Ayako Wakao

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Ayako Wakao
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Ayako Wakao in 1950s
Born (1933-11-08) November 8, 1933 (age 85)
Years active1952–present
Spouse(s)Kisho Kurokawa (deceased)

Ayako Wakao (若尾 文子, Wakao Ayako, November 8, 1933, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actress.


Wakao began her career contracted to Daiei Studios in 1951 as part of the fifth "New Face" group. She has gone on to appear in over 100 feature films, plus numerous television movies and series. She was a favorite actress of director Yasuzo Masumura, starring in 25 of his films. In addition to her many collaborations with Masumura, she was a favorite of Kon Ichikawa, having starred or co-starred in seven of the director's works. She appeared in Kenji Mizoguchi's A Geisha (her first lead role) and Street of Shame.[1] She also appeared in Yasujirō Ozu's Floating Weeds.[2]

Wakao married architect Kisho Kurokawa in 1960. They did not have any children. In 2007, both ran unsuccessful campaigns for seats in the upper house of the Japanese Parliament, before Kurokawa died in October of that year.[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


In A Geisha (1953)


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work(s) Result
1961 Blue Ribbon Award Best Actress A Wife Confesses, Women Are Born Twice, and The Age of Marriage Won
1962 Kinema Junpo Award Best Actress A Wife Confesses and Women Are Born Twice Won
1965 Blue Ribbon Award Best Actress Seisaku's Wife and Nami Kage Won
1966 Kinema Junpo Award Best Actress Seisaku's Wife and Nami Kage Won
1969 Kinema Junpo Award Best Actress One Day at Summer's End, The House of Wooden Blocks, and The Time of Reckoning Won
2006 Mainichi Film Awards Kinuyo Tanaka Award Lifetime Achievement Won


  1. ^ Richie, Donald (November 11, 2011). "Mizoguchi's street of shame". The Japan Times.
  2. ^ Bett, Alan (November 30, 2012). "Floating Weeds". The Skinny.
  3. ^ Sokol, David (October 17, 2007). "Kisho Kurokawa Dies at 73". Architectural Record.

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