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Kinuyo Tanaka

Director, Actor

Life of OharuLife of Oharu (1953)
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
Feat. Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune
The prolific, though rarely seen dir. Mizoguchi came to attention with this chronicled downfall of a court–concubine in 17th century Japan,…
Ugetsu MonogatariUgetsu Monogatari (1953) Aro Favourite
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
Feat. Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyo, Kinuyo Tanaka
Stories by the 18th century writer Akinari Ueda are woven into an odyssey of civil–war misfortune, in which two peasant–potters and their…
Sansho DayuSansho Dayu (Sansho the Bailiff) (1954) Recommended
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
Feat. Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyoko Kagawa
One of Mizoguchi's great classics, based on an 11th century Japanese folktale elaborated into a sprawling vision of a cruel, mysterious cosmos, where…
Uwasa no onnaUwasa no onna (Her Mother's Profession, The Woman in the Rumour) (1954)
Dir. Kenji Mizoguchi
Feat. Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiko Kuga
Dir. Mizoguchi's longtime muse, Kinuyo Tanaka, plays the madame of a geisha house who falls prey to rumour when both herself and her daughter become…
FlowingFlowing (Nagareru ) (1956) Recommended
Dir. Mikio Naruse
Feat. Kinuyo Tanaka, Hideko Takamine, Isuzu Yamada
Dir. Naruse‚Äôs compassionate portrait of the fading post–war geisha trade. Considered one of the director's best among his many films to…
Ballad of Narayama, TheBallad of Narayama, The (Narayama bushiko) (1958)
Dir. Keisuke Kinoshita
Feat. Kinuyo Tanaka
Sombre but stylised retelling of a Japanese legend, about a poverty–stricken village and its eldest resident who, in accordance with tradition,…
Fencing Master, TheFencing Master, The (1962)
Dir. Harumi Mizuho
Feat. Raizo Ichikawa, Ganjiro Nakamura, Kinuyo Tanaka
Thoughtful, if minor exploration of samurai traditions concerns an aging swordsman struggling to keep his feudal art form alive in early 20th century…

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