Etsuko Ichihara

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Etsuko Ichihara
Etsuko Ichihara.jpg
Native name
市原 悦子
Born(1936-01-24)January 24, 1936
DiedJanuary 12, 2019(2019-01-12) (aged 82)
Years active1957–2019

Etsuko Ichihara (市原 悦子, Ichihara Etsuko, 24 January 1936 – 12 January 2019) was a Japanese actress. She appeared in more than one hundred films since 1957.


Ichihara joined the Haiyuza theater troupe in 1957 and made her debut in Rikō na oyomesan.[1] Winning an award at the 1959 Geijutsusai for Chidori, she became the star of Haiyuza, but left the troupe in 1971.[1] She has appeared in film and on television, and is also known for narrating the long-running anime series Manga Nihon mukashi banashi.[1] In 1990, she won the Japan Academy Prize for best supporting actress for Black Rain.[2][3]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1957 Snow Country
1965 Kiri no Hata
1966 The Face of Another
1967 Samurai Rebellion
1968 The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun Hilda Voice
1970 Fuji sanchō
1977 Barefoot Gen: Explosion of Tears
1981 Buriki no kunsho
1989 Black Rain Shigeko Shizuma Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress
1997 The Eel
2015 Sweet Bean
2016 Your Name Hitoha Miyamizu Voice
2017 Soap Bubble Suma


Year Title Role Notes
1978-79 Tobe Hissatsu Uragoroshi Hissatsu series
1975–94 Manga Nippon Mukashibanashi Narrator Animation series
1996 Hideyoshi Naka Taiga drama


  1. ^ a b c "Ichihara Etsuko". Kotobanku (in Japanese). Asahi Shinbun. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Dai-13 kai Nihon Akademī-shō" (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize Association. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
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