Koji Shima

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Koji Shima
Born (1901-02-16)16 February 1901
Nagasaki, Japan
Died 10 September 1986(1986-09-10) (aged 85)
Other names Takehiko Kagoshima
Occupation Film director, actor, screenwriter
Years active 1925-1970

Koji Shima (島 耕二 Shima Kōji?, 16 February 1901 – 10 September 1986) was a Japanese film director, actor, and screenwriter.


Born as Takehiko Kagoshima in Nagasaki, Shima left for Tokyo after graduating from high school.[1] He was in the first class of the Nihon Eiga Haiyū Gakkō and joined the Nikkatsu studio as an actor in 1925.[2] Playing mostly romantic leads, he appeared in films directed by such masters as Tomu Uchida and Kenji Mizoguchi.[2] He turned to directing in 1939, and quickly came to prominence with films such as Kaze no Matasaburō, an adaption of a Kenji Miyazawa story, and Jirō Monogatari.[1] After the war, he directed such films as Ginza Kankan Musume and Jūdai no Seiten at Shintoho and Daiei Studios. He won a prize at the 1st Moscow International Film Festival for Unforgettable Trail.[3] Some of his last films were made in Hong Kong for Shaw Brothers.[4]

He directed over 90 films as a director and appeared in over 90 films as an actor. He was once married to the actress Yukiko Todoroki.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Shima Kōji". Rekishi ga nemuru Tama Reien. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Shima Kōji". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus. Kōdansha. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "1st Moscow International Film Festival (1959)". MIFF. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Bordwell, David (October 2009). "Another Shaw Production: Anamorphic Adventures in Hong Kong". DavidBordwell.net. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 

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