Tomio Aoki in I Was Born, But.... in 1932
October 7, 1923|
January 24, 2004 (aged 80)|
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
|Other names||Tokkan Kozo|
|Awards||Three Continents Festival Best Actor (shared), for Not Forgotten (2000)|
Aoki became famous as a child actor after debuting at the age of six in silent films directed by Yasujirō Ozu. His leading role in Ozu's 1929 short comedy Tokkan kozo gave Aoki his nickname. I Was Born, But... (1932), Passing Fancy (1933) and An Inn in Tokyo (1935) were three other Ozu films in which Aoki had notable roles. Aoki disappeared from Japanese cinema in 1940, at the age of 16, but returned to film acting in Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp (1956). During the 1960s he appeared in films for directors Seijun Suzuki and Teruo Ishii before retiring again in 1972. He again returned to the screen in 1995 in Makoto Shinozaki's Okaeri, and appeared in Suzuki's Pistol Opera (2001). He continued appearing in films, and in short comedies by Shinozaki until his death in 2004. He shared the Best Actor award at the French Three Continents Festival with two of his co-stars for Shinozaki's Not Forgotten (2000). By the time of his death, at the age of 80, Aoki had performed in over 300 films.
- I Was Born, But... (1932)
- Passing Fancy (1933)
- An Inn in Tokyo (1935)
- The Burmese Harp (1956)
- Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate (幕末太陽伝 Bakumatsu taiyōden) (1957)
- Okaeri (1995)
- Not Forgotten (2000)
- Pistol Opera (2001)
- Mes, Tom. "A Salute to Tomio Aoki". www.midnighteye.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- 日本映画俳優御写真／男優編１ (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
- Suzuki, Namiko. ""突貫小僧"青木富夫さん役者人生70年祝賀パーティー("Tokkan Kozo" Aoki Tomiosan yakusha jinsei 70nen shakuga paatii)" ["Tokkan Kozo" Actor Tomio Aoki's 70th Birthday Celebration] (in Japanese). www.cinematopics.com. Archived from the original on 2004-09-21. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- "俳優・青木富夫さん８０歳、亡くなる (Haiyū * Aoki Tomiosan 80sai, nakunaru)" [Actor Tomio Aoki Dies] (in Japanese). www.cinematopics.com. 2004-01-25. Retrieved 2009-01-27.
- Tomio Aoki on IMDb
- JMDb profile (in Japanese)
- Mes, Tom. "A Salute to Tomio Aoki". = www.midnighteye.com. Retrieved 2009-01-04.
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