Nobuko Otowa

Nobuko Otowa (乙羽 信子, Otowa Nobuko, 1 October 1924 – 22 December 1994) was a Japanese actress. She appeared in 134 films between 1950 and 1994. She gave up a career as a star[clarification needed] to appear in Story of a Beloved Wife and became the mistress of the director Kaneto Shindo. She later married him in 1977 after his previous wife divorced him and then died.[1] She posthumously won the award for best supporting actress at the 19th Japan Academy Prize for A Last Note, having been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer during its production.[2][3] Half of her ashes are scattered on the island of Sukune in Mihara, Hiroshima where The Naked Island was filmed.[4]

Nobuko Otowa
乙羽 信子
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Nobuko Otowa in Children of Hiroshima (1952)
Born(1924-10-01)1 October 1924
Died22 December 1994(1994-12-22) (aged 70)
OccupationActress
Years active1950–1994
Spouse(s)

Selected filmographyEdit

FilmEdit

  • Konyaku yubiwa (1950)
  • Shojoho (1950)
  • Arabiya monogatari (1951)
  • Tsuki no wataridori (1951) - Oichi
  • Dare ga watashi o sabaku no ka (1951)
  • Miss Oyu (1951) - Shizu
  • Meigetsu somato (1951)
  • Story of a Beloved Wife (1951) - Takako Ishikawa
  • The Tale of Genji (1951) - Murasaki no ue
  • Asakusa kurenaidan (1952) - Maki Ayukawa
  • Avalanche (1952) - Atsuko Fujikawa
  • Atakake no hitobito (1952)
  • Children of Hiroshima (1952) - Takako Ishikawa
  • Kantarou tsukiyo-uta (1952) - Okyo
  • Senba zuru (1953) - Ayako Ohta
  • Onna to iu shiro - Mari no maki (1953)
  • Onna to iu shiro - Yuko no maki (1953)
  • Mura hatibu (1953)
  • Epitome (1953) - Ginko
  • Yokubo (1953) - Shizue Kitami
  • Yoake mae (1953) - Hanzo's Daughter
  • Life of a Woman (1953) - Fujiko Shirakawa
  • Koina no Ginpei (1954) - Oichi
  • Osaka no yado (1954) - Uwabami
  • Dobu (1954) - Tsuru
  • Dorodarake no seishun (1954) - Nanako
  • Ai to shi no tanima (1954)
  • Wakai hitotachi (1954)
  • Aisureba koso (1955) - Michie (segment 1)
  • Ginza no onna (1955)
  • Wolf (1955) - Akiko Yano
  • Kabuki juhachiban: Narukami - Bijo to kairyu (1955)
  • Shirogane Shinjū (1956) - Sakie / Umeko
  • Ruri no kishi (1956) - Hagiyo, Chiho's mother
  • Shin ono ga tsumi (1956)
  • An Actress (1956) - Kakuko Mori
  • Aru yo futatabi (1956)
  • Kottaisan yori: Nyotai wa kanashiku (1957) - Tamasode
  • Hadairo no tsuki (1957) - Kumiko Uno
  • Ukifune (1957) - Naka-no-kimi
  • Yagyû bugeichô: Sôryû hiken (1958) - The Princess
  • Makeraremasen katsumadewa (1958) - Odama
  • Kanashimi wa onna dakeni (1958) - Taka
  • A Holiday in Tokyo (1958) - Nobuko
  • Yajikata dôchû sugoroku (1958) - Ofutsu / maid
  • Tsuzurikata kyodai (1958) - Aunt
  • Mimizuku (1958)
  • Nora neko (1958)
  • Yajikita dôchû sugoroku (1958) - Ofutsu
  • Noren (1958)
  • Hana noren (1959)
  • Lucky Dragon No. 5 (1959) - Shizu Kuboyama
  • Aisaiki (1959)
  • The Three Treasures (1959) - Goddess of Anenouzume
  • Hanayome-san wa sekai-ichi (1959)
  • Waga ai (1959) - Hideya
  • Kashima ari (1959)
  • Shiranami gonin otoko: tenka no ô-dorobô (1960)
  • Chinpindô shujin (1960)
  • Onna no saka (1960)
  • Shin jôdaigaku (1960)
  • Bokutô kitan (1960) - Kyôko Yamai
  • The Approach of Autumn (1960) - Shigeko Fukatani - Hideo's Mother
  • The Naked Island (1960) - Toyo, the mother
  • Tôkyô yawa (1961) - Yukari
  • Netsuai sha (1961) - Tamiko
  • Immortal Love (1961) - Tomoko, Takashi's wife
  • Gen to fudômyô-ô (1961)
  • The Last War (1961) - Oyoshi Tamura
  • Ryôjû (1961) - Choko's mother
  • Mozu (1961)
  • Kojin kojitsu (1961)
  • Ashita aru kagiri (1962)
  • Long Way to Okinawa (1962)
  • Ika naru hoshi no moto ni (1962) - Mitoji
  • Ao beka monogatari (1962) - Kimino
  • Ningen (1962) - Gorosuke
  • Kawa no hotori de (1962) - Tamako Sekiguchi
  • Kigeki ekimae hanten (1962)
  • Kanojo ni mukatte tosshinsayo (1963)
  • Uso (1963) - (segment "San jyotai")
  • Shiro to kuro (1963) - Ochiai's Wife
  • Daidokoro taiheiki (1963)
  • Wakai nakamatachi: uchira Gion no maikohan (1963)
  • Wanpaku tenshi (1963)
  • Miren (1963) - Hatsu Kakinuma
  • Mother (1963) - Tamiko
  • Kigeki ekimae okami (1964) - Kyôko Yamamoto
  • Kigeki: Yôki-na mibôjin (1964) - Kume Tanabe
  • Kôge - Nibu: Mitsumata no shô (1964) - Ikuyo
  • Kôge - Ichibu: Waremokô no shô (1964) - Ikuyo
  • Onibaba (1964) - Kichi's Mother
  • Nami kage (1965) - Masa, Kichitaro's wife
  • Daikon to ninjin (1965) - Nobuyo Yamaki
  • Daiku taiheki (1965)
  • Akuto (1965) - Jiju
  • Abare Gôemon (1966) - Osasa
  • Lost Sex (1966) - The Housemaid
  • Akogare (1966)
  • Danshun (1966)
  • Kigeki ekimae mangan (1967)
  • Izu no odoriko (1967)
  • Kigeki ekimae gakuen (1967)
  • Zoku namonaku mazushiku utsukushiku: Haha to ko (1967)
  • Chichi to ko: Zoku Na mo naku mazushiku utsukushiku (1967) - Taeko Sakai
  • Sei no kigen (1967) - Wife
  • Kigeki ekimae hyakku-nen (1967)
  • Kuroneko (1968) - Yone (Mother)
  • Tsuyomushi onna to yowamushi otoko (1968) - Fumiko
  • Âh himeyuri no tô (1968) - Hatsu Yonamine
  • Machi ni izumi ga atta (1968) - Toki Yano
  • Red Lion (1969) - Oharu
  • Kagerô (1969) - Otoyo
  • Shokkaku (1970) - Tamiko / Prostitute Yuki
  • Live Today, Die Tomorrow! (1970) - Take Yamada
  • The Ceremony (1971) - Sakurada Shizu
  • Kanawa (1972) - Middle aged woman
  • Sanka (1972) - Teru Kamozawa
  • Kokoro (1973) - Mrs. M
  • Kôkotsu no hito (1973) - Kyôko
  • Shiawase (1974)
  • Waga michi (1974) - Mino Kawamura
  • Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director (1975) - Herself
  • Jiken (1978)
  • The Strangling (1979) - Ryoko / Mother
  • Haitatsu sarenai santsu no tegami (1979) - Sumie - Mitsumasa's wife
  • Omoeba tôkue kitamonda (1980)
  • Asshii-tachi no machi (1981) - Haru Hayasaka
  • Edo Porn (1981) - Omomo, Sashichi's Wife
  • Ekisutora (1982) - Kinuyo Adachi
  • Mikan no taikyoku (1982)
  • The Go Masters (1983)
  • Chihei-sen (1984) - Hideyo, after age 40
  • Location (1984) - Katsue
  • Tengoku ni ichiban chikai shima (1984) - Tei Ishikawa
  • Shiroi machi hiroshima (1985)
  • Yasha (1985) - Ume
  • Lost in the Wilderness (1986) - Yasuko Muto
  • Burakkubôdo (1986) - Namie Yasui
  • Tree Without Leaves (1986) - Mother
  • Nijushi no hitomi (1987) - Okami
  • Yumemi-dôri no hitobito (1989)
  • Donmai (1990) - Toyo Murakami
  • Pachinko monogatari (1990)
  • Bokuto kidan (1992) - Masa
  • Tsuribaka nisshi 5 (1992) - Densuke's mother
  • A Last Note (1995) - Toyoko Yanagawa
  • By Player (2000) - herself

TelevisionEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

Japan Academy PrizeEdit

Blue Ribbon AwardsEdit

Kinema Junpo AwardsEdit

Mainichi Film AwardsEdit

36th Venice International Film FestivalEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Shindo, Kaneto (2008). Ikite iru kagiri Watashi no Rirekisho [While I live: my resume] (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha. ISBN 978-4-532-16661-8.
  2. ^ 第 19 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Seniors World Chronicle: JAPAN: Cinema Japan: A Wreath for Madame Kawakita". Seniors World Chronicle. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Shindō Kaneto Kantoku "Hadaka no Shima" ni Sankotsu e". Nikkan Sports.

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