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Sumiko Kurishima (栗島すみ子, Kurishima Sumiko) (15 March 1902 – 16 August 1987) was a Japanese actress and master of traditional Japanese dance. She is often considered Japan's first female movie star.

Sumiko Kurishima
Sumiko Kurishima in 1931
Native name
Born(1902-03-15)15 March 1902
DiedAugust 16, 1987(1987-08-16) (aged 85)
Other namesKōsen Mizuki, Kakō Mizuki
OccupationActress, dancer
Spouse(s)Yoshinobu Ikeda



Kurishima was the daughter of Sagoromo Kurishima, an actor and newspaper reporter.[1] Her aunt on her mother's side, Fumiko Katsuragi, was also an actress.[1] She learned traditional Japanese dance from an early age and used the name Kakō Mizuki when performing.[2] Also appearing on stage, she entered the Shōchiku studio in 1921 and debuted in Henry Kotani's adaptation of Natsume Sōseki's The Poppy.[3] Often appearing as the tragic heroine of films directed by her future husband, Yoshinobu Ikeda,[1] she is considered Japan's first popular female movie star,[4] especially considering that male onnagata played female roles in the movies up until the early 1920s. She retired from the screen in 1938 and concentrated on teaching dance, becoming the leader of her own school.[1][2] She did return to the screen in 1956, however, to appear in Mikio Naruse's Flowing.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Kurishima Sumiko keizu". Kingendai keizu wārudo (in Japanese). Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b Nishigata, Setsuko. "Rekishi to genkyō" (in Japanese). Mizuki-ryū Tokyo Mizuki-kai. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Kurishima Sumiko". Nihon jinmei daijiten + Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Jinbutsu" (in Japanese). Matsuda Eigasha. Retrieved 28 December 2010.

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