Ayako Wakao

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Ayako Wakao
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The Badger Palace: Happy New Year (初春狸御殿 Hatsu Haru, Tanuki-goten)
Born (1933-11-08) November 8, 1933 (age 81)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–present
Spouse(s) Kisho Kurokawa (deceased)

Ayako Wakao (若尾 文子 Wakao Ayako?, November 8, 1933, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actress. Contracted to Daiei Studios in 1951 as part of the fifth "New Face" group, she often appeared in the films of director Yasuzo Masumura. She has appeared in nearly 160 films since her debut in 1952.[1]


Wakao appeared in Kenji Mizoguchi's Street of Shame.[2] She also appeared in Yasujiro Ozu's Floating Weeds.[3]

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  1. ^ "若尾文子 - KINENOTE". Kinema Junpo. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ Richie, Donald (November 11, 2011). "Mizoguchi's street of shame". The Japan Times. 
  3. ^ Bett, Alan (November 30, 2012). "Floating Weeds". The Skinny. 

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