Shinobu Otake

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Shinobu Otake
Born (1957-07-17) July 17, 1957 (age 57)
Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Agent Avex Management, Inc.
Spouse(s) Seiji Hattori (1982-1987)
Sanma Akashiya (1988-1992)

Shinobu Otake (大竹 しのぶ Ōtake Shinobu?, born 17 July 1957) is a Japanese actress. She has won three Japanese Academy Awards: the 2000 Best Actress award for Poppoya, and the 1979 awards for both Best Actress (Jiken) and Best Supporting Actress (Seishoku no ishibumi). She also won the award for best actress at the 12th Hochi Film Award for Eien no 1/2.[1] At the 25th Moscow International Film Festival she won the award for Best Actress for her role in Owl.[2] She has received a total of 12 nominations.

She was the favoured lead actress of director Kaneto Shindo after his previous lead actress, Nobuko Otowa, died in 1994, and featured in several of his films from A Last Note in 1995 to Postcard in 2011.[3]

Otake has also acted on the stage.

Personal life[edit]

Otake was born and grew up mostly in Tokyo. In 1982 she married Seiji Hattori, a Tokyo Broadcasting director who died in 1987.[citation needed] One year later, Otake married Akashiya Sanma, but got divorced in 1992.[citation needed] In the early 1990s Otake lived with playwright Hideki Noda.[citation needed]

Otake has two children, Nichika, a son by Hattori and Imaru, a daughter by Sanma.[citation needed] After her divorce she kept custody.


1977 Seishun no mon: Jiritsu hen aka The Gate of Youth Part 2
1978 Jiken aka The Incident
1979 Ah! Nomugi Toge aka Nomugi Pass
1986 Hakō kirameku hate aka Beyond the Shining Sea
1987 Eien no 1/2
1992 Original Sin
1996 Gonin 2 aka Five Women
1998 Gakko III aka Gakko III: The New Voyage
1999 Poppoya aka Railroad Man
1999 Kuroi ie aka The Black House
1999 Will to Live
2000 Shiki-Jitsu
2001 Go
2003 Ashura no gotoku aka Like Asura
2003 Owl
2010 My Darling is a Foreigner
2010 The Borrower Arrietty
2011 Postcard
2015 The Mourner
2015 Umimachi Diary
2015 Galaxy Turnpike

Voice acting roles[edit]


In 2012, she became a representative for NTT DoCoMo's "Raku-Raku Smartphone", a smartphone aimed at the over-55s.[4]



  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  2. ^ "25th Moscow International Film Festival (2003)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  3. ^ Shindo, Kaneto (2012). Nagase, Hiroko, ed. 100 sai no ryugi [The Centenarian's Way] (in Japanese). PHP. ISBN 978-4-569-80434-7. 
  4. ^ "「らくらくスマートフォン」20日予約開始、大竹しのぶがミニスカ登場". 2012-07-17. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 

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