Yōko Sugi

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Yōko Sugi (杉 葉子) (October 28, 1928 – May 15, 2019) was a Japanese actress who performed major roles in films like Aoi sanmyaku and Repast.

Yōko Sugi
Yoko Sugi and Setsuko Hara in Aoi Sanmyaku.jpg
Sugi (left) and Setsuko Hara in Aoi Sanmyaku
Born (0009-11-01)October 28, 1928
Tokyo, Japan
DiedMay 15, 2019 (2019-05-16) (aged 90)

Early lifeEdit

Sugi was born on October 28, 1928 in what is now Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan. In 1945 she graduated from a Japanese high school in Shanghai.[1]


After returning to Japan in 1947, Sugi entered the second Toho New Face competition. She joined Toho after winning the competition. She soon gained popularity as a calm and refined actress. Her first film was Aoi sanmyaku, which released in 1949. Sugi performed in several other coming of age films, and became known for them.[2]

In 1962, Sugi married an American, retired from the entertainment industry, and moved to the United States. She worked at the New Otani Hotel in Los Angeles.[2] When she returned to Japan, she appeared in films like The Twilight Years. She served as a Japanese Cultural Envoy to the United States for the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2005.[3]

Sugi moved back to Japan in 2017. She died on May 15, 2019 of colon cancer in Tokyo.[1]



  1. ^ a b "俳優の杉葉子さん死去「青い山脈」ヒロイン役 90歳". アサヒ・コム. 朝日新聞社. May 23, 2019. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Japanese film actress Yoko Sugi dies at 90 - The Mainichi". web.archive.org. 2019-05-24. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  3. ^ "List of Japan Cultural Envoys | AGENCY FOR CULTURAL AFFAIRS". www.bunka.go.jp. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  4. ^ a b Armstrong, Richard B. (2007). The Rough Guide to film (1st ed.). London: Rough Guides. ISBN 9781405384988. OCLC 741751638.
  5. ^ McDonald, Keiko I. (2015). From book to screen : modern Japanese literature in films. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781315292410. OCLC 961208503.
  6. ^ Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed (2017). Ishiro Honda : a life in film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa. Middletown, Connecticut. ISBN 9780819577412. OCLC 987909733.

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