Yoshiko Okada circa 1935
April 21, 1902|
Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
|Died||February 10, 1992(aged 89)|
On 3 January 1938, Okada defected to the Soviet Union with her lover Ryōkichi Sugimoto, seeking freedom from Japanese fascism and hoping to study theater with other Japanese in the USSR. Sugimoto, however, was arrested and executed as a spy and Okada spent the next ten years in a prison camp.
At the end of her confinement, Okada began to work for Radio Moscow and eventually got to study at the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts. She helped stage a play and was selected to co-direct the film Ten Thousand Boys with Boris Buneyev, a work that has been called "the first Russian film about Japan not intended to be a depiction of the 'vicious Japanese enemy.'"
- Tora-san's Sunrise and Sunset (男はつらいよ 寅次郎夕焼け小焼け Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Yūyake Koyake) (1976)
- An Inn in Tokyo (東京の宿 Tōkyō no yado) (1935)
- Woman of Tokyo (東京の女 Tōkyō no Onna) (1933)
- "Okada Yoshiko". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus. Kōdansha. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
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