Japanese movie stars died in 1988

Here are 5 famous actors from Japan died in 1988:

Teru Shimada

Teru Shimada (November 17, 1905 Mito-June 19, 1988 Encino) a.k.a. Akira Shimada or Teru Shumada was a Japanese actor.

He began his acting career in Japan in the 1920s before moving to the United States in 1930. Shimada appeared in over 150 films throughout his career, often portraying villains or stereotypical Asian characters. Some of his notable film credits include "The Mummy's Tomb" (1942), "Tokyo Rose" (1946), and "The Geisha Boy" (1958). Additionally, Shimada made appearances on television shows such as "Perry Mason" and "M Squad". In his later years, he also worked as a voice actor for animated series such as "Speed Racer" and "G-Force: Guardians of Space". Shimada was known for his distinctive, gravelly voice and his ability to speak fluent Japanese and English, which allowed him to play various roles in both Japanese and American productions.

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Tetsuji Takechi

Tetsuji Takechi (December 10, 1912 Osaka-July 26, 1988) was a Japanese film director, actor, author, writer and theatre director.

He rose to prominence in the 1950s as part of the Japanese New Wave movement, known for his daring and often controversial films that tackled taboo subjects such as sexuality and violence. Some of his most well-known works include "Daybreak" (1953), "Pitfall" (1962), and "The Story of a Beloved Wife" (1951). In addition to his film career, Takechi was also a prolific writer and playwright, penning over 50 books throughout his lifetime. Despite facing censorship and controversy throughout his career, Takechi remained a cult figure in Japanese cinema, inspiring countless filmmakers with his bold and uncompromising vision.

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Yoshi Katō

Yoshi Katō (January 12, 1913 Tokyo Prefecture-March 1, 1988) also known as Katô Yoshi, Tadashi Kato, Yoshi Katô, Kato Tadashi, Yoshi Katō or Yoshi Kato was a Japanese actor. He had one child, Chiyo Kato.

Yoshi Katō was a prolific actor who appeared in over 160 films portraying a wide range of characters such as samurais, detectives, and politicians. He was also a stage actor who performed in many theatrical productions including Shakespeare plays.

Katō began his acting career in 1935 in the film "Yoru no onnatachi" and went on to work with acclaimed directors such as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, and Kenji Mizoguchi. He achieved international recognition for his role in the 1959 film "Floating Weeds" directed by Ozu.

Aside from acting, Katō was also a writer and a director. He wrote several plays and screenplays such as "Hana no Mori no Ishimatsu" and "Nora inu." He also directed a handful of films including "Neko to Shozo to futari no onna" in 1956.

Katō passed away on March 1, 1988, at the age of 75, leaving behind a legacy as one of Japan's most esteemed actors.

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Jukichi Uno

Jukichi Uno (September 27, 1914 Asuwa District, Fukui-January 9, 1988) also known as Nobuo Terao was a Japanese actor, theatre director and film director. His child is called Akira Terao.

Uno made his acting debut in 1937 in a play called "Ninjo Banashi Bunshichi Mottoi" and went on to become a prominent figure in the Japanese theatre and film industry. He appeared in over 180 films throughout his career and directed more than 20 stage plays. Uno was known for his versatility in acting, playing roles ranging from gentle and kind characters to intense and villainous roles.

Uno's notable performances include his roles in the films "Pigs and Battleships" (1961), "High and Low" (1963), and "Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). He also directed several films, including "Blue Mountains" (1970). Uno was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 1980 for his contributions to the arts.

As a theatre director, Uno founded the theatre group Haiyuza in 1950, which is still active today. He is remembered as one of the most influential figures in Japanese theatre and film, and his legacy continues through his son Akira Terao, who is also an actor.

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Eitarô Ozawa

Eitarô Ozawa (March 27, 1909 Tokyo-April 23, 1988) a.k.a. Eitaro Ozawa, Saka Ozawa, Ei Ozawa, Sakae Ozawa, Ozawa Eitarō or Ozawa Ei was a Japanese actor.

He made his acting debut in 1926 in the film "Kōshi no tsumi" and went on to appear in over 400 films throughout his career. Ozawa was known for his versatility as an actor, portraying a variety of characters ranging from stern authority figures to comedic roles. He worked with some of Japan's most prominent directors, including Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu. His notable films include "Sanshiro Sugata" (1943), "Seven Samurai" (1954), and "Yojimbo" (1961). In addition to his film work, Ozawa also acted in television dramas and stage productions.

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