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Takashi Shimura

Takashi Shimura as Watanabe in Ikiru (1952).
Born 志村 喬
March 12, 1905(1905-03-12)
Ikuno, Asago, Hyōgo, Japan
Died February 11, 1982 (aged 76)
Tokyo, Japan
Other name(s) 島崎 捷爾 [1]
(Shoji Shimazaki)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1936 - 1981

Takashi Shimura (志村 喬 Shimura Takashi ?, March 12, 1905 – February 11, 1982) was a Japanese actor.



He was born in Ikuno, Asago, Hyōgo, Japan.[2]

His debut as actor was the film Akanishi Kakita (赤西蠣太; Capricious Young Man, 1936) and cast in the Kenji Mizoguchi's film Osaka Elegy (浪華悲歌, 1936).

In company with Toshirō Mifune, Shimura is the actor who is most closely associated with Akira Kurosawa. Shimura appeared in many of Kurosawa's films. His roles include the doctor in Drunken Angel (1948), the veteran detective in Stray Dog (1949), the flawed lawyer in Scandal (1950), the woodcutter in Rashomon (1950), the mortally ill bureaucrat in Ikiru (1952), the lead samurai Kambei in Seven Samurai (1954).

In fact, Kurosawa's cinematic collaboration with Shimura, from 1943 to 1980, started earlier, lasted longer than his work (1948-65) with Mifune. Shimura appeared in the director's debut film Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and the last film of Kurosawa's in which he acted was Kagemusha (1980), for which Kurosawa specifically wrote a part for Shimura. However, the scene was cut from the western release, and so many did not know that he had been part of the film. The release of the movie by The Criterion Collection restored Shimura's footage.

Outside of his career working with Kurosawa, Shimura is probably best known for his roles in several Japanese monster movies, including the scientist Kyohei Yamane in the first two Godzilla films (and the first to reprise the role before Raymond Burr in the English form of Godzilla and Megumi Odaka in the Heisei Godzilla films).

Shimura died on February 11, 1982 in Tokyo, Japan, from emphysema at the age of 76.




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