Sumiko Sakamoto

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Sakamoto.

Sumiko Sakamoto (坂本スミ子, Sakamoto Sumiko?) was born on November 26, 1936 in Osaka, Japan. Sakamoto is a singer and award-winning actress whose heartfelt performances made her a favorite of the late film director Shohei Imamura. Imamura cast her in three of his films: The Pornographers, Warm Water Under a Red Bridge, and The Ballad of Narayama,[1] winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival, in which her brilliant portrayal of an elderly mother not only earned her a kiss from Orson Welles, but also the Japanese Best Actress Award from Nihon Academy.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Festival de Cannes : Film details 1983 Festival de Cannes Retrieved August 2, 2008