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Kinuyo Tanaka

Kinuyo Tanaka
Kinuyo Tanaka in Jinsei no onimotsu (1935)
Born (1909-11-29)November 29, 1909
Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan
Died March 21, 1977(1977-03-21) (aged 67)
Years active 1924–1976
Spouse(s) Hiroshi Shimizu (1927–1929, not legally married)
Awards Mainichi Film Concours Best Actress
1975 Sandakan No. 8
1949 Yoru no onnatachi
1948 Joyū Sumako no koi
Mainichi Film Concours Best Supporting Actress
1961 Otōto
1958 Stepbrothers
Screenwriter Yoshikata Yoda, Actress-Director Kinuyo Tanaka, and Director Kenji Mizoguchi visit Paris, 1953

Kinuyo Tanaka (田中 絹代 Tanaka Kinuyo, 29 November 1909 – 21 March 1977) was a Japanese actress and director.

Tanaka was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. She became a leading actress at an early age, appearing in Yasujirō Ozu's I Graduated, But... in 1929. The following year she played the lead in Aiyoku no ki, and in 1931 she appeared in Japan's first talkie, The Neighbor's Wife and Mine, directed by Heinosuke Gosho.

She had a close working relationship with director

  • Choreography of desire: analysing Kinuyo Tanaka's acting in Mizoguchi's films by Chika Kinoshita
  • Kinuyo Tanaka at the Internet Movie Database
  • Kinuyo Tanaka's JMDb Listing (in Japanese)
  • Kinuyo Tanaka at Find a Grave

External links

  1. ^ Tony Rayns video essays in the Masters of Cinema edition of Chikamatsu Monogatari/Uwasa no onna set.
  2. ^
  3. ^ 258 films according to and plus 1 film Kōge(香華)


See also



She has appeared in more than 259 films[3] (incomplete)


Selected filmography


  • Selected filmography 1
    • Actress 1.1
    • Director 1.2
  • Honours 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Tanaka was the second Japanese woman who worked as a film director, after Sakane Tazuko (1904‐1975). Her first directing job was on the film Love Letter in 1953, and she made five further films in that role.

. Kita No Misaki's Kei Kumai Her last screen appearance was in 1976 in [2] in 1975.25th Berlin International Film Festival at the Best Actress Award she won the Sandakan N° 8's Kei Kumai (1965). For her performance in Red Beard's Akira Kurosawa She also played Noboru Yasumoto's mother in [1]

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