Heihachiro Okawa

Heihachiro Okawa (Japanese: 大川 平八郎, Hepburn: Ōkawa Heihachirō, 9 September 1905 – 27 May 1971), also sometimes credited as Henry Okawa (ヘンリー大川), was a Japanese film actor active from the 1930s to 1971. With hopes of starting a business, he traveled to the United States in 1923 and studied at Columbia University.[1] He also studied at the Paramount Studios acting school and eventually began working in Hollywood, appearing in films by Howard Hawks and William Wellman.[1] He returned to Japan in 1933 and co-starred in the Photo Chemical Laboratories (PCL) film Horoyoi jinsei.[1] He later appeared in foreign films under the name Henry Okawa.

He is best known for Moyuru ōzora (1940), Dawn of Freedom (1944) Tokyo File 212 (1951), Floating Clouds (1955) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957).[2]

Partial filmographyEdit

  • Ongaku kigeki horoyoi jinsei (1933) - Asao
  • Junjô no miyako (1933)
  • Sakura Ondo - namida no haha (1934)
  • Odoriko nikki (1934)
  • Namiko no isshô (1934)
  • Arupusu taishô (1934)
  • Kinu no dorogutsu (1935)
  • Otome-gokoro - Sannin-shimai (1935) - Aoyama
  • Wife! Be Like a Rose! (1935) - Seiji - Kimiko's boyfriend
  • Saakasu goningumi (1935) - Kokichi
  • Uwasa no musume (1935) - Shintaro
  • Ani imôto (1936) - Student, Obata
  • Kimi to yuku michi (1936) - Asaji Amanuma
  • Ren'ai no sekinin (1936)
  • Ashita no namikimichi (1936) - Ogawa
  • Nyonin aishû (1937)
  • Nampû no oka (1937)
  • Hokushi no sora wo tsuku (1937)
  • Kafuku zempen (1937)
  • Kafuku kôhen (1937)
  • Tetsuwan toshi (1938)
  • Jinsei keiba (1938)
  • Tsuruhachi Tsurujirô (1938) - Matsuzaki
  • Gekka no wakamusha (1938)
  • Rônin fubuki (1939) - Gengo Ôtaka
  • Higuchi Ichiyo (1939)
  • Nonki Yokocho (1939)
  • Shimai no Yakusoku (1940)
  • Ungetsu no Kudan no haha (1940)
  • Totsugu hi made (1940)
  • Onna no machi (1940) - Shinjiro Ine's husband
  • Shanhai no tsuki (1941) - Takeshi Yoshino
  • Warau chikyû ni asa ga kuru (1942)
  • The Sky of Hope (1942) - Okada
  • Matte ita otoko (1942)
  • Nankai no hanataba (1942) - Harada, pilot
  • Tsubasa no gaika (1942)
  • Ano hata o ute (1944)
  • Tokyo File 212 (1951)
  • Oriental Evil (1951)
  • Maihime (1951) - Koyama
  • Shanghai gaeri no Lil (1952) - Takada
  • Asa no hamon (1952)
  • Geisha Girl (1952) - Police Inspector
  • Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
  • Watashi no subete o (1954)
  • Doyoubi no tenshi (1954)
  • Yurei otoko (1954)
  • Floating Clouds (1955) - Isha
  • Ai no rekishi (1955) - Clerk
  • Three Stripes in the Sun (1955) - Father Yoshida
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) - Captain Kanematsu
  • Stopover Tokyo (1957) - Lt. Afumi (uncredited)
  • The Mysterians (1957) - Person at Board Meeting
  • The Wind Cannot Read (1958) - Lt. Nakamura
  • Songoku: The Road to the West (1959)
  • The Big Wave (1961) - Yukio's Father
  • Marines, Let's Go (1961) - Yoshida (hotel manager)
  • Chūshingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki (1962) - Kyûdayû Mase
  • Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: shirei dai hachigo (1963) - Quyen
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) - Astronomer
  • Destroy All Monsters (1968) - Engineer
  • Hændeligt uheld (1971) - Kawasaki (final film role)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Ōkawa Heihachirō". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  2. ^ Russell, Catherine (18 August 2008). The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanese Modernity. Duke University Press. p. 92. ISBN 978-0-8223-8868-5.

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