Takashi Shimura

Takashi Shimura


Birth Place
March 12, 1905
January 18, 1982


Serene leading man of Japanese film who made his screen debut in the early 1940s. Shimura is most widely known as the ringleader in the classic "Seven Samurai" (1954) and appeared in several other films directed by Akira Kurosawa, including "Rashomon" (1950) and "Throne of Blood" (1957)....


Serene leading man of Japanese film who made his screen debut in the early 1940s. Shimura is most widely known as the ringleader in the classic "Seven Samurai" (1954) and appeared in several other films directed by Akira Kurosawa, including "Rashomon" (1950) and "Throne of Blood" (1957).



Cast (Feature Film)

Oginsaga (1979)
Shinkansen Daibakuha (1975)
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
The Day the Sun Rose (1969)
The Emperor and a General (1968)
Information Chief
Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Samurai (Part III) (1967)
Court official
I Live in Fear (1967)
Red Beard (1966)
Tokubei Izumiya
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1966)
Night in Bangkok (1966)
Samurai Pirate (1965)
Samurai Assassin (1965)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1965)
Dr. Tsukamoto
Kwaidan (1965)
Gorath (1964)
Saga of the Vagabonds (1964)
Toki Saemon-no-jo
High and Low (1963)
The Bad Sleep Well (1963)
Long Way to Okinawa (1963)
The Idiot (1963)
Ono, her father
Chushingura (1963)
Hyobe Chishaka
Different Sons (1962)
Challenge To Live (1962)
Mothra (1962)
Sanjuro (1962)
Yojimbo (1961)
I Bombed Pearl Harbor (1961)
Daredevil in the Castle (1961)
Perils of Bangaku (1961)
Man Against Man (1961)
Throne of Blood (1961)
Noriyasu Odagura
The Hidden Fortress (1959)
Yunagi (1957)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
Dr. Yamane
The Seven Samurai (1956)
Kambei Shimada
Gojira (1954)
Life of Oharu (1952)
Ikiru (1952)
Kanji Watanabe
The Life of Oharu (1952)
Hakuchi (1951)
Scandal (1950)
Rashomon (1950)
Stray Dog (1949)
Stray Dog (1949)
Sato--The Head Detective
Shizukanaru naru ketto (1949)
Konosuie Fujisaki--Kyoji'S Father
Drunken Angel (1948)
Sanada--The Doctor
Snow Trail (1947)
Asu o Tsukuru Hitobito (1946)
Theater Manager
No Regrets for Youth (1946)
Police Commissioner
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945)
The Most Beautiful (1944)
Director Of Factory
Sanshiro Sugata (1943)

Life Events


Movie Clip

Stray Dog (1949) - Just Give Me A Hint The frustration and exhaustion of detective Murakami (Toshiro Mifune) is paplaable, as he pursues the notorious woman pickpocket Ogin (Teruko Kishi) through the sweaty streets of Tokyo seeking his stolen pistol, in Akira Kurosawa's Stray Dog, 1949.
Drunken Angel (1948) - Don't Think Like A Slave! First domestic scene for Takashi Shimura as the title character, inebriate Tokyo doctor Sanada, arguing with granny (Choko Iida) and scolding his assistant and friend Miyo (Chieko Nakakita) for her fear of a gangster due to be released from prison, in Akira Kurosawa’s Drunken Angel, 1948.
Drunken Angel (1948) - There's Nothing Left To Drink Doctor Sanada (Takashi Shimura, title character) has contrived an excuse to visit his new patient, gangster Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune) at his night club, aiming to scold him for failing to show him a damning x-ray, in grungy post-WWII Tokyo, in Kurosawa’s landmark Drunken Angel,1948.
Drunken Angel (1948) - You Already Look Like A Ghost Staggering home in the Tokyo slums after a bad night, consumptive gangster Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune, in his first picture for director Akira Kurosawa) tangles with snarky sometime-girlfriend Nanae (Michiyo Kogure), then meets dreaded crime boss Okada (Reizaburo Namamoto), just released from prison, in Drunken Angel, 1948.
Drunken Angel (1948) - You're A Leech Following up on their violent meeting the night before, inebriate doctor Sanada (Takashi Shimura) pursues gangster Matsunaga (Toshiro Mifune) to his lair in the slums, early in Akira Kurosawa's Drunken Angel, 1948.
Drunken Angel (1948) - You Call That A Nail? Following the credits, getting familiar with the cesspool, Toshiro Mifune, as gangster Matsunaga, in his first scene in his first film with director Akira Kurosawa, visits doctor Sanada (Takashi Shimura), in the celebrated post-war Japan morality play, Drunken Angel, 1948.
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956) - Fabulous Discovery Dr. Yamane (Takashi Shimura), with daughter Emiko (Momoko Kochi) now leading the expedition on Odo Island, American reporter Steve (Raymond Burr) and sidekick Iwanaga (Frank Iwanaga) observing, as the star makes his first appearance, in Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, 1956, edited from the original 1954 Japanese feature.
Gojira (1954) - Anything Could Happen Frightened islanders rushing back to the mainland to tell their story, scientist Yamane (Takashi Shimura) makes his first appearance, proposing an expedition, daughter Emiko (Momoko Kochi) at his side, in Inoshiro Honda's original Gojira (a.k.a. Godzilla), 1954.
Gojira (1954) - This Footprint Is Radioactive! From the original Toho Films feature, Takashi Shimura as Dr. Yamane, beginning to realize what they’ve got on their hands, Sachio Sakai as the reporter Hagiwara, Momoko Kôchi as his daughter Emiko, then the first appearance on screen of the monster designed by Teizo Toshimitsu, Akira Watanabe and Eiji Tsubayara, later known as Godzilla, in Gojira, 1954.
Rashomon (1950) - Enough With The Sermon The commoner (Kichijiro Ueda) joins the woodcutter (Takashi Shimura) and the priest (Minoru Chiaki) who are about to begin recounting the story of the crime, early in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, 1950.
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters (1956) - No Tomorrow Raymond Burr is both the narrator and the American reporter Steve Martin, coming-to amid the rubble of Tokyo, entering the flashback and opening the original American release of Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, 1956, re-edited from Ishiro Honda's Gojira, 1954.
Ikiru (1952) - Open, This Stomach Belongs To... Credits and the memorable opening sequence introducing Takashi Shimura as the bureaucrat Watanabe, from Akira Kurosawa's acclaimed Ikiru, 1952.