hire sets the warring factions of a Japanese town against each other.
Man Against Man (1961) as
Daredevil in the Castle (1961) as Mohei
Mohei is a wandering samurai, lost in grief and despair after his family is wiped out. He arrives in the city of Osaka, where the Toyotomi clan accepts him and comes to depend upon his courage and his battlefield skills. Those skills are sorely tested when Osaka Castle is besieged by an opposing army.
I Bombed Pearl Harbor (1961) as Adm. Isoroku Yamaguchi [Yamamoto]
Lt. Koji Kitami is a navigator-bombardier in Japan's Naval Air Force. He participates in the Japanese raid on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and is welcomed with pride in his hometown on his return. As Japan racks up victory after victory in the Pacific War, Kitami is caught up in the emotion of the time and fights courageously for the standard of Japanese honor. But his assuredness of his government's righteousness is shaken after the Japanese navy is defeated in the debacle of Midway.
The Important Man (1961) as Animas Trujano
Animas Trujano is a colorful but irresponsible Indian in a small Mexican village. He hopes above all things someday to be chosen mayordomio of his village, a place of great honor usually conferred upon the wealthiest and most respected citizens. Animas has a loyal wife, but cheats on her and gambles away every cent they raise. Chances arise for Animas to turn over a new leaf and even hope realistically for the honor of mayordomio. But will Animas behave responsibly enough to take advantage of these opportunities?
Throne of Blood (1961) as Taketoki Washizu
Spurred by his wife and a witch''s prediction, a samurai murders his lord to steal the throne.
Ankokugai no Taiketsu (1960)
A good-natured detective who has been demoted on corruption charges ia assigned to a district in the city that is dominated by two powerful gangster families,
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as General Rokurota Makabe
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to save a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.
Samurai Saga (1959)
Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac, transplanted to Japan. A poet-warrior with an oversized nose (matched only by his great heart) loves a lady. But she sees him only as a friend, so he helps another man to woo her by giving him the poetry of his own heart.
Dokuritsu Gurentai (1959)
During World War II, a war corresondent in China seeks out the unit nicknamed "The Desperados" and negotiates with a lieutenant and a group of thieves to learn the truth behind a suicide incident.
Muhomatsu, the Rickshaw Man (1958) as Muhomatsu
A poor rickshaw driver finds himself taking care of a young woman and her son after the woman's husband dies suddenly.
The Seven Samurai (1956) as Kikuchiyo
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
A humble fencer abandons his life as a knight errant and becomes a teacher.
Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
Japan's greatest samurai returns to Kyoto to challenge the leader of the region's finest school of fencing.
Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1954) as Takeso (Musashi)
A young man dreams of becoming a master samurai warrior and must overcome his humble, poverty-stricken roots to achieve that goal.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
A middle-aged prostitute reflects on her past.
Life of Oharu (1952) as Katsunosuke
Oharu, a 50-year-old prostitute in the Genroku Era of 17th-century Japan, contemplates her past in front of a Buddha image.
Hakuchi (1951) as Akama
A former mental patient''''s romantic involvements lead to tragedy.
Rashomon (1950) as Tajomaru--The Bandit
In medieval Japan, four people offer conflicting accounts of a rape and murder.
Scandal (1950) as Ichiro Aoye
A tabloid report tries to turn a singing star's friendship with a young artist into an illicit romance.
Stray Dog (1949) as Murakami
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
Shizukanaru naru ketto (1949) as Kyoji Fujisaki
Kyoji Fujisaki, a young doctor, contracts syphilis from a patient during wartime surgery. After the war, he returns to his fiancée and rejects her without explanation. His nurse Rui learns the truth, however. When Fujisaki encounters the man who had infected him in the war, the doctor forces the man to take responsibility for himself and for the man's wife, who expects a child.
Stray Dog (1949) as Murakami--The Detective
When a detective''s gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
Drunken Angel (1948) as Matsunaga--The Gangster
An alcoholic doctor builds a shaky friendship with a dying gangster.
Snow Trail (1947)
Three bank robbers, Eijima, Nojiri, and Takasugi, flee the police and escape into the mountains. At an inn high in the Japanese Alps, Eijima and Nojiri encounter a young woman and her father, as well as Honda, a mountaineer. The inn folk do not realize their guests are wanted criminals and the visitors are treated with great kindness. Honda volunteers to lead them over the mountains, but Eijima's paranoia endangers all of them as they make the perilous trip.

Producer (feature film)

The Ambush (1970) as Executive Producer
In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the pass. When the Ronin's assignment becomes clear, to help the gang, he's ordered to kill the inn's residents, including a woman he's rescued from an abusive husband. He's reluctant to murder innocent people; then he learns that the gold shipment is a trap and he's part of a double cross. How he sorts through these divided loyalties tests of his samurai honor, and perhaps of his love for a woman.
Band of Assassins (1970) as Producer
Red Lion (1969) as Producer
Impersonating an Imperial Army officer by wearing a "red lion's mane", a poor servant returns to his village after 10 years of absence to end the village's suffering caused by corrupt officials and businessmen.
Tunnel to the Sun (1968) as Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Shogun (1980) as Lord Toranaga
A landmark in the miniseries genre, which occupies a permanent niche alongside "Roots," "Centennial" and "Rich Man, Poor Man", this 12-hour, six-part adaptation of James Clavell's best-seller follows the fortunes of an ambitious English navigator who is shipwrecked with his Dutch crew in feudal Japan, finds himself enmeshed in a long battle between two powerful warlords, and eventually becomes the first western Shogun (or chief samurai). Unique in its initial presentation with much of it spoken in untranslated Japanese (subtitles were added in its network rerun several years later), it had a voice-over narration by Orson Welles, made a matinee idol of Richard Chamberlain, and introduced to American TV veteran Japanese star Toshiro Mifune (as the Shogun) and newcomer Yoko Shimada (as Chamberlain's love interest and interpreter).<p>All three stars, in addition to Yuki Meguro (as a samurai warrior) and John Rhys-Davies (as a flamboyant Portuguese pirate ship captain), received Emmy Award nominations for acting. Winning an Emmy as Outstanding Dramatic Series, "Shogun" also received nominations for direction, writing, photography, production design, art direction, set decoration, editing and film sound editing--and winning for costume design and main title design. Subsequently it was edited down from 12 hours to just over three for a theatrical version shown overseas and to a two-hour-plus version for home videotape and videodisc (these had some nudity as well as more graphic violence than was in the miniseries). In July 1984, "Shogun" was given a network premiere in a 2 1/2 hour movie form.</p>

Cast (short)

Grand Prix Challenge of the Champions (1966)
This short film shows a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of "Grand Prix" (1966) at the actual Grand Prix in Monaco.

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