Japanese movie stars died in 1993

Here are 6 famous actors from Japan died in 1993:

Ishirō Honda

Ishirō Honda (May 7, 1911 Asahi-February 28, 1993 Tokyo) also known as Ishiro Honda, Inoshiro Honda, Ishirô Honda, ishiro, inoshiro or Inoshirô Honda was a Japanese film director, screenwriter, actor and television director.

He is best known for directing and co-writing the Godzilla movie franchise, starting with the original "Godzilla" (1954), which he co-wrote with screenwriter Takeo Murata. Honda's work in the Godzilla series and other kaiju films (giant monster movies) earned him the title "Godfather of Godzilla".

Prior to his work in science fiction, Honda studied film in France and worked as an assistant to legendary director Akira Kurosawa. He was also a member of the Japanese army during World War II, and was captured by the Chinese army and held as a prisoner of war.

In addition to his work in film, Honda also directed several episodes of the Japanese television series "Ultra Q" and its spin-off "Ultraman". He received numerous awards for his contributions to Japanese cinema, including the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government in 1992.

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Chishu Ryu

Chishu Ryu (May 13, 1904 Tamana-March 16, 1993 Yokohama) also known as Ryū Chishū, Chishuu Ryuu or Chishû Ryû was a Japanese actor.

Ryu is widely recognized for his collaborations with acclaimed director Yasujiro Ozu, appearing in twenty-one of Ozu's fifty-three films. He is known for his subtle yet powerful performances, often depicting honest and stoic characters. Ryu started his acting career as a teenager in the 1920s and continued to work until his death in 1993. In addition to Ozu's films, he also appeared in movies by other prominent Japanese directors such as Mikio Naruse and Kozaburo Yoshimura. Ryu's contributions to Japanese cinema were recognized with numerous awards including the Order of the Rising Sun, one of Japan's highest civilian honors, bestowed upon him in 1988.

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Masahiro Makino

Masahiro Makino (February 29, 1908 Kamigyō-ku-October 29, 1993) a.k.a. Masatada Makino, Masatada, Masahiro, Sueroku Makino, Kanze Kota, Koji Edogawa, Makino Masachika, Masachika Makino, Edogawa Koji, Kota Kanze or Makino Sueroku was a Japanese film director, actor, film producer and screenwriter. He had four children, Masayuki Makino, Masami Makino, Sayoko Makino and Kayoko Makino.

Masahiro Makino was considered as one of the most prolific filmmakers in Japanese cinema history. He began his career as an actor in silent films and later progressed to directing, producing and writing films. Makino's first film as a director was "Samurai Victory" released in 1932. He went on to direct over 230 films and produce over 160 films throughout his career.

Makino was known for his work in the chambara (samurai film) genre and was associated with Toei Studios for many years. He worked with numerous famous actors such as Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Ken Takakura. Makino's 1965 film "Shinsengumi Chronicles" is considered as one of his greatest works.

In addition to his career in the film industry, Makino also served in the Japanese Army during World War II. He was imprisoned by the Allies after the war but was released after two years.

Makino received numerous awards for his contributions to Japanese cinema including the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 1984. He passed away in 1993 at the age of 85.

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Tôru Abe

Tôru Abe (March 28, 1917 Munakata District, Fukuoka-July 18, 1993) also known as Tooru Abe or Toru Abe was a Japanese actor.

He began his career in the entertainment industry as a stage actor in 1947 before transitioning to film in 1950. Abe quickly gained popularity for his roles in popular films such as "Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto" and "The Rickshaw Man." He worked with renowned directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujirō Ozu, cementing his status as a prominent figure in the Japanese film industry. In addition to acting in film and theatre, Abe also appeared in numerous television dramas throughout his career. Abe received critical acclaim for his performance in the film, "Rikyu" where he played the lead role of the 16th century tea master, Sen no Rikyu. Abe won several awards for his acting including the Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "The Battle of Nihonbashi."

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Atsushi Yamatoya

Atsushi Yamatoya (June 19, 1937 Mikasa-January 16, 1993 Tokyo) a.k.a. Murabito Ôyama, Yoshiaki Ôtani or Wataru Hino was a Japanese screenwriter, actor and film director. He had one child, Akatsuki Yamatoya.

Atsushi Yamatoya is known for his work on several cult classic films, particularly those directed by the legendary filmmaker, Seijun Suzuki. Some of these films include Youth of the Beast, Tokyo Drifter, and Branded to Kill. In addition to his film work, Yamatoya also wrote for television, including the popular series Masked Rider. He was often credited under various pseudonyms throughout his career, including Murabito Ôyama, Yoshiaki Ôtani, and Wataru Hino. Despite his prolific work in the film industry, Yamatoya's personal life was quite private. He passed away in 1993 at the age of 55.

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Hajime Hana

Hajime Hana (February 9, 1930 Toshima-September 10, 1993) a.k.a. Nonomiya Sadao, Hana Hajime or Sadao Nonoyama was a Japanese actor and drummer.

Hajime Hana initially began his career as a drummer for a jazz band, but his love for acting led him to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He appeared in over 200 films throughout his career, working with some of Japan's most renowned directors, including Akira Kurosawa and Kinji Fukasaku. In addition to his work in film, Hana also appeared in several TV dramas and stage productions. He won several awards for his performances, including the Best Actor award at the Mainichi Film Awards in 1964. Hana was known for his versatile acting skills, playing a wide range of characters ranging from comedic to dramatic roles. He remained an active member of the entertainment industry until his passing in 1993, leaving behind a legacy as one of Japan's most prominent actors.

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