Chishu Ryu

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Chishu Ryu
Tokyo monogatari poster.jpg
from Tokyo Story (1953), right side
Born (1904-05-13)May 13, 1904
Tamamizu, Japan
Died March 16, 1993(1993-03-16) (aged 88)
Yokohama, Japan
Other names Chishuu Ryuu
Occupation Actor
Years active 1928–1992

Chishu Ryu (笠 智衆 Ryū Chishū?, May 13, 1904 – March 16, 1993) was a Japanese film actor.[1]


Ryu was a favourite of director Yasujirō Ozu, appearing in 52 of the director's 54 films. From 1928 to 1992 he appeared in at least 155 films, including Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953) and Yoshitaro Nomura's Castle of Sand (1974). From 1969 until his death, Ryu became familiar to a new generation as the curmudgeonly but benevolent Buddhist priest in Yoji Yamada's Tora-san film series. He also parodied this role in a cameo in Juzo Itami's 1984 comedy, The Funeral.

Selected filmography[edit]


  • 1949: Mainichi Film Concours - Best Actor (Te o Tsunagu Kora)
  • 1952: Mainichi Film Concours - Best Actor (Inochi Uruwashi)
  • 1971: Mainichi Film Concours - Best Supporting Actor (Where Spring Comes Late)
  • 1991: Mainichi Film Concours - Special Award
  • 1994: Japan Academy Prize - Special Award


  1. ^ Kirkup, James (20 March 1993). "Obituary: Chishu Ryu - People - News - The Independent". The Independent. 

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