Nobuko Otowa

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Nobuko Otowa
乙羽 信子
Oyu-sama poster.jpg
Poster of Miss Oyu; Nobuko Otowa is the upper figure
Born (1924-10-01)1 October 1924
Yonago, Tottori, Japan
Died 22 December 1994(1994-12-22) (aged 70)
Cause of death
Liver cancer
Occupation Actress
Years active 1950–1994

Nobuko Otowa (乙羽 信子 Otowa Nobuko?, 1 October 1924 – 22 December 1994) was a Japanese actress. She appeared in 134 films between 1950 and 1994. She gave up a career as a star to appear in Story of a Beloved Wife and became the mistress of the director Kaneto Shindo. She later married him in 1977 after his previous wife divorced him and then died.[1] She posthumously won the award for best supporting actress at the 19th Japan Academy Prize for A Last Note, having been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer during its production.[2][3] Half of her ashes are scattered on the island of Sukune in Mihara, Hiroshima where The Naked Island was filmed.[4]

Selected Filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Shindo, Kaneto (2008). Ikite iru kagiri Watashi no Rirekisho [While I live: my resume] (in Japanese). Nihon Keizai Shimbunsha. ISBN 978-4-532-16661-8. 
  2. ^ 第 19 回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  3. ^ "Seniors World Chronicle: JAPAN: Cinema Japan: A Wreath for Madame Kawakita". Seniors World Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Shindō Kaneto Kantoku "Hadaka no Shima" ni Sankotsu e". Nikkan Sports. 

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