Eiji Okada

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Eiji Okada
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Eiji Okada. taken in 1954.
Native name岡田 英次
Born(1920-06-13)June 13, 1920
Chiba, Japan
Died14 September 1995(1995-09-14) (aged 75)
Years active1946–1995
Spouse(s)Aiko Wasa

Eiji Okada (岡田 英次, Okada Eiji, 13 June 1920 – 14 September 1995) was a Japanese film actor from Chōshi, Chiba. Okada served in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and was a miner and traveling salesman before becoming an actor.[1]

Internationally, his best-remembered roles include Lui ("him" in French) in the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour, directed by Alain Resnais. In this film , Eiji Okada had to learn the screenplay phonetically because he didn´t speak French. He is also known for playing the entomologist Niki Junpei in Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1964 film Woman in the Dunes, an adaptation of Kōbō Abe's novel. He was also second billed under Marlon Brando in the 1963 political thriller The Ugly American.

Okada was married to Aiko Wasa, with whom he ran a theatre company in Japan. He died on 14 September 1995 of heart failure, at the age of 75.



  1. ^ Ronald Sullivan "Eiji Okada, 75, Japanese Co-Star of Hiroshima, Mon Amour", New York Times, 5 October 2008.
  2. ^ "暴力街(1955)". Agency for Cultural Affairs. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.

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