Kyōko Kishida

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Kyōko Kishida (岸田 今日子 Kishida Kyōko?, April 29, 1930 – December 17, 2006) was a Japanese actress, voice actress, and writer of children's books. She is perhaps best known for her role in the 1964 film The Woman in the Dunes.

Career[edit]

Kishida became an actress in 1950, and starred in a Yukio Mishima production of the 1960 film Salome. Her film and television drama credits number in the hundreds. Among them are four Taiga drama series on NHK television, with roles such as Aguri (the wife of Asano Naganori and Yodo-Dono (the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi). She appeared in various roles, including acting and narrating, in various Ōoku series on television. In the series Gokenin Zankurō, she portrayed the mother of the title character (played by Ken Watanabe), and narrated a Lone Wolf and Cub television series.

Kishida's film credits include Yasujirō Ozu's An Autumn Afternoon (1962), The Broken Commandment (based on a novel by Shimazaki Toson), Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Woman in the Dunes (1964) and The Face of Another (1966) (both from novels by Kōbō Abe), Yasuzo Masumura's Manji (1964) (based on a novel by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki), Kon Ichikawa's The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter (1987) based on the classic story, Heaven and Earth (1990), and Spring Snow, the 2005 Isao Yukisada adaptation of the Mishima novel.

Kishida was the voice of Moomin in the 1960s television series. She provided narration for Vampire Princess Miyu and Princess Tutu as well as the 2005 Book of the Dead. In addition, she dubbed roles for Columbo and Miss Marple, and narrated Prophecies of Nostradamus. Kishida appeared in commercials for Nestle, TDK, and Asahi Shimbun.

Personal life[edit]

Kishida was born in Tokyo in 1930. Her father, Kunio Kishida, was a playwright.[1] She was married to the actor Noboru Nakaya from 1954 to 1978.[2]

Kishida died on December 17, 2006 in Tokyo from respiratory failure caused by a brain tumor.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

1950s
  • Futeki na Otoko (1958), Sakie
  • Akujo no Kisetsu (1958), Yoshimi Hayakawa
  • Gurama-to no Yuwaku (1959), Sumiko Tsuboi
  • Anyakōro (1959), prostitute


1960s
  • Bokuto Kidan (1960), Teruko
  • Nami no Tō (1960)
  • Her Brother (1960), Mrs. Tanuma
  • Minagoroshi no Uta yori Kenju-yo Saraba! (1960), Sally
  • The Human Condition (1961), Ryuko
  • Are ga Minato no Hi da (1961)
  • Ten Dark Women (1961), Sayoko Goto
  • Tokyo Yawa (1961), Ranko
  • Ai to Honoho to (1961), geisha
  • Onna wa Yogiri ni Nureteiru (1962), Yoshiko Hoshino
  • Hakai (1962), Inoko's wife
  • Namida o Shishi no Tategami ni (1962), Reiko Matsudaira
  • An Autumn Afternoon (1962), 'Kaoru' no Madame
  • Watashi wa Nisai (1962), Chiyo's Friend
  • Shinobi no Mono (1962), Inone
  • Bushido, Samurai Saga (1963), Lady Hagi
  • Otoko Girai (1964), Utako Takamura
  • The Woman in the Dunes (1964), the woman
  • Le mari était là (Otto ga Mita 'Onna no Kobako' yori) (1964), Yoko Saijyo
  • Konnichiwa Akachan (1964), Ms Okiyama
  • Kigeki Yōki-na Mibōjin (1964)
  • Aku no Monsho (1964), Mitsue Takazawa
  • Manji (1964), Sonoko Kakiuchi
  • Nikutai no Gakko (1965), Taeko Asano
  • Akuto (1965), Kanze
  • Danryu (1966), Mikie Shima
  • The Face of Another (1966), Infirmière
  • Ō-oku Maruhi Monogatari (1967)
  • Fushin no Toki (1968), Chizuko Mochizuki
  • Senya Ichiya Monogatari (1969) (voice)
  • Jotai (1969), Akie


1970s
  • Senso to Ningen: Unmei no Jokyoku (1970)
  • Moomin (1971), Moomin (voice)
  • En to iu Onna (1971)
  • Senso to Ningen II: Ai to Nanashimi no Sanga (1971), Kosanshi
  • Tabi no Omosa (1972), Mama, the girl's mother
  • Nosutoradamusu no Daiyogen (1974), Narrator
  • Are wa Dare? (1976), voice
  • Inugami-ke no Ichizoku (1976), Koto Teacher
  • Utamaro: Yume to Shiriseba (1977), Ochika
  • Nippon no Don: Yabohen (1977), Naoko Anekoji
  • Sugata Sanshiro (1977), Omon
  • Risu no Panashi (1978), voice
  • Inubue (1978), narrator
  • Jigoku (1979), Shima Ikegata


1980s
  • Terra e... (1980), grandmother (voice)
  • Rennyo to sono Haha (1981) (voice)
  • Konoko no Nanatsu no Oiwai ni (1982), Mayumi
  • Detective Story (1983), Kimie Hasenuma
  • Seito Shokun! (1984), Michiko Hokujo
  • Haru no Kane (1985), Fusako Ishimoto
  • Rokumeikan (1986), Marchioness Takako
  • The Sea and Poison (1986), Oba, Head Nurse
  • Eiga Joyu (1987), Kuginukiya
  • Seishun Kakeochi-hen (1987)
  • Let's Gōtoku-ji! (1987), Miyabi Gōtokuji
  • Hissatsu 4: Urami Harashimasu (1987), Benten - head of the assassins
  • Yoshiwara Enjo (1987), Narrator
  • Princess from the Moon (1987), Kougo
  • Tsuru (1988), Kichibi
  • Rikyu (1989), His wife end


1990s
  • Ibara-hime matawa Nemuri hime (1990), voice
  • Ten to Chi to (1991), Maid-In-Waiting
  • Tenkawa Densetsu Satsujin Jiken (1991), Natsu Minakami
  • Zodiac Killer (Ji dao zhui zong) (1991), Geisha Miyako
  • Fusa (1993), Mura
  • Gakkō no Kaidan 2 (1996), School Master
  • Yatsuhaka-mura (1996), Kotake and Koume Tajimi
  • Aisuru (1997), Taeko Kano


2000s


Television drama[edit]

  • A un (1980), Kimiko Kadokura
  • Shin Jiken: Waga Uta wa Hana Ichimonme (1981), Shizuko Kosaka
  • Rirakkusu: Matsubara Katsumi no Nichijō Seikatsu (1982), Mrs. Udagawa
  • Mazakon-keiji no Kikenbo (1983)
  • Takeda Shingen (1988), Jukeini
  • Ōinaru Genei (1989), Katsuko Tojyo/Haru Yamafuji
  • Yonimo Kimyō na Monogatari (1990)
  • Karin (1993)
  • Hacchōbori Torimono-banashi (1993)
  • Gokenin Zankurō (1995), Zankurō's mother
  • Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1998), Matsushima
  • Yakusoku (1999), Mom
  • Jiko (2001), mother
  • Teradake no Hanayome (2001)
  • Purinsesu Chuchu (2002), narration
  • Akachan o Sagase (2003)
  • Dōbutsu no Oisha-san (2003), Taka Nishine
  • Boku no Mahōtsukai (2003)
  • Yuga na Akuji 2: Kyōto Kadō Iemoto Renzoku Satsujin (2003) TV
  • Onna no Naka no Futatsu no Kao (2004), Mrs. Takigawa
  • Lone Wolf and Cub (2004), narrator
  • Natsumeke no Shokutaku (2005), Kiyo


Television animation[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bergan, Ronald. "Kyoko Kishida". guardian.co.uk. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  2. ^ Lavietes, Stuart. "Kyoko Kishida, 76, Is Dead; Actress in 'Woman in the Dunes'". nytimes.com. 28 December 2006. 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Kyoko Kishida". asahi.com (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun Company. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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