Shizuko Kasagi

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Shizuko Kasagi
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Shizuko Kasagi in the film Ginza Kankan Musume
Background information
Native name 笠置 シヅ子
Birth name Shizuko Kamei (亀井 静子?)
Born (1914-08-25)August 25, 1914
Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Died March 30, 1985(1985-03-30) (aged 70)
Genres Jazz
Occupations Singer, actress
Years active 1927–1955
Labels Nippon Columbia
Associated acts Ryoichi Hattori

Shizuko Kasagi (笠置 シヅ子 Kasagi Shizuko?, August 25, 1914 - March 30, 1985) was a popular Japanese jazz singer and actress. At the peak of her fame in the immediate post-war era, she was known as the "Queen of the Boogie-Woogie" (ブギの女王 Bugi no Joō?).

Early Life and Career[edit]

Shizuko Kasagi was born Shizuko Kamei (亀井 静子?) on 25 August 1914 in Ōkawa District, Kagawa, Japan. She originally took Shizuko Mikasa (三笠 静子?) as her stage name, but eventually changed the spelling of her name to 笠置 シズ子. Before World War II, Shizuko was one of the stars of the Japan Girls Opera Company. During the Occupation of Japan, she became a mega star singing songs influenced by American jazz and boogie woogie. She appeared in the 1948 film Drunken Angel directed by Akira Kurosawa. In 1957, Shizuko retired from singing and concentrated on her acting career.

Death[edit]

Kasagi died from ovarian cancer on 30 March 1985. She was 70 years old.

Films[edit]

  • Drunken Angel (Yoidore Tenshi) (1948)
  • Hateshinaki Jonetsu (1949)
  • Ginza Kankan Musume (1949)
  • Endless Desire (Hateshinaki yokubo) (1958)
  • Sukurappu Shūdan (1968)
  • Gendai Yakuza: Shinjuku no Yotamono (1970)
  • Zubekō Banchō: Zange no Neuchi mo Nai (1971) (as Shiduko Kasagi)
  • Kigeki: Onna Ikitemasu (1971)

Discography[edit]

Various titles, including the 1948 "Jungle Boogie" song with lyrics by Kurosawa, which she sings in Drunken Angel, released the same year.

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