Shimura, Takashi
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Takashi Shimura

[ Shimura, Takashi ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 志村喬 (しむら たかし)
Family name: Shimura
Country: Japan
Birth date: Sunday, March 12,
Birth place: Asago, Hyogo, Japan
Death date: Thursday, February 11, [32 years ago at the age of 76]
Bio
Takashi Shimura began his career playing villains or fools in many prewar films. His first major performance in Akira Kurosawa's Sugata Sanshiro began his ascendancy as one of Japan's most skillful and distinctive actors. Although he worked in numerous genres throughout his career, he is most often associated with Kurosawa's films, becoming an indispensible partner with him for 30 years.

Shimura's first starring role was as the alcoholic ghetto doctor of Drunken Angel. He attempts to save the life of a reckless gangster, played by Toshiro Mifune, who suffers from tuberculosis. Their performances, showing strength beneath human frailty, depicted opposing attitudes towards the confusion of optimism and despair in post-war Japan. Shamiru continued to play characters with paternal relationships to the younger Mifune: in The Quiet Duel as a doctor who encourages his son to follow his profession; in Stray Dog as an older detective paired with a rookie; and in Seven Samurai as the leader of a group of samurai which includes Mifune.

Two of Shimura's most impressive roles were as a villainous lawyer who awakens to the meaning of justice in Scandal and as a middle-aged bureaucrat in Ikiru. Learning he has terminal cancer, Shimura's character wishes to redeem his egocentric life by building a children's park. The dramatic change of this ordinary businessman as he wavers between hope and disillusionment became Shimura's screen monument.

— Kyoko Hirano
Trivia
  • One of the few actors to reprise a role in the Godzilla (Gojira (1954)) series. He reprised his role of Doctor Yemane in Gojira no gyakushû (1955) (aka Godzilla's Counterattack or Gigatis: the Fire Monster).
  • Although he was not Akira Kurosawa's best-known actor ('Toshiro Mifune' had this honor), Shimura appeared in more Kurosawa films than Mifune, totaling 19. However, (especially in later years) many of his characters had smaller, supporting roles.
  • One of the most versatile character actors in the world cinema, he believably played the weak, timid and elderly clerk Watanabe in Ikiru (1952) and then, also believably, two years later played the powerful, tough and skillful samurai Shimada, the leader of the title, in Shichinin no samurai (1954).
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 1981 Nihon Philharmonic Orchestra: Honoo no dai gogakusho
  • 1980 Kagemusha
  • 1980 A un
  • 1980 Tempyo no iraka
  • 1980 Dôran
  • 1978 Otoko wa tsurai yo: Uwasa no Torajirô
  • 1978 Ogin-sama
  • 1977 Godzilla
  • 1976 Zoku ningen kakumei
  • 1975 Shinkansen daibakuha
  • 1974 Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen
  • 1974 Ranru no hata
  • 1974 Karei-naru ichizoku
  • 1974 Karajishi keisatsu
  • 1973 Shin Zatôichi monogatari: Kasama no chimatsuri
  • 1972 Gokudo makari touru
  • 1971 Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro koiuta
  • 1971 Gokuaku bozu - Nomu utsu kau
  • 1971 Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro renka
  • 1970 Gekido no showashi 'Gunbatsu'
  • 1969 Otoko wa tsurai yo
  • 1969 Fûrin kazan
  • 1969 Nihon boryoku-dan: kumicho to shikaku
  • 1969 Shôwa zankyô-den: Karajishi jingi
  • 1968 Gion matsuri
  • 1968 Zatôichi hatashi-jô
  • 1968 Botan-dôrô
  • 1968 Chikadô no taiyô made
  • 1968 Sangyo supai
  • 1968 Onna tobakushi amadera kaichô
  • 1968 Gendai yakuza: yotamono no okite
  • 1967 Gyangu no teiô
  • 1967 Nihon no ichiban nagai hi
  • 1967 Satogashi ga kowareru toki
  • 1966 Zesshô
  • 1966 Kaerazeru hatoba
  • 1966 Bangkok no yoru
  • 1966 Noren ichidai: jôkyô
  • 1965 Buraikan jingi
  • 1965 Furankenshutain tai chitei kaijû Baragon
  • 1965 Taiheiyo kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka
  • 1965 Sugata Sanshiro
  • 1965 Akahige
  • 1965 Samurai
  • 1965 Matatabi san ning yakuza
  • 1965 Kono koe naki sakebi
  • 1964 Kaidan
  • 1964 San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen
  • 1964 Tensai sagishi monogatari: Tameki no hanamichi
  • 1964 Aku no monsho
  • 1964 Chi to daiyamondo
  • 1963 Tsukiyo no wataridori
  • 1963 Dai tozoku
  • 1963 Taiyô wa yondeiru
  • 1963 Tengoku to jigoku as Chief of Investigation Section
  • 1963 Taiheiyo no tsubasa
  • 1962 Chûshingura
  • 1962 Kujira gami
  • 1962 Kurenai no sora
  • 1962 Yôsei Gorasu
  • 1962 Long Way to Okinawa
  • 1962 Zoku sararîman shimizu minato
  • 1962 Tsubaki Sanjûrô
  • 1961 Futari no musuko
  • 1961 Kuroi gashû dainibu: Kanryû
  • 1961 Mosura
  • 1961 Ai to honoho to
  • 1961 Yôjinbô
  • 1961 Zoku sararîman Chûshingura
  • 1961 Harekosode
  • 1961 Ôsaka-jô monogatari
  • 1960 Sararîman Chûshingura
  • 1960 Gambare! Bangaku
  • 1960 Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru as Administrative Officer Moriyama
  • 1960 Otoko tai otoko
  • 1960 Yoru no nagare
  • 1960 Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi
  • 1960 Karakkaze yarô
  • 1960 Sen-hime goten
  • 1959 Nippon tanjo
  • 1959 Kagero ezu
  • 1959 Sengoku gunto-den
  • 1959 Taiyô ni somuku mono
  • 1959 Aru kengo no shogai
  • 1959 Kotan no kuchibue
  • 1959 Tetsuwan toshu inao monogatari
  • 1959 Beran me-e geisha
  • 1959 Shobushi to sono musume
  • 1959 Sora kakeru hanayome
  • 1958 Kakushi-toride no san-akunin as The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
  • 1958 Jinsei gekijô - Seishun hen
  • 1958 Ten to sen
  • 1958 Chûshingura
  • 1958 Nichiren to moko daishurai
  • 1957 Chikyû Bôeigun as Dr. Tanjiro Adachi
  • 1957 Dotanba
  • 1957 Zoku aoi sanmyaku Yukiko no maki
  • 1957 Aoi sanmyaku Shinko no maki
  • 1957 Yuunagi
  • 1957 Kiken na eiyu
  • 1957 Bôkyaku no hanabira: Kanketsuhen
  • 1957 Arakure
  • 1957 Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku
  • 1957 Kono futari ni sachi are
  • 1957 Yama to kawa no aru machi
  • 1957 Kumonosu-jô as Noriyasu Odagura
  • 1957 Bôkyaku no hanabira
  • 1957 Ohtori-jo hanayome
  • 1956 Narazu-mono
  • 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters! as Dr. Kyohei Yamane
  • 1956 Ankokugai
  • 1956 Kyatsu o nigasuna
  • 1956 Wakai ki
  • 1956 Shin, Heike monogatari: Yoshinaka o meguru sannin no onna
  • 1956 Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima
  • 1955 Ikimono no kiroku
  • 1955 Geisha Konatsu: Hitori neru yo no Konatsu
  • 1955 Muttsuri Umon torimonocho
  • 1955 Shin kurama tengu daisanbu
  • 1955 Sanjusan go sha otonashi
  • 1955 Otoko arite
  • 1955 Mugibue
  • 1955 Gojira no gyakushû as Kyohei Yamane-hakase
  • 1955 Mekura neko
  • 1954 Bazoku geisha
  • 1954 Shin kurama tengu daini wa: Azuma-dera no ketto
  • 1954 Gojira as Kyohei Yamane-hakase
  • 1954 Shin kurama tengu daiichi wa: Tengu shutsugen
  • 1954 Haha no hatsukoi
  • 1954 Kimi shinitamo koto nakare
  • 1954 Asakusa no yoru
  • 1954 Shichinin no samurai as Kanbê Shimada
  • 1954 Jirochô sangokushi: kaitô-ichi no abarenbô
  • 1953 Taiheiyô no washi
  • 1953 Yoru no owari
  • 1953 Hoyo
  • 1952 Fuun senryobune
  • 1952 Minato e kita otoko
  • 1952 Oka wa hanazakari
  • 1952 Ikiru as Kanji Watanabe
  • 1952 Bijo to touzoku
  • 1952 Sengoku burai
  • 1952 Saikaku ichidai onna
  • 1952 Muteki
  • 1952 Nangoku no hada
  • 1952 Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji
  • 1951 Bakurô ichidai
  • 1951 Hopu-san: sararîman no maki
  • 1951 Mesu inu
  • 1951 Aoi shinju
  • 1951 Kedamono no yado
  • 1951 Hakuchi
  • 1951 Aika
  • 1951 Ai to nikushimi no kanata e
  • 1951 Nusumareta koi
  • 1950 Rashômon as Woodcutter
  • 1950 Ikari no machi
  • 1950 Shûbun
  • 1950 Pen itsuwarazu, bôryoku no machi
  • 1950 Ma no ogon
  • 1950 Ore wa yojinbo
  • 1950 Datsugoku
  • 1950 Tenya wanya
  • 1950 Ginza Sanshiro
  • 1949 Nora inu as Det. Sato
  • 1949 Mori no Ishimatsu
  • 1949 Jigoku no kifujin
  • 1949 Shizukanaru kettô as Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki
  • 1949 Onna no issho
  • 1948 Yoidore tenshi
  • 1948 Daini no jinsei
  • 1947 Haru no mezame
  • 1947 Ginrei no hate
  • 1947 Chikagai nijuyojikan
  • 1947 Yottsu no koi no monogatari
  • 1946 Waga seishun ni kuinashi
  • 1946 Juichinin no jogakusei
  • 1946 Asu o tsukuru hitobito
  • 1946 Minshu no teki
  • 1946 Aru yo no tonosama
  • 1945 Kita no san-nin
  • 1945 Tokkan ekichô
  • 1945 Tora no o wo fumu otokotachi as Kataoka
  • 1944 San-jaku sagohei
  • 1944 Ichiban utsukushiku
  • 1944 Kato hayabusa sento-tai
  • 1944 Nichijô no tatakai
  • 1944 Shibaido
  • 1943 Kaigun
  • 1943 Himetaru kakugo
  • 1943 Sugata Sanshirô
  • 1942 Hahakogusa
  • 1942 Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijoji ketto
  • 1941 Edo saigo no hi
  • 1940 Miyamoto Musashi: Dai-san-bu - Kenshin ichiro
  • 1940 Oda Nobunaga
  • 1940 Zoku Shimizu minato
  • 1939 Tsubanari ronin
  • 1939 Oshidori utagassen
  • 1939 Edo no akutarô
  • 1939 Zoku mazô - Ibara Ukon
  • 1939 Shunjû ittôryû
  • 1938 Mazô
  • 1938 Yajikita dôchûki
  • 1938 Akagaki Genzô
  • 1938 Yami no kagebôshi
  • 1938 Shamisen yakuza
  • 1938 Kurama Tengu as Kichinosuke Saigô
  • 1938 Jigoku no mushi
  • 1937 Jiraiya
  • 1937 Chikemuri Takadanobaba
  • 1937 Taki no shiraito
  • 1936 Akagaki Genzô
  • 1936 Chûretsu nikudan sanyûshi
  • 1936 Naniwa erejî
  • 1936 Akanishi Kakita
  • 1935 Chuji uridasu
  • 2007 The Making of 'Drunken Angel'

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Movies

Filmography

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Kagemusha The Shadow WarriorKagemusha The Shadow Warrior

Kagemusha

as Gyobu Taguchi

Year: 1980

A New Tale of Zatoichi: Blood Festival of KasamaA New Tale of Zatoichi: Blood Festival of Kasama

Shin Zatoichi Monogatari: Kasama No Chimatsuri

Year: 1973

Bodyguard, TheBodyguard, The

Yojimbo

as Tokuemon, sake brewer

Year: 1961

Hidden Fortress, TheHidden Fortress, The

Kakushi-Toride No San-Akunin

as The Old General, Izumi Nagakura

Year: 1958

Samurai 3: Duel on Ganryu IslandSamurai 3: Duel on Ganryu Island

Miyamoto Musashi Kanketsuhen: Ketto Ganryujima

as Sado Nagaoka the court official

Year: 1956

Seven SamuraiSeven Samurai

Shichinin No Samurai

as Kambei Shimada

Year: 1954

To LiveTo Live

Ikiru

as Kanji Watanabe

Year: 1952

In the WoodsIn the Woods

Rashomon

as Woodcutter

Year: 1950

Men Who Tread on the Tigers Tail, TheMen Who Tread on the Tigers Tail, The

Tora No O Wo Fumu Otokotachi

as Kataoka

Year: 1945

Judo SagaJudo Saga

Sugata Sanshiro

as Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father

Year: 1943




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