Death Place Matching "Tokyo, Japan" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Akira Kurosawa

Writer | Ran

After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...

2. Sessue Hayakawa

Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...

3. Toshirô Mifune

Actor | Yôjinbô

Toshiro Mifune achieved more worldwide fame than any other Japanese actor of his century. He was born in Tsingtao, China, to Japanese parents and grew up in Dalian. He did not set foot in Japan until he was 21. His father was an importer and a commercial photographer, and young Toshiro worked in ...

4. Louis Calhern

Actor | Duck Soup

Tall, distinguished, aristocratic Louis Calhern seemed to be the poster boy for old-money, upper-crust urban society, but he was actually born Carl Vogt, to middle-class parents in New York City. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a child, and it was while playing football in high school ...

5. Satoshi Kon

Writer | Tôkyô goddofâzâzu

Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z (1991) by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film ...

6. Takashi Shimura

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded ...

7. Yasujirô Ozu

Director | Tôkyô monogatari

Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first ...

8. Ishirô Honda

Director | Gojira

Influential Japanese film director born May 7th, 1911, often credited as being the father of Godzilla. His name is a combination of "I" (or Ino), meaning "boar" and "shirô," meaning fourth boy in the family. Originally, the young Honda had aspirations of becoming an artist. However, as he moved ...

9. Isao Takahata

Director | Hotaru no haka

Isao Takahata was born on October 29, 1935 in Ise, Mie, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Grave of the Fireflies (1988), The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013) and Only Yesterday (1991). He died on April 5, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

10. Kirin Kiki

Actress | Manbiki kazoku

She began acting after high school as part of a theatre troupe. Her stage name was Yuuki Chiho. Years later she would relay that she only started acting for the money. Her father had wanted her to become a pharmacologist, but she missed her examination due to a fractured foot. She changed her alias...

11. Ken Takakura

Actor | Black Rain

Ken Takakura was a Japanese actor best known for his brooding style and the stoic, honorable presence he brought to his roles.

Known as the "Clint Eastwood" of Japan, Takakura gained his streetwise swagger and tough guy persona watching yakuza turf battles over the lucrative black market and ...

12. Machiko Kyô

Actress | Rashômon

Machiko Kyô was born on March 25, 1924 in Osaka, Japan as Yano Motoko. She was an actress, known for Rashomon (1950), Gate of Hell (1953) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956). She died on May 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

13. Masaki Kobayashi

Director | Ningen no jôken

Masaki Kobayashi was born on February 14, 1916 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961), Harakiri (1962) and Samurai Rebellion (1967). He died on October 4, 1996 in Tokyo, Japan.

14. Kinji Fukasaku

Director | Batoru rowaiaru

Kinji Fukasaku was born on July 3, 1930 in Mito, Japan. He was a director and writer, known for Battle Royale (2000), Fall Guy (1982) and Crest of Betrayal (1994). He was married to Sanae Nakahara. He died on January 12, 2003 in Tokyo, Japan.

15. Sô Yamamura

Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!

Sô Yamamura was born on February 24, 1910 in Tenri, Japan as Hirosada Koga. He was an actor and director, known for Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Kuroi ushio (1954) and Gung Ho (1986). He was married to Yuriko Yamamura. He died on May 26, 2000 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan.

16. Akihiko Hirata

Actor | Gojira

He had an unusual background for an actor: his formal education began in a kindergarten founded by the wartime-era Japanese Imperial Army, and continued in a military academy which was Tokyo's answer to West Point. Upon graduating from Tokyo University (Japan's most prestigious), Hirata confounded ...

17. Tsuru Aoki

Actress | The Soul of Kura San

Born Aoki Tsuruko, Tsuru emigrated to the United States with her aunt and uncle, who were in the theatre business, in 1903 and found work on stage before moving to film. She had landed in Los Angeles, but soon moved to San Francisco and New York before returning to California. At a time when even ...

18. Seijun Suzuki

Director | Tsigoineruwaizen

Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several ...

19. Donald Dunn

Actor | The Blues Brothers

Donald Dunn was born on November 24, 1941 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He was married to June. He died on May 13, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.

20. Shôhei Imamura

Director | Kuroi ame

Shohei Imamura's films dig beneath the surface of Japanese society to reveal a wellspring of sensual, often irrational, energy that lies beneath. Along with his colleagues Nagisa Ôshima and Masahiro Shinoda, Imamura began his serious directorial career as a member of the New Wave movement in Japan....

21. Momoko Kôchi

Actress | Gojira

Discovered, along with actors Akira Takarada and Yû Fujiki, in Toho's sixth annual New Face Contest in 1953, Momoko Kochi was immediately cast in her first film, A Woman's Heart Released Onna gokoro wa hitosuji ni (1953). Two pictures with Toho's veteran director Kajirô Yamamoto followed the next ...

22. Hiroshi Teshigahara

Director | Suna no onna

Hiroshi Teshigahara was born the son of Sofu Teshigahara who was the founder of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana (flower arrangement). In 1950, he graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in oil painting. In 1958, he became the director of Sogetsu Art Centre and took a ...

23. Yûsaku Matsuda

Actor | Black Rain

Yusaku was born in Shimonoseki, Japan. In 1966, he visited his aunt in the U.S., where he lived for 1 year. After coming back to Japan, he started acting at a theatrical company. Since making his debut as a film actor in 1973, he appeared on various TV series and movies until his death.

24. Tetsurô Tanba

Actor | You Only Live Twice

Tetsurô Tanba was born on July 17, 1922 in Tokyo, Japan as Shozaburo Tanba. He was an actor and writer, known for You Only Live Twice (1967), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) and The 7th Dawn (1964). He was married to Hoki. He died on September 24, 2006 in Tokyo.

25. Tatsuya Mihashi

Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tatsuya Mihashi was born on November 2, 1923 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), The Stranger Within a Woman (1966) and High and Low (1963). He was married to Kyôko Anzai. He died on May 15, 2004 in Tokyo.

26. Kon Ichikawa

Director | Inugami-ke no ichizoku

Kon Ichikawa has been influenced by artists as diverse as Walt Disney and Jean Renoir, and his films cover a wide spectrum of moods, from the comic to the overwhelmingly ironic and even the perverse. Ichikawa began his career as a cartoonist, and this influence is apparent in his skillful use of ...

27. Machiko Soga

Actress | Denshi Sentai Denjiman: The Movie

Machiko Soga was born on March 18, 1938 in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan. She was an actress, known for Denshi Sentai Denjiman: The Movie (1980), Samaritan Zatoichi (1968) and Electronic Squadron Denziman (1980). She died on May 7, 2006 in Kunitachi, Tokyo.

28. Takahiro Tamura

Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!

Takahiro Tamura was born on August 31, 1928 in Kyoto City, Japan. He was an actor, known for Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Muddy River (1981) and Seisaku's Wife (1965). He died on May 16, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan.

29. Minoru Chiaki

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Japanese character actor equally adept at comic or seriously unsavory roles. Chiaki graduated from the University of Chuo with degrees in economics and commerce, but almost immediately found that his interest lay more with the theatre. In 1937, he began to study with the Shin-Tsukiji Gekidan ("The ...

30. Eiko Ishioka

Costume Designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

31. Jûzô Itami

Writer | Osôshiki

A tragic end belies a life led with purpose. The son of a successful filmmaker, Juzo Itami made his name acting in television and films before making a late career shift into screenwriting and directing at age 50. Known to choose the subjects of his films through everyday observations, he often ...

32. Eiko Matsuda

Actress | Ai no korîda

Eiko Matsuda was born on May 18, 1952 in Yokohama, Japan. She was an actress, known for In the Realm of the Senses (1976), Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal (1970) and Jack no irezumi (1970). She died on March 9, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.

33. Osamu Tezuka

Writer | Tenrankai no e

Tezuka wrote/animated the Japanese TV Series "Jangaru Taitei" that was turned into a USA syndicated series in the 60s called "Kimba The White Lion". This story was then plagiarized by The Disney Company in 1994 and became "The Lion King", the most profitable film of all time, and Tezuka has never ...

34. Isuzu Yamada

Actress | Kumonosu-jô

Isuzu Yamada was born on February 5, 1917 in Osaka, Japan as Mitsu Yamada. She was an actress, known for Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961) and Flowing (1956). She was married to Tsutomu Shimomoto, Yoshi Katô, Takita, Kazuo, Ichirô Tsukida and Teinosuke Kinugasa. She died on July 9, 2012 in ...

35. Toshio Matsumoto

Director | Shura

A 1955 graduate of Tokyo University, Toshio Matsumoto is a pioneer of avant-garde experimental movies, multimedia, and video in his homeland and abroad. His first experimental short was _Song of the Stones (1963)_. His most famous work is 1969's wildly experimental _Funeral Parade of Roses_, ...

36. Shûji Terayama

Writer | Saraba hakobune

Terayama Shuji was born the only son of Terayama Hachiro and Terayama Hatsu in Hirosaki City, Aomori on December 10th, 1935; but his birth and name were officially registered on January 10th, 1936. His father, an officer in the "thought police", leaves for the Pacific War in early 1941. He dies in ...

37. Yukio Mishima

Actor | Karakkaze yarô

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925. He attended the University of Tokyo. His first work of fiction, a short story, was published when he was a first-year student. For the rest of his life he wrote - to enormous popular and critical acclaim - plays, poetry, essays, and novels. His first ...

38. Teruo Ishii

Director | Gensen-Kan Shujin

Teruo Ishii was born on January 1, 1924 in Tokyo, Japan as Teruo Kitagawa. He was a director and writer, known for Gensen-Kan Inn (1994), Yasagure anego den: Sôkatsu rinchi (1973) and An Outlaw (1964). He died on August 12, 2005 in Tokyo.

39. Yoshifumi Kondô

Director | Mimi wo sumaseba

Famed anime director Hayao Miyazaki had intended Kondo to be his successor as Studio Ghibli's film director. Unfortunately, Kondo was only able to direct a single Ghibli film before his untimely death in 1998, Whisper of the Heart (1995).

40. Shirley Yamaguchi

Soundtrack | Gangster Squad

Shirley Yamaguchi was born to Japanese parents in Manchuria in 1920. She used the Chinese name Li Xianglan (Ri Koran in Japanese) and made pro-Japanese films in Japanese-occupied areas in China. She also was a popular singer and some of her hits, including "fragrance of the night" (Ye Lai Xiang), ...

41. Akira Ifukube

Composer | Gojira

Akira Ifukube was born on May 31, 1914 in Hokkaido, Japan. He was the third son of a chief constable (his grandfather was a priest of Shin-to) and spent a majority of his childhood in areas with a mixed Japanese and Ainu population. Therefore, Ifukube was strongly influenced by their musical ...

42. Kiyoshi Atsumi

Actor | Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro monogatari

Kiyoshi Atsumi was born on March 10, 1928 in Ueno, Tokyo, Japan as Yasuo Tadokoro. He was an actor, known for Tora-san Plays Daddy (1987), Tora-san Meets His Lordship (1977) and Talk of the Town Tora-san (1978). He died on August 4, 1996 in Tokyo.

43. Kyôko Kishida

Actress | Suna no onna

Kyôko Kishida was born on April 29, 1930 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. She was an actress and writer, known for Woman in the Dunes (1964), Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962) and An Autumn Afternoon (1962). She was married to Noboru Nakaya. She died on December 17, 2006 in Tokyo.

44. Hiroshi Koizumi

Actor | San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen

Hiroshi Koizumi was born on August 12, 1926, in Kamakura City, Japan. He graduated from Keio University in 1948. He joined NHK television as an announcer and was selected to be part of the third-annual Tôhô New Face acting class in 1951. The following year, Koizumi made his acting debut in Tôhô ...

45. Hideko Takamine

Actress | Nijûshi no hitomi

Next to Hara Setsuko and Tanaka Kinuyo Takamine Hideko remains one of Japan's most admired and prolific actresses. Born as Hirayama Hideko in Hakodate, Hokkaido in northern Japan in 1924 she became a child actress for Shochiku Studio at age five appearing in the film Haha. She would go on to work ...

46. Kôji Wakamatsu

Director | Jitsuroku Rengo Sekigun: Asama sanso e no michi

The pioneering Kôji Wakamatsu (born Ito Takashi) was a contemporary of Oshima Nagisa and equally controversial, yet not as famous. The man was born in Miyagi Prefecture in the north of Japan before dropping out of agricultural school, some say following a physical altercation, moving to Tokyo at ...

47. Keisuke Kinoshita

Writer | Nijûshi no hitomi

Keisuke Kinoshita was born on December 5, 1912 in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan. He was a writer and director, known for Twenty-Four Eyes (1954), The Ballad of Narayama (1958) and The Garden of Women (1954). He died on December 30, 1998 in Tokyo, Japan.

48. Kamatari Fujiwara

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Kamatari Fujiwara was born on January 15, 1905 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Seven Samurai (1954), The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Yojimbo (1961). He died on December 21, 1985 in Tokyo.

49. Tomoyuki Tanaka

Producer | Kagemusha

Tomoyuki Tanaka was born on April 26, 1910 in Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan. He graduated from Kansai University in 1940 and joined Toho Studios the same year. After four years with the company, he became a producer, with his first film production being Kita no san-nin (1945). He was set to begin work on...

50. Hiroshi Inagaki

Director | Wasurerareta kora

Inagaki's career in film began as an actor--a child actor, in fact, appearing in numerous silent films beginning at the very dawn of Japanese cinema. This is probably why he was promoted to director at the unusually (for Japan) young age of 22. Along with producer Mansaku Itami (later the father of...


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