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Born in Tokyo, Japan
Died in Tokyo, Japan  (pancreatic cancer)
Birth NameKeiko Nakagawa
Nickname Keichan

Mini Bio (1)

Awashima Chikage was born as Nakagawa Keiko to store owner parents in Tokyo, Japan on 24.02.1924. Awashima began her entertainment career as part of the semi famous Takarazuka Revue of Kansai where she trained and performed beginning age fifteen. Her stage name was taken from a Japanese poem. She began her screen career in 1950 and went on to star in the comedy film adaptations of the Japanese novels called Ekimae ('station front'). Both as part of this series and separately she worked with director Shiro Toyoda more than a dozen times. Early accolade came her way when her performance for director Minoru Shibuya, Tenya Wanya (1950), won her the critics' award for the Best Actress of the year. At this point the audiences and critics thought of her as one of the nation's more famous beauties. By far her most impactful appearance, however, were the three films of Ozu Yasujiro she starred in. These came about as part of her contact with the Shochiku studio. She was furthermore in the masterpiece film The Human Condition I: No Greater Love. She remained consistently active until the late '60s, by which time she was working for Toho Studio, after which she would work irregularly in front of the camera and also on stage. She was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1988 and Order Of The Precious Crown, 4th Class, Wisteria in 1995. The Purple Ribbon is awarded for academic or artistic accomplishment while Order Of The Precious Crown is typically reserved for females in Japan. Awashima was an honourary Vice President of Japan's actors' guild until 2007 for her advocacy of actors and actresses' rights. She was 87 when she died on 16.02.2012 after contracting pancreatic cancer. Many actors and actresses attended her funeral. There was a report that she died leaving debts behind, but it was also claimed that the debts were piled on by others and not her personally. Chikage never married. She is buried at Gokokuji, a temple in Tokyo.

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