Kaori Momoi

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Kaori Momoi
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Kaori Momoi (left)
Born (1952-04-08) 8 April 1952 (age 62)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present

Kaori Momoi (桃井 かおり Momoi Kaori; born 8 April 1952 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actress.

Biography[edit]

Momoi was born in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of 12, she traveled to London to study dance at the Royal Ballet Academy. After 3 years she returned to Tokyo. She graduated from Japan's Bungakuza School of Dramatic Arts. In 1971, Momoi debuted in director Kon Ichikawa's Ai Futatabi (To Love Again). Her career has spanned 35 years and over 60 films.

As an actress, she has worked with directors including Akira Kurosawa (Kagemusha, 1980), Tatsumi Kumashiro (Seishun no Satetsu, 1974), Yoji Yamada (The Yellow Handkerchief, 1977 and Otoko wa Tsuraiyo, 1979), Shohei Imamura (Why Not?, 1981), Shunji Iwai (Swallowtail Butterfly, 1996), Jun Ichikawa (Tokyo Yakyoku, 1997), Mitani Koki (Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald, 1997), Yoshimitsu Morita (Like Asura, 2003) and Takashi Miike (IZO, Sukiyaki Western Django).

She performed in The Sun (2005) directed by Alexander Sokurov and appeared in director Rob Marshall's film Memoirs of a Geisha.

For her film performances in Japan, Momoi has won many awards. She has won the Japanese Academy Awards for Best Actress twice and Best Supporting Actress once and was selected Best Actress at the 1983 New York International Film Festival for her role in Giwaku (Suspicion).

Momoi has pursued various projects in producing, directing, screenwriting, and design in addition to her acting. She has also released some 15 record albums as a singer and is an essayist.

She won the award for best actress at the 7th Hochi Film Award for Giwaku.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role
1971 To Love Again Momoyo
1974 Ryoma Ansatsu
1977 The Yellow Handkerchief Akemi Ogawa
1979 Tora-san, the Matchmaker Hitomi
Mo hozue wa tsukanai Mariko
1980 Kagemusha Otsuyanokata
1981 Eijanaika Ine
1982 Suspicion Kumako Onizawa
1986 Final Take Empress Akiko
1988 Kimurake no Hitobito Noriko Kimura
Tomorrow Tsuruko
1990 Ware ni utsu yoi ari Ritsuko
1996 Swallowtail Butterfly Suzukino
1997 Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald

Bounce Ko Gals

Takako Nakaura

Saleswoman

1998 Daikaijū Tōkyō ni arawaru Kimie Tadokoro


2000 Pyrokinesis Chikako Ishizu
2003 Like Asura
2004 Izo
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Mother
The Sun Empress Kojun
2006 Love and Honor Ine Hatano
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django Ruriko
2008 The Yellow Handkerchief Motel Owner
The Ramen Girl Mamasan (scenes deleted)
2010 Hong Kong Confidential Amaya
2014 Oki - in the middle of the ocean Oki

References[edit]

  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 

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