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Kyōko Kagawa is a Actor Japonaise born on 5 december 1931 at Tokyo (Japon)

Kyōko Kagawa

Kyōko Kagawa
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Birth name Kyoko Ikebe
Nationality Japon
Birth 5 december 1931 (92 years) at Tokyo (Japon)

Kyōko Kagawa (香川 京子, Kagawa Kyōko, born 5 December 1931) is a Japanese actress famous for her roles in films like Tokyo Story and High and Low. She has appeared in 118 films. Her most recent film was Ballad in 2009.


Kagawa was born in Tokyo in 1931. She originally wanted to become a ballerina. She was discovered by a film studio after winning a beauty contest and began a career in acting. Her first major film role was in a movie Mado Kara Tobidase (Jump Out of the Window).

She became a household name for her role in Tokyo Story in 1953. She also appeared in the famous film Sansho the Bailiff. Akira Kurosawa made her one of his regular performers. She played the love interest of Toshiro Mifune, Kurosawa's favorite leading man, several times. Kurosawa used her in The Bad Sleep Well, High and Low and Red Beard.

In 1965, Kagawa married and followed her husband to New York City. From this point, she began to act more in television than on the big screen. She later returned to the cinema, with films like Madadayo and Ballad.

In late 2011, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, honored her long career and her contribution to Japanese cinema with an exhibition titled 'Kyoko Kagawa, Film Actress.'

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Filmography of Kyōko Kagawa (32 films)

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey, 15h15
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Alexandre Sokourov, Norman Lloyd, Lars von Trier, Paul Schrader, Kyōko Kagawa, Haskell Wexler
Roles Self
Rating83% 4.1946254.1946254.1946254.1946254.194625
L'histoire du cinéma international racontée à travers l'histoire de l'innovation cinématographique. Couvrant six continents et douze décennies, il montre comment les cinéastes sont influencés par les événements historiques de leur époque et par les autres cinéastes.
Heaven's Bookstore, 1h51
Directed by Tetsuo Shinohara
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Tetsuji Tamayama, Yūko Takeuchi, Yoshio Harada, Teruyuki Kagawa, Kyōko Kagawa, Morio Agata
Roles Sachi Hiyama
Rating64% 3.232353.232353.232353.232353.23235
Kenta (Tetsuji Tamayama), a classically trained pianist, is fired from his orchestra, and gets drunk in a bar. He wakes up the following morning in what turns out to be a bookstore in heaven. The owner of the bookstore had brought him there, and explains that people live to be 100; people who die before this age go to heaven to live out the rest of their allotted time, before they are reborn on earth.
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create, 33minutes
Origin Japon
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Bokuzen Hidari, Kyōko Kagawa, Takeshi Katō, Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune, Yoshirō Muraki
Roles elle-même
Rating68% 3.4221853.4221853.4221853.4221853.422185
Ce documentaire décrit la façon dont Akira Kurosawa et son équipe ont travaillé sur un de ses films les plus célèbres, Les Sept Samouraïs.
After Life
After Life (1998)
, 1h48
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Actors Arata Iura, Susumu Terajima, Takashi Naitō, Kyōko Kagawa, Taketoshi Naito, Yūsuke Iseya
Roles Kyoko Watanabe
Rating75% 3.795673.795673.795673.795673.79567
Koreeda's After Life is set in a waystation where the souls of the recently deceased are processed before entering heaven. "Heaven," for the film, is a single happy memory from one's life, re-experienced for eternity.
Shall We Dance?, 2h16
Directed by Masayuki Suo
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Masahiro Motoki, Eriko Watanabe, Yu Tokui
Roles Keiko Kishikawa
Rating76% 3.8461153.8461153.8461153.8461153.846115
The film begins with a close-up of the inscription above the stage in the ballroom of the Blackpool Tower: "Bid me discourse, I will enchant thine ear", from the poem Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare. As the camera pans around the ballroom giving a view of the dancers, a voice-over explains that in Japan, ballroom dancing is treated with suspicion.
Deep River
Deep River (1995)
, 2h10
Directed by Kei Kumai
Genres Drama
Actors Kumiko Akiyoshi, Eiji Okuda, Hisashi Igawa, Kyōko Kagawa, Toshiro Mifune, Kin Sugai
Roles Isobe's wife
Rating75% 3.757783.757783.757783.757783.75778
Un groupe de touristes japonais tente d'oublier son passé et se retrouve en Inde. Basé sur le roman d'Endo Shusaku.
Madadayo (1993)
, 2h14
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Kyōko Kagawa, Hisashi Igawa, Tatsuo Matsumura, George Tokoro, Akira Terao, Masayuki Yui
Roles Professor's Wife
Rating72% 3.648713.648713.648713.648713.64871
The main story of the film is based on the life of a Japanese academic and author, Hyakken Uchida (1889–1971). The film opens with him resigning as professor of German, in the period immediately before the Second World War. The plot of the film is centered on his relationship with his former students, who care for him in his old age. The title, Not Yet in English, is an allusion to an ancient Japanese legend mentioned in one scene of the film, of an old man who refuses to die. This story is constantly referred to in the movie, as every year on the old man's birthday, his students throw him a party in which they all ask him, "Mada kai?" ("Are you ready?"). He responds by drinking a large ceremonial glass of beer and shouting "Mada dayo!" ("Not yet!"), implying that death may be near, but life still goes on. The movie also covers the events that transpire in between these birthdays, such as his moving into a new house, his discovery of (and loss of) a beloved house cat, etc. As the years progress, the annual celebrations shift from a fraternity party atmosphere to a gathering of families, and the ceremonial large glass of beer that Uchida drinks changes as well, but he always completes his full glass.
Tora-san's Dream of Spring, 1h44
Directed by Yōji Yamada
Genres Comedy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Kiyoshi Atsumi, Kyōko Kagawa, Herb Edelman, Chieko Baishō, Masami Shimojō, Hiroko Hayashi
Roles Keiko
Rating66% 3.3179753.3179753.3179753.3179753.317975
Tora-san returns to his family's home in Shibamata, Tokyo, to find a large American peddler living in his room, leading to various conflicts. As Tora-san struggles through his love with the local Madonna (references?) the American admits to falling for Sakura. Ultimately the two men find they have more in common than they thought.
Red Beard
Red Beard (1965)
, 3h5
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Kinuyo Tanaka, Takashi Shimura, Yūzō Kayama, Kyōko Kagawa, Chishū Ryū
Roles Madwoman ("The Mantis")
Rating82% 4.147484.147484.147484.147484.14748
The film takes place in Koishikawa, a district of Edo (the former name of the city of Tokyo), in the 19th century. Young Dr. Noboru Yasumoto (Yūzō Kayama) is the film's protagonist. Trained in a Dutch medical school in Nagasaki, the arrogant Yasumoto aspires to the status of personal physician of the Shogunate, a position currently held by a close relative; his father is already a well-established, highly competent physician. Yasumoto believes that he should progress through the safe, and well-protected, army structure of medical education. However, for Yasumoto's post-graduate medical training, he has been assigned to a rural clinic under the guidance of Akahige ("Red Beard"), Dr. Kyojō Niide (played by Toshiro Mifune). Dr. Niide may seem like a tyrannical task master, but in reality he is a compassionate clinic director. Initially, Yasumoto is livid at his posting, believing that he has little to gain from working under Akahige. Dr. Yasumoto feels that Dr. Niide is only interested in his medical notes and soon rebels against the clinic director. He refuses to wear his uniform, disdains the food and spartan environment, and enters the forbidden garden where he meets "The Mantis" (Kyōko Kagawa), a mysterious patient that only Dr. Niide can treat.
High and Low, 2h23
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Kyōko Kagawa, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Mihashi, Isao Kimura
Roles Reiko Gondo
Rating83% 4.198944.198944.198944.198944.19894
A wealthy executive named Kingo Gondo (Toshiro Mifune) is in a struggle to gain control of a company called National Shoes. One faction wants the company to make cheap, low quality shoes for the impulse market as opposed to the sturdy but unfashionable shoes currently being produced. Gondo believes that the long-term future of the company will be best served by well made shoes with modern styling, though this plan is unpopular because it means lower profits in the short term. He has secretly set up a leveraged buyout to gain control of the company, mortgaging all he has.
Mothra (1961)
, 1h41
Directed by Ishirō Honda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Natural horror films, Films about insects, Les fées, Giant monster films, Arme nucléaire, Disaster films
Actors Frankie Sakai, Ken Uehara, Kyōko Kagawa, Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Koizumi, Takashi Shimura
Roles Michi Hanamura
Rating65% 3.257253.257253.257253.257253.25725
An expedition to an irradiated island brings civilization in contact with a primitive native culture. When one sensationalist entrepreneur tries to exploit the islanders, their ancient deity arises in retaliation.
Daredevil in the Castle, 1h35
Directed by Hiroshi Inagaki
Genres War, Action, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata, Yuriko Hoshi, Yoshiko Kuga, Isuzu Yamada
Roles Ai
Rating63% 3.1501253.1501253.1501253.1501253.150125
The plot is set about a decade after the battle of Sekigahara. Toshiro Mifune's character, Mohei is a contumacious wandering samurai with his very own point of view. He arrives in the city of Osaka to look for new beginning. As a background, unfolds a conspiracy of the Toyotomi clan to stop Lord Ieyasu Tokugawa's ambition for personal domination of Japan.
Girls of the Night, 1h33
Directed by Kinuyo Tanaka
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Chikage Awashima, Chieko Naniwa, Masumi Harukawa, Noriko Sengoku, Fumiko Okamura, Akihiko Hirata
Roles Mrs. Shima
Rating72% 3.613873.613873.613873.613873.61387
À la fin des années 1950, les lois anti-prostitution entérinent la fermeture des maisons closes au Japon. M Nogami est directrice d'un centre de réinsertion pour anciennes prostituées au sein duquel se côtoient toute une galerie de femmes hautes en couleur. Parmi celles-ci, la jeune Kuniko est particulièrement motivée pour retrouver sa place dans la société japonaise. Avec l'aide de M Nogami, elle déniche un emploi dans une épicerie à Tokyo. Si dans les premiers temps tout se passe bien, tout change à partir du moment où sa condition d'ancienne prostituée est découverte. Elle subit alors l'hostilité et la suspicion de la part de la femme de l'épicier ainsi que des sollicitations d'habitués du magasin. Kuniko quitte son emploi et retourne au centre.
The Bad Sleep Well, 2h31
Directed by Akira Kurosawa
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Films about families, Seafaring films, Théâtre, Transport films, Political films, Films based on plays, Films based on works by William Shakespeare, Films about royalty
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Kyōko Kagawa, Takashi Shimura, Tatsuya Mihashi, Chishū Ryū
Roles Yoshiko Nishi
Rating79% 3.9961753.9961753.9961753.9961753.996175
The film begins with a group of news reporters watching, and gossiping, at an elaborate wedding reception for Yoshiko Iwabuchi (Kyoko Kagawa), the daughter of Vice President Iwabuchi (Masayuki Mori, the villain character) of the Unexploited Land Development Corporation, a construction company, and Koichi Nishi, the president's secretary (a bespectacled Toshiro Mifune). The police interrupt the wedding when corporate assistant officer Wada, who is the wedding reception's master of ceremony, is arrested on charges of bribery in a kickback scheme. The reporters comment this incident is similar to an earlier scandal involving Iwabuchi, administrative officer Moriyama, and contract officer Shirai. That earlier case was hushed up after the apparent suicide of Assistant Chief Furuya, by jumping off the corporate office building, creating a dead end in the investigation before any of the company's higher-ups could be implicated.