Yukiji Asaoka

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Yukiji Asaoka (朝丘 雪路 Asaoka Yukiji?, born 23 July 1935) is a Japanese singer and an actress from Chūō, Tokyo. She is the daughter of the famous Japanese painter of shin hanga style prints, Shinsui Itō, and her second and present husband is actor Masahiko Tsugawa.

Asaoka was in the Takarazuka Revue from 1952 to 1955. She was a cast member (musumeyaku), belonging to the Moon Troupe (Tsuki).

She is famous for her roles in Japanese television series and has appeared starring opposite of Shintaro Katsu in both a film of the Zatoichi series and in the first film of the Hanzo the Razor trilogy. She is, however, mostly famed for her singing. She is also a voice actor in the 1999 anime film My Neighbors the Yamadas directed by Isao Takahata.

Filmography[edit]

List of acting performances in film and television
Year Title Japanese Romanization Role Notes
1955 Jazz on Parade: Jazz musume kampai! Machiko
1956 Senmanchôja no koibito yori: Odoru matenrô Ruriko Nakata
1958 Me no kabe
1959 Aru rakujitsu Asami Nukata
1960 Arashi o yobu gakudan Setsuko Ogata
1960 Taiyô o dake Chikako Kuni
1964 Akumyo daiko Hiroko
1965 Waka oyabun Kyoko
1965 Waka oyabun shutsugoku Kyoko Nakatsu
1966 Arashi o yobu otoko
1967 Zatoichi Challenged 座頭市血煙り街道 Zatōichi chikemurikaidō Tomoe
1972 Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice 御用牙 Goyôkiba Omino
1973 Hissatsu shiokinin Onami TV series, one episode:
"Raku areba ku ari oya wa nashi"
1974 Honô no shôzô
1974-1978 Zatôichi monogatari TV series, two episodes:
"Pouring Rain" (1974)
"Spring Arrives for the Eyeless Daruma" (1978)
1978 Kaerazaru hibi Kayo Nozaki
1982 Munasawagi no hôkago Satoko kuwata
1982 Daiamondo wa kizutsukanai Machiko Mimura
1982 Tora-san, the Expert 男はつらいよ 花も嵐も寅次郎 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Hana mo Arashi mo Torajirō Momoe
1983 Time and Tide 時代屋の女房 Jidaiya no nyōbo Kikuchi Matsue
1983 Meiso chizu Sayuri Hoshi
1987 Za samurai Chimatsu Shizu, Takeshi's mother
1990 Oazuke Yumi's Mother
1995 Kura Masae Tanimura
1999 My Neighbors the Yamadas ホーホケキョとなりの山田くん Hōhokekyo Tonari no Yamada-kun Matsuko Yamada Voice
2003 Izu Kanazawa Saigayaki satsujin jiken TV movie
2005 Onsen maruhi daisakusen 2 Seiko Shindô TV movie
2005 Koto TV movie
2006 Onsen maruhi daisakusen! 3 Seiko Shindô TV movie
2008 Samurai Gangsters Tazaemon's wife
2013 The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 Kaguya-hime no Monogatari Voice
2014 Zenijo Owner TV movie

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