Isao Kimura

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Isao Kimura
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Isao Kimura in 1954
Born(1923-06-22)22 June 1923
Died4 July 1981(1981-07-04) (aged 58)
Tokyo, Japan
Other namesKō Kimura
OccupationActor

Isao Kimura (木村 功, Kimura Isao, 22 June 1923 – 4 July 1981), also known as Kō Kimura, was a Japanese actor.[1][2] He entered the Haiyūza theatre troupe in 1946.[2] He appeared in several films directed by Akira Kurosawa, including Stray Dog (1949) as Yusa the criminal, and Seven Samurai (1954) as Katsushiro, the youngest of the samurai. During his career he also appeared in several films directed by Mikio Naruse and Yoshishige Yoshida, as well as appearing in the Lone Wolf and Cub film series. In addition to a film career spanning almost thirty years, Kimura founded and directed an acting company which ultimately went bankrupt. He died of esophageal cancer.

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Hawai Mare oki kaisen (1942) – Kurata
  • The Love of Sumako the Actress (1947)
  • Stray Dog (1949) – Yusa the criminal
  • Angry Street (1950) – Joji
  • Elegy (1951)
  • Nakinureta ningyо̄ (1951)
  • Dokkoi ikiteru (1951)
  • Dancing Girl (1951) – Nozu
  • Yamabiko gakkо̄ (1952)
  • Boryoku (1952)
  • Ikiru (1952) – Intern
  • Shinkū chitai (1952) – Kitani
  • Onna hitori daichi o yuku (1953)
  • Pu-san (1953)
  • Seven Samurai (1954) – Katsushiro Okamoto
  • Okuman choja (1954) – Koroku Tate
  • Ashizuri misaki (1954)
  • Ningen gyorai kaiten (1955)
  • Ofukuro (1955)
  • Uruwashiki saigetsu (1955)
  • Asunaro monogatari (1955) – Kashima
  • Kyatsu o nigasuna (1956) – Takeo Fujisaki
  • Tengoku wa doko da (1956)
  • Boshizо̄ (1956) – Shimizu
  • Throne of Blood (1957) – Phantom samurai
  • The Rice People (1957) – Senkichi
  • Bibо̄ no miyako (1957)
  • Jun'ai monogatari (1957) – Doctor at Segawa Hospital
  • Anzukko (1958) – Ryokichi Urushiyama – the husband
  • Kisetsufu no kanatani (1958)
  • Summer Clouds (1958) – Okawa
  • Kēdamonо̄ no torū michi (1959)
  • Onna to kaizoku (1959) – Koshichi
  • Hahakogusa (1959) – Yoshihiko Takayama
  • Keishichо̄ monogatari: Iryūhin nashi (1959)
  • Shiroi gake (1960)
  • Yо̄tо̄ monogatari: hana no Yoshiwara hyakunin-giri (1960)
  • Ikinuita jūroku-nen: Saigo no Nippon-hei (1960) – Takano, Army officer
  • Kēnju yaro ni gо̄yojin (1961)
  • Miyamoto Musashi (1961) – Hon'iden Matahachi
  • Machi (1961) – News paper editor
  • Hachi-nin me no teki (1961) – Kutsuda
  • Knightly Advice (1962)
  • Nippon no obaachan (1962) – Taguchi
  • Gan no tera (1962) – Atsumichi Uda
  • Watakushi-tachi no kekkon (1962)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights (1962) – Hon'iden Matahachi
  • Seki no yatappe (1963)
  • High and Low (1963) – Detective Arai
  • Bushido, Samurai Saga (1963) – Hirotaro Iguchi
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Nitо̄ryū kaigen (1963) – Hon'iden Matahachi
  • Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijoji (1964) – Hon'iden Matahachi
  • Assassination (1964) – Tadasaburо̄ Sasaki
  • Ware hitotsubu no mugi naredo (1964)
  • Yoru no henrin (1964) – Saitо̄
  • Bakumatsu zankoku monogatari (1964)
  • Miyamoto Musashi: Ganryū-jima no kettо̄ (1965) – Hon'iden Matahachi
  • Akutо̄ (1965) – Shioya Hangan
  • Tange Sazen: Hien iaigiri (1966) – Yagyu Genzaburo
  • Aogeba tо̄toshi (1966)
  • The Affair (1967) – Mitsuhuru
  • Tabiji (1967) – Eikichi
  • Flame and Women (1967) – Shingo, Ibuki
  • Black Lizard (1968) – Detective Kogoro Akechi
  • Affair In The Snow (1968) – Kazuo Imai
  • Snow Country (1969) – Shimamura
  • Secret Information (1969) – Goro Izawa
  • Chōkōsō no Akebono (1969)
  • Sakariba nagashi uta: Shinjuku no onna (1970) – Funaki
  • Tenkan no abarembo (1970) – Hanpeita Takechi
  • Confessions Among Actresses (1971) – Director Nose
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974) – Tsuchigumo Hyoei
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country (1974) – Film Critic
  • Nagisa no shiroi ie (1978) – Toshihiko Kurahashi

References[edit]

  1. ^ "木村功 (Kimura Isao)" (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b "木村功 (Kimura Isao)" (in Japanese). Kotobank. Retrieved 22 January 2019.

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