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Chishu Ryu
Born May 12, 1904(1904-05-12)
Kumamoto, Japan
Died March 16, 1993 (aged 88)
Yokohama, Japan
Other name(s) Chishuu Ryuu
Years active 1928-1992

Chishu Ryu (笠智衆 Ryū Chishū ?, May 12, 1904 in Kumamoto, Japan – March 16, 1993 in Yokohama, Japan) was a famous Japanese film actor, a favourite of the director Yasujiro Ozu. From 1928 to 1992 he appeared in at least 155 films, including Ozu's Tokyo Story (1953) and Yoshitaro Nomura's Castle of Sand (1974). From 1969 until his death, Ryu became familiar to a new generation as the curmudgeonly but benevolent Buddhist priest in Yoji Yamada's Tora-san movie series (a role he parodied to great effect in a cameo in Juzo Itami's 1984 comedy, The Funeral).


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