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Also Known As: Died: January 18, 1982
Born: March 12, 1905 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Japan Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

Oginsaga (1979) as Sen Rikyu
Shinkansen Daibakuha (1975) as President Of Jnr
One of the Japanese Shinkansen "Bullet Trains" is threatened with a bomb that will explode automatically if the train slows below 80 km/h, unless a ransom is paid. Police race to find the bombers and to learn how to defuse the bomb.
The Day the Sun Rose (1969) as Tsuneemon
The Emperor and a General (1968) as Information Chief
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.
Samurai (Part III) (1967) as Court official
Musashi Miyamoto, a wandering samurai, is challenged to a duel by his rival, Kojiro Sasaki.
I Live in Fear (1967) as Harada--Member Of The Family Court
An elderly industrialist's fear of nuclear warfare leads his family to accuse him of insanity.
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1966) as
During WWII, a human heart taken from a certain lab in Europe (Dr. Frankenstein's) is kept in a Japanese lab, when it gets exposed to the radiation of the bombing of Hiroshima. The heart grows in size, mutates and sprouts appendages, and eventually grows into a complete body and escapes. Later, a feral boy with a certain physical deformity (a large head with a flat top) is captured by scientists who refer to the boy as Frankenstein. The creature grows to the height of 20 feet, escapes again, fights police and army, and is practically indestructible. Later, a reptilian monster goes on a rampage. Eventually the Frankenstein creature and the reptile face off in a terrible battle.
Red Beard (1966) as Tokubei Izumiya
A tough doctor takes a young intern under his wing.
Kwaidan (1965) as Priest
Four stories mix love and the supernatural in exotic settings.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965) as Dr. Tsukamoto
A massive meteor falls to Earth, and from it emerges the three-headed King Ghidrah, who must defeat the combined forces of Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra.
Samurai Pirate (1965) as
Saga of the Vagabonds (1964) as Toki Saemon-no-jo
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.
Gorath (1964) as
Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese version.
Chushingura (1963) as Hyobe Chishaka
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 Bad Sleep Well (1963) as Moriyama
A man seeks revenge by marrying the daughter of his father's enemy.
The Idiot (1963) as Ono, her father
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.
High and Low (1963) as Director
Kidnappers mistake a chauffeur's son for the child of a wealthy businessman.
Mothra (1962) as
After singing twin maidens are kidnapped from a tropical island, a giant larva (and soon-to-be moth) travels to Japan to rescue them.
Sanjuro (1962) as Kurofuji
A wandering samurai recruits younger fighters to help him battle corruption.
Different Sons (1962) as
Daredevil in the Castle (1961) as
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.
Yojimbo (1961) as Tokuemon
A samurai-for-hire sets the warring factions of a Japanese town against each other.
I Bombed Pearl Harbor (1961) as Tosaku
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.
Throne of Blood (1961) as Noriyasu Odagura
Spurred by his wife and a witch''s prediction, a samurai murders his lord to steal the throne.
Man Against Man (1961) as
The Hidden Fortress (1959) as General Izumi Nagakura
In medieval Japan, a samurai fights to sav a feudal lord's daughter from bandits.
Yunagi (1957)
Dark themes of mother-daughter conflict, incest, and greed underline this story which renders an unsettling portrait of a newly prosperous, postwar Japan under American occupation. The plot involves a young woman, Ryoko, returning from college in America, who naively delights that her businesswoman
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) as Dr. Yamane
Nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster.
Gojira (1954)
A 400-foot monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - how will they kill it?
The Seven Samurai (1954) as Kambei--Leader Of The Samurai
Japanese villagers hire a team of traveling samurai to defend them against a bandit attack.
Ikiru (1952) as Kanji Watanabe--Chief (Citizens' Section)
A dying man devotes his last months to building a children's playground.
Life of Oharu (1952) as
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 Ono
A former mental patient's romantic involvements lead to tragedy.
Rashomon (1951) as Woodcutter
In medieval Japan, four people offer conflicting accounts of a rape and murder.
Scandal (1950) as Hiruta--The Lawyer
A tabloid report tries to turn a singing star's friendship with a young artist into an illiciet romance.
Stray Dog (1949) as Sato--The Head Detective
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
Shizukanaru naru ketto (1949) as Konosuie Fujisaki--Kyoji'S Father
Kyoji Fujisaki, a young doctor, contracts syphilis from a patient during wartime surgery. After the war, he returns to his fiancTe 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 Sato
When a detective's gun is stolen, he tears apart the underworld to get it back.
Drunken Angel (1948) as Sanada--The Doctor
An alcoholic doctor builds a shaky friendship with a dying gangster.
Asu o Tsukuru Hitobito (1946) as Theater Manager
Two sisters, one a dancer and the other a script supervisor at a big movie studio, become embroiled in union activities when a strike is called in sympathy with striking railroad workers, one of whom boards with the sisters and their parents. The girls' father argues with them about their strike, but finds his views changing when he himself loses his job.
No Regrets for Youth (1946) as Police Commissioner
A woman flees society after seeing her father and lover destroyed by government oppression.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) as Kataoka
In medieval Japan, a feudal lord undertakes a perilous mission to put his brother's soul to rest.
The Most Beautiful (1944) as Director Of Factory
Japanese women sacrifice everything for the war effort.
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) as Hansuke Murai
A young man struggles to learn the ssence of the martial arts.

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