So Yamamura

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Koga Hirosada
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So Yamamura and Setsuko Hara from the 1954 Japanese film Sound of the Mountain
Born(1910-02-24)24 February 1910
Tenri, Japan
Died26 May 2000(2000-05-26) (aged 90)
Tokyo, Japan
OccupationActor
Years active1936-1991

So Yamamura (山村聰, Yamamura Sō, 24 February 1910 – 26 May 2000) was a Japanese actor and film director.[1] He appeared in more than 110 films between 1947 and 1991, and directed four films. He was also known by the name Satoshi Yamamura, while his actual birth name is Koga Hirosada. In the US, he is well known for his portrayals of Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Combined Fleet, in Tora! Tora! Tora!, and of Mr. Sakamoto, the CEO of Assan Motors in Gung Ho.

Selected filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

  • Chikagai nijuyojikan (1947)
  • The Love of the Actress Sumako (1947) - Hōgetsu Shimamura
  • Daini no jinsei (1948)
  • Taifuken no onna (1948)
  • Onna no tatakai (1949)
  • Kirare no Senta (1949)
  • Ryusei (1949)
  • Shojo takara (1950) - Yoshitaro Hanawa
  • Yoshitaro Hanawa (1950) - Ryosuke Izumi
  • The Munekata Sisters (1950) - Ryosuke Mimura, Setsuko's husband
  • Portrait of Madame Yuki (1950) - Tateoka
  • Kikyō (1950) - Ongi
  • Senka o koete (1950)
  • Hirate Miki (1951)
  • Eriko to tomoni - Dai ichi-bu (1951) - Sōtarō
  • Eriko to tomo ni: Dai ni-bu (1951) - Sōtarō
  • Jiyū gakkō (1951) - Taku Henmi
  • Dare ga watashi o sabaku no ka (1951)
  • Sekirei no kyoku (1951)
  • Maihime (1951) - Motoo Yagi
  • The Lady of Musashino (1951) - Eiji Ono
  • Hibari no komoriuta (1951)
  • Repast (1951)
  • Seishun kaigi (1952) - Haruki Eda
  • Okuni to Gohei (1952) - Tomonojo
  • Kin no tamago: Golden girl (1952)
  • Kon'na watashi ja nakatta ni (1952) - Takeshi Yajima
  • Gendai-jin (1952)
  • Choito neesan omoide yanagi (1952) - Koshimura
  • Ashi ni sawatta onna (1952) - Yasukichi Sakaza
  • Oka wa hanazakari (1952) - Ryōzō Noro
  • Ringo-en no shōjo (1952)
  • My Wonderful Yellow Car (1953) - The husband
  • Mura hatibu (1953)
  • Epitome (1953) - Wakabayashi
  • Kanikōsen (1953) - Matsuki
  • Tokyo Story (1953) - Koichi Hirayama
  • An Inlet of Muddy Water (1953) - Asanosuke (Story 3)
  • Nihon yaburezu (1954)
  • Sound of the Mountain (1954) - Ogata Shingo
  • Moeru Shanghai (1954) - Shōfū Muramatsu
  • Kakute yume ari (1954) - Takashi Shōkōchi
  • Karatachi no hana (1954) - Chotaro Kitahara
  • Otsukisama ni wa warui kedo (1954) - Yā-san
  • Kuroi ushio (1954)
  • Aisureba koso (1955) - Gorō (segment 3)
  • Ai no onimotsu (1955)
  • Yuki no koi (1955)
  • Seishun kaidan (1955) - Tetsuya, father of Chiharu
  • Princess Yang Kwei-Fei (1955) - An Lushan
  • Till We Meet Again (1955) - Daisuke Kaji
  • Sara no hana no toge (1955) - Gunnoshin Sakakibara
  • Early Spring (1956) - Yutaka Kawai
  • Mahiru no ankoku (1956) - Yuji
  • Tsukigata Hanpeita: Hana no maki; Arashi no maki (1956) - Kogoro Katsura
  • Yonjū-hassai no teikō (1956) - Kotaro Nishimura
  • Typhon sur Nagasaki (1957) - Hori
  • Tokyo Twilight (1957) - Seki Sekiguchi
  • Jigoku bana (1957) - Umasuke
  • Chieko-sho (1957) - Kotaro Takamura
  • Yoru no chō (1957) - Ichiro Shirosawa
  • Hatsukoi monogatari (1957) - Shōhei Ganmaru
  • The Hole (1957) - Keikichi Shirasu
  • Bakuon to daichi (1957)
  • Doshaburi (1957) - Okubo, Father of Tanes children
  • Do no hājiki wa jigokū dazē (1958)
  • Anzukko (1958) - Heishiro Hirayama - the father
  • Hibari no hanagata tantei kassen (1958)
  • The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958) - Governor Tamura
  • Muhō gai no yarō domo (1959)
  • Jigokū no sokō made tsuki auzē (1959)
  • Ningen no jōken (1959) - Okishima
  • Chūshingura: ōka no maki, kikka no maki (1959)
  • Hahakogusa (1959) - Mr Fujiki
  • Shingo jūban shōbu: dai-ni-bu (1959)
  • Yami o yokogire (1959) - Takazawa
  • Tatsumaki bugyō (1959)
  • Jan Arima no shūgeki (1959) - Saburobei Obata
  • Shōri to haiboku (1960) - Kimpei Minegishi
  • Zoku beran me-e geisha (1960)
  • Arega minato no hi da (1961)
  • Hatamoto kenka taka (1961) - Suruganokami Koyama
  • Gonin no totsugeki tai (1961) - Gen. Mayor Soje
  • Fundoshi isha (1961) - Dr. Meikai Ikeda
  • Waga koi no tabiji (1961)
  • The Littlest Warrior (1961) - Fujiwara No Morozane (voice)
  • Onna wa nido umareru (1961) - Kiyomasa Tsutsui
  • Haitoku no mesu (1961) - Naoyuki Nishizawa
  • Netsuai sha (1961) - Murai
  • The Last War (1961) - Prime Minister
  • Boku wa jigoku no tehinshi da (1961)
  • Katei no jijō (1962) - Heitaro Misawa
  • The Inheritance (1962) - Senzō
  • Musume to watashi (1962) - Shiro Iwatani
  • Taiheiyō Sensō to Himeyuri Butai (1962)
  • Akitsu Springs (1962) - Mikami
  • Star of Hong Kong (1962) - Gentarō Sugimoto
  • Namida o shishi no tategami ni (1962) - Kōhei Matsudaira
  • Fūten Rōjin nikki (1962) - Tokusuke Rōjin
  • Born in Sin (1962) - Shinzō Tagaya
  • Yama no sanka: moyuru wakamono tachi (1962)
  • Zoku shinobi no mono (1963)
  • Gyangu Chūshingura (1963)
  • Kizudarake no sanga (1964) - Kappei Arima
  • Ane to imōto (1965) - Yoshirō Takaoka
  • Nikutai no gakko (1965) - Toshinobu Hira
  • With Beauty and Sorrow (1965) - Toshio Ōki
  • Taiheiyō kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (1965) - Kawashima
  • Japan's Longest Day (1967) - Mitsumasa Yonai
  • The Militarists (1970) - Mitsumasa Yonai
  • Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) - Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972) - Gōmune Jindaiyu
  • Hissatsu Shikakenin (1973) - Han'emon Otowaya
  • Hissatsu shikakenin: Baian ari jigoku (1973) - Han'emon Otowaya
  • Hissatsu shikakenin: Shunsetsu shikake bari (1974) - Han'emon Otowaya
  • Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) - Prime Minister Kuroki
  • Dōmyaku rettō (1975) - Nagata
  • Shag (1978) - Head of Maritime Safety Agency
  • Kage no Gundan: Hattori Hanzo (1979)
  • Nankyoku Monogatari (1983) - Iwakiri Sencho
  • Nidaime wa Christian (1985) - Nakatsugawa
  • Gung Ho (1986) - Mr. Sakamoto
  • Yoshiwara enjō (1987) - Isaburo Okura
  • Code Name Black Cat o oe (1987) - Superintendent Supervisor Amano
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) - Prime Minister (final film role)

Television[edit]

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "So Yamamura". Complete Index to World Film. Retrieved 2 June 2012.

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