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Misa Shimizu (清水美砂 Shimizu Misa ?, born 25 September 1970 in Tanashi, Tokyo, Japan) is an actress. She made her screen debut by winning the heroine audition for 1987 film Shōnan Bōsōzoku. She starred in NHK's morning drama series Seishun Kazoku in 1989. She portrayed Keiko, the female protagonist, in Palme d'Or winning The Eel directed by Shohei Imamura.[1] She also makes regular appearances in Masayuki Suo's films.

In 1998, she married an enlisted US Army soldier stationed in Japan and moved to the USA. She gave birth to a daughter in April 2003, and a son two years later. She lived in Maryland with her husband and two children, until they returned to Japan in 2005.



(partial list)

  • Shōnan Bakusōzoku (湘南爆走族) (1987)
  • Inamura Jane (稲村ジェーン Inamura Jeen) (1990)
  • Baka Yarō! 3: Henna Yatsura (バカヤロー!3 へんな奴ら) (1990)
  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (シコふんじゃった。 Shiko Funjata.) (1991)
  • Mirai no Omoide (未来の想い出) (1992)
  • Okoge (おこげ) (1992)
  • Home Work (1992)
  • Chūshingura Shijūshichi-nin no Shikaku (忠臣蔵 四十七人の刺客) (1994)
  • Gerende ga Tokeru Hodo Koi Shitai (ゲレンデがとけるほど恋したい。) (1995)
  • Shall We Dance (Shall We ダンス Shall We Dansu) (1996) as Natsuko
  • Ningen Isu (人間椅子) (1997)
  • The Eel (うなぎ) (1997): Shimizu shot to worldwide fame at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival where this film won the Palme d'Or. She later won the Fumiko Yamaji Prize and the Japan Academy's Leading Actress award.
  • Zakurokan (柘榴館) (1997)
  • Gimu to Engi (義務と演技) (1997)
  • Dr. Akagi (カンゾー先生 Kanzō-sensei) (1998)
  • Atsumono (あつもの) (1999)
  • Kyū no Ichi Kinyūdō (九ノ一金融道) (1999)
  • Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (赤い橋の下のぬるい水 Akai Hashi no Shita no Nurui Mizu) (2001): Shimizu plays a woman with a rather bountiful problem—she fills up with water and the only way to get rid of it, is to make love...
  • The Sea is Watching (海は見ていた Umi wa Miteita) (2002): A charming story about samurai-era working girls in a small seaside town brothel. Shimizu plays the slightly older, diffident prostitute, Kikuno, a big sister to the younger girls in the house. Kimuno has two regular customers—an abusive middle-aged yakuza type and a tender elderly widower who asks her to move in with him—but she weaves her own mysterious and forlorn story. A funny, bittersweet, but warm film about the power of the heart, written by the late Akira Kurosawa.
  • Paper Moon Affair (プライベート・ムーン Puraibeeto Mūn) (2005): Shimizu stars as Keiko, an enigmatic Japanese beauty, married to a domineering Chinese husband, forced to find herself while lost in a small town in the remote Pacific Northwest.
  • Ubume no Natsu (姑獲鳥の夏) (2005)
  • Nijūni-sai no Wakare: Lycoris Hamizu Hanamizu Monogatari (22才の別れ Lycoris 葉見ず花見ず物語) (2005)
  • "Umikaze ni fukarete" (2008)
  • Rain Fall (2009)
  • The Harimaya Bridge (2009)

TV series

(partial list)

  • 29-sai no Yūutsu (29歲の憂うつ) (2000): played 29-year old Kudo, an owner of a lesbian bar.
  • Fūrin Kazan (風林火山) (2007): played Sanada Yukitaka's wife Shinome.


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