Shima Iwashita (岩下志麻, Iwashita Shima, born 3 January 1941) is a Japanese stage and film actress who has appeared in films of Yasujirō Ozu, Keisuke Kinoshita, Masaki Kobayashi and most frequently of Masahiro Shinoda, her husband.[1][2][3]

Shima Iwashita
Born (1941-01-03) 3 January 1941 (age 83)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active1958–present
  • Masahiro Shinoda
    (m. 1967)



Iwashita was born in Tokyo, Japan, as the eldest daughter of Kiyoshi Nonomura and Miyoko Yamagishi, both stage actors.[1] In 1958, while still attending high school, she made her first television appearance in the NHK series Basu tōri ura.[1] The following year, she entered the literature department of Seijo University,[1] which she left without a degree.[2] She entered the Shochiku film studios the same year (1960) and gave her debut in Keisuke Kinoshita's The River Fuefuki, but due to the film's long production time, it was her next film, Masahiro Shinoda's Dry Lake, which was released first.[1] In 1961, she received the Blue Ribbon Newcomer Award.[1]

Iwashita subsequently appeared in Yasujirō Ozu's last film, An Autumn Afternoon, Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri (both 1962), Noboru Nakamura's Twin Sisters of Kyoto (1963), in which she played a dual role, and many films by her husband Masahiro Shinoda like Assassination (1964) and Double Suicide (1969), in which she again played a dual role.[1] Also in 1969, she appeared on stage in the role of Desdemona in Othello.[1]

In addition to her film work, she kept appearing on television and on stage,[1][2] receiving numerous awards like the Blue Ribbon Award, the Kinema Junpo Award and the Mainichi Award for Best Actress.[1]

Filmography (selected)



Year Film Role
1960 Dry Lake
The River Fuefuki Ume
Late Autumn woman at reception desk
1961 Enraptured
1962 Harakiri Miho Tsugumo
An Autumn Afternoon Michiko Hirayama
1963 Twin Sisters of Kyoto Chieko / Naeko
A Legend or Was It? Koeko Sonobe
1964 Assassination Oren
1965 Sword of the Beast Taka
1966 The Kii River
1967 Portrait of Chieko Chieko Takamura
1969 Double Suicide Koharu / Osan
Red Lion Tomi
1971 Silence Kiku
1974 Himiko Himiko
1977 Ballad of Orin Orin
1978 The Demon Oume
Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron Chiyo
1982 Suspicion Ritsuko Sahara
Onimasa Uta Kiryuin
1984 MacArthur's Children Tome
Fireflies in the North Yu Nakamura
1986 Gonza the Spearman Osai
1990 Childhood Days Shizue Kazama
1993 Kozure Ōkami: Sono Chiisaki Te ni Oharu
1995 Sharaku Troupe Leader
1997 Moonlight Serenade Fuji
1999 Owls' Castle Kita no Mandokoro
2003 Spy Sorge Mrs. Konoe


Year Title Role
1979 Kusa Moeru Hōjō Masako
1987 Dokuganryū Masamune Yoshihime
2000 Aoi Ogō

Awards and honours (selected)



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  2. ^ a b c "岩下志麻". Kotobank (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  3. ^ "岩下志麻". Japanese Movie Database (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  4. ^ "毎日映画コンクール 第24回(1969年)". Mainichi (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  5. ^ "報知映画賞ヒストリー" (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 6 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  6. ^ "毎日映画コンクール 第32回(1977年)". Mainichi (in Japanese). Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Kinuyo Tanaka Award". 下関市立近代先人顕彰館 (田中絹代ぶんか館) (in Japanese). Retrieved 2 August 2023.
  8. ^ "岩下志麻に旭日小綬章「一筋にやってきたことへのご褒美」". Sponichi (in Japanese). 29 April 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2023.