Japanese movie stars died in 2004

Here are 2 famous actresses from Japan died in 2004:

Luna Takamura

Luna Takamura (September 18, 1952 Kobe-March 6, 2004 Honolulu) also known as Luna Takamura, 高村ルナ or Runa Takamura was a Japanese actor, singer-songwriter, dancer and pornographic film actor.

Takamura began her career in entertainment as a dancer and singer, performing in nightclubs around Japan in the 1970s. She then transitioned into acting, appearing in several television dramas and films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. However, Takamura gained notoriety for her involvement in the Japanese AV industry, where she appeared in over 30 adult films under the pseudonym Yoko Morimoto.

Despite the criticism she faced for her involvement in pornography, Takamura remained dedicated to her craft and expanded her career into songwriting. She released several albums during the 1990s, some of which featured her own original compositions. Takamura also continued to act in mainstream films, including the critically acclaimed drama "Unagi" (1997), for which she received a nomination for the Best Supporting Actress award at the 1998 Japanese Academy Awards.

Unfortunately, Takamura's life was cut short when she passed away in 2004 at the age of 51 due to heart failure while visiting Honolulu. She is remembered as a multi-talented artist who pushed boundaries and defied expectations in the entertainment industry.

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Haruyo Ichikawa

Haruyo Ichikawa (February 9, 1913 Nagano-November 18, 2004 Kamakura) was a Japanese actor and singer.

She began her career as a singer in the 1930s, performing in nightclubs and theaters throughout Japan. She later transitioned to acting, appearing in over 90 films throughout her career. Ichikawa was known for her roles in Japanese propaganda films during World War II, as well as her work with renowned director Yasujiro Ozu. After the war, she continued to act in a variety of genres, including dramas, comedies, and musicals. Ichikawa was also a prolific voice actress, lending her voice to numerous animated films and television shows. Her career spanned over six decades, making her one of the most beloved actresses in Japanese cinema history.

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